I had a very pleasant stay in Exeter last Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I went up on Saturday evening, as it was joysilence's birthday. A few people congregated to eat nibbles and cake and watch films.
Then on Sunday I indulged in a bit of retail therapy for the first time in ages. I wasn't that successful, but at least I wasn't staring at a computer. I met up with my friend P and we had lunch and coffee.
I've got myself a new perfume. Its called Beyond Paradise by Estee Lauder. It smells like Jasmine and more. Its amazing how a new perfume can make you feel like a different person and lift your mood.
The big highlight of my Exeter visit was winning a research relay I took part in. It was between seven students and we each had to give a ten minute presentation and mark each other on style, content, slides etc. I wasn't expecting to win and was overjoyed. Its great for the old CV.
The next day I went to a workshop about the nature of a PhD. It feels like a rollercoaster right now. I am writing a chapter about the Cathars, editing two other pieces of work and writing and putting together presentations. I have one of these this Friday. *chews fingers nervously.*
So I was thankful to do something different at the weekend. On Saturday we went to High Wicombe for a drumming event. We did the photography and video. I saw a friend of mine there who makes bodhrans, and he had a very special deep one with a reindeer skin: I bought it! I'm thinking of taking it down to the local Irish session.
On Sunday we went to Cardiff and Castell Coch. I haven't been there for ages, its fantastic. Its one of the few historic places you can actually take photos. We wandered around Cardiff for a bit, then had dinner at this great Gujurati restaurant. Yum.
Yesterday I went to visit neyrissa at her new house in Emerson's Green. She gave me a bat! Yay! One more for my collection!