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On Friday I turned four, for the fifth time.

The first time I turned four was 1970, and I were living in Germany with both of my parents and my baby sister, who had been born in August--I can still remember looking down at my pyjamas (cream with a repeated purple pattern) and saying "But I don't *feel* any different"--I know that the build up to my birthday had been intense and full of anticipation. While the pile of loot lived up to (exceeded?) expectations, I had been expecting four to feel different from three..

The second time I turned four was 1980, I was living in the house on Lovejoy Drive in Anchorage (with a wonderful view of the Chugach Mountain Range out out living room window) with my mother and sister--dad and his girlfriend lived across town in an apartment. The year before I had made the conscious decision to enter my second childhood on my 13th birthday, because I didn't approve of teenagers, and didn't wish to be one.

The third time I turned four was 1990, living in Anchorage again, and I was preparing to move to Eugene Oregon because I had decided to major in geology, and that wasn't an option at UAA, so it was necessary to either leave state or move to Fairbanks. Since it was time to end things with the monogamist I'd tried dating, but couldn't cope with his jealousy issues, I opted to leave state, and many happy adventures in An Tir and many new friends were the result.

The fourth time I turned four was in 2000, I was living in California with the Bard of the West and taking classes in massage therapy, and finding vocational school so easy after having done a Master of Science in Geology.

Now it is 2010, and I am preparing to leave Italy after 1.5 years of my first post-doctoral research project, seeking gainful employment in my field somewhere on Earth, and looking forward to my trip to Sweden next month to visit friends and enjoy some real winter (that lasts longer than a couple of days) for the first time since I left Anchorage a decade ago.

Other folk might think it odd to count my age from 0 to 12 the first time, and then from 3 to 12 each decade thereafter, but it works for me, and it means never having to be a toddler, a teenager, or an old person.


This year's birthday was quite fun--the morning started with a view of the Alps from my apartment, since the rain we'd been having finally cleared. Then I got to spend the day doing analyses with the electron microprobe. I like playing with expensive analytical equipment, and there is just something powerful feeling about using a machine that requires four separate monitors on one computer and another on another just to operate it. Add my notebook computer into the mix (to store photos of the sample with analysis location points marked) and it can be a challenge to reach for the correct mouse to accomplish each task. In the evening I enjoyed yet another long skpye conversation with a friend in Sweden and went for a walk to enjoy the cool night air.

Because I was busy all day Friday I extended my birthday celebration onto Saturday, when I baked a yummy cake and a loaf of bread. The cake was frosted with cream and the bread just baked when my friend and her mom arrived for a visit. We had a very nice visit, plenty of food, and her mom even gave me a short singing lesson before they left. I then came in to uni, thinking I should process the data I'd generated on Friday, on the off chance that any of it wasn't usable I could return to the lab and try again before my samples are taken out of the probe on Monday morning. However, I got distracted visiting with friends on line and had a lovely evening instead of working. I did make time to submit a quick job application, since the deadline for that one was today, but that was all I accomplished beyond just enjoying the day. (Don't get me wrong, there is much value in enjoying days, and it is pretty high on my list of things to do, but I am aware of the fact that month's end is approaching, and that I need to be done with work and packing and out of here on time to make my flight to Sweden on 1 January.)

This morning I actually spent a couple of hours at home and got a couple of loads of laundry done and a couple of boxes packed. Alas, my old computer wouldn't say on when I tried it, so I am reduced to writing the box inventory with pen and paper, to be typed up later. Therefore I should post this, type up the inventory so far (11 boxes, all of [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t's stuff (9 of books, two of the kitchen stuff he wanted, or I didn't want)), process yesterday's data, and perhaps even reply to personal mail.
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I receive regular notices from LJ, reminding me of upcoming birthdays so that I can take a moment and send the lucky individuals a kind word for their special day. Some years I do this as the notices come in. Others, like this one, the pattern seems to be more along the lines of "see notice, smile because it is a delightful person about to celebrate the anniversary of their birth, notice that I've got a couple of days before their natal day arrives, return to whatever I'm doing, in a slightly happier mood for having thought of them". But have I actually said anything in my journal to any of these wonderful people? Not recently.

Therefore, a quick summary of the January and February birthdays on my friends-list (in birthday order), and why being reminded of them makes me smile.

[livejournal.com profile] ak_damned, who made me feel welcome when I first moved to Fairbanks so many years ago, and whose all too infrequent posts about the gigs his band is doing makes me wish I could stop in one night and hear them.

[livejournal.com profile] kbhjs, one of the people I met on LJ before meeting in the real world; when she makes the time to write a longish post it is always worth reading. It was nice to finally meet her, briefly, at 12th night.

[livejournal.com profile] astemudfoot, Another one I met on LJ before meeting in the real world--I finally got to meet her in person at a Lochac event not too long before leaving the Kingdom. Her posting frequency has dropped off of late, but I very much enjoyed reading her words when she was sharing them.


[livejournal.com profile] deseradi, a delightful lady who doesn't post here often enough, but whom I got to see for a bit when I was in Fairbanks in December.

[livejournal.com profile] madryn_1960, one of my favourite people I met while I lived in Tasmania, her friendship has meant much to me.

[livejournal.com profile] callistabee, whom I first met when I was in Atenveldt, and whom I so admired that when I moved back to Alaska, leaving behind a boyfriend, and he commented to me that he thought she was cute I strongly encouraged him to pursue the friendship. They are still married.

[livejournal.com profile] sismith42, one of my friends from when I lived in central West, who moved to Drachenwald. It was a delight to stay with her and her family in Edinburgh when I was there for a confrence in September, and I'm looking forward to our next visit.

[livejournal.com profile] corvideye, a woman of amazing talents whom I met when I lived in An Tir. I have such respect for her skills as an artist, as well as her intellectual capacity.

[livejournal.com profile] allergicone, yet another one I met first through LJ, due to a common love of arts in general, and music/song in particular. It was nice to finally meet her in person at 12th Night.

[livejournal.com profile] grian_ruadh, yet another I first met when I was in An Tir. The love she has shared for the combat arts over the years is inspiring.

[livejournal.com profile] eithni, one whom I still want to meet in person--I almost managed it in June, having touched foot in the correct state, but the logistics didn't work out. Next time. I met her because of her research into all things Pictish, since my apprentice in Tassie, and my erstwhile apprentice in Tassie are both Picts. I joined her LJ at a time she was doing the "thing a day" challenge, and it was so much fun to see what all she created that month, and I'm delighted that she's doing it again. Perhaps some year I'll consider joining her in such a goal.

[livejournal.com profile] blamebrampton, a delightful lady I met when I was in Lochac, who has such a way with words I'd read her shopping list if she didn't provide us amusing posts and stories on a regular basis.

[livejournal.com profile] inner_kitten, a sweet lady I met when I was living in central West, whom I miss very much, and was delighted to have seen when I was in California in December.

[livejournal.com profile] wortschmiedin, yet another I met on LJ first, and one of the reasons I had been looking forward to moving to Drachenwald, so I'd get to see her at events. This happened once before she moved to the US.

[livejournal.com profile] catherinelaurel, a Westerner with truly inspiring talent with needle and thread.

[livejournal.com profile] dream_wind, one I've not yet met in person, but very much enjoy reading her words here.

[livejournal.com profile] kahnegabs, the one who talked me into actually using LJ, rather than just having an account so that I'd get e-mail notices to check when [livejournal.com profile] corva updated her journal. The welcoming conversations [livejournal.com profile] kahnegabs had with me in [livejournal.com profile] corva's journal's comments opened my eyes to a whole new world of human interaction--one that suits me perfectly, as I can hang out with you all whenever it suits me, and what your schedule is at the moment doesn't matter. Sure, we are only leaving notes for one another, but the sense of community it creates is profound, and I'm grateful that I've found it. Thank you!

[livejournal.com profile] vittoriosa, a delightful woman with an amazing voice whom I met when I was in central West. It has been so much fun sharing her graduate school experiences, since her program is so very, very different from the one I went through.

[livejournal.com profile] syele, one I didn't meet till 12th Night this year, but one I expected to like, since she'd been apprenticed by [livejournal.com profile] dorinda2212, who was one of my best friends when I lived in Atenveldt. It was a delight to attend bardic with her.

[livejournal.com profile] northawke, one of my friends from when I was in Fairbanks. I was so delighted when I found her on LJ, I'd missed her.

[livejournal.com profile] erica_j_stark, one I haven't met yet, and who hasn't been posting all that often lately :-(

[livejournal.com profile] colletteshorses, another friend from when I lived in central West. I didn't get a chance to know her very well when I was there, our paths only crossing occassionally. It has been a delight to get to know her better through this medium.

[livejournal.com profile] thisfox, one of my housemates from when I lived in Tassie. Her ability to do embroidery by eye, without drawing on the fabric first, is truly amazing. Anyone looking at her finished work would assume that she'd transfered a pattern to the fabric, the same as the rest of us, rather than just making it up as she goes.

And finally, with a birthday coming up at the end of the month [livejournal.com profile] treacle_tartlet [livejournal.com profile] glass_violet, whom I met in Tassie, but lived just far enough apart that we didn't get to know one another till we met here in LJ. I'm telling you, I missed out. But at least I get to see her on line regularly.

I hope that you all had amazingly wonderful birthdays, that the special days for each of you marked the start of a truly delightful year in your life, and that all good things come to you.

You know, I kind of like the way it feels to stop and think about people. Perhaps in the future I'll do month's worth of birthday greetings all at once on purpose, rather than because I got busy and forgot the days.

Sorry to my facebook friends, who aren't included here--Facebook doesn't e-mail me reminders of birthdays--one has to be with it enough to actually go to the correct page and notice the little notification on the screen. That is so not happening. But I love you anyway.

March
kareina: (me)
I receive regular notices from LJ, reminding me of upcoming birthdays so that I can take a moment and send the lucky individuals a kind word for their special day. Some years I do this as the notices come in. Others, like this one, the pattern seems to be more along the lines of "see notice, smile because it is a delightful person about to celebrate the anniversary of their birth, notice that I've got a couple of days before their natal day arrives, return to whatever I'm doing, in a slightly happier mood for having thought of them". But have I actually said anything in my journal to any of these wonderful people? Not recently.

Therefore, a quick summary of the January and February birthdays on my friends-list (in birthday order), and why being reminded of them makes me smile.

[livejournal.com profile] ak_damned, who made me feel welcome when I first moved to Fairbanks so many years ago, and whose all too infrequent posts about the gigs his band is doing makes me wish I could stop in one night and hear them.

[livejournal.com profile] kbhjs, one of the people I met on LJ before meeting in the real world; when she makes the time to write a longish post it is always worth reading. It was nice to finally meet her, briefly, at 12th night.

[livejournal.com profile] astemudfoot, Another one I met on LJ before meeting in the real world--I finally got to meet her in person at a Lochac event not too long before leaving the Kingdom. Her posting frequency has dropped off of late, but I very much enjoyed reading her words when she was sharing them.


[livejournal.com profile] deseradi, a delightful lady who doesn't post here often enough, but whom I got to see for a bit when I was in Fairbanks in December.

[livejournal.com profile] madryn_1960, one of my favourite people I met while I lived in Tasmania, her friendship has meant much to me.

[livejournal.com profile] callistabee, whom I first met when I was in Atenveldt, and whom I so admired that when I moved back to Alaska, leaving behind a boyfriend, and he commented to me that he thought she was cute I strongly encouraged him to pursue the friendship. They are still married.

[livejournal.com profile] sismith42, one of my friends from when I lived in central West, who moved to Drachenwald. It was a delight to stay with her and her family in Edinburgh when I was there for a confrence in September, and I'm looking forward to our next visit.

[livejournal.com profile] corvideye, a woman of amazing talents whom I met when I lived in An Tir. I have such respect for her skills as an artist, as well as her intellectual capacity.

[livejournal.com profile] allergicone, yet another one I met first through LJ, due to a common love of arts in general, and music/song in particular. It was nice to finally meet her in person at 12th Night.

[livejournal.com profile] grian_ruadh, yet another I first met when I was in An Tir. The love she has shared for the combat arts over the years is inspiring.

[livejournal.com profile] eithni, one whom I still want to meet in person--I almost managed it in June, having touched foot in the correct state, but the logistics didn't work out. Next time. I met her because of her research into all things Pictish, since my apprentice in Tassie, and my erstwhile apprentice in Tassie are both Picts. I joined her LJ at a time she was doing the "thing a day" challenge, and it was so much fun to see what all she created that month, and I'm delighted that she's doing it again. Perhaps some year I'll consider joining her in such a goal.

[livejournal.com profile] blamebrampton, a delightful lady I met when I was in Lochac, who has such a way with words I'd read her shopping list if she didn't provide us amusing posts and stories on a regular basis.

[livejournal.com profile] inner_kitten, a sweet lady I met when I was living in central West, whom I miss very much, and was delighted to have seen when I was in California in December.

[livejournal.com profile] wortschmiedin, yet another I met on LJ first, and one of the reasons I had been looking forward to moving to Drachenwald, so I'd get to see her at events. This happened once before she moved to the US.

[livejournal.com profile] catherinelaurel, a Westerner with truly inspiring talent with needle and thread.

[livejournal.com profile] dream_wind, one I've not yet met in person, but very much enjoy reading her words here.

[livejournal.com profile] kahnegabs, the one who talked me into actually using LJ, rather than just having an account so that I'd get e-mail notices to check when [livejournal.com profile] corva updated her journal. The welcoming conversations [livejournal.com profile] kahnegabs had with me in [livejournal.com profile] corva's journal's comments opened my eyes to a whole new world of human interaction--one that suits me perfectly, as I can hang out with you all whenever it suits me, and what your schedule is at the moment doesn't matter. Sure, we are only leaving notes for one another, but the sense of community it creates is profound, and I'm grateful that I've found it. Thank you!

[livejournal.com profile] vittoriosa, a delightful woman with an amazing voice whom I met when I was in central West. It has been so much fun sharing her graduate school experiences, since her program is so very, very different from the one I went through.

[livejournal.com profile] syele, one I didn't meet till 12th Night this year, but one I expected to like, since she'd been apprenticed by [livejournal.com profile] dorinda2212, who was one of my best friends when I lived in Atenveldt. It was a delight to attend bardic with her.

[livejournal.com profile] northawke, one of my friends from when I was in Fairbanks. I was so delighted when I found her on LJ, I'd missed her.

[livejournal.com profile] erica_j_stark, one I haven't met yet, and who hasn't been posting all that often lately :-(

[livejournal.com profile] colletteshorses, another friend from when I lived in central West. I didn't get a chance to know her very well when I was there, our paths only crossing occassionally. It has been a delight to get to know her better through this medium.

[livejournal.com profile] thisfox, one of my housemates from when I lived in Tassie. Her ability to do embroidery by eye, without drawing on the fabric first, is truly amazing. Anyone looking at her finished work would assume that she'd transfered a pattern to the fabric, the same as the rest of us, rather than just making it up as she goes.

And finally, with a birthday coming up at the end of the month [livejournal.com profile] treacle_tartlet [livejournal.com profile] glass_violet, whom I met in Tassie, but lived just far enough apart that we didn't get to know one another till we met here in LJ. I'm telling you, I missed out. But at least I get to see her on line regularly.

I hope that you all had amazingly wonderful birthdays, that the special days for each of you marked the start of a truly delightful year in your life, and that all good things come to you.

You know, I kind of like the way it feels to stop and think about people. Perhaps in the future I'll do month's worth of birthday greetings all at once on purpose, rather than because I got busy and forgot the days.

Sorry to my facebook friends, who aren't included here--Facebook doesn't e-mail me reminders of birthdays--one has to be with it enough to actually go to the correct page and notice the little notification on the screen. That is so not happening. But I love you anyway.

March
kareina: (BSE garnet)
Thanks to some help from my boss getting Mathmatica to work with my data, I've made some good progress in assembling the poster for next week's conference. I would normally have liked to have had it to this stage a week ago, but these things are harder to do when one doesn't have much data yet and is new to the programs one needs to use. Alas, after a day of making graphs (and editing them in CorelDraw) and re-arranging pretty pictures and text on the poster, my brain is full, and it is only 16:35! Tonight we've got the local dance practice, which I don't want to miss, as it is my last chance to see local friends till mid-January. Tomorrow I get to spend my birthday finishing up the poster and packing for my flight on Friday morning. I'd love to just pop out to the Alps for the day, but it isn't going to happen. I guess that is why I did the event last weekend--to celebrate in advance, since I wouldn't get a chance on the day.
kareina: (BSE garnet)
Thanks to some help from my boss getting Mathmatica to work with my data, I've made some good progress in assembling the poster for next week's conference. I would normally have liked to have had it to this stage a week ago, but these things are harder to do when one doesn't have much data yet and is new to the programs one needs to use. Alas, after a day of making graphs (and editing them in CorelDraw) and re-arranging pretty pictures and text on the poster, my brain is full, and it is only 16:35! Tonight we've got the local dance practice, which I don't want to miss, as it is my last chance to see local friends till mid-January. Tomorrow I get to spend my birthday finishing up the poster and packing for my flight on Friday morning. I'd love to just pop out to the Alps for the day, but it isn't going to happen. I guess that is why I did the event last weekend--to celebrate in advance, since I wouldn't get a chance on the day.
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Since I have a December birthday myself, I've always thought it the best time of the year to be born. My SCA name includes the Finnish words for "Winter" and "Daughter", because of my fondness for the season. Growing up I considered the period of time from Thanksgiving to New Years to be the best time of all, since it was a series of celebrations, good food, and good company. I understand that not everyone shares my joy in the holidays, and that some even find the season to be stressful, but I have always loved it. I didn't do anything for Thanksgiving this year, since I had to work, but since then I've managed a few celebratory adventures, and am looking forward to many more in the coming weeks.

Huge virtual hugs and birthday greetings to: [livejournal.com profile] tafelspitz and to [livejournal.com profile] gurdymonkey, for both of you the day has already passed, whilst I was enjoying the music/dance event in Stockholm, and to [livejournal.com profile] tammypierce, whom I've never met, but whose books I enjoy, and the fact that her birthday is only three days after mine makes her special, [livejournal.com profile] the_cheese_lady, who, as her name suggests, makes the most yummy cheeses, is only a couple of days later, then [livejournal.com profile] amycat1959, whom I've not seen in years but still think fondly of, followed a few days later by [livejournal.com profile] cathyblancett, and then my beloved mother, [livejournal.com profile] darttn, who had the good sense to schedule her birthday for just as the AGU conference is ending, so that I could come give her birthday hugs in person, and to [livejournal.com profile] zenfury, who share's mom's birthday, [livejournal.com profile] fjorlief, a couple of days later, and then [livejournal.com profile] beckenham and [livejournal.com profile] callistotoni the following day.

I hope that you all have (or have had) delightful birthdays, with some time dedicated to making it a special day for you, and that this turning of your personal year marks the start of a truly fablous year in your life. If I've missed any other December birthdays in the LJ community, my apologies, and warm birthday wishes as well to my non-LJ friends who share this month with this delightful group of people.
kareina: (Default)
Since I have a December birthday myself, I've always thought it the best time of the year to be born. My SCA name includes the Finnish words for "Winter" and "Daughter", because of my fondness for the season. Growing up I considered the period of time from Thanksgiving to New Years to be the best time of all, since it was a series of celebrations, good food, and good company. I understand that not everyone shares my joy in the holidays, and that some even find the season to be stressful, but I have always loved it. I didn't do anything for Thanksgiving this year, since I had to work, but since then I've managed a few celebratory adventures, and am looking forward to many more in the coming weeks.

Huge virtual hugs and birthday greetings to: [livejournal.com profile] tafelspitz and to [livejournal.com profile] gurdymonkey, for both of you the day has already passed, whilst I was enjoying the music/dance event in Stockholm, and to [livejournal.com profile] tammypierce, whom I've never met, but whose books I enjoy, and the fact that her birthday is only three days after mine makes her special, [livejournal.com profile] the_cheese_lady, who, as her name suggests, makes the most yummy cheeses, is only a couple of days later, then [livejournal.com profile] amycat1959, whom I've not seen in years but still think fondly of, followed a few days later by [livejournal.com profile] cathyblancett, and then my beloved mother, [livejournal.com profile] darttn, who had the good sense to schedule her birthday for just as the AGU conference is ending, so that I could come give her birthday hugs in person, and to [livejournal.com profile] zenfury, who share's mom's birthday, [livejournal.com profile] fjorlief, a couple of days later, and then [livejournal.com profile] beckenham and [livejournal.com profile] callistotoni the following day.

I hope that you all have (or have had) delightful birthdays, with some time dedicated to making it a special day for you, and that this turning of your personal year marks the start of a truly fablous year in your life. If I've missed any other December birthdays in the LJ community, my apologies, and warm birthday wishes as well to my non-LJ friends who share this month with this delightful group of people.
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This afternoon I discovered that the reading of the pile of papers I was given when I arrived here in Milan has been helping. I may not have managed to finish all of them, but when my boss came in today to talk with me about the experiments I will be doing, and the abstract I need to prepare to present a poster at the AGU conference in San Francisco in December I actually understood the entire conversation. He's given me yet more papers to read, which will help with the abstract preparation. As soon as I return from the geology conference in Edinburgh at the end of this month and the textile conference in the Netherlands in early September I will start actually doing the experiments I came here to do, and I find that I'm very much looking forward to it!

There are quite a number of folk on my friends list who have birthdays this month. I hope that you all have wonderful birthdays dedicated to spoiling yourselves a bit, and that they mark the start of a truly wonderful year.

I've managed more work than usual today by beating the heat at its own game. I took a short nap in the early evening last night, then got up and worked for a few hours in the middle of the night, then another nap, then worked again from 05:00 to 07:00, when it was still nice and cool (relatively speaking--still way hotter than I ever saw in Tassie) and I could think, then slept again till 11:00 before coming in to uni. Then I spent part of the day in the air-conditioned microprobe room, so that I could survive the worst of the day's heat. I may need to keep this sort of schedule till I leave for Scotland on the 28th. Of course, when my five houseguests from Poland arrive tomorrow (from the couchsurfing web page and I are heading out to meet some other couchsurfers. Should be interesting.
kareina: (BSE garnet)
This afternoon I discovered that the reading of the pile of papers I was given when I arrived here in Milan has been helping. I may not have managed to finish all of them, but when my boss came in today to talk with me about the experiments I will be doing, and the abstract I need to prepare to present a poster at the AGU conference in San Francisco in December I actually understood the entire conversation. He's given me yet more papers to read, which will help with the abstract preparation. As soon as I return from the geology conference in Edinburgh at the end of this month and the textile conference in the Netherlands in early September I will start actually doing the experiments I came here to do, and I find that I'm very much looking forward to it!

There are quite a number of folk on my friends list who have birthdays this month. I hope that you all have wonderful birthdays dedicated to spoiling yourselves a bit, and that they mark the start of a truly wonderful year.

I've managed more work than usual today by beating the heat at its own game. I took a short nap in the early evening last night, then got up and worked for a few hours in the middle of the night, then another nap, then worked again from 05:00 to 07:00, when it was still nice and cool (relatively speaking--still way hotter than I ever saw in Tassie) and I could think, then slept again till 11:00 before coming in to uni. Then I spent part of the day in the air-conditioned microprobe room, so that I could survive the worst of the day's heat. I may need to keep this sort of schedule till I leave for Scotland on the 28th. Of course, when my five houseguests from Poland arrive tomorrow (from the couchsurfing web page and I are heading out to meet some other couchsurfers. Should be interesting.
kareina: (BSE garnet)
At one point I'd hoped to be done enough before this weekend to actually attend the local Baronial Investiture event. [livejournal.com profile] baronsnorri and his Baroness are stepping down, and a new couple are stepping up. It would have been nice to be there (if for no other reason to support [livejournal.com profile] baronsnorri at the end of his time as Baron of Ynys Fawr--he's been one of my closest friends since moving to Tassie, but I've not made time for him at all the past few months as I've been focusing on "finishing" the thesis and neglecting everyone and everything else in my life. However, while I've progressed through the parts of chapter six which summarize all of my results and how they relate to the previously published Tasmanian work, I still need to write the important part of the chapter--the "so what" section. The part wherin I need to both remain cautious with plenty of qualifying statements (lest my examiner not like the ideas presented here) *and* show my understanding of the state of knowldge in the field by drawing connections between what my data says and what people have found elsewhere and what it all means. Going to Invest will not help this goal. I did take a little bit of time off this evening to go to the site, where they were doing hall set up and social time. [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t, who has his own reasons for not attending tomorrow, decided that he wanted to go out for an hour or two tonight, so I got the ride into town, and was glad I did--one of my friends from up at Cradle Mountain was down for the event, so I got to see her. I would love to make one last road trip up to her house before leaving the state to see how much work she's done on it in the year+ since last I was there, but it doesn't look like it is going to happen. I also made myself useful unpacking the boxes of candelabras and getting them reassembled before heading back here to do more work.

Tomorrow I stay home and work, whilst pretty much everyone I know heads out to do play time stuff. Fortunately, I am still able to find enjoyment in the work, but, I wouldn't mind if it were done already...

I've missed a few birthdays recently, and feel bad about it, but I have to pass on good wishes to [livejournal.com profile] leohtulf, [livejournal.com profile] duchessletitia, and [livejournal.com profile] sirrustam, who all, in addition to being delightful people, share a natal day. May you each find much joy on the anniversary of your birth (17th, but if I don't speak now, I'll not remember it), and may the next year of your lives be among the best you've ever experienced.
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At one point I'd hoped to be done enough before this weekend to actually attend the local Baronial Investiture event. [livejournal.com profile] baronsnorri and his Baroness are stepping down, and a new couple are stepping up. It would have been nice to be there (if for no other reason to support [livejournal.com profile] baronsnorri at the end of his time as Baron of Ynys Fawr--he's been one of my closest friends since moving to Tassie, but I've not made time for him at all the past few months as I've been focusing on "finishing" the thesis and neglecting everyone and everything else in my life. However, while I've progressed through the parts of chapter six which summarize all of my results and how they relate to the previously published Tasmanian work, I still need to write the important part of the chapter--the "so what" section. The part wherin I need to both remain cautious with plenty of qualifying statements (lest my examiner not like the ideas presented here) *and* show my understanding of the state of knowldge in the field by drawing connections between what my data says and what people have found elsewhere and what it all means. Going to Invest will not help this goal. I did take a little bit of time off this evening to go to the site, where they were doing hall set up and social time. [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t, who has his own reasons for not attending tomorrow, decided that he wanted to go out for an hour or two tonight, so I got the ride into town, and was glad I did--one of my friends from up at Cradle Mountain was down for the event, so I got to see her. I would love to make one last road trip up to her house before leaving the state to see how much work she's done on it in the year+ since last I was there, but it doesn't look like it is going to happen. I also made myself useful unpacking the boxes of candelabras and getting them reassembled before heading back here to do more work.

Tomorrow I stay home and work, whilst pretty much everyone I know heads out to do play time stuff. Fortunately, I am still able to find enjoyment in the work, but, I wouldn't mind if it were done already...

I've missed a few birthdays recently, and feel bad about it, but I have to pass on good wishes to [livejournal.com profile] leohtulf, [livejournal.com profile] duchessletitia, and [livejournal.com profile] sirrustam, who all, in addition to being delightful people, share a natal day. May you each find much joy on the anniversary of your birth (17th, but if I don't speak now, I'll not remember it), and may the next year of your lives be among the best you've ever experienced.
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Just a quick post to wish [livejournal.com profile] bianca_di_bari a very, very happy birthday! May it be one of the best you've ever had, and mark the start of a stupendous year for you!
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Just a quick post to wish [livejournal.com profile] bianca_di_bari a very, very happy birthday! May it be one of the best you've ever had, and mark the start of a stupendous year for you!
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Wishing a most wondrous birthday to both [livejournal.com profile] eithni and [livejournal.com profile] grian_ruadh. Your day is now over here, but still reasonably early in the day your time. I celebrated with a fun D&D game destroying zombies & capturing the nasty necromancer. May your day bring you good adventures with much less ick in them!

Progress report: Went in to uni today, looked at a few samples so I could write their sample descriptions, did so, and sent chapter five off to my advisor. Spoke with my advisor, spoke with another colleague with whom I'll be writing a paper later and worked out our strategy for next week's monazite dating, and brought the sample to be dated over to the micro probe lab so that it can be carbon coated before then. Went home and did some work on chapter three before gaming. Tomorrow: see how far through chapter three I can get...
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Wishing a most wondrous birthday to both [livejournal.com profile] eithni and [livejournal.com profile] grian_ruadh. Your day is now over here, but still reasonably early in the day your time. I celebrated with a fun D&D game destroying zombies & capturing the nasty necromancer. May your day bring you good adventures with much less ick in them!

Progress report: Went in to uni today, looked at a few samples so I could write their sample descriptions, did so, and sent chapter five off to my advisor. Spoke with my advisor, spoke with another colleague with whom I'll be writing a paper later and worked out our strategy for next week's monazite dating, and brought the sample to be dated over to the micro probe lab so that it can be carbon coated before then. Went home and did some work on chapter three before gaming. Tomorrow: see how far through chapter three I can get...
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Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] allergicone! All of Australia celebrates today, holding many bbq's in your honour. They just *think* they are celebrating Australia day. ;-)

Hope your day is delightful, and that it marks the start of the best yet year in your life.
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Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] allergicone! All of Australia celebrates today, holding many bbq's in your honour. They just *think* they are celebrating Australia day. ;-)

Hope your day is delightful, and that it marks the start of the best yet year in your life.
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Good wishes for a delightful birthday and a fabulous next year to three wonderful ladies. [livejournal.com profile] callistabee (yesterday my time, today hers), [livejournal.com profile] corvideye and [livejournal.com profile] sismith42 (today my time, tomorrow their time zones).
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Good wishes for a delightful birthday and a fabulous next year to three wonderful ladies. [livejournal.com profile] callistabee (yesterday my time, today hers), [livejournal.com profile] corvideye and [livejournal.com profile] sismith42 (today my time, tomorrow their time zones).
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I hope that you have a fablous birthday, [livejournal.com profile] cathyblancett!

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