Yesterday was my graduation ceremony for my PhD degree. PhinisheD! I got to wear the puffy bonnet hat that is part of the PhD academic attire, walk in the academic procession at the start of the ceremony, and sit on stage facing the audience and the undergraduate students. Then my thesis title was read out and I finally got my parchment.
After, we had some photos etc, and… the boy pulled out my Doza, who was sporting his very own academic gown and mortarboard! You could say he has gotten his… Di-slow-ma…
This is the snow sloth I told you about. I wonder if anyone found it??
I am in Colorado for a conference now – at a ski resort up in the mountains. It’s so beautiful! It’s nearing the end of their ski season but there’s still a ton of snow around and plenty of people out enjoying it. I haven’t seen snow since I was 5 years old, so it’s a bit of a novelty to me. Whilst I am not going to go skiing (it’s a conference, I have to work, so a day’s lift ticket is kinda wasted, plus I’m overseas and haven’t skiied before and don’t want to break a leg) I am definitely still enjoying this “winter wonderland”. Today on our afternoon break I went for a trail walk in the woods. It was so lovely, hearing my boots crunch on the ground, watching a squirrel, being alone with my thoughts in a really beautiful place. Although I did sink in up to my knees when I stepped off the path to try and grab a picture of a stream of meltwater. Oh well. I also made a snow sloth. But it was cold so it’s only small.
Oh yeah, and the conference is good too, some great talks blah blah blah.
Gif credit: OMG Sloths in Space
Yesterday I left my US family, who I hadn’t seen in many, many years. I got to spend 4 nights with them and even after all that time they were so amazingly welcoming, lovely and, well, “home”. It was sad to leave. There were a few tears on the plane. Hopefully some day soon I can get back over here – it’s just such a long way.
So I’m off overseas tomorrow morning for just over a week. Primarily, it’s for work (perks, right?) as I’m going to a conference in the US. But I get to spend Easter with family I have over there! Haven’t seen most of them in like, 16 years! I guess most of them have grown up now, huh.
Sloth surrogate parents Clem and Aaron, photo courtesy Lucy Cooke.