catching-up

I can’t call you because if I did, I would be forced to face the fact that one of my closest friendships has been reduced to calculated and pleasant small talk that is the total opposite of who we used to be. So, I’m sorry, I wish I could do this, but we’ve spent months slowly drifting to the point that catching up now seems like a painful formality with someone who I’ve already lost and may never get back.
—  Excerpt of a book I’ll never write #157
Sole Party - Day 3 - Is there anything your Sole likes to do with their closest friends (or romanced companions)

Hancock (romanced companion):

Red & Hancock love to go urban exploring in the ruins. There’s always interesting things to find, thugs to be disposed of, & adventures to be had. They always find time to help people along the way, too. They just genuinely enjoy each other’s company & are always joking, teasing, & flirting with each other. They uh…they also have some pretty crazy sex, lol. Outwardly, they appear very mushy & cute, but behind closed doors, they can get pretty nasty. ;) They also enjoy frequenting the Third Rail in Goodneighbor where they drink, dance, & even sing on Magnolia’s stage.

Codsworth (closest friend):

Red tends to be a bit of a neat freak, partly due to her upbringing, so she & Codsworth spend a lot of time together tidying things up. & with the current state of the wasteland, there’s ALWAYS something that needs cleaning up. Codsworth loves it. The commonwealth has been in a perpetual state of filth & disorder for so long, so he’s glad that someone’s finally doing SOMETHING about it.

Nick (close friend):

Nick is her closest friend, next to Codsworth. She knows she can always go to him for advice our counsel, or to have a serious conversation. He’s always ready & willing to help her out, & often joins her & Hancock at the Third Rail. Nick & Hancock are close friends as well, so when the 3 of them are together, they always have a good time.

Deacon (close friend):

Red & Deacon love to mess around–playing pranks on the others, taking over raider camps while wearing ridiculous costumes, messing with the BOS, etc. Whenever she needs cheering up, she knows Deacon can always make her smile.

Piper (close friend):

Piper is Red’s go-to gal for gossip & girl talk. Red loves hanging out with the boys, but sometimes she needs some girl time, & Piper is always willing to spend time with her. Piper has a bit of a crush on Red, but she knows that her heart belongs to Hancock, & she respects that. Red provides Piper with all the latest news from her travels in the Commonwealth, & even takes pictures for her with a camera that she & Sturges fixed up. With Red’s stories & photos, business has never been better for the Publick Occurences newspaper.
All the reading

Ok, so this weekend I’m going to try to catch up with all the fics/imagines that’s been posted this week. So far I have:

- The Cripple and the Hellcat and Victory, by @underthenorthstar
- Control, by @mizzvengenz6661
- Army of me, by bvckybcrnes on AO3
- Feed you the sky, by @pokeasleepingsmaug
- Bad girls don’t get to cum, by @skadithegoddess - We won’t leave you alone with it, by @whenimaunicorn - I think I might have missed some of the sandwich prompts, I’ll look into that.

Is there anything else that I’ve missed? Feel free to add to this list.

This is my first ever advice / tips / how-to post! I’ve wanted to write one for a while, and I finally am! I’m hoping to be able to post a new one every Tuesday (for Tips Tuesday) :1

Anyway, this is a post about how to survive missing class and catching up on all of the work you’re probably missing! There have been times when I’ve had to pull all nighters to catch up, but most recently, I survived and didn’t have to stay up too late at all! I’m not an expert, but here’s some tips that I’ve learned on how to stay on top of your work when you have to miss school.

1. Get as much work as you can in advance. Seriously, this is important. By working on your homework in advance when you have time, you’re saving yourself a lot of time later. If I’m going to be out of school for multiple days, I’ll usually email my teachers and then talk to them in person, but if it’s just one day or part of a day, I’ll talk to them the day before. Either way, though, make sure you talk to them and let them know in advance. Now, if your teachers are anything like mine, they’ll probably tell you to come back the day before you’re going to be missing school to get the work, which totally defeats the purpose of you talking to them early. But still, it doesn’t hurt. And if they give you work in advance, get it done in advance.

2. Bring your work with you. If you can, bring your work with you and get as much of it done while you’re at whatever it is you’re missing school for. Bus rides and plane rides are great opportunities to get work done! If you can’t for whatever reason, that’s okay, it’s just helpful if you can.

3. Make up any tests or quizzes as soon as possible. If you wait too long to make them up, you’ll forget everything that you had to know for the test or quiz. It may seem like a good idea to wait longer and have more time to study, but in all honesty, it’s going to make everything so much easier for you to get it done in advance. Some teachers will even make a more difficult version of the test for you if you take the test after everyone else. If you feel prepared enough, see if you can make it up before you miss school! Then that’s one less thing you have to worry about :1

4. Don’t force yourself to get everything done in one night. I learned this the hard way. I forced myself to get all of my makeup work done for the day I went back to school. I did not sleep, and it was awful. I advise you not to do that if you value your health. Instead, get as much as you can done, and if your teachers question you, ask them for an extension. If you’re a reliable student, which I’m sure you all are, they’ll give you one. Just talk to them and explain the situation to them. They’ll understand.

5. Whatever you do, don’t panic. I’ve panicked and cried quite often when I have to deal with missing school, and it’s not worth all the stress. As hard as it may seem at the time, you WILL get through it and you WILL be okay! Just take deep breaths and smile. Take it one day at a time. Listen to music that makes you smile. It may take a long time to feel like you’re truly caught up, but you will get there. You’re amazing. Stay strong. You got this!!

I really hope this helps at least one person who sees this! I don’t know if this is advice anyone needs, but I thought I would share anyway. If there’s anything you would like me to write about for the next Tips Tuesday, please please please send me an ask!! I’d love to help you all as best I can – it’s the least I can do to repay you all for supporting me and my blog :1

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  • Notes: Not gonna lie this is less of an online post and more of a draft/inbox/queue count post to give you guys a feel for where I’m at, but to be fair I’m pretty much always “online” unless I’m sleeping, so. I’m about to write a paper and go to class, but I finish at 4 and don’t have anything to do until 7, so I’m probably going to try and queue some more of my drafts. Hopefully I can get through the inbox today, if not all of it, some of it. I’m sorry, I just haven’t been on the computer much lately, so I’ve been neglecting it because it’s a pain to do on mobile.
How to Catch Up on Missed Work

I had my wisdom teeth removed last week so I missed a couple of days of university. Now, I have the long, difficult task of catching up on all the work I missed. I touched on some of this in my How to Survive a Sick Week post, but here are my tips for catching up:

1) Make a list of what you’ve missed. Depending on how long you’ve been away, this list may seem daunting. But, having a list really helps in giving you a starting place.

2) If you’re at university, watch the recorded lecture videos. I like to watch them at x1.5 speed to save time. Watching the recorded videos also gives me the change to pause when things are going too fast or skip past the lecturer rambling about something irrelevant. Take notes while you’re watching and write your questions down. If you’re at school, use a website like Khan Academy to fill in maths lessons you may have missed. 

3) Give yourself a week. Depending on how long you were away, you might need more time to catch up than you thought. The last thing you want to do is to stress up, get sick again and miss even more work. Take time to recover properly while you catch up. 

4) Get dressed and clean up. You’ve probably been in your PJs and your desk is probably covered in painkillers and empty soup bowls. Shower, put on something nice (but comfortable) and clear your study space. In will put you in a better, more productive mood.

5) Prioritise. Some classes and tasks are simply more important than others. Take care of those first. Don’t be afraid to let a few, small things (like maybe a problem set or a tutorial) slide. You were sick. People understand and there is usually some small allowance of hand-ins you’re allowed to miss. Use that allowance. 

6) Stay with the class. Even though you’re behind on some of the work, stay with what’s currently happening. You’ll be surprised by how much you’ll actually be able to follow, and you might only need to ask a few small questions to keep you on track. A quick skim through the textbook over the work you’ve missed may be enough to let you stay on track, and you can then catch up on the deeper, more complicated parts of the work on your own.

I hope these tips are helpful! Just remember that this is what works for me and it won’t necessarily work for you. Always do what works best for you! Happy studying!

x Munira

Talk to your teacher to ask what you missed. They might be able to give you copies of any handouts that you missed. If you only missed some minor work, you might not have to catch up at all!

Find out when the work is due. Some teachers will give you lots of time, while others won’t. If you only need to study and don’t have any work due, then there’s no real rush.

Talk to your friends and ask if they have any notes they could share with you. They might also be willing to have a study group with you to help (which would benefit everyone involved).

If you don’t have anyone willing to share their notes, try websites like Sparknotes.

Remember not to neglect any current work while catching up on the missed work. Try to find a balance between the two.

Set aside some time each day to work on what you missed. You don’t need to cover everything that you missed in one day. Spread the work out and it won’t seem like such a burden.

Prioritise the work by separating the most and least important work. Here’s a guide and printable to help with prioritising work.

Take breaks when you’re studying. Try using the pomodoro technique; I have a guide here.

Make sure that you’re getting enough sleep, and eating well.

Reward yourself when you’re done.