Things have been very stressful lately.
But, I submitted the second of my large essays for my Crusades History course yesterday so I am down to my final two deadlines: April 4 and April 13.
This semester has been pretty okay. I’ve really enjoyed my courses, when I’ve had them. The University has been taking place in a UK wide strike affecting classes and such. It’s been a little frustrating not having class or not being able to contact people, but they are getting pretty screwed over by pension cuts so understandable.
I went to go see the new Tomb Raider movie and I was pleasantly surprised. Knowing video game movies in the past, I was keeping expectations low to avoid disappointment but I really enjoyed the film. The casting was spot on and they really paid attention to the feel of the newer games. The story was a little different and there were characters replacing better characters from the game, but they very clearly are setting up more films.
Mild spoiler warning: I really enjoyed the change to the ‘evil empress’ Himiko they did for the film over the game. In the game she was a pretty one dimensional character but in the film they gave her a bit more backstory. They also drew a bit on themes of how women’s narratives, especially women in power, can be shifted over time to something they were not. In the film, Himiko was a carer of a deadly disease (one to which she was immune) and sentenced herself to exile to protect her people. However, over time her story was changed into that of a monster purposely trapped on the island by her own people. A small change, but one that drastically impacted how history perceived Himiko. It was not until Lara (another women) looked beyond historical bias in sources and directly to the archaeological remains that the true story was revealed. Anyway… control your own narratives, people.
I’m still planning what to do for spring break, but I am really leaning toward walking Hadrian’s Wall. I’d take a train to probably Newcastle and then walk along the wall to Carlisle. I’d plan for about 8 days camping and walking… a few friends are keen but haven’t planned anything just yet.
Summer excavations for this year are planned around when I’m doing dissertation research. I’m writing my dissertation about the archaeological impact of the Botanic Cottage the RBGE. I volunteer at the site and I’ve really grown to love it (pun intended). The cottage was the original site of the lectures held at the garden during the Scottish Enlightenment, was abandoned, and in 2014 moved to the current RBGE and rebuilt. The rebuilt used traditional methods and such so it could be considered an archaeological reconstruction and such. It’s really cool and I’m really excited to start working.
Toward the end of the summer I’ll be heading back to Bamburgh for two weeks and then to Poulton for another two. Bamburgh has hired me back as junior staff so I’m really excited to be able to use my knowledge to teach!! And Poulton was such a class dig last year that I’m just glad to be back.
I had a slight existential crisis the other week when I realised that graduation was soon and I didn’t really have a plan because I just love to study everything. I also really just want to do something positive during my young years, cha feel? I looked around and at the moment I’m really leaning toward getting an Education Masters and teaching degree so that I can do something helpful… and there’s always time for me to get back into my own selfish academic niche. lol.
Anyway, writing things down helps me to think about them and put actions to a plan so if you’re interested in knowing why I detail everything about my life.