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Hello August!

It feels like I've been looking forward to August 2015 for about two years now. Ever since I realised the possibility of taking a field trip there in relation to my Doctoral research. Here it is, the eighth month of 2015. Now that we've arrived in this auspicious lunar cycle, I am running on adrenalin.

The next two and a half months are going to be go, Go, GO!

Last weekend, I finished up about four weeks of getting tattoos freshened up and added to. It was a painful kind of fun. Mind you backing up for a second day on the weekend was a bit much in the end. I've been sore all week, but it'll be worth it once everything is healed up.

On Tuesday we had a rental inspection - always so much fun!

Wednesday I did some souvenir shopping in the city (my rellos had better appreciate the 10kg of Australiana kitsch I'm hauling across the globe this month!), before going to the Eye and Ear Hospital in the city for an assessment, they've referring me onto the 'Duct Clinic', lol. Interestingly, they did a field test of my vision (it measures what my field of vision is). They said it hadn't change in a year, in fact it was almost identical with last year's test. My field of vision may not be deteriorating, but my level of vision is dropping dramatically.

I've been working on that chapter I'm supposed to have a first draft of before I leave the country. On my second draft of the outline now, hoping I can start writing the actual chapter soon.

Next week I have an MRI scheduled in the wake of the seizure I had last month. It's a 06.50am start! I'm the first patient up, so at least I know I don't have to wait, too bad I won't be able to go home and sleep though!

I just know I have something else going on next week, but I can't for the life of me remember what it is.

I still have a list as long as my arm of things I have to sort before I leave Australia, but let's not bore ourselves with that.

Okay, so this is the next couple of months...

Parent/teacher meeting at TC - August 12.

MRI - August 12.

Bryn's birthday party - August 15.

Bryn and Mum's birthday lunch, Robbie's birthday dinner - August 16.

Get ready to go to Iceland, including drafting that chapter.

Go to Iceland for three weeks - August 19 - September 10.

Travel around Iceland and see all the sites I'm writing about in my creative work, take photos and write notes, also write a flash every day = 28 flashes.

Go to Denmark for nearly a week - September 10 - September 15.

Return home - September 16.

Go to Duct Clinic. - September 18.

Work on thesis for a week, possibly also meet my dog (here's hoping!!!) - September

Go to guide dog training (hopefully) course for three weeks - September 21 - October 16.

Home training guide dog - October 19 - 23.

If I don't do guide dog training at the end of September I'll be doing it at the end of October. The rest of the year will be getting the rest of my thesis drafted so that I can spend next year polishing it and preparing for examination.

Hence the rush of adrenalin at the moment.

Honestly, I'm very excited that all of this is finally happy, and at the same time, I can't wait for it to be over, LOL. Feelings are weird. I can't wait to be back in Iceland and to see my family there and in Denmark. While the internet has made it so much easier to keep up with each others lives, it's just not the same as being in the same room with people you love. Also, I'm really, really hoping this will revive my Icelandic. I would love to be able to converse with my family in Iceland in Icelandic on Facebook when I get back. Who knows, I might even start speaking Icelandic with mum when it's just the two of us.

So, there you go. Let's the games begin!

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