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I got a letter from the student loans company yesterday — they have re-assessed my entitlement for a loan with over a month to spare before they have to pay it to me; big step-up from last year (when I didn't get paid until December, if I remember correctly, which was quite a harrowing ordeal). It looks like my back-of-the-envelope calculations were more or less correct and I will be getting significantly more money, including a grant, which is a huge relief. Now that I know how much money I will have coming in this year I can budget for rent and finally start looking for a flat proper. (I have time.)

In other news... Minor casting spoilers for Smallville. )
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I finished and posted the written portion of my thermal physics referral today! I still have to pass an oral exam in September before I get a pass on the module but I consider that an accomplishment. I'm really ready for the summer holidays to be over now; I could do with some structure and academic stimulus in my life. I get so depressed during overly-long holidays because after a couple of weeks it starts to feel like my whole life is on hiatus (which it is, frankly). Tragically, I have another six weeks of convalescence before term starts proper.

I'm starting to feel like the maggot incident has scarred me for life. I had a dream the other night that I had to kill thousands and thousands of maggots -- and every time I killed one thousands more would reappear, and worms, and slugs (neither of which I have any issues with in real life, but as a component of an oncoming maggot horde I found them pretty troubling) -- and it was just horrible; it actually got to me more than the dream I had last week about being chased by Weeping Angels commanded by Hitler.

I watched the first season of Veronica Mars and vastly enjoyed it, but I have been told not to watch any more. I have also been watching Covert Affairs, which is something I've so far been remiss to mention; I'm not desperately in love with the show but I enjoy it and I have to say that Annie, Auggie, and Annie/Auggie are certainly doing it for me. Part of the reason I haven't felt like posting about the show is because I'm not invested enough in it as a whole to care what happens as long it delivers on the aforementioned; my one real hope is that both Annie's ex-boyfriend and Peter Gallagher's character explode in a ball of fire. (I sometimes feel like I have the kind of insta-hate for male characters that most people seem to have for female characters.)

Also, Benedict Cumberbatch, I don't even know what to say to this:
For all these thrills, a part of him is also anticipating disaster. This is not innate pessimism, but the legacy of a violent carjacking he suffered in South Africa in 2004 while filming To the Ends of the Earth. He was beaten, bundled into the car boot and thought he would die. “I knew my mother was going to get a call either from me or someone else, and the difference would change her life.” Just before the tyre blew out, forcing them to stop, he had been listening to Radiohead, blissfully relaxed. “It was one of the best times in my life. Then bang. Every time I’m feeling really good, a bit of me is waiting for that bang.”
...That sounds really traumatic.
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I wanted to make a post earlier, and then I remembered that my life is incredibly boring and the most interesting thing I have to say is that I actually started working on my thermal physics referral. But then something exciting (and disgusting) happened.

Maggots. There were maggots in my kitchen. I couldn't believe it. I spent about fifteen minutes wringing my hands about what to do, then I boiled the kettle, poured hot water over them all (I had to boil the kettle five times because some of them just wouldn't die), scooped them up onto a dustpan, and left them in the garden. Then I left my mother a note to tell her that I had done this -- partly in case there was a nest which needed to be dealt with but mostly because I just killed a bunch of maggots and it was totally disgusting and I could do with some props. Ugh.
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Things which have made me happy lately:

» I ordered the White Noise EP An Electric Storm and a CD of BBC Radiophonic music by the likes of Delia Derbyshire, and both came the other day.

» [livejournal.com profile] bewarethespork has made a community for people to post and read meta about Doctor Who and its various spin-offs without -- as much as can be prevented by a team of conscientious moderators -- having to deal with the racism, sexism, etc. of the wider fandom, which is wonderful: [livejournal.com profile] metatardis

» Thinking about all the things this series of Doctor Who is (still): I keep realising and then forgetting that it is also Drop Dead Fred; I also keep realising and then forgetting that Amy Pond is indeed Beauty and the Beast's Belle:

          "I want much more than this provincial life.
          I want adventure in the great wide somewhere;
          I want it more then I can tell,
          and for once it might be grand
          to have someone understand
          I want so much more then they've got planned."


Magical candelabras in La Belle et la Bête» While I was thinking about that, I discovered that Beauty and the Beast is finally going to be released on [Blu-ray and] DVD (for the first time in eight years!) this winter. You can tell that the Disney vault system works, because I am too excited right now to care that the only reason I'm willing to pay £16 for a DVD is because I know it will only be available for three months or so before being taken out of print again until I am no doubt in my thirties.

» I watched Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bête the other day. I will never decide which I really love the most between this and the Disney version, except that I will no doubt always tell people that it is this version.

» Thinking that if it turns out that the only way I can resent my UCL IS password is by visiting the university in person, at least maybe I will be able to make a day of it and arrange to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] glammetalkitten and [livejournal.com profile] mskatej. (Hopefully?)

» Deciding that I am absolutely, almost definitely going back to university this autumn, regardless.

» I tidied my room today; it is less of a depressing hole now.

» All of my wonderful friends. ♥

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