Thursday, January 11, 2007

Moving swiftly on...

Today is the last day of my part-time job in the call-centre. I'm not sorry it's over, just sorry that I won't have the few extra bob to stuff in the cracks, when the unforeseen emergency that is part of raising a big family comes along.

I've applied to Queen's University Belfast for a MA in Eng. Lit: Irish Writing which I shall have to wait and see about. They've very kindly allowed me to apply even though I should wait for the honours component to be awarded. I've already done the hard work, getting the Level 3 courses done last year, and the course this year is only a Level 2 which wouldn't impact too heavily on the end classification. Better start saving then, hadn't I?

And I squeezed in a small short for The Clarity of Night's latest competition of 250 words based on an intriguing photgraph, as well as reading all the entries today. There's some stiff competition out there! But I'm glad I tried, I need a good prod every now and then to actually do stuff!

My new 'diet' is going along - in case you're wondering, it's not a lose-weight-diet, more a be-kind-to-my-colon diet, prompted by a diagnosis of IBS - and there was me thinking I was dying from an ulcer or summat! I'm still getting funny pains, even though I'm eating All-bran, have cut out yeasty bread and it has now been three-weeks-since-my-last-alcoholic-drink.

Water is going in, lots of green leafy vegetables and I'm avoiding eggs like the plague, since they are not pleasant for onlookers about 3 hours later to smell... ahem. I'm doing as I'm told, but am still waiting for all to right itself. Impatient, moi?

And I'm waiting on my course books to turn up. In fairness, books from the OU have never been so late as they are now. I did ring up about them but was told that 'they will probably turn up' next week and to be patient and wait and see do they come next week. If not Despatch will DHL them to me.

Waiting, waiting, waiting. Fingers drumming on desktop...

Oh, and I'm going to Limerick next week to attend the launch of Revival no. 2. Should be interesting, if I don't get lost trying to get there!

5 comments:

Carole said...

You have been busy! Good luck with the competition and your application to Queens. My cousin studied Russian there and I used to stay with my Aunt and Uncle in Ballynahinch so I do have some knowledge of your part of the world. I hope your course material comes soon.

Cybez said...

Whoever works, if anyone works in the OU despatch Dept they should be sacked. I'd signed up for an OU course and waited for the material and waited and waited and read what the other students were doing.It got to the stage when I decided if the material doesn't reach me by this date I'll not have the time to catch up. That date arrived and no material arrived so I cancelled the course and will never ever study with OU again.

Buy a drum kit! :-)

Atyllah said...

If you can, go wheat free - and try to go easy on all dairy products, particularly milk. And good luck with the Clarity comp!
;-)

Debi said...

Aty got in before me with that advice.

Sorry to hear you're suffering but mightily glad to hear about all this positive and proactive stuff. Good luck with all these balls you're juggling ...

Cailleach said...

Been doing the wheat-free and milk-free thing and finding a lot of ease out of it, aty and Debi. Keeping the balls going in one hand these days - lets hope I don't drop 'em!

Cybez, funnily enough when I got up the next day the books had arrived. Who can tell the vagaries of the postal system - a bit like a digestive system. You never know quite what or when things will come out the other end. And you certainly won't recognise them!