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My youngest's hand in mine, Feb 2012

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Well,

I am starting another year of studies with the OU, one step closer to my degree and New York city - which will be my graduation present ;o)

I am doing M257, M364 and T214 (again) this year, and I hope to be able to keep my wits about me.  THings have been quite difficult lately with teh lack of sun in Moscow and family things complicating things, but I have decided that if I go down it will not be without a fight.  Becuase life is too short, becuase I owe it to myself, becuase it is fun... whatever!

I have started working on M257 although it does not quit officially open yet.  Now, having done 2 Java courses before you'd think this would be an easy one for me but no way!  I can barely remember half the stuff... I am hoping it is like riding a bike.

I decided to not do the artificial intelligence course and instead enrolled in M364 which is about interaction design.  That is the cours that has me excited.  I like design and so am hping that it will be both benficial and rewarding to do M364.

As my degree is in Systems Pactice I have no option but to plough on down that route now if I want to graduate in teh right time, so I am having another go at T214.  I am trying to avoid min traps, lets see how that works out for me.

Right, that's all for now.

By the way, here is an easy dinner recipe for you (if you've read this far you certainly deserve a little reat).

You wil need: 3/4 chicken breasts, 2 egs, bread crumbs (or crushed weatabix or even corn flakes) and flour, seasoning and salt.  Optional: soy sauce

Clean up the chicken (take off skin and the white fatty stuff).  Cut the chicken breast in small strips/chunks and let marinade in soy sauce for a few minutes.

Beat the eggs with a pinch of salt.

Mix some bread crumbs/smashed corn flakes and flour, salt and seasioning (I have used things like garlic salt with parsley for example), and a pinch of salt.

Put a frying pan on the hob and heat it up with some oil in it (olive oil is healtier).

Pass the chicken though the egg, then through the crumb mix, and then in the pan when the oil is hot.  Cook until golden and then place on a plate with kitchen roll to absorbe a bit of the fat.

Let cool a bit, then sit back and relax your home made nuggets whist you mull over the Java code that will not compile ;o)

 

Ciao bello

Tash

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Since I last wrote you a lot of 'things' have happened.

I started T306 and quickly stopped T306 to do M366 which I also stopped.

I am still on track with T214 and M257 (I say on track, what I mean is I am still on the list of enrolled students).

T214 is turning out to be a very interesting experience and is challenging my opinions and stances on life as I currently know it.

I am enjoying M257. No challenges to thoughts, beliefs or any of that.  Just programming and how to do it, nothing about thinking about what is right, it either is right or isn't.

I am now on block 2 of T214 which has a mixed appeal to me.  I have always been weary of "save the planet" because, lets face it, it jsut sounds fake and impossible and utterly undoable.  I don't know about you but I prefer to spend my time and effort on something that I know will make a difference.  Some of the stuff I have read has helped me understand how this whole debate came to be, and I can honestly see some sense in what I have been reading and it is a great feeing when suddenly the penny drops and you realise what it all means.

I confess I am painfully behind with my studies and have been rather preoccupied with family matter of lte which means that my study time is less than productive, so I must get back to that now.

Thanks for reading and check back on me soon for another instalment.

Cheers

 

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Hello once again!

I hope you are well.  Christmas sure seems such a long way away now!

I am now firmly on my way to either going absolutely crazy or learning how to be a systems practitioner.

I start T214 and T306 formally in February and I am still working my way through M257.

I am so very scared of what lay ahead.  I find it really difficult to understand English sometimes when thee is talk of things in an abstract way (like 'systems' as opposed to 'computer systems' for example).  I think this may be my biggest study challenge yet!

The family are doing fine.

Brandon (2 year old) seems to have suddenly decided that he WILL interact with us and talks lots and lots.  He is so very cute when he talks too so he is quite the distraction to any day-time study efforts.

Morgan (4 year old) is still trying to cope with the pressures of not being the baby anymore.  I keep thinking there is no hurry, but he starts school in September and there will be no momy-ing there!  Part of me says that I should make him snap out of the "I'm still the baby" phase but another part of me thinks that he'll learn when the time is right, when he goes to school and who am I to make him change things now?

Sofia (6 year old) is now my Ms Sofia, very correct, very self righteous, very cruel but so pretty with it! She is gorgeous and capable of such selflessness that sometimes I feel humbled by it!  She can also be incredibly cruel and you can almost see a grin as she says mean things to little brothers that are easily wound up... a woman in the making.

Paul is doing remarkably well (7 year old).  He seems to have got a grip of his ADHD (or ADD) and is starting to be more relaxed.  He still has a lot of involuntary movements and makes noises for no good reason, but he understands now that this can distract people from seeing him for him... he is so very clever too, so intelligent and so bright!  I am in awe of him as he deals with life so well, considering this time last year the school were considering expulsion! We have come a long way since then, and the path is smoother too.

Luisa (12 year old) is the most wonderful girl I know.  She is interesting and kind and preoccupied with current affairs.,  She has her own style (to a degree) and her own stance on many things. Has a heart of gold and such a great attitude to life.

I hope you've enjoyed this.  I suddenly realised that maybe someone else is reading this and that you ought to know a little about me... This has the possibility of turning into a rather interesting rhetoric if I can just remember to come in more often to say hello and update you on things.

Take care, see you soon.

 

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We must stop meeting like this!

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Edited by Natasha Howlett, Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008, 19:55

Well,

Another long while has passed since my last post.

I often wonder if anyone actually reads this stuff... mind you, half the reason I don't do it more often is because I keep forgetting how to get here (!).

Well, TT282 finished and I am sure it'll be a re-sit. I am focussing my energies on M255 because I have an exam in October and I must pass. I cannot afford to flunk anything else at all!

Have you checked out Facebook lately!? Isn't it absolutely wonderful? I think it is the bee's knees honestly. I know that these places have been around for a while now but I never quite got the hang of it and then WAM along came facebook and I find myself veering off to the "blank tab" on my Internet Explorer" to see who's doing what. Scary that every so often there will be some-one posting pictures of the new baby or the wedding...

Right I must get on with my Java course. I am very much behind and need to catch up and then revise and there is the TMA due in as well, and not to forget the exam and the next team report and OMG I think I need a year long prescription of Prozac, or maybe I should take up smoking, because I ma getting so chubby by sitting in front of the PC all day and night.. honestly I sit there for almost 12 hours a day! I take Friday off but I think my body is not aware of that!

Java podcast, now there’s a thought!

clown

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It's been a while

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Edited by Natasha Howlett, Monday, 28 Jul 2008, 11:32

Well, it's been a while since I last posted something here, which is a sign of how busy things get for me sometimes.


The family and I just got back from a 4 week break and holiday in the USA which we enjoyed teremendously


We went to see the Grand Canyon and the surounding natural beauties that the SW USA has to offer.  In that time my camera got put to good use but my studies suffered a lot!  So I am now paying the price with lots of catching up and swatting up for my Java exam in October


I am back on track now, having organised the next few courses I need in order to eventually complete my degree studies.


Right, must get back to Java and all that jazz...


clown

Tash




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As time goes by

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Well,


Second post now.  I haven't been back simply because this place is not easy to find!

Well, M253 got off to a really good start.  I've been lucky in that one of our team only has M253 to study and he is really focused on what needs doing.  He seems to stear us effectively.

Looking back on the student feedback I read for this course, I confess I am pleasantly surprised with how things are moving so far.  We got together, we hammered out an agreement, we did the job and handed inthe first report in time.  We can now work on that experience to improve on it.

I know it's early days.  It's all good stuff smile


I am just around the corner from a very long awaited holiday with the family and anxiety is starting to sink in...  So much to prepare, not to mention the fact that studdies cannot be put on hold for the holiday!  We have started packing which is a step in the right direction.  Just imagine, I'll be studying whilst marvelling at the Grand Canyon.  It does not get more inspiring than that!


Right, that's enough for now.  Must get back to the books!

clown


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Well hello

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Edited by Natasha Howlett, Monday, 28 Jul 2008, 11:32

This is the first time ever I have written a blog so if you are reading this, please bear with me.


I am looking forward to M253.  Mostly becuase the student reviews are quite negative and I am a firm believer that things are mostly what you make of them.  I have decided that this will be a briliant learning experience.

Right, that'll be all for now as my 1 year old demands attention and I find that ignoring him just sparks his crativity on ways to destroy the house!


Thanks for reading and see you soon


clown

Tash


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