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charlie, computer cat

September 2017

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Things achieved this weekend

  • Radiator in my study fixed
  • New Roomba battery ordered
  • 1.5tb drive for Fry ordered
  • New futon cushion for our sofa ordered
  • Bin for compostables bought (to replace series of random skanky plastic containers) and lined with biodegradable rubbish bag
  • Removed out of date anti-virus and replaced it with free in-date one from Alex's work (great workplace perk!)
  • Xmas pressies for Dad purchased
  • Xmas pressies for brother purchased
  • Xmas pressies for sister-in-law purchased
  • Part of Xmas pressies for Mum purchased
  • OU course for next year picked out (along with about 6 others I don't have time for!) but heroically not signed up for yet to allow people to buy me OU vouchers for Xmas if they want.
  • Amazon wish list updated to facilitate purchase of Xmas pressies for me by other people.
  • Lampshade for our bedroom purchased and installed
  • New, brighter bulb for living room lamp purchased and installed


Seriously, that first one makes me so happy! With a bit of help from the internet and Alex, all it needed was unscrewing the thermostat, some WD40 on the pin and a little bit of firm pressure to release it and now I am warm in the cat cave again! Lots of these look like really small things but are actually little jobs that I have just not been getting around to for ages and ages and ages so it's really pleasing to have actually got them done.

The OU website is so addictive! I spent about an hour planning out qualifications I could take. I want to take enough second year courses to fill the requirements for 2 degrees! Still, one step at a time, so I'm going for a first year philosophy course which looks really interesting and doesn't involve an exam to get myself back into it. I also spent a certain amout of time being very amused how many of the shows I remember from my childhood can now be bought as complete sets from Amazon. I guess the nostalgia market is alive and well. Have added the Mysterious Cities of Gold DVD to my wish list :)
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The OU is so addictive should probably be illegal :) I feel I'm being very good in that I've convinced myself that there's only two undergraduate courses outside my degree I'd like to do (SD226 - Biological psychology: exploring the brain and SD329 - Signals and perception: the science of the senses). If my circumstances don't allow me to do the MSc in Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics at UCL, I'll take the OU's MSc in Management of Software Projects. I'm torn between wanting my evenings and weekends back and the realisation that I've been an OU student for so long that my life would end up feeling empty without it...
Those all look really neat! I haven't even looked at any of the science courses - I don't have the A-level grounding for them. I've been off course while I've been doing teacher training but now I'm getting a hankering for it again :)