Antics and Ramblings of Kat

Monday, May 30, 2005

"Handle With Care: Like 'Eggs'."

The most interesting thing of note today comes courtesy of the beloved Cafe Shamrock. There I was, waiting in the unfeasibly long and slow moving queue, when I spied a box which bore the legend "Handle With Care: Like 'Eggs'". I was most intrigued as to what the contents may be... but sadly, dear reader, I regret to inform you that I was not privy to such information! Ah well... we can speculate :)

Apart from that, revision has been the way forward, so much so that I regretfully had to ignore the presence of a national holiday and the sunshine outside in favour of learning about the inner workings of the European Union, Africa, the Caribbean and the like. Geography is certainly a strange beast.

Until next time... be happy :)

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Exams... Will it ever end?!

Will I be pleased when this week's over!! (And that's something of an understatement...) The seemingly endless revision will finally come to a close on Saturday, after a further 10 hours of exams in the coming week. Once they're done, there's a conspicuous spell of nothingness for several weeks... Ironically, I'm sure I won't know what to do with myself after a while!

Ahh well... in the meantime, just to keep you amused you might like to check out the PostSecret website. The basic premise is people send in postcards confessing their deepest darkest secrets... it makes for an interesting read! Don't think I'll be sending one in though...

Friday, May 27, 2005

Everything's Not Lost

Everything's Not Lost

when I counted up my demons
saw there was one for every day
with the good ones on my shoulders
I drove the other ones away

so if you ever feel neglected
and if you think that all is lost
I'll be counting up my demons, yeah
hoping everything's not lost

when you thought that it was over
you could feel it all around
and everybody's out to get you
don't you let it drag you down

'cos if you ever feel neglected
if you think that all is lost
I'll be counting up my demons, yeah
hoping everything's not lost

if you ever feel neglected
if you think that all is lost
I'll be counting up my demons, yeah
hoping everything's not lost

come on yeah
ah ah yeah
sing out yeah
and everything's not lost

Shame on you if you didn't recognise those as the lyrics to Coldplay's "Everything's Not Lost"! This song has always amused me to a certain extent... The way Chris Martin sings the line "everything's not lost" certainly doesn't add conviction to his statement! But I do love the song anyway... and it's always good to be reminded that everything's not lost :) Especially with exams all over the show!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

The things some people do to get their junk food fix...

I think most of us can sympathise with this particular woman...

Pizza Rage Lands US Woman in Jail

How many times have I impatiently waited for a delivery order to arrive!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

One down...

9am this morning saw the start of my exams, and it's actually quite a relief to have got one under my belt at last! After a bit of a trek down to the little-known London Road campus (Reading has 3 different campuses... extreme!!) I was ready to focus on all things soil, geomorphology and biogeography related - thrilling, I'm sure you'll agree!

Although I didn't get all the question topics I hoped for, I certainly wasn't short of vaguely intelligent things to say, and I did manage to commit pen to paper for most of the three hour period! Hoorah.

So now, having had only thoughts of biogeochemical cycles, positive feedbacks and crazy soil related topics in my head for days, I'm going to firmly file away all such thoughts and relax!! Until I start thinking about the other four exams I have to do... Ahh well, enjoy the rest while it lasts I guess!

But right now I'm off to find a Post Office, as this week I realised I actually needed to send in my student loan application form! Always a good idea... Unfortunately it would seem that slapping a first class stamp on it will simply not be enough, and cheekily I'll have to pay for somewhat more stampage than your average letter demands... Which involves a walk to the post office! Maybes I'll stop at Greggs on the way back and get a doughnut... after all, I deserve a treat, and I must have burned off a ridiculous number of calories with all that thinking power this morning, surely!!

To those also with exams; the best of luck, remember they'll be over sooner than you think, and after all - they're only exams!! Your success or otherwise has no catastrophic implications for your personal safety or that of the world at large!! Isn't that a cheery thought?!

Monday, May 23, 2005

Business As Usual

Happily, it seems my flatness was something of a blip, and I am now all peachy and cheery again!


Hoorah for Cadbury's Dairy Milk, good friends, and prayer!

Flat Kat

Well, I'm feeling a bit flat today. Everything started off ok; I was up nice and early, and had a good productive morning of revision. But then after lunch, everything went a bit downhill! Any ability I had to concentrate went out of the window - most disheartening. I'm just getting impatient to get these exams out of the way - they're stopping me from enjoying myself and really just taking over my life, and my bedroom!

I'm hoping that I'll be back feeling like myself shortly enough... I don't like feeling like someone's squished me all flat! It's just not normal...

Anyhow, I'll leave you to your random internet browsing activities and listen to some uplifting music! Mayhaps that will help :)

Love from Kat x

Friday, May 20, 2005

Note to self: think geographical thoughts!

I'm finding myself longing for the day when my exams will be over!! After 12pm on June 4th (and yes, I do have an exam on a Saturday morning...) I will be free from the stresses of it all, and feeling guilty for not revising while I'm taking a well-earned break! I can't help thinking how great it would be if I could go to sleep and wake up again after it's all over, to find that I've passed and done reasonably well!! Unfortunately for me, I know it's just fanciful and wishful thinking... so I'd best get on with the matter in hand!

In any case, if the speed at which the last few weeks seem to have been passing (let alone the rest of the year!) is anything to go by, I think it will be over surprisingly quickly!

Ahh well... shouldn't complain I suppose - it's what I signed up for!! However, I do find myself in the rather nice position of only having about 3 exams next year... I'll just have oodles of coursework to do!! C'est la vie...

Anyhoo, hope this wee entry finds you well and not too depressed by the lousy weather (or it could just be a strange Reading microclimate?? who knows!)


Friday, May 13, 2005

General Generalness

After a weekend of relative relaxation back in MK, I'm now getting back into the swing of revision! Only a week to go before the exams start now, and I think I've definitely improved my outlook on things... and I'm certainly not going to let myself get stressed out about it!!

On the downside, it seems that relaxing over the weekend caused me to relax my immune system too - and consequently, I now have a cold and am losing my voice! For those that know me well enough, you will realise that a voiceless Kat is not really a happy one! It certainly is a bit of an inconvenience, I will say that.

Oddity of this week is that Stephen's on a course in Wokingham (which is only a few miles down the road from Reading) - however, the course is so dictatorial in nature that despite being hardly any distance at all apart, we're unable to see each other until Friday afternoon! It's very odd...

In other news, I saw "Kingdom of Heaven" at the weekend, accompanied by the lovely Ross. At two and a half hours long, it takes a bit of concentration - and unfortunately, at some points during the film, we quite literally lost the plot! Orlando Bloom is a bit too much of a pretty boy to be taken seriously as the saviour of Jerusalem, and at many points I felt let down by the build up of a promise of a huge battle, which resulted in terms being agreed and everyone wandering back off into the sunset without so much as an arrow being fired. Ahh well... at least this trend for epics is bound to end sometime!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The Joys of Halls of Residence

Don't get me wrong, living in hall certainly has its moments of greatness (like this evening, we decided that we really couldn't be bothered with the food the canteen was serving, so we ordered lots of Domino's pizza and potato wedges and ate them in the corridor!) but I feel it's time for a little rant about those things about hall life that can really get a girl down...
  • The rarity of a decent night's sleep. As if it's not hard enough to unwind from a day's mind-numbing revision, once you finally do manage to escape into the land of nod, some charming individuals decide that, actually, their need to make ridiculous amounts of noise at 3:30am is more important. Like last night. Again.

  • Loud music... that you really don't want to listen to. In a slight continuation of the above gripe, is the music that travels through the ceiling for my listening pleasure at all hours of the day and night. Fabulous. And then of course, there's the RnB obsessive that lives a couple of doors down who periodically puts his music on. Loudly. And it's always the same CD. Always!! And RnB? Continuously? I mean really.

  • Food. It always seems to be the case that when you really feel like you need a tasty meal to comfort yourself after a hard day, there's never one that you fancy. And how does the canteen manage to create a menu that some days contains nothing you like, and on others have several meals that you would quite happily eat one of each of?

  • Random items that appear after rowdy nights out. For instance, for sale signs. Some individuals in my hall seem to have an unhealthy obsession with the things. And then there have been gates... cones... anything and everything. And the worst thing? You just know we'll be collectively charged for their removal!

  • Messy boys. They leave the toilet seat up, they don't do their washing up, they leave rubbish everywhere, and they steal your food. And leave random garments in the corridor until the time that they need them again. The current offenders are three pairs of football boots, and associated paraphernalia. (It's rather tempting to hide them somewhere, just to teach them a lesson...) At least, three particular boys on my corridor do. I wouldn't want to tar you all with the same brush, fellas!

  • Noisy, inconsiderate boys. The aforementioned boys are also obsessed with watching football... constantly. Hence, at all hours of the day I hear the screams of boys as once again, they are unhappy with the ref. Sometimes I do have to wonder if they're having just a little too much fun, if you catch my drift...

Anyway, I shouldn't really complain! At least I do get sleep. And I have a roof over my head, a bed to sleep in and food to eat. However, there is one thing that can be said for living in hall: it does make you appreciate your home comforts!

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Hey ho...

Exams are looming, and life in St Pats seems to be as lively as ever - particularly as far as the guy who lives above me is concerned... perhaps he's trying to serenade me and procure my favour? Well, here's a newsflash - it ain't working!

The line-up for our Summer Ball has created a bit of a hoo-hah - we've got Rolf Harris (an obvious legend), and for clear reasons, the student body as a whole is pretty chuffed with that! However, we also have Rooster and Javine - and when you consider that Ash was on the cards at one point, the general mood is not a happy one! Saying that, the night should be a giggle, complete with fairground rides and all... Question is, how do you pull off wearing a posh frock whilst participating on the dodgems? Answers on a postcard please, to the usual address...

In other news, the Kitchen Raiders have been back in action... This time, the poor victim was half a packet of my cream crackers. Poor things, they never saw it coming! Consequently, due to my general feelings of animosity towards my corridor-mates, I've now vacated the kitchen area (in all parts except the fridge) and created a mini-stash in my bedroom! Haha... Victory (and food!) is mine!!

Thursday, May 05, 2005

A Lovely Little Ditty...

No matter how young a prune may be, it's always full of wrinkles
A baby prune is like its dad, but it's not wrinkled half as bad
We have a wrinkles on our face
But a prune has wrinkles EVERY place
No matter how young a prune may be, it's always full of wrinkles

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Interesting Fact Tuesday!

OK, so having been mildly inspired by Div's nostalgic trip down memory lane to the old English Language A Level classes, I've decided to share this reasonably interesting titbit I found in good old Bill Bryson's "Short History of Nearly Everything".

Apparently the phrase to be "on cloud 9" hails back to a cloud atlas (surely a fascinating read!) where different cloud types were assigned a number. Cloud 9 in this case was cumulonimbus - and for the non-cloud savvy amongst you, that is the lovely fluffy looking cloud that you often may compared to various shapes whilst cloud gazing.

So, there we have it - I'm imparting an interesting fact whilst also living up to my cloud-studying reputation!! (George, I thought you'd particularly appreciate that!! ;) )