Monday making sure all papers present and correct...for
Tuesday morning: appointment concerning citizenship application - an early morning drive to Carluke - South Lanarkshire Council being the only local authority in Scotland to have opted into the UK government's Nationality Checking Service [meaning you don't have to send valuable documents away like passports and such like to the Home Office... who are currently taking about 6 months to process citizenship applications]. Really super interview - the person on duty was incredibly helpful, and exceptionally nice... more than just a civil servant - a lovely one. So, within the next six months, all paperwork now done and submitted, I shall hopefully be a UK citizen... after having finally gotten around to it after 18 years of living here!
Tuesday evening: dinner party chez moi... learnt a lot about spiritualism from a New College PG friend who happens to be a medium. He's lovely and was very generous with regards to letting me ask lots of gormless questions. What I found fascinating was the way we used language: there were words that were the same and yet meant quite different things.... Still unpacking - it's quite an unknown area for me and a very different world view.
Wednesday: church supervision - Advent / Christmas / Epiphany discussions.
Thursday: graduation day - I am now BD [hons], MTh by Research... was a lovely but surreal day. The uber boss of the university, Timothy O'Shea talked of us being released from the slavery of our studies... I think I muttered under my breath, 'well some of you have been!' It is an odd thing to be graduating and yet doing the doctoral research at the same time!!!
And today... after the graduation of yesterday, am now back in the office, about to wrestle with Mr Knox once more.
Life is slightly crazy, but I suspect I wouldn't have it any other way... :)