1st – 7th February 2016
First of all, I feel a little like I should apologise for having not posted anything between the last Sunday round-up and this one, but I’m not going to. I’m not a professional blogger and it isn’t – it can’t be – the most important thing in my life. I have to have different priorities sometimes, and this week was one of those times.
After last week’s awful illness I was incredibly behind on my reading and work, which was the last thing I needed when I’d an essay due, and admittedly I made life harder for myself by falling in love with the newest book on my module and deciding to write on it for my essay. I finished the book itself on Tuesday, spoke with a tutor on the phone about it and read endless criticism on Wednesday, met with the same tutor with an essay plan first thing on Thursday morning and will finish my draft of it this afternoon in order to fit in an editing session this evening and tomorrow lunchtime before the four-pm deadline. It’s been a little hectic.
On top of that we’ve been studying Villette for my Victorian module. It’s one of my favourite books so I was thrilled that we’d be working on it, but because I’ve had to focus so much of my energy into everything else I didn’t feel I was able to do it justice in my seminar. Hopefully I’ll revisit it for my final essay of term, but I can’t really think about that right now! To add to my stresses we’ve a group presentation to prepare for our Victorian workshop on Wednesday, and with everything else that’s going on it looks as though I won’t even be able to think about that until Tuesday.
Academic work aside, I’ve also been putting together my first feature for Nouse ahead of production next week. I’ve been Features Editor since October so I felt it was about time I got around to writing something, but it’s been frustrating that it’s coincided with my other deadlines. It was actually my plan to get it out of the way last week, but my illness made that entirely impossible so at the moment it’s just something else on my perpetually unfinished to-do list.
As if I hadn’t enough to do already, on Saturday I left the house at half-eight to catch a train to Manchester for a vInspired Ambassador meetup. Though I was less than inspired by my first visit to the city, it was lovely to see everyone again – they’re some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met – and to take a look around vInspired shop, Goodstock. We were even treated to free Domino’s pizza! However, what with everything else I’ve got going on, and my acceptance that I need to reassess and re-evaluate my priorities, I think it might be time for me to take a step back from the charity – but more on that in the next few weeks, I’m sure.
This feels like a bit of a complaints post – I’ve so many things that still need to be finished that I can barely focus on one long enough to get anything done. But this is a good stress; it’s the stress on which I thrive, and in comparison to my illness last week I’ve genuinely enjoyed being so busy. It’s even been improved by a couple of gorgeous little gifts from Mum and Grant which have provided a sweet boost, and I took a bit of time out on Thursday to write some personal stuff in town so I haven’t been entirely locked away in my room. And in reality I’m not panicking at all; in fact, I’m calm. It’ll get done, says the voice in my head. It has to, so it will.
This week I’ve been…
Reading: The Translator by Leila Aboulela. This little book really blew me away and I’ve learned so much in the past week from reading both the novel itself and various articles and interviews. Unlike virtually everyone else on my course, I’ve really enjoyed the process of reading, researching and writing for this essay, and I can’t wait to read more of Aboulela’s work in the summertime.
Watching: NCIS. It’s been one of my top TV shows since Rosa and I first watched it together when I was about 12, and I’ve gone back to it this week. The crime-solving element is always intricate and smart, but it’s the character development that I love about this programme. It’s one of those rare examples of a show which just improves with every season, and I’ve got a lot to catch up on. It’s not available on UK Netflix (yet), but we all know there are ways around that…
Listening to: Bruce Springsteen. I’ve maybe five artists that I always go back to when I’m stuck for something to listen to, and Springsteen is definitely one of them. It’s partly because his discography is so huge, but also because his music at once reminds me instantly of home and empowers me to relish my university-granted independence.
Grateful for: The Global Lit department at the University. I’ve had a tricky time with this module largely due to timetabling problems so it’s all been a bit unstable, but our module convenor has been so supportive this week, both in getting those issues sorted and in helping me out with my essay. York has really come through for me every time I’ve needed it to, and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such a supportive department.
I’ll hand in my essay tomorrow and finish up my feature for the paper which we’re producing from Monday to Wednesday. I’ve also got a group presentation to put together and Italian work to get on top of, but I’ll also be taking some time out – there’s a LitSoc pub quiz on Monday and my housemates are hosting a party on Tuesday evening, so hopefully I’ll be able to find a bit of a balance. Then, finally, I’ll reach the finish line on Thursday morning when I make my way to the station and train home for the weekend – I absolutely can’t wait.
How has your week been? What are your plans for the next seven days? Let me know in the comments!
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