Friday, 16 August 2013

Is it because I'm a student?

Or is it simply 'being a woman'?

What is she talking about this time?  Why, the 'ping' of the guilt-radar of course.

Is that a TMA I see on the horizon?

When is a bath not a bath?  When it's a study-bath of course.  Sometimes the reality of being a distance-learning student is that you have to find time from anywhere and everywhere you can in order to cram it all in.  Which leads to studying on the bus, in the bath, in your lunch-break, on the loo etc etc.

Which is all well and good, till you just want 'a bath'.  But up pings that radar - oh you are going in the bath, you could take in Unit 10 and learn while you are in there.  So, do you give in to the desire for just some 'me time' that doesn't include the OU in any way, and lie there feeling guilty the whole time, or do you give into the guilt and take the studies in the bath, and then lie there feeling badly done to because you didn't get what you wanted?  There are no right answers for this one, and on the odd occasion I have been known to do none of it because I couldn't do any of it without feeling guilty in some way (and yeah I think that just might be being a woman), so I take the huff and achieve nothing instead.

But mostly I've taken to bargaining with myself - 'Ok, if you do parts 4 and 5 then if you still want to quilt/bathe/garden/blog etc, then you can do it without the guilt'.  So far, it works not too badly, most of the time.

The only exception is the toilet - when you gotta go you gotta go, as they say.  But the only rule there is 'you gotta come back'.

What's next?

To answer that - I don't have an answer for anyone yet.  That question is still remaining mysterious to me too. From a work point of v...