If there are periods of time when I’m not around for periods of time…

Girl sleeping in woods with alarm clock

…it’s because I’m doing a Masters this year, in Education. I’m doing it in one year, which counts as full-time, rather than the alternative of three years part-time. I’m not giving up my job or anything else though, so I’m attempting to fit in a full-time course around my already full-capacity life! Brave? Crazy? We’ll find out. I don’t intend to stop blogging or visiting/commenting on other blogs, but I will clearly have to cut back. So if there are times when I disappear for a bit, don’t panic, I’ll just be writing an essay, or questioning my sanity, or something, and will be back soon enough (Phew, right?). I’ll probably be looking something like this:

Woman losing it

It’s also my birthday today, 43. This time last year I was announcing that I was now the answer to life, the universe and everything. However, the great wisdom that comes with that has thus far eluded me; I’m hoping the MA will help.

This is what the lovely cafeteria lady at work gave me this morning, what a sweetie she is:

Birthday scone

Hope your Septembers are going well so far!
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Girl in woods photo credit: martinak15 via photopin cc
Losing it woman photo credit: Locator via photopin cc

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72 responses to “If there are periods of time when I’m not around for periods of time…

  1. Hippity happity birthday. Have a lonely one 😉 Congrats on the Masters! Enjoy!

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  2. Oh you brave brave woman…. I wish you all the best, and if anyone can do it, I reckon it will be you… as for the Birthday, wonderful day to you, may it be a very happy one and may you have just so many more… I stand in awe of you tackling a MA and still working, and blogging, something will have to suffer surely… don’t let it be the work or MA, we will miss your posts that bring joy to us, but it is the least of your problems… GOOD LUCK….

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    • Thanks Rob. The most important thing to make sure not to suffer is my kids! I can only do this because they’re older now and so need less hands-on care. I think it’ll be a good example for them to see me doing this, and we can all do our homework together! I work at the same university where I’m doing the MA, and what I study on the course will link very much to my job, so the idea is that the job and the MA will compliment each other, so that should help with managing it all. I only generally do one blog post a week, so hopefully I’ll still be able to do that, it’s more the visiting of other blogs that I’ll have to cut back on.

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  3. Happy Birthday and best of luck! Also that’s such a sweet makeshift cake 🙂

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  4. Never has any blogger needed more good luck. But the MA sounds a lot of fun too so hope you do get a chance to enjoy it. Nicola

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  5. Happy birthday, my friend! There is only a two-month difference in our ages — yet you look a helluva lot better than I do. And, with your Master’s in Education, you will be (and almost certainly already are) a helluva lot smarter than I am. And you already have that great British accent thing and the uvula of a supermodel.

    Dang, this blog is making me feel so very inadequate.

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    • Thanks Mike. Let me say firstly that I don’t look better than you, and secondly that having a Masters doesn’t make anyone smarter than anyone else, and thirdly that I’m the one who feels inadequate compared to you because you’ve had a book published and I haven’t. My accent and my uvula are pretty fine though, so I’ll let you have those ones 🙂

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  6. So this means you won’t be reading any long books, doesn’t it? Sigh. You probably know what I’m hinting at! Good thing Neil doesn’t mind reading long books! Btw, my mother always said, if you want to get a Master’s Degree, do it before you’re 50, so you’re on course. My mother worked on hers (in Spanish) but she never made it. I got mne right after I got my BA (in English literature, took one year). Then I did a second one in Library Science. I don’t know exactly how that all works in the UK.

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    • I know, reading fiction of any kind is probably going to have to fall by the wayside unfortunately! It will be struggle enough to fit in time to read all that I need to read for the Masters. From what I can tell, the systems are quite similar in the US as in the UK when it comes to the various types of Degrees.

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  7. Happy birthday, fellow Virgo. Good luck with your studies. you certainly have a full plate.

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  8. I wish you the best of luck, Vanessa! I did a master’s program (in public health) not too long ago. I learned so much–not just in the subject matter but in computer knowledge, too. Gone are the days of mere textbooks, notebooks, and pencils. So much of what we did was online.

    You’ll be busy, but I bet you’ll love it. I sense you have a bit of an academic in you, no? 🙂

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    • Thanks Carrie! Yes, our university library has such a large amount of their books available as e-books too now, so we don’t even have to go there if we don’t want to. And any books or journals we access online through that library, we can just click ‘add to reference list’ if we want and it produces a reference list that we can just print out at have at the back of the essay – what a wonderful timesaver! I’ve been working at the uni for 11 years now, so I think I’ve started to become a bit of an academic because of that!

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  9. Happy Buuuurthday, Vanessa!
    Bravery is not the absence of fear, but rather the control of it…
    Full speed ahead, and damn the torpedoes!

    Thomas Rydder
    http://thomasrydder.wordpress.com/

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  10. Oh, the old Masters in Eduction whinge. That tired, lame, old excuse. Sure. Whatever.

    A habby burfday *hic* to you. Ah, I remember 43 like it was just the other day. It was a very good year. A year for blue-blooded girls of independent means. We’d ride in limousines. Their chauffeurs would drive. It was a very good year.

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  11. Goos luck – seems to me you will be alright if you do not sleep–I did graduate work too–though it was when I was young and stupid

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  12. Happy Birthday, and best wishes for getting that Master’s completed without giving up too much sleep or sanity!

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  13. Happy birthday and best wishes for a year full of easy-going master’s degree stuffs!

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  14. Happy, happy BIRTHday! Good for you for taking on the Master’s in one year. A little pain for one years is better than three. We’ll still be here although I might end up hiding out once in a while too–when life becomes hectic because it will till the end of the year.

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    • Thank you! Yes, that’s how I feel, I’d rather work very intensively for one year and get it done, than spread it out over three. Hopefully I haven’t taken on too much though! I do have the option to extend though if it starts to become too much.

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  15. I remember when you turned 42. I can’t believe that was already a year ago! Felt like a few months only. Well, happy birthday nonetheless! Good luck with everything. My vote is that you’re crazy, but then, I think a lot of your readers already knew that. 😉

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  16. Happy birthday and best of luck with your studies! 🙂

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  17. Aha! I knew there was a kindred kookiness. My 43rd birthday was Monday plus four years. And last year, I was saying I’m having a baby at 46. Aspire higher. Expect great things this year. Happy Birthday Week Vanessa-Jane.
    Love,
    Shalagh

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  18. You go girl! And happy birthday too. Hope your biscuit cake was delicious. And don’t feel bad about neglecting your blog at times. You must live life, not your blog…right?

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  19. Happy Birthday, V! I’m a September babe, too — what a great time of year to celebrate. Congrats also on going for your degree. That’s a huge goal, and I’ll be rooting you on from all the way across the pond. 🙂

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  20. Happy birthday! I remember you having a birthday about a week after me last year too. Absolutely amazing. And they say history never repeats? 😉
    Good luck witht eh full-time course. Madness. Complete madness!
    Have some cake. 🙂

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    • Wow, who’d have thought that our birthdays would be a week apart two years running! What a coincidence. They say things happen in threes, so we’ll see if it happens next year too! Happy late birthday to you. We’ll all have cake to combat the madness 🙂

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  21. And it’s only because we were born on the same planet. That’s the real coincidence! Just think, if I was born on Mars, you’d be twice my age and our birthdays would never line up. 😉 Talking about madness… I need more cake…

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  22. Happy belated birthday! September is a big one for birthdays. All those chilly winter nights making moms and pops snuggle under blankets… 😉

    Congratulations on the Ed.MA! I have full faith in you, Vanessa. You’re right that it isn’t easy to balance all of that, but I will remember those little moments of blogging silence as evidence of your diligence. 🙂

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  23. Good luck on the masters program! You are a brave/crazy woman to add that on top of a job, etc.

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  24. A slightly belated Happy Birthday and welcome to the 43 club 😉

    Good luck with the MA and writing essays about how crazy you are (that’s what I’ve interpreted from your post) 🙂

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    • Thank your for the welcome. I didn’t realise there was a club, nobody said there was a club! 🙂 I’ll await the arrival of my badge in the post then…
      And thanks for the good luck, maybe I could incorporate discussion on craziness into the essays, we’ll see!

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  25. Aw, Happy Birthday, Dahling! And all the best to you as you stretch your wings with this advanced degree. I know how much work it is. Don’t worry about us. We’ll be here whenever you need us. 🙂

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    • Thanks Lorna – I know I can’t keep away from you guys for too long, so I’m still be a regular, just might be a bit quiet as essay hand-in deadline times approach! Thankfully no exams on this one though, phew.

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      • My Philip is taking the first course in his Masters of Environmental Law and Policy Masters. I see how hard he works (and I am his live-in editor). His program is online. He must spend 30 hours a week reading, researching, writing, commenting on other students’ postings. Plus he has a demanding job. Thankfully he is only taking one 7-week course per semester.

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  26. I’m not sure how I missed this post. I know I did see you on FB. Good luck with the program. You can do it! I hope it’s going well.

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    • Funnily enough, I nearly missed the post you did yesterday about gifts – I only really use my reader these days, and that one didn’t appear there, I only happened to see you link to it on Facebook. Anyway, thank you! I’m in my second week with it, and enjoying it so far!

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  27. Happy belated birthday, Vanessa, hope it was a great day. I admire you, doing your Masters full time while also keeping your job, I did my Masters full time but didn’t work otherwise, and that was challenging enough. Good luck and I’ll keep the light on for you!

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  28. Happy very belated birthday! And I’m very excited and amazed for you. I never got a Master’s (though I thought about it…) but even in regular college, the thing I missed was reading…by which I mean reading what I wanted to. The stuff I had to read in college was very engaging, but it was, you know, so controlled and focused. But I had a goal, which was graduating (imagine that!) so it wasn’t that hard. And it was interesting. But once I did graduate and again began to read just whatever struck my fancy, it seemed like an alien thing. I felt guilty if I wasn’t reading something where I was learning. And then I realized that everything I read I was learning, and I got over myself. Bon voyage, Vanessa!

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  29. I’m the original absent friend, Vanessa-Jane, so I hear you loud and clear.
    And by the way, you rock at any age, babe!
    Happy belated Birthday!

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  30. Happy Birthday, somewhat belated but I’ve been so busy. I have no doubt that you can do this. I look forward to hearing about your graduation 🙂

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