Going to France for two weeks tomorrow- one week in the Dordogne and another in the eastern side of the Loire region.
I had a great birthday this year, but things seem to have gone downhill a bit since then, with many people leaving and social events becoming very few and far between. As I go through life, I'm becoming more and more convinced that the main factors influencing my state of well-being are the amount of social interaction and the scope to do things that I enjoy. Workload doesn't seem to be as large a factor, provided that there is scope to play hard as well as work hard.
So in many ways this is great timing for a 2-week break; maybe my time in Leeds will pick up again for those last six weeks before I hand my project in. I'll have to take my thesis document with me to make sure that I don't end up overworked when I come back!
For some reason one of my favourite French phrases is "Il y a des averses". It is French for "there are showers" (i.e. showers of precipitation. In the Dordogne region these have a reputation for producing severe electrical storms, but only time will tell.