A Good Week

After a few days of self-pity and demotivation, I’m back on the path forwards again! The weather is turning down here, with the sea getting ever choppier, the wind becoming more biting and the rain heavier still. It is becoming more of a struggle to slowly lumber up the hill in the morning to the bus-stop, but I shouldn’t moan- I was 10x further away from it last year!

I got to play cricket the other night at the Truro Cricket Centre with Perranarworthal CC (a great bunch), and despite not having any kit managed to get a bat thanks to a very kind friend. Imagine my horror when it turns out we have a new player, who is faster than said friend, is left-armed, and likes to bowl at my ribs! I remembered to get in line with the ball though, and didn’t get hit, which is a plus. More excitingly, I managed to launch someone into the netting high at the other end of the hall, which is very, very rare when I bat! I bowled atrociously, and even resorted to medium pace which got me a wicket, but I take comfort in the fact that even Adil Rashid went for the most expensive test debut ever, and still took 5 wickets in the 2nd innings. There is hope for us all, it seems!

Much more excitingly, I’ve been fortunate enough to secure a research internship with the University’s Drone Lab, which should see me learn a variety of highly valuable skills related to fixed-wing and multi-rotor craft. The use of UAVs for scientific study is an incredibly exciting field and I’m very lucky to have this opportunity to learn first-hand about their use. I’m not naive to the role this could play on my PhD application, and I’m keen to make the most of this opportunity

Perhaps even more excitingly, I’ve managed to secure a job with Hawkshead in Falmouth, working with a fantastic team whom supported me well during and after the Malaysia Expedition. Hawkshead are a kind-of combination between Regatta and Craghoppers (my favourite brand), so I am in very good hands indeed! I’m looking forward to starting in the next couple of weeks, and with a trip to Michigan in December, things are looking rosy once again.

Today marks the one year anniversary with my wonderful girlfriend, Catherine, which is the most wonderful gift of all. I can’t wait to see her in December, but I take comfort in the fact that, despite the 3600 mile distance between us, we remain closer than ever. It has been a long wait, and Michigan’s winter may have a fearsome reputation, but it will all be worth it in the end. I’ve never been in a serious relationship before, really, but with Catherine, everything is right. My world just seems complete. Here is to many more wonderful years together! ❤

It has been a while in coming, but my life is really starting to work. I’m heading towards my PhD application goal, I have a new source of income in a lovely environment, and I have a brilliant partner.

And at this stage of my life, I don’t think I can argue with that!

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