(+) Last Friday, I finally managed to pin down two teachers at a school in Teddington that specializes in visual arts to do a Researchers in Residence placement. This requires me to spend between 14 and 24 hours total with the students. We've planned to pack a good chunk of it into two full day sessions on 3 and 17 December. On the 3rd, I'll spend 50 minutes talking to Year 10 & 11 students about the Cassini spacecraft and Enceladus, and then run a question-and-answer session on what it's like to do a Ph.D and work in an instrumentation lab. I will do this four times, twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon.
In a fit of madness, I agreed to be available to a small group of students who are keen to become science researchers at lunchtime, and to attend science club after school. I predict that I shall be absolutely knackered.
(+) Last Friday night, the bloke & I celebrated a friend's 30th at a club in Covent Garden that featured live Brazilian music, performances by capoeiristas and beautiful, surprisingly unpretentious hipsters.
(+) On Saturday, the bloke finally met some of the London friends that I don't live or work with.
(+) On Sunday, I painted for the first time in months.
(+) Pay raise!
(-) The ominous loom of impending deadlines, one of which I'm fairly certain I'm going to miss. Which one is entirely up to chance.
(-) LJ failing to send comment notifications. Send the WAAAHmbulance.
(-) My failure to purchase any mince pies as of yet. Disgraceful.
Finally, a meme. What has surprised you the most about me (if anything) since beginning to read my LJ?