windemere: (geekin' out)
It's such a strange thing; graduating. You've done all the work already. You've already been told you have received your degree/diploma/whatnot, and it is therefore mostly an excuse for a party.

I was really too tired today to party and it's not nearly as fun without alcohol anyways.

Day 2 of jet lag is always my worst, so I didn't sleep last night and I spent the morning going flat out - on foot - here, there, and everywhere. By the time we got to the reception I just wanted to lay down, or pass out - it was a toss-up.

There ceremony was great (short) and everyone said all the right words. It wasn't particular special (PhDs are treated like MAs are), but at least we got to go first. And then wait for everyone else to do it! The woman beside me kept up a hilariously running commentary under her breath about the pomp and circumstance so I was incredibly entertained.

We stood outside in the freezing (literally) cold too
much and my coat would fit over my robes so I was just a bit miserable. But Bob made my mother tea and is now the greatest person ever because he waited with my parents for a cab after the reception ended for 30 minutes even though he was supposed to be back at work.

Everyone was super nice and huggy and Ross said great things about me to my parents and to me. And I caught up with a lot (though not all) of friends. Not bad for 2.5 days in the city!

All that is left is coffee tomorrow morning with my 'new' twin Dr A (me being now Dr A as well) and to pay pilgrimage to Richard's tomb, something I should have done on Wednesday. Supposed to rain, so I hope our dead king appreciates my sacrifice.

I miss this part of my life already and I won't ever have it back. It was challenging and interesting and incredibly easy. Unlike the years to come.
windemere: (English snow)
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windemere: (English snow)
I had a bit of a weird morning. Didn't go to bed until midnight, owing to staying up to watch the Golden Globes (UK broadcast). Very disappointed the Lincoln did not win best picture, but at least Lewis got the award for acting. Very tired of hearing about Django Unchained.

Then at 4am, my phone goes off, except it's not a call it's a 'reminder'. I have no idea why there was a reminder alarm set for 4am on January 15th. I have no memory of setting it. Today has no relevance that I can see. Woke me out of a dead sleep though and it took me a bit to figure out what the hell the noise was since the alarm is set to some new age 'gentle wake up' right now. The buzzer sound was driving me nuts.

Then, at 7ish this morning (I didn't look at the clock until after) I woke up again out of a dead sleep to a noise that might have been in my dream or in real life, I'm still not sure. It sounded like someone knocking on the door, but it wasn't as loud as it should have been if someone was actually knocking on the door.

Decided to turn the morning alarm off and go back to sleep. Woke up just before 9. Feeling pretty good today, but I have a busy afternoon and a really busy day tomorrow, so I imagine I will be tired by Thursday if I don't get more sleep.

Weird start to the week. Apparently, Facebook is making a Very Important Announcement at 1pm (EST, I think?). Can't wait (sarcasm).

Life of Pi 3D tomorrow! It didn't get ANY Golden Globes, which annoys me even though I haven't seen the movie.

Snow still partly around, though melted in many places. Didn't get that much, after all.
windemere: (winter)
Seriously, I'm almost put-out. Because at least there would have been news to watch today that is not the Epic Winter Storm, Newtown or The War related.

Although you put those three together in a sentence and maybe the world is ending. The Mayan's say it's the start of a new and better era. I think they are full of crap, personally. I can't imagine things are going to get better right now in the world, only worse. All the horror and death and destruction and stupidity. We'd need a major shift in human thinking before things get better.

But, on a happier note: it is Yule. So the days get loooooonger from here on out!

Have a Merry Yule and try to spend today remembering what the season is really about. ie: not shopping, getting there as fast as you can, having the perfect whatever, or being unkind. We have enough of that the rest of the month.
windemere: (castle)
Still adjusting to this new format for everything on LJ. It's very modern looking. Not entirely sure yet. But I can type properly again in order to post, so that's certainly a good improvement!

So, I intended to go to Windsor yesterday. I've never been, though I've visited both Buckingham and Holyrood, the two other royal palaces. Windsor is, of course, by far the oldest, as it was originally constructed (well, a bit of it was) 900 years ago, so it's the original royal castle of the British monarchy. And the Queen was even home!

Anyways, because I am SUCH A NICE PERSON and I CAN'T SAY NO TO PEOPLE, I ended up leading the trip. It was for the international students association, and the guy who runs it, Yasin, happens to be the boyfriend of one of my fellow PhD students in MS. And he's a really, really nice guy, don't get me wrong. He's so nice, that it's kind of hard to say no to him, because you know if you asked him a favour he'd do it in a heartbeat. So, last week he called and asked if I'd run the trip, because he couldn't go anymore. And I said, 'of course'! And then I got off the phone and said 'shit'.

Well, a lot of things went wrong. It could have been a nice easy trip to Windsor for the day (if a very, very long one), but because some students go out of their way to be thoughtless and because of other things that no one had control over (traffic jam), it was just a very long exhausting stressful day and I was so HAPPY to go to bed last night you have NO IDEA.

But, in amidst all that, Windsor was beautiful. I mean, tourist central and no mistaking it! And even though it was December it was so very crowded. But the town is very cute, and Eton college is a nice walk across the river, and the castle is very beautiful. Especially in the winter sunlight. And the Queen, at least, was home, so probably Prince Philip too, and who knows who else. Maybe the rest of the family as Kate is in London in hospital with morning sickness, says the news, as she is now pregnant. Poor woman.

Anyways, I'll post a few pictures eventually (still on my camera and this week? NOT A GOOD TIME), but the castle is a masterpiece and I think much prettier than Holyrood and much less um...overdone, than Buckingham. And much grander than, say, Kensington. It kind of reminded me of Hampton Court, except it was built before Henry VIII, though he did add to it, as did most monarchs up to and including Queen Victoria.

Anyways, you can only get into the State Apartments, because the rest is where people actually live and work, and it was Sunday, so St George's Chapel was closed too (where Henry VIII and Jane Seymour are entombed), but oh well. The entry ticket is good for a year so maybe I'll go back next summer! And I saw one of the Queen's corgies being walked in the garden!

Anyways, glad that is over with. Took today off because work? yeah, that wasn't happening. I still had to answer emails, post a few announcements online and have a short meeting though, even on a day off. Tomorrow I have training, Wed. is a day-long artists' seminar, and Thurs/Fri are marking presentations. But, after my meeting today I have about 500 Pounds worth of work coming my way in the next month, so yay!!! I can pay rent in January! Wee! And more in work in March too. That I think I'll put aside for the Camino. A few hundred pounds might last a few weeks in Euros in Spain. Or at least pay for flights/train travel.

Also, I still owe Ross a week of work, and have since July. Not sure when I will have to do that! But I will have to, as he paid me for it already! Oops. Still, it was very useful having the money at the time.

Dinner. Telly. Bed. Freeze. Hat tonight, me thinks.
windemere: (zero)
So, last night I slept under:

-two fleece blankets, a thick cotton sheet, a winter duvet (with cover)


-wool socks
-fleece PJs
-a wool shawl around my shoulders


I was still frakking freezing.


-move house (too late this winter)
-buy space heater (can't until landlord leaves for India and won't notice I *have* a space heater)
-think myself warm (I"ve tried)
-ask for the heat to be turned up (can't, too expensive)

So = screwed.
windemere: (Default)
There's really not much to report, except that January is about to end and February is about to start with a bang. I thought the 'in like a lion' thing only applied in the spring? Apparently not. We are due for nearly 30cm of snow in the next two days, both of which are days I have to be out and about. :(

Other than that, life's been pretty quiet. I'm busy at work and 2 days a week at the museum. And inventory at the store starts next weekend so we're all scrambling to get everything done before that (not to mention sell everything before that. One of those is going better than the other.

I made it through January, though! Only two months left to go. I am thinking Florida is not going to happen this year, which is alright because that's money that I don't actually need to spend. Instead, an old uni friend and I are going to Ottawa for Winterlude to stay with another old uni friend. Should be a blast! It'll be cold and snowy and the driving might be a nightmare (401 + winter = natural disaster), but I'm still looking forward to it! I just need to find skates...

I am going to see the King's Speech this afternoon, on my own, because it won SAGs last night and will probably win Oscars and it's like my favourite cast ever. Also, I have nothing else to do until 5pm when work starts.


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