Lost: one week

Where did the last week go? I feel like once again I blinked and the whole thing went past

I have to admit, I’ve been so exhausted by the end of the term chaos that I’ve not been wanting to look at a screen when I got home. I’ve been just curling up on the couch and trying to relax.

It was a productive week, work wise though. I got all the grades uploaded onto the system, I invigilated some exams, I talked through dissertation topics, I argued grades etc etc. And now term has ended so I’m working on winding down.

Current plan is relax and enjoy things over Christmas, my birthday and New Year, then once the festivities are over I’ve got a week to get everything prepared for the new term.

I got home on Friday evening to find Jack & Lucy had decorated for Christmas. It was a magical feeling, coming home to that at the end of a stressful week was perfect. If I’m ever too old to find Christmas decorations to be wondrous, I will be going to find my grave!

We went to see Aquaman which was incredible and if I didn’t have enough of a crush on Jason Momoa before hand? ❤

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Catching up

I managed to finish all the grading early afternoon yesterday and got to spend the evening watching Doctor Who with Jack and Lucy, before an early night. I got all the grades posted onto the system by lunchtime today.

I’ve gone through all my notifications and my inbox is zero. I think I’m getting the hang of the commenting thing. Sometimes I still feel a bit awkward and over-think what I’m saying but I suspect this is mostly going to be an experience/practice thing and it’ll get easier the more I do it. That’s what I’m hoping at least.

Now all I have to do is catch up on my reading page. Wish me luck?

Following on from my Spotify stats, my Godreads Year In Review figures have also been posted and look a little like:

I would have liked a breakdown of the genres and authors that I read the most as well – does anyone who uses Goodreads know if I can find this information at all?

And I know a lot of my new friends have mentioned they are interested in the poly and BDSM aspects of my life so if there’s anything you’d like to ask me about that, please do

The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you

27 exams to go, then all I have to do is enter the grades onto the system. I was really hoping I’d be done today and have tomorrow as a down day but I’m admitting defeat. I’m going cross-eyed and can someone remind me what Kepler’s laws of planetary motion are again?

I think my plan for tomorrow is to have a lie-in, partake in Sunday morning playtime then try and get finished in time to have relaxing time with Jack and Lucy.

They’ve been good to me this weekend though. Jack ordered me Chinese takeout, he’s been making sure I take regular breaks and giving me shoulder rubs. Lucy insisted I take a nap with her this afternoon – and I’m just hoping it’s not going to stop me from sleeping tonight.

Grading

I don’t think I’m going to be escaping my study much – if at all – this weekend. I finished this week with all the grading to do. A couple of hundred worksheets, 70 or so reports and 70 or so exams (mixed multiple choice and short answer).

Send coffee and donuts. And Jason Momoa. And more pens, mine just ran out.

Right now, I’m not sure I know the difference between a terrestrial planet and a gas giant anymore.

And then I realise there are finals for two courses next week.

Which is why it’s gone 11pm on a Friday night and I’m still sitting at the computer. Although, I’m now winding down, checking my emails and coming on to see how much more I’m missing on Dreamwidth. So much for getting caught up this weekend, and I wanted to post a review of the book I finished today. But it’s nearly Christmas break. Just one more week to go!

What do you want?

I thought it was supposed to be my students that caught the Fresher’s Flu, not me. I’ve been feeling pretty crap all week though I’m pretty sure it’s actually just a cold – fever, aches, chills, coughing, sneezing, throat full of razorblades. Saying Freshers Flu just makes it sound more dramatic

Freshers Flu, is, however, an actual affliction that first year university students get. Similar symptoms to a cold or the flu generally caused by large numbers of students from all over the place, including world wide, all arriving in the same place and bringing all their own germs and immunity needing to be built up. Combine that with the often unhealthy diet and large amounts of alcohol consumed during the first couple of weeks. AND they psychological effects of leaving home, homesickness, stress, making new friends, learning to be independent. Wham, a teenagers immune system buckles under the strain and they fall victim to Freshers Flu.

Frustratingly, it’s been a week with a lot of fun things to talk about and no energy after finishing schoolwork to come online. I didn’t even go to the cinema with Jack and Lucy to see Venom this weekend.

You see, the start of the new school year is one of my favourite times. It’s a time filled with excitement and promise and new beginnings and new ideas. Rooms and halls filled with new friendships, new relationships, and, with Donna Strickland winning the Nobel Prize in Physics, so many young women filled with a sense of what could be which makes me excited to have them in my classroom. The conversations that buzz around are about why they’re studying astrophysics and what they want from it. I love all the discussions filled with wonder, with purpose, with determination. I love that there are young women who believe they can accomplish something in the world of physics.

When they ask me what I want, I give them a standard answer about helping them become the best possible scientists they can, helping them achieve their potential.

what do I really want?
A horse!