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So I had a good trip. York was great as it always is. The pantomime was really good, it’s the last week so the cast were really entertaining and up for making jokes. If you figure that you burn such and such number of calories for every fifteen minutes of laughing, then just seeing that show can be considered one of your weekly workouts. I really hope that I’m in a position to go see it again next year. I finally remembered this year to write a request for Ank. My first year I didn’t know how you did them until I saw the little box in the lobby of the theatre and then last year I completely forgot. I may have written it on the train down but she didn’t expect a thing and I think it was a nice surprise to get it read out at the end.

I was really nervous heading out to Bangor the next day mainly for all the reasons I’ve already written about. I managed to get a birthday card and some chocolate in York so at least I didn’t feel too bad about it. She came and met me at the train station and then introduced me to some friends and we had some dinner. Turns out she had down the huge 21st thing the night before as they’re actually already started the semester there. I went to her rehearsal which was nice but dragged on for ever and ended going back to her flat early and going to bed. She was very nice and even offered her bed as she was going to be late. I spent the next day wandering around. It seems nice enough, the town is definitely bigger in a sense than St Andrews but also quite distinct. It’s also not as beautiful as St Andrews but then very few places are. The train ride there from Chester however is gorgeous as you come around the coast past the mountains. I’ll probably have to go back at some point, see the School of Ocean Sciences, interview that sort of thing. I had a little break down on the way back as I’d been meaning to run into York to buy one of the little wooden mice that I like to buy as souvenirs and I had it planned out that the train out get in with enough time for me to run into town and be back again, however I messed up and didn’t double check my trains and ended up getting into York an hour later than I was hoping. The whole idea of going to Bangor has been sort of ups and downs for me and the fact that I’d messed up really hit me hard. But I got home in the end and that was almost worth it. I’m still trying to source a wooden mouse from somewhere. I’m almost considering asking on Ravelry.

getting up today was nice, my own bed and for once the sun was trying to peek out. I decided way back that I had to give my aborted attempts as running another try and I finally got around to restarting c25k this morning. The first interval I ran almost felt easy and I was surprised to feel like I hadn’t been running very long at all. By the end of the work out I was tired but that’s to be expected. I feel good about it and it felt great to be running again, especially as my last run was almost two months ago. I’m going to try to give it all it’s worth this time around.

Well that’s it for me, tomorrow I’ll talk about some archery and knitting news. Hopefully with pictures.

And I’m off. Still nervous about Bangor, especially seeing as facebook just told me that the friend I’m staying with’s 21st birthday is tomorrow when I’m staying over. Awkward much? Anyhow I have had to remind myself that I’m making assumptions, a) that I am not really welcome b) that it will be awkward and c) that I’m not really going to have a good time there. I need to remind myself these things are probably not true. She told me I could come, if she didn’t want me to she could have make some excuse. It might be awkward it might not I won’t know until I go. If I go into it thinking I won’t have a good time then I won’t. Focus on tonight which will be fun and let everything else fall into place. With that I really should be running, I need to run by the AU, the post office and Tesco before meeting An for the bus.

I’m off to York and Bangor tomorrow. I’m excited for the York part of the trip, this is an annual trip to go see the show. We stay at the same place, eat at the same restaurant but most of all I think it will be nice to get out of St Andrews. Still nervous about Bangor, I sort of feel like I’m spending a lot of money to really just look at the town and like I should have put more planning into this. Anyhow the friend I’m staying with seems up for me coming so that’s good. Well I should get to bed I need to get up early tomorrow morning.

I’ve been in a sort of hibernation mood all week I think due to the release of stress after having taken my exam. Speaking of my exam I believe that it went quite well, I felt comfortable with the questions and I knew what I was writing about. I wrote an essay about thunderstorms which luckily had been on the other past paper so I really looked at that question depth. I also wrote an essay on the Hadley circulation which I don’t feel as confident about but I wrote what I knew which I hope will be enough. So exams done I can relax (a little) before classes start in two weeks. Though I still have dissertation stuff to deal with.

The archery team had a match against Aberdeen and Heriot Watt yesterday which wasn’t the best for us seeing as we haven’t shot since the middle of December. We came third but we all shot fairly respectably. I got 473 with 14 golds and 8 9’s. I’m quite proud of the number of golds I got, in one dozen half my arrows where 10’s. But during the last two dozen I started to get really tired and my shooting declined but still shooting fairly close to 500 with quite good accuracy after not shooting in quite some time is nice. I have three more chances, the H2H, BUCS and SUS indoors to try to beat my pb. The next big competition is BUTC in a few weeks but the qualifier is a Bray so that should be something new. In general archery hasn’t really one as well as I’d hoped this year. I think it’s been a combination of me being in charge, u having early and awkward match dates and most importantly not having a coach anymore. I had originally hoped to hit 540 this year but that’s not longer at this point going to happen, I would be happy at this point to hit 520 or beat my pb if not the former. I still have a chance I suppose it’s just frustrating at times.

I’m leaving tomorrow to spend a few days travelling, I’m going down to York to see the pantomime there with An and then going off to Bangor to check out the uni. I’m looking forward to York but sort of dreading Bangor, I’m going to stay with a girl I went to Indo with which is sort of awkward seeing as I don’t know her that well but I asked and she said I could sleep on her sofa. I’m probably not going to be able to tour the uni or anything but at least I can poke around and see if I can see myself spending a year there. From when I did the college search I do remember that there were some places that I just couldn’t see myself studying there.

On the knitting front I’m still plugging away with the jaywalkers. I finished the first sock on thursday. I was worried that I would run out of yarn which made me a bit reluctant to finish it. I hate knitting all the way to find out I don’t have enough and ripping back days worth of work, I’m such a product knitter that way. Anyhow I didn’t run out of yarn though I probably one had maybe two yards left. I’m very pleased with the look and feel of the pattern. I initially had some reservations about the yarn after what I’d seen on Ravelry but I really like it now and it’s fun to see new colours enter your knitting. As for taking pictures the weather has been so grey and horrible every since I got back so I haven’t had a chance to take any pictures. As soon as there’s a sunny day I’m going to go snap happy. Jane okayed the yarn and pattern for her commission so I’m going to have to order that all, I’m dithering over whether one ball will be enough or I should just buy two in case, I can always offer it for a trade over Ravelry if I don’t use the second ball. I’m gearing up for the Ravelympics as well getting what I’m going to knit and in what order all set. It should be fun I think.

I won’t mention the fact that I’m being a total geographer and bringing coloured pencils to the exam. 🙂

Exam is in little over half an hour. I have to trust that my revising has been thorough enough. I feel like there isn’t really much that I can learn better so here it goes.

On the knitting front I’m done with the heel flap and will move on to turning the heel and picking up the gusset tonight.

So long.

I had a bit of a lazy day holed up in my room and didn’t manage to get out and enjoy the sunshine. I have been working on my jaywalker socks which is a project a long time in the works. I bought the yarn to make those way back in June and had hoped to finish them over the summer, alas I didn’t and I started them yesterday. There’s something really exciting about starting a project that you’ve been meaning to knit for a while or finally using yarn that you bought ages ago. I’m half an inch from finishing the leg of the first sock so I should finish that and move on to the heel flap tomorrow.

As I think I said earlier, I don’t really feel like there’s anything more that I can do to revise for my exam tomorrow afternoon. I might review some terms and think about it a little tomorrow. But right now I’m for my bed and I will actually be getting up for breakfast in the morning, something that hasn’t happened for a while.

After what has seemed like cloudy grey weather ever since I got back the sun is finally out. I’m going to take this rare opportunity to go take some pictures of recent knits so keep your eyes open for those.

My revision is good as always, the exam is tomorrow afternoon and at this point I don’t really know what else I can do except just keep going over stuff. I’m not going to bother learning mid-latitude climate because I know I can’t teach it to myself in a way that I’ll actually know it and I think if I know everything else well it won’t matter if I don’t know that. I’ll let you know how the whole thing goes. During my revision session yesterday which was also a bit of dissertation discussion and whingeing about the geography department my friend suggested that I use the Orielton data as my second data set. If I am allowed to us it, it would save em having to go out and collect data here, it would be around the same time that I collected my US data and would have a stronger analytical result because it’s the same body of water. Now just the scary part of emailing my supervisor (who I haven’t spoken to since September) to tell him what I’ve come up with and then the head of biology to ask if I can use the data.

Anyhow, it’s sunny out and that’s all that matters right now.

I had a slow start to my revision yesterday and had a lot of trouble dragging myself out of my room to get down to it. I also received the marks for one of my classes and it was not as good as I had hoped so that made a little blow to my confidence at this point. In reflection I’m fine with the mark that I got, on my wellie survey. Overall they said that my report was good but I left out some bits and truth be told the project was not very well conducted and I should have asked for more help in dealing with the issues that the results and conditions of the project. In the future I will try to ask for help more as it’s the only way I can really improve and it isn’t a weakness. So I’m okay with the grade, I didn’t try my best and it shows but that while unfortunate at this time can only be taken as a learning experience.

Anyhow I finally dragged myself out to town at about 6, walked to Beanscene only to find that I’d left my wallet with my money and my cash card back in my room. The thought of walking all the way back to get and then out again was almost too much (it’s a 10 minute walk one way) but luckily I ran into a friend who offered to lend me some money which I was sort of hoping would happen so I managed to have what felt to me a very productive revision session. I’ve covered alot of topics and feel comfortable with the majority of the concepts but I need to delve a bit more into the details so I can really bring it all together. I received the second text book today so I hope that it will help and I’m going to go to the library or Irvine and go print out some of the lecture slides for topics where my notes are horrendous. Overall I feel good about the whole thing.

Also I wore my Gretel yesterday, love that hat.

Yet more revising today. I had a bit of a block when it came to stability/instability which have actually just gotten smoothed out because I was under the impression that the rate of cooling of an uplifted air parcel was the ELR which it isn’t which now makes all the diagram make sense now. After my mother’s urging I purchased the textbook I should have bought the first time around with express shipping which means I should get it on Thursday. I’m a bit peeved with myself for having bought a wrong textbook in the first place but I thought that was the proper one to get, anyhow I will have all the tools for a good exam now, as long as I can really get down the revising. I think I should be good if I just take it one step at a time and really use all the supporting material to really understand everything.

In knitting news I took a little time out this evening to knit and I finished my Gretel. I really like it, it’s a gorgeous piece of knitwear and the yarn is luscious as anything. It’s quite a bit bigger than I thought it would be but i think that will be okay. I think I’m going to move on the Jaywalkers next as they’re an easily transportable project.