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Congratulate me.
I have done something Difficult, and need congratulating for it.

I have filled in the Mitigating Circumstances form for College regarding my literature report, which is supposed to be submitted by tomorrow, and won't be because it doesn't actually exist. There was a big empty box entitled "Please explain how the circumstances have affected your work and/or studies", and I had to write something meaningful in it. That took me 3 hours. It didn't help that some FLAPPING MORON from my university managed to produce the form on US LETTER SIZE paper, whereas in this country the standard size is A4 - so all the margins are screwed up!

The form has now been emailed to the correct person, but I don't have a doctor's letter owing to the fact my doctor has gone on holiday for 2 weeks. He agreed in August to write a letter, but I wanted to leave it until I had some sort of timescale on returning to my studies. If he has left useful information on the computer system then another doctor will be able to write the letter from his notes, but if not I will have to wait until he is back.

I am staying up until 2pm, and then I am Going To Bed.

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adjectivemarcus From: adjectivemarcus Date: 29th September 2010 12:29 (UTC) (Link)
Good work, sleep well!
memevector From: memevector Date: 29th September 2010 13:09 (UTC) (Link)
::salutes your determination::
hobbitbabe From: hobbitbabe Date: 29th September 2010 13:12 (UTC) (Link)
That sounds like the kind of thing that would paralyze me past the deadline. Well done you for submitting it before the deadline for the literature report.
baratron From: baratron Date: 30th September 2010 12:13 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I'd already seen the form and knew about the Big Scary Box. That was, in fact, why I procrastinated until 29th September something which I "should" have done on 21st September.

I would be much happier if I'd had a reply from the PhD Administrator to confirm that he got the email! Still, a date stamp is a date stamp, and I cc-ed it to Philip and my Disability Mentor.
barakta From: barakta Date: 29th September 2010 13:26 (UTC) (Link)
Good luck, I hope they're sensible at you.

Is there any system where you are to avoid mitigations entirely? I know a lot of schools where I work will assume mitigations is the place to take it, but as part of anticipatory adjustments there's work to try and have anticipatory measures which are less demanding evidentially - i.e your DSA report would/should suffice as "we expect Baratron's healtht o fluctuate" etc.
treacle_well From: treacle_well Date: 29th September 2010 14:08 (UTC) (Link)
You are indeed deserving of congratulations.

Go you. And sorry about your margins--that would annoy me.

One thing that never fails to irritate is that for some reason the page size default on a number of the printers where I work is set to A4 (even though there is never any A4 paper in them, because, hello, our office is in the US where A4 is not standard), so if you forget to change that property before printing it just sits there giving an error message because it's smart enough (or has been told) that its paper tray actually holds standard US letter paper. (Fortunately my default printer doesn't do that so I only experience it when for some reason I need to print to another printer--e.g. I need to print in color, or my default printer is out of toner, or malfunctioning.)
baratron From: baratron Date: 30th September 2010 12:09 (UTC) (Link)
Ha! You have exactly the same problem as me, but the other way round!

I wonder what idiot set the machines up wrongly? Or did your company buy up European-spec printers because they were cheap? 'Tis a mystery!
meirion From: meirion Date: 1st October 2010 06:14 (UTC) (Link)
Probably the cheapness thing. We got a free printer for church because its instructions and commands are only in German. Fortunately the priest saw this as an opportunity to improve his German!
artremis From: artremis Date: 29th September 2010 14:39 (UTC) (Link)
Go YOU!
Hope the chronothrepay (whicbh i always expect to invlove actaul sconcefiction type time travel and am slighhtly disal;ionetment when it doesn't) is going well/being ghelpful

And yes Doctors not using computers or comiunicateing with each other is a bit of a theme at the moemnt. GRRRR!
jinian From: jinian Date: 29th September 2010 16:07 (UTC) (Link)
Good job.
redbird From: redbird Date: 29th September 2010 16:56 (UTC) (Link)
Well done.
lovingboth From: lovingboth Date: 29th September 2010 17:15 (UTC) (Link)
Well done.

Would printing it at a reduced size have helped?
baratron From: baratron Date: 30th September 2010 12:10 (UTC) (Link)
I just changed the paper size to be A4 and added a couple of carriage-returns to repaginate it like the original. I'm thinking of fixing it properly and emailing the revised copy to... whoever is responsible for these things.
epi_lj From: epi_lj Date: 29th September 2010 21:11 (UTC) (Link)
Go you! I hope there are no difficulties with the processing of it.
trinker From: trinker Date: 30th September 2010 05:24 (UTC) (Link)
You are mighty.
thekumquat From: thekumquat Date: 30th September 2010 09:39 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations.
Lovely to bump into R for a moment yesterday, although I had to rush onto the train he was getting off.
baratron From: baratron Date: 30th September 2010 12:13 (UTC) (Link)
He didn't tell me he saw you! Brain full of wool that boy, I'm telling you :)
nitoda From: nitoda Date: 1st October 2010 13:38 (UTC) (Link)
Let me be the last to congratulate you! (Well, probably!) I'm a bit behind on Lj because of actually having a life these days. ;-) Choir on Monday, salsa dancing with Lisa and Anna on Wednesday ... and looking forward to a two day college course this weekend at Morley College where I shall learn to make spectacular skirts from geometric shapes ... apparently. See http://enrol.morleycollege.ac.uk/WebSite/OnlineServices/courseoutlines/VFC059A.pdf I did want to do their proper flat pattern cutting course, but left it too late to enrol, they were full by the time I got my act together, so I decided to do their three weekend courses, one per term, instead.
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