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So...

I've been meaning for months to send an email to a lot of people with a general update. I started to write one...then decided the easiest way of doing it would be to make several blog posts here and link to them in the email. And this time, I'm actually going to do it (unlike my promise from a few months ago...)

So I'm going to do it thematically. First of, a little bit about my life in Cambridge thus far.

But to start, this needs to be said:

New Year Message )

All the best wishes to everyone for 2010!

It occurs to me that I never posted on my trip with A. earlier this year to Tasmania. It seems so long ago now, and indeed it is almost a whole year. It was a good trip, which became somewhat more adventuresome than we anticipated after our car skidded off the road, up an embankment and into a tree. Luckily, we were fine. It gave the rest of our driving around the island state a rather tense edge, but we did manage to have fun. The highlight for me was our day in Port Arthur, the historic convict site. It has remained in the back of my mind as a possibility for a writing project...but not for another few years. Mainly because I was fascinated by the fact that it was an entire functioning community, and I'm intrigued to see how everyone living there (or perhaps rather imprisoned there) interacted and affected each other.

But I ramble. One day I'll get back to Port Arthur, one day.

Life in Cambridge - cut for length )

The garden throughout 2009 - picture heavy! )

Next entry...on dancing.
jacquelineb: (unicorn on bridge)
The water-plug being left in solitude, its overflowings sullenly congealed, and turned to misanthropic ice.

...

It was not in impenetrable shadow as the other objects in the yard were, but had a dismal light about it, like a bad lobster in a dark cellar.

- Dickens, A Christmas Carol

I particularly liked the phrase 'misanthropic ice,' whilst the second one oddly reminded me of the Cowboy Bebop episode "Toys in the Attic."

In other news...

The Wizard of Oz party was a lot of fun. The next day...well, my head wasn't having so much fun (I really must remember to eat a full meal and keep drinking water when I know drinking is going to happen) but the party was great. By fortuitous coincidence, someone else came as a ruby slipper, so we were a matching pair. Also present were the birthday girl as the major of Munchkin city and her boyfriend as the city of Oz, on a hat, with the yellow brick road leading up to the city and all) the aforementioned road, the farm house, three scarecrows, a representative of the lollipop guild, two cowardly lions, a sunflower, and one tin man (not by choice - he was pounced on not long after his arrival with a handy roll of aluminum foil). Hopefully someone else will post pictures soon so I can re-post it here.

Despite (or perhaps because of) yesterday's hangover, I managed to have a fairly productive day in terms of getting chores done. Tomorrow night I have the last class of teaching before I have to get cracking with my record of teaching practice for the exam. I have notes, but not much coherence yet. Friday will definitely be a day of trying to make it coherent!

I've taken some of the advice suggested to me in an early post with regards to my reading plans, though I suspect I'll be keeping my active reading list on the word doc I've set up on my desk top rather than posting it here. I do have on Facebook an application of books I've read, and I pulled off the ones I've read this year, which is a rather abysmal 18. I really do want to improve on that over the next year, make reading a real habit again. Have decided that Daily Lit is probably going to be the best way to read Dickens, considering the novels were originally serialised, so the format of little bits will work quite well for them.

Right, best be off, a few things to do before bed tonight.
jacquelineb: (lady in green)
...and thank god for that. I went for a drink with S, one of my housemates, and K, a friend of his whose become a friend of mine, last night. We met up with a couple of S work colleagues (they left far earlier than we did) and it was, as S would say, 'a good craic', but when S, K and I go drinking, we tend to a) drink far too much and b) get back to our house rather late, stay up for perhaps another half-hour to an hour, meaning the three of us finally get to sleep somewhere between 2-3am...and last night was no exception to this pattern. Fortunately for me I did stop after the third glass of red, but the fellas weren't quite so perky this morning...

'tis good fun, I have to admit. ;)

Tomorrow night R is having a fancy dress birthday party (Wizard of Oz), so tomorrow I'm going to have to get together a costume - the expectation is to go for a more creative costume, as in, preferably not one of the four who skipped up the Yellow Brick Road. Rather, come as the Yellow Brick Road...I have an idea that might work out, which will mean a reasonable wake up time for tomorrow in order to sort it out.

Have I mentioned that I'm finding it quite cold here? Am thinking the shopping for costume should be accompanied by some warmer clothes shopping as well!

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