My Degree Results Are In!

Exciting news! I found out I’ll be graduating university with a high First Class degree in computer science. I’m so happy with myself I could scream!

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I’m so proud of myself!

Four very hard, very demanding and very tearful years of university have come to an end and at least I have something incredible to show for it. I may no longer want to pursue this industry but there’s no doubt that, if I ever wanted to find a place back into computing, I’d be welcome with this qualification.

Before the release of my results, I was actually pretty down about graduating. I don’t want to walk onto stage in front of hundreds of people – I feel sick just thinking about it. There’s so many outdated, old-fashioned rules that have to be followed during a graduation ceremony too, so it’s really not my cup of tea. But, now I have my results, it feels like it can be an actual celebration. A goodbye to two of the best and two of the worst years of my life. University has been an absolute rollercoaster of emotions!

During this time, me and Matthew built our little family together. We wouldn’t have our home if we didn’t decide to study at The University of Hull. We wouldn’t have our cats. Our life is wonderful and, despite the ups and downs we faced at university, coming home together was always happy.

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Bravery and Blood Tests

Today, I surprised myself. I let a nurse stick a needle into my arm and take some blood. I faced one of my fears and I did something that, 6 months ago, I would never have dreamed of going through with… I came out of the nurse’s office in a little bit of shock actually – was I really just that brave? Did I really not even freak out or cry?

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Since school, I’ve been frightened of needles. I don’t know whether this fear came from the nasty, emotionless school nurses who gave me my injections in that dusty school hall or the nightmare-inducing time my dentist missed the correct place to jab me over and over and over again until I’d swallowed enough anaesthetic that my throat became numb. They both probably contributed. Either way, needles have sent shivers down my spine, made me feel dizzy and closed up my throat with fear for as long as I can remember.

So, when my doctor told me he’s booking me in for a blood test, I obviously freaked out a little. The idea of someone poking a foreign object into my fragile little veins disturbed me. I only had to wait 4 days, so the dread didn’t drive me completely mad. It did work me up a little more though. When something freaks me out this much, I tend to avoid it. Crowds, heights, tight spaces, noisy places… I keep them off limits. That’s pretty much the basis of my personality but, importantly, it’s something I’m working on fixing. This wasn’t something I could just avoid though!

Despite the looming needle, I had a lovely morning. I had to take the morning off work so I could go to the doctors and, with him in between his degree and PGCE at the moment, Matt could come with me and hold my hand. I wasn’t as spooked as I thought I would be.

Honestly, the entire process was completely fine. I’ve never had a blood test before so I didn’t know what to expect but my nurse was fantastic and she made me feel so comfortable. I had a tight band around my arm, I felt a tiny, sore little prick and then a weird gushing feeling… but it didn’t hurt. She’d already began to fill the second vial before I even clocked on to what was happening!

I know it seems like such a simple thing to be so happy with but I’m so proud of myself. I thought my fears would get the better of me and turn me into a sobbing pile of patheticness. It’s such a big deal for me. Matt was so proud of me too. “You didn’t even make a noise” he said, because I’m sure we both thought I’d squeal or yelp or something. He even bought me some beautiful white roses to cheer me up and to tell me how brave I was! What a sweetie.

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Finished Mandala Wall Art

In 2015, during the “summer holidays” between my 2nd and 3rd year of university, I started a new project.

I really wanted the empty wall in my bedroom to be full of clustered gold frames in different, mismatching shapes and sizes that were all full of my own mandalas. I had my heart set on this and I couldn’t let go. I’ve always been arty and doodling is one of my favourite hobbies, so when I began drawing mandalas in my free time at university I fell in love. Since then, almost a full year ago now, I’ve been slowly but surely working on each of the different pieces!

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Today’s mandala! My favourite so far.

Today, I eventually finished! I’m so excited. Like, really excited. This is something that has been dangling over me for so long now and I’m insanely proud of them. I can’t wait to see how they look hung up on the wall in that little golden cluster like I originally imagined.

Whilst working on them, I kept thinking to myself “I wish my pen had a dot counter” because I’m sure there are bloody thousands of the buggers overall. Today’s piece even gave me a blister on my finger because I was dotting away so vigorously for so long. I don’t even care – they’re finished and I’m so happy!

Finishing this project means I can also finally tick something else off my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge, so that’s just another reason to smile today. 🙂

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Finished Mandala Wall Art DIY

This is today’s finished piece which took me three and a half hours, and that’s pretty good going in comparison to my other smaller pieces. I was on a roll. I couldn’t stop (hence the blister!) because I was just so determined to finish it today. Because this is the largest of the 5 mandalas, I wanted to give it a proper theme – I went with flowers! The central mandala is based on a sunflower and the two simpler outer mandalas are based on roses. Specifically, they’re based on the Tyrell rose from Game of Thrones. It’s, without a doubt, my favourite of them all.

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These four mandalas have been tucked away for a bit, waiting patiently for me to finish! I tried to make every single one of them different from the last to maintain the eclectic look that I wanted. Two of them, top left and bottom left, are a lot less traditional – the Deathly Hallows symbol and the fanciful, tropical plant looking drawing. Actually, the Deathly Hallows piece was probably the hardest drawing of them all! It was just all dots… so many dots… dots… I had to stop so many times because I got cramp in my hand and wrist.

Oh my, I just love them. I’m so proud that my bedroom will be home to my very own wall art! Making something yourself is incredibly satisfying and I’m very, very happy with how they turned out.

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Photographing a Full Moon

Last night, right before bed, I saw a photograph of a spectacular red moon on Instagram with the caption (along the lines of) “The blood moon is out tonight”. Because I’ve been meaning to photograph the moon since I bought my new lens, I was gutted that I’d missed a full moon (and apparently blood moon) opportunity.

After a bit of moaning, me and Matt just went out into the car park to check anyway. It was really late, and it had been a pretty crappy day regarding weather, so I didn’t have high hopes – luckily for me, there it was! A full moon, albeit hidden beneath some fairytale looking clouds, but it was there nonetheless. It wasn’t red, like the photograph I’d seen on Instagram, but I wasn’t expecting it to be anyway.

In a rush, I was attempting this without a tripod, but it wasn’t working too well. The lens is huge and heavy, and I’m a little weakling… Eventually, Matt ran back upstairs and grabbed my tripod for me whilst I tried to catch some motion shots of the clouds. The wind must have been insane up in the sky.

Once I got my camera set up on the tripod, everything improved and I finally got some detailed shots of the moon. I mean, you can actually see the curvature of the surface and craters and shadows… I was over the moon with the results (*badum-dum-tss* pun intended) considering this was my first attempt at capturing the moon.

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My favourite shot from the night. It’s so detailed – I can’t believe how much of the moon’s surface we can see! Captured on a Canon 750D with 300mm focal length, f/5.6, 1/1600 sec, ISO-200.

 

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First Day @ Work | Seed Software

Today was a super exciting day – I can now officially call myself a software developer, because today was my first day at work! I’m working for Seed Software, who provide dependable front line, mission critical software solutions for the fire department in the UK. How exciting is that?! Because I already knew all of the other guys (and girl) after spending a team building day with them, I wasn’t slightly as nervous as I thought I would be.

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I have to take a second to say this though… I’m adulting in the real world. That’s scary! I’ve been thrown into the deep end of a company, and left to fend for myself. It’s such a great opportunity, and I can’t wait to get my brain stuck in, but there’s always the slither of doubt: can you do this?anigif_enhanced-22726-1442759712-2
If I wasn’t capable, they wouldn’t have hired me so shut your face negativity.

I’ll finally be on a regular 9 to 5 schedule, which means my blog will benefit hugely too! My posts will be far more regular, and presumably will be a lot more planned as I won’t have the luxury of time to sit around thinking about which blog post I’d like to do tonight! I presume there will also be much more variety arriving to my blog. With Monday to Friday consumed wholly by technology, I can only imagine that this will seep into my blog world too.

Not including how happy I am to be working with this company, I’m most happy to be gaining routine again! It makes the evenings and the weekends so special. Like tonight, for example, after a long day at Seed, when I arrived home me and Matt instantly got into pyjamas, closed the curtains, lit the candles and dimmed the lights. It’s timed perfectly with the coming Winter months!


Short and sweet update from me! I just wanted to let you guys know the good news!

I hope you’re all well!
Thanks for reading, lovelies.

-Morgan