So winter in Scotland is hard enough, we don’t really get an autumn it just hits September and gets ridiculously cold, then October happens and the cold bites into your bones. Every year without fail, it happens and I think it can’t possibly get any colder… then November arrives and it does.
I’m a November baby, but not adjusted to deal with this kind of cold. When I first moved to Aberdeen I realised how tropical Glasgow was in comparison, to which those from even further north laughed at.
So how does it get worse? Well, my last few jobs have had serious issues with temperatures and dodgy germs offices where I kept getting ill. As I mentioned in my last post my new office is super cosy warm, comfortably so, except on Sunday where it was just so cold outside none of us could heat up properly on shift.
Now my heating’s just broken.
I guess I forgot to write this on submission day, but it’s been all over for more than a month and I’m just now feeling the relief that it’s all finished. My university career is over! Wtf?!
The last few weeks before October 3rd were awful and some of the worst in my life, and yet I somehow managed to pull together enough to still write, edit, and revise the most important text I’ve ever submitted. I don’t know if I can say it’s my best work given how ill I was, but perhaps it’s better than it would have been as I was able to give my inner editor/critic a swift vaffanculo because I just did not have time for that negativity.
I’m relieved but starting to grow a bit anxious, there’s still a month to go before we get our results back. I just hope it’s enough to get my solid pass mark, I don’t care where everyone else’s marks get them to, I’m just happy to pass well. One of my submissions this year, a shitty essay, really messed up my average and I’m well aware that my tutor doesn’t particularly like anything I’ve written though I had stellar feedback from others on my course. I never said I was James Joyce, I’m happy to be in Jim Butcher’s league.
Alas, I’ve been away from here thanks to real life swinging back into play. I started a new job on the 7th of October and it’s been non-stop since with training and then getting familiar with the new role. I’m enjoying it so far, there’s definitely been a steep learning curve with the material but everything else is all stuff I’ve done before. It’s a good environment, a good team, and supportive co-workers. Plus the office is toasty warm, great for those 8am starts when it’s dark and minus-one outside.
More updates to follow, now that
I’m free from studying. I’ve been on edx and udemy again flexing my Italian, Latin and Classical muscles. And I bought a Korean grammar book!