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 looking Forwards.

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on September 7, 2011
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So it’s September, and almost time for me to head back to another year of studying.

it is almost surprising that just 2 weeks ago I still did not know for certain that I would be able to continue my studies this year. I had to endure the resit essays of doom back in August, which coincided nicely with my mum spending two weeks in hospital* followed closely by the agonising wait for results. When the results did finally appear I knew I had a place in third year, but I did not know if I would have to repeat of “Carry” one of the modules. Fast forward another week of agonising waiting and I finally received the confirmation that I could register for 3rd year, and not have to retake any modules.

So On Monday I was finally allowed to matriculate and choose my modules for the coming year. I think I have chosen well, all the subjects I have elected to study sound interesting and potentially useful, which is a good start, although time will tell as to wheter the lecturers are as accommodating as I have almost become accustomed to them being.

I am however still awaiting confirmation of the status of my student funding. SAAS (the Students Awards Agency for Scotland) are notoriously difficult to get a hold of on the telephone. I was awake at 8.20am this morning ad still was told that there were too many callers waiting in the queue.

So near and yet so far, I just need to jump this last hurdle, this last hoop and then I will be safe. well for a month or so at least, and then I have to start the Postgraduate application procedure. Yes in Third year, I’m not sure if it is common knowledge or not but customarily Degrees in Scotland last 4 years, with the final year being for the most part devoted to an honours project. Now I have seen many friends go through this and dissertating does NOT sound like something I would enjoy, so instead I am applying 1 year early for a place on a Postgraduate Primary Teaching course (PGCE) in the hopes that I will of course (with my oodles of experience and enthusiasm) be offered a place. Of course if I am unsuccessful, then I can always dissertate and try again.

So much excitement and much for me to think about. but alas my alarm is set for 8.20 again in the vague hopes that I can at least speak to a human being from student finance and get some information**

*my mum had a burst aneurysm in her brain. She is feeling much better and has been out of hospital for around a month. Scary times though, and I couldn’t visit as I was essaying franticly, and she was on the other side of the country.

**normally when you phone and it is too busy you get the following message “as our queue has a number of callers already waiting we request that you try again later. Alternatively have you tried our website?” no ringing or anything, just that message, and then they hang up. the website is of course, rather devoid of useful information.

A question

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on August 31, 2011
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Hello is there anyone out there?

I ask because I need to know if there is any good reason to continue my ramblings here, on any given day I get 2 or 3 hits here so I know *someone* is out there, but none of my posts have earned a comment since May this year, it’s now August almost September 4 months ish. I know that during the summer my posting has been a little erratic due to circumstances but hopefully now that we are mostly settled in our new home complete with hot and cold running internet I should be able to add to my writings here more frequently. But I see no point in continuing if I only have a readership of 2, so if you are out there watching and listening, please comment. I do want to improve my writings, I want to be witty and charming and awesome, What do you want to read about?

On moving

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on July 17, 2011
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I hate moving, well I hate that the current move has up to this point all been done on foot.

Now just stop and think about that, all my possessions so far have been walked the mile and a half from my current flat, to Temporary Storage Area A that included a bookshelf, and some very hefty holdalls as well as numerous boxes and bags.

So tomorrow the final pile of stuff will be riding in a taxi, because S and I really can’t be bothered carrying stuff any longer.

In preparation for the final pile of stuff moving, and the handing in of the keys, I spent much of yesterday cleaning, and defrosting the freezer. I now hold a deep dislike for freezers as it took around 4 hours to successfully remove all the ice into a large plastic bucket. Four hours of attacking said ice with a plastic picnic spoon, not daring to use anything sharper of hardier in case I somehow broke the freezer. My favourite moment being when the inch and a half thickness of ice that had been the top of the freezer finally fell in one piece removing what remained of the ice sheets on the walls with it. I had to break that one to get it in the bucket!

I also had to move and hoover under all of my bedroom furniture, Now as my bedroom isn’t big enough to swing a cat in, this required me to move ALL of my furniture out of my room (no seriously) So after spending around 30 minutes moving the offending furniture out (apart from half the bed) I had to hoover, not just the floor, but the skirting boards, then I spent another 30 minutes moving all the furniture back in. I am glad to say that as far as I am concerned, my room is now done, and I should have no need to go back in there!

I do however still have to move a very large, heavy box full of papery things, my duvet and pillows, a plastic box of odds and ends, a few bags of assorted stuff, oh and the rest of the bookshelf.

And it all needs moved tomorrow, as the keys get handed back on Tuesday morning.

Wish me luck!


Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on July 12, 2011
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Yes this indeed my 42n’t posting here on this bloggy thing.

And yes I am still hopeless at it.

I’m not charming and witty, I cannot tell you cute baby stories or have you rolling around the floor amidst gales of laughter at my latest antics.

But I’m here, and for mow, that will need to be enough.

Now if you will excuse me I’m going to sit and look forlornly at the mountain of stuff that needs to be moved to Temporary Storage Area A within the next week, And look at my walls all bare without my posters and other detritus.

I’m probably not going to be around much for a while. So enjoy what is left of the summer.

On being rather busy

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on July 1, 2011
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So yea verily h2g2 which you may have head about a few months ago has now been saved, and this means lots of work by a hive of volunteers of which I am one.

i also have my resit essays to do by the beginning of August, although mid July would be preferable as getting them done by then would mean I have time for travel.

oh yes and packing to move, and making presents for those who have birthdays and sorting out funds and benifits.

I am very busy, is it just me who finds that the more I have to get done, the less I actually do?

Oh well I had best stop wandering aimlessly round the internet and get on with something.

On Holidays

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on May 28, 2011
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Yes the exams of doom are over and I have the whole summer ahead of me. How do I feel about this, I’m not sure yet.

On the one hand it’s good to have some free time, to enjoy the sunshine when it appears and to walk and cycle for miles just because it’s a nice day. Eating ice-cream (or sorbet in my case) and having barbecues.

On the other hand summer means that my student funding halts for a few months, summer means I must try to find employment, preferably paid in order to stay out of my ever increasing overdraft, summer means stress and sunburn and photosensitive migraines.

Summer also means it’s my birthday soon, and summer means that S and I are edging ever closer to living together. Which reminds me I still have the deposit to pay, the steaming pile of Vodaphone shit to sort out and my PVG form to complete for why yes of course I’m joining in with some more volunteering. I also have various trips to plan ro see various friends and family.

It’s going to be a busy few months, hopefully I can check off some of the items on my to do list sooner rather than later though.

On hope

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on May 6, 2011
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The end of the tunnel the light there I can see it! And it’s not a train. This is good news. On Monday may 9th I will hand in the four essays of doom and will be one step closer to finishing this academic year.

The past few weeks have been very unproductive what with travelling across the country and back and then having guests what needed entertaining and so on.

So it was with a good dose of worry that I started writing in earnest on Tuesday. But somehow magically I am almost halfway there. One of the essays is essentially done and another is slowly getting there (I gave up and restarted it this morning and am past my previous word-count) so I am fairly pleased with my progress so far. Now i have two and a half essays to do before Monday 4pm I’m taking a couple of hours off for my Scouting commitments this evening and then I’m going to get my head down and get on with it.

On getting on with it.

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on April 14, 2011
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So the show is done and dusted and I appear to have survived. Not sure if I will do it again, we shall see how I feel about it over the summer. Apparently I surprised a few people with my singing voice, which I think is a good thing, it certainly got compliments.

I managed a very brief trip to the land that the internet forgot, whilst there I collected my dress for the Psychology ball and obtained my dad’s signature on a form I needed.

And so to Exam week. I handed in my last ever (hopefully) thoughts on Psychology essay this afternoon, I have my first exam tomorrow and another on Tuesday.

Apologies in advance if it all goes a bit quiet here, it has gotten to that busy stressful point in the year again. Now I’m off to stare at lecture slides on Blackboard by way of revision.

On changing the clocks

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on March 29, 2011
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Since the clocks changed at the weekend I have been having very late nights. I’m not sure if this is because of merely the clock change, nor because of getting engrossed in reading blogs, playing games and mainly twatting about on t’internets. I have been a little up and down emotionally the past few days but i think it was mostly hormonal and seems to have calmed down now, which is good.

The Gangshow starts performance week on Monday next. I was given another singing solo at the rehearsal on Sunday. I was rather pleased even if it was somewhat unexpected.

The university term is drawing to an end and revision classes to round up topics that have been covered are commencing this week. We have already had one for Research Methods. I suppose I should get my revision head into gear. April brings exams, and also May. I have my two april eexams, and three in May although two of those are my resit exams from last semester.

It is all go at the moment. hence the slight lack of continuing bloggyness. I do *mean* to update the blog honest. I must try harder. But maybe once the exams are done.

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