Friday, 30 March 2012



Right a while ago I blogged about how I was applying for a PGCE (teacher training course) and how I was excited about doing my Manchester interview. Well, after screaming about how excited I was to the entire of the internet, they rejected me. I was, as you can imagine, completely bummed. The reason they gave me for rejecting my offer was, apparently, I didn't discuss any educational issues. Now, they didn't ask me any questions about educational issues and nor was there an opportunity to bring it into what we were discussing. So poo to them. 
But I'm not bitter........ I kid. I am sure Manchester uni is a wonderful establishment, just clearly not the place for me. 
Now! I was totally bummed, moping about how I was pretty much 100% sure my life was over and I was never going to teach. Until the other week I got an interview from the university of Cumbria. Home town bound, I seriously prepared this time. I had to do a micro teach which was a ten minute lesson about sonnets and I made it my mission to know EVERYTHING about educational issues at the moment. I also didn't shout it to the world this time. And today, whilst sat in Vinegar Joe's in Windermere, I checked my emails...

Miss Barton, your application status has changed

My heart leaped! I swiftly rang the boyfriend, told him my log in details for the GTTR and asked him to look....
University of Cumbria.....CONDITIONAL OFFER !!!
BOOOM IN YOUR FACE MANCHESTER UNI!!!! I quite literally jumped up and down for joy when I found out :) !!! and I am soooo happy!!!! 

Hope you are all as happy as I am and I do hope you have a smashing weekend !! as I am now going to crack on as this 2.1 isn't going to get itself gotten :P !!

Abbly xxxx

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

I seriously love cake....

This blog pretty much does what it says on the tin. I have recently thought of making a cake for someone special, as it's their birthday soon, and I am also rather skint. So its a win win if I can get it right. In this way I have also researched cakes that I can make.
In my head I think I can make something like this.....
But it will probably turn out like this........
But said person does like the cookie monster so I was seriously thinking of making something along these lines....
But on a bigger scale.
But said person also loves games quite a bit. When I say a bit, I mean they are addicted. So I could maybe try and be adventurous and do something like this.....
Maybe make a giant red or green mushroom cake.  
What do you reckon guys? I really need some help because I am just struggling. I want it to be decent and an awesome present. 
On a cake related note, here are some awesome cakes I have found whilst googling the above images. They are ace and I really wish I could bake cakes as awesome as these.......
Sushi Cake !
May the force be with you!! 
How gorgeous is this !!!!! I wouldn't want to eat this vintage beauty of a cake!
This would screw with my head, big time. It's meant to be savory but it CAKE!
seriously this is cake art !!
I think that's enough of random cool cakes. I am just gonna take a moment to dedicate this bit to the cake that is currently being my source of sweetness for the past uni filled days. 
Mr Kipling you are exceedingly good! 
I have had them in the snack pots and they have been my little source of happiness in my long hours working in the library. Happy days.
Hope you are all well!
Abbly xxxxxxxx

Saturday, 10 March 2012

*Sigh*...I've hit student retirement.

A couple of weeks back I read an article that split each year of student life in to certain categories.
Year 1 - Freshers - You are youthful, uncaring and generally more focused on getting drunk than doing any sort of actual work.
Year 2 - Mid - life - You realise there is work to be done and you attempt to maintain a balance between going out and staying in to do work.
Year 3 - Retirement - You have hit the point where freshers annoy the hell out of you, you can't afford to spend any time outside of the library and you're quite happy to have a night in watching telly with your mates and a hot water bottle.
I read it and founds it very humorous but didn't really think of it until last night. Last night, me and my friends went to the Students Union bar on my university campus for a quiz night. The quiz night was being run by a load of performing arts students, drumming up funds for an on coming production. We came joint 7th out of 9 teams which isn't too bad and considering one of the rounds was about Theatre History I think we did well. As the night came to a close, there wasn't enough room in the car for all of us so me and my friend Becky said we would get the bus as we own bus passes.
Wandering to the bus stop by the SU the line was short(ish) and full of performing arts students who had clearly had a drink or twelve. I thought, meh, they are performing arts students, they are gonna want to go paint the town a shade of rouge. Hopping on the bus we sat down and set off.
We reached the final stop on campus, and literally the flood gates of freshers opened. I had forgotten how many had to cram on the bus to get to town for a night out. I remembered fresherness fondly getting on the bus half drunk and ready to hit the town, trying to hide a bottle of whatever wine I could grab cheaply enough. However, I have now realised that I have hit the final stage of student life. I am SUCH a grumpy third year. It's scary. One of the freshers kept hitting the bell for the bus to stop and I was so close to punching said fresher it was actually ridiculous.
With this article, it made me think, was I really this annoying to previous third years? How much do I actually remember of first year? Why am I such a grumpy bastard? And my conclusions were, 1. most definitely, 2. not that much if I am honest and 3. because I have done the getting drunk and falling over and I have hit that stage where I feel the slight glimmer of university maturity. Scary times. Don't get me wrong, on graduation I have every intention that all third years will show the puny freshers how the hell it is done. Plus an aspect of the article which was very true was the part that stated that all third years wish they could be that care free. I do agree with this, but I like the believe I would be wiser now in my drink choice and less annoying.
But I think I am just going to have to put on my grumpy face and realise that I am a student pensioner now. And you know what? I am proud of this fact. Yeah third years are grumpy, but bitch please, trying dealing with our work load and then tell me it's not hard.
I am now going to make a hot water bottle and crack on with my dissertation.....or make food.......I haven't quite decided.
Have a good weekend all. 
Abbly xxxx