Sunday, January 20, 2013

Snow Day in Oxford: 1 cm of amusing panic!

Church near my house
For the first time in my life, I live somewhere where the SNOW makes the news. Yes, that's right, 1 or 2 cm of snow on Friday made BBC news (click here for the article). The best quote of the week is definitely from Dima, who said something along the lines of "omg, it's snowing live! I've never been in live snow!"). I guess in Lebanon it just stays on the mountains). 

To be fair, I didn't really think snow in London stuck around, and I definitely wasn't expecting ice, but we've had it for the past few days! It only really got in the way on the first day, when my usual seven minute bus ride took 1 HOUR and ten minutes to arrive at class. Plus, pretty much everything closed at 3pm so workers could "brave the roads" and get home safely.Luckily, I only had my optional class that day, so I didn't miss much. 

K loves snow more than I do!
So far this weekend, I have done nothing productive (yes, that's right, it's 6 pm on Sunday evening and I have done NO school work). That being said, a bit of dissertation work will get done before midnight, I'm sure of it. That and French and English Language Teaching module homework. I'm also going to start one of my new years' resolutions, to read one news article in French, Italian and German each day, beginning today. It's all about comprehensible input, right ALSLA-ers?!   

Still, it's quite the light load compared to my last six weeks of hell, and this past one week of how-much-better-can-I-make-this-Phd-proposal, before finally submitting Friday morning. 

Les Misérables Poster
Les Misèrables  was a beautiful film, but a tad too long (seems to be a trend these days). The singing wasn't perfect, but the story was beautifully portrayed. Dima, Juliet, Alexandra and I took Saturday afternoon off to see the film, followed by a couple glasses of wine at Alexandra's place. The best part of Saturday was both sleeping in, and sleeping early.'s delicious after weeks of Oxford essays.  (I guess we're all leaving the Statistics assignment from hell until tomorrow night!)

The Tudors Poster
Kickboxing (sparring session) was on this morning, despite the snow (yay!), so I had a killer workout, and then super-cleaned my house, and took Kiara on a beautiful wintery walk.The plan for tonight is to watch a couple episodes of The Tudors (my new favourite downloaded show), drink a glass of  mulled wine, and then start intensely planning a cold call list to start on tomorrow. All I need is one, short, intensive French class in the UK, and one, short intensive study-abroad French class in France to say, "sure, you can study me."  Fingers crossed I can find willing participants for my study!!!

Stay tuned for a review of a London play on Friday (hopefully!) and a weekend in Kent.


Nia said...

Welcome to Britain! We're fascinated by our usual dull drizzle, so when Mother Nature pulls a wild card out of the bag we go nuts! Snow is the prime example - just a little bit of the stuff and we're panic buying at the supermarkets and calling in sick (I'll admit I'm guilty of that one!).

Sapna said...

Haha, seems like an excelleny excuse we generally miss out on in Canada

Sapna said...

Haha, seems like an excelleny excuse we generally miss out on in Canada