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I've had some work-time, which has been good. I feel a bit less like I'm seeing the world through cotton wool, and I'm looking forward to feeling more engaged with and excited about my research. I'm trying to get more enthusiastic about my chapter editing, but also pushing myself to think about where I want my research to go next.

People-time has also been good. It's been nice hanging out with Liz and Tim again, and Sunday-games was lovely, and I have been having some very pleasant coffeesnacks with Kale. His story about the mongoose-monster is my new favourite story! And last night I saw Kyle, and managed not to be too stern with him, and rather enjoyed talking about work-questions with him and eating delicious Indian food.

Not much else to report, I guess. Last night we learnt more grammar at Greek. As well as the accusative and nominative cases, there's also the genitive (for ownership) and the vocative (for calling someone). In the vocative, if a noun is masculine, and ends in 'ος', and has three or more syllables, the ending changes to 'ε'. That seems a little silly.
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Worknews:
* I got my conference funding, so at least my travel to the OCIS and APSA conferences is covered. I'm much more nervous than excited about the conferences, and particularly about presenting, but I'm going to try to be a little more organised this time and hopefully that will help. Hopefully I will get the reviews back from my paper soon, and will have some time to fix it up before I start preparing my presentation.
* My thesis is moving very, very, slowly, but is at least moving again. I've been having more Severe Doubts about it, but I suppose they'll pass as usual.
* I'm looking into the possibility of doing a few months of work based at NIAS in Bangalore next year. I'm a bit unsure about this, though, since I'm tossing up the benefits of extending my existing research against exploring new areas. More updates when a) I've thought about it more, and b) I work out whether getting this grant is a realistic enough possibility to fuss about.

Othernews:
* I am still a bit sad and mixed-up about things. But let's not talk about that, since it's not so fun and makes my eyes leak.
* The next Flora Segunda book comes out in September! How exciting! Also I am still reading Antarctic journeys, The Pirate's Dilemma, and Twice a Stranger. The latter is winning, so far. It is about mass expulsions of Christians from Turkey and Muslims from Greece, as provided for in the Treaty of Lausanne. It is new and interesting for me!
* Greek class started again. The accusative and nominative remain somewhat baffling.

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