Forward planning

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on September 23, 2011
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Where did the week go? All of a sudden it is Friday and my first week back at uni is over, and how was it?

Actually it was really really good. I only got slightly lost in the uni once (the room numbering is interesting in places) All of my lecturers gave me slides without any protest. And I made it to all of my classes. As first weeks go for me at least it was really really good.

S and I both had the day free today, so we went on a mini adventure to Arbroath (as you do) and got ourselves nicely lost, but we did enjoy ourselves and eventually found our way back to the train station. We found a lovely park with a pond and ducks and swans and seagulls. I decided the fact that there were three TINY baby ducks meant that I of course had to feed them half of my hot-dog roll. I don’t think they minded the ketchup.

So the plan for next week is that I will continue to attend all my lectures. I have been invited to attend a recruitment evening with one of my favourite companies on Monday (squee)

I have FINALLY received some money from SAAS although they won’t give me my full entitlement until I prove that S and I live together.

Salvation however came from a backdated payment of my DLA earlier this week, which means I have enough money to tide me through until SAAS stop playing silly beggers and give me some money.

So all is still good in the land of Mouse, and if anyone has some spare good luck please send it my way on Monday in the hope that I get one of the temporary jobs available at the recruitment evening.


It’s That time again

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on September 13, 2011
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Yes it’s the middle of September already, which means I am heading back to university next week. Technically the semester has already started but seeing as the first week is purely for the benefit of the freshers and international students and there are no Classes yet, I say it’s still the holidays.

So what am I doing with my last week of freedom before I begin 12 weeks of classes interspersed with coursework deadlines, and exams at Christmas time? Well I’m trying to get everything else in my life in order. To this end I have spent the last two days running around slightly mental. I have sorted out my bank account (they had decided I was a Graduate when I’m only going into 3rd year of University) so that my rent is paid on time. I have been to see the University Disability Advisor to get my specific requirements put into place for the start of term. I have been to see about my entitlement to benefits and to get some forms regarding this filled in.

So on Monday at 9am I start the academic year. This is it the big one, the grades I get this year will determine my Degree Classification. They will also determine whether I get to peruse my dream. I’m going to start applying for Postgraduate Primary teaching in the next few months,  and the universities where I apply will want to know my projected grades for this year. I really need to get working right from the start of this year. I need to concentrate and get it all done to the very best of my ability. So I’m telling myself here and now that I CAN do it.

I have a busy and difficult year ahead, but I WILL make it through to the end. I need to keep up my determination to succeed this time and not let myself become bogged down in the minutiae of everyday life and minor failings. If any of you my dear readers catch me throwing a pity party between now and Christmas, please send me back here, and ask me how far I have come form this point. Ask me how much i have learned and how i have put it to use. Because from now on I want to have a Positive Mental Attitude.

On Adventuring

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on July 24, 2011
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I’m now firmly into my summer adventure. I am still at my first adopted home and there Is a birthday today, a 13th birthday. I have been taking various photos today in order to make a record of my summer adventures. I plan on writing a poem or song, and setting it to music, but all in the fullness of time.

I’m away to Manchester tomorrow, an in-between point for where I am now, and where I will be next. My poor shinymac is in need of a visit to the computer doctors, and so The apple store shall be visited.

I am having fun so far, but I am rather missing my S, and it will be the 29th before I see him again.

On Fun

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on May 17, 2011
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Well that was an experience! I had enormous amounts of fun at the weekend and it was fantastic to see all my friends from h2g2. Wonderful internet weirdos that they are. London is insane, did you know that in some places they have three layers of trains running over each other, and then a road on top of that! It was certainly an experience.

For once in my life I decided it might be sensible to actually outright admit my vision problems and actually use my white cane. I’m glad I did, London is very busy even in the quieter bits, and I think had the rest of the group not been aware of my vision problems I would have been separated from them very easily. as it was i did not lose them, so all was well.

We explored some of the sights of London on foot and then proceeded to find the rest of the h2g2 researchers in the pub (well where else would you look) and much catching up was done. There was even a Quiz in which myself and a friend won second place (no we are not sure how we managed that, we honestly guessed half the answers) and obtained a book in the process.

It was all jolly good fun, and I even made it home in one piece although slightly sleep deprived.

And then i came back to earth with a large BUMP, my phone, the one I lost in March, had been being used by someone, and this someone had racked up a considerable amount of debt on it. So the police have been informed, the pone company is being useless (as expected) and I am now rather stressed.

Oh well it was fun while it lasted.

On Adventures.

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on May 12, 2011
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so tomorrow morning at 11 am I am off on my way to London to meet with some of my friends from h2g2 for a weekend of fun.

The essays were handed in on time, he exams aren’t till the 25th + 27th of this month. I finally have time to relax and have some fun.

Enjoy your weekend everyone, hopefully I will see some of you! 😉

On happy thoughts

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on March 24, 2011
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So S and I have been flat hunting for the past few weeks for somewhere to rent come July and yesterday we found one that we are more than happy with. So this morning we got up early and went and paid the first part of the deposit.

Apparently I have to not get too far ahead of myself and start packing or doing anything silly like making lists of stuff we might need, will need and definitely need for the flat or heaven forbid actually buy anything in advance. This is mostly because it’s only march (nearly April) and we wont get into the flat until August which is 5 months from now.

I am excited to be starting a new chapter in out lives together though. Hopefully it will be a fun one.

Oh and if you are wondering the flat is Beautiful, and close to everything. It even has a dining table!

On romance

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on February 15, 2011
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So yesterday was St. Valentines Day, and S and I managed to at least exchange presents and cards. I had handmade a felt card for S and got him a board game called Dingbats, I also randomly bought him a tiny plushy mouse. In return I got a Hello Kitty laptop bag and season one of Glee on DVD, and an Easter egg with a Glee mug. Hopefully we will have time for a nice meal out together soon

On happy days

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on February 4, 2011
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So my sister is now married. I am still coming to terms with the whole idea, but it was a lovely day.

Once i get sent some pictures (my phone ran out of battery before breakfast that day) I will try and figure out how to get them here.

A new family member

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on November 30, 2010
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So I would appear to be an aunt! My older sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on the 29th November 2010 at around 3pm.

I had an adventure getting to the hospital to see them both, you see I am currently living in Dundee and they were in the hospital in Paisley, oh yes and most of Scotland is currently in the grips of one of the worst snowstorms I have ever seen, delayed trains, no buses, road traffic grinding to a halt. This is how I imagine the winter is in Russia or Canada or Finnland. I spent the night in glasgow on a friends sofa as I couldn’t get to Paisley and I couldn’t get back home either. Luckily I arrived at the hospital in time to see the new arrival, she was less than 2 hours old! Beautiful.

Her name is Lucia Phoenix and she was 7 pounds 10 ounces.

Christmas shopping

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on November 19, 2010
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Yes it’s that time of year again, and actually I am prepared for once. In fact I have almost finished my Christmas shopping. I have a few friends still to buy for but the majority of family and close friends presents have either already been bought, or at the very least figured out. I even know who I’m giving a giant rubber duck to. There’s still the cards and wrapping to do, but i can spend most of December relaxed in the knowledge that I won’t have to brave the madness of the shops too often.

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