Hello again, I do believe it’s time for another catch-up of the more interesting parts of my life.
Wednesday morning saw a visit from my parents because my Mum is having a rare week off work. They took me for lunch at Prezzo, an Italian restaurant which is much posher than the usual type of eating establishment I visit. I soon realised that I was only getting a more expensive meal because my Dad happened to have a voucher, but I’m not really complaining because the “Tre Fusti” pizza I had was really nice as was the Chocolate Fudge Cake I had for pudding. It was just the right amount of food, which happens very rarely these days. I felt neither stuffed nor hungry which is exactly how you should feel.
My parents also came armed with a load of free gifts for me. I was given a new duvet, which will keep me much warmer than the thinner old one did and a new blind which actually blocks out the light from outside unlike the one which used to be here. But the best present by far was the chair they purchased from IKEA. It’s nothing particularly special but it is really comfortable. Comfy chairs are something of a luxury as a university student. Not only is it really comfortable, it rocks! And I’m not saying that in the modern sense in that it’s good, it literally rocks. It’s a rocking chair. I’m not the type of person who gets excited by furniture but actually this is the best piece of furniture I have ever owned. Here it is in all it’s glory:
It was really nice to see my Mum and Dad even if it had been just over a week since I last saw them. I couldn’t help but miss them a little once they had gone. It’s weird that despite the fact I’ve spent a whole academic year away from home that this effect still happens. I wonder if in twenty years time the same affect will still happen.
Lecture time has been fairly limited in the latter half of this week. Yesterday saw a maths session largely about fractions, which as you can imagine wasn’t that thrilling. But actually it’s quite important, because if I can effectively teach fractions then people I teach might not grow up with that fraction fear that so many people have, including me. The tutor unfairly teased us about food just before lunch. First there is a massive picture of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange on the screen. Then it was Mars Bars. She placed one Mars Bar on a seat, two on another seat and three on another seat. In turns people had to get up and stand by a chair and they would get whatever was on it. When more than one person stood next to a chair it was split equally which gradually caused lots of fractions to be worked out. This was all very well and good but no-one in the room actually ended up with any part of a Mars Bar. How unfair is that?
Today we had a short lecture about going on a self-directed placement. Whilst they want us to visit places with younger and older kids at some point, the rest of our self-directed placement is largely pretty free. It doesn’t have to be in a school, in fact they seem to be encouraging us to go somewhere outside a school. The possibilities are pretty much endless. The potential visit to Africa is still in the works but that wouldn’t be until 2013 so I need to work out where I will go on placement during this academic year, most probably during our summer holiday. I am thinking of spending some time in a nursery and/or a local nature reserve. Both would be pretty awesome.
Living in this household is challenging at the moment. You never quite know who will be grumpy and/or upset next. Bad things are happening which I can’t go into but suffice to say there have been many emotional and unpleasant moments in the house. But despite all this, we still have a brilliant laugh too. When I shared a particularly odd and disturbing scene from the book I’m reading, there was lots of laughter. And the Playstation 2 has created some many laughs over the week too.