Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Self Portrait Tuesday

April fool - week 4

Goodness, it's Tuesday again already. The last Tuesday in April no less. I'm still in the middle of my exams and so April foolishness isn't really happening too much around here at the minute. But I don't want to miss a week, so here is today's self-portrait.

I know it's been done before and I certainly can't match this but here is my take on being a fool for love:

Me and Steven dancing together (the St Bernard's Waltz, which I love) at the CHV Ball last month. I love this; dancing with Steven makes me feel like we're in our own little world, just us two,in love with each other. I must admit though, the photo is a little unsetting - almost like watching your own wedding.

Steven and I are both mega-busy with exams and coursework right now and don't get much chance to speak to each other. I can't wait until all this is over and we can be together again.

More SPTers here and here.

Friday, April 21, 2006

What was I thinking?

When I was in my fourth year of secondary school, I apparently said to my Mum that I quite enjoyed exams.

I have no idea why I said that.

I take it back.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Self Portrait Tuesday

April fool - week 3

I'm not really feeling too foolish again today. My first exam essay is due in on Friday and so far, I'm finding it quite hard.

Since I'm still in the middle of what is essentially an exam, I'm a little hesitant about showing all I'm writing about, in case that counts as cheating (I know, who's to know, but still). But in fact I think this altered version represents my current state of mind quite nicely.


(More SPTs)

Thursday, April 13, 2006

That's better

8 hours in the library, exam essay questions that I think I'll be happy enough answering and exciting post waiting for me when I got home! (Excuse the crappy photo, I had to put it on straight out of the envelope and I've just realised my mirror could do with a polish!)

Thank you, thank you, thank you Amanda for posting about Threadless. I am in love with this tee and I have a feeling that website's going to be a dangerous place for me from now on!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

I am my own worst enemy

I am so distractable. My first exam essay questions are released tomorrow, with the essay itself due a week on Friday. Then I have an exam a week on Monday, then a few days reprieve, then another exam essay and another exam. So I should be revising, right?

Yep, except I'm having serious difficulties getting my head down and getting work done. I don't think I've ever got the knack for revision and I certainly don't enjoy it (does anyone?).

So starting tomorrow, I have to defeat myself in this. Until Saturday 6th May, revision is a necessary evil and other, more interesting things - like blogs - will have to take a bit of a back seat. I'm not sure how many people actually read this anyway; if it wasn't for Dutch and Google Analytics, I'd think it was only Steven and my mum. Well, for the next three weeks or so, things might be a bit dull(er) around here. Maybe after that my life will become a little more interesting to the general blogging public.

Here's hoping.

Self Portrait Tuednesday

April fool - week 2

I cracked my arm off a big door handle in the university library yesterday afternoon and spent the rest of the day trying not to move it because it hurt too much. So I wasn't really feeling foolish in an April kind of way.

Instead, here is a picture of me during a charity fundraiser for CHV last October. We were blindfolded, driven down into Cumbria in England and had to find our own way back to Edinburgh in teams. Our team were dressed as pirates. The event also included a scavenger hunt - this picture was taken in the middle of a supermarket where we were trying to blag some of the things on the list. And just as Hannah took the picture, I stepped backwards into a fridge - hence the weird face!

Hmmm, nice.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Defeated by the elements

Yesterday I walked 33 miles. We weren't able to complete the walk because the weather turned nasty on us.

The full thing is 42 miles. We started walking at 3.30am and got to the pub just short of half-way at 11am - an hour ahead of our projected time. After that, we were walking across moorland for miles and miles. It had been wet and the terrain was all heather and squidgy bog, which slowed us right down. It took us nearly 6 hours to do what we should've done in 3. The weather had been fine all morning, cold and bright. In the early afternoon we had a bit of thunder and some squally hail-showers which weren't too bad because they passed quickly and didn't get us that wet. But then it started snowing. It got really thick - almost white-out conditions - and it just didn't stop. It was too dangerous to carry on and at the pace we'd slowed down to we wouldn't have finished until 10 or 11pm, which would've meant walking in the snow and the dark. I think bad weather is quite often a problem though - my friend's dad, who was walking with us, had attempted that walk 8 times before. He finished it 5 times, but the other three all had to be abandoned because of the weather.

I don't feel like we failed though. I mean, I walked
thirty-three miles! That's a lot further than I've ever walked before. We were walking for fifteen hours. And if we hadn't had to call it off, I think I would've managed to make it to the end. So really, I'm pretty proud of myself. I actually enjoyed most of it too. I'm very stiff and quite sore today but I don't really mind. It's all self-inflicted so I can't moan! Oh, and my biggest achievement of the day ... I have NO BLISTERS!!!

We're planning to try again sometime in the summer when it's drier and less likely to snow. So we'll just call this the practice run!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Feeling strangely fine

Yeah, I feel better now. Quite excited actually!

This time tomorrow I will have been walking for six hours already. We start at 4am, hoping to be finished around 9pm. I'm really looking forward to seeing the sunrise, I hope it's worth it.

Off to get the train now. See you on the other side! Have a good weekend.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

I think I may be crazy

I'm going to Yorkshire tomorrow, to do the Lyke Wake Walk on Saturday. I've just about finished packing, I can't believe how much stuff I have to take. I'm in a bad mood (I always get like this when I'm packing the evening before travelling anywhere) and right now, trying to walk forty miles doesn't exactly seem like the best idea in the world.

Bleugh. Here's hoping I feel differently tomorrow. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Self Portrait Tuesday

April fool - week 1

A new month, a new theme. This month our self portraits are meant to be all about having fun, so there I was this afternoon, trying on sunglasses in the departure lounge while waiting for my flight to leave Belfast, taking pictures in the mirror when no-one was looking!

Oh yes. I am the next Nicole Ritchie. And visible price labels are most definitely the next big thing.

More SPTers here and here.

Monday, April 03, 2006

A birthday and other things

Today is my mum's birthday. Happy Birthday Mum! I love you. She opened her present this morning, so I can finally show you what it was:

Mum's Auntie Annie used to have spoons like these and Mum would have coffee when she went to visit just so that she could have the one with the pink coffee bean on the handle. I'm sorry there isn't a pink one in this set Mum.

I went to the dentist this morning. Steven's sister is a dentist so she looks over my teeth every so often - for free (shhh!). Today I needed my first ever filling. I'd never had my teeth drilled into before, eugh! I had a numb face for the whole afternoon but the fully animated version is back in action now.

I've been in the computer lab with Steven all evening, as I have been the whole weekend. We've not got home earlier than 11pm since I got over here. Steven's deadlines are looming and I've been trying to help as much as I can, especially since he was so good to me during my dissertation marathon.

As luck would have it, tomorrow is co2me off it day. We decided to raise awareness of both this event and Steven's final project by emailing everyone on his course a flyer and by directing them to this page (which I made!)

I've been messing around with this wee logo all day. Isn't it cool?

So don't forget, switch them off tomorrow!