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#SoCS Contrast — December 16, 2017

#SoCS Contrast

This week Linda has given us contrast to use for our Stream of Consciousness posts, which can be used any way we choose.

The last couple of weeks have been quite a contrast for me, especially when it comes to Uni. The first exam we had a few weeks ago was drug calculations. I had practised this quite a bit beforehand and had finished in 15 minutes! Luckily for me, when we got the results back, I got 100%. That gave me a bit of a boost, to say the least.

However, it all came crashing down on Monday, the day before we had our dreaded Human Anatomy & Physiology exam. The results were in from one of the first assignments that we had submitted, and I failed it,  miserably!  I had to look at the result again as I could not believe it. When I was at Uni before, I had never failed any of my essays. That took the wind out of my sails and I spent that night crying and stressing about the exam I WAS worried about the next day.

I thought that my academic writing skills were ok, but it seemed that I had been too descriptive rather than critical. Luckily I do have a chance to resubmit the consignment, but I need to have a good think about how to sort out my critical thinking before I do so. The worst thing is that I have also written all of the other three essays and submitted two of them. Hopefully, I haven’t buggered them up as well! I have lost all confidence now, despite the essay writing being something I was not as worried about when I started. That certainly is a contrast I could have done without!

As for the A & P exam, well… I think I did ok, but am rather wary now as I don’t want to jinx it. I have to wait until 15th January before I am put out of my misery with that one!

We have started our placements too so have been working 12-hour shifts with not a huge amount of time to study. However, we break up for 2 weeks on the 18th December. I actually broke up today which is a bit of a mixed blessing for me. Although I am earlier in breaking up, I have had loads of dental work done which is extremely painful plus (due to vanity), I won’t be going out or seeing anyone for a week when I hope I will be fit enough to be viewed!

Added to that, my blood sugars are playing up for some reason, and are quite a bit higher than they normally are, which has made me feel a bit under the weather.

Still, at least I have got that time to sort out those bloody essays, and with not being to eat properly for a while, I might even lose a bit of weight!

SoCS Contrast
Episode 88: Footprints in the Snow….. — January 3, 2015

Episode 88: Footprints in the Snow…..

Well it seems that the holidays are now well and truly over. I have already been back to work a week and my days seem to be a bit topsy-turvy at the moment; some people don’t even start back at work until Monday, and are still wringing out the last drop of holiday cheer (not that I blame them), whereas I am back into the swing of things with gusto!

When I came home from work today, Mr Grump had taken down all of the decorations and they have been put away ready for next year. I have to say that for me, once New Years Day is over then it is time to put everything away (Mr Grump was a bit  tender-headed on New Year’s Day and it didn’t get done). I like the house to be back to normal; although it looks bare without the decorations, cards and lights, it is uncluttered and fresh, ready to face the year ahead

There is something so exciting about the beginning of a new year stretching out in front of you.It ‘s like virgin snow, unblemished, just waiting for you to decide which way you will go. There are many pathways but they are all hidden under the snow, and won’t become visible for some time, so you have to choose wisely. Many people make resolutions so that they can try and improve their journey through life, but as I have mentioned before, this doesn’t work for me.

Yes I definitely want to try new things this year. There is always something new to learn, and I like to challenge myself to gain more skills. Last year it was learning how to sew. Well, actually I mean make things, things I can wear, or things I can use. I did make things. I made myself and Miss Hap matching circle skirts out of a fabric that had different coloured fish on it. I was pleased with them, thought they were nice and summery. Miss Hap was NOT impressed. It is not cool to have a home-made (badly) skirt, and it is doubly uncool for your Mum to have the matching one. She did however like the advent bag, I made her as I didn’t realise how big it was, and I had to buy a chocolate bar rather than a chocolate coin or something so it didn’t look lost in the giant bag!

My rubbish attempt at making a skirt.
My rubbish attempt at making a skirt.

My sewing endeavours will still continue this year, as there are definitely improvements to be made on that front (learning to follow a pattern correctly is always a good place to start)! However there are many other things that are waiting for me to try my hand at this year, and I shall no doubt be lunging at them in my usual gung-ho manner. you never know, I might even find something that I am good at!

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