astro_noms: (all a little mad here)
yes brain, you can has ([personal profile] astro_noms) wrote2014-12-24 01:01 am

still alive, part eleventy zillion

  • I am at my grandparents' for the holidays, as usual, and I'm determined to try and enjoy myself rather than focusing on the fact that the memories of my bad x-mas experiences outweigh the memories of the good and as a result, I'm not very fond of them. So far, it's been not bad, but there's still tomorrow's preparations for Chrismas Eve dinner to get through. As long as I can make it through that, there'll be a couple of days' peace while we all sink into food comas.
  • I'm trying not to let my grandparents' obviously and visibly declining health (or maybe it's just old age?) or the fact that my aunt who lives next door got a very bad cancer diagnosis today (the words "malignant" and "metastasis" came up) affect my mood. #fuckcancer
  • I'm in a deep, dark hole as far as my MA thesis is concerned, and I have no idea how I'm going to get out of it. I know what I want to write, I know how to write it, I have the research and the materials, but I'll be damned if I can actually motivate myself to sit down and write the fucking thing.
  • My mom's coming to Poland for a week-long research trip in January, and while she's requested that I take some time off to spend it with her, I'm not sure that's going to be possible, given that it's going to be right at the end of the semester and I'm going to have a crapload of work to get done.
  • I didn't get around to renewing my passport on time, which means no February trip to New York for me this year (which I actually didn't know was in the cards until my mom asked if I wanted to go today). Not that I really would have considered it very seriously, given how far behind I am on my thesis, but it would have been nice to have the option.
  • The cat continues to be simultaneously the most adorable and the most irritating cat ever. I brought him with me for the holidays, and he's been spending a lot of time outside, which of course means that when we go back to Wrocław, he's going to be pining for the fjords outside, and given that we live on the 7th floor of an apartment block, it's not going to be easy to give it to him. I guess I'll have to make sure the balcony gets catproofed again so I can at least let him out. That and we'll have to keep buying the calming collars which, while they don't entirely cut down on the yowling, at least cut down the volume and actually do make him a bit calmer and gentler.
  • My DW account has expired, and other than the lack of the extra icons, I don't really notice a difference. I'm not going to renew it right now, because I rarely have time to post anyway these days. Hopefully if/when I get my fucking MA thesis done, my brain will reboot and I'll have more time/energy/brain power to write more.
  • I've resigned myself to the fact that we're not going to get a proper winter with snow and everything (or at least not in time for Christmas), and I've moved on to wishing it was spring already so I can take my bike outside and start learning to ride it. G and I have taken it apart and put it back together a couple of times, and I'm learning a lot about the mechanics and specifics of it, but dammit, I want to actually get out there and ride.

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[personal profile] synkkaenkeli 2014-12-24 12:59 am (UTC)(link)
Aw your kitty cat's so pretty.

I love how the lights are playing against the wall behind the tree :-)

Good luck getting through the holidays and also getting the thesis done by deadline.

I hope they still have some options for your aunt for treatment.
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[personal profile] scarimonious 2014-12-24 09:48 am (UTC)(link)
BUCKYYYYYY!!! I hope the calming collar works, though would it be worth looking into getting a shallow box and growing some grass in it for him? It'd be like having the outside but you can have it on the balcony or inside for him.

Sending all the good vibes to you for getting through the holidays and out of the black hole of your thesis. You're super smart. You can figure this out.
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[personal profile] rhivolution 2014-12-24 08:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Kitty! My best to you with regards to everything.
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[personal profile] rabies 2014-12-24 08:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Here's to hoping you survive the holidays and are able to sit down and write what you need to write!
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[personal profile] bitchet 2014-12-28 09:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Your cat is such a cutie. Hope you survived the holidays and good luck with your thesis!