Most of the past week has been spent at home due to the cyber-attack. I am busy working on journalism assignments and I also have a weekend job. I realize that the cost of living has gone up. The cost of everything has gone up. Thankfully I can live at home rent free with my mum and I realize how fortunate I am to be able to do that. However, in first year I did struggle with social welfare and at one stage remember turning to St. Vincent de Paul. I am doing great on placement and the workload is not too much which is great. Despite my weekend job, I am always glad to get the back to education allowance as well. I am in third year so I don’t have essays this year. It’s a bit weird being nearly 40, but I still make the effort to wear stylish clothes and love finding a designer piece in a local charity shop. Not much else to report but it’s now October and I am settling in to my new lifestyle. I am enjoying researching potential stories and doing interviews. It all adds to my portfolio of work. So all is good here from my end!