Posted in Reading Challenge

My 2019 Year in Books

Taken from Goodreads.

I read 11,723 pages across 50 books

The shortest book I read was Enamócciate en España by Federico Moccia at 48 pages

The longest book I read was The Stand by Stephen King at 1,153 pages

The average book length was 234 pages

The most popular book I read was Becoming by Michelle Obama – 433,917 people also read it

The least popular book I read was Dr Rayne’s Guide to Writerly Disorders by Rayne Hall – 17 people also read it

My average book rating for 2019 was 4.5 stars

The highest rated book on Goodreads was Becoming by Michelle Obama

Here’s to more stats in 2020

Posted in Musings

Happy 4th Birthday!

I can’t believe it’s been four years since I started this little blog. I remember it as if it were yesterday, sitting in the Uni library fretting that I only had a couple of months to go before my second last year was over and I created Adventures of a Perpetual Student to document it.

Then it stalled many times.

And it has continued to stall many times.

Anyway, that’s really just me. When I have something important to say I say it, but I’m trying to get more into the habit of writing consistently.

Alas, here’s to another four years of more content, more travels and more coffee.

e x

Posted in life

Moving into 2020!

Happy New Year!

I’ve been ridiculously busy and was ill (again) around Christmas time. Only had a couple of days off work and then into the new year… I beat the post-Christmas blues by taking two weeks holiday from work – and moving house!

It’s been hard and I’m nowhere near completely moved yet, but I have all the big important things in and now everything is functioning properly. (Had some issues with the boiler, because in a past life I must have done something to dishonour them).

My bookcases are up, but mostly empty; my dining table is up, but no chairs built yet; my study room has desks, but no equipment yet. And I’m back to work tomorrow, but it’s fine. Have roped the parentals in to helping move stuff a little at a time from each of their houses, and my brother is a flat-pack assembling machine. I feed them, don’t worry.

I don’t really have any pictures to show of it yet, other than cooking in my new kitchen! But once it’s all fixed up then it’s going to be flat-spam all the way.

In the meantime, I’ve drawn up a huge list of blog topics I want to crack on with this year, scary things are happening around the world, but it’s also important to remember the good things and celebrate happy moments. So here’s a spectacular sunset for you to enjoy:

View from my window… worth the rent!

e x

Posted in life

Winter is here

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.

*freezes*

e x

Posted in life, University, Writing

Dissertation Update #9

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!

e x

Posted in University, Writing

Dissertation Update #7

It’s been a wee while between updates thanks to health stuff and not knowing what is causing me to still feel so ill.

Anyway! I’ve been working away bit by bit and last night I hit the 10k words mark! Woohoo! Then today I started four new crochet projects because I’m procrochetenating finishing the excerpt.

I’ve sat back down at my desk, lit some candles, have the Gladiator soundtrack playing and cracking on back to work. My hook is next to me once I earn a break.

I’m itching to get back to normal stuff again, gaming and reading. My goodreads challenge is getting out of control so I’ll be speed reading through my TBR list after October 3rd!

Good news is coming soon, I’ll tell you all closer to the time 🙂

e x