I’ve done a lot of Fresher’s related posts recently, and can only apologise for this. I thought I’d give some attention to those of you who follow me for stuff other than my thoughts on what it is to be new at this wonderful institution…
Last week, my personal blog decided that it was going to break-down and give up on life. This is probably my fault – I tried to add a widget that would allow my dear readers to see my Google Calendar…my tech support (ie, my brother) is far too busy enjoying life in the US of A to help me sort it out, and I don’t have any of the details to allow someone else (ie John/Ben) to help me fix it. That was probably the least exciting thing to happen all week, but it has been distressing me a lot, so excuse me if this becomes more rambly than the ones I’ve posted all summer.
So, why was my week so exciting?
Well, first of all, my dearest darling long-suffering Thomas had a birthday! This was on Monday; we’d driven to Devon over the weekend to see our families (we met in Devon, so live half an hour away from each other and can see both sets of parents in one go). Here, his parents and I had presented him with a Nintendo Wii, we’d picked up the lovely Toby, and headed back to the Lond for hours of fun-times at the TV, learning how to wiggle our bums correctly in order to hit the ball on Wii Baseball. Monday was spent celebrating (part of the reason I’ve had nothing to say about my internship on here has been because I’ve been on leave for ages – I still had Monday off). We made cupcakes, played hours of Wii Sports, and had a surprise dinner at La Tasca, which I had somehow managed to keep secret from him. More hours of Wii Sports followed, something that will undoubtedly be a recurring theme over the next few months…
Fast-forward to Friday (I can only apologise for the messed up chronologics of this blog), and our first house-party. We were relatively well-behaved, with no breakages, loud music that I stopped at midnight, and eight people sleeping over in a mess of air-beds that deflate halfway through the night and squashed up on sofas. It was rather excellent. Our families regularly say that we don’t live like students; this should have changed their minds, if just for one night.
OK, so back to Tuesday, my first day at work for just under two weeks. I got in to “Corrie, the office has been so quiet without you” and a load of literature reviews and things that I’d researched to write up. Prepared to take ages, I settled in for a lot of reading journals, just as my supervisor came up to me; “Corrie, would you like to have a go on the Redlux?”
A chance to do some experimentation? YES PLEASE!!!
Thursday found me in the labs after-hours (the only time the R&D dept can use this machinery) trying to put latex gloves on over rings and long nails (you can tell I haven’t been in the lab for a long time) and figure out how to use the machine. I can’t go into too much detail (read “I can’t tell you anything”), but I discovered that even sitting waiting for a set of results for half an hour is a lot of excitement after two and a half months of sitting at a computer. It was awesome.
Additionally, the results of the test that someone at Southampton Uni did using a test-rig that I designed came back as ‘good’ – some improvement needed, which resulted in another happy few hours on SolidWorks.
This week, I have a lot of work to be getting on with. We have a deadline on the 8th of October for an 8000 word (or more) piece of coursework, as well as finishing up the odds and ends I have to do for the company. Tomorrow and Thursday, I will be doing more stuff in the lab, and I’m currently working on some gifts for the friends I’ve made here (as my mum always said – “Home made is best!”).
Next week, I’ll give you a nice little summary of my time on the internship, that will hopefully be more informative than any of my blogs have been up to now (especially as by then I should have finished my coursework). I’ve had an amazing time, and a really good summer – but don’t think it’s over yet, as I still have Tour to Porto, a grandmotherly visit and writing up of tutorials to be doing. You’ve got a lot to look forward to (haha!)
Ciao for now,