Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What can I say? It has been ages since I "checked in" at Pseudo Supermum.

Last week I joined Academic Ladder - it's an American online coaching seminar kind of thing, to encourage doctoral students to get their PhD thesis written. It's good.

Trouble is, logging in once or twice a day to update my progress is helpful, but now I can't be bothered to log into WeightWatchers to update my progress there. (This may be a good thing - my intentions are honourable but I have such a sweet tooth ...!)

Last weekend I went to a literary dinner organised by the Scottish Federation of University Women, Glasgow Branch. That was enjoyable, too. Which reminds me - I have a lunch date to arrange with one of the lady members!

So here I am, no further on with Chapter 2 of the thesis since last week, but I have written my presentation, Roving among the Hebrides, for SoundThought - a weekend of events at the end of November, organised to showcase the work of Glasgow Uni music postgrads. My presentation is on Friday 28th November, in the University Chapel, in the evening. Any of my friends in Glasgow care to come and see it? I can offer a very tasteful PowerPoint to illustrate Alexander Campbell's 1815 tour of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in search of song. A clarsach player, a piper, and a pianist. And me, reading excerpts from Campbell's travel diary. It's going to be good.

Now I have to write a lecture for a couple of weeks hence, for the University - and get back to Chapter 2 - and decide whether to give a paper for the RMA Research Students' Conference in the New Year. (Only if I can derive the material from Chapter 2, or I'll get too distracted from my purpose.)

I have four weeks' sabbatical agreed, to help with my writing up! Isn't that great? A week at Christmas, and three at Easter. I'm very grateful. Must make the most of it!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

"If you do what you have always done, you will get what you always got."

Remind me of this from time to time - I'm sure it is a great truth!

Image from Sidona Observer - with thanks.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Feeling blue. I worked so hard at work that I've no get-up-and-go left for the research at home. Throw into the melting pot a moody pre-teen and miserable, wet weather ... AND I've put on half the weight I carefully lost last year.

As they say in Weight Watchers - draw a line and start again. Here's my line:-

I have to get a grip, cut out the sweet treats, and get back on track. Sigh!

Would-be parents! Before you conceive that gorgeous little bundle, let me offer some advice. Go and spend a few minutes with a bolshie 12-year old. Think hard. And mentally prepare yourself for the future. (Is this what they call future-proofing?)

Thursday, October 02, 2008

In a word - I'm shattered! I've spent the week covering for the absence of a colleague. Nearly there (for this week, at least) - but no energy left.