and it is very scary! It feels so weird, and grown up, and scary, and foreign. I'm applying for anything that I feel I would be able to do/qualified to do, as at some point soon I want to go back to university for more learning :-)
Graduation feels far off still, but it is there, looming in the future, threatening an unknown time where I don't have the comforts of the routine of university life and a time when I have to work in the real world.
Months in the planning, a wee bit too much cash spent on it and far too much excitement in anticipation, the Harry Potter End of Year Party was everything I hoped it would be! I have been planning this party for ages, since before Christmas. To be honist, the planning has largely been thinking about what I want to do vs what I can afford to do. And the end result was AWESOME :-)
We decorated Fran and Em's house, as it had lovely wooden features which meant it was a perfect starting point for turning it in to the Gryffindor common room.
Another chance to make a cake, I went for an owl, in memory of dear Hegwig. The shape is based on a wedding cake made by Ace of Cakes, but I don't know which show and haven't been able to find a image of the original- sorry.
Drinks were, naturally, presented in potion form. We had an alcoholic potion punch, one non-alcoholic, jelly shots in house colours, and wine. Sweets were also on offer.
We played two drinking games, The Goblet of Fire and one Em made up, and Harry Potter Scene It.
Music, by resident DJ, Dave (aka, Husband).
Decor, by me, because I have too much time on my hands/ was just too much fun.
Thank you everyone who came, you made it soo much fun!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
- Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
This was the message that the speaker brought to us last night. The talk was on prayer, and trust and, especially for those of us who are leaving this year, the future.
This talk really hit me, some of you will know that my future plans are all messy at the moment. Dave and I are waiting to here where he is being placed, and until then we don't know which town we'll be living in, which makes house and job hunting difficult. Additionally, I'm confused about the path God is planning for my life and career.
And I am not the kind of person who is comfortable living in a world with no plans. Half the time, I don't mind if they work out exactly, but the comfort of having a plan for my life is something I've come to rely on.
So, this talk, it encouraged me, but frightened me. I know the Lord has plans for me, but I WISH he'd share them soon. I'm out of my comfort zone. I don't like it. But there we go. I have to learn to be patient, wait on God, wait on his plans and trust that it will be reveled to me at the right time. God, help me, please.
"Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend's countenance."
It is so important to make time with friends. But it is also something that can go by the way side in our every day lives. I don't mean just seeing friends socially, I mean taking the time to sit, talk, one-on-one or something. This is the time when we really get to know one another.
Personally, I think I expect others to make the suggestion that we do something, other than make it myself. Not out of laziness, but because I think it is a sign that people want to spend time with me, which is something my self esteem does not always ensure me of.
Clearly, it is going to be up to me sometimes to do the asking. But I wander where to start when I've nothing specific to actually say? This, I hope, I'll learn as I go. But, please note this: friends are very important to me, even when I'm unsure of the right thing to say.
Although I haven't actually read Percy Jackson (shocker?), I really like these pics, I think they succinctly state what these important reads of our childhood (or late teenageness for Twilight) were about.
We traveled to visit Fran and Andy's new home this weekend, into which she will move in with him after their nuptials in September. It was lovely to see the house where Fran will start her new, married life, and I hope she enjoys living there.
Thank you Fran, inviting us, all the best wishes and luck for the future,
Husband has been at school all week, doing a School Orientation Experience for the course he is on from July. He went back to his old school, in Leicester, to do so, which meant I was home alone in Stoke. I missed him so much that I decided to come back to Leicester with him for the last couple of days :-D
I love having people over for dinner. We always make something different and special, and get to play board game. It's fun.
On Saturday night, we had some friend over, ate spare ribs, chips and salad and played Harry Potter Scene It. We are well aware that our habits of board games and dinner parties is a little odd for university students, but we enjoy it far too much to care. You could say it is one of the signs we are becoming adults, slowly, while keeping our childish side too. That is what I aim for any way, the best of both worlds.
The call of 'GLEE!' is often heard about 830 on Monday night, both in my house (only by me, however) and at Fran and Em's, where the viewing of said show always occurs.
There is something about this show, it is cheesy as heck, but it knows it to that's ok. And it has a go at being all inclusive, though it doesn't always managing to avoid stereotypes and clichés (in the bad way). But, it is simply Joyful. Even when Sue is being the biggest pain she can, it is done to produce humour as well as invoke the hostility intended by the character. The song's, though pilfered, are perfectly chosen for each character at their point in the storyline. Yes, there are random songs included too, but that is the nature of performing arts.
All in all, I hope 'GLEE!' will continue to be exclaimed for a while yet, as heading over to the girls, bottle of wine in hand, ready to watch the show, is usually one of my favourite times of the week.
I'm not always one to make sure I spend the time I should with God in my day. It is far too easy to fill my time with other things, so this week I am only listening to worship music, all week. For a decent amount of time. I'll let you know what come of this venture, and post a song a day!
It was such a busy day! At 10am, we were on the University sports fields, ready for the Rugby7's tournament to start. Our church had entered a team in witch Husband was playing with some of our friends. Five games were played, two won, two lost and one drawn. As we lost against the universities rugby team and then the hockey team, so I don't think there was any shame in that.
We also had to run at oneish, to get to Grandpa Gilbert's 90th Birthday. I think that is amazing. Such a grand old age. He is especially impressive, he continues to keep an immaculate garden, and make trellis and fences on his power tools. Ninety, but still strong. If I get to that age, I hope to God I am that able.
Finally, my family came up in the evening to go out for dinner. It was really good to see them, haven't had the chance since before exams started.
And, I must not forget, check out the cake Husband iced for me. What do you think?
All in all, a really busy and wonderful day! Thank you to everyone who helped make it lovely,
It is Dave's final exam this afternoon, although he is not looking forwards to it (as if anyone ever is!) I know he is going to do brilliantly. No one I know works as hard as he does, unless he is at the gym or having dinner he has his nose in a book and is scribbling notes. I'm so proud of him, and I know the hard work is going to pay off when he starts his teacher training and job in September.
So here is to Dave, best of luck for the exam, God be with you. I love you, always.
After finishing my exams last Thursday, I have done, basically, sod all :-) Mostly, it has felt so weird, like at every point I need to stop doing the fun/lazy thing I'm doing, and 'get back to work'- YAY that I don't have too!
So, with my free time, what have I been doing?
Mostly, honestly, sleeping! Genuinely, I had a four hour nap on Thursday, when I got home from Uni. And lie ins, oh yeh! I would like to start getting up relatively early again though. I traveled during my gap year, and in that time my sleeping patterns were a little odd, but I really enjoyed getting up early in the mornings, I felt like I got so much more out of my day! I wont be trying to get up quite so early (530-6am!), but I'm going to aim for 730-8am. People who know me well, will know this is going to be a bit of a challenge. I'm not one to leave my bed if I don't have to. But, soon, hopefully, I'm going to have a job and have to be a grown-up and get up at sensible times.
Also, I've been checking out the bloggersphere, check out the blogs I follow (listed at the side if the page). Lots of time wasted reading other peoples lives, I'm very nosy.
Lots of things planned for this week, so I should be updating lots!
It is 11pm (almost), my bedtime if I get the choice. I am tired and bored, but, I still have work to do, learning/memorising the answers I want to give in my exam tomorrow. It's a seen exam, so I have written out what I'd like to say, and I'd like to believe that if I were able to write out exactly what I have planned, I would be awesome! But, alas, I doubt thats going to happen, especially as right now, I feel about as confident as an eliphant on a bicycle.
So, I plow on, to the end of all the hard work I really have put in over the last three years. I guess, as I've done fine so far, and I had course work for this module too, I can't fail exactly, but I really wanna do well, keep my options open for the future. So, basically, the nerves which wont let me sleep, but also drive me to aviod what I'm afaid of have lead me to bloggers world, where I get to say all this and put of writing/learning/working for jsut another 10 minuets.
I've just FOUR days away from finishing my entire degree work. That's it, I've done my second dissertation (that's right! I had to write two!) which I'll hand in on Tuesday, then my last (ever?) exam in Thursday- eeeee!
Here I go, keep on revising, four more days, 'just keep swimming' in the words of that wise philosopher, Dory. It will be so worth it once I've finished, graduation here I come, then the big wide world after that. Who knows were it'll take me, right now, I just need to keep working and trust in the Creator, I know his plan for me will lead me somewhere awsome!