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Birthday and BiFest and Zoo and Work. - helen-louise
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Birthday and BiFest and Zoo and Work.
I am "okay". Magically started feeling better about a month ago, and have been working steadily on my PhD research ever since - but I am still buried up to my eyebrows in work and sinking.

I have a deadline of 6th July for my next report due in to the Graduate Committee, with ideally about 3 months of work to do between now and then. It's okay - I've discussed the situation with my supervisors and we've worked out what I need to do rather than what it would be nice to do, and got that 3 months down to what's possible in a few weeks, but nonetheless I am busy and barely coping.

Also, to make things worse, we have tickets to see Adrenaline Mob on 5th July, meaning that I actually need to get the report almost-completely-finished a day early. I am not missing that gig! It was bad enough missing Steel Panther, Mötley Crüe & Def Leppard in December, but they're all bands that I only "vaguely" like, playing in a big arena. I'm not missing the mighty Mike Portnoy playing METAL in a tiny venue!

So I am being a "crap friend". People are posting about difficult things in their lives, and I've been reading livejournal but hardly commenting on anything - even when the other person desperately needs comments! It's not that I don't care, it's that coherence is not happening awfully well. I need to find out again who is happy to receive blank comments (meaning "I have read this and am sorry that things are difficult for you right now, but I have no spoons for coherent thought"). Either that, or I need to get the copy-and-paste on my phone working better so I can paste that sentence in every time.

In other news, my birthday is mostly cancelled this year - due to the fact that I'll have to spend it working. I'm planning to be at BiFest on Saturday briefly, probably from 2.30-5pm. Let me know if you're going. Also we've been planning to go to Whipsnade Zoo for months (we need to see the bears. Bears are good for stress relief), and finally settled on Sunday June 24th. Let me know if you feel like coming along, especially if you have a car. It's possible to get there by public transport, but not desirable. The bus from the nearest station is only every 2 hours on a Sunday, and is timed so that you miss it.

Anyway, I'm sorta falling asleep now, so I'll post this and go to bed. G'night :)

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hobbitbabe From: hobbitbabe Date: 20th June 2012 05:24 (UTC) (Link)
I am glad to hear from you, and glad you are "okay".

As for being a crap friend, none of that guilt should have my name on it. I have a big friendslist because I don't want to be dependent on anyone in particular. And while my social circle doesn't really do the blank-comment thing, I love getting short things like *hugs*.
redbird From: redbird Date: 20th June 2012 12:17 (UTC) (Link)
Take care of yourself first.
barakta From: barakta Date: 20th June 2012 12:25 (UTC) (Link)
I will be at BiFest, possibly in a session from 3pm to whenever that finishes (if I can get in) but otherwise around.

Something some of my friends do is a "." in a comment which is "I've read and care but do't have words" but mileage may vary. FWIW I haven't felt you've been neglecting us, I've been hoping you're OK. Your PhD is a priority and important and I'm glad you're being able to do some of it and hopefully get to your deadline.
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