Life is predictably hectic right now. Bryn and Ari are finishing up at their old primary school on Thursday next week, Bryn's teacher has arranged a farewell party for him; a pj party with a pg movie, which is lovely. This teacher was his teacher for prep, grade 1, grade 2 and now grade 4. On Monday next week Bryn and Ari are spending half a day at the new school. Lukas' birthday is also on that last Thursday.
I'm desperately trying to get this first chapter of the thesis finished, but I seem to be missing the mark. It's back to square one in the meeting with my supervisor tomorrow where we will, once again, go over the contention for my thesis, the contention for the first chapter, and the supporting arguments for that first chapter. I probably have 80% of the chapter written, but I really need to clean it all up so it runs smoothly. As well as this, in July I need to fix the back fence of our property so the dog is secure, set up all the accounts so Dave can access them if he needs to, as well as arranging and printing off cooking schedules and shopping lists (imagine a folder, like the one you get from a property manager or new school with all the relevant information, contact numbers, requirements etc. inside, I'm making one of those). Then in August there's mum's birthday, dad's birthday, Bryn's birthday. In early September there is Father's day... All this must be organised.
I'm feeling a bit panicked only because I'd really have preferred to have all three chapters on paper, at least in first draft before I went to Iceland. With only 9 weeks remaining until I leave, that seems unlikely at this stage. This is the point in my thesis when I'm totally kicking myself for letting so much time slip by - I didn't realise it could take me FOUR MONTHS to write the first chapter!
In other news... Mum went into hospital two and half weeks ago, and should be coming home today. She finally knows what has been ailing her all this time and she has a treatment plan which includes plasma exchange and chemo once a month for the next three to six months. Luckily for mum, her vasculitis has been caught early, which means a far better prognosis (vasculitis can be a killer). Mum is feeling a lot better than she was just three weeks ago and is very optimistic about how this diagnosis will improve her quality of life.
So, for the next nine weeks it'll be write, write, write, with me getting to uni at 9am most days and heading home at 6pm (no, I won't be writing for nine hours straight, I'm not that good). Then four weeks of field trip, during which I plan to write 28 new flashes. Then home for 10 days, before three weeks at guide dog training.
So, by the time all of this ends it'll be the end of October.
From that point onward, I really just want to concentrate on my thesis.
So, bring on November!