So I am back. Hopefully you all haven't deserted me completely!! It has been a long time and I really appreciated all the kind comments and tweets from all of you. I promised myself that I would not be too morbid, although you can forgive me if I find it a bit difficult to be as chirpy as usual. I am doing ok. And my mantra for the last few weeks has been the quote I shared with you above. It is not ground breaking in any way. But it is true. We all know that s**t happens. And bad things happen to good people all the time. What is even sadder is the fact that people no longer seem to attach any meaning to a person's life. It all seems so senseless. At times I have asked myself where is the justice in this world? But I won't hold my breath waiting for it. I will just need to move on.
So what have I been up to while away? The last few months have been a blur! I have been so incredibly busy. I think doing an extra certificate while doing a PhD full time was probably not the best idea even if it was for the most part by distance learning. Finding time to prepare a dissertation and study for exams as well as keeping up with everything else was quite difficult when one spends four hours a day commuting. But I managed and it is all over now!
On a good note I do feel that my PhD is starting to take off after all the 'tedium' of the first year. I have had a paper accepted and one in submission :-) Papers are like gold to academics so this is really important for my career. I think I just need to keep on keeping on and things will be ok on that front.
Other exciting news include a visit from my mum in July (and she didn't drive me as crazy as she normally does). Personally I feel that she is finally seeing me as a grown up (even though I passed 18 eons ago! haha). But then maybe parents never really see their children as adults. I am looking forward to going home in August. I have a new family member to meet!!
And I am still learning to drive!! For the life of me I continue to get confused by roundabouts. Why are there so many in this country? WHY?? They are the bane of my existence!!! But I have my very own first car now. I shall keep silent on it for the moment so I can do a review later. No worries, it is not a fancy shmancy car like DH's car. I wanted something cheap and cheerful that looked cute. And I prefer to spend my money on handbags. Yes..... really. You know I am superficial. I am very pleased with her though.
So handbags........My collection has grown and then reduced (and will probably grow again hehe). eBay has been wonderful I think. Tips for selling on eBay is another post I have in mind. Plus I may share some of my new acquisitions!!! :-)
With respect to blogging I probably won't be blogging as frequently as I did before as I still find myself just wanting to do solitary things. But I won't disappear for another 3 months (or I won't without at least telling you). I am trying to blog at least 2-3 times a week and see how that goes, although this time when I go home in August I think I will just want to spend time with my family and friends without documenting the entire trip.
OK so lovely people, what have you all been up to? Please share. It would be nice to get a few comments again as I have missed my blogging 'voice' and missed hearing your thoughts and opinions.
Have a lovely weekend!