My subconscious brain has associated in a manner that was outside the realm of my personal control two aspects of my life that should not be linked. Writing my thesis and holidays. This has led to a pleasant week with a few late mornings, a general apathy towards my data, and an increase in social activities more than is appropriate for the first week back after Christmas: It has not resulted in hard work and panic driven productivity as is required to complete a thesis. This link was fortunately brutally severed this morning by ‘the fear’. It takes a long time to write 200 pages and by the end of March the available funds for food will have approached zero.
Despite this mornings brutal severance I still feel a great deal of guilt for a less than productive week, so feel I should vindicate the failings of my lazy mind by at least sharing the things I have learned (learnt) this week – then I will start working.
About the English language:
Learned and learnt are both acceptable most of the time (in UK English anyway) . Just be consistent.
Neophyte is my new favourite word. Thanks @CorrineBurns
From my friends:
An owl mug is not an acceptable Christmas gift for your girlfriend of nearly a year. Especially if there is nothing better than an owl mug inside it.
It is possible to cycle 50 miles, get run over and still score a wonder goal the next day. Please note Ben Arfa is not my friend.
About the internet:
Dropbox is great, my thesis is permanently backed up online and punted to all the computers I work on by magic. A shared dropbox is also a good idea.
Google Reader is a good way to manage blogs. Having RSS feeds into your bookmarks menu is not.
I still find drinking wine in a bar with a friend is a fulfilling way to spend your Monday afternoon despite having a thesis to write – Sorry David.
It hurts inside when a two-year old only manages a cursory glance and a “no thank you” when asked if he would like to say hello to you.
I don’t like it. It is addictive. I am still not very good at it. I want more followers. 140 characters never seems to suffice. I refuse to use it to inform you of my eating habits.
I hate you because you tell me about your eating habits.
I like it as much as writing my thesis. Or maybe more!
If your blog begins with the letter A, this is a good thing. Thanks to Synthetic Remarks I made it onto a blog roll and was ecstatic not be buried at the bottom.
About Peter Rabbit:
As well as a reading of the story, a commentary on the ethics of stealing carrots and being the only rabbit that gets to wear a coat increases the enjoyment for the story-teller, the child, and casual eavesdroppers.