Joyous Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and other appropriate greetings to everyone. I have been home for a fortnight now, and I’m shortly off to the Isle of Wight to see my folks for New Year and Mum’s birthday. I know I promised I’d get some writing done and have something for you all to read up here, but well, I haven’t.
Last week ended up being far more hectic than I thought. As well as having uni stuff to do, lots of things to do around the house and Christmas to organise, a number of good friends of mine were having a very difficult time. I think this time of year is fantastic if you are happy and content with where your life is, but if things aren’t OK, any kind of anniversary, a time of taking stock, is going to be difficult. Particularly if those difficulties surround family- after all, Christmas is a family time of year right? I’m in two minds about Christmas for that very reason. It’s (one of the reasons) why me and the not-spouse-creature batten down the hatches for a few days and devote two days just for us, which is exactly what we did.
We cooked together, which is always good fun, and read/ watched/ listened to the presents we bought each other. We ate good food, drank nice wine and revelled in two days where we had put all our external concerns on hold. It was very good! But now, back to reality- he’s back at work tomorrow and I’m off home, which will be fun but I’m taking Clarissa and a load of PhD work with me as I need to crack on.
So, I promised you all an update. I think the last time I really properly wrote was way back in September, when I was at Flag Fen being blown away by the people, the archaeology and the wildlife. Since then, to give you a taste of what I’ve been doing I have, in no particular order:
Spent a weekend in a Castle being a vampire
Been really ill (twice- one episode still ongoing )
Been to Slovakia for a conference
Had a paper accepted for CAA UK (hurrah!)
Handed in my initial review (finally)
Almost completed the survey of the Sweet Track
Been to Dartmoor (and been given the go ahead for site 1 there!)
Tidied my whole house (35 rubbish bags filled with stuff were disposed of!)
Lost about a stone (but Christmas may have scuppered that)
Moved into a new flat in Bournemouth and made some great new friends
Woken up my creative side….
There has been a lot more besides. All in all, the busiest few months I’ve had all year, but without feeling like I’ve accomplished much at the end of it. Just in the last six weeks or so I’ve decided I need to become a lot more organised. For example, I have done a lot of fieldwork but none of it is properly written up- the nature of my uni work means that a lot of the time I can’t properly finish one thing before I have to start something new, as it is needed now. This has meant a lot of unfinished things, which I hate to have hanging around. I’m currently surviving with to-do lists to make sure I’m always working on whatever is the highest priority… but just maintaining those lists takes a lot of time! I feel like taking the time to get organised is sometimes a waste of time, but then I think what I’m like without my lists and I know that isn’t true!!
So it is traditional to think of a few ‘resolutions’ for the new year. I don’t want to make any promises I can’t keep though, so some of these might seem a little wishy washy. Here goes.
1) Keep on track with my PhD timetable, using all the tricks I know to do so
2) Keep a proper diary (which will help with the above!)
3) Keep things good between me and the not-spouse-creature- work hard at always being pleased to see each other, and enjoying the time we spend together fully
4) Get fitter and stronger (and hopefully thinner as a side effect)
5) Stay in touch with the important people in my life
6) Explore the creativity that is waking up
7) Blog more often! I’m going to aim for once a week, with a full once a month round up!
Neko out, for now