The obvious lack of new posts on this blog is the result of an unholy trinity of outside forces. For one thing, I have an impending deadline for my doctoral dissertation, so lots of spare time has been sent on this and frankly, the last thing I want to do of an evening is continue staring at my laptop’s screen and write.
Take today, for example. I’m taking a week’s leave from work to truly hammer into my dissertation and get several thousand words down on paper. Today was spent transcribing and analysing a series of interviews I conducted as part of one of my projects. The pain (actual) of so much typing, combined with the pain (emotional) of listening to my own reedy voice has left me fit only to eat a chicken pie and stare at TV tonight. Said pie is in the oven as I type. I know you’d want to know that I’m still feeding myself…
I’ve also been busy-as-all-hell at work, the day job that keeps me in gadgets and shiny shoes. Despite the economic downturn (a euphemism for all-out implosion of economic activity) we’ve been doing great. This good organisational news translates into some bad news for yours truly in terms of workload, but under the circumstances, I’m not going to complain. Much.
Finally, the combination of the above has meant that I’ve been trying to squeeze what remaining time I have into actually chilling out and keeping in touch with the people who love me. This is always important, no matter how earth-shattering you think your work is. I am, after all, researching work-life balance as part of my doctorate. Physician heal thyself, as they say.
I’ve actually been blogging elsewhere (like my psychology blog here and my iPad blog here), so this blog has become somewhat of an unloved child. I aim to make up for that soon and will once again vomit my innermost thoughts and opinions quite liberally all over the nice clean white shirt of the internet.
In the interim, you’ll be able to keep abreast of developments in my life via my Twitter stream, @MacPsych. This is also quite a reliable barometer of my stress levels and general mental health. Just look for the inappropriate language and threats of violence.