Another placement over

Once again I have been on placement and just like last placement my blog has been neglected while I was there, and a little bit after too while I get my life sorted out… but here are some things I have learnt this time around:

  1. I actually know more chemistry than I thought I did, I just need to not question myself
  2. I still suck at physics… it really isn’t a strong point
  3. I am definitely a structured person… I like the bell, I like lesson times, I like break times… I like organisation and know what will happen… I love the timetable!
  4. I think it’s all going to be ok, if I can survive study and full time work and the lack of holidays that it causes… I can do anything… seriously anything.
  5. Even if you have officially finished placement, you can still take home a pile of marking!
  6. Real people actually fall for online ‘Nigerian customs’ scams and lose a lot of money… please see public announcement to follow in the days ahead.

So there you go… that’s my wrap up from the second placement for 2012… no more placement until 2013…

For the Love of the Games

I am really disappointed that I haven’t really posted this week, this should be my prime posting time because things I love are happening everyday… and by things I love I mean the Olympics… I love them. But unfortunately other stuff has gotten in the way. Uni is back… and not only is it back, it is back with vengeance… in fact one of my subjects has decided that because uni by correspondence isn’t difficult enough to fit around oh things like… FULL TIME WORK… that they would set study tasks due weekly. Not that bad you might think… a little accountability perhaps? Sure, when there is one… but it’s not one… this week there is 8… as well as the other subjects that I need to give at least a little bit of attention to.  Oh and just to top it off… in this two weeks when the world really should stop… to watch the Olympics… I have two assignments due. Needless to say… not happy Jan.

The other thing that has stopped me from posting about the Olympics is that I am too busy watching it… being on the other side of the world the Olympics are at a bad time… In fact, I get up to watch the finals, go to work while they sleep and come home to watch the heats and preliminary rounds before I go to bed.. late… and start it all over again the next morning.  A bad time is an understatement… but it happens every 4 years because let’s face it Australia is kind of swimming alone out here.  So I am managing to just keep my eyes open, saving all my energy for work and mindlessly watching sport each evening. I think I also thought that everyone would be posting about it because surely everyone loves it as much as me… but I have been surprised… I haven’t seen that much.

Anyway, I just wanted to apologise for not posting, despite my love… and so to make up for it, these are my highlights of the Olympics so far:

  1. The magic beds that lit up during the opening ceremony, although not conducive to sleeping very very cool to watch from a high angle on TV.
  2. The Badminton and Victoria Na– my hero… Badminton has never been better… what a superstar… Only 21 and a Melbournian like me… what a champion!  Oh and nothing increases the interest in a sport like a massive scandal… so while I think it’s poor form, well done tanking scandal for drawing attention to the awesome sport that badminton is.

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  3. Seeing the Royal Family on a regular basis – just one of the benefits of having the Olympics in London… I do love the royal family.
  4. Getting to see (well when channel 9 feel the time is right… which is not often… poor form channel 9) all those sports that you don’t see televised between the Olympics: for example the gymnastics, the diving, the equestrian, the judo, the weightlifting, the badminton, the table tennis… the list goes on… in fact right now I am watching the water polo… crazy.

So even if sleep and life stops me from posting regularly… be assured that I am loving the Olympics with all that I can… 4 years is way too long to wait between Olympiads.

It’s done for now

Well I have survived semester 1 of part-time study while working full-time… here is what I now know:

  1. Study is much harder when you have had a break and go back…
  2. Study is much less of a priority when you have a life and a job and a husband
  3. I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew
  4. I am glad for mid semester time

Don’t get me wrong, despite the fact that all of the above except no. 4 are a little pessimistic, I am still glad I am doing the degree but I think that it has been a bit of a shock to the system this semester, perhaps it’s because it was the first one, maybe it will be easier next semester? Maybe not, but it’s all done and now I wait until my undefined mid semester break finishes.  

To be honest, even though I have only had a few days off studying, I am feeling a little restless, like I should be doing something, or that I have forgotten something… I have that post semester void, something I thought I had left behind long ago… so instead I am busily trying to knock some things off the list… we will see how I go… but hopefully I will get a break too… that would be nice.

Just call me “Bear George”

Well I survived my first placement… camp and all.

I was actually much more nervous about teaching than I though I would be, I think I had had a lot of friends that had had (wow that’s a lot of hads) bad experiences on teaching rounds, so I think I spent my first week waiting for it all to fall apart, but it didn’t.  I did realise though, that my chemistry knowledge is apparently buried a lot deeper than I thought, and will need to excavated (more than just dug back up!) before I go on my next placement in August.

Prior to my placement I was also a little worried about camp, because lets face it, I am not that outdoorsy and the possibility of a hike/rafting trip was not really my idea of fun.  The thing is though, I have spent a long time convincing people, mostly Dave, that I would be fine hiking or even rafting if needed… but deep down inside I wasn’t so sure.  But the camp has come and gone and other than a few stiff muscles the day after, I survived the hike, camping in the bush and all, luckily I didn’t need to prove my skills in a raft though.

Anyway, here are three things I learnt (well three random things… not necessarily the only things)

  1. Year 8 boys can have an offensive smell on a hot day… what ever the time.
  2.  I don’t know as much as I thought I did about chemistry… but I will
  3. And when it comes to camping… I am a pro… I can set up the tent, cook my dinner, get a good nights sleep, carry my pack all by myself and return home still looking awesome…

Oh and just in case you were wondering, yes yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday was a picture of were I had camped the night before… pretty amazingly beautiful if you ask me… I felt like I could have just walked off the set of McLeod’s Daughters… almost a dream come true.