Planning is more fun than doing

Oct. 15th, 2017 10:03 pm
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Today is the birthday of the Roman poet Virgil - Publius Vergilius Maro, and to celebrate the day, the British Museum put up a picture of a tablet with a line from the Aeneid (9.473) on their facebook page. Since the link provided by the BM was less than helpful in telling much about the tablet or the line, I had to do some digging myself. This lead me to the Vindolanda webpage, where they have many of the tablets found there in an online index.

And then I noticed that on the main Vindolanda page they had a note up that they would have openings for volunteer diggers at the excavation there this summer. For a fee of course. So then I of course started to think about how I could incorporate that in my summer holidays, because I'd love to do that. Two years ago, I hiked the Hadrian's wall which was a nice combination of several of my interests; hiking, Roman history and England. And getting to go deeper into the subject really appeals to me. they open for sign ups on November 1st, and I have until then to decide. Also figure out whether I'm in good enough shape.

I have a weak spot for the Vindolanda tablets, they are a wonderful way to catch a glimpse into the past, like the tablet BM linked, which is (probably) a writing exercise. There are also a couple of interesting letters I remember reading - or trying to read - for a Latin course once. But the line from virgil amde me think of a rune stick found in the excavations here in Bergen, which also has a line of Virgil: "Omnia vincit amor et nos cedamus amore"), but here in runes.

That led me unto a line of though of one of my many interest, namely grafitti, these little things that we write that is not really meant for posterity, but if they are conserved, they give us a wonderful glimpse into the daily life of people of the past. And the present for that sake, I enjoy reading bathroom grafitti. That made me wonder if there has been written a pop science book on grafitti though the ages. If not there should be, and then I started outlining it in my head. And then even better started to think about all the things I could read while researching, before - eh actually write the thing.

I haven't found a book about it, and definitely not in Norwegian. I'll put it on my to-write list. After that article about Breton. And the tu/vous-distinction in Norwegian. And everything else.

Because thinking about things is fun, doing them on the other hand...

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Oct. 13th, 2017 11:09 am
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Today I stopped by the shop on my way to work to take a picture of the shelf that had sodium bicarbonate on it, and sent it to a student - just another day at work.

Do the things

Oct. 11th, 2017 04:49 pm
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- Grade 9th grade essays
- Grade 10th grade essays
- Make 10th DBQ

Also good:
- finish SCS taxes
- get chicken pox vaccine
- buy toothpaste
- order stuff from overnightprints

Longer term:
- update my habitrpg "habits"

How to say hello in Norwegian

Oct. 11th, 2017 10:58 am
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A couple of months ago we got this new PhD at our department. He's a bit older than most of the PhDs here, in his early 30s, having worked for a couple of years. He is also from Latin-America, and not only that, he is an extroverted Latin-American.

And I have been trying to teach him that in Norway you do not ask "How are you?" randomly to people; you can ask that question to people you will engage in conversation with if, and only if, you are interested in listening to the answer. If not, you'd better turn it in to a yes/no-question like "Everything okay?". But now, he asks everyone we walk past that he knows tha question, and being the, admittedly charming and extroverted guy he is, he knows a lot of people. So he calls to them, and they get a bit confused as to why he wants to start a conversation, here, in the middle of the road in the rain (or wherever). So I've been trying to tell him this - with mixed results.

And then, this weekend I went home and visited my uncle, and we went out fishing for lobsters. The weather was wonderful, and we got up before sunrise (which is around 8am at this time of year) to go out in the boat to check our lobster traps and nets. It is truly wonderful to be on the sea in those conditions (although my back now hurts like you have no idea, since I am totally out of practice with pulling in the rather heavy traps). As we were out, we saw another fisherman, and we steered the boat towards him, and he turned towards us, and we met up.

The conversation between my uncle and the other guy was as follows.
- Yes
- Yes
- Yes?
- Six
- Oh. Four.
- Yes, yes.
- Okay.
- Yes
- *handwave*

So now I only have to teach my new colleague that *this* is how Norwegian men communicate. At least men in rural districts. Men in more urban areas may throw in a couple of words. May.
(Yeah, yeah, stereotyping, blah, blah. Makes for easier language learning though.)

And this is a picture of me checking a trap. Just because

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Oct. 10th, 2017 09:11 pm
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I'm having a bad brain moment.

It used to be, if life is busy and hard, I'd just say, "September is a hard month. I just have to see it through, and October will be easier."

But now... October isn't easier. Neither was August, July, June, May.... There's just stopped being easy months.

When things get busy, other things get squeezed out -- I lose time to spend with my husband, I lose time to zone out and shore up my mental/emotional well-being, and that busyness overflows into my immediate family, as well -- if I need extra time on work, or an extra nap to have energy for something, it means that my husband (or my parents) have to give up some of *their* time and energy to watch the baby, or to deal with my flailing.

And I'm really tired of begging my family for childcare because I'm overcommitted. I'm super grateful to them, but it's not fair for them. Especially Jono, who has a busy life of his own and has given up too much.

I feel like I need to cut more things out of my life, and stop taking on new things. Then I wouldn't be so stressed, and also would be less of a burden on everyone else.

I think I want to start with some data collection -- track how I spend my 9pm-midnight baby sleep time, and how much baby care is spilling out to my husband or my parents. Simultaneously, I need to build in more of a buffer -- don't always schedule things with the assumption that things will work out down to the minute.

In which life isn't so bad after all

Oct. 5th, 2017 03:32 pm
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I have now ticked off all the things on my to-do list except two, namely Write article on language policies and Revise article on terminology, and those, those I think I'll postpone until next week. Yeah, I know they will take somewhat more than a day to do...

But life isn't so bad; last week I was reminded of an acquaintance whom I haven't spoken to in ages, and I sent her a message, and we met up on Saturday, had dinner and lots of wine and a really good time. It is fun to talk to someone who gets you, and you don't have to explain the steps in-between when you skip from A to G. These are her words, but I totally agree. So we have already agreed to meet again in November.

And just now I'm off to meet some of the people I shared a reading room with at university, that will be nice too. And this weekend I'm off to go lobster fishing with my uncle - More good things.

In sadder news, a friend of mine died suddenly in an accident earlier this week, and it has really put a lump in my heart and my stomach. He was my age, and had a small daughter. He was one of those guys who was everywhere, knew everyone, and always had time to talk to you. He will be missed.


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