Word of the Week: Cramming!

Do you remember cramming when you were a student?  Or perhaps you’re one of the lucky few who never had to resort to that?  Lucky you!  I crammed a lot as a student, with exams, homework, or projects.  You name it, I probably crammed for it!

As an adult I also crammed with script and article deadlines.  To be fair though, I’ve never missed a deadline not as a student and definitely not as an adult.  Let’s just say I’m very good at cramming 😉

And since we went on a holiday, I missed a whole week of my online ModPo class, so the past days were all about …

To make things even more difficult it was the week of Aleatory poetry, chance writing, quasi-non intentional writing or whatever you want to call the these modern poets who liked to, let’s just say dwell too-darned-much-in-possibilities.  This kind of poetry makes my head want to explode, simply because I grapple with the meaning of most of the poems.  They say, you should just go with the flow and let language happen.  I can’t.  I have to know what it means, otherwise what’s the point of it all?  Anyway, I won’t bore you guys with the details.  But definitely this week has been all about cramming!  But I managed and I’m happy to say I’m back on track.


In other news, we celebrated Bonfire night also known as Guy Fawkes Night last Thursday.  You know “Remember, remember the 5th of November”.  For those who don’t know what I’m on about – Bonfire Night is celebrated here in England to commemorate the gunpowder plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament with the King of England in it.  Anyway, we normally don’t really celebrate it.  But this year, we decided to buy a few fireworks since little T has never really seen them up-close.  We also invited some of her little friends over.

It was a little bit too much for S’s three-year-old sister, but little T and S absolutely enjoyed the sparklers and fireworks we had in our small garden.  The downside was, since it was a school night, she had a bit of a meltdown and refused to go to bed.

What was your week like?
Thank goodness it’s Friday!
Have a lovely weekend folks 🙂
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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. I’m a planner-I have never been very good at cramming! And yes, I agree with you about needing to understand, otherwise what is the point-totally get that. Sounds a fascinating course though x

    • I’m glad someone agrees with me 🙂 You should check the course out! 🙂 x

    • thereadingresidence

      Yep, I’m a crammer (as I bet Iona the planner would have guessed!) It’s just easier that way, right?! Glad you’re back on track now and had a nice Bonfire Night x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  2. I plan, too, but I still cram. I guess I love the adrenaline rush when cramming. 🙂

    • True about the adrenaline rush! And also the satisfaction that you beat the deadline in such a short span of time 😉

  3. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    No fireworks for us cuz of the rain! But I would like my son to get to know them. I can only imagine what would his reaction be if he will experience new year in Manila =P

    Looks like a lovely time. Goodluck with the cramming too! #wotw

  4. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    LOL, I hate when they get over-tired! It makes for a rough night – and the only poetry that I understand is the one that rhymes and makes sense. All of that existential crap drives me nuts. Think Shel Silverstein.
    The baby bat
    screamed out in fright
    “Turn on the dark
    I’m afraid of the light”

    See, that makes perfect sense! 🙂 Glad you are meeting your deadlines though!

    • It was awful! The melt-down I mean, she just cried and cried and when I told her to please stop crying – she said “I don’t know how!”. Kids! 😉

  5. Ah cramming – yes I remember it well from my student days! Sounds like it was a complicated week to catch up on – well done you for managing to get there. Love your Bonfire Night photos too – sparklers are so much fun. Hope you have a lovely weekend #WotW 🙂

    • Thank you! Yes, the kids loved the sparklers and enjoyed the fireworks 🙂 Have a lovely weekend too 🙂

  6. I was always really lazy about exams. I did no revising until a last minute panic cramming session the night before!

  7. sophieblovett

    Sounds like a great course! I’ve done a few with open university in the past which I loved but these sound even better for being free 🙂 I totally identify with the cramming thing. I like to blame it on always squeezing so much in to my days, but I think I also get a bit of a buzz from leaving things to the last minute… Like you say though, as long as you make the deadlines it’s fine, right? X

    • Definitely! Oh you must try the ModPo course, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too, though it is a bit intensive, but so worth it! 🙂

  8. teentweentoddler1

    If you’re good at it, then there is no need to stop cramming 🙂 Lovely Photo’s x

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