So, the first week back was hectic as expected. However, I managed not one but two, (yes two, people!) meetings with my supervisor, which proved to be fruitful and motivating. We’ve discussed a lot of the work I’ve done and the direction of the work that will be making up my final two thesis chapters so I’m excited to get started on that. I’ve also been given the go ahead to start writing up the manuscript for my first paper since we’ve finally managed to discuss what data will fit into what paper. I feel much more optimistic about going into work this week than I did last week- and it just reiterates the point that I made in my last post. It’s important to meet with your supervisor regularly.
I’ve also managed to get the lab back to together (finally!). All the instruments are back up and running so hopefully they’ll be no more delays with the progress of work for myself. I’ve got a list of things to do a mile long between my work and the absolute waste of time course I’ve had to sign up to for my extra hours. I really hope it doesn’t affect my ability to keep motivated and do my work.
I’ve also managed to relax this weekend in between food shopping and doing some seriously cleaning, dust had collected in the three weeks I was home! I’ve been quite happy with how I’ve handled the juggling of work and free time for myself this week, but on reflection perhaps this is just because the first week might be lighter than the rest. Nonetheless, I’ll have to keep reminding myself to take some time to just chill.
Another huge development was that I had my first driving lesson this week….and now my instructor thinks it’s achievable for me to pass by April. We booked the test at the end of my first lesson whilst sat in his car. That was something I definitely didn’t think would happen this week! I genuinely thought I wouldn’t be thinking about that test until June/July. With that in mind my bank account is now weeping, seriously, I mean like tsunami levels of water. I’ve had to upfront costs for 20 hours of lessons plus the test, in between paying of my usual bills, rent, phone, TV license, bus pass, etc.. and now I’m looking at trying to reduce my food bill for the week until my next stipend comes in and my pay check for extra demonstrating (which I am now so thankful for!)
I know I’ll be paying catch up over the next couple of months for this, because I’ll have a nice hefty gas bill next month too. So hopefully with reducing my food bill £15-20 each week by shopping at Aldi and only buying what I plan meals for, I should be able to recuperate costs that way and not feel such a pinch.
Here’s so keeping a happy mindset and eating on a budget for the next few months!