In my last post I believe I was lamenting my inability to work over the holiday. Since then…
We live in the middle of a village in Devon, and our (very old) house takes hours to clean because someone decided it would be a really good idea to build a house that is so long it takes about a minute to walk from one end to the other. This means you can’t just plug a vacuum into one plug and go round the whole of one floor – you have to change positions every so often, moving furniture gets very difficult and as a result of having to walk through all rooms to get around, every room gets dirty. When you have so many people staying (as we did over Christmas) you can’t imagine the state it gets into – add two very hairy, permanently moulting labradors, and it will in fact take about four hours to get through.
To recover from this epic sesh, I tried to do some work. I am in the middle of my design study (as I’m sure I’ve mentioned once or twice) and this requires connecting to the college VPN to look up papers for research. I broke my Windows laptop in March, when I dropped a jamjar on the keyboard, which messed up the screen meaning the laptop works, but you have to plug it into a monitor to see anything. As a result, it isn’t portable (though it does have the VPN on it). When I got back to Devon, my mum donated her beloved MacBook to me, as she recently got a new laptop. This was great…until I realised the VPN wasn’t on it, I had no idea about how to basically drive the system, and the Imperial College instructions left me almost pulling my hair out. After an hour trying to figure it out, I sent Facebook a plea, and John, my new personal hero, jumped in to help. He spent a while on Failbook chat trying to talk me through it, and managed.
My dummies guide to Mac is: phone a friend, and promise them beer (I’d like to add, to preserve John’s integrity, that I only offered the beer after he had helped me!).
Of course, by this time it was far too late to do any work. I packed up and went to the pub, to meet up with my old school friends.
Today, mum and I went shopping. When I got back (at about two) I spent about an hour trying to figure out how to use Word on the Mac (I’m technologically challenged). Then I decided to check the college Blackboard, and discovered the module I wanted won’t work on it. So instead of doing any design study, I wrote up one lecture of Biomaterials.
I anticipate tomorrow will be far more productive…until I pick up Tom (at 10 am) and we get ready to celebrate the New Year (AKA decide if we are going partying or to the beach). Then the weekend arrives a day early, time which is usually reserved for working in mum’s allotment. Then I only have a week till I go back to London, and I need to start getting ready to leave – say my goodbyes, make sure I’ve slept enough, eat enough food to build-up fat stores for the next term…
Does anyone want to research my design study for me? I will give you food.
Note: I do not condone plagiarism in any shape or form, and if you attempt to persuade me you will get a sharp slap on the wrist.