December's been quiet. Not just on my blog but around Glasgow, as well. Students and friends have left for the holidays, the shops are closing their doors a little earlier, and the dark and chill have rolled in. In other words: perfect conditions for a graduate student in creative writing. Sure, I've gotten in a number of Christmas parties, a couple of frisbee tournaments and a short day expedition here and there, but really, the last couple months have mostly seen me bundled up inside, typing, reading and drinking lots of tea. It's not a bad way to spend a winter, if one can't be with family and friends back home. It's maybe a bit like hibernating...but with books.
I am now about half way through my PhD...if all goes according to plan, I'll be finished two years from now. Whether filled with happenings or a bit lower-key, the months continue to fly by. And already, there are several study breaks I'm looking forward to in the term ahead.
First of all, some sporting news: I've registered for the Edinburgh Marathon in late May. So, that should provide some motivation to keep me running through the winter. I'm not planning to smash any records, but it should be a scenic run and, as my first marathon (I've done a few halfs but no full-lengths), memorable. ...And, other than the running, I've still got ultimate frisbee, which always keep me plenty active (if not slightly injured).
I'm also looking forward to some visits and travels that 2013 will bring. In May, two aunts, an uncle and my mom will be visiting the Czech Republic and Hungary, so I'm planning to pop down and spend a couple weeks visiting with them. I enjoyed both Prague and Budapest when I visited a couple years ago, and exploring them with family will be all the more of an adventure! ...Then, hopefully, some other visitors will come in June and July (you know who you are...make it happen! :)).
So, certainly plenty to keep me turning the calendar and eager for all that 2013 will bring. Until then, I hope you're enjoying the winter, whether quiet or chaotic. And, because it's better late than never, happy holidays from Glasgow!