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This past weekend only had one thing on the calender as the weekend approached: a party for out choir on Saturday evening, to be held at our house. He was on call, so when he got the call on Friday evening that he would have to go to Skellefteå on Saturday morning we formulated a plan: He would do the two hour drive south, do the job, then, on his return trip, stop half way and visit his parents, since he had some things he needed to discuss with his mom. In the meantime I would have the whole morning and afternoon to bake bread for the party and clean the house (which needed it, since we have been too busy with both work and projects to keep on top of the basic cleaning). However, on Saturday morning he called a colleague at the Skellefteå office who agreed to go do the computer repair in his own town and save [livejournal.com profile] lord_kjar the trip. He then called his mother, who told him we should come over as they were doing are doing a party for the visiting grandkids and your brother in Skellefteå and his wife and son would be there, too.

Therefore we revised the plan: I started the bread rising, and he started housecleaning. While the bread did the first rising I helped with house cleaning, and then I shaped the loaves (one large loaf with chunks of garlic in it, which would roast to tender goodness while the bread baked, one medium cardamom bread, braided, and one filled loaf using the rest of the cardamom bread dough and a filling of almonds and pistachios in a thickened milk sauce) and put them in the fridge. That took the whole morning, and by noon we were on the road south.

We had a delightful visit with his family (he got to discuss the things with his mom that prompted the call--she is a self-employed accountant/tax prep. person, and we wanted an explanation of the paperwork that had been posted to us by the tax office about our property) and, and while we were chatting she pointed out an ad in her local paper for someone selling a timmerlada (wooden barn/shed originally intended for storing hay) who was asking only 10,000 SEK for it (this is the cost of a nyckleharpa, and about 1/4 of what other people have been adverting used timmerlador for). We have been wanting another shed, so he gave them a call, and we agreed to go look at it the next day.

After having cake and cookies with the family soon after we arrived, and then an early dinner with them a bit later we were back on the road to head home around 16:00. This got us home before 17:00, which gave us a bit more than an hour to get the bread baked and create a table out of saw horses and a door and a bench out of a solid plank and some large bricks so that the kids would have somewhere to sit (the choir is a "student choir", so it is mostly undergrads, but since it is open to all and has only one entrance requirement (must love to sing) there are a few of us who are not undergrads) during dinner.
the choir party itself and the games we played )

The party broke up around 01:00, and we were in bed by 2:30, which gave almost enough sleep before heading out in the morning to go look at that timmerlada for sale )
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...and this is a good thing, because I have ever so much I need to do for work! I have deadlines of 1 November for both an abstract for a January conference and a grant proposal and I really want to be playing with my 3D models now that I have half again as much data to work with as I had last week AND I finally have the structural geology model for this area working in my modeling program--this means that I can model changes in the rock type due to alteration separately for each fault block and compare that with the models made for all of the blocks as a single package. In addition to all that I also agreed to supervise students taking an exam next week, since many others in the department who would normally do this need to be out of town.

In other news last night we combined dance practice at the uni (which is set to happen alternate Thursdays) with SCA sewing/crafts night (which normally happens on the other Thursdays at a location in the city center). However, their normal site isn't available next week, so they moved that session to this week, and then decided to join us at the uni instead because a couple of the dancers wanted to to both. This went very very well, and I am going to invite the crafts people to join us every time we have dance, if they feel for it.

I am someone who normally longs for winter all summer long--I love snow and crisp cold weather. However, this year, with all of the projects in the yard, I have been hoping for more summer, since we just aren't getting them all accomplished as quickly as I would like, which is not surprising, given how many different outdoor projects we have going at once:

*dig up and replace electric cable to the septic system, since the old one died last winter, and we don't really care for the above-ground extension cord that has been in use ever since. Status: close to done, the digging up and burring of the new cable is done, but we still need to hook it up inside the house so we can get rid of the above ground temporary fix.

*Earth Cellar. status: IN PROGRESS. All the walls are at least thigh high, the concrete rings for the door and interior cabinets are in place, the dirt and gravel fill behind the walls is done to the height of the walls, the inside floor has been covered with gravel and a large concrete slab that was lying in the yard. Sadly, we have to return his dad's tractor at the end of this weekend, so we have only tonight and perhaps Sunday morning (Saturday is fully booked with a mini gaming con and birthday party) available if we want to put any more of the large rocks into the walls. After that we can do only rocks small enough to move by hand, and then only till we start getting freezing weather at night--I don't really want to deal with wet concrete freezing and thawing.

*Stairs to earth cellar. Status: Done and beautiful!

*Terraced garden area beyond the earth cellar. Status: next year's problem, some tractor work to level out the bottom terrace has happened in the early summer (while we were waiting for the delivery of the gravel needed for the earth cellar project). The bare dirt of that level has been completely overgrown, mostly with nettles. Will require work another summer to go anywhere with it.

*cobble stone and cement block walkway to the house. Status: IN PROGRESS: one third totally done. Remaining cement blocks all set in place, and half of them dug in and awaiting their accompanying cobblestones. However, this one is, again, on hold while we try to do a bit more earth cellar work--even after we start getting freezing at night (which will put a stop to playing with wet cement in the earth cellar) it will still be warm enough during the day to dig room for the cobble stones

*Gravel path from the driveway to the bicycle shed. Status: Done! (this week)

*widely spaced cement block walkway going from the main, pretty walkway over to the sheds. Status: IN PROGRESS: cement blocks set in place, but only the two that fall into the gravel path from one shed to the driveway (those stones lead to the other shed) have been dug into place.

*large stones to frame curve of the driveway. Status: Done! Set in place between the lamp post and the house, look beautiful!

*leveling & re-sloping of yard to get rid of mud puddle locations. Status: Done! now we need the grass to grow back.

*re-burring the electric cable to the shed now that the yard has been leveled. Status: mostly done, just need to do the last couple of meters close to the shed, where there is still grass because we never took a tractor to that part (the new burial path is very different from the old one, because we now want it to go to the other shed first, since that is were we will put the split to also run electric to the earth cellar). Needless to say, we also still need to put in that splitter, and we will also put in a light switch to the second shed, so that we don't have to plug in the light every time we want to turn it on.

*raspberry patch. Status: done! canes brought over from the home of a colleague (where they had been growing outside of the box their parent canes lived in) and put into a box here with lots of cord strung between uprights to help them stand up despite the frequent winds we get here.

*smultron (wild strawberry) patch. Status: done! all smultrons which had been growing where the hole for the earth cellar now is were safely transplanted to over by the shed. Those plants forgave us enough to feed us many yummy berries. Those plants that had been growing where the stairs now are have been relocated to places surrounding the stairs. One particularly cute bunch of them now grows in the hollow surrounded by the rocks at the curve of the stairs.

*strawberry patch. Status: next year's problem, still where the neighbour left them when he moved most of his berries out of our yard because we would be taking a tractor to the field. The long term plan is to move them to the above mentioned terraced garden. Someday.

*leveling the field. Status: next year's problem,didn't get so far due to the accessory for the tractor for breaking up soil having turned out to have broken (pulverized) bearings. However, many high spots were scooped up to provide dirt for leveling the upper yard.

*archery range. Status: next year's problem, not even started at all.*

*wider parking area. status: close to done, he used the tractor to bring up some dirt to level out the area to the left of the two car parking area, so we now have a flat space three cars wide for parking, but that part will need gravel, and, some other year, it will be nice to do a ring of large stones around the parking area and add a second pillar to plug cars in during the winter.

Hmm. Looking at the list, and how much more time I have spent outside compared to all the other summers of my life, it is no wonder that I have had more annoying bug bites than ever before. It turns out that while mosquito bites don't bother me for more than 20 minutes max, the tiny little biting gnats leave holes in my skin that get hard, painful lumps under them that bother me for two to three days. Nasty things, that I will be glad to be rid of when the snows come. Have I mentioned how much I love winter? So, I am looking forward to my favourite season, but not looking forward to how many of these projects will need to go on hold till next year. And life won't even slow down when winter comes, as the list of indoor projects we want to get to is just as long...
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As one might expect for a country which extends so far to the north, midsummer is a rather important holiday. The holiday itself was Friday, the 21st, Midsommarafton. We spent it, as we have every year since I arrived in Sweden (this is my third midsummer here!) with the folk music/dance community. The day started with a gathering at the gillestuga in Gammelstad at 10:00 for a quick dance rehearsal, followed by lunch for all the musicians and dancers. Lunch ended just on time to head over to the open air museum in Gammelstad and raise the leaf-and flowered covered cross and lead the children (both large and small) in the traditional dances around the cross, followed by our dance performance. The crowd there to enjoy the beautiful day and the traditional activities was quite large (the number 7000 was mentioned by one of the other dancers, but I am not certain where she got it), yet I saw a few people I know in the crowd. However, I didn't have a chance to speak to any of them, since it was time to hurry over to a park near city center, and do it all again.

The crowd in town was noticeably smaller than the one in Gammelstad, so there was much more room for dancing, which was fun. As he does every year at midsummer [livejournal.com profile] lord_kjar didn't dance with us, but instead ran the sound system for the music at the park in town, which he rather enjoys doing. I can't complain about losing my favourite dance partner for the day, since the man I wound up dancing with instead is one who has been a very good dancer since well before either [livejournal.com profile] lord_kjar or I were born, and is always a pleasure to dance with.

After the second dance performance ended we took the sound equipment back to Gammelstad, and joined some of the other dancers and musicians for a dinner of leftovers from lunch (I had, of course, brought some food with me to eat between the provided lunch and dinner) and then we finally returned home some eight hours after leaving the house.

Soon after we arrived home [livejournal.com profile] liadethornegge arrived. She had spend the day in the area, and was going to spend the night at our place, to save having to drive back and forth two days in a row. It was lovely getting a chance to visit with her--we both tend to be too busy at events to slow down and talk much.

Our event started around mid-day on Saturday. I got up early enough to bake a large loaf of garlic bread (of the sort where one puts in many whole (or half, depending on how big they are) cloves of garlic into the bread so that they roast and become soft pockets of yumminess within the bread) that came out of the oven around the time the first of the other guests started arriving.

It was a lovely, low-key SCA event. We danced a little, sang some songs, worked on handicrafts, chatted, ate yummy food, and in the evening soaked in the shire hot tub (which we had fetched last week so that it would be available). We had around a dozen people, and a good mix of long time SCA people, people new to the SCA, and some friends from choir and folk music, too. Some are local, and some drove from as far away as Skellefteå (two hours south of here). One of the guys who came up from Piteå is merchant, from whom I had purchased some yarn at an event sometime in the last year or so. I am currently using that yarn to nålbind some socks, and they are about half as tall as I want them to be, but I am running low of yarn. So I emailed him this week and asked if he could bring me more. He did, and the price was so reasonable I bought another six skeins--so I should be able to make a few more things from it when this project ends. I love not needing to actually go shopping, but just have what I need show up when I need it, ready to purchase with no effort on my part.

We did wind up spending the day inside (except for hottubbing and using the bbq to cook), since it was a rainy & blustery day, but we had enough fun that I don't think anyone minded (well, save for the one friend who couldn't stay due to an allergy to the visiting dog. I had told another friend last week that he could bring his old, small, and well behaved dog with him to the event, since we had planned to be outside all day, and his dog is too old to be left home alone all day. However, when I woke up to the rain I had forgotten that the dog was coming too, and when they arrived I didn't feel I could ask him to leave the dog outside in the rain and wind, so I let him in (but insisted that the dog stay on the floor, which is easily cleaned later, and not the nice wool rug I use for a yoga mat). The dog was quiet and well behaved, so I didn't mind having him there, until a friend arrived who couldn't risk staying, since she is allergic to dogs. Sigh. I would have loved to have had her company, too, but she said she was content to go visit her grandchildren instead.

People wandered home early enough that we had the kitchen cleaned back up by midnight, and got to sleep at a reasonable hour. Today we started the part of the yard work we have been putting off till after the event--the root cellar! The area we want to build the root cellar happened to already have some of the lovely, tiny, strawberries that the Swedes call smultron growing on it, so I moved them (and the dirt they were growing on) over to the area next to the shed, while [livejournal.com profile] lord_kjar used the tractor to do a bit more work on the lower part of our field. Once I had rescued most of the berries he brought the tractor up and started the digging, which involved alternating between using the forklift point to loosen and carry away single large rocks, and using the large scoop to carry away bunches of small stones and earth. I helped for part of this by using the huge steel rod to loosen up some of the medium sized stones to make them easier for the tractor to scoop up. Other bits of the project I was inside the house working on organizing stuff there. His dad's tractor isn't a huge one, so this process takes rather longer to do than it does to describe, so I had plenty of time to be useful in both ways.

We managed to do what is likely to be about half of the digging for the root cellar, and after that was done we also made time to bring in the ladder and finally hang the light above the stairs that has been sitting on the floor under the kitchen shelves for six months waiting for us to put it up. Granted, we still need to actually run electricity to that light, but that is progress, nonetheless.

Now I am curled up at my computer--first time I have touched it all weekend, and he is watching the Lord of the Rings on his, which, I must point, is somewhat distracting. I started typing at the opening prologue began, and now Frodo is waking up in Rivendel after his near death experience at Weathertop. Somehow I doubt that it would have taken me so long to type if he had chosen a less interesting way to relax....
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While we were at [livejournal.com profile] lord_kjar's parent's house this weekend one of the snacks they served with tea/coffee was "blåbärsbullar" (blue berry rolls). I had never seen these before, but enjoyed them, so I had to try to make some of my own once we got home. I didn't have time/energy for that on Monday, so this morning was the day, but since I was baking I got enthusiastic about it and made blåbärsbuller, veggie calzones, raspberry-almond rolls, and cinnamon rolls )
Not a bad collection of yummy food from one batch of dough. We ate one of the blåbarsbullar straight away, put the calzone into the fridge for tomorrow's lunch, tasted a couple of the cinnamon rolls and raspberry/almond rolls, and froze the rest. The real advantage of making different shapes for each type is that it will be easy to tell them apart in the freezer.

This evening would have been choir practice, but [livejournal.com profile] lord_kjar wasn't feeling well and had a bit of a sore throat. I am not feeling any symptoms myself (I rarely do), but I figure that whatever he is fighting off I have been exposed to, and while I don't show signs of it I could be contagious nonetheless, so I chose to stay home, too. He went to sleep pretty much straight after work, which he may well have needed even if not feeling under the weather, as both last week and this have been really full on at work (which is probably why he isn't feeling good--pushing oneself really hard is a good way to actually show symptoms when exposed to some sort of cold bug), but I was inspired to work on projects.

Last week we acquired a nice, large, metal cabinet which just fits into the open area in the bathroom, which is where we had previously stacked the various tool boxes and related stuff in a rather ugly pile that was sort of organized by setting some boards across a couple of chairs to create two tiers worth of space. Now all of that stuff is nicely organized inside of the cabinet, and the bathroom looks much better. However, the towel rack that came with the apartment happens to be on the wall behind that cabinet (which is a stupid place for it because it is as far as one can get from the shower without actually leaving the room), so we need a better alternative. The other walls are covered with the mirror and a medicine cabinet, and the door into the room, so there isn't really a good place to put a towel rack.

Therefore we are making one. Last week, while attending the Irish Music Session on Thursday evening I took apart a stack of old, broken, hard drives and extracted the magnets (which process is actually harder than that description makes it sound). Tonight I took a board which is a bit shorter than the width of the door on the metal cabinet and carved slots into it into which I have fitted some of the magnets. Once I got the slots the correct size, shape, and depth I added a bit of wood glue to hold them in place. Tomorrow (I hope) we will drill holes into the other side of the board, at an angle, and insert pegs into it. In theory we will then have a nice towel rack that fits on the outside of the metal cabinet. If it doesn't work the first time I can always add more magnets (the advantage of living with someone who repairs computers for a living is that there are always more hard drive magnets available for anyone willing to extract them from their casings).

Once I got that done and the glue was drying I had a bit of energy left, so I moved some of the things that have been living on the fabric shelves in the kitchen but more appropriately belong in the tool cabinet, and then reorganized all of the stuff on the fabric shelves. While I was at it I even typed up labels for the various boxes (Scrap Linen & Silk, Scrap Wool, Scrap Cotton, Wool Fabric, Linen Fabric, Projects in Progress, To Mend, and Patterns) The kitchen looks MUCH better, and I am quite happy with the result. I am looking forward to seeing his reaction to the improvement when he wakes up.

In other news, the box of "projects in progress" is really much too large--we really need to make time to finish some of these! If for no other reason I would love to start new projects with some of that lovely fabric in the other boxes...
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The trip home took more than 48 hours, but I managed to get enough naps on the flights that I was feeling ok when I finally landed in Luleå yesterday early afternoon. It was so good to be home, and back in [livejournal.com profile] archinonlive's arms again that I didn't bother to set up or turn on my computer at all yesterday.

I came home to a house in chaos, since [livejournal.com profile] archinonlive had started to do some re-arranging of furniture while I was gone, got part way through, and then wound up spending a bunch of days at the home of his brother working on projects there instead of finishing the job. However, this is a good thing, since once of my favourite things to do is rearrange furniture, and it is even more fun when I have someone to share the project with.

This morning we got the computer corner of the bedroom set up in a much better way than it had been. We took out and took apart the desk, set the drafting table where the desk had been, and set up his desktop computer under the drafting table, and put his three monitors on that. Then we put the monitor arm for my second monitor on the side of the drafting table, and put my recliner next to it, in the corner of the room, facing into the room. I can now work with the computer in my lap, and the second monitor right next to it, and a comfortable height. While we were at it we also downloaded a new driver for my graphics card, which makes it possible to tell the computer that the second monitor has been rotated 90 degrees, to the portrait orientation. Since this monitor is much wider than it is tall (using the pre-rotated sense of direction), it works Much better this way. Before if I opened a word document or pdf on that monitor I could see only a few lines of text if I set it to a "page-width" display. Now I get the entire page in "page width" display *and* the text is larger!

The room feels much less cramped with only one desk in here, and now that I am in the corner facing out, we can look at one another while we are on the computer. Even better, my feet are within his reach, so he can massage my feet while he watches things on his computer screen (which he is doing as I type--life is good!).

We have just under a week to do any other house-rearranging and projects we might want to accomplish before we leave for the Medieval Week in Visby, during which time we also need to pack and organize what we are bringing (and it had better be a minimum of stuff, since we are taking our car, which is not huge) and cook food to bring with us. As soon as we get back from that event it will be time for him to return to work, and I can start seriously looking for something resembling an income myself. Not that we need two incomes to support us as things are now, but it would be nice to move from the slightly too small apartment into a house, and if we are doing that, it would be nice to own the house, and if we want to do that, we need a second income to build up some additional savings first...

But now I am tired and need to do my yoga before I go to bed...
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After finishing up yet another job application yesterday I decided that I was tired, and, just to be different, I'd go home and get to sleep early. By the time I fished doing my yoga and reading my 1000 words of geologic literature it was only 21:30. I slept deeply and peacefully, till I woke up at 0:34 sweating. Yes, it is that tie of the year again--someone has turned on the heaters in the building, and I forgot to open the door to the balcony wider than just a crack for fresh air before climbing into my loft. (Yes, I do have a small fan in the loft with me to keep the air moving, but while it helps, it isn't always enough.) I've been sleeping on a single-wide mattress since [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t moved to Edinburgh. When he was here I had my egg-crate foam folded in thirds lengthwise next to that mattress that came with the house, and then a few doonas spread over the top to even it out a bit to make a bed that worked for two slender people, but wasn't the world's best. But when he left I decided that I'd rather put the eggcrate foam onto the rather thin foam mattress and get a little more padding. This was quite comfortable, and I enjoyed having all that space on the loft next to the bed for storage, but it had one huge down side--when I wake up over-heated there is no cold side of the bed to scoot over into and drift straight back to sleep.

Therefore I got up and did something about it. I've been thinking about what to do for packing, and where to keep packed boxes, and had finally decided that if I pull the couch forward about a meter there should be room to stack boxes behind it, and still get into the closet next to the loft (which, fortunately, has a door on the left, and a wall that doesn't open on the right, so I can stack boxes right up to that wall without interfering with access to the closet. When I woke up too hot it suddenly occurred to me that I have another option for bedding. I can take the double mattress off of the couch (which is a futon frame), and put the single mattress on the couch, with the egg crate foam on the back of the couch. I tend to only use the couch to lay down to read, or sit up/forward for working on sewing projects anyway, and it isn't likely that I will have much in the way of visitors in my last 1.5 months in town.

Therefore I made it so. Pulled out the couch (swept away months worth of dust that had accumulated back there since last it was moved), lifted down the 8 boxes of [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t's books from the loft (where they'd been doing duty as a stand for my stuffed animals and the little fan), and put them behind the couch (which has also moved a bit to the right, leaving a path to the side of it for bringing boxes in and out of the storage area. Yes, that does block access to the second half of the door to the balcony, but I can cope with being able to reach only one of the doors--it is plenty wide enough for me to walk through when I need to. Then I wrestled the old bedding down, and the new bedding up and put everything back together.

I *love* re-arranging furniture and cleaning and organizing things!

I then crawled happily into my new, much wider bed at 02:55, and drifted back towards sleep again. After about 30 minutes I realized that I wasn't going to actually cross that line into true sleep, so I got back up and came back across the street, where I have done useful things like catch up on the posts to LJ and Facebook that happened in the 7 hours I'd been away, and posted a geoblog on the topic of moving and not having control over where/when. Now it is 05:00 and I should probably go get one more nap; I fear I'm not quite rested enough to do productive uni work...
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Have I really not posted a progress report since returning from Ireland? Shame on me. Let's see...

My reading of my 1000 words a day from the geologic literature continues. I'm at 218 days in a row and counting. This is 63% of the days that have happened since I started this job, and 21% of the days since I first decided to try to do this every day. It took 20 different attempts to get going and then forget to read a day and have to start over before I hit this current record-breaking series, but I appear to be on a roll. Here's hoping I can keep it going.

I've made some progress in processing the data from my last microprobe session, but there is more to be done before I can prepare the poster for my next conference, in Budapest. I leave for that one on Sat. the 21st, so I'm running low on time for that. The biggest problem is that there is some confusion as to which of two capsules in a single plug from an experiment run years before I arrived is which. The analyses I've done on them seem to usually, but not always, give opposite patterns from the ones that they did years ago, and I need to work it out, because if we are combining data from two different compositions into one set we will get huge errors as the vastly different mineral compositions are "averaged" together.

This afternoon I *finally* re-opened the draft of a paper in progress from my PhD research, looked over the first part, saw that it was good, filled in some stuff for the discussion section, and then sent if off to my erstwhile advisor for comment, asking which of the many other topics that made it into the thesis discussion section are actually worth including here. I suspect not all of them. The discussion section of the thesis is as long as the entire paper without a discussion section. With much luck my e-mail will reach him on a day he actually has time to look at it, and it won't languish for weeks waiting for him to have time to read the draft.

Wednesday, on the other hand, didn't see much uni work progress. Instead I got up early and walked into the city center to get photos witnessed for my renewal of my Tasmanian driver's licence. They permit Tasmanians living overseas to renew one time only by mail, but we need an embassy person to sign something saying that the photos are a true and correct likeness of the person. My plan had been to loop around from there to my favorite grocery store, which is the only one where one can purchase the various grains I like to put into my muesli. When I arrived at the embassy it was just starting to sprinkle a bit, but in the time it took to do the paperwork any pay for the service it had started pouring down rain in the way Milan does now and again--really fast heavy rain. I walked from there to the closest post office, and while much of my path was under overhangs on buildings, just crossing the street got me rather wet. I don't mind me getting wet so much, but I'd just as soon not get my pack wet--there are things in there (like that paper work!) that are better kept dry.

Therefore after leaving the post office I took the under-shelter path to the nearest metro station, thinking I'd take the train to the store rather than walking. I did look at the umbrellas the guy was selling at the entrance to the Metro, but decided that I didn't really need one. As it turned out, this particular set of stairs, rather than coming out straight in the station, leads through a store carrying things like stoves, refrigerators, etc. I've been coping for a year without a vacuum cleaner. It is possible when one has floors rather than carpet, but I've kind of wanted one. When I first arrived I couldn't afford one, and while I've thought of getting one every now and then since, it never quite worked out. I did look into it at another store, but while they had affordable models on display, they were out of stock in those, and I saw no reason to pay twice the price for something that I may not want to take with me, depending on where I go next--most of the rest of the world has different shaped outlets.

But since I had to walk through the store anyway, I stopped to look at their vacuum display. The fist couple were marked with prices in the €200-400 range, and I thought that I would continue to do without. Then I saw the model at the end of the row. In a pleasant (though not perfect) shade of blue. Bagless. €49.99. I looked at the shelf below the display, and they had one in a box in stock. Perfect. I'll take it. I've got five months left in Italy, even if I part with it when I go, that is only €10/month for the convenience of a vacuum! Normally I wouldn't accept a shopping bag, but given the downpour I let them put the box into a huge plastic bag. Given the bulk of the item, I decided to skip the grocery store (which is fully a 30 minute walk from my home, and no bus routes directly connecting the neghibourhoods), and instead transfered to the other train line, getting out at the station closest to my house. By that time the rain had slowed to a gentle rain, so I put the box on its side onto my head and carried it home that way (so that the rain would fall on the side of the bag, rather than into it). This also kept some of the rain off of me and my pack, which isn't a bad thing. The box wasn't heavy, but carrying something for 10 minutes by holding it over one's head does tend to make one's arms tired by the end of the trip!

By the time I got home with my loot it was already 11am, so I went in to Uni, intending to work, and fell into some fan-fiction by an author that [livejournal.com profile] vesta_aurelia recommended . Oops. But it was a pleasant diversion. By the time I reached a break between chapters in which I was actually willing to take a break some of my friends were on line and saying hello, and I wound up puttering around doing semi-useful tasks while visiting with people rather than making real progress on my work.

This morning I celebrated my purchase by vacuuming again (of course I used it yesterday, too). Only this time in addition to emptying the dust out straight away like I did yesterday, I also tapped the dust out of the filter and completely washed the filter and dust-catching chamber. This is the first time in my life that I can recall having access to a completely new, never before used vacuum cleaner, and I'm loving it. Sure, it is a very cheap model (the box advertises a "telescoping hose", which does, in fact, gain about one inch in length if you adjust the telescoping part), but if I keep the filter spotlessly clean then the motor will always be able to do its job.

Tuesday's biggest accomplishment was finishing up my application draft for that museum job. It was fun to work on it, and I wouldn't have been able to have prepared as good of an application packet without the input and comments from [livejournal.com profile] bethchm, [livejournal.com profile] massaria, [livejournal.com profile] sismith42 and [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t. The first two gave me some amazingly useful suggestions about what to say and how to approach it, and the latter two spent hours hanging out on line giving me feedback on which version of sentences were better. Now I wait and see. The application packet is as good as I could make it, but it really depends on who else applies, and what their strengths look like on paper. If I were to get this job it would be totally unlike anything I've ever done before. I'm accustomed to being in academia, where I get to set my own hours, and I often work evenings (or even late at night), weekends, or whenever I'm inspired to work. This job would be an 08:30-17:00 Monday-Friday. I have no idea how I would go with that. I would have to not access personal e-mail/LJ/Facebook/etc during business hours if I had *only* business hours in which to accomplish work tasks. But on the other hand, being done at the end of the day, and therefore being able to hang out with friends, work on art projects, or read for fun without any guilt because I'm "not working" sounds rather appealing...

In other news, I've heard from my friend [livejournal.com profile] racaire1. She had thought she'd be out of town the week I'm in Vienna for a short course at the end of the month, but it turns out that she will be home after all. I am so looking forward to spending time with her again!
kareina: (BSE garnet)
Have I really not posted a progress report since returning from Ireland? Shame on me. Let's see...

My reading of my 1000 words a day from the geologic literature continues. I'm at 218 days in a row and counting. This is 63% of the days that have happened since I started this job, and 21% of the days since I first decided to try to do this every day. It took 20 different attempts to get going and then forget to read a day and have to start over before I hit this current record-breaking series, but I appear to be on a roll. Here's hoping I can keep it going.

I've made some progress in processing the data from my last microprobe session, but there is more to be done before I can prepare the poster for my next conference, in Budapest. I leave for that one on Sat. the 21st, so I'm running low on time for that. The biggest problem is that there is some confusion as to which of two capsules in a single plug from an experiment run years before I arrived is which. The analyses I've done on them seem to usually, but not always, give opposite patterns from the ones that they did years ago, and I need to work it out, because if we are combining data from two different compositions into one set we will get huge errors as the vastly different mineral compositions are "averaged" together.

This afternoon I *finally* re-opened the draft of a paper in progress from my PhD research, looked over the first part, saw that it was good, filled in some stuff for the discussion section, and then sent if off to my erstwhile advisor for comment, asking which of the many other topics that made it into the thesis discussion section are actually worth including here. I suspect not all of them. The discussion section of the thesis is as long as the entire paper without a discussion section. With much luck my e-mail will reach him on a day he actually has time to look at it, and it won't languish for weeks waiting for him to have time to read the draft.

Wednesday, on the other hand, didn't see much uni work progress. Instead I got up early and walked into the city center to get photos witnessed for my renewal of my Tasmanian driver's licence. They permit Tasmanians living overseas to renew one time only by mail, but we need an embassy person to sign something saying that the photos are a true and correct likeness of the person. My plan had been to loop around from there to my favorite grocery store, which is the only one where one can purchase the various grains I like to put into my muesli. When I arrived at the embassy it was just starting to sprinkle a bit, but in the time it took to do the paperwork any pay for the service it had started pouring down rain in the way Milan does now and again--really fast heavy rain. I walked from there to the closest post office, and while much of my path was under overhangs on buildings, just crossing the street got me rather wet. I don't mind me getting wet so much, but I'd just as soon not get my pack wet--there are things in there (like that paper work!) that are better kept dry.

Therefore after leaving the post office I took the under-shelter path to the nearest metro station, thinking I'd take the train to the store rather than walking. I did look at the umbrellas the guy was selling at the entrance to the Metro, but decided that I didn't really need one. As it turned out, this particular set of stairs, rather than coming out straight in the station, leads through a store carrying things like stoves, refrigerators, etc. I've been coping for a year without a vacuum cleaner. It is possible when one has floors rather than carpet, but I've kind of wanted one. When I first arrived I couldn't afford one, and while I've thought of getting one every now and then since, it never quite worked out. I did look into it at another store, but while they had affordable models on display, they were out of stock in those, and I saw no reason to pay twice the price for something that I may not want to take with me, depending on where I go next--most of the rest of the world has different shaped outlets.

But since I had to walk through the store anyway, I stopped to look at their vacuum display. The fist couple were marked with prices in the €200-400 range, and I thought that I would continue to do without. Then I saw the model at the end of the row. In a pleasant (though not perfect) shade of blue. Bagless. €49.99. I looked at the shelf below the display, and they had one in a box in stock. Perfect. I'll take it. I've got five months left in Italy, even if I part with it when I go, that is only €10/month for the convenience of a vacuum! Normally I wouldn't accept a shopping bag, but given the downpour I let them put the box into a huge plastic bag. Given the bulk of the item, I decided to skip the grocery store (which is fully a 30 minute walk from my home, and no bus routes directly connecting the neghibourhoods), and instead transfered to the other train line, getting out at the station closest to my house. By that time the rain had slowed to a gentle rain, so I put the box on its side onto my head and carried it home that way (so that the rain would fall on the side of the bag, rather than into it). This also kept some of the rain off of me and my pack, which isn't a bad thing. The box wasn't heavy, but carrying something for 10 minutes by holding it over one's head does tend to make one's arms tired by the end of the trip!

By the time I got home with my loot it was already 11am, so I went in to Uni, intending to work, and fell into some fan-fiction by an author that [livejournal.com profile] vesta_aurelia recommended . Oops. But it was a pleasant diversion. By the time I reached a break between chapters in which I was actually willing to take a break some of my friends were on line and saying hello, and I wound up puttering around doing semi-useful tasks while visiting with people rather than making real progress on my work.

This morning I celebrated my purchase by vacuuming again (of course I used it yesterday, too). Only this time in addition to emptying the dust out straight away like I did yesterday, I also tapped the dust out of the filter and completely washed the filter and dust-catching chamber. This is the first time in my life that I can recall having access to a completely new, never before used vacuum cleaner, and I'm loving it. Sure, it is a very cheap model (the box advertises a "telescoping hose", which does, in fact, gain about one inch in length if you adjust the telescoping part), but if I keep the filter spotlessly clean then the motor will always be able to do its job.

Tuesday's biggest accomplishment was finishing up my application draft for that museum job. It was fun to work on it, and I wouldn't have been able to have prepared as good of an application packet without the input and comments from [livejournal.com profile] bethchm, [livejournal.com profile] massaria, [livejournal.com profile] sismith42 and [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t. The first two gave me some amazingly useful suggestions about what to say and how to approach it, and the latter two spent hours hanging out on line giving me feedback on which version of sentences were better. Now I wait and see. The application packet is as good as I could make it, but it really depends on who else applies, and what their strengths look like on paper. If I were to get this job it would be totally unlike anything I've ever done before. I'm accustomed to being in academia, where I get to set my own hours, and I often work evenings (or even late at night), weekends, or whenever I'm inspired to work. This job would be an 08:30-17:00 Monday-Friday. I have no idea how I would go with that. I would have to not access personal e-mail/LJ/Facebook/etc during business hours if I had *only* business hours in which to accomplish work tasks. But on the other hand, being done at the end of the day, and therefore being able to hang out with friends, work on art projects, or read for fun without any guilt because I'm "not working" sounds rather appealing...

In other news, I've heard from my friend [livejournal.com profile] racaire1. She had thought she'd be out of town the week I'm in Vienna for a short course at the end of the month, but it turns out that she will be home after all. I am so looking forward to spending time with her again!
kareina: (BSE garnet)
Yesterday during the day was one of those days when my emotional state was somewhat more fragile than I care to admit to. (I'm sure it had nothing whatsoever to do with hormones, nor the stresses inherent in not having finished the thesis yet ;-) Therefore, rather than sit at home whilst [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t went into town to do fun things like re-paint his shield, I decided to take advantage of the fact that my laptop is, in fact, portable, and I invited myself along. I spent an hour or so in my office at uni while he did things in the library, and then we met up with a friend and went to her house, where I did a bit of uni work, and they got his shield painted. Her household was kind enough to feed us a meal, for which I was extremely grateful, as I'd eaten all of the food I'd brought with me for the day, and was still hungry. Then we went to Dance Practice, which had an amazing turn out. We had up to nine couples dancing at a time, and a few non-dancers who came along just to enjoy the atmosphere. Many of them were attending for the first time, but all caught on quickly enough that we braved the partner-changing version of San Serif, and managed it successfully three times! By the end of dance practice the energy levels of the room had gone a long way towards restoring me to my normal good humour. Watching the lighting-storm off in the distance to the south of us as we drove (southwards) home was also nice. Having said storm reach our house and drop plenty of nice, wet rain on us was also delightful; the plants will be very happy about that, it has been such a dry summer (though better here than on the mainland).

Deciding that I would be better off doing a complete recovery to my normal good humour, I opted to take a mental health day. First I slept in (over nine hours of sleep!) then I caught up on reading my friend's posts (Tuesday, being Monday in the US, is usually the busiest day for LJ posts, since people are home from their weekend adventures and have stories to share) and then I cleaned the kitchen! Yay! This is the first time in ages I've dared clean it so completely. [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t's Dad is the main cook in this house, and he prefers his counter tops full of stuff (espresso machine, toaster, bread maker, cutting board with bread and bread knives, knife block, tea kettle, fruit bowl, garlic bowl, medicine for the older of the two dogs, cooking oil, salt, timer, glass tray holding dish soap and tea pots at a minimum) and he tends to leave whatever pots pans and other tools he's used recently out as well. But he's off on the mainland this week, having driven [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t's sister over for the new Uni year, which starts this week, so I felt comfortable cleaning it all. (Ok, I left some of the really big items, like the espresso machine, out, but everything got moved and cleaned under, at least, and all of the small stuff got put into the pantry. I now get to enjoy a couple of days worth of clean kitchen ([livejournal.com profile] clovis_t's mum is at work all day, and does less elaborate evening meals for just the few of us who are left, so it will be easy to keep clean). Once the kitchen was clean I baked a proper loaf of bread, rather than contenting myself with the little batches of unleavened bread I've been making recently. Then I treated myself to a walk around the block (~45 minutes) while reading. After all that, I felt my normal, happy self, and happily spent the evening working. I've now finished up the Thermocalc average pressure/temperature calculations for all of the Collingwood River samples and have made a graph showing all of the results on one chart. Now there are just the (much fewer) samples from the other regions and I can do the final chapter of the thesis. This part took much longer than I wanted it to, but the end is in sight, I think...
kareina: (BSE garnet)
Yesterday during the day was one of those days when my emotional state was somewhat more fragile than I care to admit to. (I'm sure it had nothing whatsoever to do with hormones, nor the stresses inherent in not having finished the thesis yet ;-) Therefore, rather than sit at home whilst [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t went into town to do fun things like re-paint his shield, I decided to take advantage of the fact that my laptop is, in fact, portable, and I invited myself along. I spent an hour or so in my office at uni while he did things in the library, and then we met up with a friend and went to her house, where I did a bit of uni work, and they got his shield painted. Her household was kind enough to feed us a meal, for which I was extremely grateful, as I'd eaten all of the food I'd brought with me for the day, and was still hungry. Then we went to Dance Practice, which had an amazing turn out. We had up to nine couples dancing at a time, and a few non-dancers who came along just to enjoy the atmosphere. Many of them were attending for the first time, but all caught on quickly enough that we braved the partner-changing version of San Serif, and managed it successfully three times! By the end of dance practice the energy levels of the room had gone a long way towards restoring me to my normal good humour. Watching the lighting-storm off in the distance to the south of us as we drove (southwards) home was also nice. Having said storm reach our house and drop plenty of nice, wet rain on us was also delightful; the plants will be very happy about that, it has been such a dry summer (though better here than on the mainland).

Deciding that I would be better off doing a complete recovery to my normal good humour, I opted to take a mental health day. First I slept in (over nine hours of sleep!) then I caught up on reading my friend's posts (Tuesday, being Monday in the US, is usually the busiest day for LJ posts, since people are home from their weekend adventures and have stories to share) and then I cleaned the kitchen! Yay! This is the first time in ages I've dared clean it so completely. [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t's Dad is the main cook in this house, and he prefers his counter tops full of stuff (espresso machine, toaster, bread maker, cutting board with bread and bread knives, knife block, tea kettle, fruit bowl, garlic bowl, medicine for the older of the two dogs, cooking oil, salt, timer, glass tray holding dish soap and tea pots at a minimum) and he tends to leave whatever pots pans and other tools he's used recently out as well. But he's off on the mainland this week, having driven [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t's sister over for the new Uni year, which starts this week, so I felt comfortable cleaning it all. (Ok, I left some of the really big items, like the espresso machine, out, but everything got moved and cleaned under, at least, and all of the small stuff got put into the pantry. I now get to enjoy a couple of days worth of clean kitchen ([livejournal.com profile] clovis_t's mum is at work all day, and does less elaborate evening meals for just the few of us who are left, so it will be easy to keep clean). Once the kitchen was clean I baked a proper loaf of bread, rather than contenting myself with the little batches of unleavened bread I've been making recently. Then I treated myself to a walk around the block (~45 minutes) while reading. After all that, I felt my normal, happy self, and happily spent the evening working. I've now finished up the Thermocalc average pressure/temperature calculations for all of the Collingwood River samples and have made a graph showing all of the results on one chart. Now there are just the (much fewer) samples from the other regions and I can do the final chapter of the thesis. This part took much longer than I wanted it to, but the end is in sight, I think...
kareina: (Default)
I am one of those people who wants food the instant they wake up in the morning. This makes a fair bit of sense, with my weird loss of appetite in the evenings it has generally been 15 or sometimes even 18 hours since I last had food. However, once a fortnight, when it is my turn to clean the loo, I actually make time to accomplish a "useful task" *before* breakfast. Why before breakfast? Because I want my morning shower after it has been scrubbed--it is ever so much nicer to take the first shower after it has been cleaned than the last shower before it gets cleaned! So on days like today I get up, don't bother getting dressed (if I do I know I'll splash cleaning stuff on the clothes, and the heat-lamp in the loo is actually quite effective), and scrub the bathroom first thing. Then I scrub me, to be certain that even if I did manage to splash cleaning stuff on me it is all gone, and *then* I can come sit down at the computer & enjoy my breakfast. I know that I *could*, in theory, skip my morning shower, get up, get dressed (it is cold in this house, so I have to get dressed!), have breakfast, and then go clean the loo and take a shower thereafter. However, while I have occasionally told myself that I would do in that order, once I'm dressed I can't be bothered taking it off again, so on those days the loo doesn't get clean and I am reduced to going back to plan A the following day, and doing my housework before breakfast.
kareina: (Default)
I am one of those people who wants food the instant they wake up in the morning. This makes a fair bit of sense, with my weird loss of appetite in the evenings it has generally been 15 or sometimes even 18 hours since I last had food. However, once a fortnight, when it is my turn to clean the loo, I actually make time to accomplish a "useful task" *before* breakfast. Why before breakfast? Because I want my morning shower after it has been scrubbed--it is ever so much nicer to take the first shower after it has been cleaned than the last shower before it gets cleaned! So on days like today I get up, don't bother getting dressed (if I do I know I'll splash cleaning stuff on the clothes, and the heat-lamp in the loo is actually quite effective), and scrub the bathroom first thing. Then I scrub me, to be certain that even if I did manage to splash cleaning stuff on me it is all gone, and *then* I can come sit down at the computer & enjoy my breakfast. I know that I *could*, in theory, skip my morning shower, get up, get dressed (it is cold in this house, so I have to get dressed!), have breakfast, and then go clean the loo and take a shower thereafter. However, while I have occasionally told myself that I would do in that order, once I'm dressed I can't be bothered taking it off again, so on those days the loo doesn't get clean and I am reduced to going back to plan A the following day, and doing my housework before breakfast.
kareina: (Default)
The morning and early afternoon were spent on useful, non uni tasks. Whilst cleaning the loo, scrubbing the hard-to-reach part of the floor behind the toilet, it occurred to me that housework is a form of conspicuous consumption. Just as some Medieval fashions used oodles of extra fabric, just to show that they could afford it, so many human cultures have prided themselves upon having a clean house--for to have a clean house requires either 1) the finances to pay someone else to clean it, or 2) the time to do it yourself. Alas, with my current schedule, we only manage a fraction of the cleaning that I would wish done. [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t and I have an agreement--one week I clean the loo and he does the vacuuming, the next week we swap. (the other bathroom & toilet room (two separate rooms) are used by the other two housemates--I don't enter them, and I literally don't know what sort of agreement they may or may not have on who cleans them and how often, but presumably, whatever it is suits them). The kitchen counters stay clean all the time, but, alas, that is about the extent of it. Someday I'd like to be able to afford the conspicuous consumption of a truly spotless house. Imagine, one without an accumulation of dust!

I've already posted about the most fun bit of non-uni work for the day, I adore baking!

Once I'd done all of that and finally settled in to Uni work this evening (sigh. Evening. One would think that when I get up in the morning, I'd get to work earlier in the day!) I managed to compile a list of all of those pink-highlighted notes in my thesis saying what further calculations and other tasks I want to accomplish during the next week or so before I return to serious writing. Gee, that list looks longer than can be accomplished in a week or so. Particularly as when I went to do one of them, I then lost the rest of the evening on step 1) working out a reasonable estimate of what the percentage of the sample is for each mineral present, and from that and the composition measured for each mineral, calculating the whole-rock composition. At the end of the day I have a whole-rock composition which looks not unlike that obtained for this sample by crushing it and having the lab analysing it (XRF) in the major elements, but quite different in the minor elements. Step two will be to do the main Perplex calculations and see if they give any better results than I obtained with the XRF whole-rock composition as a starting point. Alas, it is now 23:00, and I've got to be awake tomorrow for the birthday adventure hiking up the Lost World Trail (which, I just found out from the link provided, is a place to do bouldering as well as hiking, which is all we'd had planned).
kareina: (Default)
The morning and early afternoon were spent on useful, non uni tasks. Whilst cleaning the loo, scrubbing the hard-to-reach part of the floor behind the toilet, it occurred to me that housework is a form of conspicuous consumption. Just as some Medieval fashions used oodles of extra fabric, just to show that they could afford it, so many human cultures have prided themselves upon having a clean house--for to have a clean house requires either 1) the finances to pay someone else to clean it, or 2) the time to do it yourself. Alas, with my current schedule, we only manage a fraction of the cleaning that I would wish done. [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t and I have an agreement--one week I clean the loo and he does the vacuuming, the next week we swap. (the other bathroom & toilet room (two separate rooms) are used by the other two housemates--I don't enter them, and I literally don't know what sort of agreement they may or may not have on who cleans them and how often, but presumably, whatever it is suits them). The kitchen counters stay clean all the time, but, alas, that is about the extent of it. Someday I'd like to be able to afford the conspicuous consumption of a truly spotless house. Imagine, one without an accumulation of dust!

I've already posted about the most fun bit of non-uni work for the day, I adore baking!

Once I'd done all of that and finally settled in to Uni work this evening (sigh. Evening. One would think that when I get up in the morning, I'd get to work earlier in the day!) I managed to compile a list of all of those pink-highlighted notes in my thesis saying what further calculations and other tasks I want to accomplish during the next week or so before I return to serious writing. Gee, that list looks longer than can be accomplished in a week or so. Particularly as when I went to do one of them, I then lost the rest of the evening on step 1) working out a reasonable estimate of what the percentage of the sample is for each mineral present, and from that and the composition measured for each mineral, calculating the whole-rock composition. At the end of the day I have a whole-rock composition which looks not unlike that obtained for this sample by crushing it and having the lab analysing it (XRF) in the major elements, but quite different in the minor elements. Step two will be to do the main Perplex calculations and see if they give any better results than I obtained with the XRF whole-rock composition as a starting point. Alas, it is now 23:00, and I've got to be awake tomorrow for the birthday adventure hiking up the Lost World Trail (which, I just found out from the link provided, is a place to do bouldering as well as hiking, which is all we'd had planned).
kareina: (BSE garnet)
I am getting quite frustrated with this set of calculations. rant and technical details behind cut ) Something weird is going on some place, and I have no idea why! And it is now 22:35 and I've not written *any* new words for my thesis today. This is not good. I'm now tired and frustrated, and torn between putting down the computer and going to bed, or finding some other aspect of the thesis to work on for a bit so that I can get some words written today.

But rather than leaving you with a rant, I will also report that I managed to accomplish a fair bit of non-uni stuff today. My kitchen ceiling is, once again, mould free (and it hasn't been all that long since the last time I had to clean that!). The wall behind the kitchen couch is, once again, mould free (though I must confess that it has been a bit longer since that task was last done). The floors have been swept & spot-cleaned or vacuumed (as appropriate), my clothes have been washed, and I made a bit more progress on converting that knit dress into a cardigan--the old turtle-neck has been separated into two halves and each half has been stitched down to the sleeves with the first pass of stitching. Next I need to cut off the original, weird, puffy sleeve endings and finish the seams at the join and sew shut the new portion of the sleeves. Then I can attach the puffy bits as pockets and add some sort of button closure system and I'll have a wearable garment!
kareina: (BSE garnet)
I am getting quite frustrated with this set of calculations. rant and technical details behind cut ) Something weird is going on some place, and I have no idea why! And it is now 22:35 and I've not written *any* new words for my thesis today. This is not good. I'm now tired and frustrated, and torn between putting down the computer and going to bed, or finding some other aspect of the thesis to work on for a bit so that I can get some words written today.

But rather than leaving you with a rant, I will also report that I managed to accomplish a fair bit of non-uni stuff today. My kitchen ceiling is, once again, mould free (and it hasn't been all that long since the last time I had to clean that!). The wall behind the kitchen couch is, once again, mould free (though I must confess that it has been a bit longer since that task was last done). The floors have been swept & spot-cleaned or vacuumed (as appropriate), my clothes have been washed, and I made a bit more progress on converting that knit dress into a cardigan--the old turtle-neck has been separated into two halves and each half has been stitched down to the sleeves with the first pass of stitching. Next I need to cut off the original, weird, puffy sleeve endings and finish the seams at the join and sew shut the new portion of the sleeves. Then I can attach the puffy bits as pockets and add some sort of button closure system and I'll have a wearable garment!
kareina: (Default)
Today I managed to get our bed sheets washed--this is a goodness, I love the smell of freshly washed sheets! It is a pity that dryers in this country are so small--I remember a time when striping the bed, washing the sheets and putting them back on the bed was a process which took perhaps 1 hour, 35 minutes total. But here, with the dryer being so small that it can take only one sheet (it is a Queen sized bed) at a time, the process takes all day! (slightly faster when it isn't raining, so I can hang the others outside while the one is drying) As a result I am not doing this as often as I would like, because I don't wish to spare the time to have to switch over the next sheet, and then the doona cover, and then the pillow cases, each in turn. Sigh.

Today's uni work involved only three new figures and 550 words written. But one of the figures was quite interesting--I finally got around to taking the composition graphs for all of the garnets from the south west coast samples and putting them into a single spreadsheet and putting them all at the same scale. I wonder if there is an easier way to accomplish that part than what I did. I copied over each chart, took care that the Y-axis for each was set to the same scale, and for the same interval, then set one at a time atop another, and squished or pulled the chart until it was the same height as the first, then off set them so that I could see the X-axis scale of two at a time, and then squished or extended the second until they had the same scale for their X-axis, then repeated for each of the other samples. This process was complicated by the fact that some of the garnets were as small as 1 mm diameter, and others were as large as 17 mm diameter! This makes the graphs for the small ones look quite squished, and the large ones quite spread out, but it seems worth it to me to see them all at the same scale--makes it ever so much easier to notice patterns!

If only I'd switched from doing things for me to things for uni earlier in the day--it is after 02:00, and I'm sleepy, so even though I'd have rather written twice as many words, I'm going to go do my yoga and get some sleep...
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Today I managed to get our bed sheets washed--this is a goodness, I love the smell of freshly washed sheets! It is a pity that dryers in this country are so small--I remember a time when striping the bed, washing the sheets and putting them back on the bed was a process which took perhaps 1 hour, 35 minutes total. But here, with the dryer being so small that it can take only one sheet (it is a Queen sized bed) at a time, the process takes all day! (slightly faster when it isn't raining, so I can hang the others outside while the one is drying) As a result I am not doing this as often as I would like, because I don't wish to spare the time to have to switch over the next sheet, and then the doona cover, and then the pillow cases, each in turn. Sigh.

Today's uni work involved only three new figures and 550 words written. But one of the figures was quite interesting--I finally got around to taking the composition graphs for all of the garnets from the south west coast samples and putting them into a single spreadsheet and putting them all at the same scale. I wonder if there is an easier way to accomplish that part than what I did. I copied over each chart, took care that the Y-axis for each was set to the same scale, and for the same interval, then set one at a time atop another, and squished or pulled the chart until it was the same height as the first, then off set them so that I could see the X-axis scale of two at a time, and then squished or extended the second until they had the same scale for their X-axis, then repeated for each of the other samples. This process was complicated by the fact that some of the garnets were as small as 1 mm diameter, and others were as large as 17 mm diameter! This makes the graphs for the small ones look quite squished, and the large ones quite spread out, but it seems worth it to me to see them all at the same scale--makes it ever so much easier to notice patterns!

If only I'd switched from doing things for me to things for uni earlier in the day--it is after 02:00, and I'm sleepy, so even though I'd have rather written twice as many words, I'm going to go do my yoga and get some sleep...
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part the first, wherin I wax eloquent on the joys of house-cleaning )

The room looks *much* better, and I am very happy with the result!

After the busy morning one would expect that I would have immediately dived into my uni work for the day, but I was still too hyper from the joys of re-arranging the furniture, so I set out for an adventure ) Total time elapsed for the walk: 1 hour, 50 minutes. Perhaps a bit more than I'd intended when we left the house. Last spring/summer that was a typical length of time for a walk, but I got much less uni work done then.

After today's house-cleaning and hiking adventures (and lunch, and a short nap!) I did eventually settle into uni work, and managed another 558 words and one figure. The saga continues...
kareina: (Default)
part the first, wherin I wax eloquent on the joys of house-cleaning )

The room looks *much* better, and I am very happy with the result!

After the busy morning one would expect that I would have immediately dived into my uni work for the day, but I was still too hyper from the joys of re-arranging the furniture, so I set out for an adventure ) Total time elapsed for the walk: 1 hour, 50 minutes. Perhaps a bit more than I'd intended when we left the house. Last spring/summer that was a typical length of time for a walk, but I got much less uni work done then.

After today's house-cleaning and hiking adventures (and lunch, and a short nap!) I did eventually settle into uni work, and managed another 558 words and one figure. The saga continues...

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