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*tap* . . . *tap* . . . Is this thing on? Yah, so that was a long break. I've been writing - a lot - just about archaeology, and it's been intensive enough that I haven't had much left over for anything else other than the occasional fatuous post... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2013 at Doing it Wrong
Today is my 25th anniversary. It is also 9 1/2 years from the day my husband went missing. I used 'is' up there deliberately, if self-consciously. It is my anniversary, not it would have been. Because I'm still here, I was married 25 years ago, and that still means something... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at Doing it Wrong
I think spring has sprung. I'm probably premature in saying so, particularly given the fact that I was sure spring had sprung a few weeks ago when the snowdrops were all out and the temperature was in the double [centigrade] digits. And then all last week we had bitter cold,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Doing it Wrong
I saw a ghost the other day. I don't believe in ghosts. I wasn't going to write about it, but it happened and as I think about it, some of the time I think it's important, so I'll put this here - placeholder. This happened. I was walking at my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2013 at Doing it Wrong
I wrote this post about the new year. It was awesome. Okay it wasn't, but it was epic. As in EPIC, as in long and involved and all that stuff and I knew when I was writing it that it wasn't going to work as a post because, beyond the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at Doing it Wrong
So after getting all my self together to write about anxiety and worry and stuff like, that I did it, I sat down and started pounding away, dozens and dozens and DOZENS of words. And even while I'm writing I'm thinking, this is so flipping boring, I mean, I'm writing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
I was just thinking grim and grumpy thoughts about a couple of my favorite bloggers who have either apparently stopped completely or have been veeeeerrrrry slow getting out new stuff. And then I though, hullo pot, I'm kettle, SO nice to meet you. So on the basis of that and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
There are a few differences between American grad schools and British. For example here a master's degree takes one year - one. At the university I worked for recently a master's took between 2 years and 5 depending on how generous the loan officer was and how bad the economy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
...The old man sitting on a bench in the museum gardens at 9 o'clock on nice mornings, cuddling the filthy pigeons who confidingly hop up on his lap. ... the dozens of people, locals and tourists, lined up on the bridges to stare at the swollen, flooded river and assure... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
For my own sanity (coming from a desert environment) I am not really killing worms by not rescuing each and every one of them - I am actively and purposefully feeding birds. Also, that is a totally angelic skyward gaze I'm adopting, thank you very much. Being raised on (mostly)... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
The last and final post! Which is mostly about accomodation, a little bit about utilities, and a smidgeon about other stuff because I wanted it to BE the last and final post so some tidying needed doing. And if all of that doesn't just fill your black little heart with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
AGONEEE! Yet another one. BUT! The second to last. Which is good because I am running out of ways to distract the rest of you and I'll be damned if I stoop to a YouTube of Kitten Waking Up or something. [how that is different from the rest of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
If I remember, I'll link to parts 1 and 2 here. What to buy! Take heart, this one should be shorter than the other two. And for the rest of you, here's a gorgeous vid of lightning in slow motion: Now, unlike the other two I want to disclaim all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
Part 1 here Packing! Could it BE more interesting? Yeah, for the rest of you, go be inspired by the Nat Geo photo contest submissions. Okay, Imma say right here that I did it wrong. Some of it anyway. I am MOVING not visiting so while I had pared down... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
Alternate title - Seriously, Luggage? Can You Think of Anything More Boring (ans: yes! Join me for Q&A 2 - PACKING!!!) So I've been getting emails and IM's asking stuff about how to move and make it easy and, as I'm trying to get back in a writing kind of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
I just moved into my new flat - well, nearly almost. I'm IN the flat (at this very moment - live journalism this is) but half my things are still a mile away at the temporary place and will need to be retrieved over the next two days. Still, there... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
Just a quick one because I'm sitting in a Starbucks (I know) using their free Wifi since the place I'm staying doesn't have internet (I KNOW! It's been one day and I'm still alive but it's close). Out the window a man with stilts on is dressed up as a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
I have baggage! Both kinds, actually, but most importantly I have CLEAN KNICKERS. And not ones that have been washed in the sink and 'dried' overnight. I mean, yes, I'm in a gorgeous city and having a lovely time playing tourist, but let's get priorities straight here. And shout out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
Oh yeah. Rode that stupid tsunami for THIRTY TWO HOURS baby. And self, next time you think what a stonking great deal that ticket is and you merrily press BUY, BUY NOW BEFORE THE WHOLE WORLD FINDS IT AND BUYS IT FIRST, you miiiiiiight wanna check the layovers. all 21... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
This has been the most agonizingly slow move of my life. I resigned my job months ago (stage one), moved out of my house (stage two), sorted and purged my already sorted and purged belongings and sent the remaining 'keep' stuff off with two of my kids (stage three), then... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
1) am alive. 2) offspring are also alive despite living ON THEIR OWN without my superior nagging skills to keep body and soul together. Amazing. 3) Oregon is very, very pretty 4) it also has growing things in it that you can eat which is nice 5) however said growing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
Quick update from Phoenix airport* to say that the first leg of Epic Journey 2012 is underway. Part of the epicness is that this particular leg involves a 9 hour layover. In Phoenix. Starting at 10:00 at night. Also known as 'there's a reason that flight was so amazingly cheap,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
I'm in the throes of Not Procrastinating which, it turns out, is really awesome because you get this amazing virtuous thrill for Doing Things You Should Totally Just Be Doing Because You're an Adult You Idiot AND you can face up to OTHER things and go, 'oh, I would, but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
I've spent the week doing almost all the things I've been procrastinating for the past two months. In doing so I realized that for two months I've been gradually increasing my stress level to monumental proportions and the result is that when I actually DO the thing I've been putting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2012 at Doing it Wrong
So! I married off one of my kids thereby acquiring another one and thus far unless he proves to by a lycanthrope or a secret and non-ironic Glenn Beck afficionado I think I've come out way ahead. The next couple of days after the party were spent in a mindless... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2012 at Doing it Wrong