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30 March 2011 @ 01:46 am
First of all, you all are the best and most supportive people (and cheerleaders) ever. You all made me 'yay!' over and over and over again. Thank you!

Printing the coloured pages in my dissertation was quite a quest. I hobbled around campus with the two copies of my dissertation in my hands and my cane under my arm, looking quite the loon. Had just enough money in the library.

Wanted something to protect my babies. Roberts offered his bag, but I have seen the disastrous things that can happen to papers unprotected in a rucksack, especially that of an engineering student... I thought I would further my quest for a plastic bag to slip them into before confining them to his bag. I saw an old printer paper box in the library that wasn't being used for recycling (thus empty) and snagged it; put the lid on it for protection and everything.

"You could just put it in the lid," Roberts commented, noticing the tall stature of the box. "And it could rain," I responded, "so I won't take any chances."

Guess what? It rained. I thanked the universe for Uni Reading's inability to clean up after itself and for boxes with tops.

There was a dog by the lake. Cute dog, I noticed, before I realised 'aaaah dirty dirty wet dog!' I just imagined a happy lil' pup trotting on up to me, all sniffs and 'smiles', and then that slow-motion shaking... I high-tailed it through the gate with Roberts.

Then we almost got run over by a car around the tricky corner. We hurried to buy alcohol (I wanted to treat him to something for saving me money on printing and generally being so helpful/supportive) and I cradled the box with me the whole time. ("You're really not going to let go of that box, are you?" Roberts remarked, grinning. "My preciousssssss" was the only plausible response.) I also purchased 'cool chock mint' vodka mix because it is a pale green; I later told John N. (in a state of tipsy-with-decreased-stress) that it reminded me of leprechauns after a run-in with a blender. (My brain is a terrible place.)

I was very careful not to get run over by any cyclists (though Roberts nearly was as soon as I mentioned it). Roberts told me I'd end up scooped up by a pterodactyl at that rate. I decided that, ecologically speaking, the novelty of that might be worth the dissertation...but it was a close call. I made it home and it was beautiful.

My 58 x 2 pages of work that represent more than 100 pages of background work. Mine! Miiiine. Until tomorrow, when I will bring it on campus, have it bound, hand it in and be free of the dratted thing! ...for a while, at least.

Today I faffed about: finished watching the Battlestar Galactica 'pilot' and first episode again; finished reading through the GoldenLake Rosethorn/Lark stories (possible rec post in the future) and relaxed. Drank the vodka mix + mint Baileys + milk and it was deliciouuuuus. And Laura Roslin is incredibly attractive; mmmm strong older women nummy. (I wish I could blame any of this on drinking, but I really can't - this is pure up tired Kiwish glee-joy.)

Tomorrow is an early day but that is okaaaaay because hopefully I will be back by noon and able to nap without guilt, just lounging around my sofa-bed admiring the less-stressed state of my mind. It doesn't even matter that I will wake up going 'there is no way this is the state of my room!' and that I will be thrown back into the depths of my to do list.

I am so close to the other side of freedom!

And now it is night-night time for a very tired, incredibly childlike Kiwi. I am patting myself on the head and purring. Hmm. Oh, and snuggling my teddy bear.

Now I am putting a lid on myself and going to bed! Night night, all! Sweet dreams! Here is my exclamation pointitis for you! ♥


"The bluebird sings a lullaby; the firefly gives a light; the twinkling stars are candles bright; sleep, Faeries all, Good Night."
[Elizabeth T. Dillingham; "A Faery Song"]
Current Mood: chipperChipper.
Vee: witchvenomebat on March 30th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
Oooooh! I do hope all goes well~
I love the image of you clinging to a giant box! I wish you the best of luck on everything tomorrow! (Walking and binding and napping and such!)
Kiwi Crocus: Readwrite || Green quill ink.cranky__crocus on March 30th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ♥ The funny thing is that for the first time, even after giving in the work I'm still not focusing on the results - I don't care how I do. I mean, I know a part of me does because it's important for my degree, but I know - really know - that I worked my arse off, tried my best and will pass. Anything beyond that will just be yayful.

Haha, glad you enjoyed the image. :Þ Everything went well! I have pictures to put up eventually. Thanks for the support! ♥
Veevenomebat on April 1st, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
It's overly exciting and I'm very happy for you!

If you know you put a lot of work into something you never have to worry about the grade, it's just the relief of it being finished and being able to say "Hey! I did that!"

At least that's how I feel every time I finish a piece of art.
albalarkalbalark on March 30th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
*\o/* *\o/* *\o/*

Sweet dreams, dear friend - you have earned them!!
Kiwi Crocus: Text || Beautiful things like you.cranky__crocus on March 30th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
Awwr, thank you for the adorable cheering people! I love that. *\o/*! It always makes me want to get a real cheer costume so I can cheer for my friends. :D

Last night's sleep was not lovely (I was celebrating with friends and then too excited to sleep!) but today's nap felt divine. Windows open, bird call, sunset...beautiful. ♥

Thank you for all of your support! It has meant the world to me!
kellychambliss: Applausekellychambliss on March 30th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
Congratulations, o brilliant one! I'm impressed.
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Starstruck.cranky__crocus on March 30th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
*Profound blushing.*

Heh, I would save being impressed for you and all these other amazing friends I've somehow gathered even during the process! This was just a project all finalist students had to do that I managed to take on way too heavily; the truly impressive part is all the support I got and how it pulled me through!

Which is my way of saying, of course, that you are the Brilliant One and I am ceaselessly impressed with you and your endless ability to love and support.

Thank you!
bexamillion: am i gay? i'm ecstaticbexamillion on March 30th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
58(x2) is an amazing accomplishment! So happy for you!!
I'm glad you didn't get run over or get the dissertation soaked!
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || In my hands.cranky__crocus on March 30th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
Fiiirst, fantastic icon! :D

Second, laskfdlka *mad blushage*, thank you! I'm so proud of myself and my friends for getting through this. It was amazing being in the teaching office, side-by-side with some of my coursemates through the years, binding our dissertations. One friend and I swapped taking pictures with ours. :B I'm thrilled!

(And I'm also glad to not have been run over or get my dissertation soaked/dog-dirtied!)

Thank you for your support! ♥
101mutts101mutts on March 30th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
"Have another drink, my dark-eyed beauty
I've got one more night left, here in town
So have another drink of green elixir
And we'll have ourselves a little mixer
Have another swallow, little lady,
And follow me down..."

Be careful of green elixirs. o.O

Smiles at the part about the dog and the box and the bicycles and pterodactyls and being done (at least for now, but now is what matters)!
Kiwi Crocus: Text || Creativity.cranky__crocus on March 31st, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
Hahaha I didn't even think of that, but it's so perfect! I think I'm going to end up singing that the next time I drink the mix. (:

Clearly I am not careful enough with my elixirs. :Þ (Although by golly, if I end up getting pregnant from drinking it, that will be the end of all substances for me for this life and any next I may or may not have!)

That is certainly what matters, being done for now! I smiled at the dog and the box and the bicycles and pterodactyls too. (:

Thank you for your never-ending support! ♥ You're fantastic.
101mutts: Elphaba101mutts on March 31st, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
Laughs! That would certainly be a big douse of punishment for a little alcohol. Don't drink with a man in a top hat and cloak, would be my advice to you.

<3 of couse m'dear. You do/are the same.
Kiwi Crocus: Downton Abbey || Cora || Amused.cranky__crocus on March 31st, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
I'm, uh, a little frakked in this measure, I fear. My household is incredibly fond of things like top hats and cloaks. (Roberts owns a pretty spectacular top hat and I own a cloak back home, though hopefully here at some point too - the sort of thing another housemate would gladly wear with a top hat.)

M'dear. *Smiles.* You're too much! (In the best way. :D)
therealsnape: zzz Snape StPatricktherealsnape on March 30th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
Glad to hear all went so well! Congratulations, and enjoy the smugness. You've more than deserved it.

*joins in green celebratory drink*
btw this icon was made for St Patrick's day. Given the colour, you may not be the only one with unexpected thoughts. Although this could have been liquidised clovers, of course. Anyhow, here's to you.
*bottoms up*
Kiwi Crocus: Food || Limey.cranky__crocus on March 31st, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Me too! And thank you. (: Although I'm not sure how 'smugness' looks on me - I may have to return it and head back to 'green.'

Loving the icon, of course. :D In the Harry Potter world, I wonder if leprechauns don't make most green drinks! Liquidised clovers...I like it!

Cheers! And a toast to your hand-holding and support, which I appreciate more than I can express!
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101mutts: Elphaba101mutts on March 30th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's awesome!
Kiwi Crocus: Emotion || Believe in magic?cranky__crocus on March 30th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
I know, right?! I have the best flisties in the world! Tetley there is fantastic and the (often unintentional or unaware) inspiration for a surprising number of my stories. As you can see, she's also hilarious. :Þ I'm meeting her at the con in June - shall I drop her a hello from my high-school-'Hogwarts' friend Shayakalak? (;
Kiwi Crocus: Readwrite || Maggie reads fanfic.cranky__crocus on March 31st, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
Teskey, you are hilarious! I nearly cried laughing over this. It feels so good to have taken Goethe so seriously for so long and to then have this huge laugh-fest over such a silly idea of Goethe! It's wonderful - thank you thank you thank you!

Oh manky Merlin, I've hit another laugh attack!

I can't even. What to do with you, oh Teskey One?

Thank you. You are amazing. I wouldn't have made it through without you and the Crone Coven Crew!