Hello!!!! I’m back!
I moved back to Liverpool on Sunday, and did little but furiously type the remaining chapter, conclusion and corrections for my dissertation whilst attending my final week of uni, handed in my final official copy of said dissertation on Wednesday, chilled for two days and I’m currently preparing for my final exams. So yes it’s been a higgledy-piggledy, rather busy week. However, the finish line is well and truly in sight and I’m hoping to avoid many clichés, but it has felt like enough of a slog to justify them. All that stands between me and graduation is the result from my dissertation and two exams. Fingers crossed I’ve done enough so far and don’t fall at the final hurdle! I’m currently sat on a first (literally just but I’m still there) and I would be absolutely ecstatic if I managed to stay there, but realistically, I’ll be unbelievably happy with a 2.1. After my exams I still have to pass the two skills tests to start studying for my PGCE in September so it’s still not plain sailing for a while, but I remain hopeful and positive!
So that’s the uni update complete. Like I said, I have officially finished lectures as an undergraduate at Hope University and my life is pretty much exam preparations until then. I’m incredibly lucky in that both papers are seen, so I have no excuse but at least I can prepare to my maximum potential. I’m running the 10k tomorrow with my Amnesty buddy so I’ll update you all on how well we do. Other than that I’ve also got a few outings planned throughout my remaining month here in Liverpool. I honestly can’t believe how quickly the past three years have gone! I’ve got a couple of farewell meals etc planned and then there’s two uni balls and a final concert on top of a couple of day trips and a week of placement in a primary school. Busy busy busy!
I had a fantastic time in London and we completed our monopoly board which was rather chaotic at times. We also managed to see the Mousetrap which is the longest running play in the West End and it was fantastic. Overall, we all thoroughly enjoyed our trip and I think we’d consider doing something similar again as a small group.
Other than that, I don’t particularly have anything more to share at the moment. I’m going to start doing a couple of beauty posts again as they seem to be rather popular according to my stats and I’ve found some perfect items over the past few months which deserve to be shared (and a few to be cautious of!). Look out for them over the following week and maybe follow my blog on bloglovin as well? There’s also twitter etc which are all located around this blog but comment if there’s any questions etc!
The family copy and a relieved author!
Hello and apologies for my lack of blogging recently. It’s not looking to improve over the next couple of weeks either as I have entered into the challenging process of writing my dissertation. So far I’m over half way through it, with just over 7,000 words written into an introduction and two chapters. All that’s left is the final chapter which I’m currently researching and then the conclusion. I’ve actually really enjoyed researching it and the writing up bit hasn’t been that much of a chore. Without my family and friends there’s no way I’d be feeling as happy with it as they’ve been incredibly supportive and don’t complain when I send off a chapter for them to read over. In fact, so far the feedback has been positive and they appear to find it interesting to read, which is always a bonus!
I’ll give you a quick little update of what’s happened over the past few weeks in between writing my last undergraduate essay and this dissertation.
- I went to the National Archives in London with uni the week before we broke up. It was a fascinating trip and I loved being able to handle the original government papers. I found it really useful for my dissertation research, although some documents I couldn’t access because someone else was using them. The only negative about the trip was the length of time spent on the mini bus. I’ve managed 48 hours on a coach to Croatia but 9 hours cramped into what was essentially a glorified school mini bus was not comfy. It took us longer than expected to get to London due to traffic and given that I’d been up since just before 6am, having only had a few hours sleep the night before as I was finishing off my final essay, I was a tad grumpy. Also I get really travel sick and there was no windows to open for fresh air. I wasn’t sick, just felt nauseous which I think is far worse, but I did see some wonderful wildlife when I was gazing out the window – several Red Kites and some Muntjac Deer – I thought that was pretty neat and I live in a fairly rural area.
- I spent the last two weekends of term in the caravan with my parents. The first weekend I travelled to Chirk to visit them before my Mother’s Day concert at the Palmhouse, Sefton Park. We stayed at Lady Margaret’s Park which was beautiful. Very peaceful and the walks were fantastic. We must have walked well over ten miles on Saturday as we walked the dogs along the canal and then we left them in the car to sleep whilst we walked over Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Llangollen. I’ll admit it was pretty terrifying but I got some fab photos. The concert went really well on Sunday but it was boiling in the Palmhouse. It is essentially a massive greenhouse and when it’s slightly sunny outside, the temperature just soars inside. Mam and Alan loved the concert though.
- The second weekend I moved out for Easter and travelled to Bury, Manchester to meet them. The site was again wonderful – a very good dog walk and there was a steam train which went passed the site a few times a day. Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy their fortnight holiday, especially the dogs. Honestly Mabel and Marvin were on their best behaviour! Then we came back and they’ve turned into disobedient doggies again. I blame the rabbit season. Being Lurchers, it is in their nature to hunt, and Mabel was trained before we adopted them to hunt rabbits. It’s difficult but we are making progress with them.
- Anyway the two weekends out from Liverpool were just what I needed. I feel like I haven’t stopped working since the start of March on essays etc but the hard work does appear to be paying off. My Capital Punishment essay received a first, which I’m absolutely ecstatic over. I just really hope the final essay and my dissertation also do well. I’d hate to fall at the final hurdle. When I get back to uni at the end of the month, I have two days between my dissertation deadline and the exams being released (history are lovely and give us seen papers), so I fully intend to chill between those days – catch up on my tv and blogs, spend some time with my friends without going for a library visit… Just to reset my brain as I’ll then only have two weeks before my exams and then it’s all over! Three years of hard graft and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.
- When I returned home, I’ve had the joy of insuring my car. That’s right nearly two years after I passed my test, I’m finally driving again. There was no point in paying over a grand to be insured on Mam’s car while I was at uni because I’d hardly get the chance to drive it, but because I’ll hopefully be driving to Peterlee for the majority of the next academic year, I needed a car. My grandparents bought a new car last month and they’d promised me their old one once I’d passed my test. It’s a lovely red Suzuki (called Susie) and I’ve driven quite a few times over the past week and a bit. Mostly with Mam as a comforting passenger, but I did my first solo drive on Saturday evening and I’m going out again on my own tonight. Everything’s going well but my goodness car insurance is ridiculously expensive – the cheapest I managed to get (including breakdown cover) will cost just over £1,100 overall as I’m paying it in monthly installments. Some wanted to charge me nearly £3,000!! The joys of owning a car.
- This week is the start of my social life again. I’m out tonight to finalise the Queen’s Guide Award trip I’m doing with three others from my Senior Section unit here. We’re going to London on Sunday so we just want to get all the details clarified and deal with paperwork etc. Tomorrow I get to spend some time with Mam and then in the evening I’m out with my best friends for a much-needed catch up. I’m also heading out for lunch today after I visited the Lit & Phil to get some more books for my chapter with one of my best friends from primary school. I’ve had a wonderful time since coming home fitting in seeing my family, including my cousin who was over briefly from Ireland, between working hard on my dissertation. On Good Friday after mass I’m going to my Auntie’s for a big family meal. I’ll get to see my Aunt and Uncle who live in Alnwick and my cousins with their 9-month daughter. I honestly can’t wait!
So that’s all that’s not been reported recently. I do intend to get back into regular blogging once my work load reduces, as I have quite a few ideas currently on the back-burner. Mind, the site does still get a handful of views each day, which always brings a smile to my face knowing that somebody, somewhere in the world, has stumbled across GeordieGiraffe and is having a gander. So thank you for that.
Snuggled in their doggy den at the caravan
Look at how they’ve grown – especially Marvin!
No hands on the Aqueduct
Bye-bye mullet, hello pixie crop 🙂
I saw this on Instagram this morning and it greatly amused me. I didn’t post a motivational Monday yesterday because frankly uni is ruling my life right now. This little snap summarises how I currently feel and I’ll get back to you all once this bitch of an essay is complete and I’ve wrestled the reins of life back from uni. For now, it’s back to coffee and Charles I…
More than any other week, I’ve needed all the motivation, support and encouragement possible from my family and friends. I hit a confidence wall on Wednesday and I’m still recovering from it now. Mentally that is, I’m not injured or anything, just the typical third year panic I gather. Seeing as that has been about the only thing that happened this week, I’m not going to bore you all with the details of it, so there won’t be a ‘What’s occurring’ post this week.
Anyway, this feel-good choice is taken from one of my recent Oxfam finds – Radio 1 Live Lounge Volume 3 – and the first time I heard this track I just melted. It’s a goose-bump, spine-tingle song when they sing it, but then I get that feeling for the majority of their album, which I still listen to. The Hoosiers (yeah remember them?) covered Justin Timberlake’s beautiful ‘Lovestoned’. I think it’s my favourite JT song from the ‘Futuresex/Lovesounds’ album (another of my favourites). It’s worth a listen to, that’s for sure. I’m currently waiting for four more Live Lounge volumes to arrive in the post after I found them cheap on Amazon, so we’ll see how many other beauts await me.