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*Sneak attack* August 7, 2011

Posted by phoenixaeon in A210, OU, The Principessa Files.

And the dread is back. I don’t know why, but I am suffering pre-blogging dread. I have made numerous attempts to post, only for the post to get caught in the back of my subconscious throat and choke me, forcing me to abandon any hope of an update.  So today’s post is brought to you with the aid of an imaginary breathing tube.

So… Open university. Well, I passed my exam and managed to get the grade (pass 2. There was no chance of a distinction this time around) I wanted. When I say managed, I mean I pulled teeth, messed up the answers and limped out of the other end with a scraped knee and a hairdo like I’d been dragged through a privet backwards. There was a very loud sigh of relief when I found that I had only just collapsed across the line to achieve the grade I had worked hard for over the nine months previous. But yay! Done and dusted. I now have a month or so to dawdle about before the next course – Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds – kicks off and the panic sets in again. Thankfully, there is no exam for this one, just an extended essay. But I can deal with those.

Princi… She is fabulous. As always. She finished school with a prize for 100% attendance and highest achiever in her class. She also had a shiny report and a teacher recounting her woes at not being able to teach Princi next year. It’s fair to say she had a good year at school. And she had a good result on her first ever visit to a dentist. She has perfect teeth. Yay! Although she came home and told Nanny that ‘some teeth are partially erupted and some are fully erupted.’ So now she doesn’t have teeth, but mini volcanoes. (As for me, I’m back to the dentist tomorrow for a filling. Not bad seeing as I haven’t seen a dentist for eighteen years.)

Other that that, not much has happened. Princi loved her first dizzying experience on the Liverpool Wheel (whilst Uncle Gareth and I got a little freaked out when the glass coffin we were locked in started rocking a little too much right up at the top!),

Princi on Liverpool Wheel

Princi on Liverpool Wheel

and her trip later the same day to the teddy bear workshop to get ‘Dog Venti’,

Princi and Dog Venti

Princi and Dog Venti

whilst my cousin Kirst and I sung ourselves hoarse at a Deacon Blue gig at the Echo Arena (no pics, only had the iPhone and it doesn’t take good pictures at gigs). Which reminds me, must remember to book Blink 182 tickets.

So that is that. An update. Hopefully next time I can find some pazazz and not just bu-zumble along like a bee in a bottle. But that last OU course really has killed my creativity. Fingers crossed that the next course fires up my synapses… Maybe Zeus’s lightning bolts might come in useful there.



1. Dad Who Writes (Gabriel) - August 25, 2011

You beat it down! Sometimes just getting across that line is enough. And what wonderful photos! I hadn’t realised there was a Liverpool Wheel now, though I did notice that Lewis’s had closed as I walked around trying to find my hotel the last time I was up. I was quite gutted – that was a big family thing, trekking in from Rainhill to Lewis’s.

phoenixaeon - August 25, 2011

Yep, at least it’s done. Onwards and upwards to the next course.

The wheel has been there for about 18 months-two years, I think. It was originally at Chavasse Park, but was moved over to the Echo Arena site once all the work had been finished around there. As for Lewis’s, it’s still there, it’s just relocated to that mini Las Vegas called Liverpool One. That trip was the first time I’d been there, and the rabbit warren feeling surprised me.

2. johnhughes21 - August 17, 2011

Well done on the grade Ally! Is that 240 points (4 x 60 point courses) now? So only 2 more years left till the degree. So close … 😀

And well done to Princi too … although by the time she finishes uni she’ll probably have about a trillion pounds worth of debt 😦

Speaking of which, I heard the OU are upping their prices too, so a 60 point course will cost £2500! I’m not doing any more courses myself so it doesn’t affect me, but I still think it’s a disgrace.

Anyway, you should be very proud of yourself. You’ve done a fine job with your studies and with Princi. So give yourself a pat on the back! 😀

phoenixaeon - August 17, 2011

Aww, ta 😀 Yep, that’s 240 points now. As you say, so close… But yet so far! Signed up for the next course – Greek and Roman mythology – so looking forward to that. And yeah, the price is being hiked something chronic. Thankfully, I won’t need to worry about that as I meet the criteria to continue and finish my degree at the current pricing, which is good news. As for Princi, if she wants to go to university I think I might try and talk her into doing the OU, simply because it will still be the more affordable option – both fees and housing-wise.

How’s the writing coming along?

johnhughes21 - August 17, 2011

The writing’s coming along slowly. I’m still stuck on a book which I started nearly four years ago. I never really did any on it in the two years I was studying, but I thought that once I’d finished A363 – in 2010 – I’d have loads more time and be able to finish it within a year. It’s still nowhere near done though as I keep changing my mind about things – probably due to a lack of confidence in myself, I think 😦

I’m hoping to finish it, or be close to finishing it, by the end of this year, but it may take longer. I really need to try and stick to a deadline though as I’m not a good self motivator. That was the beauty of the OU: the deadlines. It’s like I need the pressure of a deadline to motivate me. Speaking of the OU, I’ve started re-reading the big red book from A215 to try and inspire me. I’d forgotten how good that book is. Hopefully it will help me to crack on with my own book.

Anyway, how about you? Are you still writing stories/poems? You should, I think. You’re a good writer, you just lack confidence – like me. It’s like they say in the BRB though, it’s a habit and you have to stick to it if you want to be good. And with that in mind … I should probably get back to it 🙂


phoenixaeon - August 17, 2011

I’ve hardly written anything – except essays – since A215. You nailed it when you said low self confidence. I’m starting to warm up to the idea of getting back to the creative, although I will have to get past this mental roadblock I’ve constructed. The Great (Fire)Wall of China has nothing on that!

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