Greetings from Dubai. A quick catch up.
I have just been to a conference in Istanbul. I presented a poster. It was a reasonably good conference. Beautiful hotel.
I am now the Aunty of a divine little niece, who was overdue and born after an emergency c-section. Mum and bub are now doing well and niece is feeding like a champion. I can't wait to meet her. Squeee.
I had a cheeky vino, solo, last night in the rooftop bar, overlooking the beautiful city of Istanbul. Some quiet tears were shed - happy, sad and grateful. It's hard to explain, and I appreciated being alone with it.
People are congratulating me on being an aunty. That's weird. It's not like I did anything. I am just the sister of the mum.
Back to work when I get home. Turning the PhD around, churning what will hopefully be some good papers out, and going through the daily grind. No further overseas trips are planned at this stage. I may go mad.