Happy October!

Monday, 1 October 2012

I can't believe that it's already October!  Not long now before it's Halloween, which means I need to start assembling items for my costume.

In other news, I've just started my second week of university and my department has finally sorted itself out well enough to assign us to our respective groups.  As expected, I'm in the class that's continuing work with N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency, and on top of that will be taking translation (using The Routledge Course in Japanese Translation by Yoko Hasegawa) and the dreaded reading class.  I have a feeling that that last class of the week is going to be the bane of my existence this year, judging by the heavy workload, quick-speaking teacher and my complete lack of understand anything that was going on in the first lesson.

Predictably, it has been raining a lot.  Spotting freshers is reasonably easy here in Manchester in that if they're huddled in groups acting completely and utterly baffled by the fact that it's been raining for over a week straight - you know, coupled with the fact that they look young and are all naive and excited and/or partying up a storm - they're probably first years and were completely oblivious to Manc's rainy reputation.

I acquired some new insect-related jewellery (plus one skull ring) from New Look's latest sale, which was great, since I'd had my eye on all of this stuff in the store and managed to get most of them for well under half price just by waiting a little while longer!

I haven't really been doing much exciting, other than simply enjoying the house that I'm in.  I'm happily living in a house with another baker and another person who enjoys baked goods, and my contribution for the week was a Pumpkin and Ginger Tea Loaf that was very delicious but difficult to slice and even more difficult to prepare (try carving up a butternut squash with only diddy little knives and you'll see what I mean).  I also discovered that one of the bars close to where I used to live has changed (again) and now serves some pretty lovely, cheap cocktails that I made a point of having several of when we last when there.

We're also pretty excited to be living on a street that seems to be home to a lot of cats.  So far, we've spotted a little black cat, a ginger and white cat, a big skittish tabby, a black and white cat (and an indoor kitten) and I'm sure there's plenty more.  Also among our local wildlife is our clothesline spider, lovingly named Shelob, who is kindly keeping our garden as fly-free as possible.

Goes without saying that I'm going to be trying to take photos of and befriend the neighbourhood cats.

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