Well, here I am, on the other side of my Masters Degree barely able to remember the pain of the last 6 weeks. They say that’s what giving birth is like… once it’s over… you have the achievement and the hard work seems to be less hard than it was.
I’m shattered, of course, and relieved. And today, after a domestic blitz unparalleled in 2009 my house is feeling the effects of finally having my full attention. The cat is shipped off to friends to spend a couple of weeks entertaining them and tomorrow morning I’ll be boarding a plane for Aotearoa and the world’s most adorable (seriously) bunch of nieces and nephews on the planet. (in the known universe, actually… ) oh, and yours are too…
By some strange quirk of determination I managed to convince my internal deadline monitor switch off long enough to achieve the last two essays, both of them, a week ahead of their ACTUAL deadlines and as such had the final week of college to finish this http://deeleea.com/wp-content/uploads/flashdemo/index.html You’ll recognize the header if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, I submitted that in the first half of the year, but the calendar panels are new and rather fun and just in time for this advent season!! Oh… and SURPRISE! you can’t open them till their appointed day – so bookmark the page ‘k?!
I presented the unlocked version of the calendar to my lecturers for assessment and duly handed in all my assignments and as of Tuesday can happily say that I’m done. Of course, now I’m thinking about Honours, you know, coz I’ll need something to keep up the pace next year *facepalms*
I celebrated the end of the degree dining at Chez Maurice et Linda with some of my favourite women. The restaurant is a Northern Beaches landmark with the most delicious French menu – utterly wonderful and well priced ($51.50 for a 3 course meal!) Linda the hostess is amazing to watch as she served the whole room, Maurice is a bit abrupt and told us off for having one of our party not eating… space is at a premium and the whole layout would have been different if there were only 5 instead of 6- they’d clearly have charged us if it hadn’t been our first visit…HOWEVER, the food was AMAZING, we had a brilliant time and I’m glad I remembered to book 6 weeks ago as it’s very difficult to find a table there at short notice!!! I had French Onion Soup to start, Beef Wellington and finished with Crepes Suzette – yes, the were on fire… brilliant!!
Anyway, it’s late and I should be doing those last fiddly tidy ups before I clamber into bed, and so I at least get SOME sleep before the shuttle arrives in the morning… I doubt I’ll be bloggin in NZ – internet access will be sketchy… but until I get back, play nice ok??