All entries for May 2006

May 31, 2006

On this day in 1678…

…tax protestor Lady Godiva rode through the streets of Coventry. Today's bit of local trivia was brought to you courtesy of the Excite home page :)

May 26, 2006

Aren't some kids' books great?

I was having a bit of a reminisce about books I loved in my youth and still love today, partly because I'm buying a new copy of Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising Sequence" on Amazon, and partly because I was listing my favourite books on Facebook. And I realised whilst on Amazon looking up "The Dark is Rising" that you know a book's probably quite good when 29 people have reviewed it, and one person's given it 4/5 stars. The others have all given it 5 stars. Ditto "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster – 13 reviews, all 5 stars. Both brilliant books which I will still quite happily read now, mid–way through my English Literature degree, both possibly not as well–known as they should be, and both really, really good. Recommended.

Sitting here with a smile on my face feeling better about life

Writing about web page /rcoram/entry/a_common_misconception/

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

The comments on Rebecca's entry have really cheered me up and restored my faith in men, not least because they've reassured me that a) men aren't shallow (well, not that shallow at least! :–P) and b) that I never need to have another moment where I worry about someone I've taken a liking to seeing me without makeup.

Hurrah!

I'm now going to get a cup of tea and revise in ultimate contentment*. Thank you guys :)

*As far as such a thing is possible where revision is involved.


May 23, 2006

Humph.

Follow-up to One down, two to go from The Blog of Lu

I spent ages whilst revising over the past week and a bit thinking of all the nice things I'd do when it actually came to Tuesday afternoon and I had a break.

Now I'm here, I'm too tired to do any of them. Humph.

I'm going to go and have some tea in the hope that it'll wake me up…


One down, two to go

The sense of relief is immense. Even if I did possibly wander away from the question title and have to shoehorn it into my conclusion to bring it back on track, I'm relieved to find that yes, I can remember stuff going into the exam, and that I can write essays under exam conditions. This doesn't mean I'm not worried about the other two – I really am, especially Poetry and Society. But it does mean that I'm more assured now that if I do the work, re–read stuff, try and get all the background info into my head and do useful things like spotting themes, I might just be all right.

Just.

So yes, today's exam went OK, and I should have got a relatively good mark for it. Hurrah!


May 20, 2006

Oh look, a vaguely relevant blog quiz

If, as discussed last night, my degree may be useless and ultimately pointless, it is at least comforting to know I'm doing the right one:

You scored as English. You should be an English major! Your passion lies in writing and expressing yourself creatively, and you hate it when you are inhibited from doing so. Pursue that interest of yours!

English

100%

Linguistics

92%

Psychology

75%

Sociology

75%

Philosophy

67%

Anthropology

67%

Journalism

58%

Dance

50%

Theater

50%

Art

33%

Engineering

33%

Biology

25%

Mathematics

17%

Chemistry

0%

What is your Perfect Major? (PLEASE RATE ME!!<3)
created with QuizFarm.com

But I'm most suited to doing a degree which most students would deem ultimately pointless, what does this say about me?


May 17, 2006

Things can only get better…

…as Rebecca pointed out to me on the bus.

This isn't to say things are bad. Today, they started off fairly badly, given that I woke up in a bad mood, slept in and so did no work, and forgot my flute and so had no flute lesson. But it really did improve. After reading Northanger Abbey and laughing out loud, procrastinating in the MC Office, getting some tablets for the back and chatting to some very lovely people (even the ones I did prevent from revising) I felt a lot better. And then went on an unusually un–hardcore Brasssoc social. These exams have a lot to answer for…

Still, my exams start soon, and once I've got Jane Austen out the way I'll (hopefully) be less stressed, in spite of the fact that the next two exams are probably harder. And things really can only get better, especially once the exam period's over. Whit Friday, Drayton Manor, the Chaplaincy Ball, Tour, all within the space of a couple of weeks. And I reckon that most things that were due to go wrong this term have gone wrong by now, so I'm cautiously optimistic that I'm over the worst of it!

Right, I'll stop waffling now and go and do something constructive – sleep…


May 15, 2006

Just so you know…

…I've managed to write off my car.

This isn't confirmed (and won't be until Toyota have a look at it tomorrow) but Stu reckons the chassis got damaged in the crash and pretty much everyone who's seen it has said, "Ah. Yeah, it's gone." Yasmine R.I.P…

The real reason for writing this is so I don't have to tell the "What happened?" story over and over again tomorrow, not in a "Don't mention the car!" kind of way as I don't mind talking about it, I just don't want to go into it ad nauseam. Basically I was pulling out of Beaudesert onto Broomfield Rd and didn't see the car coming from the right. Yasmine took the full force of the impact and is now in a pretty sorry state on the corner. The guy I hit (or rather, who hit me, though it was his right of way) didn't seem too irritated – he could've yelled his head off at me, and he didn't, which I'm really glad about – and neither of us were injured. In fact I was rather impressed with the Yaris's safety features, as both front airbags inflated and I only hit my head slightly. Anyway my mum got a train up from London and is here, and both parents are more concerned that I'm safe than angry about the car. It's just a bit of a faff when my first exam's in just over a week, but I reckon I can get it sorted fairly quickly, and I'll talk to the English department about it.

So, suffice it to say, I am a bit shaken up to say the least. But I'm OK, and that's something to be thankful for. Thanks are due to Geoff, for giving me a shoulder to cry on (and a roll of toilet paper) and for generally working really hard to calm me down – it was really helpful to have someone who'd been in that situation, so thank you :) And thanks are also due to Lucy and Stu for making me a really great cup of tea (sugary; just what I needed for the shock) and for picking Mum up from the station.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as I figure out what normal is… It might inspire me to get on with my revision at least, just for something to kepp my mind off it. But, as I say, I'm fine.

And breathe.


May 10, 2006

Originality was never my strong point

Writing about web page /bjkeates/entry/weve_had_four/

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

THREE NAMES YOU GO BY:
1. Lu
2. Lucind (my mother, on occasion)
3. Lu–Lu Belle

THREE SCREEN NAMES YOU HAVE HAD:
1. Lu
2. Most of mine relate to some song lyric that seemed appropriate at the time…
3. …hence I can’t remember any!

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1. My height
2. My eyes (well, the colour anyway)
3. The length of my hair

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1. My thighs. 60 stone of – ‘nuff said.
2. My boobs
3. Everything else about my hair. Why is it so dry and frizzy? Why does it curl in such a random manner?

THREE THINGS THAT SCARE YOU:
1. My own impatience whilst driving
2. Theme park rides that go upside down and you feel like you’re going to fall out
3. The thought of ending up alone and never having a successful relationship

THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:
1. Food. Especially good food.
2. Something to read
3. The internet

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. A really big unflattering dressing gown
2. A Tour ’05 T–shirt
3. Some underwear (guess who’s just got out of bed…)

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS OR MUSICAL ARTISTS:
1. Queen
2. Rachmaninov
3. The Clash

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE SONGS:
1. Mercury Rev – Night and Fog
2. Supergrass – Moving
3. Queen – Somebody to Love

THREE THINGS YOU WANT IN A RELATIONSHIP:
1. I’m sure I’m capable of thinking of many things I'd like. But right now I’d settle for someone I like who likes me as that seems a lot to ask at the moment.
2.
3.

TWO TRUTHS ONE LIE:
1.I’m playing in “A Chorus Line”
2. “A Chorus Line” is the best musical I’ve ever seen
3. I have yet to start my revision

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES:
1. Reading
2. Playing music, particularly my flute
3. Walking. Not in a die hard way, just going for a wander

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO REALLY BADLY RIGHT NOW:
1. Feel better about myself. But I’m working on that
2. Go out and enjoy the sunshine (will be doing that as soon as I’ve revised…)
3. Read a really good book that’s not work–related

THREE CAREERS YOU'RE CONSIDERING/YOU'VE CONSIDERED:
1. Writer. Always has been my dream, since I was about 6
2. Musician (ha ha ha)
3. Publishing, because it’s quite hard to make a living as a writer. But I’ve no idea if it’s a good plan; am starting to think it’s not

THREE PLACES YOU WANT TO GO ON VACATION:
1. The Far East
2. Scandinavia
3. West Coast USA

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:
1. Write a book and have it published
2. Visit the parts of the world I’ve never seen
3. Actively make a difference in someone’s life or in some part of the world and make it a little bit better

THREE WAYS THAT YOU ARE STEREOTYPICALLY A BOY:
1. I love football. I understand the offside rule, am either elated or gutted depending on how United fare, and can happily sit through 90 minutes of it – even when I don’t support either of the teams playing.
2. I love Top Gear (and not just for Richard Hammond…)
3. I really enjoy a good curry

THREE WAYS THAT YOU ARE STEREOTYPICALLY A GIRL:
1. I love getting dressed up and looking good on nights out
2. I enjoy shopping
3. I enjoy rom–coms and chick flicks with happy endings. They make me believe that my life could be like that!

THREE CELEB CRUSHES:
1. Sean Bean
2. Colin Firth
3. Richard Hammond


May 05, 2006

Things are looking up!

In saying that, I don't mean to imply that they were looking down – things have been pretty good on the whole of late (particularly now I can play evil sax bit in "I Can Do That"!). It's just that work's really been stressing me out, to the point of sleeping badly, and after a couple of revision seminars and a few hours' work on my essay, I don't feel so bad about it. Firstly, I now feel like I can do these exams. Going to Euro Novel and P&S reminded me that I actually do know quite a lot of the background to each of these texts (go me, taking three modules all based around the same periods in literature!) which means that the "society" bit of Poetry and Society should be OK, and I know more about the novels on the Euro Novel course than I thought. Still going to have to read a lot of poetry to make up for my poor effort in P&S so far, but given that I can skim–read all the others and can effectively discount any texts I've already written about, I think I can just about manage.

Even better than that, though… I got the dreaded P&S assessed research essay back yesterday, and got… 68! Woo! And there were some really positive comments on the mark sheet, as well. Not only has this meant that I've got some leeway going into the exam (reckon I should be on 67, just, so can afford to get a mid–low 2:2) but it's also made me a lot more confident about my essay writing in general. Just as well, really, given that I'm starting writing my Euro Novel assessed essay today and I'm working desperately hard to keep the little voice out of my mind that says "I can't do this". Keep having to remind myself that I've done 5,000 words (and in the space of a weekend) before and I got a good mark for that, plus I actually know what I'm writing in the essay and I reckon it's reasonably good. Calm, Lu. Calm.

I've also got the thought of girly night to look forward to tonight as well – Old Orleans and the cinema with some rather fabulous company :) Last night's curry was most excellent, thoroughly enjoyed myself – especially the chance to wear a skirt as it's now summer! Yay! The Bengal's Chicken Garlic is recommended (I also recommend that you stay as far away from me as possible over the next few days…) and the three–word epithets we came up with for people were genius. I think my favourite is "May require more words"...


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