Day 48 – There Ain’t No Party Like A Marking Party

We got the last assignments back today! Woo!!

We spent a few hours eating pizza in silence while we pored over the essays. There’s so many of them!! Tomorrow, I hope to finish all of them because I am pretty freaking tired and I really, really, really want to read stuff for the thesis.


Also I want to start working out again, my body is getting all lethargic. Why is sitting in front of the computer and eating donuts not enough?! Can’t my calories be burned by excessive Facebooking and hysterical Tumblr-induced laughter?

On the bright side, my thesis proposal got officially approved today. Once I get these assignments sorted, there’s no hiding from my chapters anymore. I should probably watch Pretty Little Liars at some point considering I’m, you know, writing 40,000 words on it soon. Rewatching all the high-end serials that led to its creation is so much better though.

Is this why your story is going nowhere?

Is this why your story is going nowhere?

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Watched Twin Peaks. Hooray research!!
  • Listened to Sex with Emily. It’s been a long time, my saucy internet friend.
  • “Celebrated” NW’s birthday. Sorry you had to spend it reading essays 😦

    HB, NW!

    HB, NW!

  • Really reflected upon the sheer awesomeness of an empty 47 bus. It’s a more “scenic” route for those too lazy to walk down to the buses in town. It’s so relaxing… but I’m pretty sure we hit something at some point. Let’s not question it though, let’s just enjoy the ride.
  • Really enjoyed this meme that can work in all aspects of my academic career.

    Thanks, CH.

    Thanks, CH.

Random self love lyrics that makes me think of Cersei and Samantha from SATC:

It’s my life, I’m a do who I want to
Do what I want to, and I don’t want you
Alright, see my times gonna cost you
And all my love don’t cost a thing

You can’t break my heart
You can’t take my pride
Oh no, that love shit, I won’t do it

Iggy Azalea


It’s my party and I’ll be Cersei if I want to.


Day 47 – Watchin’ Is What I GoT, I Said Remember That


I felt horrible yesterday. I had that gross scratchy throat, runny nose feeling. I couldn’t decide if it was a season shift kind of sick or the flu so I went home anyway.

And watched the finale of Game of Thrones.

I was very excited about the season finale but after binge watching four years worth of episodes, the episode was kind of just more of the same for me. Although that whole Shae thing took me by surprise, the deaths felt deserved and I wasn’t very shocked. Perhaps I am getting cold-blooded and ruthless after 40 hours of HBO bloodshed. Ah well. Now I have a year to recover…and a year to scheme my way to the Iron Throne!

Also I was informed that it’s just not possible for me to still love Daenerys. And to that, JFtD, I say:


Mother[of]frickin’ dragons!

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Made myself really angry on the bus by listening to music. Oops. No more relating to jaded, dead or aging musicians.

    Just me on the bus with a little alt rock.

    Just me on the bus with a little alt and classic rock.

  • Tried and failed to sleep. So sick 😦

Random daydream / Daenerys’ theme song in my head lyrics:

This one’s for you and me, living out our dreams
We’re all right where we should be
with my arms out wide I open my eyes
And now all I wanna see
Is a sky full of lighters
A sky full of lighters

– Bad Meets Evil feat Bruno Mars

Day 46 – I Go Around A Time or Two, Just to Waste Bus Fares on You


Went to uni today (A SUNDAY!) so that I can get a little bit of work done.


But you should have seen me photocopying. I photocopied the crap out of that HBO book. There is nothing more satisfying that using the photocopier when you have no desire to actually do your own work.

I also managed to do a little photography. And by that I mean I took pictures of the walls and countless selfies. So here’s a little tour of our office (well, my part anyway):

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This is my desk. My little corner of the academic world. Doesn’t it look legit? I have my folders of different colours, my headphones, my noticeboard, my ‘Craft of Research’ book and a coffee mug. Because you’re not a real postgrad unless you’ve got a caffeine addiction.

Look at me, making GoT references like I've been watching this whole time.

Look at me, making GoT references like I’ve been watching this whole time.

Here’s a closer look at my notice board. I’ve finally officially moved into this corner so my TV crap is no longer just a red itchy bite on BL’s confessional noticeboard. It’s a full blown rash.

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There’s the people I am fond of  in the upper left corner with my sleep mask and the modern day love story CH wrote for me in the bottom left corner. The rest of this is my thesis in visual form from the network, to the programmes to the Twitter fans. If only my thoughts were as organised as this noticeboard.

2014-06-15 14.58.14This is something I bought on Friday. I thought I need a little visual reminder of what I hope to accomplish after this thesis. It’s just a replica of the one you can find in New York City and hopefully, looking at it every day will inspire me to keep going.

Every day is one less day to wait for my one true love!

2014-06-15 15.00.13Of course, waiting for your true love is exhausting work. So here’s my blanket and pillow to see me through the cold, depressing, academic days. One day, I’ll have all of New York City to comfort me during the lonely nights.

Ew, wait, no…

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I can thank CH for this little bit of office art. During the inevitable dark hours, I can now always just look up at the wall, see the wise words of the Biebs and be inspired.

Oh, Anderson. What's it all about?

Oh, Anderson. What’s it all about?

I also have the smiling faces of Anderson Cooper and a random dog to shine down on me when I feel like all is lost. Stay with me, AC. Keep me honest.

Speaking of office art, here are some random censored selfies I took with some of the posters on our wall:


Just Katniss holding me hostage


My intimate Marky Mark moment

As you can see, I had an extremely productive day.

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Well, the above captures the day pretty well. In all honesty, I think I’m actually coming down with something. I’ve had the shakes, a headache and a sore throat all day. I really hate it when seasons change. Going in to uni was probably a terrible idea.
  • Got schooled on football. Apparently it’s important I know the rules.
  • No more Game of Thrones for me! At least not until tomorrow. I finished all the old episodes last night and screamed during the trial by combat. Disturbing.
  • I will probably watch a football game before bed. I’m doing my homework, MT. So calm the crap down.

Random “I keep losing my friends to Brooklyn” lyrics:

She was covered in leather and gold
21 years old
I lost her in the cold
It’s unfair she’s out there
Somewhere, somewhere, somewhere in Brooklyn
She’s somewhere, somewhere, somewhere in Brooklyn

On the street kicking rocks
Circling the same block
Green point to Flatbush
Checking every corner shop
Tapping people’s shoulders
Asking if they know her
Everyday’s the same
It’s back to the train

Oh, oh next stop Brooklyn
Oh, oh, I’m still looking

– Bruno Mars

Day 44 – Baby, Sleep Debt is Real. So, So Real.


I didn’t really do much yesterday. I was so tired. I wonder if this is just my permanent state of existence now. Have I missed so much sleep that it is now impossible to function as a normal human being?

While I do remember going in to uni to do some work, I can’t remember much of my day. I think I printed some stuff out at one point.

I do recall thinking about Bruno Mars an awful lot and being very, very happy. God, I wish I could attend another one of his concerts. The point, wink, air kiss thing was just the beginning of our beautiful love story.



Anyway, thesis first. Love affairs with international pop stars can be addressed next year.

Things I did instead of working:

  • Watched King Joffrey die. NBD.
  • Had a JLo party at the office with CH.

    And when I'm feelin' sexy (in my velour tracksuit), who's gonna comfort me?

    And when I’m feelin’ sexy (in my velour tracksuit), who’s gonna comfort me?

  • Dinner and dessert with JK

    'nuff said

    ’nuff said

Random lyrics stuck in my head:

Never had much faith in love or miracles
Never wanna put my heart on the line
But swimming in your water is something spiritual
I’m born again every time you spend the night

‘Cause your sex takes me to paradise
Yeah, your sex takes me to paradise
And it shows, yeah, yeah, yeah

‘Cause you make me feel like I’ve been locked out of heaven
For too long, for too long
Yeah, you make me feel like I’ve been locked out of heaven
For too long, for too long

– Bruno Mars

We shall meet again, Mars.

We shall meet again, Mars.

Day 43 – Loving Robb Stark is Red


I was too distraught to write anything last night because the only attractive male on Game of Thrones (that I didn’t want to slap) died.

He totally deserved it and was kind of boring but still… HOW COULD YOU LEAVE ME WITH JUST JON SNOW????

The only man on GoT that will cry harder than me if we got abducted together.

The only man on GoT who will cry harder than me if we got abducted together.

I still don’t really know what to say.  I think I’ll just watch Twin Peaks so that I can numb the pain with a little bit of creepiness.

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Brunch with CH and NW.

    Happy birthday, CH!

    Happy birthday, CH!

  • GoT until 2am. I’m not addicted. So don’t forget it. It’s just a silly phase, I’m going through.

Random “bangin'” lyrics:

Some people like to talk,
But I’m into doing
What I feel like doing
When I’m inspired, so
If we take a walk down
The beach tonight
I bet that we could light up the sky

The big big bang
The reason I’m alive
When all the stars collide
In this universe inside

– Rock Mafia

Day 42 – Who Run the World? Girls (With Dragons)!

I am getting too into Game of Thrones. I may have resisted it for years but now I can’t stop watching. The women in this show are just so great. If I had known just how many awesome female characters there were in this show, I would have been watching a lot sooner.

My hero

My hero

I spent all night watching season two and when I woke up, the first thing I did was keep watching. I am now halfway through season three. At this rate, I’ll be watching the season four finale with the people who have been fans since it began.

I have to make sure I go to uni tomorrow otherwise I’ll just stay in bed forever. Not showering and living off ready salted chips and Ribena.


Narrative complexity is clearly my heroin. I’ve lost control over my life.

On the bright side, I’m gonna be well-equipped with relevant TV references for tutorials next trimester. Now that I know what the young people are watching.

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Watched most of season 3 of Game of Thrones. Duh and/or hello.
  • Changed my mind about dragons. I always thought they were kind of ‘meh’ as magical creatures but I totally get it now.
  • Took a Game of Thrones character quiz. This happened:


    Though I’ve been told by other people that I’m actually a Sansa. Since Sansa is essentially just the younger version of Cersei, perhaps there’s something to this.

Random lyrics that were stuck in my head while watching Game of Thrones:

Take this pink ribbon off my eyes 
I’m exposed 
And it’s no big surprise 
Don’t you think I know 
Exactly where I stand 
This world is forcing me 
To hold your hand

‘Cause I’m just a girl, little ‘ol me 
Don’t let me out of your sight 
I’m just a girl, all pretty and petite 
So don’t let me have any rights 

Oh…I’ve had it up to here! 

– No Doubt

Day 15 – I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends (and Sav)

I don’t really have time for a long post tonight because I have to wake up for a 9am lecture but I had a relatively good day today. I worked on more readings for the upcoming proposal and I’m feeling pretty good about it. I wish I could tell you more but I don’t really remember much other than the fact that I was very excited to try my new lime green teapot.



Of course, no day is complete without my daily Googling of ABC Family and Pretty Little Liars. Unfortunately I was little out of it today so I ended up looking at the results for The CW for a few minutes before I realised I was researching a completely different network. Oh dear.

They'll find out in 350 days

They’ll find out in 350 days

On a brighter note, I’ve finally realised the irony that my case study is about a group of teenage girls being stalked and judged by a bully using social media. Considering that a huge part of my thesis is about ‘following’ the moves of these four actresses on Twitter and making claims about their actions, it is obvious that I am in fact “A”. Bet the PLL fans didn’t see that coming.

I also found a lot of posts online about the fact that Ezra is clearly a sex offender. It restored some of my faith in humanity.



It’s late so  that is all. Young girls, if you’re ever just randomly in a bar, look out for dodgy English teachers. They’re almost as bad as the Media Studies crowd…

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Went to Hunter Lounge, JJ Murphy and The Library with JB. Let’s make this a regular thing, babes.
  • Stared at the moon. Wish I could dance outside without looking terrifying.
  • Watched *that* ADAM video with JB and CH. Woah.
  • Lay on the floor of the office with a hot water bottle, a blanket and pillow and wondered if that was the end. It wasn’t.
  • Wanted to hug my reading because it talked about HBO and branding. ZOMG industry, I missed you.

Random “Get out of my head!” Lyrics:

Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’ll be the one, if you want me to
Anywhere I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you

And I am feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all

– A Great Big World