Study, study, study. In Alva. Thank you, Paige, for the loan of your flat while you were away!
It worked well for me in January to be away for a few weeks, and to just work somewhere different. I hoped it would work that way again, especially after being so frustrated with the whole robbery and losing my work fiasco. I debated about not going, but I'd already bought my train tickets before the theft, and I couldn't see wasting the money (they were, of course, non-refundable cheap tickets). So off I poddled to Alva for two weeks.
I didn't get completely done, but I did get a lot accomplished. It's funny how just a change of scene can work wonders on motivation and focus, sometimes. The weather wasn't great, as it was rainy and cloudy most of the time... but there is a great park just a couple of blocks down that I took my books and notebooks to when the sun came out. The university even loaned me a netbook to use for two weeks. Granted, I made them feel bad enough about having kicked me out of my office right at the end of my time when I needed a place to work the most, and laid it on thick about then having my laptop stolen in the break-in... they couldn't really do anything but loan me one that was sitting around unused, could they?
Anyway. I worked a lot. I drank coffee and ate snacks and sat in the window and watched the World Cup and read in the times when I wasn't working. It was productive, and it was refreshing to be somewhere other than the 'Deen for a bit. Thanks, Paige! I owe ya. =)
Where are the photos? They're here.