Two Months of Not Much

September crept up very quickly.  I noticed my last post here was back in June.  I managed very little since then but I am moving forward.  Immediately after the family holiday in California, I stopped over in London and spent a whole day with my supervisor.  We discussed secondary sources of data, sampling, and the questionnaire in detail.  Since then I did very little due to three main distractions: the holy month of Ramadan, the terrible bombing of a mosque in Kuwait, and a very busy spell at work.  I don’t mean busy at work with meetings and emails… It’s been a period of writing and calling job applicants, being there for hundreds of assessments in July, and conducting a hundred interviews August and September.  All this, with ‘work’ having to find its way into the day, week and weekend, somewhere.

Therefore PhD work didn’t have a chance.  My family, until last week, were still in London which meant that late evenings were relatively free.  Although I was exhausted from work, I did manage to work a little on the questionnaire design.  Late August, I shared it with both supervisors and their comments were positive.  Waiting for some more feedback on my revised draft.  I need to start working on translations and uploads so that I can meet my milestone for the pilot study (needs to be completed by the end of October).  This is going to be challenging when I look at the next six weeks.  They are looking to be even busier at work than July and August were!

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