To look at progress since the last check-in, well, I fell off the wagon again. My plane had to return to the airport on the second leg of my flight on Sunday to check a faulty nose landing gear. I’ve never been met by firetrucks upon landing before; I must say it is a real thrill. I was on my way quite efficiently, considering we had to find another plane and another gate in Atlanta, the latter being far more scarce than the first. To say the unexpected landing blew my concentration for writing, commenting, or thinking is an understatement. I ended up arriving 3 hours later than planned, missing the dinner with staff that had been planned.
The interview Monday went well, or at least I think so. I’ll find out next week what they thought. It started at 8:30am and finished about 9pm, with an hour break before dinner. It is really difficult to be “on” all day, especially meeting well over twenty people. I had figured the presentation attendance would be sparse, but there were about 30-40 people in the room. I have to say, though, that everyone was extremely nice, but I was just shattered by the end of it.
Tuesday was a travel day; getting from one medium-sized airport to a tiny rural airport (well, we have three gates) took nine and a half hours, mostly sitting on the floor in the Atlanta airport. I should have been able to do some commenting then, but I was still exhausted.
A look from the finish line at my goals:I began to eat more healthy foods, and to avoid the old temptations. I started to add more walking progressively through the Round as well. I only lost 7 pounds, but I’ll take that happily.I am still working on contacting my family and friends more consistently. I am better, but far from where I want to be.
The biggest changes this Round were in the writing and the day job. I continued to gain confidence in my writing during the Round, witnessed by my putting up excerpts, something I was unable to do in Round 3. I also gained more confidence with my academic writing, as I have two articles going out for queries in the next few weeks. With your support, this hermit crab has finally crawled out of her shell. Just watch me go 😉
As for the day job, I did a lot of meditation, prayer, call it what you will. I played with the idea of going for a writing job, but realized I didn’t have the portfolio to succeed in that quest. However, I could find a better position, with better support from my colleagues and superiors, and I am in the middle of that quest.