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Been in the new house for 2 weeks now. Feeling settled in, although I don't think it is going to feel like mine as I'm just staying 3 months. Still no internet, which is rather annoying as the small amount of work I do have relies on it (and, well, I like it!), but the guys I'm living with don't seem in much of a rush to sort it, and as I'm not around for long I don't feel like I can just do it. Just means I'm spending a lot of time in the library or various cafes in town. Which I do kind of like, but when you just need to check what time you're working in the morning it's a tad annoying. And with our council workers STILL on strike (or mostly on strike, I'm not entirely sure what's going on) the public libraries are not the most reliable places atm.

Newt work, the whole reason I'm hanging around for three months, is not really going anywhere. As is always the case with field work we are waiting on equipment. Which, when I'm in the middle of no where I can forgive, when I'm in Southampton and said equipment is sheets of wood, not so much. I'd go get them myself except their barely paying us as it is so really no room in budget for buying of wood as well. Have been doing research for the time being though, and we know where the refugia is going and such. Just need the actual refugia and we'll be off. Absolutely have to have them by next Monday though, otherwise we are going to run out of time to run the project before I leave for Tanzania.
 
Have been doing outreach work alongside the lack of newt work, which is good as it pays me. And not too boring either, but will dry up after this week, given that the schools break up.
 
Went riding on Saturday on a ridiculous pony. To start with she is tiny, no more than 12hh (120cm) so really tiny. Which is OK, so am I, but still. But we were jumping, so normally, nice collected canter would be good. Nope, this tiny little thing runs at them flat out, but she can jump. I have no clue how, we were doing 2'6", but I had her owner on the edge telling me just to let her do it. And she did, bless her. Also, and the real reason I was riding her, had a nice bronc session to start the lesson. She's been being ridden by the kids and had learnt a few bad habits when they ask her to work. But again, tiny, so I wasn't going anywhere, just providing entertainment for everyone watching. Ache so much now though, from clamping my legs round her sticking to the saddle. Might have found my project for the summer!
 
Graduating next week. Parents, Grandparents and brother all coming down, which will be good. Off out to dinner the night before, to the Olive Garden, which sounds good although I've never been (bit outside the student budget!). Bit worried about Grandad as he hasn't been well and I know he really won't speak up if he's not feeling well on my graduation. I'm the only Grandchild to attend (my cousin went to Uni but was disappointed with his grade so didn't go) and it's been paid for by my Grandparents (I know, I'm amazingly lucky), so it's a big deal for them. 
 
And quick note on Torchwood. I like the concept, wasn't overly blown away the show, but it was good enough, no real complaints more substantial than there being perhaps a few to many guns.
 
Oh, AND, just booked flights to Tanzania!
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I'm pretty crap at this thing atm hey. I still read a lot, just the actual posting that is eluding me.

So, my life...

Back at uni for the third and (sort of) final year. Far to scary for my liking, and its going far to quickly for my liking. Already half way through semester one. That's scary! Modules are Applied Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity and Population and the Environment. In general all interesting, although I'm finding ecology harder to get into than the others, but that might have something to do with the last section being on micro-biological control, and anything that's too small to see tends to bore me. Conservation and Biodiversity I actually love and is very easy to get lost in for a very long time. It's exactly what I want to be doing and possibly what I will go on to do a masters in next year (hence the sort of last year). Population is a demographics module. Therefore a social science. Which is fine, if you're a social scientist. So it's very interesting, but occasionally we sit there going 'Ummm, what? You're classifying that as accurate?' But then that's because we get to do actual experiments, not rely on documents that are hundreds of years old. It makes life more difficult I feel. 

Other than that is the Dissertation, which I'm not bored of just yet! Still really enjoying it, had an actually amazing day this week getting the mapping software to work that put me in such a good mood (that's a bit sad isn't it...) and all my data is now in the country, just waiting to pick it up. Lit review is a bit of a pain, but just plugging away at it bit by bit and it's getting there. I want all except the discussion (and possibly some of the results depending on how quickly people get stuff done for me) done in rough by Christmas.

Conservation is fun, although stressful. But people are coming along still and barring someone stepping on a nail last week we haven't had any major issues. Only one is peoples inability to decide what they're doing by Friday evening. If I say you have to sign up by Friday so I can sort transport I do actually mean Friday. And if you are said transport it would be really useful if you could tell me any limitations by Friday, not after I've sent out the e-mail telling people what, when and where. People can be infuriating! 

House is still standing. Although very much missing an Amy. As much as I love the boys, they can be exhausting when they're together. I miss someone I can sit and chat too, and I know I'm withdrawing from them but I just don't have the energy. 

On the other hand Belize means lots of coursemates now which is awesome, and gives me some release during the day when I'm buried in work, which is definitely needed.

As for next year... masters or conservation work. I don't know. I kinda feel like I only want to do a Masters so I don't have to panic about the fact that what I want to do no-one will pay me for for another year. And if I don't do it now Uni funding is only going to get worse so prices are only going to become impossible. But at the same time going out into the world with no money would be scary, where as at the moment I can go with at least £9000 as a bit of a cushion without relying on my parents, which I hate. 

Going to see Jessica in a few weeks. Which has me so very excited. I haven't seen her since before Belize and I miss her so much. 

Riding is OK, although Sally is no longer teaching us which is a shame. Sarah's OK but not Sally. Have been getting actual horses though, including the new one today! Very unfit but once she is I think she'll be awesome. And she's a piebald so just looks so cute.
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Resi this weekend. So much fun :). Spent the first day thinning out woods and making a dead hedge and learning how to make charcol. In the rain but never mind. And it was Amy's b-day, so we had party games and yummy yummy dinner and muchus fun :). Then cleare a track for tractor the next day, which took half a day, then learnt how to make brooms and went for a walk to see... something (possibly the south downs?). And drove a tractor (in more than a straight line, which is all i got to do beforehand!) and used an axe. And i was sunny the next day too!

Now lots of work to catch up on... but am still going out this evening to green action and candle club, to be socialble and not sit and watch David Attenbrough (although I will watch him, just not tonight!)

And have yet to see Dollhouse this week, although I do her it is on ITV4, which is very exciting! But then not of for AGES, but hey, neve mind...

Parents down this weekend too, which will be fun!
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First week of Uni over and done with! That was a little to quick for my liking...

Courses are pretty much as I expected, although not liking the volume of maths we're being put through. Quantative Methods looks boring and hard, which is not fun. I have one of my fav lecturers for it atm and he can't make it interesting. As the rest of the course is being run by Mr 'Must-not-interact-with-students" I'm not holding out much hope. Having said that it is a MATHS module. Maths has acutal answers, not essay, subjective type answers, but actual difinative answers, therefore IF I can keep myself interested enough to learn the stuff, possibility for nice big marks with comparatively less effort. So must pay attention!!

Population ecology looks like its going to be dissapointing. The lecturer is the above mentioned non-interactor guy, so not much fun, and its very maths and stats heavy, plus he doesn't really explain himself very well... so I've been struggling with the first bit of maths all weekend and thats an east bit.

Animal behaviour is... animal behaviour. I think its going to live up to its expectations, any course with a practical call 'Kitten play behaviour' has got to be good right?!

Environmental pollution is going to be alot of work. But is so interesting. Not a huge amount of biology in it directly, as is an external module, but all has biological connections. The lecturer is really good and engaging. There aren't many envs students and unlike the zoologists they get some courses too themselves, so the envs lecturers know them and it makes interaction between the too alot easier. for some reason this course is an extra 5 credit points as well, which is a little bit random and has no real benefit other than 5 random points left at the end of the year... but oh well...

The house is so much fun. The kitchen, bathroom and hallway are all under 2 years old, so even though its a victorian terrace, its really nice and acutally works! Myroom is a nice size, the only issue being that it isn'y double glazed so i get condensation on the window in the mornings. Loving my housemates too, we've had many random converssations and are all cooking together which is really nice. As we have the same social group to it means we all go out together and generaly have a good time. Paul, of the the other SUCV people, has also been staying quite often as he graduated last year and doesn't have a house in Soton anymore, which just makes it a nice happy house with lots of nice happy people. :)

Conservation tomorrow, did some on wednesday but ended up coming home early due to rather alot of rain (first time a task has had to end due to rain!!)
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Back in Soton again, yay!

Time at home was nice, but a little bit stressful. Parents moaning at brother for never being in, brother never being in coz whenever he is he gets moaned at. Mum having hell with children services, Dad having hell in stupid US managers. Kayla sat at home ready to make tea at any given moment!

But it was nice spending time with Mum, we went out for lunch and walking and other random things. Very nice.

Tea party here last night. With sandwiches and tea(obivously...) and brownie and biscuits and scones. Yum yum yum. Lots of brownie and biscuits etc left over now too, so that is what we will be eating for the next term! Was nice to see everyone, not that all that much has happened in the few days I wasn't here.

Off for coffee with Amy and Paul plus possibly random others this morning, then job hunting... what fun...
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*squeaks slightly* Hmmmmm, sleepy. Manic weekend. Need sleep...

Am sorting out houses. Its stressful. Atm we have 2 houses we're considering. One is literally next door to campus. it has 4 big bedrooms but only a tiny lounge and no kitchen table. The shower room is damp but will be re-done. It is a very nice house, in a nice quiet place. BUT is £71.50/week, which is quite alot of money...

The other has everything the top one has, plus a bigger lounge and bathroom with bath. The kitchen was re-done last month, the hallway is being re-done now and it is in the contract that the bathroom will be re-done by september (and it is already v nice!) And this one is only £62/week. But its in kinda the wrong place, although not entirely. Its right by where I am now, so 20 min walk to uni, but its on the bus route to town and this is the one that I want. I think. Given as it works out over £500 saving over the year and is a nicer house, just in not such a nice area.

We have anoher 3 to look at this evening, then it wil be decsion time. I think John is leaning towards the 2nd one too, although Amy wants the 1st. Eric is too quiet and never says what he's thinking, but as far as i can work out he will go with the cheapest possible. But we'll see what tonight shows us!

In between making 100 million calls to landlords all day saturday, and house visiting, I also managed to get a riding lesson in. Very good again, we had Sally who normally teaches the advanced, as our instructor seems to have left, just no one told us! Lots of lateral work, and I had Monty again, the green 6 year old, so he doesn't entirely know what he's doing, and when it comes to lateral work neither do I. So I ache muchusly today, as I had to over exaggerate the aids so much to give him any chance of getting it. Which he did, we got a couple of strides, which is an acheivement for me and him!

Sally also siad I really should be riding with the advanced, which it seems would suit me at tanglewood, even though it didn't at pickmead. But they do usually ride on a sunday, which is conservation day that I am not going to give up. But atm they are on sat due to comps on sun, so yeah... maybe for a while. As long as they aren;t jumping!!

Having a little 'I've got too much work' panic also. Although tbh its not that I have too much work, just it seems concentrated on alternate weeks. This week for example I have 1 practical with 3 weeks to write it up. Last week I had 2 with lab reports due on friday and monday. So now I have nothing to do, having panicked all weekend. Its frustrating. And the projector broke last week so we have lectures to catch up on and half my tutorial group didn't bother to turn up so that will have to be re-done also which is a huge pain...

 

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I have no problem with people stuttering. its fine its not there fault. But prehaps they are not the people to ask to do an ep commentry? Just maybe? I was watching, ummm, oh, 'They keep killing Suzie' last night and one of the guys did have a slight stutter. Not really bad but badly enough that it was just a little bit annoying! I think he was the editor, I don't really remember...

This week has been OK. Not overly interesting tbh. My ecology course looks like its going to be quite interesting. Its being taught by the boring plant guy from last semesters evolution module, but as the subject is more interesting its not as bad. Physiology looks like its going to be more cellular this semester which is annoying, i like whole organism biology in general. But the practicals look like they may be less evil. Cellular and genetic mechanisms which I was actually dreading was rather simple this week, and there seems to be more genetics than basic cell so that should be OK. Does make this semester much more cellular than the last though, which is dissapointing.

We didn't get much snow down here really. We had a fair bit on monday, but I still had lectures (a whole one...) then Tuesday it kinda thawed, then rained. But it then snowed so heavily again that it covered the ground again. We got hail on tuesday too, the weather was in overdrive. But its all gone now. Just lots of rain and sleet. We keep getting random snow flurrys, but they are quickly followed by rain. Mum and lewis have been txting me about they're adventures in the snow. They even got the sledge out that I swear hasn;t been used since we were about 5. I don't know why e still have it! Lweis did look slightly squished in it though bless him.

Met with people I'm shring a house with tonight. Apparently its lots more complicate than i was imagineing. We need a list of what we want and where and everything needs a conversation... inclding one about a washing machine... don't know where that came from! The uni lists come out on monday so we'r hoping to find something off that... maybe, or go through an agent but that wouldbe annoying!

Riding tomorrow. It looks like I may be with the beginners again, which will really piss me off. I sent an e-mail specifically asking that we don't all be put together again, and they have previously run lessons with only 2 of us so I don't know why they wouldn't again. I will be moaning about it again when I book next weeks. Annoys me quite alot as riding is quite important to me, but its so much stress to get it organised. They organise privite lessons for the advanced riders if they need to, but we don't matter apparently. Grr. (Although I will mention that actually... the advanced only have 2 riders this week!)
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I've been stealing icons from myself... i don't quite know how that works but I don't plan on complaining about me so... This one is pretty, i am better at making them than I remember I was... But no photoshopping software on laptop and not going to download any, using up enough space with damn protein sequenceing software and would actually like it to keep working at least some speed! Ummm, thats me convincing ymself out of it OK? So don't let me change and convince myself too!

Have housemates sorted for next year! Woot. 2 conservation people plus one house mate of conservation person. 2nd year languages, 2nd year engineer and philosophy masters. Means I'm going to have to find new people next year though as masters person will have finished and languages will be practiacing language abroad. But hey, I don't have that worry just yet. Just the find a house worry!

Job hunting tomorrow afternoon I think... ugh. But I only have 3 modules next semester as my marine one wouldn't work with timetabling, so will hsve lots of time... plus job = money which =good!

Bexyfus answer your phone! Its no good using you as a revision distraction if you dont!!
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Finished Torchwood series one yeaturday. Liked it as a whole, I think its a bit strange watching it on DVD coz you kinda lose the time scale (yes, I know I could just watch one a week, but whos that restrained??) I like Ianto muchly, he makes me smile. Esp 'Theres lots of things you can do with a stopwatch' *squees slightly* And the plane from 1940's ep rocked muchusly.

But what was with that last ep? Did they just suddenly realise it was the end of the season and they still had things to put in? Oh no, we forgot the plague, random people falling into cardiff, alien spaceships, big kinda badly done CGI monsters, mass deaths, we didn't piss Gwen off enough, oh, or maybe actually kill Jack, and no ones been fired or been visited by ghosts from their pasts. Ack, and The Doctor! We only have and hour? Quick, all at once!? That was odd...

Nearly booked my conservation bit of summer! Exciting! Going to the school, if i can get there from Tzaneen... which i should be able too... I hope!

Spent the entire of today revising. it is a little boring but hey... never mind.

Also acutally built up the corage to check with Amy that we are indeed sharing a house next year. Which is dumb, coz shes very nice so if not shes hardly going to yell at me, but it was still a little daunting!!

Kayla

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