I often wonder where time goes and why it stays when it does.
Even though I try to organize it, something always happens. It seems to have a mind of it’s own.
Sometimes, time is as stubborn as that mid belly weight that seems resistant to sit ups and even starvation. Like a loyal dog that just won’t die.
Other times, time moves so fast that you almost forget what your best friend looks like cuz you haven’t seen her in three months even though she lives next door to you.
I am not sure what has happened recently with my version of time but parts of me have shifted (definitely not the belly) while others have settled.
One year and eight months ago, things that were bright blue have faded to that ugly 80’s stone washed color (that apparently and to my total amazement is making a comeback on the cat walk). Why? Don’t ask me. I didn’t get to wear stone washed jeans when they were cool. Instead, I was sporting polyester pants because that’s what you could buy at Kmart.
Target! Where were you back when I really needed you!?
Anyways, over the course of the next few weeks I will catch you all up on my latest adventures. In the meantime, I missing my Sonskyn but happy to be back in the City of Roses.
There are lots more pictures but I will have to make that part 2 of this little blog.
Pictures to come:
and… our last few days in Joburg together.
Lots of you asked why I am considering doing a doctorate and many of you have asked what is it that I could do with a doctorate that I can’t do without one, etc. Well, in the world of research having a doctorate is the only way to ensure that one day you will make the big bucks. So… the money factor is a plus, but besides that I think that it would be really cool to be able to reach the top of the academic ladder. I like the work that I am currently doing and if it’s anything like what I would be doing for my doctorate then I think that it’s not a bad way to go about living. 🙂
There is a ton of autonomy in academia and since I am pretty self motivated I can easily function in this realm. In fact, I actually perform much better when left alone. I have to say, that this latter reason is one of the most appealing characteristics of pursuing this path. 🙂 Essentially, it’s all up to me. How well I conduct research, how well I can write something up, how well I can analyze and defend my ideas- it’s all up to me. I can do my work and avoid having to develop my already inept skills of kissing management ass. 🙂 I can just be. Isn’t that a wonderful thing to be able to do? I think so! 🙂
There are really great opportunities on the horizon but only time will tell if this path is what I end up taking. Funding and travel costs to and from the USA will also inform my choice. Regardless, the idea is fun to consider.
Right now, I am digging the research work that I am doing and all of the traveling that I have coming up as part of my job. It’s really great fun and I love it. I have never felt like this at the end of a days work. Maybe it will change one day, but right now- it’s fantastic.
My next research assignment: going to border towns to find out what is going on in terms of HIV prevention, access to treatment, etc. I will have the opportunity to talk to a whole range of fun and exciting and interesting folks… 🙂
I miss you all and would love to hear from you so when you get a chance drop me a line. Although it all sounds really exciting here there is nothing like hearing from your loved ones.
P.S I sure am glad that the world didn’t come to an end a few days ago. What a wack job.
I need your help.
Since submitting my Master’s Thesis Report I have been encouraged by my supervisors to pursue a doctorate. This is great and cool and wonderful, but I am totally at a loss and not sure what to do. So… I thought that I would spend my time creating this funny little poll. 🙂
Please just click on one or two or three or all. It’s what I do. smile. On a daily basis, I heavily consider all of these options and just when I think I have an answer I realize that I don’t know anything.
Miss you lots
The month with my parents here in South Africa was amazing…
They loved it.
I loved it.
They left last night and already I miss their laughter and carefree spirit. I miss them telling me about their long walks and watching them as their eyes grew with amazement at the beautiful sights that we visited. We traveled all over Gauteng in search of game parks and then traversed the country by car to Cape Town where we stayed for over two weeks.
I will follow-up with a photo blog this week.
In the meantime, check out this link and listen to Ana’s story of being a migrant woman living with HIV. Ana participated in the photo project that I conducted last year and was selected to participate in a radio documentary project.