Wednesday, 29 November 2006

the adventures of hattie

Today on my trip to the supermarket to get dinner, I came across this poor stray hat - she had been abandoned by some heartless smoothie drinker who had decided that it was fine for hattie to be separated from her mango smoothie. Yes folks, this is the new phenomenon at my local supermarket - dressing smoothie bottles in hats. So, being the kind-hearted person that I am, I took hattie under my wing and brought her to a nice warm home, out of the cold of the refridgerator to a new life at number 9. As you can see, she quickly befriended one of my eggs. You see, we are trying to wean her away from her refridgerated existence, but she had some difficulty when I opened the fridge and spotted the eggs, happily residing there. So in an effort to help her adjust, we allowed one of the eggs to have some time out from the fridge - after all, eggs are best cooked at room temperature, as they are not too fond of the cold either, so I was actually doing both the egg and hattie a favour.

Mr. egg is not the only friend hattie has managed to make. In the short time she has lived here, she has also found another human companion in the form of one of my housemate, Sarah. Sarah was equally as excited as hattie was at their new found friendship.
However, the fun with sarah was short lived - as soon as hattie spotted the family of leaves that currently reside on our wall, she wanted to join their party - they were very compliant, as you can see from the picture below. Let me take a minute to share with you the story of the family of leaves. One might be inclined to think that leaves actually like to drop off trees in Autumn, judging by the carpet of leaves that frequent pavements across England during this season. However, there are some who prefer the warmth and don't want summer to end, so although they follow the lead of their fellow leaves in that they have changed colour (although having said that, there are a few rebels among the ranks who have insisted on staying a shade of green), they are not content with being trodden into mush. So I kindly rescued one small family of leaves, and they now live on our wall - they're by the bright lamp that lights our room, so they kind of think it's summer, but aren't comletely fooled.

Monday, 20 November 2006

learning to read

Learning to read is something that I learn about on my course, but in this context, I am actually referring to myself. With one of the essays I am writing at the moment, I seem to be incapable of reading an article from start to finish without veering off in different directions, all related to the essay, but it has left me feeling like I'm tying myself in knots.

Basically, I'm writing about policy drivers, funding and format of early years services in 3 OECD countries, and they all interlink with oneanother, which is great in some ways, but totally confusing in other ways. Ho hum...I'll get my head round it eventually!!

I had a quality weekend. Having looked after Madeleine all day Friday and taught her how to spread marmite on her sandwiches (pretty impressive skill for a 2 year old, I reckon), and listening in amazement to her telling me how the picture on her yoghurt pot was a raspberry, and how she eats raspberries off her fingers (which I have witnessed personally, just like in Amelie!!), I spent the rest of the weekend being more of a socialite than I have been in a long time! On Saturday night, my flatmates and I went to a 21st at Byzantium which was a most amazing venue, with beautiful food - perhaps the poshest meal I have ever had!!

This week I've been spending more quality time with kids - I had to do a couple of observations at a preschool for one of my unite. The kids were so cool - I loved watching the quirky things kids like to do - there was one boy who liked to suck his thumb whilst twiddling other children's hair, which was quite amusing - he seemed to prefer the girls' hair because it was longer than his, but they weren't always as compliant as he would have liked in order to satisfy his hair-twirling habits!!

On Tuesday eve, I looked after Madeleine, and we did lots of dancing together, which she loved and though was hilarious - by the time we had finished, she had mastered her own pirouetting technique, which was brilliant!

At the moment, I'm writing my report on my observations, but have already managed to go 300 words over the word count, and I'm not even a fifth of the way through!! Oopla.

Time to get back to work!! (If anyone would like to leave a comment for me to read when I take a break from writing, that would be very lovely.)

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

right about now...

For much of today, I have just had my trusty laptop to keep me company, and have been type-typing away in between bouts of reading for my dissertation, which is now in full swing. The picture to your left is of me in the warmest jumper in the world - it adds approximately 2 stone to my appearance, perhaps the quickest weight gain you will ever witness, at the end of a day of dissertation ramblings and modelling. That's right folks - modelling. Not quite as exciting as it may sound - I had my photo taken for the 2008 Bristol perspectus.

So, when you look through uni prospectuses and wonder if the person laughing away like they really are having a ball is real, I can assure you that at Bristol, this is the case! How funny. They even want to quote me in the prospectus!

(Sorry for the lack of photo - I removed it upon discovering that it wasn't possible to see my face!)

Wednesday, 8 November 2006

...finding peace in the midst of madness...

The manicness of final year has most defiinitely struck home over the last couple of weeks. But, as always, God is incredible, and although I am incredibly aware of the huge amounts of work that have to be done, I have an amazing peace about it all, and know that it will all get done. It's looking like as from March 25th, I am going to have a whole lot of time on my hands, as I will have done all of my essays for the year, and handed in my dissertation, and will only have one unit left to do. Which means that easter is going to be amazingly relaxing!! The only thing that might change this is if they decide to be a little bit kind and extend our deadlines. So, if anyone would like to come and visit me in the wonderful Bristol, or would like me to come and visit, then please do not hesitate in letting me know.

I'm having fun researching different arts and health projects for my dissertation - there's some amazingly exciting and interesting things going on in the arts and health world, and I'm looking forward to learning more and more, and being thoroughly inspired.