12 Days…

19 04 2012

…till all my essays are done, and I begin revision for my final set of exams.

… by 11am on the 29th of May, I will be all done with University.

Scary stuff.

In other news: Lostprophets concert tomorrow! My sister is psyched, and I’m glad, because they’re one of her favourite bands. Hopefully, I will come home with my hearing in tact. Maybe not.


Nervous Chuckle

18 03 2010

I’m sort of surprised that I haven’t found a single thing to post about in the last six months. Yes, six. I think it’s because I had too much going on. Let’s start from the beginning.

I started Uni again back at the beginning of October and I have to say that it’s going SO much better this time. It’s getting close to the end of the second term and I’m still as focused as ever. As well as Media, Film and Cultural Studies, I’m taking Marketing (which can be hard, but gratifying), and Universe as an Art, which I wanted to take last time round. I’m getting good grades, all 2:1’s and 1st’s, making friends, and having a good time. I’m really enjoying myself, which is a big change from last year.

Living off campus has a big part to do with this me thinks. Despite the traffic waking me up in the early morn, and the random drunk people that stray past the house late at night, it’s a pretty good house, and I fell in with Emily’s (my house mate’s) friendship group, which has been really fun. Pudding partys, meals out… definitely all to the good.

However, a couple of weeks into my first term, my Granddad passed away. I willingly admit that I wasn’t the closest with my Grandparents, but I did love my Granddad; I have fond memories of watching The Pink Panther videos over and over again, and having paper airplane fights from behind the living room sofa’s and armchairs. May he rest in peace.

It shook me up quite a bit. We hadn’t had a death in the family before and I wasn’t ready for it at all because is was a sudden death. Also, I’d only just started my new course, I was trying to get used to the larger amount of work I had this time round, and it sent me into a tail spin which took me a break out of. There was all other sorts of drama going on at the same time which wasn’t helping.

There was a ray of light though. And his name is Alex. I’ve told him before, but I was so appreciative of him in those weeks. We’d met at the beginning of term at one of the hiking socials, and then again through Emily (and her boyfriend, Luke), then we started bumping into each other on the bus. He made me laugh so much, it really brightened my day. Then, towards the end of term, he asked me out. And we’ve been going out since. 🙂

I’ve been doing pretty well with losing weight, what with eating smaller meals and doing more walking up and down the hills around town. I’ve nearly lost one stone, which I’m pretty proud of. 8 more lbs and I’ll be down to my ideal weight, and will hopefully have dropped a size in trousers (I already have in tops).

After hardly anything happening with Caleb’s Hope for a long while, we’re now in the midst of a flurry of activity! We’ve had nine new volunteers officially sign themselves up as supporters of our cause: Patrick Gallagher, Carly Pope, Emilie Ullerup, Kyle Cassie, Brandy Kopp, David Kopp, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Gabrielle Miller, and Alana Husband. We’re also working to get the website revamped, as it’s been needing to be done up for a year now. It’s also been a year since I joined Caleb’s Hope, which is amazing to think. This last year has gone by so quickly!

Whilst I’m on the subject of Caleb’s Hope, I’ve added a new link to the sidebar of this journal: Annabelle Choi is completing an internship with Caleb’s Hope as a designer. I’ve seen some of her designs, and they’re looking really good! Please, show your support and watch her journal to see her designs.

Lastly, after discussions about accommodation and travelling, I decided to go to ECHO-1, a Dollhouse convention! The current guests are Tahmoh Penikett, Mark Sheppard, Dichen Lachman, Fran Kranz, and Miracle Laurie. So excited to meet every single one of them. And, I will be meeting Bertha, a fellow CH e-Team member who really makes me laugh, and reads my essays for me to check that they make sense 😉

Also, I have a GOLD ticket. GOOOOLLDDD!! I’ve never bought a gold ticket before, because they’ve been too expensive. But as I’m saving over £100 on accommodation, and Bertha has one, I figured, why not? I get to sit at the front, go to the meet and greet, and get photos with each of the cast. Man. I have to keep pinching myself. I haven’t been this excited about the convention in a long time.

That’s all I’ve got for now! Hopefully it won’t be as long until my next post.

Alcohol: Playing the Part

10 08 2009

Everything expressed in this post and on this blog is entirely my opinion. I do no claim any of it to be based on fact.

There’s a question which I keep circling back to again and again; why do people feel like they need to drink themselves into a stupor? And I keep coming up with the same answer: escapism.

It seems to me that people go out at night and drink large amounts of alcohol because it makes them different and carefree. They feel like they can have fun this way, they can be someone other than themselves, someone confident, someone with no fear.

Some people may ask, why is this a bad thing? To which I ask, why can’t people be like this, confident, fun, and carefree, without the alchol?

I, personally, don’t have a good time going out to clubs and having people laugh, talk, and dance drunkenly around me. It also doesn’t help that people try to pressure into drinking more, because they aren’t comfortable that I don’t want to drink like them, and I don’t feel the need to get inordinately drunk to have a good time.

Some of it is my own problem (as some people would like to call it, I call it my choice) but then, it isn’t my problem when people start pressuring me. People just don’t seem to see where I’m coming from, or that I’m entirely comfortable with myself the way I am. Sober.

It’s frustrating and puts me off night life altogether, because I don’t feel I need that hassle.

It is such a shame that this leaves people like myself jaded about student life, and student night life. And it is also a pity that people don’t feel like they can be themselves without alcohol.

Edit: One of the automatically generated posts that appeared at the bottom of this one is a woman talking about a similar thing to me. I thought I’d share. (HERE)


8 12 2008

So much trying to post every day. That went down the pan in the first couple of days! But now it’s been, what, two weeks since I last posted? Yeah, oops.

Here’s a quick update for any lurkers out there then:

– I dropped out of my course at University, and am now at home, looking for a job that will last me until I start my new University course back at Lancaster next year. I’m going to be doing Film and Cultural Studies, which I think will suit me a lot better; I adore watching and talking about films and television, and writing about them is something I’d like to get more practice of, so it will be good.

– So far, job searching wise, I’ve written seven letters to media based companies/businesses in Manchester, and I’ve received two… well, they’re not rejections, but they don’t have any vacancies available for me at the moment. I appreciate them getting back to me, even just to tell me that, there’s nothing worse than being left hanging.

– General life wise, my friends should be coming back from their universities soon, and I’m looking forward to spending time with them over Christmas! I see many DVD nights and cinema trips in store for me, and the more the merrier as soon as I get the money back for my deposit/accommodation!

– Lastly, (at least, I think it’s lastly), I have some more icons! I seemed to notice that either my icons enticed people over here, or my facebook did!, and I had 28 views in one day! No comments, heh, but the most views I’ve ever had. And it wasn’t me just checking back to see how many views I’d had.

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– Okay, never mind… definitely lastly(!!), I’d like to send you all over to an Role Playing Game site I’m involved with called Pacific Callista Role-play. We’re currently on hiatus over the Christmas holidays, but that gives you chance to have a look around, and see if you want to join us? Yes? Please?

Done now ^.^ ttfn.

Why So Serious?

10 11 2008

Sorry, I went to see The Dark Knight again last night, but this time in the student cinema at my University. The film is still as brilliant on my third viewing of it. However, I refuse to put my arse through the pain of sitting in that lecture theatre for three and a half hours again. The film isn’t that long, someone set the fire alarm off which delayed the start of the film.

Only on rare occasions have I felt a high from finally getting work done. The one other time I can remember, prior to yesterday when I finished my Geography essay, was after I’d completed my AS level exams; I came home, sat out in the back garden because the weather was beautiful, then when something ‘funny’ happened, I dissolved into hysterics for several minutes, I couldn’t stop! Yesterday, I wasn’t that bad, but I sat at my desk, talking on the internet, bouncing around for a couple of hours because I was so hyper. Deary me.

I handed in the essay this morning, so I don’t have to worry about that again until I get my marks back… oh Gods…

Anyway, the rest of today, if the best laid plans of my mice and men occur, will consist of:

– Going to my Geography skills lecture for the first time in two weeks (eek!). We have a new lecture, whom from what I could discern of his personality over… hang on, I think I’ve remembered who it is! The lecturer at the beginning of term who was actually funny! Yes! If it’s him, I’m going to be a very happy bunny! Anyway…

– Watching Battlestar Galactica Razor which arrived today *beams* DVD quality pretty! Which I keep because I bought it myself! =D

– Heading down to Sainsburys this evening for some shopping before dinner; they have better offers later on in the day, and I need some food in to eat which isn’t currently stored in the freezer.

I have no idea what to do this evening… maybe write? I haven’t written anything substantial in ages. Might try writing some more of a script I’m working on, I’ve been neglecting it of late, and I really need to figure out where the story is going to go in the long term.

Finally, I don’t know how many people actually read this blog… so, please, could everyone post a comment? Even if it just says “Hi”, or any other variation of a greeting. Please? Pretty please?

*Puss in Boots eyes*

Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming…

22 10 2008

That’s what we do, we swim, swim.

Today, I originally intended to start an essay which is due in a good 20 days, early start I thought. Nope. After feeling pretty up, down, up, down, down… for the past few days, I decided Wednesday afternoon would be a chance to spend time on one of my hobbies; icon making.

I posted some of the pictures I was using up on my livejournal, because I thought they were gorgeous, then managed to post a new batch of icons as well. The batch was pretty much all Battlestar Galactica centric, but what does that matter if I’m happy with them?

The pictures are here, and the icons are here, if any lurkers fancy taking a look.

One of my friends has been searching for a job since before the summer holidays and, after an interview today, he finally managed to get one! Congratulations to him.

The list of guests for Chevron Seven (a Stargate convention being held next February) is slowly getting longer. At the moment, I’m going to get to meet:
– Joe Flanigan (Lt. Colonel John Sheppard, Stargate Atlantis)
– Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex, Stargate Atlantis)
– Alexis Cruz (Skaara, Stargate & Stargate SG-1)
– Colin Cunningham (Major Paul Davis, Stargate SG-1)
Can I say, yay?! All guys, not that I’m complaining, and it’s going to be great to meet them all. =]

I think pretty much all of my flatmates are going out later, so that means I can potter about and do whatever the heck I want this evening without being distracted at all. Also, if I get to bed early enough, I should be able to sleep through without them waking me up when they get back *big grin*.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to get something to eat.

And remember, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…

What Is Wrong With Me?

17 10 2008

I am so unmotivated right now, it’s untrue.

I’ve finally managed to admit that I’m feeling homesick. A friend suggested going home for the weekend, but to be honest, I don’t think I’d be able to come back.

I feel lethargic, and down, and I really really want to like my lectures, feel motivated towards doing my work but I just don’t.

Oh Gods, what do I do?

EDIT I decided to watch “Mock the Week” — thank you guys (and girls), you cheered me up enormously!