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Day 545 – Where Are Ü Now?

Usually when I’m late to posting, I try to fill up all the extra days with ‘cheat’ entries, trying to recall what I did on those days that I forgot to post. Well, baby, it’s been 484 days so you’ll just have to deal.

The good news is I completed my thesis! One month longer than I originally planned because I had glandular fever or what the cool kids call “mono”. It’s amazing how many people get sick during postgrad and not even realise it. It’s like we expect that deterioration of our health to be just another regular aspect of university. Fun fact: If you read back, you can see my descent into glandular fever. I didn’t even know I was sick but I was always complaining about it. Silly workaholics.

I'm fiiiiiine!

I’m fiiiiiine!

Anyway, here is the thesis in all its shiny, wonkily-bound glory. As my high school history teacher used to say, “There are many like it, but this one is mine”. He was actually talking about why we weren’t allowed to touch his newspaper and I don’t really think many people devoted themselves to analysing the engagement strategy of basic-cable teen channel but nevertheless, I successfully completed something! Yay!

My baby. Except it's better than a baby because it took longer than 9 months. Shhh just let me have this, it might be the only child I ever create.

My baby. Except it’s better than a baby because it took longer than 9 months. Shhh just let me have this, it might be the only child I ever create.

Hopefully finishing my thesis means you can forgive me for failing so hard at blogging. To be fair, I started this blog because I wanted to keep myself accountable for all the things I had been doing instead of working on my thesis. Because I was so hard at work, I didn’t have anything to write about!

…That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…

I will blog a little bit about the grade that I received for my thesis and all the cool things that have happened since then. It doesn’t really make sense to follow the daily blogging pattern anymore but I’ll try anyway so that I have things to do now that I’m unemployed. Yay again….?

Things I did today instead of working:

  • You didn’t read my post, did you? TL;DR I’m done with my masters. I can do whatever the hell I want. BAHAHAHA!
  • Actually, I spent the day marking assignments. What else is new? Seriously this whole blog should have just been entitled “Confessions of an Assignment Marker”. I reread most of my old posts and it’s just me ranting about how busy I am with assignments.
  • I watched Weeds. Such a good show. Here is a photo of Silas to help make your day brighter.
All right, jeez Silas. I already explained why I haven't been blogging!

All right, jeez Silas. I already explained why I haven’t been blogging! Chill.

Random lyrics that might as well have been written about the process of writing Master’s thesis:

I’ve paid my dues
Time after time
I’ve done my sentence
But committed no crime
And bad mistakes
I’ve made a few
I’ve had my share of sand
Kicked in my face
But I’ve come through

And we mean to go on and on and on and on

We are the champions – my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting
Till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
‘Cause we are the champions of the World
– 
Queen

Day 58 – They’ve Got Me Runnin’ and Hidin’ All Over Town

I feel slightly incompetent today. I wrote the wrong grade in for one of my students and I feel pretty bad about it. Everything worked out fine but BAH I hate screwing up something that I checked over and over and over again. It just means next time I’ll be even more anxious and paranoid about the things that I do for tutorials.

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I still haven’t gotten around to watching Pretty Little Liars. What is this? I wonder if there is reasoning behind my reluctance to keep watching this show even though I always enjoy it when I do. Is this reasoning something that I can incorporate into my thesis?

ANSWERS. I NEED ANSWERS.

Things I did instead of working:

  • Met up with L. It’s so great to meet people that you have a lot in common with. I find it so inspiring to talk to aspiring writers, I wish I had their kind of passion and sense of certainty about what they’re doing.
  • Went to JG’s birthday dinner! Karaoke woooooooooo
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  • Set up meetings with C and A. I’ll allocate second letters once I know, haha.

Seriously though, my weekend is looking so busy now. I have so much thesis stuff I want to do this weekend. THEY MUST BE DONE!

Random lyrics I shamelessly sang at Red Hill. Own it, babes:

You know you love me, I know you care
Just shout whenever, and I’ll be there
You are my love, you are my heart
And we will never ever ever be apart

Are we an item? Girl, quit playing
We’re just friends, what are you saying?
Say there’s another and look right in my eyes
My first love broke my heart for the first time
And I was like…

Baby, baby, baby oooh
Like baby, baby, baby nooo
Like baby, baby, baby oooh
I thought you’d always be mine (mine)

– Justin Bieber

Day 55 – It’s Going Down, I’m Yelling Tinder

I spent the whole day in bed again. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I keep feeling really sick and exhausted both mentally and physically. I think maybe I need to change my diet because my body is just not cooperating with my activities.

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Today was such a miserable day, simply because I wanted to get heaps of things done. I wanted to finish cleaning my room, I wanted to work out, I wanted to cook a proper breakfast… instead I lay in bed and coughed. At least I managed to read late essays so, that’s something.

Damn this day. Ruiner of What We Do In The Shadows trip and waster of time.

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Convinced by my friends to finally download Tinder. Since I was on bed-rest, it seemed as good a time as any. I’m not opposed to online dating, I’m just kind of a shy person. In fact, I got so nervous about right-swiping someone that I had to text a friend for moral support. Yes. Moral support on an anonymous dating app.
    Basically me to JB the whole time I was on the app.

    Basically me to JB the whole time I was on the app.

    Also I feel bad about rejecting someone because of their looks. The big red “NOPE” that pops up seems a bit harsh. I was trying to rationalise to a friend that I didn’t want to left-swipe a guy because I was sure he had a lovely personality. I was promptly reminded that that was not the point of this app.

  • Rude

    Rude.

    While it is a great ego boost to see the magical words, “It’s A Match!”, I do have to wonder if these guys right swiped every photo that they saw so that they can cast a wide net. I’ve heard that women often have better luck on these types of apps than men. I’ll make sure to remind myself that if I ever start to feel too chuffed from the texting.

Random high school throwback lyrics:

It’s just too little too late
A little too wrong
And I can’t wait
You know all the right things to say
(You know it’s just too little too late)

You say you dream of my face
But you don’t like me
You just like the chase
To be real, it doesn’t matter anyway
(You know it’s just too little too late)

– Jojo

Day 54 – Red Alert, Red Alert, It’s (Not) A Catastrophe

CHEAT ENTRY

Had a mini freak out that all the grades had to be in today but it turned out okay. That was an awful bus ride though. Luckily, our admin is amazing and managed to get me in for grade entry 30 minutes after I read the reminder email.

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I then felt absolutely awful when I got home. I’m not sure if it’s something I ate or if I’m just still tired from everything but that’s the reason I didn’t blog yesterday.

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Coffee with SH
  • Brunch with JB – On my way back from coffee with SH
  • Interrupted RH’s walk to the library in order to convince him to start watching Orphan Black. It’s that good.
  • Everyone should be watching.

    Everyone should be watching.

Random”damn, I need to watch Nashville” lyrics:

I finally kept my pride and hailed a cab
Those cuttin’ words you said were the last stab
There’ll be no tears this time, they’ve all dried up
No more sweet poison, I already drank that cup

This tunnel’s dark, but there’s a little light glowing
Just enough for me to run towards knowing

Nothing in this world will ever break my heart again
Nothing in this world will ever break my heart again
No pain this life will put me through will ever ever hurt like you

– Juliette Barnes

Day 53 – It’s Over and Done But the Tiredness Lives On Inside…

YES.

ALL THE (SUBMITTED) ESSAYS ARE DONE.

Let us rejoice at the return of sleep. Sleep is so beautiful.

Not so smug now, are ya princess?

Not so smug now, are ya princess?

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Instead of working? Nothing. But I did rewatch episodes of Orphan Black with my mum in between essay marking as a reward for every 5 essays I marked. Woo!

    I haz time management skillz

    I haz time management skillz

Random Hannah Montana lyrics I shamelessly sang in the shower:

Sometimes I wish when the phone rings
That it would be you saying, “Let’s hang out”
Then you confess that there’s something special
In between us, why don’t we find out

You don’t know me, guess you don’t need me
Why you’re not seein’ what you’re missin’
On the outside shyin’ away
On the inside dying to say

I’m unusual, not so typical
Way too smart to be waiting around
Tai Chi practices, snowboard champion
I can fix the flat on your car

I might even be a rock star

– Hannah Montana

Day 50 – If You Can’t Hear What They’re Trying To Say, If You Can’t Read From The Same Page…

…you’re probably really tired from marking assignments.

CHEAT ENTRY (This is getting ridiculous… get your act together!)

I woke up really early so that I could finish my marking. I was pretty stoked because I got all of them done in time.

Then I got to uni and realised seven essays had come in late.

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That’s Saturday’s problem now.

Oh well, 39 essays is still a pretty decent (torturous) amount to get through in a short period of time.

Things I did today instead of working:

I wish I could tell you more about my day yesterday but I am so tired, I genuinely don’t remember.

Random flaky lyrics:

So take me as I am
This may mean
You’ll have to be a stronger man
Rest assured that
When I start to make you nervous
And I’m going to extremes
Tomorrow I will change
And today won’t mean a thing

Meredith Brooks

Day 49 – Keep Movin’, Don’t Stop Markin’

I spent the whole day just marking in my living room. I think at one point even my dog felt sorry for me.

Do you remember people? I miss people.

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 I saw a little bit of a Gilmore Girls rerun though. So I have that going for me.

I am so very, very close to being done though. Just need to keep pushing on…

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Things I did today instead of working:

  • I watched an episode of Twin Peaks when I woke up.
  • Watched the latest episode of After Hours. I love you Soren, thanks for the lolz.
  • …that’s it.

Random 90s rap lyrics:

Here I go, here I go, here I go again (again?)
Girls, what’s my weakness? (Men!)
Ok then, chillin’, chillin’, mindin’ my business (word)
Yo, Salt, I looked around, and I couldn’t believe this
I swear, I stared, my niece my witness
The brother had it goin’ on with somethin’ kinda…uh
Wicked, wicked (oooo) – had to kick it
I’m not shy so I asked for the digits

Salt-N-Pepa