If you’re wondering why I haven’t updated my blog recently, it’s because I’m in the thick of writing a paper for an upcoming conference in New Zealand at the end of the year, as well as finalising my proposal for this Friday. I’m fast reaching the six-month point in my study, where I need to submit my proposal to my supervisors. It is quite tiring mentally but I am having fun. I’ve always told everybody in whatever organisation that I belong to that I’d rather be busy than being bored. Life is definitely anything than boring at the moment!
At the moment I have a wee bit of time to spend on the blog, while waiting for my data to run – it is quite an exercise to upload the data to the UK, get it run and try to manage the 15-minute time limit before it logs me out. Unfortunately because of the large amount of data, at times I have got myself disconnected and lost the amount of analysis that were done before I got kicked out. Grr.
The paper is also taking longer to write – I thought things would flow smoothly, but it is certainly an art to tell a story through numbers and facts so that the paper doesn’t end up a collection of disjointed findings. So I find myself looking out into the wintery landscape outside my office window, trying to find more inspirations to write and have a better way to write my conference paper. Most of the other students are in the same boat, they are busy writing papers and conducting their own research. I do enjoy my experience – it feels like a new chapter in my life, and despite the age difference, I feel part of the team – thanks to my youthful good looks. Hahaha. I feel like an old man in the morning though, I find it more difficult to get up, especially when it’s cold in the house and the warm bed beckons me back. Talking about my look, I find that my face is changing too – the skin above my right eyelid is drooping a wee bit more compared to a couple of months ago. I look as if I had lost the eyelid fold! I’m turning chinese – oh wait a minute, I am chinese. 🙂
My data’s nearly done so I’ll return to my research and writing. Oh, what fun! (Seriously though, it is!) 🙂