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Updates on Me

Guilty as charged
For not updating
Again I am.

That being said, here are some news on my ever-exciting life (read: completely boring).

I participated in a conference (astronomy and culture), and now I have two academic papers to write. Those will be my first papers ever published, because the one I wrote for the last conference failed since my co-writer never bothered to write her part. Lesson learned: I am not a team worker. (Read: I don’t know how to make other team members to cooperate).

My dear hamster Polina died on April 26th. She was more than two years old, and that’s an old age for a hamster. I’ve written more about it in my Tumblr, so please read if you’re interested. I got pretty emotional even though the writing doesn’t really reflect that.

My hamster Polina died (Tumbrl post)

I suffer from insomnia. Well, it’s not really insomnia as much as it’s a weird sleeping pattern. I get really sleepy in the afternoon but when 2AM comes, I am wide awake and full of energy. I end up doing stuff till 7 AM without sleeping. Then I fall asleep and I sleep all day. Not healthy. For example, yesterday I went to bed at noon and I woke up at 1 AM. I also gained a lot of weight – I’ve never been heavier, and while I don’t give a fuck about my sexiness, it is a lot, people. And I don’t eat that much at all. It has to be connected to shitty sleeping pattern. I’m also anxious and depressed and it’s also spring, so I get my allergy from time to time, which means horrible migraines. My IQ also seems to drop by at least 20 percent. I couldn’t remember how to spell Ian McEwan the other day (and I’m not even sure I spelled it right now). All I can do is watch movies and theorize/analyze them. Which isn’t at all that bad if it’s productive (one of the conference papers was about the way astronomy is portrayed in disaster movies), but most of the time, it isn’t.

- I feel guilty for not updating my blog, or visiting other people’s blogs, or replying to emails. There’s so much I have to do, and I just… It doesn’t seem I have time. Well, if you sleep for whole day and walk around like a zombie you wouldn’t have time for anything either. I hate this, you know? I hate when I don’t have anything to do, because I’m a big procrastinator and I can’t function without a deadline over my head and the panic it creates. When they give me specific tasks to do, I do them, PLUS I find time for creative stuff and quality time with my husband. It seems like I manage to find time for everything, even if I have less free time. But if free time is mostly what I have… Forget it. I can’t manage to do anything. It sucks a big time.

So, what’s new with you guys? (Assuming there’s anyone left here because I don’t update often). As usual, I’d like to update more, and I actually have plenty of ideas for new posts. But, you see, time managing and all. Makes no sense, I know. But oh, it sucks.

My hamster Ellie died

ellieMy dear hamster Ellie died today afternoon.

I adore animals and I really loved my Ellie. She was a white-with-black-ears Syrian, and she lived for two years and two months, which means she died of old age.

When she was 5 months old, Ellie lost her left hind foot in an accident. Nobody knows what really happened. She escaped the cage with her brothers and sisters, and when she was found, we noticed her foot was black. A few days later, the foot fell of, and after that, she was acting normally, eating, playing etc.

Ellie was not my hamster back then, but I adopted her after the accident, because I knew it would be really hard for her to find a nice home- people don’t really want disabled hamsters as pets. I’m glad I adopted Ellie, because she was an adorable little hammie, sweet and surprisingly tame for a female (female Syrians tend to be a bit aggressive).

Ellie mated with Vito, and had two babies. Yes, there were only two of them in the litter, both males- which was a bit surprising, since there are usually a) at least 5 cubs in the litter, b) there are often more females than males. And Ellie had only two cubs, both males, Chip and Dale.

She died of old age, but I still gonna miss her. She was not just a pet hamster, she was my little Ellie, you know what I mean?

Here’s a really short clip of Ellie and her son Chip (he died in June 2007, my poor Chip); he’s outside the cage, and Ellie is inside. Of course, he didn’t know she was his mother and was interested in her as an ordinary female.

RIP, my darling, my little Ellie.