Friday, 2 July 2010

I'm still here

Honest! I'd made a promise to myself to post once a month... That doesn't seem to be happening right at the moment, but everything continues relatively normally, and I fully intend to post more soon! I do keep reading other people's blogs, and am thinking of you, even if I then completely fail to comment :)

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Liz, who completed the Marathon last Sunday in an excellent 4 hours and 10 minutes!

Monday, 29 March 2010

What makes a Sunday? or, A Weekend for Saturday-workers

  1. Brunch with a good friend you don't see very often
  2. Completing a project
  3. Which means that you keep a promise
  4. And spending some good time with friends you see all the time.
  5. Waking up to a new week with time to deal with errands before
  6. Getting a fun train to a place you like
  7. With a new podcast to listen to (Electric Sheep)
  8. Hearing about new and interesting things with mentions of other things that do make sense
  9. While catching up with family that you don't really know to
  10. Find that you can have really interesting conversations.
  11. Come home, again on the train (yes, I know they should not be fun anymore, but I like them!), in the light and
  12. Have enough time and energy to go through some of your actual work
  13. And work out a puzzle of geometry with paper so that you can replicate it soon with fabric.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Loves / loathes

Loves:
  1. Seeing a ballet almost exactly 20 (or maybe 19) years after I first saw it, and being transported all over again!
  2. Now knowing just enough about the original Sleeping Beauty to want to go and read all about it, and bore people with the notion of social convention / politeness being reinforced by fairy tale.
  3. Expanding my mental Birmingham, and situating the Hippodrome within it.
  4. Finding that the Hippodrome have a collection of costumes on display - now I want them to do Arthur (Parts I and II) all over again, just so I can see those costumes in use!
  5. The lighting at the end of the second act - they really did dance off into the sunset, and it was great.

Loathes (or perhaps just irritations):
  1. People in front of me who consult their mobile phones via lit-up screen throughout the performance, and thereby create a very distracting light in the corner of my eye.
  2. Finding myself just to the side of the main spotlight, particularly in the third act, when there are a number of very short solos, so that the light keeps blinking on and off (like a car driving past your window).
  3. The bizarre conventions of applauding particular ballet solos, which mean that some groups of the audience end up clapping before the solo is over (like people who clap between movements in concerts).
  4. Small children who need to talk to their parents / snap their bead bracelets / kick the back of seats during the show.
  5. Whoever gave a small child a packet of crisps just before the final act.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Endings, and beginnings

Happy belated 2010 one and all! The end of 2009 just seemed to 'happen' to me, without very much attention paid to what was happening around me, what was being done, or what I was doing. Since the end of September I have been in a kind of stasis, waiting to hear what other people thought of what I have spent the last three years of my life working on: a doctoral thesis which is now officially over. In 2008 I chose not to apply for positions I could possibly have taken up in October, and I have therefore spent quite a lot of my time since September completing applications for next academic year. 2010 has continued in that theme, with more applications due, or in progress, and more rejections coming... on that front, a new beginning looks to be a little further away, but I am still hopeful, and am told that persistence / perseverance pays off in the end!

I have also finished my Christmas knitting and crafting - I made quite a lot of my presents this year, including socks, my first attempts at colourwork (Selbu modern), more hats, mitts, napkins, and a tea-cosy! Those done, I have started a pair of socks for me, and have a queue of birthday presents/ mother's day presents to get on with... I have also started to do a little bit of designing - my dad's Christmas socks were my own pattern this year, which feels like an achievement, and is something I want to do more of. As it's one of the few recent photos I have access to, here's a picture :)



Finally, and this is why this is such a belated post, our tenancy at the other house has ended, with another beginning, five minutes down the road. Not our choice, but we're happy now the move is over (and internet service has resumed)!