hellison: (she-ra)
This morning I had a big ranty post in my head about all the diet ads (DIE SPECIAL K DIE) and pressures to have the Right Body, plus RAAAAGE at this article about bikini bodies (srsly do NOT read unless you want to start screaming)... but then I had a pretty good day so, sod ranting ;p

Found out I passed stage 1 of the BHS horse owner's course with 95.5%! Hurrah! Stage 2 starts Monday and I suspect isn't quite as 'What colour is that horsie?' as stage 1 ;p

Then 2nd lesson with Lucy Adams, top local dressage lady. Also a very good and onlyabitterrifying instructor. Wasn't sure Ziggy would be up to it because she went off to her first hunt in 2 years on Tuesday and by all accounts had a blast charging all over the place, but it turned out she was just fine and I was the one who couldn't keep up.

Details mainly for my own benefit under the cut. And a pic, because... pretty horsie (pretty horsie is a GREY horsie. A fleabitten grey to be precise, all her lovely dapples have gone :/)

lesson 2 with Lucy )

Now, a hot bath to soothe achy legs. And possibly cider.
hellison: (hat)
I don't know why I ever bother making plans, they never actually work out; today was supposed to go Get Up At Reasonable Hour, study, meet friend for lunch, STUDY.

What actually happened - read new book til after 3am, sleep til after 11, have hasty shower, have lunch with friend, come home, fret about Ziggy being out on her first hunt in 2 years, INTERNETS FOREVER.
Studying will happen soon tho. Really. Exam now on thursday I think.

But, just so this isn't yet another dull What I Didn't Do Today post, remember Some Years Back I regaled you with tales of Relationship Advice from Nuns?

It looks like on at least one point, they might have been on to something!

http://www.bartitsu.org/index.php/2010/07/the-sting-of-a-hornet-edwardian-hat-pin-self-defence/



Where can I get that hat??
hellison: (happyhappy joyjoy)
Some good things - exam got postponed (which is very useful as I hadn't got round to much revision!) and found out just in time to watch Sherlock last night. A box of Lovely Things has arrived from Amazon, which means not only do I have more boooooks (and, erm, this on dvd), the cats have a box! So we're all happy here.

Also finally got to do what I've been wanting to do since before Christmas - lie in bed all morning and read Snuff. I did eventually manage to get up and do some studying but then went upstairs for something and somehow ended up back in bed reading the rest of it. And I just found a mini creme egg when I thought they were all et. Definitely a case of a good thing in a small package ;)

At some point I will have to back to reality and going to the office etc. But not today. For now, back to study. The joys of GIS and statistics await!
How is your Monday going?
hellison: (happyhappy joyjoy)
So in the end the 'sod it' vote on the optional essay won - more because I realised I'd left it a bit too late and 2 days wasn't enough to turn out something decent. Decided instead to focus on revising for test which... I'm sure I'll start soon. Have organised my folder! So am all ready to go. Any minute now. Honest.

Yesterday spent mostly with Ziggy (making up a bit for lost time over the last couple of months!); had a lesson with Lucy Adams (local Top Dressage Lady) which was a scary prospect but went really well, so having another next week! Poor Ziggy, she had to move Fast. then Sideways! She was not amused ;p

Today has been considerably brightened by getting results of that statistics assignment that very nearly broke me - scored borderline good pass/distinction (so 68/69 ish?)!! Am v. happy! Especially with the comment that it was "overall, a well implemented, focused and concisely presented piece of research" Woohoo! I thought I'd be lucky to scrape a pass on that one, the stats part had me so confused and I had to cut down a lot of intro/discussion to fit the word count. But obviously I did something right, and now don't feel so bad about not doing the optional one.

The rest of today ... go get horses sorted shortly then retire to sofa and drink cider STUDY for the rest of the evening. And weekend. Honest.

Well, that or take over the world... (Lana is Helping me study)


hellison: (xmas)
Another 'woes back to work' style post. Or at least trying to be and so far failing. Have assignment (which is optional, but after the stats one, I figure any extra marks GOOD) due friday. Trying start it today and so far mostly staring blankly at screen and resisting temptation to just say Sod It and return to sofa. Also have exam (well, multiple choice test thing) on Monday which I should revise for. Soon...

On the plus side it is too horrible a day to contemplate leaving the house for much so that might help me get going ;p

How are the rest of you all coping with Back To Work syndrome? Other than tea, and moaning of course.
hellison: (at 40)
It's got bloody cold again off a sudden. That'll be a shock for the roses re-blooming in the garden...

Anyway. It is 2012 all of a sudden! 2011 was a year of Interesting Times. Definitely a year of 2 halves (as the football johnnies would say).

I think, overall, I won )

So. Survived the year, and while I could do without a lot of the first half, the 2nd half has been incredible. Full of big change, new starts, new friends, good times and surprises.
For 2012, the only real plan is to keep going with the course, hopefully find a dissertation topic and come out with an Msc around Sept. Beyond that... not a clue. Really. Which is quite terrifying at times, but am trying not to think about it much.
Aside from that, more horse and more time with lovely friends. And family as younger brother gets married in July!
And of course not to die in a fiery volcano fuelled apocalypse ;p
hellison: (Default)
As usual, running late for stuff, but have had a lovely day to round off the year - lie in, hack out on horse, then afternoon spend oiling lovely new bridle and cleaning then oiling old rather less lovely bridle. Just have to clean self now then head off to the wilds of Islandmagee to chill with friends over foods and wines for the evening.

Hope you are all enjoying your day too, whatever it involves, and a very Happy New Year to every one :) Here's to 2012 being full of good things, good friends and adventures!
hellison: (OMG leo)
So, I was going to do the whole round up of the year thing. But I was perusing the bbc news first and came across possibly the best story I have ever read Scientists tickle animals to find laughter cues

Srsly, their entire job is TICKLING DIFFERENT ANIMALS to see if they laugh.

WARNING. Link contains not only a gorilla being tickled but also a video captioned Pygmy owl squeaks when tickled ; there was also one of a rat, but I didn't watch that ;p
hellison: (xmas)
Finally feeling somewhat christmassy! Presents are bought. Food for horses, cats and people is bought. DRINK Is bought (thanks to the joy of Makro, the car boot is full of tasty ciders and wines. And more ciders). Just realised the one thing I haven't got yet is wrapping paper ;p

But yes, aside from present wrapping, which will be done tomorrow while watching A Muppet Christmas Carol as tradition demands, everything is, I think, done. If its not done, it's not gonna be! Even everything for uni is done (til next week). Hurrah!

Tonight (once horses are in) I will be mostly lazing by the telly, nomming ciders. NOMNOMNOM. ooh i could MULL the cider. Hmmm. Mulled Katy. That can't possibly go wrong at all?

Hope all of your plans are going similarly well!
hellison: (Default)
I have survived a whole semester of studenthood! 4 modules done and much brain usage!
I am writing this from the lovely being_here's spare room, after an evening of cider while watching bellydancing to heavy metal. Some stunning dancers, including ms b_here! Then chips, cider and dizzy wines.

Life is good :)
hellison: (wet Darcy)
I am mostly happy because it is no longer last week anymore ;p Tho I did have a lovely day yesterday, a lie in, a nice long hack out on teh horse on sunny afternoon, then the rest of the afternoon/evening spent watching P&P with [livejournal.com profile] being_here. Which somehow resulted in dinosaurs. In future when things are all a bit shit, I shall FOCUS ON TEH DARCYOSAUR.

Another cheering thing this morning was this - Judge rules swearing at cops not a crime

My favourite bit is this - Peter Smyth, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: “If judges are going to say you can swear at police then everyone is going to start doing it."

They'll ALL BE DOING IT OH NOES. Because up til now, no-one EVER swore at the police. Must restrain urge to run out, find a cop and shout BOLLOCKS at them. Tho, our cops do still have guns, so, maybe not ;p

Today, I will mostly be reading about database interoperability (not purely because it is better than trying the statistics stuff again...). Aren't I the lucky one!
How are YOU doing?
hellison: (Default)
Natural Confectionary Co Jelly Squirms are INCREDIBLE

The packet says they are 'awesomely sour' and it is RIGHT. I ate one whole first and OMFG OOOOOOOOH TEH SOUR IT IS LIKE NOMMY BURNING. SO so tasty

Get some ;p

(ION ate most of packet. May be a bit giddy now)
hellison: (hat)
Am studying. Totally studying *glares at essay notes*. I have managed to finish off practical from yesterday and, tuedsay's sligthtly tipsy whinging aside (sorry about that ;p) I am really enjoying the course so far. It is good to have to stretch my brains again! If only there weren't assignements as well...

In Other News, under the heading of Awesome Things the Internet Finds is this - from this post




(click for larger!)

I think I emigrated from the Country of Eligibleness (or possibly was banished ;p) some time ago, but now am unsure whether to take up residence in The Town Of Lady Priviledge or The City of Moi-Meme (my new spiritual home?) . For now I am obviously stuck in the Tenting of Ground of Uncertainty ;p Perhaps a swim in the Lake of Self Concern will clear my head!

How you all doing out there today?

Wait, have just spotted Mole Traps up there in the Country of Eligibleness! MOLE TRAPS??

ETA forgot to say I originally found it on Bad Repuptaion , which is full of awesome ladies, fun and feminism!
hellison: (hat)
For a Sunday today has been quite busy!

Up early to watch the Rugby (MAY have missed the first half but the 2nd was the more exciting one tho! Poor Tommy Bowe, robbed again!) Win, hurrah!!
Then studystudystudy til lunchtime. Mapping software is fun to play with but very very dull to read about.
Then break to put out teh horses and nom some lunch. Nomnomnom. Bit more reading and work on first assignment til 4, then back to the horses! Got stables etc sorted (oh the joys of mucking out, how I have missed thee), then had time for a short hack in the rain - which was SUPPOSED to have stopped by then. Also if anyone else mentions their bloody heatwave I will... be very put out. VERY. PUT OUT.

Got horses all tucked up in their stables and then back home to make more tasty noms for dinner then final bout of reading (really had to force myself into this one ;p). However it is now done and I am finishing the day with the ultimate post-study treat - a big mug of tea and a bar of Galaxy to dip in it . Melty melty chocolate goodness hmmmmm. And soon, a soak in a hot bath. Bliss!


Ooh also, have finally purchased an MP3 player, currently loaded with 80s-tastic music thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lazy_hoor, but any other suggestions/recommendations of music to add gratefully received (my cd collection is ageing and woefully out of date. and fairly limited ;p).
NB Thipe - NO HOFF.

How is your Sunday going?
hellison: (hat)
Have survived first week of uni! It's gone well so far, am mostly scared now by the thought of writing an essay for the first time in Manymany years. It'll be fine tho. FINE.

The main problem this week has actually been the distance - the uni is 60 miles away and driving up/staring at screens/driving back is leaving me knackered - possibly due to being out of practice at concentrating that much, so I'm sure it'll get better. Going to try the train next week and see how that goes (less concentrating but earlier start and later back...).

Either way what I really need is Music. An hour and half in the car or a couple of hours on the train is a loooong trip to be stuck with crappy radio and the same cds I've had for years. I may even finally invest in an mp3 player!

So, suggestions please ! Music for drivng. music for train, music for studying to... what works for you? Ooh or podcasts! Give me SOUNDS!

ETA on a similar note, what's a good music player wossname these days? Does it have to be ipod?
hellison: (magnugh 0TP)
SO. I had a head full of various THOUGHTS I was going to post about (including many thoughts on driving and what being able to do so means to me, inspired by this post on women driving in Saudi Arabia. May still do that sometime)

Anyway. All thoughts of anything have just been DRIVEN away (ahahaha) by the sheer awesome of Tom Selleck's moustache in every movie ever. Shamelessly stolen from Kanz, because... the awesome needs to be shared ;p




You can thank me (and kanz) later ;)
hellison: (I carumba!)
Day has ended FINE, got degree certificate and tho didn't get to ride, got to chase horses over jumps and didn't get too drenched in the process.

However, on the way home, caught the news and... WTF? WHAT?

Martin McGuinness for president

WHAT? How would that even... WHAT? REALLY?

About the only good side I can see about it is that it must REALLY sicken Gerry, who surely had that post earmarked for himself.

He couldn't possibly win, even if he managed to get nominated.
Could he?

Meh.

Sep. 16th, 2011 12:28 pm
hellison: (arse piglets)
Today, the world is full of rain and meh.

Plans for today had been planting daffodil/tulip bulbs, redoing window boxes and riding horse. Weather thwarting much of that (tho, can probably do window boxes in the garage). May be forced into cleaning kitchen instead. MEH.

Also, slight panic re Uni registration on Monday. For this I need degree cert. Sent off to Queens for this 3 weeks ago, having been assured it would be there in 10 days. Certificate has not arrived.
Phoned yesterday, they have a 'backlog' (understandable at this time of year I guess). V pleasant guy on phone assured me someone would be in touch 'by the end of the week'; he became less confident when I pointed it out it WAS the end of the week. Not sure what to do now. May phone again and see if there is ANY chance I can pick it up by the end of today.

If not... Help? Phone Coleraine admissions people and see if I can register without it maybe? Is that likely?

Alternatively spend weekend frantically hunting thro the mother's house for the original.

(and yes, I DO realise I am an idiot and should have sent off for it at the start of the summer)

ETA CRISIS AVERTED!!! A lovely lady from Queens called at lunchtime to say I could come pick it up, and now I have it!! Hurrah!!
Many thanks for all the v. helpful suggestions! Going to scan it before I do anything else.

So now I can just get back to panicking about actually going back to university wtfamIdoing??? *flails*
hellison: (at 40)
The email with details about registering for the Postgrad course arrived today, have to go on the 19th of September. Which all of a sudden makes it REAL and not just a sort of nice idea for to talk about doing in the future sometime. So now I have TEH FEAR.

HALP HALP HALP Wtf am I doing??? I haven't written an essay or done anything remotely academic for NEARLY TWENTY YEARS. I have no idea how any of this works anymore HALP

(also must start spelling things correctly again. HELP)

At least I don't have to worry about the Masters/Dissertation part of it til next June. If I make it that far...

Also not helping is that in the guides to registration, mostly aimed at first years, they have a sample date of birth which is 1993. NINETEEN NINETY THREE WTF I FINISHED MY DEGREE IN 1992 and these kids WEREN'T EVEN BORN THEN.

Tho, at least with it being a post grad course, any Youngsters on it should be at least 21. But still, born in the '90s. HELP ME.

Luckily, I am getting an Indian Head Massage this evening from lovely Judith (who is doing a course and needs case studies, yay!), which will help with the calming down no end.

It'll all be fine. FINEFINEFINE.

(help?)
hellison: (happyhappy joyjoy)
Happy Birthday to ms [livejournal.com profile] lazy_hoor

Perhaps you would like to select something from this range of delights?

(the last one may not be *entirely* suitable for work)


Ooh also, it is Ireland's first National Potato Day today (the things you learn listening to Today FM)

What a momentous day all round!

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