(First posted 12th May 2014)
Hello. I’m sorry I have been away for so long. Life happened.
So, I finished my degree. That was a thing that just happened. So that’s done, and that’s a nice feeling. It’s gone. I don’t need to do anything for it anymore. I can start concentrating on important things like Scottish Independence, finding a job, finding a new flat, and how to make the perfect seitan burgers. All these things are very exciting and I hope to write a lot more about them in the next few weeks, but for now I think I should probably update you all (all one of you, hi Daniel…) on what has happened in the past few months. A lot of it has been very samey, so there might not actually be that much. Don’t really know what I am about to write to be honest, I am just going to go in chronological order starting at my last post and working my way back to here. My last post was on the 4th of March. Okay, how am I possibly going to remember everything that has happened since the fourth of March!?
I will go through my facebook posts and expand on all of the important ones, that seems sensible.
4th of March: I finished my last ever essay and went out for pancake day as I said in my other blog but ALSO I discovered I probably have a bell pepper allergic. I have never liked bell peppers because they make my throat feel like it has a weird plastic coating, and they make me feel like I am going to throw up. I did an online search and it turns out people are legitimately allergic to them. Who would have thought! I am also allergic to blueberries too. So now you know.
5th of March: I started my dissertation and my pals Amy, Sophie, and Zoe sent me some motivational messages. It was thoughtful and only slightly intimidating. My flatmate Emily made vegan mince and tatties and it was awffy braw. She has crazy cooking skills, like she has the intuition to just know what and how much needs to be added, its magic. And, probably the most exciting thing from the day (not that tatties and dissertations aren’t exciting) was that this video was released: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SvdecwnYJ4&feature=youtu.be and I am in it a few times and it was quite exciting because it sort of went viral (at least in the Scottish politico world) quite quickly. It was so much fun to be involved in and I hope I get a chance to do more things like this before September 18th!
6th of March: There was an election at the Student Representatives Council at uni. I told myself I wouldn’t get involved in caring this year since I am not going to be a student next term, but I couldn’t help but be bitterly disappointed with the election results. I won’t go into detail about this because it will make me mad, and I don’t need to care about this anymore. Anyone who cares about Glasgow University politics will already know anyway!
Apparently I didn’t think it was important enough to write about the event I was involved in for International Women’s Week on the 7th of March! It went well and we raised £30+ for Rape Crisis Scotland, so that was cool. We got women chatting about Independence in an informal environment, and we got a lot of positive feedback. I should have made a facebook post, but I didn’t make any that day I was quite busy because my best friend from home was here. We went out for lunch, tea, and dinner! And then we went to see the Vagina Monologues, they (it? I’m not sure..) were/was quite impressive. My chair was not though and I was wearing really uncomfortable jeans. Seriously, who ever invented skinny jeans was a sadistic, evil, human being.
Okay so nothing really happened apparently for a while. On the 14th of March a member of staff from my department at the university who I (and many other people) nominated won the award for best support staff. We were all really happy for her because she is truly a wonderful person. For the rest of March I wrote my dissertation, ate seeds, listened to some bangin’ tunes and poems, posted some nice wee videos for some excellent charities/causes, and had recipes posted to my facebook by my foodie flatmate.
I was supposed to hand in my dissertation on the 25th, but that didn’t happen because I got sick, so we moved the date forward, but that didn’t happen because I was still sick, and then when that date happened I was still sick too so we moved it forward. And I handed my dissertation in on the 8th of April, and then I slept for a day, until I needed to go to the library and write a further 3000 words for my Humanities in the Classroom placement portfolio, and I wrote that and it was pretty excellent, I was quite proud of it. I am never proud of my work because I am too caught up in flaws, but this is one thing I can say I am very proud of. I still haven’t got the grade back for that one yet, so keep your fingers crossed!
Okay so we are in April now apparently. This blog has no structure. Maybe it’s a metaphor for my future. Oh wow, please don’t let it be a metaphor for my future. I want structure in that. NEXT:
April 10th was #YouYesYet day and I nominated a bunch of people to post why they were voting yes, and they did and it was very nice. One friend decided to spam my twitter repeatedly, and then spam my Facebook with exactly the same thing. She didn’t really understand how it worked…
April 11th I went to Fife to see my family and they were there and I were there and we ate a lot of food and went for some dog walks and it was nice. I went there at some point during dissertation hell too, and that wasn’t so nice because I was sick and had lots of work and it was bad, so it was really great to have time there when those things weren’t happening. My humanities teacher says I use too many comma spices, I’m not sure that’s true, do you think that’s true? It might be true, but I’m not sure, so I will just keep going…
I had like an existential crisis or something at some point where I was like “woah I feel exactly like I did 5 years ago when I was waiting for my exam results to get into uni”. I still sort of feel like that, only if failed my exams I didn’t get into uni, whereas if I fail my dissertation/degree I don’t get into… life. But that’s not going to happen. Right? Right.
Anyway. So. I started my revision, but I also did some Yessing at Strathclyde Uni, because they were having an on campus referendum. It was great to be back out again, but I am so bad at giving people leaflets it is embarrassing. Seriously, I cannot approach people. The reason being is that when people approach me with a leaflet I get really annoyed, but I have to try and remember that the rest of the world isn’t actually socially defunct like I am. Okay, I am not socially defunct, but nobody ever has leaflets for useful things. I don’t care about no 24 cocktails for £1 because I don’t drink, and I am not interested in your half price burgers because I don’t eat meat, and I don’t need my hair cut because when I want a hair cut I get it done, I don’t just wait until a guy with a leaflet outside St Enoch’s centre hands me a leaflet. Give me a leaflet about something important and I might actually care. Sorry, rant over…
Okay so nothing much else happened for a while except revision, I listened to this playlist a lot http://8tracks.com/mvdison/wake-up-and-take-on-the-world and I discovered a website that emails your MSPs and MPs for you, and wished I had found it before because it would have come in very useful! It still will. Here it is, in case you want it. https://www.writetothem.com/
18th April: I took the weekend off studying and friend Jodie came up from England to visit me for my birthday. It was chilled, we ate Chinese food and watched Frozen.
19th April: Went to the Gatsby Club Speakeasy at Steampunk Cafe for my birthday celebrations, we had a wee Charleston class and spent the night pretending we were in the 1920′s. I didn’t even need to hold any doors open for anyone.
20th April: It was my birthday. I turned 23. I felt exactly the same as I had always felt. We went for a picnic in the park.
21st April: I revised all day and then I went to the stand at night to do a flash mob with Lady Alba. It was good craic. I wore an Alex Salmond mask.
Nothing really happened between then and now except revision. On the 28th of April I had an exam and it was fine, but I also made vegan macaroni and cheese and it was delicious, and seeing the picture on my facebook just now has made me pure hungry. No food. Too late for food. Finish egotistical blog post and then go to sleep.
On the 30th of April I went to Ayr with Shayna because she had an interview at UWS. It rained. We went to the beach and got an ice cream/lolly anyway because we were “HAVING FUN WHETHER WE LIKED IT OR NOT!”. It was tremendous fun. We then visited our pal Stuart and came home and ate Chinese food…
Also on this day a video that I am in was released as part of MS week http://youtu.be/4y2Hllx_09A. It’s pretty self explanatory. I got to go to London to make it, it was great fun. The following Wednesday the second part was released https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk3ZwDFwR0A . Nothing much happened in between those two Wednesdays.
Then, on Friday I sat my last exam. It went pretty well, considering. Then my course mates and I went out for lunch to Oran Mor and half of River City and Winston from Still Game were there. We didn’t talk to them or anything, but I was excited anyway.
So, this weekend I have done a lot of sleeping and catching up with friends. I got a hair cut and put henna in my hair…
That’s it from my egotistical update. From now on my blogs will hopefully be less self involved.