Educating Rita...

posted on: Friday, 13 February 2015

The open day for the writing degree was last weekend; a wood-panelled room, me and three tutors well-versed in academia. I got to talk about writing. It felt like I had come home. I think this might be good for me. Now I have to apply and see if I can get a place...

I've spent a week being busy...with some lovely interludes, like meeting my good friend Amanda at The Pig and devouring gorgeous food and even better chat.

Then, there are the domestics. Ever present.

The not-buying-anything resolution was short-lived. As predicted by my readers.

There were morning walks, with the pup, on the beach and morning runs at the marina. And yoga and circuit training. I was meant to run a 10K race last weekend and I bailed. I keep doing this; entering and not doing. I have to conclude that competitive running is just not for me. Full stop.

I am preparing a portfolio of writing to submit for the degree course; absolutely daunting. But good.

I finished reading 'Elizabeth is Missing' and worried about Dementia a little more than I did before.

Another parent's evening (Boo this time) and the clarity you get from good teachers who tell you like it is. She's a good girl my daughter; she'll do well, I hope. Turns out (in a comment from her philosophy teacher) that she can formulate an ethical argument that rocks. This pleases me. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

I saw 19 deer in the fields by my house today, in a herd. The leader has grown antlers now. I quite like that we rub along, the deer and I. They don't scarper, they know as I approach that I don't mean them harm.

It's half term next week, thank goodness. The school run is killing me slowly.

I long for Spring and a semblance of good weather. The long winter is getting on my last nerve.

I watched four episodes of 'Sex and the City'. For old time's sake.

It's Friday night, happy weekend :-)


  1. Congrats on signing up for your course!!! Your excitement is quite palpable. So pleased you bit the bullet and are going for it xx

  2. I totally agree with the comment above. Good for you. X

  3. Wow, I thought you were thinking about doing it....not actually doing it right now!!!! How exciting, well done you Xx

  4. Ahhh ladies thank you for your kind words. But the current prep for the degree is just to get accepted into the course! I have to get in before I can say it's a definite!!! Fingers crossed! Xxx

  5. Good luck with the acceptance procedure - you've made the first step.
    Ah the early morning school wake up is killing me too. This week we had 3 days without the alarm going off at 6am - 7am was heaven.
    I ran 3 8k races over the past two years. This year I'm doing none. Running dropped by the wayside and yoga took its place. Although I now feel the need for some heart pumping exercise and am (kind of) thinking about dragging myself on a small run this week if the good weather continues.
    Happy Monday to you.