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Struggling With Dissertations and Christmas

Struggling With Dissertations and Christmas

My dissertation writing retreat was both everything I hoped, and also not.  Spending five days in Cambridge on my own was what I needed: I managed to write around 9,500 words of my dissertation, which puts me over the minimum wordcount and essentially constitutes most of a first draft. I’d hoped, however, that it would be in a state where I could send it to my supervisor at the end of the week. Instead, it’s a hastily cobbled-together mess of…

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Nightmare Headaches and Men: Miriam in Ireland, 2017

Nightmare Headaches and Men: Miriam in Ireland, 2017

As I might have expected, my reflections on Ireland are dragging out long after I actually got home. At this rate I’ll be blogging about it for the whole month, and I do actually have other things I’d like to talk about. But I got distracted last week by sleep and catching up on OITNB and actually writing for once (more on that soon!), so you’ll have to forgive the delay.  I’m still writing all my blog posts on my…

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In The Glen: Miriam in Ireland, 2017

In The Glen: Miriam in Ireland, 2017

Despite my best intentions, I didn’t actually succeed in writing and scheduling posts to cover my trip to Ireland. I managed one — and that posted while I still had reliable WiFi, whereas now it’s in distinctly short supply. So, that didn’t quite work out as planned.  Due to the aforementioned lack of internet, this’ll be a short post, and I’ll have to give detailed updates at a later stage. I’m currently in Glencolumbkille, having made the seemingly interminable bus…

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Farewell to Dublin: Miriam in Ireland, 2017

Farewell to Dublin: Miriam in Ireland, 2017

Today I leave Dublin and I’m Donegal-bound — after I make an excursion to the out-of-town Tesco to try and get some gluten-free bread. (I’m getting quite acquainted with Dublin transport: took the Luas the other day and now I’m going to experience the DART.) So I thought I’d look back on the last few days. I wrote this on my phone, so I apologise for any formatting errors, or if it turns out disproportionately long — it’s hard to…

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Preparing For Ireland

Preparing For Ireland

I should probably think of a ‘series title’ to append to the title of all my posts about my trip to Ireland this year, because there are going to be a lot of them. It’s a substantial trip (even if 16 days doesn’t sound long to those accustomed to major holidays), and there’s a lot to say about it. It’s also the first time I’ve gone on holiday completely on my own, so it’s going to be a learning curve…

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An Aggressively Positive Playlist

An Aggressively Positive Playlist

Okay, well, I’m officially sucking at blogging this term. Which would make sense, if I were hard at work revising for the exams I have in like two weeks (!!!!), but to be honest, there hasn’t been nearly enough work happening either. There’s been a lot of procrastination. I started doing Irish dance in my room every night with an eye to getting back into the sport, and today contacted a dance school to see if I can take classes…

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Lost Potential and Abandoned Dreams

Lost Potential and Abandoned Dreams

For those who aren’t aware, I used to be a competitive Irish dancer. (I’ve written about it before here. And here. And in other places. ) Maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement. I wasn’t the kind of competitive Irish dancer who is at a feis (competition) every weekend, has a huge elaborate curly wig and a dress costing thousands of pounds that seem mostly to have been spent on finding the grossest combination of neon with Swarovski crystals. I…

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Small, Unsteady Steps

Small, Unsteady Steps

Well, I made it to the end of term. This is not an insignificant achievement, since this time last year I had to take time out of uni before the end of term and so this is my second attempt at getting to the end of Lent Term of second year, and the first time I’ve managed it. In some ways, this term has seen me with just as many problems (health-related and otherwise) as last year, especially with the…

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Limiting My Dreams

Limiting My Dreams

I went to see In The Heights earlier this week, at Kings Cross Theatre. It was a great afternoon — I didn’t really know the show at all beforehand, so it was all new to me, and I particularly loved the dancing. It was the kind of dancing I’ve never been capable of doing, which is to say, the dancers appear to be throwing themselves across the stage in a relaxed, random fashion, but actually it’s totally under control and…

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A Day of Rocks and Rain (Ireland 2016)

A Day of Rocks and Rain (Ireland 2016)

Hahaha okay. In my last post I said I would be back “probably tomorrow” with more tales of my trip to Ireland… and that was three weeks ago. I had some technical trouble, then I was without WiFi for ten days, and then I was lacking in physical and mental strength to blog. Sorry about that. But here it is, long-awaited and possibly entirely forgotten about: part two. After our unexpectdly epic trek to Kilfenora, we decided to take it…

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