Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Baking day...

Well, spent all morning baking dinner rolls and an 18th century creamed apple flan pie for tomorrow's dinner party (yep-- pastry's made from scratch too). I just love baking and cooking but sometimes, with the amount of entertaining David and I do, it gets a little bit ridiculous. Thank GOD I am just putting in the finishing touches to my assessed essays to be handed in on Friday (well, I'm hoping to hand it in on Thursday afternoon so that I can spend an uninterrupted Friday working on my dissertation and making the final prep to going up to Scotland on Saturday (YAY!).

Today is yet another beautiful day (19 degrees Celsius outside!!) so I'm really looking forward to getting the rolls out of the oven and cooling on the rack so I can go out to return books and enjoy some of the sunshine and warmth.

It's a busy day for me today as I have to get back, do some work, go to aerobics classes, get back, do more work, and go to bed.

Tomorrow's yet another busy day with marketing to be done in the morning, tutorial in the afternoon, prepping for the dinner party in the evening and trying to do work in between all of that palaver...

The busyness never ends...

Sunday, April 21, 2002

And the procrastination continues under the hazy heat of a warm spring Sunday...

I really cannot afford this procrastination. Yet there is something irresistible about lazing about on a warm spring Sunday. In fact, temperatures soared to 20 degrees Celsius today in the south of England. I went out without my coat for the second time in a month... hopefully, this weather will hold out for a while. It is pleasant at this temperature and hopefully it won't get too much hotter than this. Ah... but we all know that as soon as someone expresses the wish for continuous good weather here in the British Isles, the Big Kahuna decides to plunge us all back into miserable, rainy weather yet again. Oh well... the radio weather forecast did say that this weather is going to hold out across this coming week...

I guess it's back to working on my darn proposal and dissertation... can't do nothing about my shorter assessed essays until the final corrections by tutors that are due back early this coming week (tomorrow, I hope).

Sigh... we students must all be martyrs in Spring... while everyone else are out enjoying the weather, we are stuck inside our grim little rooms and grim big libraries like beetles plodding along and devouring acres of books...
Back in the Stress Saddle again...

Well, it's a beautiful Spring sunday-- just warm enough to wear shorts and sleeveless t-shirts out... and I am back in the stress saddle yet again. My to-do list is just full of work to do:

Item 1: Photocopy academic articles
Item 2: Write doctoral thesis proposal
Item 3: Do tons of reading
Item 4: Make tons of notes
Item 5: Whack tons of notes culled from tons of reading onto computer in more-or-less essay format

Oh boy...

Yeah, you can just hear the enthusiasm in my voice.

Nevertheless, at least I now know that I have a fellow sufferer called Paul Levett who, chances are, is in Sheffield sweating over a huge stack of papers as well. There is some consolation in shared suffering... especially when my darling boyfriend is off to London careening around enjoying himself with his friend who is stopping over on the way from Israel to NYC... oh sigh...

Anyway, I am still recovering from two straight days of exercise classes. I did a big aerobics thing on Friday and went to Pilates yesterday-- which is really good for flattening abs and getting a perky bottom and improving your posture and spinal alignment-- if you stick with it in the long run... At the moment, all my joints are screaming murder and I was really stiff this morning. I was going for another round of aerobics this morning but decided that it's better to recover for a day than to over-extend myself and end up with a pulled muscle or something... it's going to take a lot of discipline but now that I don't have a cappella rehearsals or committee meetings or anything else occupying my spare time, I might as well slot in exercise classes and get myself fit and babelicious-looking.

Ah... back to the grind...