Musings on a catch up post

Posted on Tuesday 3rd October 2006 at 00:00
Sometimes in the course of life we find ourselves unable or unwilling to pursue the hobbies with which we are most familiar. Sometimes this is an unwanted irritation which we are keen to get over and other times it feels like the end of an era and a new beginning and that things will never be the same again.

So it has been for me these last couple of weeks since I came to uni once again. I had promised to write here as soon as I had internet access again after the move and as with previous years I fully expected to honour that promise. Oddly enough though, I suffered none of the usual withdrawal symptoms that commonly mark my removal from the internet nor, once I'd been reconnected about a week after the move did I rush straight back and update my blog.

The unusual truth is that I've had the internet for a while now but it is only in the last couple of days that I've had any inclination at all to write anything. I guess tiredness explains it in part, what with working all through Fresher's week as I was and coming home too shattered to even check my emails. Part of it though I think can only be accounted for by the massive improvement in my social well being as a result of moving in with people I actually get on with for the first time in my university experience.

It seems the immense feeling of belonging from standing in the kitchen or sitting in front of the TV with people who like you is a reasonable substitute for the cravings that come to me from the likes of MSN and the various other sites I belong to. It is only now as the honeymoon period comes to an end and we all settle into the regular swing of the pendulum of term time that I find myself sat in a overly air conditioned PC lab writing this and returning to my old habits.

I found out a little while ago that I failed my resit exams in the summer and so have to stay here for an extra year to catch up the modules. I'm not nearly as upset about this as I'd have expected although this academic kick in the teeth might just have been what I need to get my arse in gear. So far I've been working through my uni work with a previously unseen keenness. It is only now as I tire at the end of the day that I feel my optimism failing me. Hopefully by the end of this my brain will have recovered enough for my last lecture of the day and then home.

I've also managed, though I'm not sure how, to maintain my enthusiasm for cooking, even with the easy temptation of ready meals close at hand. What I used to consider a long and taxing bit of cooking has now turned into a quick meal for a late evening, such as this one, and when I have more time I find myself becoming more adventurous and seeking out new recipes. I've even started washing up on time, a definite first!

It occurs to me that a friend of mine may just have emerged from a seminar and have an hour free before joining me in the 5:30 lecture, so I shall end here in order to facilitate a little socialising.

End of an era and new beginnings? Definitely.

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