Catching up…

.. on the #project52 pictures for the last month. I didn’t just hide under a rock! I went to Italy (via Austria and Germany), and to Scotland, and then to Southampton, with some time for some work in between! Here are the pictures 🙂

One of the nicest things about my job is that I get to travel a lot, and see some beautiful places just because they are on the way to or from somewhere else. On our way back from Lazio, we stopped in a little German town with some gorgeous buildings:

Serendipity: Week 31

Serendipity: Week 31

 

I was in the Netherlands for less than a week, and then I headed to the UK, or rather the west coast of Scotland for my cousins wedding. It was great to see so much of my family, some of whom I’d never met! On our last day we took the scenic route back to the airport, and me and Dad clambered around on the shore of the Atlantic.

Scotland, my soul-home. Week 32

Scotland, my soul-home. Week 32

 

I had another week or so here in NL, with wonderful weather and a theatre festival in my back garden:

Pretty art-deco theatre tents at Noorderzon. Week 33

Pretty art-deco theatre tents at Noorderzon. Week 33

Then I ran away to the UK for a long weekend. This next picture is a bit of a cheat, as I took it this Monday, which was a holiday in the UK. But it felt like last week, like part of the weekend. This week has been really long- I can’t believe I was with Matt in the UK this time 7 days ago.  I went to a beautiful lake with my boss for his birthday, which co-incided with a city-wide holiday. It’s screwed up my sense of the weeks a bit as it felt like a weekend all over again! So, here is some bread me and Matt made, technically at the start of this week, but it felt like last week 🙂

Bread, comfort and home. Week 34.

Bread, comfort and home. Week 34.

Phew! That was a lot. I’ll try not to fall off the world for a month again.

Planning for EAA2013: Pilsen

So, one reason for coming out from the woodwork is to try to organise a tweetup for this year’s EAA meeting next week, in Pilsen.

I expect a lot of people are arriving on the Wednesday, like me, and as we’re driving from the Netherlands I can’t guarantee what time I’ll be there, so after chatting with @LornaRichardson, we figure Thursday, after the sessions (including the big Public Archaeology session) but before the drinks party.

We aren’t aiming for anything super formal – just a chance to put faces to twitter handles and say hi in person. So, I’ll be the (very) blonde person with the idiot grin and a sign, outside the entrance to building 1 from about 18:45 (to allow for sessions running over), on the Thursday! Come up and say hi- I assure you it’s not possible to be any more socially awkward than I am 🙂

I’m going to have a really busy conference- all three members of the main project I work on have a paper, on all three days, and on top of that we are co-running a round table with Andy Bevan about Rural sites & methodology. So I plan to tweet, but perhaps not proper ‘live tweeting’ like I attempted from ISAP and CAANLDE- I also need to concentrate on taking notes and getting into the discussions, especially in the round-table.

If you are at EAA please come to the round table (Far from the Madding Crowd A15, Friday afternoon) if it sounds like you sort of thing! We have a great panel with representatives from loads of different geographical regions and periods, all looking at the methodological issues affecting the interpretation of small rural sites. We think the discussion is going to be quite fruitful, in terms of agreeing priorities for research, and learning from other specialisms.

In addition, Martijn is talking in the session on lithics & landscapes (A27) on Thursday morning, Wieke is talking in the session on non-invasive methods on Saturday morning (B10), and I’m just after lunch in the session on geophysics and later prehistory on saturday afternoon (A20). I’m looking forward to seeing colleagues, exploring a new city and country, and getting to go and listen to papers about all the stuff I don’t get to do much of any more: bodies, gender and cold war stuff!

(non-archaeology folks- you might want to mute me from Thursday to Saturday next week!)

Everything louder than everything else

Been away for a while, physically and metaphorically.

Went to Lazio, did some geophysics and found some cool things. Came back and found everything a bit much. The same feeling as the final year of my PhD: stoptheworldiwanttogetoff. Too many things to worry about, so many decisions to make that even deciding what to wear or eat takes too much mental energy.

I went to Scotland for my cousins’ wedding. It was wonderful and warm and perfect. They had a humanist ceremony and I wanted to talk about the idea of ritual without religion, how I think we need rituals, even if we don’t need Gods. But I couldn’t find the words. I have been home to see my beloved M and had a wonderful selfish weekend with him. But I’m still a bit wonky, still not writing my diary, still finding words hard to come by.

I don’t like to talk about that stuff here, so I’ve been avoiding you all. Sorry.

But being an ostrich doesn’t work forever. On friday we had our annual work outing- the first one I have been able to go to. We played silly team games in the morning and then something called footgolf in the afternoon. I knew I would be bad at it, and so for once I let go and had fun, gloriously failing. I was the worst player by a long way, and embracing that made me really happy. I even got a medal, for all of 5 minutes, before I had to give it up to the real winner. Perhaps there is something to be learned? Dad says I need to do all the scary things ‘flippantly’; like they don’t really matter. Like no-one really cares how awful you are at kicking a ball into a plastic hoop…

Failing joyously #project52 week 35

Failing joyously #project52 week 35