That said -- I have been BUSY!!!
Chronological order usually seems like the best way to relay a narrative account of events but not today I have news I am busting to share!
I just handed in an assignment to the University (one that I suspect is inferior in quality, unfortunately) and as I opened my uni email to send the assignment in I found several emails from the Director of the Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution Program in which I am studying. One was giving me a mark for the last subject I finished and I was STUNNED to discover that I had achieved a High Distinction on each of the components and therefore my first HD for a whole course!!! Yippee was I completely surprised I thought my final assignment on that subject was a load of tripe and onions. I also had an email giving me a totaled mark for the subject I finished before that (in this case I got an HD for the major assignment but a Credit for an earlier piece of work gave me a Distinction average). None of this is THE good news...
I also had an email from this professor advising me that she has received funding for a part time research assistant and asking IF I AM INTERESTED!!!!
Does the Pontiff wear a silly hat?
Is a duck's bum watertight?
Are polka dot bikinis itsy bitsy and teeny weeny?
Of course I am bloody interested!
I don't know too much yet - the project is looking at conflict between PhD Students and their Supervisors. Both of the lecturers involved in the project know me and know that I have health issues and problems with endurance, they are both quite flexible, so I'm pretty sure they would be flexible and quite possibly some of the work would be able to be done remotely (coming to you live from my bedroom!). Anyway, it's very exciting and here's hoping... it could be the inauspicious beginning of my academic career!
OK now to some newsy stuff... at the end of June I celebrated my 50th birthday. I had a lovely day with TLOML pottering around in town and shopping at the hardware shop (the Aussie version of Homo Depot). I can't really remember why we were there but we got some fairy lights for the party and a solar powered pair of spotlights that now light up the back yard on a movement sensor. We had spent the week leading up to the birthday cleaning, sorting, tidying, decorating and generally finally moving me in. The Nurse (whom I adore more every day) gave me, as my birthday present, 6 hours of her labour and came the day before my birthday and got so much done I was amazed! I am returning the favour now by giving her some handy work on an as needed basis - already I think I will put in a new toilet roll holder and there is some other stuff she wants me to do. A great idea cause we get to hang out together - get stuff done - save money - and make each other feel good -- Wins all around!
We had a lovely visit from The Actress, The Percussionist and their daughter for a few days and a quite small party the day after my birthday. One night while the visitors were here we went in the evening to a place called West Point to watch the sunset. TLOML's ex (who I am just crazy about as I have said here before) came and brought his guitar and his mandolin, their son (Who would have thought I could find a kindred spirit in a 15 year old boy?) built a fire on the beach and I got absolutely sloshed and sang all evening. It has been a LONG LONG time since I enjoyed something like that! Here are a couple of pics...
I still miss The Boy and I wish he were closer - he is doing so well fending for himself (well almost he still has the watchful eye of The Best Friend not too far away thank Herbert!). I feel a real sense of pride in him and I'm so impressed with how well he is approaching his work and his responsibilities. One of the head honcho's at his work (big position about five levels of management above The Boy) singled him out to come in for a chat and talked about his goals and how he is enjoying his work. There is even a strong possibility that he might get promoted into a supervisory role before the end of his traineeship. I feel so incredibly fortunate in that area because Herbert knows I made more than my share of parental mistakes and still managed not to totally break him - by good luck not good management! We Skype'd for a while the other day which is a pretty good substitute for being together. He turns 19 in a couple of weeks... how the years have flown!
Things are going well with TLOML. We hit an occasional bump but we seem to bounce back pretty well... There is a lot of love and understanding between us... The dogs (our shared babies) are a constant source of joy, amusement and aggravation (that would be Frizby delivering that part) and we have to control ourselves from talking about them all the time when we are with other people. I have also been twice to the produce store to acquire some new chooks (chickens) and today is the first time we have had TWO EGGS!!! She calls me "The Chook Whisperer" when I sneek out at night to make sure the new chookies have not been excluded from the perch (I pick them up and put them on the perch for the night).
Pastoral, peaceful, pleasant, playful, pleasing and paradisical... (unfortunately still painful too, but c'est la vie).
I think island life agrees with me....