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School: working hard as usual, or most of the time trying my hardest to work hard but mostly getting side tracked with online games and videos of Glee routines on youtube. We submit out project choices tomorrow, a very nerve wrecking time for all. I have no idea if anyone else is going for my first choice, two of my flatmates are going for the partner project to mine and I would love to work with either of them (and they have cars which will make my life of so much easier) but I haven’t heard anything about people wanting to do mine. Also weighing up the pros and cons of future career choices or PhD subjects in relation to these choices adds a bit more strength to the panic.

Been striving to get some work done on my fisheries essay but it just won’t come, I will try my damnedest this weekend, but then again working this hard to start an essay more than two weeks before it’s due is a pretty good development. Of course haven’t done jack all for the EIA.

York: Had a really nice weekend in York with C and A. A’s job is going wonderfully and I’m really looking forward to going to visit her at some point. The panto was wonderful though I will admit I didn’t find it as funny as previous years, I think I preferred the old lead boy. Spent too much money but had a lovely time, especially as I won’t be seeing my friends for some time now.

Knitting: Haven’t really done much, the whole school thing always makes it so I don’t do much. I’m still working on the Selbu Modern with Owls languishing in my knitting bag waiting for me to be done with the fingering weight hat. I will strive to finish the Selbu soon. I did manage to take pictures of the mystery socks and to post about both them and my mother christmas shawl so that’s a good thing. Hopefully I will be done soon and have more to talk about. No spinning has been done since November, should do a little of that as well, I probably only have about a week’s worth before plying.

Running: I ran on Jan 1st because it was nice and warm and lovely. Unfortunately the rest of that week was cold and horrible and then I got back to Wales and was jet laggy and depressed. I finally forced myself to go on Tuesday and went for another tonight. When I force myself to go it’s great and I’ve can run 5 minutes straight now with no problems but it does take a bit of effort to force myself to go, I almost didn’t tonight. I’m hoping to keep it up, I think I’m going to move on to week 5 in my next run.

Archery: I sheared the tip off my pressure button before Christmas for the second time so I had to purchase a new one. Last night I moved my nocking point down as it was looking out of alignment with my rest and I’m also changing my draw slightly so with all that my shooting has been a little erratic. Though that said, the changes to my technique my coach is making is actually working and I shot a lot better last night than I had been shooting before Christmas. It doesn’t look like we’ll be able to get together a team for BUTC which sucks as I would really like to go but oh well, that’s life and the problem of going to a club that only has three recurves. At least there will be BUCS.


So after having sent the email I thought I can send in the applications now and just do it but now I’ve realized I have to wait for my references to email back saying okay before I can do it so now I’m sat here in this limbo waiting to hear from them and it sucks.

Though going to Robin Hood tomorrow with archery, should be fun.

So I finally sent the emails to my references, something that I should have done three weeks ago but for some reason just couldn’t get myself to do, it wasn’t that hard though it did take about an hour to compose a simple email outlining what masters I’m applying to and how the references need to be done. But I bit the bullet and I did it so now I can sort of relax and not have that hanging over my head, means I need to get the Southampton and Exeter apps in now but whatever should have done it earlier, can’t change past only move forward.

In other realms haven’t been for a run in two weeks, the whole motivation/busyness plus being exhausted all of last week hasn’t helped. Also my earphones went so I have to go buy new ones.

In knitting news, Annika loves her hat (Kumquat Swirls) so that makes me happy. Blocking worked wonders for it, stretched out the brim some so it fits comfortably now and added really lovely drape where it was a bit stiff before. I forgot to take pictures of it before I gave it too here but I’m hoping to meet up with her this week and take some pictures so post up about that soon.

The Swallowtail is also blocked and absolutely beautiful, sometimes I look at it and can’t believe that I made that. Going to go take pictures today. Also the fingerless gloves are coming along nicely, I’ve finished the first one except for the thumb. The patterning, even the bobbles is very easy and I knit the majority last night. I used an elastic bind off because I was worried about the hand part being too tight, unfortunately it’s a bit loose and wonky, I can probably block it into something a bit more neat looking but I’ve learned my lesson, which is what don’t these things does.

Otherwise we had our end of year archery dinner last night which was very nice, the club gave me chocolate ūüôā Bit sad to be leaving and ending things but that’s life I suppose.

Had a good morning of shooting. Shot¬† 222 with 2 golds and 29 hits for a Bray, my new pb on that round and did a total of four dozen for the whole session with a score of 358. I’m pretty pleased, especially as it’s one of our last sessions indoors.

Also got some more work on the dissertation done, mainly sorting through the Angle Bay data Annika gave me. It’s got good stuff and will make for a better comparison than Manorbier. Still trying to muddle my way through the best way to analyze. Will do more tomorrow.

Now I’m off to the geography pub quiz.

So I wasn’t convinced yesterday morning about my ability to get a high score at the champs. My sighters weren’t particularly good and I figured I would shoot an average score. First half dozen and I’d gotten a 52, by the end of my first dozen I had 106. For some reason I was just on form and shot a new personal best, and above my season goal: 521 with 12 golds. This score was also high enough to get me the bronze for ladies recurve, my second individual medal and the first one that I felt I truly earned as I won the Silver Arrow bronze by default. It was a really great feeling, I’ve had some really great successes in the past few competitions, between BUTC, coming in second at the H2H and now this. I hope I can shoot just as well if not better at BUCS next weekend and if possible get a better position than the 24th I got last year, which is still awesome. If I can do it, it will be a great way to finish my time on the St Andrews archery team. And I checked and all the unis I’m looking at for masters are sending a team to BUCS so I will hopefully continue shooting next year. It’s amazing how you feel about things when you are doing well in them. Earlier this year I was thinking that it would be okay if I took some time off from archery, that it isn’t so important to me. And then I shot like I did yesterday or like I did this morning (all 9s on a 40cm target but if it were a 60 than that would be a 10-10-10) and it re-enthuses me and makes me believe that I can really do this.

I’m off to Aberdeen today for the Indoor Champs. I would really like to shot 500 or above today but I don’t know if that will happen. Fingers Crossed.

The week started out pretty well and then went from the high that was the weekend to an absolute low the last few days. I just felt like everything I tried to do didn’t turn out well and a complete sense of confusion about life. Had a few very long days of walking out to the estuary to watch birds that either didn’t deem to show up or flew away a half hour into our sample and we had to give up. This is also mind you after a five mile walk in the cold with blisters. We did manage to hitch a lift from Outhead with some very nice old ladies who I think enjoyed the novelty of talking to some new people. Crap data, but that’s science for you. I will not be doing focal samples of birds for my final project, not unless I can work with someone who has a car.

In terms of crappiness of the week, archery really hit a low, I think it’s a combination of being tired and having tons of stress and archery which is supposed to be my stress relief just added to the stress this week and just makes me hate having to do it. I’m going to Dundee to shoot tomorrow and I’m going to make it as best I can but I am going to take a little break form it next week and not go to sessions. One because I need to do some much needed work on my dissertation now that I have all the data but also because I just need a break, mainly from the responsibility. I also managed to turn up almost an hour late to a lecture yesterday because for some reason I thought it was at noon and it was only half way there (of a 2 mile walk) that I realized the class was at 11. I almost never do things like that and it makes me feel very out of control of life. I’m probably going to do some therapy sessions over skype as it really helped last time and I really do need to make some changes with how I deal with and go about periods like this.

On an up side, I do feel better today. I had a relatively good day. It was sunny this morning when I went to class and then it snowed this afternoon. Good proper snow as well. It’s been quite cold over the last few days so the ground was cold enough for it to stick. It’s quite pretty right now though a lot of it has frozen into ice. Snow just makes me smile and I had fun trying to catch snowflakes with my tongue. I also went dancing tonight for the first time since before the break. It was really great to get back into it. I really enjoy the classes and also the people. I will definitely make an effort to make it to the advanced class on Sunday.

Well that’s it for me tonight, I need to get a good night’s sleep before tomorrow.

So BUTC was amazing. I shot decently in the qualification round though I did have a miss due to my hand slipping at one point which was unfortunate. We were seeded 28th out of 32 meaning we weren’t last which was a team goal. We were matched against the 5th place team, Oxford for the first knock out. We were going to give it our all but really we didn’t have huge expectations of making it out of this round. Right out of the first round we were tied out of the first end 3 to 3. By the next end we were beating them 5 to 4 and people started to notice. There is something very odd and not to mention exhilarating about having your performance commentated on. At the end of the normal four ends we were tied 7-7 and it had to come down to a tie breaker. With everyone watching and our fellow Scottish unis cheering us on we managed to beat them by one hit. It was the most amazing and thrilling experience I’ve had in a while. Suffice to say we got knocked out by Imperial in the next round but we had a great BUTC and people might see St Andrews in a slightly different light in the future.

I started to watch the olympics yesterday, and indeed started to knit for the olympics as well. The opening ceremony was in my mind beautiful, simple and enchanting is how I felt about it. I really love the olympics, I always have. I grew up in a family where watching the games was a special occasion, that for as long as they were on, your life almost revolved around them, watching everything, cheering on the athletes in almost any sport from luge to curling. It sort of surprises me when I talk to people here and they hardly even know that they are going on. I’ll keep you posted about future exploits.

In terms of ravlympics, I’m well on track. I finished the BlueCap for WIP Dancing yesterday and I also started and completed the Thorpe for the Hat Halfpipe. I’ll cast on Gretel today which will compete for a number of events including the Hat Halfpipe, cable XC and the Single skein speed skate. I had originally only planned of 4 projects for the games but having already completed two of them I will try for two more, Calorimetry and the lovely Vancouver mittens.

I’ve had an interesting time since my last post. It started out with my meeting last friday morning. My supervisor never turned up and despite my waiting around for an hour I didn’t get to see him. This really hit me because I had been so just ready to get it done and over with and I just felt adrift again. Then finally I got the final names for the entries for saturday spent a fairly long time sorting out the target lists and coding the excel file so it would do all the scores. Then when I go and check my email I receive a bunch of emails from earlier in the week including the ones with names from the unis that I had been pestering. But the one that really threw me was the one from Strathclyde that they won’t be able to make the morning session so I had to resort out the target lists and such. It was just one of those this day can’t get worse moments. One melt down later and i go to bed ready for the next day and I wake up at 4 and can’t fall back asleep. At about 5:30 I finally desperately call my mother because I just don’t know what else to do. She suggests reading for a bit and actually it only took about 10 pages and I was out.

The competition on Saturday ran as smoothly as I could have hoped, all my planning worked, the score sheet was great and despite spending eight and a half hours in the sports hall and being absolutely mentally and physically drained by the end it turned out to be a very good novice champs. I watched a bit of the England-Wales rugby game and saw Ank for dinner.

On Sunday I went down to Edinburgh for the Scotland-France rugby game. We had a lot of fun and I might not be as avid a rugby fan as the two friends I was with I do enjoy it and actually find it highly amusing to watch. I hope I get to go to another game some time. Scotland lost but overall the atmosphere is really great and such.

I did finally get to see my supervisor on Monday and he was very sorry as he’d been called away for an unplanned meeting and hadn’t contacted me. I was suitably nervous about talking to him but I mentioned that I was the archery captain and it turns out that he used to do archery when he was at Oxford so we had a little chat about archery which I guess made me feel a bit more comfortable. So long story short I am allowed to use the data, I also get confirmation of this from the head of biology but I need to make a really good effort to make my work as good as possible. I’m meeting with Ev tomorrow to go through the data and pick what I need as she went on the trip this year and has it all. So that is all good, I can move forward with it all, now it’s just forcing myself to really get down to it. April is much closer than it feels.

My courses this semester look good despite austin being such a dull lecturer. I have a lot of work to do and I really want to do well so I’m giving it my all for once. I did some work for my oceans class today, just a little maths problem but I was having trouble converting km¬≥ to m¬≥ and betting the powers right. I also have already picked an essay topic for my bio-oceanography course and need to start doing the reading or it next week. The methods course doesn’t start till next week either so I have a little free time this week.I will be going back to Bangor in about two weeks as they’re now doing a Postgraduate Fair which would mean that I would actually get to go to the school of ocean sciences, talk to professor and students. I feel sort of silly that I’ll be going again but I could not have known, if I had I would have held off the trip. And as my mother pointed out the first trip wasn’t useless, I did learn things.

I’m off to Nottingham this weekend for BUTC. I feel okay about it, I have been shooting alright in practice but they are little targets and one never knows. Anyhow it should be fun to go to a big competition, I’d never been to one other than BUCS before. We had a very full training session today and even some new people so it makes me feel good about the club after the weeks of only 4 people showing up.

Now for the most important thing, knitting. I finished the Juliet scarf on Sunday night which has been renamed Verona Skies because of its beautiful colour and the fact that it sort of reminds me of clouds. I blocked it last night and it’s quite lovely. I’ll post about it once I’ve managed to take pictures. I started the Swallowtail on Monday and it’s coming along, I’ve completed three repeats of the budding lace pattern, 11 more to go. Once you get the hang of it the pattern comes quite easily. It will get put on hold for the Ravelympics which start this weekend. The yarn for the BlueCap and for Jane’s hat have arrived today so I have everything ready for the weeks coming up. I had originally decided to do BlueCap, Thorpe, Gretel and then Square but I’m not sure about that now, especially as I’ll be traveling for part of it. My mom has also asked me knit something for our cleaner who is going back home to Colombia next month so I need to find a pattern and some yarn.

I finally managed to take FO pictures today, it’s sad considering that I finished the lace over a month ago now and only got the chance to photograph it today. I also managed to take some yarn shots which I’m fairly proud of. some louet

and some silky summer type yarn

Since finishing my socks I’ve been working on the Juliet Scarf which is a lace scarf using Adriafil¬†Carezza¬†an angora¬†blend. Despite my hating scarves the lace which is a 12 row repeat works pretty fast so it grows considerably, I’m about a third of the way in and hope that I finish before the start of the Ravelympic¬†next week. The only issue being that after any time knitting with the yarn it looks like a aqua toned rabbit has been sitting¬†on my lap. I’m excited about the Ravelympics¬†(and the real Olympics too!), I just missed taking part last time around as I’d only just started knitting at that point. I am a member of Team GB and have four projects lined up. I’m going to finish the BlueCap¬†which was some Christmas knitting, knit Thorpe for Jane, knit Gretel for Michelle and knit another Turn a Square as stashbusting. After that it’s on to even more lace with the Swallowtail and Ishbel¬†waiting to be knit.

I’ve been doing¬†my running pretty seriously, I’m already on to week 2 and should be¬†finishing it on Sunday morning. It is still hard but I suppose it’s the good sort of hard that makes you feel really good about yourself when you finish. The problem I’ve been running¬†(hah) into lately is that it’s pretty cold out when I go to run and my ears and hands get cold. I don’t really want to wear a full hat as I think it would make me overheat so I’m thinking about knitting Calorimetry to¬†keep my earsies¬†warm. Someone also mentioned getting fingerless¬†or convertible¬†mittens to keep your hands warm. And though I can knit myself a pair (and am planning to) I¬†found a pair at Accessorize on sale so now I have a pair of very stylish gloves for running in. The weather has been holding out¬†during the last week and it’s really nice now that the sun is starting to rise earlier. I think it was a great idea to start the running again. It always upset me a little that I didn’t make it¬†very far when¬†I tried before but I will do it now.

In other news archery has started up again¬†which is great but also frustrating. We are hosting the novice championships this weekend which at least¬†gives me something to do. I’ve spent a good portion¬†of the evening coming up with an excel file which should rank all the archers and calculate the team scores¬†with us only having to put in the scores once. The only problem being that I¬†am still waiting on two teams to tell me their numbers so I can’t be¬†totally ready yet. I have hope for our novices the two that have been at training have been doing well unfortunately we¬†won’t have a team to¬†rely on if someone doesn’t do well as¬†teams like Edinburgh or Napier can do. I’ve been practising¬†on the 40 cm targets to get ready for BUTC¬†which is not only a bit over a week away. It definitely¬†gets you to focus in on something which is so much smaller but it’s frustrating when as¬†I did today I just kept missing. I always have to remind myself that practise is for getting your muscles ready and that I always shoot better in competition,¬†it’s just that extra bit¬†of focus and concentration brought on by the pressure of performing that is missing during practise.

Also after¬†days of wracking myself over this I finally emailed my supervisor. I started to write the email and realized I really need to speak with him in person otherwise I just won’t be able to explain myself in an email so I asked to meet with him either this or next week. Hopefully¬†I can explain the situation clearly and not get¬†too nervous. I have to remember that he is actually there to help me. ¬†

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