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posted by [personal profile] arachne at 05:33pm on 07/02/2012
And so it came to pass that, in a shock to absolutely nobody, Ara was once again proven rubbish at updating LJ, even when she really meant to get back into the habit.

So, now I have an update box open, of course my brain has entirely emptied of pretty much everything - ably assisted by the girlcat snoring heavily at my ear.

General where-I-am is probably a good thing to do, since I haven't caught up with most of you in far too long.

I'm still in Manchester, and still absolutely loving it. Every now and again I see or do something that makes me love it that bit more - most recent example being visiting the John Rylands Library on Deansgate. Absolutely gorgeous building, which I, of course, photographed the shit out of.

I was there on a college trip, which leads me *seamlessly* (aren't you impressed?) to adventures in academia (although I'm not sure doing a BTEC at a local college counts as "academia" - if I didn't have ideas above my station, there'd be a vacuum there, and nothing sucks like a vacuum...). College is going well. I am making pretty shiny things, learning a lot, and having my tool-geekery fuelled on a regular basis. Latest covetable item is a fly-press, but that's going to have to wait until I have a workshop with a strong and secure enough bench to handle one. With the thoughts that I may well end up living in the West Midlands, and that I want to continue learning to make jewellery after this course, I've been looking at what's available down there. Because I'm a masochist, I've booked myself on the next open day at the School of Jewellery (part of Birmingham Institute of Art and Design and probably the best jewellery school in the country, according to my tutor.) No idea how I'd ever be able to afford to go, but I'm going to be in the area when it's happening so I might as well make myself sick with envy ;)

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