|Not a great week
||[Jan. 25th, 2008|01:40 am]
So far, things have been a bit fluxy. Some things have been good, while others, definitively bad.
Now... I thought things were evening out today. I was going to a presentation about possible postgraduate research funding. We were told that the talk started at 12.30, but it started at 12.05. Not hugely bad.
Then from 4 til 5 we had a set of talks from lecturers pimping their areas of research and what funding they had. Cool... but I had a workshop with Deloitte at 5, and these lecturers really wanted to talk. They liked to waffle to each other.
After seeing a cheezy Amanda Bynes film called "She's the man" one time, which had the line "One must never fight. Ladies say it with their eyes." Oh, sweet juniper berries, I was shouting it with my eyes to them. Eventually, I just had to make my way out.
The Deloitte talk went ok. Interesting area, but I think I need a little more time to cook before I'm ready for them. However, I was talking to the senior person at the end of the workshop, and asking her about their HRC rating, just because I do that with all potential employers. So I got onto explaining that it was an equality index, and she mentioned that there was an LGB group (along with a lot of other interest groups) and I asked if it was LGB or LGBT. She mentioned how she was a various hodge-podge of things, like from Australia, and a whole cocktail of things, and they still let her out on site. The phrase that jumped straight to my head, and struggled awkwardly out of my mouth was "Yeah, but you're cute and marketable" which was sounding ok in my head, but more like grounds for sexual harassment when it hit the air outside my head. D'oh.
Anyway, that rockiness today is nothing.
I came home to an Invoice from UCD asking me for about 5 and a half grand. Either they lost my paperwork for the HEA, or the HEA isn't paying for me. One way or the other I'm not happy, and getting ready to go into fight mode.
So, after a day of people talking about funding postgraduate study, it looks like I need to start looking at undergraduate funding. Ok, that's dramatic, and probably amounts to something trivial that has to be cleared up, but it's gotten me wound up now, becuase if it's not trivial, I'm going to have to get into battle mode, and it's getting to the point where I'm not willing to be polite to them, and plan to go straight to the Four Courts to swear an affidavit once I get my facts straight.
So not a good end to a day, and not a great week.