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Hi everyone!
The longer I don't post, the harder it is!

2012 so far has been a bit of a shocker, what with the sad loss of Zizou, which I'm still not really getting over. I miss his wee face around the house all the time, and every time I put my key in the door coming home I expect to see him.

Also, it turns out that living in a city where an earthquake WAS (actually still a few rumbles but nothing hideous for a while) is almost worse than a city where an earthquake IS. They're slowly knocking down a. all the heritage buildings, and b. all the multi-storey buildings that remain (there's a ruin on every street corner) also a few old trees that are a bit precarious. The central government has taken over the rebuild (actually nothing's really been rebuilt yet, we're still knocking down and talking). The central city is like a wasteland. There are a few buildings left but it's very hard to know where you are/would have been in the city of the past.

Also the university has decided to close my department (again!) and so I've been pretty busy trying to defend it (again!) - some of you may remember this almost happening in 2008 - that time we won but this time I'm not so sure. OH WELL, LIFE WILL GO ON. Yesterday was the last day for submissions, so we'll see. Around the department everyone was looking pale and drawn and exhausted. I'm not sure what will happen next. I was actually a bit shy about posting about this, because one disestablishment could be bad luck but twice seems careless (or that somehow we're actually crap, which I don't think we are). Management really don't like us, I think partly because we're outspoken and opinionated, but that is what I thought academics were supposed to be (the critic and conscience of society, etc). Ay. Very disheartening.

2012 has been a bit of a bitch, so far.

I had a nice letter today saying that a funding application that I put in was successful, so the intellectually-disabled theatre company that I produce for will live another year. So today I'm feeling a little less cursed, and found my way back here. I miss you all. I actually miss MYSELF - I feel like I'm old and serious and sad and boring instead of interesting and alive. But I'm pretty sure that's only tiredness speaking.

What I'm doing this evening is downloading the latest two eps of Supernatural. I will read some fic, I think. I may watch the new Muppet Movie again, aha, it reminds me of how I felt when I used to watch the Muppet Show as a kid. I had the Muppet Show Album and the illustrated book. I can sing all the verses of "Lydia the Tattooed Lady", for example, and at times I to this day rhyme "encyclopedia" with "Lydia".

Anyway, I'll try and be around more and not just crash in for "woe is me" updates, as that is TIRESOME of me.

How are you?


May. 19th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry the year's been going so poorly, especially with threats to close the department and the aftermath of the earthquake. It's so disheartening to think of heritage buildings being torn down, more buildings to follow, and a city full of ruins from a single, awful event. Devastation everywhere you turn-- how awful.

I hope your home is relatively stable again, though I know it feels much emptier now without Zizou. Have you been able to put things away, and live in it again without thinking too much about the damage?

I miss hearing from you, and hope you'll find a way to drop in when you can. *hugs*

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