In case you were curious about what has been keeping me so busy, here are some updates:
1. I have successfully defended my thesis. I am currently working away on my revisions and I am hoping to get my manuscript in top shape so that I can get my chapters published.
2. I got married to my boyfriend of five years. We ordered an officiant off the internet, got her to edit down the ceremony to the bare legal minimum, and had it over and done with in five minutes. It’s not that I don’t take the institution of marriage seriously; it’s just that the hubbub, stress, and cost of a wedding do not suit my husband or me at all. Later, we celebrated with family and friends:
3. I am moving back to Alberta, maybe for the long-term. My husband has accepted a full-time permanent job in his field in Alberta, and those positions don’t come around too often in palaeontology. Moving is always a tremendous amount of work, but moving across the country is something else and it has been the focus of my attention these past weeks, along with my thesis.
We bought a car (first ever), packed it with some belongings and the ferrets and set off on our road trip. It's faster, cheaper, and safer to cross the continent via the U.S. in the winter than it is to go through Canada, so that's what we did. We got to see some great sights along the way:
|Ghostly Presidents at nighttime - Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota|
|Wicked cool natural rock structure - Devils Tower, Wyoming|
And to come:
1. A return to a more regular blogging schedule. This might not happen immediately as I still need to finish revisions on my thesis, get settled in my new place, and find a job, but it should hopefully happen soon and I’m looking forward to it!
2. A return to reading for pleasure. As with blogging, I haven’t had a ton of reading time to myself either, sadly. There were quite a few 2015 reads that I had been dying to get to when they were first released, but I found I couldn’t make the time for them last year. Finally I will get to read them in 2016!
So that’s it for me. 2015 was a pretty exciting year for me, but I am honestly looking forward to a less exciting, but still pleasurable, 2016 with some quiet time. Best wishes to everyone in the upcoming year!