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|Wednesday, October 10th, 2007|
Please leave a one-word comment that you think best describes me. It can only be one word. No more. Then copy & paste this in your journal so that I may leave a word about you. Current Mood: giggly
|Friday, October 5th, 2007|
So, the first day here I was feeling quite desperate, but now am so much better. I think I was just freaking out, coz it was my first time really moving anywhere. So here I am, living in Dublin, a trinners grad (and omigod, the sheer fabulousness of the postgrad common room! so wonderful! and there are new newspapers put in every day, and there's a kitchen, and it was stunning, with leather couches and the like, and a chess set! and i'm told that's not even half of it), trying to cope with how much walking it takes to get anywhere and just how many people there are here. it's so busy in dublin, even at the quiet times in the day, it's quite unsettling. i'm very tired most evenings. the course looks great, and there's so much available for us, that it's just amazing.
this is about all i can manage for an update, am so sleepy and tired and the brain is nonfunctional. yawn. night. Current Mood: tired
|Tuesday, September 25th, 2007|
so here i am at long last, updating again. i finished work two weeks ago, am going up to dublin hopefully on thursday and i'm still in the middle of packing up my life. the plan is to have everything packed up so if my mom fulfills her wish to move the hell out of here, i won't have much to do. it's very strange, though. like, i'm suddenly noticing stufff on the walls that i haven't noticed in years, coz it's my stuff on my walls. and they soon won't be my walls. that makes me kind of sad, though more unsettled than sad.
i can now see my bedroom floor. my mom just suggested i say that. it's going to change in five minutes though, since i have to move everything neatly piled off my bed so i can go to sleep.
in other news, the weather is turning fairly mean. damn september rain etc. and i hate it when it just starts turning cold, but it's too soon to put on the heating.
i have packed up two boxes of books with no apparent change in my shelves. i'm starting to hope that my fifteen boxes will be enough. they'll be 'stuff staying in the house'. stuff that's coming up with me will be in bags with wheels. i'm dragging the maternal along to dublin with me for help moving, so that should be some fun. one day, the entire friends with cars thing will coalesce into friends with cars who are able to help with moves. i was hoping (months ago, at the start of the summer when packing seemed so easy and likely) that maria could give me a hand, but her shifts are so bad that even if she was thick enough to offer (which she's not) i'd tell her to feck off and get some rest. on an aside, her house is soooo pretty and nice. she's a very good decorator. AND, she has hundreds of books and dvds. it's like being in a library of the best sf/fantasy kind. and then there's the collectables.... and the couch. oh wow, the comfort of that couch.
my mom is aware that my returns to limerick will be to visit maria :)
in further news, anyone who is interested in graduation pictures please let me know how i post them onto lj. i was tanned, with fake nails and professional make up. and a pretty dress, with, ahem, helpful undergarments. although i managed not to get a single picture of me in the dress sans gown, though i don't mind, it was good all round. a great day, and getting that degree from the president of UL was an astonishing moment. you know when you go up for stuff usually, you get all nervous and anxious, and convinced that you looked a prat up there? i didn't get any of that. it went so well, and i got cheered (by clare and jim) and it was just strangely brilliant. it's so rare that i don't feel awkward in some way that i'm finding it hard to describe it. it was just wonderful.
so, now to the masters, then on to the phd, and then who knows? i am very very excited. woohoo!!!
feck, i have to go back to packing Current Mood: accomplished
|Saturday, August 4th, 2007|
|just another day at work
so there i am at the bar, the miller tap has just gone temporarily haywire on me, i'm moseying towards the back where it's a bit quieter to see what has to be done and i see a guy waiting to be served. so i take his order, and am a bit... hmm, what's the word... unsure. so i pull the first part of the guinness, go back, get the money, go to the till, ask one of the girls, and she says she doesn't think it could be, but then it's confirmed.
i had just served a guinness to Denzel Washington.
within five minutes, there were more managers in the bar than i'd ever seen in one place, and everyone was going into the back to start squealing 'it's denzel washington! it's denzel washington!"
for the record, got to shake his hand, he's a very nice guy, and his voice is much deeper in person.
it was pretty cool. last month was the clive owen month. this month is the denzel washington month. working in an airport rocks.
i still can't believe i charged him for the guinness! Current Mood: was that just a daydream?
|Thursday, August 2nd, 2007|
so, battlestar galactica academic cons are bloody fantastic! i highly recommend that everyone attend one at some point in their lives, coz they're fairly amazing. and we were the first ever academic con for the new show, so go us!
in other news, life has quietened down somewhat. am catching up on some reading before i start into my masters reading list and life is going generally grand. took on some extra days at work, coz one of the guys is heading to america and couldn't get the holiday time, so he offloaded all his days onto those who were willing and desperate for money (though his suggestion that i take two days in a row from him, and therefore work ten days in a row myself, was not taken kindly, even if the second one was a night shift at time and a half) so will be reasonably good for money for moving to dublin (and buying new clothes, coz my wardrobe is currently work clothes and three other outfits)
oh, and everyone should go visit High Wycombe. that's where the conference was held, and it is such a pretty town!!!! i was blown away, it is such a nice place. if i'm ever taking a week to feck off somewhere and just write, that's where i'll be doing it!
yay for pretty places!!!!
and the cab driver this morning was playing an album of beatles number ones. there was a point where me, the maternal unit, and the driver were all singing 'Can't Buy Me Love'. does it get any better? Current Mood: artistic
|Friday, July 13th, 2007|
so, been a while since i found this out, but posting's been sporadic with my shifts, so:
I got a first class honours degree for my course!!!! woohoo!!!!!! i'm going to trinity for my masters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! am really psyched and happy and can't wait!!!! there were two modules I was so worried that i did badly in, but I did really well in my last semester and my fyp!!! after all the hard work, i got an A1 for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it's pretty damn cool. and the day after i found out i was at work, and i saw the tutor that did my first english tutorial in first year, and the first week i gave an opinion on poetry and he started blasting me in front of the class for 20 minutes, saying i couldn't be quoted in essays and exams, and my opinions were meaningless (keep in mind, i've written poetry since i was eight, and done speech and drama since I was 5, and if you don't understand the poem in that, you can't perform it properly), and i saw him at the airport, and i couldn't stop grinning, coz i was thinking 'ha! showed you!'. didn't get a chance to say anything to him, but it was still pretty sweet.
am very very happy, tho often tired from work. every time i feel a bit tired and grumpy from it at work, i think of the results and grin. it's so cool.
oh, tay, send me your addy, or i may have to keep your very pretty bday pressie (it's celtic and modern. i personally think it's very nice) and that'll make me feel all guilty and stuff.
right then, i have to go, coz i'm going to harry potter in a little while.
i got a first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Current Mood: bouncy
|Monday, July 9th, 2007|
|Happy Birthday Tay
Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear tay-ay, happy birthday to you!!!!
you rock! send me your addy so i can send you a pressie (just got paid, woohoo!) and i hope you had a great day and sorry this is a few hours late!!!!!!
you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Current Mood: tay's bday!
|Friday, June 15th, 2007|
i don't know if i've mentioned this before, but i love how lj comments on my naturally non-social nature: 'you've only made 2 friends'. i feel gutted that they've noticed, and an overall social failure.
in other news, i am now working in an airport bar, which is open 24 hrs, and the shifts are quite bizarre, but i am enjoying myself (we don't have to clean the toilets). although my rather frazzled brain yesterday wouldn't let me get to sleep after a night shift because i kept thinking i needed to get someone a pint or a coffee. had to resort to playing yahoo games til i was tired enough not to keep thinking that we'd run out of filters again. the bad news is that they pay monthly so tay, your bday present will be late until they pay me. on the plus side, they pay pretty well, so don't have too much to worry about, and they give us one meal a day, so yay! and good safety shoes, otherwise my feet would need to be amputated by now (the end of a nine hour shift is a blissful moment, when you get to take off the damn steel-toed shoes and put your feet up. sigh)
in other other news, i got a paper in to the battlestar galactica academic conference at the end of july, so yay! twill be twenty minutes long and about anxiety of identity in the new battlestar tv series, so my days off will be spent at the library. the conference is in buckinghamshire, and i'm very excited about it all. it's going to be a full day of academic sf geekiness, and i love it! yippee!
okay, i'm off to do some research for my day of geekiness before going to Fantastic Four 2, so will hopefully update sooner than i did last time. and for the record, my 2 friends (you know who you are) should update soon as well. coz i like gossip.
yay!! Current Mood: academic sf geekiness rocks!
|Thursday, May 17th, 2007|
|two exams left!
so am a bit sleepy, and excited, coz after this afternoon, i'll only have 1 exam left at UL! and i'll miss the place, but damn am i glad to be finishing my degree. there were days when i thought it might never happen. but it did! yay!!!! Current Mood: study cookie!!!!
|Friday, May 11th, 2007|
so, the essay that i had only two hours to do came back as a b1. a bit bummed out, but it's not too bad, considering. there was another project that day, that i'd lost completely three days before, and it was a flash animation, and i was doing that till 2.30 pm, and i found out the day after that it had been extended til monday. so i could have worked more on feminism, but feck it, that was only 25% of the grade, will kick arse in the exam nxt wk.
in other news, my grant authority will not cover trinity, so i have to go to another, so i'm probably going to get counted as a mature student now. i wonder if that'll get me a better grant? i hope it does, dublin will be expensive. i just hope that they do give me a grant. eek. postgrad hanging in the balance here. feck it, why can't education just be free? sigh. am feeling a little worried, but am putting that on back burner for exams. three exams, then i'm finished at UL forever. what an odd sensation
|Friday, May 4th, 2007|
that should be 8.30 am this morning. too frazzled. oh well. back to work
it's now 7 pm, i've been up since 4.30 after 3 hrs of sleep working on this project except for half an hour's travel time, and have been at ul library since 8.30 pm this morning. i am soooooooo tired! and the bloody website isn't even finished yet, and i just wanna go to bed! Current Mood: exhausted
|Thursday, April 26th, 2007|
omigod, just saw where's it's telling me that i've only made two friends, and giving me a link to find friends. is there supposed to be a quota or something? good lord, i'm feeling all inadequate. only two friends. shame on me, shame on me
so here i am in the library with my laptop desperately trying to waste another twenty minutes coz i'm finished everything i can get done on said, very slow laptop, and before my group gets here at 1. for a four hour stint creating a website. this is going to be very intensive and very hard. sigh.
well, my laptop is slow coz when i bought it four years ago, i was under the impression that the most it would have to deal with would be essays, short stories, half-finished novels, and the occasional powerpoint presentation getting saved on it (tho since d laptop doesn't have powerpoint, it couldn't really open them, so it wouldn't have to worry about running them). oh, and playing some music. then i discovered d wonderful world of technical writing. i have five macromedia products, two adobe programs and at one point i was using a program, can't remember the name, to create help files. all on a 256 mb laptop. actually, it claims to be 255 mb. and i have a game on it. if i play music now, my laptop will actually play for five minutes, then freeze all the windows, hide everything on the taskbar except the time and the start button (neither of which respond when clicked), then stops playing and must be restarted completely in order for anything to work.
i'm getting a new one this summer, which will have at least four times the RAM, probably twice the memory and cost half of what the one i'm typing on now did four years ago. there's no justice.
feck, i nearly hit control and s again. what is it with me?
well, i've wasted some time. will now go edit a story, then go pick up a check then go get lunch. coz i'm going to be in a very small room with three people for four hours. and me with no food is a cranky so and so.
i think i'll get some orange juice. that'll be nice.
oh, i made a pretty animation with a pretty song. if i can figure out how to post it here, i will. um, can anyone tell me how i post .swf files here? Current Mood: tied to my laptop
|Tuesday, April 17th, 2007|
so, thirteen days of cold showers is not at all fun. nor is thirteen days of washing my hair in cold water, or using plastic cups coz we can't wash dishes. hopefully, the electrician will choose to turn up and reconnect the hot water. coz it's cold! fortunately the weather's been unaccountably warm and dry. it hasn't rained for a couple of weeks! april is supposed to be the cruelest month, in that usually it pisses on us Irish for the entire time!
not much other news. we had a great guest lecture today on african feminist writing, and it was just fascinating, coz Western feminism tends to be quite exclusive of ideas outside western society, so it's just pretty cool.
oh, and our kitchen's getting done up. hence the cold water. we've also been without an oven for a while, but salad plates are handling that for us. but hopefully we'll have an oven, a hob, and a whole kitchen complete with full ceiling - not just half - that is overall fireproof, generally safe and 'cheap and cheerful' ie a hundred times better than the mess my father made of the whole thing.
well, i gotta go do research and study, coz i only have this book for another hour and a half. yikes! Current Mood: cold
|Wednesday, April 11th, 2007|
so in general news, i'm getting canned this week as one of the first 14 students to get kicked out before they move the operation to India. but i get redundance, so that's good. and i made a choc cake for everyone, and i am now beloved. it was so funny last week, coz i'd just found out about trinity, and i was all bouncy, and then i get my redundancy meeting, and i had to explain to them why i was so happy... and UL had just invited me to join the advanced scholars, and were inviting me to do postgrad research with them, which was pretty cool. so things are going well, even if i do get kicked out of work on friday. at least now i have something to say to those charity people that stop you on the street for your bank details: 'yeah, i just got made redundant. you still think i should give you money?'
so, as per tay's instructions (and my letter), here are ten things i like beginning with 'T':
1. Tardis - I loooove Dr. Who (and am fairly in love with David Tennant) and the Tardis is just cool. i wanna live in it. it's awesome. yay!
2. Teleological - It is a great word. it refers to things that are expected to have an unchanging end, such as the idea of the end of the world resulting in paradise or hell for all time, or marxist beliefs that socialism is going to be an end point, or that any utopia on earth will be unchanging and eternal. me, i prefer the idea of utopia as process, but the word is good.
3. Tok'ra - coz let's face it, as far as allies go, they're pretty cool (if this changed in season ten, i do not want to know, i haven't seen it yet)
4. Teal'C - because he's Teal'C. Dude.
5. Tommy Hilfiger perfumes - coz they're pretty and i like em. specially Tommy Girl
6. Trinity College Dublin - coz they want me for a postgrad and they have brilliant programs
7. Torvall and Dean - watch 'Dancing on Ice' and you will soooo understand
8. Ten Things I Hate About You - for Heath Ledger's singing alone. so cool
9. Tonsils - I'm running out of things that begin with 't'
10. Tracy - who just dropped off my class hoodie! it's so pretty
tonight i'll be getting drunk with the class. yay! Current Mood: hoodies!!!!!
|Tuesday, April 10th, 2007|
|on the set of carnivale
as much as i love that the kitchen is finally getting fixed up, it is something like a dust bowl in the house at the moment. for that reason, i borrowed the kitchen of my hairdresser to bake two chocolate cakes for my fellow students at work, since our department is getting let go over the next three weeks, and i'm in the first batch to go. i really like the notion of redundancy as them paying to get rid of me...
i now have very very bright red hair. think maxwell house coffee jars. that red. it's awesome and i love it, and somehow it does go with pink, so my hairdresser is a genius.
am slacking before class but i gotta go to it now. bleh. don't wanna! wanna sleep!
i wrote stuff but am debating whether to post it. i am confused. this is what happens when a tutorial is spent trying to work on black feminist criticism and trying to figure out if we're racist or not. i hope i'm not, that i can judge others as people rather than skin colours. i'm not going to write any more, coz it's too tricky to write on properly in lj.
bleh. academia hurts the brain a lot. and makes you uncomfortable with everything you think. i have the notion that it's a good thing it does that, but there's a lot of confusion between when you start looking at yourself and when you start to know yourself. and now i have to go learn about city writing in ireland. which will mean angela's ashes.
for the record, critics of the film are right to say that limerick is not as wet or miserable (weather wise) as depicted. it is in fact wetter. and it is very damp. though it is unnaturally sunny and warm at the moment. this city has yet to get the hang of medium days. Current Mood: confused
|Wednesday, April 4th, 2007|
I just found out last night that I'm going to be starting an MPhil in Popular Literature in Trinity this Autumn!!!! Yes!!!!! I have a Masters and it looks so brilliant and it's at Trinity!!! Woohoo!!!! Current Mood: Ebullient