Well hello there! My term ended last Thursday and whilst I thought it would be an emotional day having my last lecture, it turns out I was just pretty darned relieved that I didn’t have any further content to revise.
Which brings me onto REVISION. I’ve only just begun and I’m already sick of it. Too much bloody content. Anyway during this rather horrible period I always feel a bit shit so I thought I’d remind myself and share with you guys that I’m not actually (completely) incompetent.
Without further ado, here is a list of things I *think* I’m good at:
- Candy Crush– I am GOOD at this game. I can spot a speckled candy or a packet faster than you can spot your mum. OHHHHHHHH.
- Formatting on Microsoft Word– I’ll have you know that this is an art form. Tables, borders, shaded cells. You name it, I can do it. I even got commended during my internship for sorting out some dodgy line spacing. Don’t mess.
- Remembering song lyrics– I often recite entire songs in my head when I can’t sleep. My favourites are ‘She will be loved’ by Maroon 5 and ‘Just Lose It’ by Eminem when I’m feeling adventurous.
- Flipping omelettes– I don’t do anything extravagant like chuck it in the air but I have perfected balancing it on the spatula and turning it over before it breaks. It’s all in the wrist action.
- Clicking my joints in weird and wonderful ways– Disgusted? I hope so. *clicks neck*
- Identifying sequences– There’s a reason I study Mathematics. I was once good at it.
- Acting like I’m listening when I’m not– You need to strike the balance between smiling and nodding and mhmm-ing at the right time.
- Enjoying my own company– I think more people need to get better at this. I am perfectly happy entertaining myself (titter). No but seriously I don’t feel alone even if I’m by myself.
- Reading quickly– I don’t know how many words per minute but I’m fast. I can read heavyweight books in a day.
- Finding good gifts– If Maths doesn’t work out, I think I could set up a successful tailored gift service. I like giving people kooky but practical things.
- Using keyboard shortcuts– It physically pains me to see people using their mouse to do things a keyboard could do in half the time.
- Not wasting money– I don’t get a high from retail therapy but I do when I see my bank statement.
- Being on time– not late, not early, on time. I think people who arrive early are nearly as annoying as people who arrive late.
- Adjusting to the situation– I can be sharp and serious when it matters, quiet when I need to be, loud when I want to be, and social if I have to.
Wowwww this list really isn’t very impressive.
Over and Out!
So I made a list of things I wanted to do over Summer and I thought it might be a good idea to check if I actually did any of them. I know it’s October but better late than never. Here goes:
- Buy clothes for my internship (so that I look good while I succeed! )
I had a very successful shopping trip with my dad. I managed to buy five shirts/blouses for under £60 so I was well chuffed! Shame I didn’t give two hoots about what I was wearing about a week into the internship.
- Visit all my friends who I haven’t seen in a while
I visited a few close friends but nowhere near everyone I hoped to see. GUILTY!
Me and JK
- Buy clothes for my cousin’s wedding
Ah ha ha the last minute panic that was my Paris trip. I really liked the green asian style maxi dress I bought- made me feel a million dollars!
- Be nice to my cousin who doesn’t like me when she comes to visit
This went surprisingly well actually. I think we both made a conscious effort to be warmer towards each other even though we don’t see eye to eye. I’m pleased we parted on good terms.
- Think seriously about fourth year modules and start collecting past papers/ problem sheet solutions
I dedicated quite a lot of time thinking about my final year and how I needed to boost my marks. I find it amusing that the modules I decided to do this term are exactly what I originally planned to do before all the scrutiny and over analysis of past papers. Sometimes it really is best not to overthink. I’m very happy with my choices.
- Bake lasagna for my parents again
Shockingly I got around to doing this. It was a real pain getting my parents out the kitchen but I succeeded in baking something edible. It was good but there is definitely room for improvement (more white sauce!)
Om nom nom
- Start writing down Mum’s recipes (step one of wife training)
This didn’t happen… I’m clearly putting off wife training. I should just start apologising to my husband now. If he exists.
- Organise a holiday somewhere in Europe for September
I must have spent hours looking at potential destinations but did I go anywhere? NOPE. In part, I blame my parents because they were so reluctant. My mum’s preference is always to go to Pakistan to see family but that means never getting a chance to actually explore the country. My dad’s preference is to minimise spending and if he had it his way we’d be in a tiny self catering hostel and seeing lots of places but not actually ‘doing’ anything. Either way, not the holiday I was looking for.
- Start reading A Game of Thrones
Alas this didn’t happen either. HOWEVER I did manage to read quite a few books during my jury service because there was so much waiting around. I just love reading sessions- I really miss it during term time. Technically speaking I could read a few pages everyday but I find that very unsatisfying. I prefer to totally immerse myself into a new world not just dip in and out of it.
- Spend a day baking
I had a lovely day baking fairy cakes with my beautiful cousin Mele. They came out so soft and fluffy! I also whipped the cream by hand which required some serious elbow grease but it came out well. We decorated the cakes with flakes and sprinkles and gosh they were scrummy!
Who doesn’t love a bit of rainbow sprinkles?!
- Go to Thorpe Park
Hmmm I went to Alton Towers instead which was a real trek so I think it should count. NEXTTT
- Watch: Hangover 3, The King’s Speech, Season 7 and 8 of House, the last series of Doctor Who…and all the other stuff saved on our Sky Box
This was my proudest achievement. I watched it all! I’ve officially seen every episode of House. Totally cried when it ended.
- Sort out all the papers and folders scattered across my room
I dedicated an entire day sifting through the crap in my room. I don’t know how I amass so much paper. By the end I had a pile up to my knees that went straight into recycling. Now there’s more room for me to collect new crap. Huzzah!
- Back up my files and wipe my laptop(asaurus) because it’s so damn slow!
I actually wiped my laptop TWICE but I still haven’t bothered to copy my files over. Turns out all I really need is the internet!
- Do some reading for my fourth year project- maybe even form an outline of how I want to structure it
I was quite annoyed that I couldn’t do much for my project over the Summer but I wasn’t the only one so I don’t feel so bad. I have a truckload to do for it now though. Le sigh.
- Finish furnishing my Neohome
Neopets took a back seat this Summer. Am I growing up? NOOOOOOOO. (I still play the stock market. I will never give it up.)
- Finish decorating the Disney Princesses wall in my room (I’m a grown up, honest)
I did the colouring….but I still need to cut them out and stick them on my wall. It was surprisingly therapeutic just sitting there deciding which shade of pink was right for Aurora’s dress. #lifedecisions
See how well I kept in the lines. Such a pro.
- Lose a few pounds or worse comes to worst, don’t put ON any more weight!
I didn’t lose weight. On the plus side, I didn’t really gain anything either. In my books, that’s a win!
- KEEP BLOGGING!
I think I did just enough though I got super busy during my internship…
Overall I think I did quite well. Did most of the important things on the list!
Over and Out!
You ever find that you can do things for other people but that you can’t do them for yourself? Why does that happen?!
Let me give you some examples.
I am scared of the dark. I know. I’m a wuss. There’s something about the thought of what’s lurking in the shadows that just creeps me out. However if I’m with anyone else, particularly younger cousins, I’m fearless and constantly reassuring them that there’s nothing to be scared of. Why can’t I do that when I’m alone?
I could be tackling something (like Maths problem for example) and get horribly stuck. If I’ve tried and failed a few times, I’ll eventually give up. However if someone else asks me for help on the same problem, I will persevere until I find the answer. This happened to me this morning with regards to a question about Statistical modelling. I’d never have bothered to take the time to actually think it through unless my friend asked for help. I think it’s because I hate letting other people down and that forces my brain to get into gear. Disappointing myself is fine though clearly -_-
I can forgive my friends for almost anything. Over the years, I think I’ve let some big stuff slide but I’m not that easy on myself. If I feel like I’ve screwed up, I’m the first one to berate myself and the last one to stop.
I am a lazy shite. I’d happily live on Rice Krispies and omelette because I seriously can’t be bothered to cook for myself. As soon as someone else needs to eat though, I’ll take the time to actually make something that contributes to their 5 a day and make some rotis. Shock. Horror. It’ll even taste nice.
Over and Out!
On my days off, I’m usually in charge of making lunch (or in my case breakfast) but today my Dad kindly volunteered to make it instead. I got the call/yell from downstairs that food was ready (Aluuuu nechay ao!) and I saw this:
I like vegetables… you know as an accompaniment to real food. I was sure that my dad would bring something else out like some grilled fish, roast chicken perhaps (wishful thinking), heck even some potatoes. Nothing came.
I stared at my dad all blank faced and said ‘but where is the food?’ to which he said ‘this is the food’.
Disappointment level: Jack Sparrow
But why is the rum gone?!
I ate my bland rabbit food but I’ll be making my own lunch in future, thank you very much.
Over and Out!
There is more to life than just academia and internships. There are life skills to be learnt such as… making roti.
I’ve been practicing it for a while now. I can’t say that I enjoy it (it’s boring and repetitive) but it’s something that has to be done. My dad will be gravely disappointed if I don’t make roti for my hubby so I’ll just have to make a roti-making music motivating playlist. Sigh.
Anyhow I thought I’d share my roti making progress. Forgive the baggy clothing and greasy hair that you could probably fry an egg on…
I roll that dough
I cook that dough
Look at it rise baby!