I can't believe it's been nearly 6 months since i've updated this journal. I can't believe we're already in May, and 2009 is nearly halfway through. Is the rest of life going to fly by at this insane pace? If it is...stop the ride - i want to get off! Lol!

I've been insanely busy these last few months, working on two courses at the same time, working (both paid and voluntary) and trying to develop a social life (and so far, i think i'm managing okay!)

★My LSA course is due to finish at the end of May, and i have a whole mountain of courswork left to go. My assessment and observation by the class teacher has yet to happen due to several postponements, and while at first i didn't mind, now with the end of the course approaching and a lot of coursework relying on said assessment, i'm starting to feel the clock ticking and the pressure building. I'm both excited and terrified at the end of this course. Excited, because it hasn't been the most mentally stimulating course, and i'm glad to see the back of boredom and courswork, and terrified because after the course is over i a.) have to look for an LSA job in a new school because the current one doesn't have any jobs going, and b.) learn to drive, which was a target i set myself once this course is over. When i said i would learn to drive in May all the way back in January, i had no idea May would swing around so fast - i'm not ready!

★My OU course on the otherhand is going incredibly well. It's called "Environmental Control and Public Health' which focuses on environmental policies and legislations, and way to improve environmental and living conditions in both the developed and developing countries (full details can be found here). While i'm not really enjoying the course, as i prefer learning about the physical world like glaciers, oceans and volcanoes, one thing that i've learnt during my studies with the OU is that the courses i don't like are the ones i do better with. The two assigments i've done with this course so far have recieved 96% and 100% respectively and while i'm estatic with the grades (i've never had grades that high since I was like 12), it leaves me wondering if the assessors actually read what i submitted - i'm telling you, they were both piles of bull$&!@.

★I managed to destroy my computer again last month, but luckily the technical minded brother was around to reformat the whole thing. I lost some stuff, but it was no-where near as emotionally devastating as losing the 500GB of photos, videos, coursework/school work and references, as when my younger brother accidently kicked and destroyed my external hard drive back in November.

★I've gotten back in touch with three old school friends, one whom i've met up with once, one whom i've met up with twice, and another i'm hoping to meet up with soon.

★And finally! I've been to London, done a Duck Tour and saw Dirty Dancing and We Will Rock You. While i preferred WWRY, i am still somewhat boggled how someone came up with such an 'out-there' story to link all the Queen songs together! That was a seriously bizarre story! But the singing was great :o)

Here's to it not being another 6 months before an update! ♥
Seeing as how it's been a few months since i last posted, i figured it was time to post an update on life :o)

Every year i make the resolution to be more active in lj, and to make more of an effort to respond to my friend's list...and this year was no exception - and i was going to! Until my computer broke. Over Christmas we were planning on reformatting the hard-drives on my computer as it hasn't been working properly for a long time now, so there i was, backing up everything on the new external hard-drive that i'd brought, when one of my drives chooses that moment to fail. Luckily i'd backed up the majority of stuff, but it turns out the computer motherboard died...so no computer. My poor brother took my computer with him back to Aberystwyth when he went back to uni, so hopefully i'll get it back February half term...Easter at the latest. Of it would happen just as my new course begins, which co-incidently relies heavily on the use of a computer. Luckily i have a nice family who don't mind me hogging theirs for the time being!

In other news...Torchwood has eaten my brain again. Seriously...there's another 11 episodes to go. There is no physical way i can possibly maintain the level of excitement that i have for Torchwood for another 11 weeks...i may possibly explode. But....Jack/Ianto!! How do i love thee...i love that it's canon (for now...i keep waiting to be disappointed...and i really hope i won't be), i love that it's hot...and i love that the kiss in my icon will be on tv tomorrow night. *dies* I will seriously explode. What with Stargate Atlantis becoming the love story for John and Rodney, and Jack and Ianto living the love story (With aliens as a bonus on both shows) live couldn't get any better!

I'm back working with two new kids last week...and already watching them progress and recognise new words fills me with so much glee - i can't believe i was planning on giving up the voluntary stuff....it's soooo fulfilling! When they get words right that they previously didn't know...it's confidence building for both me and them. It's so much fun!

And i think Joan is beginning to warm up to me now. In the past she used to undermine me with the children at lunchtime, and make sarky comments but lately she's been much nicer and is actually talking to me, and she's started bringing me pudding from the kitchen after all the kids are gone. I hated school dinners when i was at that school, but i loved the pudding...and now i'm getting them again!

And today i received mail from the Open University announcing that i've won the 'Julian Hodge Award' , for getting a distinction in my T172 Technology course. I've been invited to an awards ceremony on my birthday, where i will get a certificate and a cheque for £225 and they want me to write a profile that they can send to the local newspapers and use in the OU magazines. Don't think i'll be doing that bit...i hate getting any sort of public attention, so i'm not sure whether to go the awards ceremony. But! That money covers half the cost for this new course i'm doing! Working hard literally pays!

Are you guys all okay? *Pokes friends list*

*Goes back to staring at The Icon Of Love*
Okay...i think livejournal hates me. A lot of people have funky colours and different sized texts in the LJ user info - why doesn't mine let me do the same? When you look at mine, it's all in the same colour, and the same size. But i've got the coding there for different colouring AND sizing - if i copy and paste my user info text (from the edit page) into this journal entry...it looks all sparkly: yet it doesn't on the user info page. *Bashes LJ* Why not? What am i doing wrong?

Also - i've read several journals where people have posted comments about taking their nanowrimo to work, and/or posting parts of it to their journal. I thought it wasn't meant to start until November? *Confused* Am i meant to have begun already or are these people cheating? If they're starting early, maybe i should...Lord knows i need all the time i can get.

LB - i'm still attempting iconsesss for you. *Offers you flower icon* Do you want this one as a downpayment? Hehehe...I promise i will make a pretty Daniel icon for you...eventually. *Bashes Paintshop* Why won't you do what i want you to do?

Maybe it's just my computer.
So yay! My next door neighbour fixed my computer. It's funny - i didn't expect a great, great grandfather to be able to fix a computer that i couldn't....but he did! ♥ Mr C really rocks!

In other news, it's my 21st next weekend, and my parents are in the process of booking a session for me to swim with sharks. No...i'm not referring to customers - i mean real sharks. They sprung it on me on tuesday evening - you know the type of conversation: 'how would like to go swimming with sharks'. Needless to say, i didn't return to the lounge to watch the end of SG1...and missed the Prometheus blowing up, but still - my mind was pretty blown up at that point.

Cos dude....sharks! That certainly gets me out of the staff meeting thats happening on my birthday. I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much at this point...but it seems to be going ahead at the moment. *Bounces*


Feb. 4th, 2006 03:03 pm
Just so people are aware, i am once again disappearing offline for the forseeable future.

My computer...which i got back from the repair shop on wednesday, is frakked already. The repairers didn't actually fix what was wrong with it, and deleted everything that i had on the computer. And as of last night, my computer will not do anything. I literally have 30 seconds once it is turned on to do something, before the system shuts down. I actually managed to sign in to MSN for all of that time last night, and then it was Bye Bye!

I'm on my brothers laptop at the moment posting this, and the only reason i'm allowed on his laptop is because i have a coursework deadline, and need to work. So this will be the last anyone will hear from me for a while. I may get occasional access, but as of this moment, this is it.

So i'm going to be away from the internet for a few days/weeks. My computer is going in to be repaired later this afternoon, so now i have the task of attempting to back up everything, on a computer that doesn't burn cd's anymore. *le sigh*

*Wails* I'm going to miss so much McShep stuff!

Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] ice_queen82

Your Birthdate: February 19

You are resilient, and no doubt your resilience has already been tested.
You've had some difficult experiences in your life, but you are wise from them.
Having had to grow up quickly, you tend to discount the advice of others.
You tend to be a loner, having learned that the only person you can depend on is yourself.

Your strength: Well developed stability and confidence

Your weakness: Suspicion of others

Your power color: Eggplant

Your power symbol: Spade

Your power month: October

That is scarily true about me...i just have to say one thing about my power symbol - pretty card!!! Do you remember in college [livejournal.com profile] luthienberen when i always wanted the ace of spades? How cool is that?



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