like you wouldn’t believe

Yeah, ok, so I know I really should be, like, working on that assignment I have due next Friday, or maybe studying or something, but I haven’t blogged in quite a long time, and it would be a shame to pass up on this opportunity. Probably will be the last time I blog until after exams. Have to be resolute and resilient and whatever on this. Need to get cracking on some hard core study.

Of course, peoples would say that you need a break from study now and then, but, believe me, I’ve had so many breaks from study these last few weeks. I reckon I’ve actually gone out more and stayed out more in these last few weeks than I did at the start of semester. And almost certainly more than I did during uni last year – both semesters combined. So, really, point is, this break/procrastination is quite unnecessary (but that’s not going to stop me).

I’m not even going to try to count how many times I’ve gone out or stayed back at uni late in these last few weeks. (Note here that "staying back at uni late" usually did not involve productive work of any kind.) I definitely don’t regret having spent my time as I have. Perhaps once swotvac is over I’ll be wondering if I could have better divided my time, but, I reckon, if anything, I’d regret not having more time.

Well, my time allocation has worked ok so far. I’ve had so many assignments and prac reports and whatever throughout this semester, and, even with all the time I’ve spent not doing productive work (or any sort of work for that matter), I still managed to get it all done. And to a reasonable standard, too (if I may say so myself). Now, with just one more week of uni left, it’s just a matter of finishing off one last assignment, and then getting on with studying. Doesn’t seem so bad…

Actually, I’m still alternating between being stressed and not stressed. Clearly, at the moment, I’m not that stressed – otherwise I would be off assignment-ing/studying instead of writing this. But then, of course, I’ll think of all the stuff we’re expected to learn and remember, and then I’d freak out, and wonder why on earth I’m not studying right at this very moment. Yeah, no, seriously, I’m fine.

I didn’t mean to make this entry all about uni and study and stress and whatever else. But that’s a lot of what’s going on in my life at the moment. There’s a lot of other stuff going on in my life, but seeing as we are getting ever closer to exam time, it’s probably better to stick to this sort of stuff, so that I can release some stress from this area of my life (and, who knows, maybe you’ll get the stress and decide that you really do need to go off and study).

I also really need to sleep more. Sleep deprivation is really not helping my memory. Having difficulty keeping things in my memory. When I think of stuff like that, I just get this cartoon-type image of someone trying to cram a load of stuff into a box, and then, the moment they let go, thinking that the box is sufficiently secured, everything inside the box just explodes out, sending the person running for cover in a crazed panic. Well, ok, I only just thought of that then, but you get the idea.

Even as I’m typing this, I’m actually quite sleepy. Well, I wasn’t that sleepy before, but I’ve gotten quite sleepy now. I would just go off and sleep now, but I’m still waiting for my hair to dry (I had a late shower because I got home late because I went out for dinner because I got kidnapped). Yes, I’m quite sure there’s a hairdryer somewhere in my house but, clearly, I can’t be bothered with that now.

Ok, maybe it was not so great to finish off an entry about studying with stuff about sleeping. Apologies if reading this has made you too sleepy to study. There are quite simple solutions to sleepiness, drowsiness, or, to use the fancy medical term for it, somnolence. Of course, effectiveness of these solutions varies, so I won’t bother listing them here (not that I’d be bothered anyway – too tired to be bothered). The best solution, of course, is simply to go sleep. And that, I think, is what I shall go do now. (After I completely tire myself out with a bit more study, of course.)

…and in the end I want to be standing at the beginning with you.

timeless

It’s been a long time since I last wrote here, hasn’t it? Have been so busy with uni. In these two weeks since the end of the Easter break, I’ve done two group prac reports, an individual research assignment, a group assignment, and another drug for my personal medicines formulary. Well, I’m counting the group ones as finished because I’ve done my part for them, and am just waiting on the others to finish it off.

That’s nothing, though. I still have another individual research assignment, a prac report, another group prac coming up, a massive group assignment (this one’s due at the end of semester), and a load of other drugs to profile for the PMF. And, of course, in addition to all that, I still have to find time to study so that I’m not totally cramming in swotvac. Not to mention I have to factor in time for procrastinating, for breaks and for whatever else.

I don’t really feel like getting started on all that just yet, though. Since finishing up on my part in the 2040 group assignment on Thursday night, I’ve felt much less stressed. I know I have other stuff to work on, but, for now, I just feel like taking some time to relax. Besides, I’ve finished the individual 2040 assignment more than a week early, so I sort of feel like I can afford to take it easy for a bit. Don’t want to burn myself out, after all.

Wow… I just looked at my originality report for the 2040 assignment. Turns out that about 53% of it is directly from other sources. But, of course, when I looked at it in detail, most of that is just the coversheet and my references list. Have to keep in mind that what I actually wrote in the report/essay/thing (yeah, they didn’t really make it that clear to us what exactly we’re writing – just told us to write about drug discovery and chemistry) is under 600 words, but if you include the coversheet and my references list, then it’s over 1300 words. So, yeah, would sort of expect to get about 50% "plagiarised".

There is integrity in my researching. Cannot doubt that. Have no idea how many journal articles I’ve looked at this semester. Must be a horribly large amount. Thank goodness for abstracts, though – makes researching a heck of a lot easier. I keep wondering if I should have made things a bit easier for myself, and chosen the same drug for the individual 2040 assignment as the one I got for the biom one. And then I could have just used that same drug for the group 2040 assignment, too. Could’ve pretty much halved my research load. But I didn’t want to take the easy way out. Besides, I thought I’d get bored of piroxicam if I used it for three assignments.

Looking back on what I’ve written so far, it’s sort of sad that my life right now seems to be consumed by uni and assignments and all that. But, honestly, though, it’s not. It’s just that I need to vent more about uni-related stuff than anything else right now. Outside of study and assignments, everything’s going quite alright. Yes, I do, indeed, have a life outside of studying and assignment-ing. Incredible, isn’t it?

‘Always, we want to be anywhere together’

care to share…?

Here’s something I found off a random forum I was just reading (I think it was originally off one of those chain email things)
 
Pick the month you were born:
January——-I kicked
February——I loved
March——–I karate chopped
April———-I licked
May———-I jumped on
June———-I smelt
July———–I did the Macarena with
August——–I had lunch with
September—-I danced with
October——-I sang to
November—–I yelled at
December—–I ran over

Pick the day (number) you were born on:
1——-a birdbath
2——-a monster
3——-a phone
4——-a fork
5——-a snowman
6——-a gangster
7——-my mobile phone
8——-my dog
9——-my best friends’ boyfriend
10——-my neighbour
11——-my science teacher
12——-a banana
13——-a fireman
14——-a stuffed animal
15——-a goat
16——-a pickle
17——-your mom
18——-a spoon
19—— – a smurf
20——-a baseball bat
21——-a ninja
22——-Chuck Norris
23——-a noodle
24——-a squirrel
25——-a football player
26——-my sister
27——-my brother
28——-an iPod
29——-a surfer
30——-a homeless guy
31——-a llama

Pick the colour of shirt you are wearing:
White———because I’m cool like that
Black———because that’s how I roll.
Pink———–because I’m NOT crazy.
Red———–because the voices told me to.
Blue———–because I’m sexy and I do what I want
Green———because I think I need some serious help.
Purple———because I’m AWESOME!
Gray———-because Big Bird said to and he’s my leader.
Yellow——–because someone offered me 1,000,000 dollars
Orange——–because my family thinks I’m stupid anyway.
Brown———because I can.
Other———-because I’m a Ninja!
None———-because I can’t control myself!

Now type out the sentence you made, and post it as a comment. For example, mine is "I sang to a banana because I’m sexy and I do what I want." There were some really funny (and really suss) ones on the forum, so I’m just interested in what combinations you peoples end up with.

let’s give “concise” a try

Alright… so… yeah… this last week has been fun… (I sound so convincing, don’t I? I should stop using those "…" things so much – no one will take me seriously. Someone once told me what those dot things were called. Can’t remember it now, though. Sort of don’t need to know it anyway, except instances like now when I actually write about them. Lame~)

Ok, quick run down of the events of the last few days:
Thursday: went to uni for a bit, then watched "Madagascar 2", then dinner at Chi’s place (yes, I am still alive – no surprise there, of course)
Friday: had work in the evening, so stayed at home all day (at least I think I did.. don’t really remember)
Saturday: did some drawing, reading and went for a one and a half hour walk/run
Sunday: got a new mattress, went around to all these places looking at fridges with my uncles, more work
Monday: wandering around the City, and then tennis with Rui, Rebekah and Dan

Isn’t that a nice summary of events? No need for incredibly long accounts of each day’s happenings.

No, I am not getting lazy.

Well.. ok.. maybe a bit. But it’s the holidays, after all. And, maybe, if you want to try working with technicalities here, I should say that I already was lazy, so hence am not getting lazy. For those of you who don’t think I ever was lazy before, I can then say that I was just "latently lazy", or that I was lazy except that motivation or whatever it is that counteracts laziness overcame the laziness. And, yes, I am perfectly aware that that last argument does not make total sense. It made sense in my head before I started typing it out, though.

Anyway.. Can’t believe that there’s only about two and a half months of holidays left. And, really, February doesn’t really count as a proper "month" because it’s so short. Sure, it’s only two/three days off the other months, but, with my current warped sense of time, that’s a pretty significant difference. Anyway, point is: there’s still too much stuff to do and not enough time for doing it all~ (time for hyperventilating – but, then again, there isn’t even time enough for that)

a week? THAT was only a week??

Ok… well… this week has been quite… eventful… Suppose I should really write something about it here… But so hard to summarise everything…

Well, I’m supposing that I don’t need to really write much about Wet ‘n’ Wild, seeing as everyone either went (and hence know what happened), or already heard all they could handle about it without becoming so incredibly and insanely jealous. So, being considerate as I am, I will spare everyone from yet another recount of events (except to say that it was a totally awesome day).

On Tuesday I actually stayed at home for the whole day – like, seriously, I didn’t even set foot outside the house even once that day. Not surprisingly, I don’t really remember what I did on Tuesday. I think it consisted mostly of reading and random internet browsing (including Youtube-ing). I’ve started reading ‘Northanger Abbey’ by Jane Austen. (Yes, I just love reading all the classics. I think it’s just something about their writing style. The storylines and themes etc etc are also brilliant, of course. Darn, it’s so unfortunate that I can’t think about classic novels without being reminded of grade 12 English… But, of course, grade 12 English was so much fun, so what I really mean to say is that it’s very fortunate, indeed, that we studied classic literature and that I’m constantly reminded of it now).

I’m in the middle of the seventh chapter right now. (Usually I wouldn’t put a book down in the middle of a chapter, but, if I remember correctly, it was lunch time, and I was hungry, so I made an exception.) It’s pretty good, although I don’t really see where the whole thing is headed. I don’t know if it’s just me or whatever, but I always find it incredibly funny to see the word "stupid" in Jane Austen novels. Well, ‘Northanger Abbey’ is only the second Austen novel I’m reading (first one I read was ‘Pride & Prejudice’), so, really, I’ve only seen the word "stupid" twice in her novels, but both times it was in one of the earlier chapters, and both times it was so funny~ I guess it’s just that it’s not the sort of word I expect to see in her novels. But I think it’s gotten to the point where I’d actually be disappointed if it didn’t appear in her other books. Oh well, I’ll get over it eventually…

I’ve actually also been slowly making my way through ‘The Merchant of Venice’, which I’ve been reading on and off for the last six or so months (actually, you might count it as possibly being a bit longer than that because I started it around the start of this year when I was in Melbourne.. But then I started over again around May or June). Anyway, even though I don’t always know what exactly is happening, I still really enjoy reading it. It’s very poetic and funny (I think it’s supposed to be a comedy, so it really should be funny). (Is it just me or does it seem like I could ramble on forever when it comes to books…?)

Anyway.. moving on.. Wednesday was spent watching ‘Quantum of Solace’ and wandering around the City. I reckon it was a pretty good movie – except that I don’t think I fully understood the whole thing. It probably didn’t help that I got distracted halfway through the movie and my mind started wandering off somewhere else before I realised that something was happening in the movie and hence brought my mind back to the cinema. Oh, and I also discovered that morning that chips and lollies do actually work quite well together (for me, anyway).

Did a lot of lazing around on Thursday. Like, seriously, after all that walking on Wednesday, what else could I do? I was at Angel’s place from around mid-afternoon, but I soon made myself at home there, and continued lounging around, conserving energy so as to prepare myself for going to a certain place later that night… I would so write more details of the night here, but, like, you know, details are a little fuzzy and all that… (And, yeah, as Maggie said somewhere in all that spam, "what happens in kk stays in kk".)

Sort of would have liked to have gone to see the ’08 seniors graduate on Friday, but sort of was not anywhere near awake enough to go. Didn’t have breakfast until after 11:30am. Don’t even remember the last time I had breakfast so late. But guess that was ok, seeing as lunch ended up being so late.

Wow.. just realised that that was first week of holidays gone… And yet, even Monday seems like forever ago. Actually, even yesterday (Friday) feels like forever ago. I’m, like, sitting here wondering if it really was only yesterday because it feels like there must have been at least one day between now and Friday. Sorry if this isn’t making much sense, but my mind’s a bit muddled up at the moment. I’m sort of sleep deprived, see, from having gotten up around 5:30 this morning. Yeah, and I thought sleep deprivation was something that only happened during semester. Oh well, I guess if I want to be making the most of this incredibly long holiday, I’d better only sleep the bare minimum required. But, then don’t want to kill my brain, and "catch-up" sleep supposedly does not work, so need to try to consistently get eight hours each night.

See, people might consider me to be more of a quiet sort of person, but, clearly, if you get me going on the right sort of topic, I could go on forever. But, of course, I’d probably exercise enough self-restraint to NOT go on to the point of exhaustion (of both the topic and the listener). I think I should be correct in assuming that this is one of those occasions where such self-restraint is needed. Shall write again soon.

Procrastinating to the extreme

Yes, I have actually taken the time to make up categories for the many different types of procrastination. And, yes, that, in itself, is procrastination, which, I guess, is actually really appropriate. I actually thought of most of these quite some time back – around the time that I had that anatomy assignment about the eye and the ear. Coincidentally, I decided to write this up after a day of (rather dull) anatomy study.

Anyway, here are the categories I have so far. Feel free to make-up your own categories if I’ve missed anything out. Other examples (real-life or otherwise) for current categories are also welcome.

Productive: (1) when whatever it is you’re doing actually indirectly, or in some other roundabout way, helps with the ultimate goal (e.g. using non-specific search words in journal databases and browsing through numerous articles that you do not end up using in your report but were helpful anyway) (2) doing easy tasks first as a means of avoiding harder, but more important tasks (e.g. slowly going through pre-tutorial activities even though there’s a very important assignment due the same week)

Pseudo-productive: work that seems productive but is actually only procrastination because it serves no other purpose than to put off the inevitable (e.g. writing and re-writing the task of an assignment over and over again (this, however, may sometimes be productive); spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to solve a ridiculously impossible question from a tutorial that won’t even be assessed anyway)

Guilt-free: (may also be referred to as ‘Good Samaritan procrastination’) going out of your way to do tasks that do not help you achieve your own goals, but are of some benefit to others – especially tasks that could just as easily be performed by someone else (e.g. doing household chores that are not usually your responsibility; very thorough proofreading of other people’s assignments for subjects that you don’t even do anymore)

Unavoidable: doing tasks that distract you from what you really should be doing but must be done because there will be some sort of unfavourable consequence if not completed immediately by yourself in particular – these are generally not self-imposed (e.g. running around the house closing all of the windows because it has suddenly started to storm (and you are the only one actually at home); spending every second night fighting your evil nemesis who is trying to take over the world)

Obligatory: something, although not helping to achieve or work toward any sort of objective, you are obliged to do for whatever reason even though you have the option to not do it (e.g. watching all/most of your favourite football team’s matches because you are a proud and loyal supporter; going to group get-togethers because you don’t think it’s nice to deprive others of your fabulous company)

Paid: choosing to work for financial gain rather than completing tasks on your to-do list (e.g. working all day on Sunday because, although you should probably be doing some sort of assignment or other work, you’d rather take full advantage of the slightly higher pay on Sundays)

Healthy: (1) when you absolutely have to put off all work in order to avoid having a mental, physical or emotional breakdown (e.g. putting off further study until after you have raided the pantry because you are totally starving) (2) taking an extra break to allow your mind and/or body to rejuvenate before starting another task, or to allow yourself to approach the current task in a different way (e.g. raiding the fridge because you don’t think the cookies you ate an hour ago will provide enough sustenance for the next set of lectures you’re intending to study)

For the sake of it: (this one’s pretty self-explanatory) basically when you know you’re procrastinating (and you know that what you’re doing could be nothing else but procrastinating) but you continue with whatever it is you’re doing because you just feel like it (e.g. categorising all of the wonderful different ways of procrastinating)