Thursday, January 25, 2007

So.. right. I'm sat here in the library, minding my own business and writing up some lecture notes. And what do I see? A comment on my blog. From my sister. Saying we are most definitely related. W00T! is all I have to say to that.

My sister, the apartment hunter. My sister, the we-have-minus-22-and-snow-here. I'm not jealous... I just wish it wouldn't be so cold!! It was so slippery this morning, walking to the bus. I don't know, it's nearly February, should be sprin by now! Durr.

I finished my lit review for my dissertation. Huge weight off my chest, by the way! So.. right. I get another email. From Paul Foulkes. I know, you have no idea who he is. But.. he's kind of a big deal in Forensic Phonetics (ooo.. I hope he reads this. And gets me a job!). Him and Helen Blatchford are publishing a paper on Identification of voice in shouted speech, he sent me a copy of it. Two other forensic phoneticians are also in the process of publishing a paper I could really really use for my diss, and Paul said he'd prod them into sending it to me (see... first name basis already!).

He also suggested.. that if all goes well, my undergrad dissertation could be possibly presented at the IAFPA in Plymouth this year! Now that's... scary. No pressure or anything, but y'kno.. if I do this well I could get a foot in the door, so to speak. Very excited now, can I do this that well? Probably not. But it's something to aim for, right? Although I'm not sure an undergrad paper would be of much interest to anyone? Just the fact that he even brought it up made my day! If he'd have just said 'let me know how you get on' I'd have taken it as mere politeness, a mild interest maybe. Ah I'm babbling now.

This is something I'm becoming more and more sure that I really want to do... Need some more experience though, not confident enough.

I'm so hungry.

Going oop north to the dales tonight, will be ace! Not been in a very long time.

Ohh ohh and also getting my new hard drive and RAM! As if I didn't write that sooner... Very exciting day indeed!


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Well so... as usual, I've not written in ages. You've survived! Amazing.

It's very very cold here in Sunny Lancaster. No snow though! Yey. Got lots to do what with a dissertation due fair soon, and creative writing after that. All fun though, be it very hard. Oh, and let's not forget Stylistics. I won't comment further on whether I enjoy that or not until I get my grades back from last term. Haha.

In the process of trying to find a flat in Manchester for next year. Anyone know anything fairly central and very cheap, do let me know! Can't wait to move in with my Mike... :)

Am considering applying for a Masters. Would love to do a PhD but I'm not at all prepared or confident enough of the subject at the moment so will wait and see what happens. Having a full time job would be good though - getting some money would, at any rate... Same there, you have anything good lined up for me, let me know.

This will have to be all from this Julia for tonight, I am a busy bee. Planning on completing my lit review tonight, and my methodology section tomorrow. And maybe even figuring out how on Earth to make that website I need?? God help me. And my computer is starting to lag loads, very frustrating. Needs a restart methinks!

Have a good one!