Two Ways I’ve Been a Master Recently, Oh and Some Kittens

A little round-up of three things I’ve done lately (you HAVE been wondering what I’ve been doing lately, right?)…

NUMBER ONE – I graduated from my MA

Vanessa Graduating

Funny story – when my certificate arrived in the post, I saw that it said “Master of Arts in Education”. I then had this conversation with Neil:

ME: Oh, I didn’t know it was Master of Arts that I did.
NEIL: Well what did you think MA stood for then?
ME: I just thought it was the first two letters of Master’s.

Yep, that’s right, I took a whole big qualification without actually knowing what it was I was taking. Fairly typical. But nevermind, I got to graduate at Canterbury Cathedral, and the Archbishop of Canterbury did the welcome address at the start of the ceremony, so it was all rather grand. This was my very first Graduation because we don’t tend to have high school graduation ceremonies over here, and I never completed my first degree, so this was extra exciting for me.

NUMBER TWO – We got some kittens

Our lovely cat Dory sadly died a couple of months ago, and so in January we got a pair of kittens, Freddy and Lola. Aren’t they so cutey wutey fluffy wuffy gorgeous lorgeous? Oh come on, even if you’re not a cat fan, just look!
Kittens called Freddy and Lola

Of course kittens, like babies of most species, pretty much have no sense of danger. Careful as we are, there’s been the odd occasion where, for instance, we’ve been walking down the stairs and accidentally launched a kitten off the end of our foot and watched him fly a little and then tumble down the stairs while we run down after shouting “I’m so sorry I’m so sorry I’m so sorry”. They don’t seem to mind though, they just bounce right back up, instantly forgive us, and carry on chasing a spec of dust or whatever.

NUMBER THREE – I was an MC

Vanessa being interviewed
I was asked by my good friend Mike (hello Mike, you still read my blog right?) to be MC at a regional final for a poetry reciting contest called Poetry by Heart which is for 14-18 year olds. One of the schools taking part had also sent along two students to act as reporters for their school magazine. At the end of the evening they asked if they could interview me (that’s what the picture above is). They asked a series of questions like “How did you get to be the MC for this event?”, “What was it like being the MC for this event?”, “As an MC, how do you think the evening went?” Then they paused and looked at each other, and did this whole “You ask her” “No you ask her” thing, finally one of them plucked up the courage and asked “What is an MC?” Ha! So for anyone else who doesn’t know, an MC (in this context anyway) is Master of Ceremonies, basically being the host, introducing people, stringing it all together, ordering everyone around (well I think that was part of it anyway).

And there we are, see, that’s how I’ve been Master twice. Oh and don’t forget the kittens.

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79 responses to “Two Ways I’ve Been a Master Recently, Oh and Some Kittens

  1. Congrats on all three! What an accomplishment to get your MA. It made me laugh you didn’t know what it stood for because after I received my degree last year I thought, what the heck does AAS stand for? Turns out “associates in applied science”. Ha! I suppose that’s better than earning my ASS degree.

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  2. Congrats on the MA….

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  3. Vanessa I don’t think I could find enough places to send my congrats on your MA, even if you didn’t know what you were taking. Haha Facebook, my blog, you deserve it! Well done.
    Hilarious description of the kitty flying contest. Perhaps the nine lives rule is coming into play?
    I hope you role the young reporters you were an MC with a MA. That really would have confused them. πŸ™‚

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    • Funny you should say that because I’ve mentioned my MA quite a few times over the last year, on my blog, and on facebook etc, and some of you are facebook friends as well as blog followers, and as I was writing this post I was wondering whether people would think – gee, how many times do we have to congratulate her for this?! But thank you anyway πŸ™‚ Yes, I think cats need those 9 lives!

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  4. Congratulations! Awesome News! You Rock…Woo Hoo! Fantastic! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  5. I had mixed feelings about this post:

    Getting your MA! Yay!
    Not knowing what your MA stands for. Boo!
    Getting kittens. Boo!
    Kicking kittens! Yay!
    Being an MC! Yay!
    Knowing what an MC is! Yay!
    Having another pal named Mike. Boo!

    Still, the “yays” beat the “boos” so I shall like this post.

    (In all seriousness, well done!)

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  6. Congratulations! Lovely kittens and a brand new MA–that’s a lot to celebrate. I completed my MED years ago. Perhaps I should check the paperwork to see what MED stands for. Maybe it’s not for all meds I needed to get through it! Whatever it means, I’m still surprised my MED wasn’t upgraded to a WINE by the end of the program as that would have been more appropriate..

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  7. Congratulations on the MA and the MC! I have an MA in English Lit and I’m not even English (except in spirit!) I like how neatly your teenage reporters are dressed – much better than most American teens these days. Oh, and the kittens are awesome! I particularly like the markings on the face of the one on the right. Adorable!

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    • I’m guessing you knew what MA stood for when you took yours! The teenage reporters were in their school uniforms, pretty much all schools here have uniforms, they do look smart. Even though kids often complain about having to wear uniform, I think it saves a lot of stress for them worrying what to wear every day and having all the latest gear. It’s kind of a leveller you know?

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  8. Congratulations, Vanessa! You mastered it! And I love the kittens (although I could never hold them or sniff them or I might have an asthma attack), but I still think they’re adorable. I was sick all the time as a kid because I couldn’t leave the neighbors kittens alone (and they always seemed to have some). So thanks for gifting me with cutey wutey pictures of them to appease my inner cat lover

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  9. WOW! A triple play! How wonderful. That graduation picture is perfect – shows the burst of happiness of a great achievement.
    Oh, the kittens a so cute and RC is pleased you’ve managed to find the best type of mousie

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  10. Congratulations!! But how do you get into a Master’s program without completing an undergraduate degree? So do you know what a BA is?? LOL And then how do you know what an MC is? Kittens are cute, but they turn into cats.

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    • Well yes indeed, well spotted, usually of course you do have to complete an undergraduate degree first, but there are sometimes other ways in, especially when you’re older – I pretty much had three quarters of a degree in terms of the number of credits I had, and then I had to write an essay for them on a subject they gave me to demonstrate that I could work at that level. And so they accepted me for the Master’s. Yes it’s funny, I knew what BA stood for but didn’t twig about MA! (Lucky they didn’t ask me that as part of the application process or they might not have accepted me!). Yes, thankfully I like cats too because you usually have to keep them once they grow up πŸ™‚

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  11. Ha! The best part was flinging the cats down the stairs. Haha! Ah. I do love kittens, and yours are adorable, but flying cats are always good for a laugh. Also, you knew what MC stood for but not MA–too funny. We know were your priorities lie. And finally, gosh that Cathedral is impressive. I wish we had super cool old stuff like that here in the States.

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    • I know, poor kitty! Two of us in this house have actually done that! Maybe he liked it after the first time and deliberately came back for more. Hey, you do have super cool old stuff in the States too, there’s…what’s that one? You know….well anyway, there’s also…ooh, it’s on the tip of my tongue…nope, got nothing. Well you have cool new stuff anyway!

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  12. I like you so much Vanessa Jane. I’m the sort of person who totally doesn’t know important abbreviations for life. I buy lite sour cream because I pay no attention. And I’ve got a huge love of kittens. Lucky you.
    Love ya’,
    Shalagh
    PS congratulations on MA and MC. I only have a BS in communications is BS.

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  13. You’re so funny, Vanessa. Congrats on your MA! That’s awesome. It’s hilarious that the MC was questioned as well. Life is like that sometimes. You had symmetry there. Oh, those kitties are precious. Now I want one. I already three full-grown cats. They would be pissed if I invited a kitty into the mix. And no graduations until now? Here, preschoolers have a graduation ceremony. It’s kind of ridiculous actually. Yours was quite special held at the Canterbury Cathedral. That’s cool. Congrats again!

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    • It’s funny, I hadn’t thought of the symmetry with the MA/MC thing – how could I miss that?!

      We have another big cat too, she’s been better than I thought she would be with the kittens, she only hisses at them if they are really jumping up at her, mostly she tolerates them.

      Yes, I got to 44 years old before having my first graduation! So a pretty big deal for me. Thank you!

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  14. C.o.n.g.r.a.t.u.l.a.t.i.o.n.s. Three times. I always knew you were a mover and a shaker. Busy. Busy all the time. I choked when they student asked what an MC is. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Too funny!

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  15. So much excitement going on in your life. Big congrats on the degree! How wonderful it must feel to be done. Love that you didn’t know what MA stood for. I think we should just pretend it means Master of Everything.

    Sorry to hear about Dory. 😦 But those new kitties are so cute. Take it easy on them. πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks Carrie. I was saying to Sue up there, I expect everyone has had enough of congratulating me on the MA now, I keep mentioning it at every opportunity!

      Yes, poor Dory. Hey, we’re just toughening up the kitties, it’s a rough world out there right? πŸ˜‰

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      • Earning your MA when you’re a mom with multiple responsibilities deserves to be mentioned at every opportunity! That’s a big accomplishment. But don’t worry, I don’t think you’ve mentioned it that much. Other than your FB pic, this is the first time I’ve heard the details. πŸ™‚

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  16. Awwww, cute kitties! Absolutely adorable.

    Congrats on the degree and the MC-ing. Graduation in Canterbury Cathedral?? Snazzy. I’ve been there but it’s been a long time — I had to go take the virtual tour at CC’s website to remember what it looked like. What area was used for your graduation?

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  17. You’ve mastered being a master.

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  18. Love the kittens!! And congratulations!

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  19. Congrats again Vanessa! Getting your masters is worth several congrats! And the kitties are adorable! πŸ™‚

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  20. Congratulations! It took me years to figure out what PhD stood for, so I’m right there with you, and with the kids who didn’t know what an MC was.

    Those two kitties are tooooo cuuuuuuute. I wish two-thirds of my family weren’t allergic.

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  21. What a joyful post. Nothing but good news. You look beautiful in your cap and gown. Well done. I barely know you and I’m so proud. I love cats. And you picked excellent cat names. Please stop booting them. Finally, do you remember that all the early rappers used MC? MC Lyte, MC Solaar and, most famously, MC Hammer. In that context, it meant “Microphone Controller.”

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    • Good news is so much better than bad news isn’t it. Thank you for the compliment, I did feel really nice in the cap and gown having never worn one before. The kids picked the cat names, one each and they went together perfectly! I do indeed remember the MC rappers, they are the ones that made the abbreviation MC sound so cool, I felt cool saying I was an MC. Master of Ceremonies doesn’t sound cool at all.

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  22. Yes, I have been wondering what you’ve been up to. Congrats on all the events. Maybe MA stands for “Ma” since you are now the quasi mum for those adorable kittens!

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  23. And you were a wonderful MC at the event Vanessa. Warm and charming; encouraging and organised and not at all bossy!

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  24. Congratulations, Vanessa! So happy to hear you made it through your Masters program with flying colors (without going gray over it!). Any chance you’ll share your thesis with the rest of us? πŸ™‚

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  25. Wow, lots going on! Congratulations on the graduation especially, well done! πŸ™‚

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  26. And all this time I was assuming that MC was another type of graduate degree. Possibly the one you get from partying too hard through the entire education.

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  27. Congrats on the Masters’ and the kittens! I luz kittens! I am still reeling a little bit over the fact you didn’t know what MA stood for. But, that’s what an education is for, I suppose.

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  28. Well done, “Dungeon Master”!

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  29. I bit late, but I know still a welcomed visit. Congratulations on the MA and the graduation event sounds wonderful. Kittens? Hooray … we miss them, but chose not to have them anymore because of allergies. 😦 … Hooray with the MC hostess with the mostess.

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    • Yes indeed. I like the late comments – you think all the comments are done, and then, poof! Another one appears! It must be difficult for you to keep track of comments on older posts when you post so regularly, I don’t know how you do it! Lots of comments about cat allergies, big shame. Thank you!

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      • We would love a cat, but we don’t want to deal with more nasal polyp removals. As for keeping up with the comments, it’s really not too bad! Who knows why or if posting so often makes a difference.

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  30. Congratulations on all three counts!

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  31. Congrats on the MA! The kittens are adorable. And how cool to be an MC. You’ve been very busy!

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  32. Congratulations! And the kittens are adorable πŸ˜€

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