ROW80 – Midweek Mad Dash

Hello ROWers!

It’s another quick update from me.

Things are going well, all in all, though I’m down to the last 28 hours of this assignment and it feels like so much left to do!

As The Doctor would say: “It’s super squeaky bum time!”

I have to critique The Breakfast Club, and if I never watch the film again it’ll still be too soon! I’m evaluating it for parental communication and how it impacts the five of them – the research is killing me though, as there’s a lot of it. Not only does it involve how they communicate with and treat their parents, but also how their parents’ behaviour affects them and their responses range from compulsive lying to suicidal ideation. It also involves how they see themselves and how they behave around their peers, and the movie deals with stereotyping, bullying, physical abuse, search for acceptance and petty crime. And I have to somehow find relevant, peer-reviewed references for all of that.

Oh, and it annoys me to no end that even though there are so many serious themes that could have been explored, the film ends with the recluse getting a make-over and the jock suddenly falling for her, as well as the prom queen getting with the class rebel. Predictable much?

And after spending all film long trying to make people see the similarities of their situations, how they are different personalities affected by their parents but united in the fact that none of them has a satisfying life at home, it all boils down to having to change your entire being to find affection and bag yourself the popular jock.

*excuse me while I go hurl in a corner*

When I got to work today there was nothing for me to do, so I had today off and I took tomorrow off as well so I can dedicate all my time to this assignment. Luckily I work well under pressure.

Today was a scorcher, though, and I rinsed off the garden furniture to move Operation Term Paper into the garden and sunshine. Which was great, as I finally got that natural Vitamin D I was missing. It’s amazing how a bit of sunshine can affect your mood. I’m usually really tired. Today – not at all! I may have overdone it a bit, though, as I got sunburnt. I don’t even have sunscreen in the house, that’s how little sunshine we get here! Plus, I tan, but only after an initial “lobster” period.

I’m not sure how well I made this known, but I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. Well, I use my A to Z Challenge as Camp project, basically turning this into an unofficial NaBloPoMo. I figured I might as well get something out of writing up my travel experiences.

I deliberately set myself a low goal of 10.000 words, knowing that if I average 500 words per A-Z update I’d hit my target. Winning hasn’t started yet, but I am proud to announce that I finished Day 10 at 9.999 words and I am now officially at 13.962!!



That’s it from me for today, I have to get back to my studies. But check out the other ROWers here.


2 thoughts on “ROW80 – Midweek Mad Dash”

  1. Hi There,

    What a fantastic blog post. The whole assignment issue I can certainly relate to having spent time at University I was often found looking over/reading/watching the same thing over and over again, it can be a right pain in the back side, however very rewarding and all worth it in the end.

    I think its great that you managed to get out and enjoy some sunshine, the weather has certainly turned out most favourable at the moment. Interesting about the camp NaNoWriMo I may have to take a look at this myself, always up for a challenge.

    Good luck with your goals and the assignment and keep on ROWing.


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