Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The Katharine Update

Well, Friday wasn't pretty, but I did it. I did an all-nighter on Thursday night, something I very rarely do. Steven stayed up all night too over in Belfast - he spent hours and hours typing up my hand-written pages of transcription. Thank you babe, I really couldn't have done it without you, I'm still in awe at how much work you did for me.

Still, everything seemed to go wrong for me on Friday and the two copies I handed in at five minutes to five consisted of 150 unbound, loose sheets of paper, in mis-matched folders and with the colour pages wrongly numbered. I spent most of the evening in tears, feeling like I'd let everyone down. It's okay though, I got two fresh copies printed and bound on Saturday morning and despite worrying about it all weekend, was able to swap them over with no problems at all. So there you have it, my dissertation's done, yippee! Only my exams to go now.

What else has happened in the past few weeks? Well, not a whole lot, seeing as I was holed up in front of my computer for most of the time. But there are a couple of things.

On top of everything else, I found out on Friday evening that I didn't get onto the teacher training course I applied for. Ho hum. I am quite glad I found out then though, it saved feeling shitty on two separate days. But I'm not sure that it's an entirely bad thing. I had been wondering whether I really did still want to go into teaching and whether I was just applying purely because it was what I'd always thought I would do. Now I can go off and find something else that I want to do - maybe even start looking into starting my own flower shop! So although things are a little bit up in the air at the moment, I am quite excited about what the future might hold.

The other thing is that I'm going to be doing a forty-mile walk - in under 24 hours - a week on Saturday! A friend of mine is doing it with her dad and a group of other people and she asked me if I'd like to come too. I've never done anything like this before but I decided I needed a physical challenge for a change. The walk is across the North Yorkshire Moors, a route called the Lyke Wake Walk. And we're just doing it for the fun(?) of it, it's not a sponsored event (although, I'm sure you could sponsor me if you wanted to). I'm looking forward to it but I'm a bit nervous - it is a very long way. We walked twelve miles at the weekend without any problems though, which is a good start.

That's really everything major. I'm going to Belfast this weekend to see my boy, although I will spend much of the time sitting quietly in the lab while he gets on with his work. I'm thinking revision - or perhaps I'll join Flickr and put up the blogroll that I've been meaning to do for weeks on end!

Oh, and despite my not having posted anything for ages, visits to this blog have been fairly consistent for the past couple of weeks. Hi! Who are you all? I'm sorry it's been a bit dull around here, I'll try to do better from now on.

One last thing. I am aware that this should be Self Portrait Tuesday, but having been in a bit of a post-dissertation haze since Friday, I don't have anything to post. Instead (and I suppose it does fit in with the time theme) here are come photos of spring, which arrived in Edinburgh sometime in the past few weeks, completely unnoticed by me!


At 9:02 PM, Blogger Dutch said...

congratulations, Katherine. I'm sure it was great.

At 10:47 PM, Blogger Magpie K said...

Thanks Dutch, I do feel quite good about it now that I've got the shiny bound copies handed in. And I did work really hard on it!

At 11:19 PM, Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

Congrats on completing your dissertation! I bet that is a huge load off.

Thanks for delurking. I just thought I'd drop by and say hi back!

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Magpie K said...

Thanks! It's nice to have new commenters!


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