Sunday, 8 November 2015

From the Jet Set

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.


  1. Going by IG the conference looked fun!

    And I have to join in the congratulations on being an aunt. Sounds trite but it takes a village and in my own experience my extended family have a huge influence on me and I love them as much as my own parents.

  2. I never know what to say beyond 'Congrats!!' because everything else seems to be loaded with implications and things that could be misinterpreted.

    Glad you've had a great trip!

    SSG xxx