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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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OK, I did it again. Boredom set in and I typed Torchwood into the search bar... damn exam procrastination!

Seriously? Still not over this? May I introduce you to Mr Joss Whedon? He kills everyone. Espcially if you love them. He is awesome. Get over it! 

In other news... revision? Oh, riding too, which was all kinds of awesome. Mr Toby who is a napping will never work ever ever pony actually went round and tracked up for me! Cue Sally's jaw to drop and Kayla to smile muchusly.

Kayla
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So I was having a wander around the fandom of Torchwood, not a place I frequent often, but hey, I thought I'd take a look. And it was good for a laugh!

I was quite happily looking through pictures and fan fic and random other posts. THEN I come across a post relating to the death of Ianto. Now I'd heard rumours that people weren't pleased that he died. But this is what... 4 months down the line? And you know, he was fictional. Yet there it was, a post with many many comments, discussing how to 'deal' with the death of Ianto / living in the land of denial.

I'm also spending quite alot of time wandering through the boyzone board atm, a fandom (does that word still work for a band??) that is actually mourning the death of an actual real life person. And the posts relating to the death of Stephen are scarily simular to the one mourning Ianto. With the one exception, people are trying to move on and remember him (remember, real life person, not some guys invention) and being supportive and nice, espcially about the people he was close to. (Having siad that I think mods are on high 'Only nice things about Stephen' alert, but still, not one argument yet!)

It just made me giggle. And realise that Boyzone fans, while lacking majorily in the coolness factor, are much nicer.

On another unrelated note I am also having an attempt at Twittering... maybe. With the aim of keeping up more with fandoms (and because I am haivng major 'return to boyzone' thing atm and that seems to be where the fans are...) So wish me luck
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OK, OK, rediculously late here, I know, OK? But I was in South Africa, there were monkeys, it was a whole big thing, but I'm all caught up now, OK?

Torchwood... first series, meh, take it or leave it. Second series, pretty good, I actually cared when people died, things are moving on. Children of Earth? Completely and utterly hooked! Watched all 5 eps in the past 2 days. AGH, ack, hmmm, and all other manner of OMG noises I am capable of making.

I have v little to do with this fandom. I know next to nothing on the mythology, can't generally keep up with the referances unless I'm acutally concentrating and I think that probably meant I enjoyed those eps more than I would have otherwise. Not that fandoming isn't fun... but damn that was good TV, without over analysing everything nd having any clue even what might be in the series.

*is still squeeing and mourning a little for Ianto...*
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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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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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