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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.

I finished up at the summer camp I work at today. I will get to leave tomorrow morning and indulge in some much needed rest and relaxation with a few bouts of knitting and yarn excursions to such places as Webs in western Mass and Halcyon in Bath, Maine. One thing I love about Maine are that there are so many yarn shops. I might also pop into the little one in Camden as well just for the hell of it.

On the knitting blocks is:

Icing Swirl Hat – 10 in 2010

Arch shaped socks for my boss

Selbu Modern – 10 in 2010

Brainless – 10 in 2010

Kiila for my mom for Christmas/ 10 in 2010

That’s the big list right now though the order will probably changed, especially as there are so many socks on there at the moment.

I’m still in my mode of up days and down days though probably since the last time I wrote it has been more up than down.

I had a really good trip to Bangor. The journey down went very smoothly, no train issues and I managed to find the B&B with no problems though I did get a little worried when I kept walking and hadn’t gotten to it yet. I knitted the majority of the first of my Vancouver mittens on the journey down so that was a nice feeling. Bangor isn’t as studenty a town as St Andrews is so I was a little lost for things to do before the open day started, I did a bit of wandering and so forth. Luckily I met a girl from York who was also there for marine biology so we spent quite  a bit of time together, it was nice to talk to someone else who is studying the same sorts of things and interested in the same subjects. The visit to the school of ocean sciences was very informative and cast a completely different outlook on my part than the first time I visited. I also discovered they have a program which is Marine Environmental Protection which is much more in line with my interests and academic background. It changes how I look at other programs as well, like the Exeter fisheries program which was sort of a just in case is now much higher on my list. I think the fact that the majority of my essays end up being about fisheries must point towards me actually being very interested in fisheries, not to mention the rather impassioned speech I gave to Ank over dinner on saturday. The only thing now is to get all my applications in and down. Ultimately I’d like to get that done in the next few weeks. I am attempting to write a CV and am hoping to go to the Careers Service tomorrow to have them give me some pointers on that and my personal statement. While the journey down went quite smoothly, the return trio was much more exciting. The train out of Crewe was late meaning I missed my train in Lancaster. There was a train in half an hour to Carlise and then the last train that day to Edinburgh seeing as they were doing work on the tracks. There were quite a  few people in this situation and I met a girl who’s studying at Liverpool so we talked most of the to Edinburgh. Strangely enough one of the people from that Crewe train, a man and his little boy actually ended up getting off at Leuchars as well, it’s so weird how small and interconnected the world really is, the way peoples’ lives converge and diverge in unexpected and amazing ways. Anyhow, the train out of Lancaster was late but they held the Edinburgh train in Carlise for us but there was still the mad dash through the station.

I’ve been a bit overwhelmed by work lately, or really the idea that the world is spinning a little too fast into the future and I don’t feel like I’ve found my feet in order to catch up. I have set up talking to Alan on skype and had our first catch today. I seem to be having the problem of looking to far into the future and getting caught up in things that at this point I have no control over and I need to remember to take one step at a time and work in the present. So we’re to catch up again on Friday and hopefully I’ll have gotten some work done which starting is the hardest part and I’m going to do that.

On to the more interesting things, I’ve put up a few knitting posts of things I knit for Ravelympics, the majority of it I haven’t had a chance to photograph even though I’ve been wearing the new Gretel for almost two weeks now. The ribbing on it has really stretched out and I need to find out if I can block it back together. Hopefully I’ll get some more pictures and posts up soon.

But now, I’m just focusing on what I can actually manage now, if I take care of the present the future should take care of itself.

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 km³ to m³ 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.

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.