Laura, Laura, Laura. What happened to (and here I quote) “feeling more focused than ever when it comes to [Shades of Grey]”? Because obviously, you have been far from focused in the last month and a half. While I’m at it, what happened to keeping a regularly updated blog?
Also, since when have you started talking to yourself online? I mean, bad enough that you have long and detailed conversations with yourself in your head or occassionally aloud, but to start doing it on the internet as well…
Alright, so I’m a heap of fail when it comes to deadlines and saying I’ll get something finished soon, and I procrastinate like a boss. I wish it was the other way around, as everyone does. The point is, never believe me when I say I’m going to upload/do something by a certain date. I usually have every intention of getting around to do it, but I get distracted easily, especially when a voice in my head (probably the one that got blog space in the first paragraph) is telling me “stop putting this off, do it NOW“. Still, the time for excuses is past, given I’ve been saying I’m just about to upload SOG since January.
Where have I been? Nowhere that would have stopped me doing some story work. August (oh dear lord, I haven’t posted since then) was a busy month. I was at home but my day life was tied up with Leaving Cert results, outings with friends, final shindigs with my co-students, college offers and, thankfully, preparing for college. My debs was pretty good, though (being sick that night) I didn’t have as much craic as I should have. The fact that the hotel kicked us out at half-one didn’t help, but I managed to dance like a fiend and say my farewells to people I might never see again. Plus, I had to wear a fancy dress and get my hair done – and I got a corsage. 😀 It’s not something I’d go through in a hurry again, but I’ll freely admit it was nice living a princess’ life for a day.
Right now? I’m at university. You know, it’s funny: when you start secondary school, it feels like you’re going to be there your whole life. Yes, you know it’s only going to be five/six years, but subconsciously you figure you’re there forever. Even in my final year, when it was all like COLLEGE, JOBS and REAL LIFE, it didn’t really sink that there was an an end coming to this academic tunnel. Then, once you do finish, it’s like: whoa, lol whut? No more homework? No more teachers nagging you? I’m an adult now?
Going to university then is a slap in the face, especially if you’re living away from home. Not having your parents spoonfeeding you (especially if you’re used to it) comes as a bit of a shock. I’m independent enough and thankfully I don’t really get homesick – but I was used to having a dinner cooked for me and having parents around who constantly reminded me to do my homework, to study and, I don’t know, to clean my room or to wash the dog. At the weekends when I head home, I still get that (and then I complain about it :P) but at first it’s disconcerting being responsible for yourself, especially in unfamiliar territory where everyone else seems calm, cool, collected and at ease with their new lifestyle. That said, I love it. I’m not amazingly outgoing, so it can be hard to do the whole ice-breaking thing, but I’ve met a lot of people and my course is going to be interesting. It wasn’t quite what I was looking for – I was aiming to do an arts (humanities) course with a creative writing specialism, but instead I got my second choice, Arts with Theatre and Performance – but things happen for a reason. I’m also doing English (keeping the writing/literature thing open), Classics (a surprise to me and everyone who knows me, given my abhorrence for history, but I’m enjoying it so far) and Maths (which gets left without a bracketed comment… oh wait).
Anyway… now that’s all off my chest, what of my simming presence? Well, I thought it was going to be non-existent for a few months, being away from home and without a personal computer. My Mansion and Garden Stuff disc was going to be left gathering dust during the week, until Friday came, when I’d be home… although the poor thing would still have a pretty sucky existence, given there’s a hundred other things I’d rather be doing instead of simming at the weekends. But thanks to the earlier-than-expected arrival of Barney, the purple Sony VAIO, I’m actually here, typing this, rather than moping about how much I was paying the mobile phone operators just so I could check emails on my phone. [69c a day doesn’t seem like a lot, but that works out at €4.83 a week and €20.70 a month… for a dodgy internet connection that is more likely to crash than load.]
So, the laptop is great really. Obviously I need him for more than just browsing GOS, stalking The Unofficial BBS and checking if the TS2 site is back up (not yet, after two months ‘maintenance’… ears burning yet, EAxis? 😡 ), but Barney does that pretty well all the same. He also runs The Sims Life Stories (hur hur. Yes, I did bring that with me, sadly) pretty quickly and without delay. Graphics-wise, things aren’t too clear, but there’s a chance I might be able to run a mini-SOG neighbourhood on my laptop, for minor picture taking and whatnot. I’ll be able to do much more writing now as well, which is certainly a bonus. All in all – Laura’s like a kid on Christmas morning right now. 🙂
A few TSLS screenshots there. Check me out, going retro with Maxis stuff! 😛 I can’t even remember the last time I’ve had sims that aren’t CC’d to the teeth (quite literally, given the number of teeth masks I have on my desktop game). For the record, it’s impossible to get decent pictures without a cameraman mode. Makes me miss regular TS2. 😦
Anyway, this (as you will have realised) is ramblery at its finest. Another thing I’m going pro at. Shades of Grey? Well, no way am I giving another deadline that I’m going to fail to keep, so if/when it’s ready, it’ll be uploaded. As for me… well, I’m not going to leave it so long to update again, of that you can be sure. I’m going to get back into writing (I haven’t written anything for fun in a long time), maybe do some RPing and try to become a consistent student (I don’t just procrastinate in my uploading habits 😎 ). For now though, it’s time to call time on this entry. Just one more thing.
IRELAND IN THE RUGBY WORLD CUP! 😀 😀 😀 I’m so proud of the lads for beating the Aussies. It was a massive thing here (even for the non-rugby followers, like me) and we’re all hyped up about it. Best of luck to all the teams, but especially to the boys in green. 🙂