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February 11, 2006

Saturday, 11 February

From Tuesday, 07 February:

Should be able to scrape a further 5700 words together in the afternoon, concluding all the business about allegory [including the ways in which Petrarch departs from Servius' reading]. Perhaps a little optimistic…

Ah, me! In truth, I've barely touched the thing since then. I don't know what happened to Wednesday; Thursday I was working at the Grid, and spent the evening revising with Kate for Friday's Greek test; what time I had for work on Friday was used to build a skeleton plan for my Week 9 presentation. Looking at my entry from last Saturday, I feel like I may be experiencing some sort of "Groundhog Day" existence.

I believe that I am partially exonerated by my going to the gym on a couple of occasions this week. I haven't managed any proper exercise since starting my MA, since the people with whom I played football once a week last year are no longer around; Kate's adoption of a five-times-a-week exercise regimen since Christmas has shamed me into action. That's where I lost Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning, though it doesn't excuse my coming home and doing hardly anything afterwards. From now on I plan to be in there pumping my spindly limbs twice a week; whether that has to be scaled back with the approach of my deadlines [twelve days to 23 February] remains to be seen.

Added about 170 words this morning. I am mentoring a new Student Support Advisor on my shift this afternoon so taking my chapter to the Learning Grid is out of the question [not that I ever do any writing there, but merely muse]. As long as I close the subheading on allegorical interpretation before Monday afternoon — when I'm due to meet with Andrew and discuss my progress — I think I'll be happy with how things are going. Should require another 500 words or so this evening [ha!] and tomorrow.

Greek test went well. Italian translation to do [I think] for Monday. Mustn't forget!


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