I've been pretty absent from the internet and all your lives recently, haven't I?
This isn't a situation that's going to change much. See, this is the situation with my life:
- I have two jobs. At weekends I'm an explainer at the Science Museum, which job involves being face-to-face with the public constantly, talking about science and the museum and taking each interaction at a time. For my brain, it's a great job as I'm always in the moment and because my day is regulated into 20 minute intervals so I'm not being trusted with vast amounts of time I can proceed to lose.
- For two days during the week I'm working as the Learning Assistant at the Grant Museum of Zoology. This includes more formalised school groups, and having developed one family-based activity on adaptations, I'm now putting together a far-too-brief A-Level workshop on Forensic Entomology. Forensic Entomology is AWESOME, guys. You look at the maggots, and say things like "ah yes, that's a 2nd instar Protophormia terranovae, from which I deduce this man has been dead for between 32 and 43 hours." Also, there's a talk on werewolves and I saw Island of Lost Souls, and I'm getting paid for both of that.
- I'm back in therapy, after having been on an NHS waiting list for a year, so being faithful to myself and my therapist is quite important to make the most of it. I've actually had the balls to face her and say "I want you to find out about ADD and how you can verify whether I have it and how you can help me if I do", and in return she's helped me find strategies like micromanaging my days. Which leads me on to:
- My PhD is in the sprint stage, and I am doing this micro-managing thing, knowing what I should be doing at every minute of the day. If I'm good, this will result in be having something kinda passable to hand in at the end of September (after which comes the clean up). It mean I have very little time for much else, and even writing this quick 'State of the...' is something I'm doing at the same time, something to keep my brain semi-focused. (The mental equivalent of knitting while watching TV to make sure I stay in the chair.)
- I have a new computer game obsession! This time it's on the Wii - and it's not what you think. Apparently I'd need to fork out about £40 for a second controller and nunchuck to accommodate a second player before I even try and persuade Kate to play LEGO Batman on the Wii with me. Nope, my current obsession is WiiFit, which I'm doing for about an hour a day until my stinky sweat fills the house. It's great - there's step and rhythm boxing and yoga and I'm not doing too badly with press-ups either. Of course, I doubt it's ability to watch my posture quite as well as it claims to, but I can spot myself. Also, I do wish it wouldn't cry in pain every time I tread on it.
With all that, I haven't had a lot of energy for doing much in my downtime; so heavy-thinking blogging and roleplaying are both on unofficial hiatus, even though I'm trying to get a group blog launched ASAP, that'll mostly be me cheerleading some much more knowledgeable and passionate people than me.
So that's me checking in; don't worry, I'm not sulking, and the stress isn't making me ill or depressed, it's just that I'm very very busy and my life is awesome right now. So that's something.