Antics and Ramblings of Kat

Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Last Day

Well, it's here at last. Time for me to pack up my old kit bag and head off back home. I always thought I'd be quite happy to say 'goodbye' to St Pat's, as life here hasn't exactly turned out as I thought it would... Life on my corridor hasn't exactly been sociable, to say the least. However, there are many people here that I'm happy to call my friends, and it's strange to realise that from now on we're going to be scattered around Reading and it won't be nearly as easy to pop round and visit people as it is now... It's all another change on this big university adventure!

The summer heralds lots of catching up with old friends, and Starbucking the time away. Anyone who sees me and asks me for yet another frappuccino... do it at your own risk!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

And so, the end is near...

I think that the (virtual) end of my first year of Studentdom deserves some form of acknowledgement in the blogosphere... Hoorah for me, I passed with a most respectable 2:1.

Results Day itself was yesterday, and was marked by a rather lovely barbecue, which was laid on by the legendary Cafe Shamrock... I might even go as far as to say that it was the best meal of the year! Tonight also heralds another barbecue... however, it is looking distinctly damp outside, which could make events rather interesting!

All that remains for me now is to enjoy some sociable activities for the next couple of days (such as the aforementioned barbecue), before departing from Reading for a good few months and heading back to MK for some catching up with lovely gorgeous friends and earning some much needed fundage! (I can see next year being somewhat damaging on the bank account!)

As people are slowly disappearing from across the hall, my assumption is that they're leaving rather than being abducted, or anything similarly sinister, I'm left to amuse myself with DVDs and the wonder of the Internet -- although the lack of people might actually mean a couple of nights of decent sleep! Now, that would be a novelty...

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Special Student Blog

Here's something of a little gem that I encountered when randomly clicking on links around the internet... It's a big place in here, isn't it?

Cooking by Numbers is a site specially engineered for students (or equally, batchelors!), and creates recipes from the limited supplies that you may have in your fridge or cupboard. Genius!

Enjoy :)

Monday, June 13, 2005

Some Reading Material...

OK, so I was a bit bored and ended up looking at this blog... But this article is fairly interesting, from a guy know as 'Tyger Tyger'. It's basically a comparison between the pervasive use of text speak these days and Orwellian Newspeak - ok, so the inner linguist hasn't quite died out yet! I have to admit to have had similar thoughts myself...

Check it out here.

Handbags and Gladrags...

I've put up some pictures of the two summer balls I attended last week - and I believe I'd be right in saying that a good time was had by all!

The boat cruise on the Thames was good fun - much sight-seeing to be had, and a couple of rather interesting coach journeys both to and from London! (Including a somewhat drunken Craig attempting to remove the locked toilet door with a screw... obviously sensible behaviour!!)

The RUCU masquerade ball on Saturday was also a giggle, with much mask swopping and boogie-ing on down to the fantabulous jazz band.

Ah well... time to hang up those dresses for another year!

Thursday, June 09, 2005

What's this? Something to do?!

Tonight heralds possibly the most exciting event of the week so far - the St Patrick's Summer Ball! We're going for a boat cruise on the Thames in London no less, on a boat known as the Royal Princess.

It promises to be a great night of epic proportions, as we're leaving here at 6pm, to return in the wee small hours of Friday morning... I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited about it! :)

Stay tuned for all the details... and hopefully some photos, which I'll put up over the weekend!

Kat xxx

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Do I have the nicest cleaner in the world?

Isobel, the little Irish lady who cleans my humble abode, has to be one of the top contenders for nicest cleaner ever.

Here are my reasons why:
  1. Today, I'd stripped my bed and gotten my new sheets, but before I had time to make the bed, she'd done it when she'd cleaned my room, before I got back from being out - all without being asked.
  2. She makes the best bed ever - like in a hotel!
  3. She comes round to ask which day would be best to clean your room... rather than come barging in on the day when you're having a lie-in.
  4. My noticeboard in my room is a horrible shade of yellow, so way back in the first time I covered it with white paper. When I came back after the Easter vacation, she'd recovered it with Winnie the Pooh wrapping paper!
  5. When I left my nightwear in my bed over the vacation at Christmas, she washed and ironed it and left it waiting for me on my pillow when I got back.
  6. She collects together all of your shoes and lines them up in pairs.
  7. She organises all my girlie cosmetics and toiletries in height order around my sink.
    Sometimes she even does my washing up!
  8. She bought me a birthday card last year - even though she'd only known me for about a week!

Basically, Isobel is a legend. Shame I can't take her with me to clean my new house next year...

Monday, June 06, 2005

At last... the end is here!

Well folks, I'm free of the burden of exams! Saturday's exam went pretty well, even if I do say so myself... I definitely found the Human Geography exams the most enjoyable of the lot!

Stephen came to pick me up from my exam, and we then went out and ate large quantities of food in Chilis in town (and drank lemon ice tea... yum!) We then indulged in some retail therapy - and I do mean both of us, I wasn't simply dragging Stephen around the shops, I promise!

Over the course of the weekend we also procured ourselves some new items of mobile telephony... I now have a camera phone, so you can expect more regular picture updates here, when I have access to a bluetooth transfer-type device (I believe the technical term is actually 'dongle'... how funny is that?!) Anyhoo... it seems to just be fun fun fun from here on in, and lucky me, I have two balls to attend this week! One of which is a river boat cruise on the Thames in London. Oh yes. St Patrick's is finally making up for the dire formals that have preceeded this one!

For any MK folks who'd like to know, I'm not home for a while yet! I'll be around from the 17 - 26 June (mainly to work, hopefully... woohoo!) and then I'll be back for good from July 1. I know, I know... long Reading summer terms! Although... feel free to visit at any time! :)

Love to all, Kat xx

Sunday, June 05, 2005

So maybe this is why men call us 'birds'...

Friday, June 03, 2005

The Waiting Room

Last night saw possibly the greatest night out I've had since I've been in Reading. The Waiting Room played in our Union - for those of you who are unenlightened, this is the band of Dr Karl Kennedy of Neighbours' fame, no less! In 'real life' he's Alan Fletcher, but everyone knows and loves him as Dr Karl -- and Reading students were loving him last night!

They mainly did covers of songs by Oasis, the unfeasibly Scottish Proclaimers and many others; the best moment for me was the rendition of McFly's "Obviously" with the words changed to reflect Karl and Izzy's relationship - "I always will be far too good for her!" Classic.

Just what being a student is all about...

Thursday, June 02, 2005

My Secret Weapon

Over the course of my last couple of exams, I have discovered the ideal examination concentration and energy aid. It comes in a very inexpensive and easily obtainable form. I give you... the humble banana! Consume one or two of these babies before an exam, and somehow it provides enough energy to sustain an entire three hour essay based exam!

Needless to say, I now have a couple ready and waiting to be commissioned for this afternoon's horror of climatology and hydrology... Really not looking forward to this one, folks!

One word of warning, however: it is possible to overdose on potassium, of which bananas are a plentiful source - so don't go too crazy... hehe...

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Diversionary Tactics...

How about this for a random caper (and also a good procrastinatory activity)! Enter your name, click "sloganize" and see what happens!

Here are the first few results I get!

Kat is better than chocolate
Up, up and away with Kat
Kat - one name, one legend
Kat. We build smiles.
There is no life without Kat
The wonder has a name: Kat

All in all, the cause for much hilarity! Give it a go... it's a giggle!

June... already?!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - where has this academic year gone to?! A wise individual known as Sam told us freshers that the first term would go most slowly of all... and our response was "no, surely not!" But it would seem that Sam was right. What a clever old bean.

However, if time continues to race by at this horrendously breakneck pace, then I'll have graduated and out into the big scary world by the time I've finished this blog entry! (Well... almost).

Exam conditions call this afternoon... Equipped with cups of tea and bananas a-plenty, I'm trying to a) keep myself going, and b) keep calm! The plan this morning is to absorb as much information as possible...

And then I have to go through it all again tomorrow... and the day after that... and the day after that! Roll on Saturday afternoon, and gloriously free lazy days.