the careys

the careys
and then there were 7!!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I can finally say it, the happy part at least!

So, I finished lectures December 10th and was hit by a lurgy virus that then got worse and worse......
I had antibiotics for a chest infection and UTI but by Christmas Eve I was starting with  migraines and dizzy spells!

I don't remember much of Christmas at all really, I worked Christmas Day (regrettably as it made me worse) and then after seeing the out of hours doctor and getting more antibiotics I phoned in sick on Boxing day and spent the next two weeks on the sofa basically, semi-conscious at times thanks to Tramadol!

I started to feel more human as the kids went back to school and then the panic set in... I had missed four weeks of uni work and had two deadlines looming!

I considered putting in a PMC and submitting in the summer, which would delay graduation, but figured I would just get my head down and do my best. Thankfully, as I am pretty organised, I had already done the research for both assignments and much of the reading so it was just a case of formulating a report on teenage pregnancy and an assignment on user participation in the NHS (a mere 4500 words between both)

However, I normally like to take a few weeks to write my assignments so I can proof read and just generally not rush! But, I had to change the way I work for these two.

I have just submitted the last one today and can breathe a sigh of relief. I just hope my marks are not too badly affected!

Now to get back working on my dissertation, I have two more interviews to do and then I can analyse my findings!  I have never been this excited about an assignment before!

I am utterly exhausted, my chest still hasn't cleared and I am sick of damn UTI's! I have lost some weight though which is a bonus although that is probably due to not eating properly! So I need to relax.

I have two week until semester 2 starts and apart from working on my dissertation and going to work I am doing NOTHING else! I want to start eating properly and getting at least 8 hours sleep a night. I only have four months left before I finish my degree and I don't want anything to jeopardise it!

Plenty to look forward to this year though!

January - The Corrs concert
February - a week off work
March - Peter's birthday and Jason Donovan concert
April - Little Mix concert with my girls
May - my big lad's 16th birthday and the start of his GCSE's and my last assignment due
June - Both girls birthdays, my final results released, Stone Roses Concert, Portugal trip
July - Graduation!!! and holiday to Scotland
August - Summer holidays!!
September - my birthday
October - I start my Masters or PGCE, decisions, decisions, or maybe both?
November - Mark and Jason's birthday
December - Christmas!

2016 is gonna rock!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Woke up this morning feeling fine......

Today can seriously fcuk off!!

Woke up this morning, ready for my lecture and then an afternoon of writing my dissertation, to find Mark hovering in the bedroom door. I assumed he had overslept but, no, his car wouldn't go above 2nd gear so limped back home and called the RAC. I have drove the car for almost 7 years, yet, Mark has it for 2 months and guess what???
The RAC eventually take it to a garage of our choice and this afternoon we find out that the auto-transmission oil, that should be pink, is actually black! ie/burnt.
Oil has been drained (5 out of 7 ltr) and replaced and the car is now selecting all gears BUT it is really clunky when changing from drive to reverse etc. If it improves then we will replace the oil again next week and if doesn't improve it means a new gear box :(

Going back to this morning, Jason was up from the small hours with some weird rash and his usual cough and snotty nose (thanks glue ear) and he was having weird breathing episodes.
So, instead of going to my lecture, Jason and I went to see our lovely GP. Who diagnosed an allergic reaction and the lumpy rash is actually Uticaria and now has piriton. No idea what he reacted to though and my happy little boy is now full of weird welts!

On the subject of welts and lumps, I have a weird lump on my face that would rival the one on Nanny McPhee's face. FML.

So, I missed my lecture, have done zero work on my dissertation and I now have to find £££ to pay for a new gear box (Although I am hoping that the oil change will do the trick despite our mechanic saying he had never seen oil that black, I can live in hope eh!)

I would like to have a hissy fit and just go to bed now but instead I shall be burning the midnight oil once again.
Tonight shall be sponsored by Rekorderlig.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

As one door closes, another one opens.

A whole month has passed since I have had the opportunity to post! The summer holidays are a distant memory and 'normal' life has resumed (aka, busy as FxCK)

I have settled into my new job and thankfully my training period ends on Saturday so from next week I will just be doing my contracted hours, the extra hours, along with everything else is doing me in!

Uni started at the beginning of this month, final year! The pressure is on now as 75% of my marks count this year. Hope I can keep achieving what I have been do far and get the First Class degree that I really want but a good 2:1 will do just fine too.
I still don't know where I will be this time year and that scares me the most! I am applying to various graduate schemes, one I have been unsuccessful for, and I have been accepted onto a masters course in Social Policy next September. I am just applying for everything that interests me and shall see what happens.
My CV is taking shape and I have am building portfolio of the work I have been doing the last two years showcase my skills and experience so I can hopefully kick arse in the job market when the times right.

I had an interview last night to join the panel of candidates for local council elections and I found out this morning that I was successful!
This means that when a vacancy arises I will be put forward for local election and if elected I will be Councillor Claire Carey :)
A wise woman had a bet with me last year that I would end up doing something political, I think it's safe to say that she has won the bet. So if you read this, Karen, I am ready to accept my forfeit...

Now back to my assignments.