Thursday, April 25, 2013

I haven't written anything in a while!

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I was attempting to print out a document on the tiny HP printer that doesn't really work this evening. I re-located the printer to the loft because
a) I took apart the little bookcase during mock-packing and didn't have another place to put it.
b) It's not the most useful printer in the world, so it can just go upstairs now~
I managed to print the document..however the printer decided that not only was it going to continue to print in blue, but it would only print the top half of each line.

While it was doing that though, I hung my head out the opened sky-light and took some pictures. I love how you can get a feel for how the area would have been during the time of the coal-mines. Honestly it wasn't very long ago, but I'm still impressed that some of the features of the area have maintained themselves, such as the little coal doors on the sheds in the alley way, and the original cut-nails in the floorboards of my bedroom. When I eventually go back to Canada of course I'm going to miss all the big things, but the little details like that are really going to be missed as well.

I still don't know how much longer I get to stay in the UK for. I'm trying my hardest to stay for the summer, or at least for June. There are a variety of reasons, but a major one is that I just don't want to waste my time here that, through my visa, allows me to work and be a temporary legal-living person in the UK! It's great, and I love the north east. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to go back to Canada and see everyone and go on Calgary adventures with people and move into the awesome condo with Amy. It just doesn't feel like it's time yet...
Though with unemployment rates for students being rather high this summer I'll be taking the best job I can manage, I guess? Tomorrow I'm writing and emailing off an application for another job that doesn't have any issues with the end date of my visa, which is awesome, so fingers are crossed for that! They are also crossed for the Calgary Heritage Park to email be back to say they want me full time as a curatorial assistant...because that would be good too!
Oh job hunting.. At least I'm getting lots of experience doing interviews over Skype. loooots.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

RRS Discovery

The small film I created to go along with my trip to the RRS Discovery. Also, an overview of my day.

4am. Wake up in a panic, worried I'd missed my alarm.
5am. Alarm goes off. Proceed to run around getting ready.
6:10am. Taxi! This was earlier than I wanted, but he was pretty booked up on a tuesday, apparently.
6:45am. Sitting at train station.
7:23-10:45am. Sat on a train, saw Lindisfarne out the window, got to Edinburgh and switched trains, fell asleep, woke up as we were arriving in Dundee.
10:50am. Round the corner of the train station and had to compose myself because the Discovery was right there. Right. There.
11-11:30am. Cafe lunch break!
11:30-1:30. Museum and ship. Oh my god it was so wonderful!
1:30-3pm. Wandered around the Howff cemetery, and then the McManus art galley and museum. Dundee seems pretty cool!
3pm. make my way slowly back towards the train station.
4:06-8pm. Trains home.

And then I caught a bus and came back to the house and made chips and put up pictures and fell asleep. Done day~ x

ps. I found and ate haggis crisps. they were pretty good!