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  1. KittyFit90

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    Holy dust effect Batman! Huge dust storm in progress here, the sky is a dark orange and everyone is coughing and sneezing. The uni is handing out dust masks to everyone but man its like the apocalypse right now... gonna be an epic sunset tonight no doubt. Poor farmers though, this is the top soil being ripped off the dry farmlands on the peninsulas Oh... just thought... hope wifey wasn't flying today...
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    I'm giving a lecture today at the other university... bit nervous as its on Ediacaran Biota, something in which I have no formal qualification.
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    Aww... I'm just lucky I guess.
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    Yay! Wifey is taking me away for my 31st in June, we're going to a place I've always wanted to visit but haven't seen yet. We're going to spend 2 weeks hiking/camping etc in the Red Centre, fly to Alice Springs, hire a car.. walk some of the Larapinta trail then see Uluru, The Olgas and Kings Canyon ๐Ÿ™‚ So excited!
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    OMG just saw that the Mass Effect Trilogy is being remastered...I totally love those games. May 15 is time for the most badass female character of all time to save the galaxy again... go-go Commander Kitty Shephard!!!!๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    Sure you did fine ๐Ÿ™‚ I can report that i didn't even get close to failing a student for my fossil course
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    Saw wifey off this morning on a deployment, away for 2 weeks...will miss her of course but my health is holding as are the stress levels so shouldn't be any issues. Loving the reduced hours and managed time off... I'm registered as a 'Staff Member with a Disability' nowadays which is ok (though I have to speak to a disability advisor every month...oh and it makes it very hard for the uni to sack me so thats good lol)๐Ÿคฃ
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    Got home this afternoon with the whole place smokey as hell. In a panic I logged onto the fire service to find out where the bush fire was and how much time I would have to evacuate.... Only it was a controlled burn off happening just across the road in the Sturt Gorge Park, so yeah the fire was really close but deliberate and being monitored by the CFS (country Fire Service) phew
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    First week done, I feel tired but not overly so...very positive about an incident free semester ๐Ÿ™‚ Going to get my marking done over the weekend!
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    Omg this midweek break is awesome, I was a bit stressed after two days back and now I'm totally not stressed ๐Ÿ™‚ I've been doing marking all day, but I was doing it at my outdoor dining table on my deck, where I can see the sea in the distance and listen to the birds (I've got a Kookaburra living down the back, he laughs loudly every morning at dawn!), very relaxing ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Ooh wifey took me for a stroll and bought me a cake to eat and told me thats she's been selected to take command of her squadron at the beginning of next year as the current SL is being promoted. She was concerned that it could hurt 'us' (when we reconciled a few years back I know she took a lesser opportunity so she could move to SA to live with me, this set her career progression back a little), she will have to work even longer hours will be under more stress and will have to do a 3 month staff officer course in Canberra in the second half of the year. I'm totally fine with all that and told her so, she has always wanted to get a command and now she will have one ๐Ÿ™‚. All is good and happy in Kittyland
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    All good and all done! yay... i am very tired but I do feel a sense of accomplishment at getting through without issue ๐Ÿ™‚ Very happy. weekend off then back to normal teaching which is ok (hopefully)... one thing wifey said she wants to talk to me over the weekend when I'm not so tired about something 'important'. Hope I'm not in trouble!
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    Lol thats not an essay! I wouldn't set anything less then 1500 words and really only a 4-5000 word one allows the students to properly explore a topic. As for your results being randomized lols... From what I can see your English is great, so it doesn't surprise me. 1 more day of teaching to go and then I administer the practical exam on Friday...bit scary as the real fossils get taken out for the first time! eek so far they've only been handling plaster reproductions. Haha as I'm an evil b**** the exam will take nearly 5 hours to complete (they do get a lunch break half way) I have 36 fossils for each student to look at, identify and then explain why they have identified it etc etc (there's an 8 step criteria to fossil identification... though I never use it myself but it has to be taught) I'm very proud of myself, my health is holding (just, probs cos no alcohol and I'm fit and eating healthy) and I'm feeling like the stress is manageable but only barely. My wife's attempts at dinners though may just get me... she burnt the sausages tonight and somehow got the mash potato to be both gluey and lumpy... silly woman just can't cook.
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    Saying that I'm tired would be an understatement, I've been flat out๐Ÿ˜ด. Spent the whole weekend marking the small assignment the students had to submit on Friday, even though there's only 18, practical assignments take 10 times longer to mark than an essay/exam format. 4 days left, I hope i make it...not doing my usual home duties during this topic...not cooking dinner or making my wife's lunches... she's having to do that lol (she still can't cook worth a damn). Oh and next week normal teaching starts, I have 2, 4 hour days and 2, 3 hour days and I get Wednesdays off.. my boss has suggested that I not even come into work that day as I won't be getting paid and I should use it to relax properly... too much lab stuff to do though ๐Ÿ™‚
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    I'm so tired, 4 days of teaching my intensive and I'm spent ๐Ÿ˜ž I've got tomorrow and next week to go...gonna be a long 6 days at work. I just find any kind of social interaction exhausting and being the teacher for a 7 hour block every day is very taxing for me. Lucky I got 2 assistants and a decent enough group of students and I enjoy the stuff I'm teaching too ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope everyone is well ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Nice ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm way too unreliable to ever enter a competition like that...I'd miss half the races lol simply by forgetting.
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    Gosh its hot, been high 30s all week! Lucky the labs air con works really well, weather cooling on the weekend, can't wait. I despise heat.
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    OMG, I love my job! And my boss is so awesome, I've got 2 teaching assistants for my lab topic 'to take the stress off you Kitty' as he put it. Both the assistants are phd students that I am a co supervisor for and I know them well, this should be easy peasy ๐Ÿ™‚
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    One drawback of my my wife's new car...it makes a very loud sound when she leaves in the morning...at 5am... has woken me up last 2 days. I swear she's revving the engine just to get me up...b****
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    I've been on holidays too long...first day back at work and I'm exhausted. Things went very well, I'm just tired and not used to having my brain following a-b leads to c etc as normally my thought process is all over the place! lol I'm busy getting the lab setup so I can teach my fossil identification and conservation intensive course over the next fortnight, I have 18 students and at this point in time there are no COVID restrictions in place in the university (other than no students allowed to come from Victoria but there aren't any in my class)... then after that semester starts and I'm teaching my usual Post K-Pg boundary event evolution (aka the rise of mammals as I like to call it) topic and thats it until the field school in June... were back in our awesome bone cave system this time... I've been itching to get back in there for a year! Oh and I might be guest lecturing at the rival university in a colleagues topic called 'life in deep time' which is pre dinosaurs.
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    Yay! Quarantine over for wifey, so I'm heading home shortly. She has thursday/friday and the weekend off so that will be great!
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    My wife is nuts, during her quarantine she's set herself the challenge of running 5 marathons in 5 days on the treadmill... I rang her this morning and she was running then and was able to have a full 10 min conversation while she was doing it...fitness freak! I need another ice cream
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    Haha, Wifey says the guy was desperate for a smoke and got one from an airport staffer thinking nothing of it. Only problem was to get the cigarette and then go smoke it he left the bio secure flight room the RAAF have in Pt. Moresby. Word is that if this guy passes 4 consecutive COVID tests with a negative then my wifes quarantine will end early ๐Ÿ™‚ He's passed 2 so far, 2 more and we're all off the hook except for this guy who will get a roasting...wifey says lucky he isn't in her squadron as she'd have him on latrine duty forever lol. I've elected to stay at the beach house for now, wifes quarantine may end on Thursday and I will go home then and be with her for a few days before I go back to work.
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    Well... I'm not going home just yet, my wife is in quarantine at home... a member of the aircrew who was on duty on the aircraft she was on back from New Guinea has confessed to a COVID protocol breach (They have tested negative so far). This person broke RAAF guidelines and did something they were not allowed to do while in New Guinea, my wife is really ****** off and so am I. I can't go home now for 14 days cos if I join her quarantine I would have to miss the first week of going back to work, something I can't do! I will be living at my parents house now ๐Ÿ˜ž
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    I remember my undergrad days... due dates, assignments, field schools ugh.
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