This month was the busiest I’ve had in a while.
Work and university have been all-consuming. Even though I only work about 15 hours a week, I spend a lot of my time on the bus to my clients and I had some extra training courses this month. The other week, I had a day-long people handling course (where I learned how to use slings and hoists), C.P.R. awareness and a personal development meeting where I discussed areas I would like to improve on. All that being said, I’m officially a certified carer! I’m glad that I feel more comfortable in this role and this certification opens all sorts of possibilities for jobs after graduation as a plan B if I can’t find a placement in my field of study. Once I get back from my field course, I will be taking on two more clients.
University has been quite demanding. I have all my term deadlines about two weeks after I get back from my field course, so I’ve been fixing to get a good hunk of my work done before I leave. My assignments include:
- Preparation for the field course (~1,200 word formative project proposal) – done
- Two mock POSTNotes (~2,000 words each summarizing an important conservation issue in the United Kingdom) – one mostly done, just received feedback that I will out into effect either before I leave or on the plane
- Ecology group project on how to engage young people in nature (~3,000 word report, G.I.S. map, ~600 word blog post and presentation) – I have mostly finished the map, I think that’s all I can manage before I leave
- Final research project and presentation from the field course upon return
- And, of course, staying on top of my dissertation
But, it’s not all bad. I had a really amazing few days last week starting off with seeing Drag Race superstar BenDeLaCreme in Brighton. Although the show was sold out, I always vulture the event page the day of the show if people can’t make it at the last minute and are selling their ticket. I also saw fellow All Stars competitor Trixie Mattel last month, too. They were both so funny, beautiful and entertaining. I think Ben is stunning both in and out of drag and such an amazing talent.
Additionally, Diego and I went to VegFest in Brighton: a showcase of vegan products and food. Diego and I did a few laps around the stalls and listened to some talks while we waited for his friend Phoebe and her boyfriend to arrive. I got ice cream, red velvet cupcake, old-fashioned lemonade (harder to find in the U.K. than you’d think), a hot dog and some pins and made a donation to a forest restoration project because the representative tree-planting display was too cute to pass up. By the time they came, we had enough of the exhibits and agreed to meet them in town later for a drink. Diego and I walked around Brighton for the first time in a while and got BeFries: a small Belgian fries shop actually rated one of the top five restaurants in Brighton. Although the fries were tasty, I wouldn’t really call it a “restaurant.”
What I’m watching: Lady Bird, The Greatest Showman, Three Billboards, RuPaul’s Drag Race (season 10)
What I’m listening to: Is Survived By by Touche Amore, Anti by Rihanna, Rainbow by Kesha, Where I Go When I Am Sleeping by Casey, Eternity, In Your Arms by Creeper, Yesterday Was Forever by Kate Nash, No Cure No Saviour by Polar
What I’m reading: Memory Man by David Baldacci, The Pact by Jodi Picoult, Dead Zone by Phillip Lymbery
Photo by Heather Mount.
Its my wish to visit Brighton some day! It was cool to learn what you are upto and how your march was! All the very best for all your University projects!