Here Come the Cavalry

Today was my first riding lesson! Wooo!  It was a lot of fun, and helps prove that I’m quite a rural person at heart.  The horse I rode is named Hobbit, who’s 15 years old, and about 16 hands tall (around 1.65 metres).  He liked cutting the corners (presumably as it meant he was able to walk more slowly, and less far), but he was absolutely lovely!  My next lesson is on Friday, and already I can’t wait.  If I make enough money, I’d definitely want to get a horse.

I’m now watching Brainiac: Science Abuse, which I rediscovered on YouTube.  It’s such a great show, especially the first couple of series which Richard Hammond presents, and brings back a lot of memories (casual shout out at this point to 2coldfingers who introduced this show to me, and who was primarily responsible for my keenness in science in the first place, I owe you one)!

Generic chore things today have included collecting more sun cream, sending off an extra contract to Chile, as well as making arrangements for my work permit once I get to Santiago.

Finally, congrats to my sister, who got her results for this year today. She managed to survive her first skirmish with the Tripos with a First, which is marvellous!

All’s Well That Ends Well!

What an exciting day! After a decent sleep (arising from a busy night involving going out to a bar after formal), I headed over to the Senate House for results at 12. They weren’t there then so SP, JA, and TI and I had lunch and went to Clare to sit by the river and enjoy the weather.  2pm came and went and still no results,  so a trip to a café followed. 

We found out that the results would be out at 3 ish on CamSIS or 4:30 at the Senate House.  Having made a pact not to look online and to wait for the list there, we had time to kill. NC came along and we shopped for stuff for CL’s 21st tonight.  Finally it was 4:30 and there was a lot of tension while watching the lists go up, but my result was fine so no complaints!

Returning to college I played cards with AC, MK, and JT before getting dinner and spending time with them in the bar before heading to CL’s party with TI. A busy but fun day all round!

My Way

The viva has happened, and now, I’ve officially finished my Part II. It’s time to face the final curtain.  No more studying for that which is great, it’s now pure fun from now on. It went ok, and was pretty relaxed which was nice (as I was expecting it to be much worse).  The results for my degree come out on Wednesday, so fingers crossed I did ok!

Beforehand I went to read up on my mapping project in the Geology library, and to swat up on some of the papers.

Anyway it’s a fun quiet evening tonight.  I’ve planned to go to London on Thursday for my vaccinations, and Friday for the induction for my job, so that should be good fun.  I do miss London, so I need to get a good dose of it before I leave for South America!

The Good Life

Nothing is better than a Sunday morning lie in.  I got up and watched some Friends, then decided to stop procrastinating and tackle the biggest challenge of the day, my room.  It’d not been tidied for a long time, because of all this Tripos nonsense, and so it took quite a while. I also did my washing as that was on the to do list.  Overall it’s been a bit chore-y, but there’s a small gathering going on tonight, so that ought to be fun.  Anyway, let’s not forget about the viva tomorrow, so although I’ve done some reading for it, I do need to do a bit more! Until tomorrow dear readers!

If You Go Down to the Woods Today

Seriously, these exams were unhealthy!  Last night, I had another nightmare about them, which is weird, as I’ve finished!  Essentially the dream was that I was doing the O9 practical, completely messed everything up totally, didn’t see half the questions and ran out of time in a panic.  Fun stuff!

Anyway, today was a lot of fun, I woke up and met up with some of the guys, and we went to buy picnic supplies, after which we went punting.  The weather today has not been quite as good as yesterday, but we enjoyed a great picnic on the way to Grantchester. Eventually, we got to Grantchester Meadows, where we moored for a while, before heading back home (we decided that Grantchester proper was too far to punt today).

Tonight we’re having a generic party in AW’s kitchen which ought to be a lot of fun.  Overall, a pretty fun and relaxed day!

The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done!

Finally, it’s finished!  The day that seemed so far away has come at last.  No more exams!  Well, no more exams until this time next year, for my Part III.  There is still the viva on Monday, but that’s not a major problem (I hope).  The written papers are done now, so it’s time to have fun and relax.  Until tomorrow everyone, I’m off for a drink now.


All Good Things Must Come to an End

I’ve just enjoyed the final supper prior to completing Part II of the Natural Sciences Tripos, and a wave of nostalgia has appeared from nowhere.  I’ve now returned to the UL to finish the final revision session before the final exam.  I won’t miss the revision, as it’s pretty tedious, but tonight marks the end of an era.

My splendid revision companion AJ (who’s next to me revising for his Part II Chemistry – although right now he seems to be spending most of his time looking out of the window), also finishes his exams tomorrow morning.

I remember that it was with him, back in Easter Term of Part IA that we first ventured, as nervous freshers, into this venerable institution (established at some point around the 1270s judging by the dates on the “Major Benefactors” board in the entrance hall, although nobody really knows).

We instantly fell in love with this place, and revised here for the whole of Part IA, Part IB, and now Part II.  However, AJ is graduating with his BA this year, to go off and do banking (or some nonsense related to finance at any rate), and so, once the bell tolls at 21:45 to close the Reading Room, it will be time to say “So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight” to our revision sessions together.  I don’t know how many hundreds of hours we’ve spent revising in here, but it’s been a genuine pleasure.  I couldn’t have done it without you!