Déjà vu and The Exam

This is a little bit of a non-update. Not a whole lot has happened over the last week, and The Exam is creeping ever closer.

In Good Spirits

The spirit collection is ever growing, although I never made an effort to organise it in any way. A few nice bottles were prominently displayed, and some glassware, but that was the extent of it. As part of standard pre-exam procrastination, I commandeered the upper shelves of the kitchen bookcase and used them to informally organise the bottles. Loosely grouping them by spirit revealed a number I had completely forgotten about including a fancy bottle of Jack Daniel’s single barrel and a nice single malt scotch. There’s plenty to work with for the post-exam celebrations.

The “slightly more organised” collection

When work follows you home…

We haven’t been able to escape work for some time. For those of you who have not experienced the joy of professional examinations, don’t start now. When you’re in school and at university, time can be spent totally focused learning the things you’re inevitably going to forget as soon as you leave the exam hall. When you’re a grown-up and you have a child to keep alive, dinner to cook and a living space to keep tidy, fitting that study time into the mix becomes somewhat challenging. Even squeezing an hour of work into an evening can be excruciating. Who really wants to look at another slide of HPV-independent gastric-type adenocarcinoma of the cervix? Maybe Glen McCluggage, but not me.

Squamous cell carcinoma has never looked so sad (A photo taken from a cytology case I was reviewing)

I don’t have much more to say about it than I’m glad that it’s almost over. In two weeks time we will be packing our bags for a trip to Sicily. I prescribe a week of pleasant weather to be taken with delicious food and drink, and as far from England as can be practically achieved in a relatively short flight.

Garden Begins (the Origin Story)

I have managed to make it outside on a couple of occasions over the last week and started some preparatory work for the wall at the back of the garden. The rear section needs some fencing panels and a section of wall before it can be really finished. My plan is still to have a couple of large compost piles at the very back and maybe a few nice plants, although light is relatively limited in that area.

It doesn’t look like much, but it’s getting there

Right, that’s enough for now. I’m off to play BioShock.

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