Saturday, February 25, 2012


Ah, Saturday. I love Saturdays. Monday is still far enough away that I don't have to worry about it!

Started this morning with my usual Saturday productivity - clothes washed, kitchen cleaned, living room tidied! Then time for some actual work. Slightly less motivation for this but given I've amassed 13 hours of lectures to listen to and make notes from I figured I should probably make a start!

Managed 2 hours by the time I'd organised all my notes and stuff, so not bad. I've got the rest of the weekend, so it'll be fine...
Having mentioned my organic chemistry epiphany yesterday, it would seem to have spread across all of chemistry. It's an odd feeling but I like it. I'm seeing things and understanding them, and working out what's going to happen next - it's nice going "oh, so that's the trans effect doing that, and then the next thing the lecturer says is "this is down to the trans effect", and likewise "those reagents? there's going to be some radical chemistry here isn't there?" and be right about it!. Just hope it's a sign of things to come, although perhaps would have been nice to have felt like this a bit earlier on rather than a couple of months before the end of my degree!

Next on my list of things to do was riding. Clear blue skies and still quite warm outside so I couldn't resist. Doctor said once I was feeling up to it I could start with some gentle 5-10 minute rides, and build up from there because riding will use different muscles so will be good physio. Now before starting I guessed I probably hadn't reached the "up to it" level, the writing involved in going over 2 lectures was enough to give me a shaky hand but my new and still relatively unridden bike was calling me!

My gentle 5-10 mins turned into a not very gentle 15. Blame the bike. It's too fun to ride! Suspect I've scuppered my chances of doing much more work for a while though. Ouch! :( Still my legs are happy, as is the bike!

Will have to push on with work later though. These lecture notes won't write themselves. Nor will my presentation and lab report. Even the fridge is taunting me now!

It's so frustrating not being able to do what I want. If I could write at a normal speed for reasonable periods I'd take my notes in lectures like everyone else and wouldn't have so much work to do, and being able to take normal notes implies a fixed arm so I could spend all that extra free time I'd have at the weekend out riding my bike in the sunshine. I'd be able to carry a cup of tea and a plate of toast up the stairs at the same time too! But alas, we have to go with what we're dealt in life...could be a heck of a lot worse!

2012 Cycling total: 38.0 miles

1 comment:

  1. Glad to hear things are beginning to click with your work. This has recently happened with me too so I know first hand how reassuring and great it feels.

    I also envy your regular Saturday productivity!