TARDIS?

Dec. 19th, 2005 02:58 pm
na_lon: (Swimming)
Outside our office, there is this noise.

Nix: "That sounds just like the TARDIS."

Na'Lon: "Yes. Maybe they are coming to rescue us."

They haven't rescued us so far. :-(
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I am so tired after the first two teaching session of 05-06. I hope that I can manage to stave of the dreaded lurgi that my colleagues have been sharing around. Teaching is hard enough work without feeling ill.

Waking the Dead was grim. But somehow still less disturbing than Evangelion. Spent much of last night dreaming about Rei and Misato with a bit of Ritsuko in there, I think. Odd dreams - it's the emotional cruelty that laces through Evangelion that I find really challenging: the way that people - especially Misato and the children - are used is something my softy squishy inner being finds hard to take. I need to take a bit of a break from Eva... Three more episodes to go - including the one with Kaworu, who I found really intriguing as a character from my first viewing of Death & Rebirth. That'll be another toughy, I shouldn't wonder. One day, I'll probably try to put some more of my toughts about this show into words. It's been a very interesting and challenging experience so far, watching Eva.

While the Marquis was making dinner, I went to call my mother but ended up talking to Na'Kim for a good long time. It was so nice to speak to her. The Marquis called her 'Ritsuko' - I can see what he means, too...

Tomorrow I am doing the first repeat of the session I did this morning with the second group. It's always very interesting to see how the same teaching session pans out with different people. I hope it goes well. I also hope that I won't be bored to tears by the time I get to Friday's repeat.

I hope I get a chance to look up some stuff for Meglorien tomorrow - she wants to know about how use of language might reflect personality. I don't know if I'll be able to suggest anything useful for her to read, but it sounds like an interesting idea that she is on to: in LoTR the book, Gollum's use of English is pretty childish, and Smeagol's near perfect. In PJ's movies, it's pretty much the other way around. Meglorien is interested in a psychological interpretation of these concepts... I'll see what I can rustle up, between writing next week's sessions.

Enough for now... I need sleep.

Wallet!

Jul. 9th, 2004 10:46 pm
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I managed to acquire a nice turquoise wallet today.

Oh, and a T-shirt in the sales. The former was a planned buy, the latter a bit of impromptu retail therapy, cos I have been feeling low.

When I got home, I decided to do some prep for the move and ended up semi-cataloguing all of our videos and DVDs in this little index book I found. Just the ones recorded of the TV to do now. That'll probably take longer than all the rest put together.
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I bought myself a pair of girlie pink trainers on Friday. I was very pleased with them and in the shop they felt so comfortable.

On Saturday, I tried them on again and realised that actually, they didn't fit at all. So I took them back to the shop. I looked around a few more shops to see if I couldn't find some other pink trainers that fitted, but no such luck.

Instead I bough myself season 2 of Dark Angel on DVD (for about half the price it usually is :-)), and I also bought the William Hurt mini series of Dune, which the Marquis and I have already watched. I rather liked it and was amazed that somehow they'd managed to make Paul Atreides marginally more sympathetic than in the book.
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Didn't want to go to work today :-(. But went anyway, and got not an awful lot done. At least I didn't have to go to Lancaster.

However, I managed to get myself roped into some post-work badminton by Fred, Marxist and the Marquis. It was fun and now I ache very badly.

Sorted out some of the double marking with Ceejay. Ceejay also told me a lovely story about her terrible Teenager being really chuffed that her mum is pregnant. I thought it was a nice story, because Ceejay was worried that Teenager would be embarrassed instead.

The Marquis and I got 200 points in University Challenge tonight. Which is the best we've done in a while.

On the Soapy Place )

Anyway, now I am going to go to bed, and tomorrow, I will approach life and work with a more productive attitude, I hope! I shall make a little list... Not done that in a while.
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Because of the disgustingly early start this morning, I feel that I have had quite a good day, really. The lecture was done before the sun had set -- it's setting noticeable later now! Yay!

The Marquis and I went for an itty-bitty walk around the park and took a look at some of the flooding there in one of the bits that's 'land-locked' but as low as the river. It's cold again, so we didn't stay out too long. We we came back in, the Marquis made us hot chocolate and we watched Time Team. While we did this, I spent some time sorting through some long overdue paperwork and banking. Feel virtuous now...

Told my Dad about this lj today -- hi, G'Lon, in case you are reading this! He called to say thanks for the translation work. :-)
na_lon: (mesmall)
Because of the disgustingly early start this morning, I feel that I have had quite a good day, really. The lecture was done before the sun had set -- it's setting noticeable later now! Yay!

The Marquis and I went for an itty-bitty walk around the park and took a look at some of the flooding there in one of the bits that's 'land-locked' but as low as the river. It's cold again, so we didn't stay out too long. We we came back in, the Marquis made us hot chocolate and we watched Time Team. While we did this, I spent some time sorting through some long overdue paperwork and banking. Feel virtuous now...

Told my Dad about this lj today -- hi, G'Lon, in case you are reading this! He called to say thanks for the translation work. :-)
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This is just what it says on the box...

Na'Lon's Saturday )
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This is just what it says on the box...

Na'Lon's Saturday )
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Another exceedingly frustrating Friday at work. Had to prepare the stuff for my peer observation on Tuesday and it took all day. As a result I didn't get the lecture for Monday written. And the library didn't close at 7pm like I thought but at 5pm. So I may have to go into work tomorrow again.

I also discovered that Dipsy rewrote the content for the course I am teaching on Mondays without paying attention to the validated course content. The good thing about this is that I don't have to do a lecture on risk taking and adolescence. I think I'll do one on the development of identity instead.

The Marquis fetched me home at about 9pm, which was very nice of him: that way I could load the heavy books on the bike...

Watched Thursdays Six Feet Under which was good and grim as usual.

Emither )
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Another exceedingly frustrating Friday at work. Had to prepare the stuff for my peer observation on Tuesday and it took all day. As a result I didn't get the lecture for Monday written. And the library didn't close at 7pm like I thought but at 5pm. So I may have to go into work tomorrow again.

I also discovered that Dipsy rewrote the content for the course I am teaching on Mondays without paying attention to the validated course content. The good thing about this is that I don't have to do a lecture on risk taking and adolescence. I think I'll do one on the development of identity instead.

The Marquis fetched me home at about 9pm, which was very nice of him: that way I could load the heavy books on the bike...

Watched Thursdays Six Feet Under which was good and grim as usual.

Emither )
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Lala has gone totally meeting mad. There was one this morning about Accred. Bollox, scheduled from 9 to 10, which yours truly tried valiantly to keep moving along through all the items that needed covering. At 10 we were nowhere near finished and I left the others to get on without me (which they did until about 11), while I went and got the last few bits together for the teaching I do Tuesdays. I also checked my email to find a reference top another meeting this pm from 4 to 5 which I heard vaguely referred to be Tech and Ceejay, but for which there was no official communique other than an email stating which room it was going to be in. Despite the fact that I'd not intended to go to this meeting, I relented as I didn't want to abandon Ceejay to having to face Lala tout seul. But Tech and I were the only ones that turned up at the room that had been referred to in the email. After waiting for about fifteen minutes, Tech and I went to hunt for Lala and Ceejay, and after a further fifteen minutes Tech gave up. I decided to check one last place and managed to find Ceejay and Lala at long last. They'd spent ages talking about noticeboard -- a safe topic! Tomorrow, we have another two meetings coming up. AAAAAARGH!

After work the Marquis and I went to a fund-raising quiz together with Ceejay and her husband. We came third out of five team, and generally had a good time. The quiz was really good fun with music round, and picture round, general knowledge, obscure and less obscure, and some matching historical events to decades and specific years. Our team got 79 out of 100 points.

Oh and the new series of CSI has started tonight and if there wasn't a powercut again tonight while we were out, I should be able to watch it tomorrow. Yay!
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Lala has gone totally meeting mad. There was one this morning about Accred. Bollox, scheduled from 9 to 10, which yours truly tried valiantly to keep moving along through all the items that needed covering. At 10 we were nowhere near finished and I left the others to get on without me (which they did until about 11), while I went and got the last few bits together for the teaching I do Tuesdays. I also checked my email to find a reference top another meeting this pm from 4 to 5 which I heard vaguely referred to be Tech and Ceejay, but for which there was no official communique other than an email stating which room it was going to be in. Despite the fact that I'd not intended to go to this meeting, I relented as I didn't want to abandon Ceejay to having to face Lala tout seul. But Tech and I were the only ones that turned up at the room that had been referred to in the email. After waiting for about fifteen minutes, Tech and I went to hunt for Lala and Ceejay, and after a further fifteen minutes Tech gave up. I decided to check one last place and managed to find Ceejay and Lala at long last. They'd spent ages talking about noticeboard -- a safe topic! Tomorrow, we have another two meetings coming up. AAAAAARGH!

After work the Marquis and I went to a fund-raising quiz together with Ceejay and her husband. We came third out of five team, and generally had a good time. The quiz was really good fun with music round, and picture round, general knowledge, obscure and less obscure, and some matching historical events to decades and specific years. Our team got 79 out of 100 points.

Oh and the new series of CSI has started tonight and if there wasn't a powercut again tonight while we were out, I should be able to watch it tomorrow. Yay!

Powerless

Jan. 26th, 2004 09:21 pm
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There was another powercut tonight, just as I tried to send the next emither installment to Pellegrina. Anyway, it should now be on its way. Luckily the power came back in time for University Challenge!

Teaching in Lancaster was mostly okay, even if the topic wasn't exactly cheerful (Depression, Schizophrenia and Suicide in Adolescence...). Couple of students complained about the grades I'd given them for their assignments. They both felt hard done by, because they'd done psychology before. However, I am pretty sure the reason they got low grades from me was because they didn't give enough detail to explain what was going on, and they both failed to answer the question I actually set them. Sorry, gals. I asked them to bring in their scripts next week and we'll have a look and if they don't like my reasoning then, they can have it second-marked...

If I can make myself, I want to spend some time tonight drafting the covering letters for a couple of jobs I want to apply for. CV needs updating, too.

Anyway, too tired tonight to say much more...

Powerless

Jan. 26th, 2004 09:21 pm
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There was another powercut tonight, just as I tried to send the next emither installment to Pellegrina. Anyway, it should now be on its way. Luckily the power came back in time for University Challenge!

Teaching in Lancaster was mostly okay, even if the topic wasn't exactly cheerful (Depression, Schizophrenia and Suicide in Adolescence...). Couple of students complained about the grades I'd given them for their assignments. They both felt hard done by, because they'd done psychology before. However, I am pretty sure the reason they got low grades from me was because they didn't give enough detail to explain what was going on, and they both failed to answer the question I actually set them. Sorry, gals. I asked them to bring in their scripts next week and we'll have a look and if they don't like my reasoning then, they can have it second-marked...

If I can make myself, I want to spend some time tonight drafting the covering letters for a couple of jobs I want to apply for. CV needs updating, too.

Anyway, too tired tonight to say much more...
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You need electricity for it...

Went for our walk as planned and thought of [livejournal.com profile] beckyc up a fell!

Read more... )

Completely exhausted when we got back -- and feeling pathetic at my level of unfitness -- I napped on the sheepskin in the livingroom, while the Marquis did similarly in the bedroom. We both woke right on time for Time Team, one of our favourite TV programs, which promised to be particularly good, but... there was a powercut! One of the amusingly long variety, which lasted for about two hours. It really brought home how much we depend on 'lectricity in our little house here: can't cook without it, or update lj or email friends or watch DVDs... [grins].

Out came the candles, and I used the time to update my paper journal which I hadn't written since last weekend. Then I read some LotR to the Marquis -- the bit where Aragorn rides back to Dunharrow to take the Paths of the Dead and speaks there with Eowyn.

LotR Dramatic reading wittering )

Anyway, since we've got power back now, it's time to sort out some sort of dinner, do some ironing and go to watch Midsomer Murders on TV -- today's guess on body count: 3. Will tell you after if I got it right... :-)
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You need electricity for it...

Went for our walk as planned and thought of [livejournal.com profile] beckyc up a fell!

Read more... )

Completely exhausted when we got back -- and feeling pathetic at my level of unfitness -- I napped on the sheepskin in the livingroom, while the Marquis did similarly in the bedroom. We both woke right on time for Time Team, one of our favourite TV programs, which promised to be particularly good, but... there was a powercut! One of the amusingly long variety, which lasted for about two hours. It really brought home how much we depend on 'lectricity in our little house here: can't cook without it, or update lj or email friends or watch DVDs... [grins].

Out came the candles, and I used the time to update my paper journal which I hadn't written since last weekend. Then I read some LotR to the Marquis -- the bit where Aragorn rides back to Dunharrow to take the Paths of the Dead and speaks there with Eowyn.

LotR Dramatic reading wittering )

Anyway, since we've got power back now, it's time to sort out some sort of dinner, do some ironing and go to watch Midsomer Murders on TV -- today's guess on body count: 3. Will tell you after if I got it right... :-)

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