Monday, 19 December 2011

I've had my Christmas dinner!

My lovely daughter rang a few days ago and invited herself and my son-in-law up for a long weekend.  I'm so glad that she did:)

I hadn't been feeling particularly full of festive spirit, indeed, the Christmas shopping isn't done, but the cards are written and posted.

So, yesterday, I made some small veggie loafs with a central layer of cranberries for our Christmas dinner, along with jacket baked potatoes (I don't do roast potatoes), button sprouts and carrots.  They all ate small Yorkshire puddings, too, but since I've never really been a devotee of the things, despite coming from the right side of the Pennines, I didn't feel deprived!

We finished with mince pies and Christmas pudding with custard - we're not white sauce fans!

We all agreed that we felt much more Christmassy after that:)

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Christmas is coming!

No, I'm not going to ask you if you've done your Christmas shopping, or boast that I've done mine - I haven't!

I mentioned that I had an interview the other day, and I'm delighted to say that I've been accepted to work for an MPhil/PhD commencing in January, and my subject is essentially woman's role in Christmas over the last two centuries in texts.

So, rejoice with me, Christmas is coming - and it's going to stay for three whole years!  It's going to be really hard work, and I'm planning on enjoying the journey.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Waiting never gets easier!

I've just returned home from my interview to be admitted on to the MPhil/PhD research programme at UCLAN.  

I feel like I've been put through an old fashioned mangle, and must now "wait and see".

All the positive thoughts you send in the direction of UCLAN will not be wasted - send away!!!!

Just as a by the by - bizarrely, despite having graduated from there 18 months ago, I was obliged to take in my physical copy of my BA degree certificate and my transcripts for them to photocopy; the admin office clearly doesn't appreciate that this is the C21 and that their own computers have all the documentation relating to my BA.  Not only that, but on the bottom of the documents it clearly states that on request, the university will verify my grades - all they had to do was ask themselves the question!