Ellie at Musings of a Bookshop Girl is trying out a new feature and it sounded so great that I thought I’d hop on the train. Choo choo!
She’s calling it her Reading Journal – we all have times when we’re too busy, exhausted or fed-up to write lengthy, coherent reviews, so what better way to keep up with blogging than to write a few (or more) sentences every day about what you’ve been doing/reading/whatever you like.
It’s win-win! Your readers get to know you a little better, and you get to feel like you’re still up-to-date with your blog. God knows I could do with that feeling sometimes…
I actually got through about 40 pages of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell today, which is a way more impressive feat than it actually sounds. It’s a huuuuuge book that I’ve been reading for… *checks*… 17 days now. God. Didn’t realise it was that long. And yet, I somehow have so little to say about it that I haven’t filled a page of my review notebook yet.
Still, I’ve been crazy busy. I do really wish I was reading something lighter, but I won’t let myself until I’ve finished this one.
In other news, today is the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, and as such I bought myself two special commemorative editions.
I’m the Branch President of Leeds BPP Law School (amongst other things) and today a girl came to me to ask how she went about deferring her exams. I asked her about her reason and do you know why? Because she’s stressed. Stressed. She has two exams more than a month away and she’s stressed.
Do you know what I did today, bitch?
Got up and promptly threw up, due to lack of sleep. Went to class, with the work completely prepared and questions answered. Met with people to go through a plan of action for tomorrow’s pro bono project. Wrote two references. Sent four e-mails. Wrote two progress evaluations. Ran a mooting competition, including tracking down last-minute replacement judges. Went home. Baked cookies for a bake sale I’m running tomorrow. Skyped with the Women’s Centre I volunteer at. Studied for tomorrow’s class (made notes on three chapters of practitioner texts and applied to two pages of questions). Wrote a blog post.
I did all that whilst THROWING UP and to the ever-present background of Lupus and ME/CFS.
And yes, yes. I know everybody has different stress levels and they show mental health problems differently, etc etc. But I know this girl. She arrives late (if at all) and whenever she’s in the library does nothing but giggle and talk on her phone. She’s never prepared for classes and participates in nothing.
But I didn’t say that, obviously. Just guided her to the relevant forms and advised her to get a doctor’s note.
I’m a fucking saint.
I cannot wait until I’ve finished this book. I really want to read something else. I had figured that I might be able to read a little while sat behind a bake sale table today, but I had too much work to do. End result = no pages.
I had a class 9am to 10:30, then I sat at the bakesale until 1:15pm when I had another class. I made £38 though, so that made it all worth it. After that we went to a school to mentor them in a Mock Trial competition they’ve entered. I did not punch the small child that I desperately wanted to, and then I went home to do tomorrow’s work.
No book. Sad face. Have a photo of me looking grumpy instead.
Another school visit! This one involved us actually doing the trial ourselves – the whole thing, from witnesses to clerks. The girl who usually plays the prosecution barrister was ill today though, so I stepped in and had a ball.
Because it was in front of children, we could really ham it up so I had a great time questioning the defendant. He told me afterwards he pretty much wanted to hit me, I was annoying him that much. The mark of a good barrister, I’m sure!
No books again though. Not even a single damn page.
Does anybody remember the Chuckle Brothers? Barry and Paul Chuckle, with their kids TV programme and subsequent game show? I ask, because one of their catchphrases can sum up my day very neatly –
Oh oh oh, I actually got some pages read today! About 40 or so, which leaves me with approximately 90 to go. The end is in sight people!
So what have I learned from this week? Let’s see…
- I get frustrated with long, heavy books
- I take too many photos (in my defence, I take them for the BPP newsletter)
- I am in charge of way too many projects
- I get grouchy when I have to be around people for an extended period of time with no reprieve
- I should not trust that the organisers of training events will adequately inform me of the required preparation