Thursday’s Cup o’Thoughts (03/12/2015)

Shit. It’s Thursday and that nice list I did yesterday got shot to hell. Completely buggered. My essay deadline is today, technically at 12 noon but there is a grace period until midnight that I can still submit in and not be “late” as such. It has saved my ass more times that it should have to over my time as an OU student. So yesterday I did not finish my essay, I barely even started it and as I type I’m stuffing more avocado toast into my face so I can be fueled up for the inevitable panic to get it written, checked, referenced properly & submitted before midnight if at all possible. I have done this with a few assignments but none have been essays of this length so I’m a little worried that I might not make it. We’ll have to see.

It’s days like these that make everyone around me despair of my terrible studying habits where I leave everything until the very last second and then give myself a stress-induced heart attack trying to get the work done without being late. It’s like I don’t care enough to get it done early, but I still care enough that I *have* to get something like a decent mark even though I totally don’t deserve it.

I’ve already given Le Boyf permission to metaphorically kick my ass if this essay comes back with a good mark after all my bullshit. I’m a grossly lucky fucker.

Plan of Action for the Day

Morning: ESSAY, WORDS ON A PAGE, COHERENT ONES, INTELLIGENT ARGUMENTS, QUOTES & SHIT

Afternoon: MORE ESSAY, ALL THE WORDS, REFERENCES, CRITICAL ANALYSIS & ALL THAT JAZZ

Evening: ESSAY IF NOT DONE BY THIS POINT. Otherwise wine & something relaxing because…damn.

What am I looking forward to?

Not having to have this albatross strangling me after today.

What do I think I’ll find tricky?

Everything

How can I work through it?

Be better at this “student” shit

What song came up first on my iPod this morning?

I’m having the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack playing today, it’s got the angry energy I need.

Now off to work!

Ray 🙂

Wednesday’s Cup o’Thoughts (02/12/2015)

Well it’s certainly been a long time since I did one of these posts! I wore myself out with daily posts even before my uni modules started last October but I felt like bringing back this format for the days when I’m not at work so I have something to focus on first thing in the morning.

If you’d believe it I’m already onto my second cup of tea and I’m eating breakfast! Actual food I went out and bought to feed myself with! Boy was it yummy, I can’t remember if I had jumped onto the Avocado train when I was doing these posts before but basically avocado toast is now a quasi-religious experience for me. *nom*

I’ve got a fair few things to do today and a looming deadline *coughtomorrowcough* which I need to really focus on so once this post is done I’m going to have to be a mature grown-up and properly ban myself from social media until I’ve made significant progress. I did get Leechblock on my main browser which cuts me off from tumblr & youtube between 9am and 5pm which is definitely for the best XD. My twitter access will get revoked if I spend more than a certain amount of time on there per hour but I probably ought to lower that threshold so I don’t weasel around it.

Ok let’s get listy. Y’know how I love my lists.

Plan of Action for the Day

Morning: Top priority – Children’s Lit essay, I currently have 0 of 2000 words so I’d like to get at least 700 words done before noonEdit at 12:25 – This got effectively trashed within 5 mins of looking over the essay guidance and realising that I haven’t read enough stuff beyond the set books to refer to. *sigh*

In breaks – Chuck some washing on, empty the basket of clean washing into respective drawers, eat snacks.

Afternoon: Essay – Edit Now I’d just like to get a new workable essay plan that doesn’t make me want to scream.

In breaks – Swap washing into dryer, do the dishes, do some more of a book review.

Evening: Essay – Edit: 700 words on new essay question, more if going well.

In breaks/After – Work on book review, read, some chapter planning whatever I feel like.

What am I looking forward to?

Tea breaks. I bought some really yummy-looking cookies from the shop 😛

What do I think I’ll find tricky?

Getting my essay wordcount in the time I’ve set for myself. Edit: Maybe writing an essay I won’t get shit marks for will be the difficulty! ugh

How can I work through it?

Don’t spend forever scouring my books for a quote, paraphrase as best as I can remember then search for it later. Also STAY OFF SOCIAL MEDIA. Edit- caffeine, lots of it.

What song came up first on my iPod this morning?

I started the shuffle before I went to the shop and got- Dragon Racing from the How to Train Your Dragon 2 soundtrack. A lovely invigorating track for the day when you got some beasties to slay.

Now off to work!

Ray 🙂

Monday’s Cup o’Thoughts (6/10/14)

Hello again chaps, no post on Friday as I was getting hauled up to the airport to bring the car back after my parents left for their holiday in sunny Florida. Spent pretty much the entire day out of the house and only actually got home around half 5. The weekend was pretty quiet, I don’t think I left the house all Saturday and on Sunday Le Boyf and I went into Nottingham to meet my sister and go to the Goose Fair. Not massively impressed with it and probably won’t go again – everything is just designed to drain all your money for little reward.

This week is going only have posts up until Wednesday as we’re going to Paris for 4 days on Thursday. It should be great fun although Le Boyf has threatened to poke me until I speak to every French person we meet – which granted will be excellent practice for me as I am doing a French module as well but still, speaking to strangers is stressful enough without throwing in the added spanner of a language I’m only half-fluent in. It’s going to be one of those odd holidays where I have no clue what we’re doing until we’re there and we’ll effectively be making it up as we go. I hope to get lots of pictures that I’ll share when I’m back.

Plan of Action for the Day

My modules have started! Egads! I need to actually buckle down and stop procrastinating my days away.

1. Freewrite – I think I ought to do one, it’s raining today and that should prompt some things

2. French – I gotta get back into doing work for this module since I’ve very diligently avoided it for a while. I could probably do with looking at my phrasebooks to prep myself for being a tourist again.

3. Novel – I have done a lot of little bits towards my book over the past week. I finished drafts of a few scenes and sent them over to my dear friend Jess, I effectively went through the draft so far in Scrivener tagging up what characters appear in which scenes so later down the rewriting line I can judge if certain people need to appear more or less and I’m also starting to put in where the chapter breaks are going to be since I wrote the scenes as whole units but some need to have that dramatic pause partway through. So today I may try and finish the bit of scene that I needed to add to the first act.

4. Chores – Ironing, did several loads of washing over the weekend and will want some of those clothes this week.

What am I looking forward to?

Well I’m going to do the freewrite after posting this so should be intriguing

What do I think I’ll find tricky?

Focusing on my French work

How can I work through it?

Stop being a bloody child (I’m turning sodding 24 tomorrow for pete’s sake!) and just do the work!

What song came up first on my iPod this morning?

Reminiscing with Grandma – Anastasia Movie Soundtrack. (this is such a beautiful reunion)

Now off to work!

Ray 🙂

Thursday’s Cup o’Thoughts (2/10/2014)

Guys I really dislike mornings in case you haven’t noticed, I often wonder if I shouldn’t just change my sleeping routine so I woke up later and carried on working until like Midnight or something since my brain feels less like a box of broken china later at night since I’ve had lots of hours to piece everything back together into something I can actually use. (Well I like that metaphor, you go sleepy-head Rachel!)

But that wouldn’t really work since it would involve disturbing Le Boyf when I did eventually go to sleep and I’d get woken up when he left for work so I would probably end up feeling just as tired when I did actually get up. Best to just try being a big girl and get up like I would if I was going to work and install myself in the office after I’m dressed. I managed that this morning I actually got up and showered before Le Boyf even left for work! Normally I’d still be in bed until at least 8am. Alas I have blown the first productive hour by catching up on interweb stuffs (gotta get myself some kind of program to block those sites so I can actually work for a bit) but I think I shall get this post done and actually crack on today since I will lose most of tomorrow’s productivity when I have to drive my parents to the airport so they can jet off to sunny Florida.

Plan of Action for the Day

1. Writing – I think I’ll try doing a  freewrite this morning since I’ve not done one for two weeks. I have to get myself back into a good habit after I’ve backslid so far.

2. Instead of caving into reading one of the innumerable fiction books lying about I ought to look at editing skills so I can actually do it when I manage to print off my TMA draft.

3. I gotta email a few people about holiday stuff so Le Boyf and I can actually plan things. Also add into this the whole decide what stuff we’re going to visit in Paris because that’s all been left to me.

4. I need to look at my french textbooks since I’ve not opened them in a while. What I’ll do I don’t bloody know.

What am I looking forward to?

I don’t know, my cup of tea has already worn off and I’m grumpy again.

What do I think I’ll find tricky?

Doing anything I say I’ll do, really though this is why I shouldn’t work first thing in the morning because I just don’t function properly.

How can I work through it?

Going back to bed for a nap? No? Damn I’ll have to get more tea or have some breakfast.

What song came up first on my iPod this morning?

Mrs Darcy – Pride & Prejudice movie soundtrack. (how lovely and soothing, I should keep this album on)

Now off to work!

Ray

Wednesday’s Cup o’Thoughts (1/10/2014)

So it’s now October. That happened kinda fast, it’s only three days until my modules officially start and only 6 days until my birthday. Although I think I’ve already shed much of the birthday feeling, it’s what happens when you celebrate it early like I invariably do every year. I’m a bloody idiot like that.

Yesterday was as usual a rather mopey Tuesday – I have this weird mental block on Tuesdays that it is a hangover from when I worked as a TA. For most of the second year I worked there every Tuesday I had at least one god-awful class with a bunch of kids who would make my job as difficult as possible. How the fuck are you supposed to support their learning when they are making a concerted effort to be little shits and be rude and disrespectful to staff? I disliked those kids who would be outrageously rude to teachers when I was still in high school myself, there’s no reason for it. Yes they may annoy you and are stricter than you personally feel they should be (oh no they took your phone off you? You’re at fucking school you have no need to be on it in a god-damn lesson) but that doesn’t give you the right to make they feel like shit and dread the days they have to come to work. Your teachers and TAs have already been through high school and they don’t need to be subjected to the pettiness of rude teenagers who don’t appreciate the fact that we chose to work in education to pass on what we’ve learnt to the next generation.

Gah that turned ranty I’m sorry. I’m probably not going to end up teaching Secondary school kids after I’ve got my degree, maybe Post-16 because then I will be justified in yelling at them when they’re being rude because it was their damn choice to be in whatever class I’m teaching.

But yea I hate Tuesdays, I got some ironing done, I read a whole book, I did a bit of writing but not much else. Ugh

Plan of Action for the Day

1. After I get dressed I think I’m going to head over to the library with my handy memory stick and print off the draft of my writing TMA that I did the other week so I can give it a read-through and start editing it so I have stuff to take to my day school. I’m rather nervous for that since I have no idea how many other people are going to  be there and reading my own work aloud isn’t something I’ve done before. (Gah this may turn into another long post)

2. Alongside number 1 I shall have a read through the sections on Editing in the various writing books I have. (I will also have to do a show & tell post of all my writing books, I have quite a few now)

3. I need to make sure of what I’m supposed to be doing for my first French TMA so I can be preparing and harvesting vocab and ideas from the start of the course.

4. I need to look in my Paris guidebook and actually plan some things that Le Boyf and I are going to do while in Paris next week because although I’ve been about 6 times my other half has never been so I need to actually show him things. This task has been underlined by him so I really do need to do this one 😛

What am I looking forward to?

I should find the whole printing off my TMA draft thing easy but I know the editing won’t be. But that’s kind of the point right?

What do I think I’ll find tricky?

Actually reading through my TMA after two weeks and not suddenly hating everything about it.

How can I work through it?

Erm make someone else read it and have them lie convincingly to me if they too don’t like it?

What song came up first on my iPod this morning?

The Trolls – Frozen movie soundtrack (I like this instrumental track much more than the Trolls’ actual musical number)

Now off to work!

Ray 🙂

Tuesday’s Cup o’Thoughts (30/9/2014)

Hang on, I’m not caffeinated yet *heads downstairs* Aaaand I’m back. I really should have made myself a cup ages ago but internet stuff kept me occupied for like an hour. Yesterday was an alright day. I got some of the stuff done on my to do list and a little while before midnight I finally finished typing up the hand-written scenes of my book that I’ve been meaning to do for over a week. I was happy with my progress in that quarter since I now have over 76K written although I think I will need to revise my final word count estimate to around 100K as the 12 scenes I have left are not going to happen in the 10K that is left until my original estimate.

Plan of Action for the Day

1. Await arrival of Pest guy to nuke the wasp nest that has set up shop in the wall cavity at the end of my bathroom. How he’s going to reach the bit of the wall where the nest entrance is I do not know but either way I’m probably going to have to go to Costa for a while since the bathroom will be out of action after he’s sprayed his death-to-the-striped-vermin stuff.

2. Sit in Costa, possibly with laptop (which has amazeballs battery life) and do some writing.

3. When tis safe to come home, ironing and dishes need to get done, I did some of the dishes last night but there’s always more.

4. Might be an idea to stick some washing on so I don’t have a panic when I have to pack for my holiday to Paris next week

5. Look at my damn textbooks since I’ve not done that for over a week.

What am I looking forward to?

Let’s be real, sitting in Costa writing with a cup of coffee is gonna be pretty fun and I’ll feel kind of like a proper writer 😛

What do I think I’ll find tricky?

Them textbooks are getting a bit scary now we’re so close the start date, I have the name of my tutor and I know where my day schools are going to be. Soon I’m going to have to get serious about my work ethic and not waste two hours of every morning checking tumblr and youtube

How can I work through it?

Read a little bit at a time and get back into it without freaking out.

What song came up first on my iPod this morning?

Apologize by Timberland & OneRepublic

Now off to work!

Ray 🙂

Monday’s Cup o’Thoughts (29/9/2014)

Good morning chaps. It kinda feels like the weekend was especially lengthy and that Friday was eons ago already. Now Monday is here again and I have an interesting situation in that I now have two laptops, only one of which has Microsoft office so I gotta decide which computer I want to work from. I think I will stick to my new early birthday/christmas present laptop that I got from my parents over the weekend for my work stuff and writing and keep my other laptop for general internet browsing when I’m downstairs so I don’t have to schlepp my power cables everywhere. I am kind of in love with this machine, it’s so fast I don’t expect it since my other laptop used to take ages to load a webpage and now I sat staring at the screen for a few seconds this morning before I twigged that the homepage had already loaded. The keys are really lovely to type on and they have these cool little lights around them. The monitor is also touch screen so that’s awesome 😀 except I’m probably going to have to keep cleaning it when I leave grubby fingerprints all over it. I should probably stop talking about it.

Plan of Action for the Day

1. Get showered and dressed. I think this is going to make me feel like I’m at least ready to work and not feel like such a grub sitting around in my pjs all day.

2. Finish typing up the scene I still haven’t transcribed into Scrivener so I can actually have a clue about which scene I should write next.

3. I’d like to tack up all the index cards with the scene descriptions for my novel although I probably ought to finish writing them out since I only managed 10 when I started that project.

4. I also might go and buy another set of plastic drawers to put stuff in so I don’t have piles of stuff loitering on the floor in my office making it feel untidy. It’s bad enough that there’s still a bloody clothes rail and exercise bikes clogging up some of the room without my piles of paper and notebooks that I don’t have space to tidy away.

5. Dishes need to get done as they got left out all weekend while we were in Nottingham. Bit of ironing that I could also look at.

What am I looking forward to?

Probably the fiddling about with my office getting it all spic-and-span so I can procrastinate in a tidy workspace.

What do I think I’ll find tricky?

I think number 3 is going to take a while to get done since I have something like 50 scene cards to write and it is quite time-exhaustive.

How can I work through it?

Tack up the ones I have done already and just do three or four a day until they’re all done.

What song came up first on my iPod this morning?

Lost and Found by Pretty Lights (from the Divergent movie soundtrack)

Now off to work!

Ray 🙂