Monday, November 9, 2009

Bits and bobs

Gosh it's hard to pick more blogs for the Kreativ Blogger award. I am so behind on reading bloglines that I really have no idea who has or hasn't got it so far. Sooooo, I'm going to go the wimpy way and say that if you're on the sidebar and you haven't had it, consider yourself nominated. Of course, my blog housekeeping is as up-to-date as my real housekeeping, so there are many of you not on there yet. Sorry.

I had a lovely afternoon meeting up with my friends. They even remembered what I looked like, lol. I must make sure next year to try and set aside a time to meet everyone more often.

To address some comments:

Thanks for the thoughts about my Dad. It's very much appreciated.

Beangirl asked about my degree. Well, I finally have finished my Bachelor of Arts with a major in Education. More the theory and research of education than teaching. I've also added in Sociology and a couple of Politics papers to widen the theoretical base. Next year I'm starting my Post-graduate Diploma in Educational Research which will be followed the year after by a Masters degree. All going well, and my not having descended into a gibbering insane mess, I'm also planning on my PhD. Hence the 5 years my DH has to still put up with. I'm interested in research into social justice issues in education, especially the effects of socio-economic status (which ties into Bourdieu's theories of cultural capital etc.) and/or the role of gender in achievement. And that's way more information than many of you wanted I'm sure. :)

Mary Nanna - Wow it's a small world! My younger siblings went to St Joseph's and Kavanagh. However, we all grew up in Whangarei, I came down for Uni in the mid-80s, met DH and stayed, and the rest of my family followed on down around 1993. I'm guessing you'll have known teachers like Donna Booth, and Ken and Mary Fahey at St Joes?

Judy - Sorry, still gonna read the textbooks but I promise they won't get in the way of 'girly' days. :)

Rhoto - I totally agree that studying is fun. I get worn out at times and sick of it at times too, but it also makes me feel challenged and alive. I'm really looking forward to the next few years - although I guarantee that I'm bound to grumble at times. :)

And in the continuing quest to prove MP3s should come with warning labels after the cellphone and singing incident - yesterday I had music on in the car at traffic lights when a truck pulled up alongside, allowing the driver to see my fabulous drum rendition on the steering wheel. At least we both could laugh.....

Saturday, November 7, 2009

And the Award goes to....

Exams are over! Woohoo! I celebrated with a glass, ahem, bottle of wine. Then I hibernated for a few days. At the end of semester we found out my Dad has cancer and between that and exams, I was left feeling decidely unsocialable. With the kids at school, I got to spend a few days lounging around in rumpty jeans and tees and reading totally trashy chick lit. But tomorrow I'm being sociable and heading off to meet up with my friends. I'm worried I may need a name badge to remind them who I am, lol.

Sue at Quilt, Sew, Sew Sue has been kind enough to award me this:

Thanks Sue!

As part of this I need to tell you seven things you may not know about me and then nominate seven other blogs I love to follow. What might you not know about me? (Some of these may not come as a surprise e.g. #4)

1. Well you may have gathered this already, but I have finally finished my BA degree and barring some catastrophe will have it in my hand within the month. :)

2. I dislike ironing. I really dislike ironing. To the point that I have been known to wet clothes and put them back through the dryer so I can pull them out and hang while hot. Consequently there is a large pile of clothes waiting to be rehabilitated into household wardobes. Or put through the dryer. ;)

3. I would prefer to clean the bathroom than iron 'the pile'.

4. I purchase on impulse. That's why I have a stash. A very large stash. Not just fabric but patterns too. Far more than I could ever realistically sew.

5. I have six brothers and 4 sisters. And I'm the oldest.

6. My husband is awesome. He truly is. The last few years I have been studying he has been my lifeline to sanity, whether it's proofreading, listening to my recap of lectures or sneaking me into the Uni staff club for cheap hot chocolates. So far he hasn't run screaming from the idea of my post-graduate studies which could take the next 5 years.

7. I have read all the Twilight series and enjoyed them. I also want to see the movies - yay for daughters which give me an excuse to go.

Now to nominate 7 others. I always hate having to pick just a few of the many, many blogs I follow, but I know how cool it is to receive an award so....

Everything Just Sew

Rhotos Rag

Quality Time

Beangirl: The Blog

Ummm, Ummmm, I'll come back and add the other three tomorrow. :)