I’m sitting in my quiet room at the moment along with a fellow student – as mentioned before, there were four of us in the room before but the other two students withdrew from their studies due to the pressure heaped on them. There is also an important visitor in town, so many of the staff are away to present or to be ready for any scheduled meeting. I did my bit yesterday, by demonstrating the Excel spreadsheet macro that I have been building over the last three weeks. Even though the macro does not produce the level of information that is required, it is considered as a step in the right direction. We just need to improve the algorithm to arrange the data. I nearly didn’t make it to the meeting as the bus arrived late, so I arrived just in time for the meeting.
I’m also battling a cold at the moment that is making me very lethargic and sleepy – perhaps it’s because the changing weather. It has become much cooler at nights and in the morning, Autumn is definitely around the corner. It’s time to bring the doona out and use it along with my summer blanket. 🙂 Unfortunately I can’t stay at home today as I need to attend a Higher Degree by Research student orientation at 1.30pm – 5.30pm. It would be good to meet fellow ‘combatants’ from different schools and fields. 🙂 I just need to keep my Soothers within reach!
I know that I haven’t written a lot lately – I’ve been busy with work and uni and church. The usual stuff. Two days ago when we commemorated my brother’s passing away, I thought I would post another item on my blog as a way of remembrance. I did remember the date, but somehow life took over and kept me occupied. It seems like an appropriate thing to do – that we, the living, have to keep on living to honour the departed loved ones. I still miss my brother, and time does dull the pain as we go by, but there are moments when I thought I should call him just to share some information – and then realised that he’s not around anymore. The other day I thought how my brother was ‘pressured’ to finish his university even though the siblings knew that he was not really into study. It is commendable and honourable that my parents want all of their children to have university degree or even higher – but I couldn’t help thinking, what if my brother had become a good electrician or plumber? (he was really good with his hands). He would’ve found it easy to migrate to Australia due to the ever increasing need of tradespeople. He would’ve probably earned more than I do – and he might’ve been happier too. However, we can’t live our life with would’ve, could’ve, and should’ve. He’s in a better place and I do believe that everything happens for a reason.