Thursday, 11 December 2008

Chicken Soup

I just about made myself a promise that I would get my sh*t together and *BAM* I get the flu. Or rather: the flu gets me. And it gets me good. Missed the entire week. In the last four days I have achieved nothing, other than select the relevant mp3s from my bird song CDs. I am not impressed. I've only got one week before leaving Norwich for Christmas and New Year's.
2009 better be good

Friday, 5 December 2008

Life's hard

And I really need to get over it. And start dealing with it.
Right, I need a schedule: something to make sure I get a good amount of work done at the office, I go birding as frequently as possible, I listen to my bird calls MP3s every day, I hit the gym at least three times a week, and I socialise a bit.
Any helpful tips on how to stretch time?

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Pressure's on

Yesterday I had a meeting with my supervisor. I haven't decided yet whether I enjoy my meetings with him or not. I leave from them with a massive list of things I need to do and to get my head around. On the one hand, it means that for the rest of the week I won't be staring at my computer screen not knowing what to do next, but on the other, the tasks are overwhelming.

I need to keep working on my project proposal, I must brush up on some methodologies that I thought I understood but I obviously don't, I've got people to e-mail and call and beg for information, and I need to go birding at least once a day. And that's the easy stuff. I've been avoiding my statistics practicals because I find them difficult to understand, but I need to catch up now (four weeks worth). I also need to teach myself GIS and use it to analyse a load of data. Apparently, if I find something challenging then it's doing me good. But I haven't risen to the challenge particularly well and all I want to do is run away from it all.

Everyone keeps telling me to not let these things get me down. I have no idea how to keep all these problems separate from the rest of my life, when there isn't a rest of my life, or there shouldn't be because there is evidently no space for it. So far my weekends have been pretty leisurely, but that's going to have to stop. And I desperately want to go to the gym again, but I can never find the time.

Finding a positive spin to put on this is a struggle. There are just not enough hours during the day. The first term is practically over - a week and a half left - and I feel like I haven't achieved anything.

Monday, 1 December 2008


I am now the proud owner of a pair of Swarovski SLC 10x42 binoculars, or bins, as the bird-enthusiasts call them. According to reviews they should be a great pair that will do very well for my purposes. It's a mid-range model, but Swarovski is a top-quality make, so I trust them. I think for a novice I've done well.