Yesterday was my birthday. One consequence of having a birthday relatively early in January is that it tends to merge in with Christmas and the New Year celebrations. Now it’s over, it’s time to face the reality of a new year and all that it entails.
Last week was quiet at work, and I managed to catch up with marking etc that wasn’t finished before Christmas. The next two weeks are exam weeks at Keele, and I will have three papers to mark. Then teaching kicks off again on 25 January with my X-ray diffraction lectures, amazingly in their third year of being delivered.
Apart from that, it will be a restrained start to 2016. I have no conferences or meetings planned for some time, although I have to submit abstracts for a conference in July by the end of the month.
In terms of music, two of my orchestras are doing programmes that don’t need trombones. That leaves the Keele Orchestra, and I will be rehearsing with them in a few weeks time.
I’ll no doubt post an update in a few weeks once things are properly under way.