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.


Once more into the breach

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on September 19, 2011
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That’s it, I’m officially a 3rd year Psychology student!

I have actually had a pretty amazing first day back, firstly one of our lecturers decided that since the introductory session is only an hour long, we could turn up at 10am instead of 9am. Secondly so far (and I know it has only been two lectures) i haven’t had to argue with anybody about getting the slides for the class. In fact I haven’t even had to ask for them as I normally would. Lecturer1 gave them to me before I got round to getting out of my seat to go get them, and lecturer2 left them at the psychology reception desk for me to collect.

This is an amazing turn around. In my first year I had to practically beg for the lecture slides, I had to make a fuss and complain loudly and publicly. But this year, so far so good.

We are also bac into the scouting season, Lots of exciting thins planned, like next week we are practising some backwoods cooking. and in October we have the Jamboree On The Internet, which is always good fun. I have also applied to attend the biggest scouting event in Scotland The Blair Atholl Jamborette which doesn’t actually take place until next summer. I have taken on the pack administrator role in my Cub-Scout group, so I am now the one who has to be organised with printing out forms and getting information to parents etc. This is an important role, and one that I think I will learn lots from.

I am contemplating joining the cast of the Dundee Scout Gangshow again next year as some of my Scout Network friends have said they will join me this time. I did enjoy the onstage portion of last years show, it was just the lack of companionship both in rehearsals and backstage that I found to be somewhat unscouting.

So lost of new stuff happening, and lots to keep me busy too. Oh I’m planning on participating in NaBloPoMo in November, so watch out for lots of randomness as I get my blogging fingers into gear in preparation.

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.

Home and dry

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on August 16, 2011
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I aten’t dead!

where have I been? well I spent 10 days in Englishland, which were fun, then a couple of days after my return one of my isters phoned to tell me that mum was in hospital with a brain bleed (i can’t spell the proper words)

I still had the majority of the essays of doom to write, so I couldn’t really go visiting until they were done. Unless of course i could prove to the university that mum was ill and in hospital. So for the best part of a week I worried and fretted, got frustrated and nearly gave up at least once (i do this, it’s normal) but i handed in essays that I was reasonably pleased with on time.

It was only at this point¬† I could finally go see mum, which required a visit to the land that the internet forgot. I saw mum and was reassured that she was ‘going to be okay’ although it will be a while until the pain subsides.

So I had to venture back across the country to sign the lease for the new flat (we are moving in less than 2 weeks) and sort out some other paperwork etc.

Then it was time to venture back across the country to check up on mum and to wish my younger sister a Happy 18th Birthday etc.

Mum was released from hospital on my sister’s birthday which is good. I ventured back across the country the following day and have spent the last few days catching up on sleep and reading the internet. I’m not sure if I’m even nearing being up to date, but at least I know that mum will be okay, my sister had an okay birthday and I have a flat for next year. I still don’t know if I have passed all three of the essays of doom, hopefully I will find out in the next few days.

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 apologies

Posted in Uncategorized by minichessemouse on June 17, 2011
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Drat and botheration it seems i have been neglecting you my poor readers for quite some time. Okay so i dont have many readers, but you get the idea. So my exams are done and most of the results are in, most of them seem to look okay, but the official results are yet to appear. I am a year older than when i wrote here last which is part of the reasoning behind my prolonged absence, that and a distinct lack of internet chez moi. Its almost time for me to up sticks and move out of my current flat, i need to find work, sort out benifits and the ongoing phone fiasco. Toniight is the first time in a week i have even had a glimpse of internet and this is being posted from my tiny smartphone. If university and life came with report cards, i think mine would read “Could do better” which is probably very true. I will try not to leave it so long next time between posts. And now im off to read everything you have all been up to.

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.

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