It’s time for exam prep!


Ok so, the first month in the new year is over… We are now in February.make a plan

I’m not entirely sure whether that’s a good thing. I’m sure that it’s something you can all relate to… as it gets closer to May.

So, with that in mind I thought I’d share a few things that I am trying to do over the next few months. Hopefully, it’ll help you too! Continue reading

Parenting while on examinations


Oh, the joys of parenting. If you are new parents, I bet you are all fed up of Anna's little onehearing the just-you-waits: “Just you wait till you have to wake up every night for a year”; “Just you wait until pumpkin puree is all splattered on your living room wall”. And so on. While everyone is very keen on warning you about all the things you will be missing out on, no one really tells you how the sweet side is. The cuddly nights. The first smile. The glorious moment when you go to pick them up at daycare and they come running at you with the biggest of smiles on their faces, so glad to see you and so ready for kisses and hugs.

But then examinations come. And, unavoidably, we tend to forget about those sweet, sweet times because we are stressed out and that screeching little monster is just a hindrance to our much-needed quiet time. Continue reading

Respect The Tomato


There is nothing quite like the advance timetable being published to light a fire under the most protracted of procrastinators, like myself. The reality that my finals are four months away is finally sinking in, and that ten hour study days are going to become the norm. This week started off rather sluggishly (not sure if it was me in a post-holidays slump or having to read all those letters that Pliny the Younger wrote) but by Thursday I was on fire. Storming through three plays, typing up my notes, and even learning to love Pliny a little bit. All because I had started to respect the tomato. You heard me the tomato. The humble solanum lycopersicum [new window/tab]. I had embraced The Pomodoro Technique [new window/tab].

It was my husband who works in the world of software development, and who still holds out hope that I will come to realize that the Ajax in my life should be Asynchronous JavaScript XML rather than the heroe of The Iliad, who used the phrase “respecting the tomato”.  When you program it requires you to make your “little grey cells” work very hard so it is important to take regular breaks to recharge (otherwise you end up being less productive), and they like to refer to that as “respecting the tomato”.
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