Oh the joys of being a part time graduate student. Some weeks working full time is as much as I can handle. I’m one of those people who can usually handle several balls in the air at one time and manage to pull everything off, if not exactly gracefully, at least making it look deliberate. But for some reason the past week and a half has been a little more than I can easily chew. My husband and I adopted some tropical fish from the local pet store – we have a new 3 gallon freshwater tank and had three fish (they were named Mary, Edith and Sybil after the three daughters in Downton Abbey) and a snail (so far the snail has just been snail. Last Friday we came home to find two of our fish of two weeks dead in the tank. Saddened, we packed them up – put the sluggishly moving third in a glass and took them to the pet store to find out what was wrong. The store employee tested the water and told us that it could just be new tank syndrome, sold us some treatment to correct the chemical balance of the water and sent us home. The new fish lasted until Wednesday, when they began behaving oddly and developed some white spots. The problem with a sick pet, even fairly sturdy fish, is when they get sick you have to deal with them fairly quickly. So we packed up our fish, took them to the pet store where we were told that they had ich, and chances were so did the snail. Now we brought the sick fish home, treated them for ich and they still passed away Saturday morning. We’re now concerned about introducing new fish because the snail may still have ich, but as she’s seemed happy and healthy this whole time I don’t know how to tell when she’s better.
In addition to home-front fish problems, normally I do a certain amount of homework while on my lunch break at work. Well this week was oddly busy for the late end of the quarter. I don’t know if VDX was just trying to spite me, or if I really do just receive too fast but on two separate days some of the records ended up in the wrong stack. Which confused the student workers while I was trying to straighten out what happened I suddenly had more help on my hands than I could effectively use. In addition to this I had an appointment with a librarian helping me with my management project, a meeting to take a look at the new article tutorial, a training session and two webinars. So there was no place for me to catch my breath and do my homework. I will be able to finish my homework on time this weekend (barely, and rushed) but I had to shelve several quasi-self imposed deadlines. Namely my weekly blog post here and writing draft for a scholarship application.
Phew… it’s been a very long week. TGI Spring Break next week. I will try to get something of more substance up during the week.