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I’m going next week!

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.

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’ve been doing the usual at home busy-ness. Already been the dentist (cavity am going back on monday to get it filled), doctor (twice, one more visit to go), etc. I have finally tracked down yarn for my mother’s Christmas hat. The shop in town was closed yesterday so I had to try a new one. The first one I tried was closed and seems to be actually closed down, which would be sad. The second one had a good selection and the woman there was very helpful when I explained what I needed. I ended up getting Ella Rae Jaspe Wool. There were only two balls left one of a blue-green and the other of a purple/red/green/navy which is very pretty so I grabbed them both. I’ll find something to make out of it. I have photographed the yarn so I will cast on tonight when I have some free time. There is almost no way that I will finish it before Christmas but that will have to be alright. I”m also finally blocking the opus hat so that should be done tomorrow and I can take pictures of it before Christmas day. I did the thing where you roll it in towels and press the water out, it really works, I’ll have to do that for other projects.

In other news I went to see Mama Mia in Boston last night and it was fabulous. I really enjoyed it. As much as I love the movie, seeing the musical has something very special about it, something that really touches you when you’re there. The actress who played Rosie was also really really good and got the biggest applause at the end.

Now I need to go help my mother cook.