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 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!

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 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.

Happy new year (for some)

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on January 9, 2011
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Well we are now a week into the new year and already so much has happened. I have fallen behind with my university coursework which is due tomorrow afternoon, I haven’t blogged here since before christmas, I have visited with my boyfriends family and returned to Dundee alone (going back Tuesday though). Apologies for the gap in the blog, I will patch it up soon.

Oh and i finally worked out how to add you all to my blogroll, so if you aren’t there and would like to be then leave me a comment below and I will see to it soonish.

exams and xmas

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on December 15, 2010
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Sorry I have been away for a while. I have now had my evil sociology exam and have finished (i think) my Christmas shopping. Most things are even wrapped and ready to go. As I type there are two loads of my washing taking up room on the drying rack thingy. I made cake tonight for S tomorrow is the last day we will get together before I head home on Saturday.

Oh yes about that, my parents live in the land that the internet forgot, and seeing as I still can’t seem to blog from my phone I may be absent for a couple of weeks. Don’t despair I should be back before the new year.

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