Now that my exams are over I have started pulling together data for my dissertation. I am looking at industrial change in the USA from 1998 to 2008 - hopefully I will be able to map shifting patterns of manufacturing, finance, services, etc at county level - my spreadsheets have over 3000 rows and an ever increasing number of columns... Plenty to get my teeth into.
A pair of students gave me a great t-shirt today to show how much they appreciated my help during their 3 years here - it says "G.I.S. GURU" in honour of my skills with the mapping software that we use. I would not have bought this myself, but will wear it with honour as it was given to me.
Something else that made me feel good is that I have been nominated for a University Award - the Golden Apple. Students are voting for their favourite member of staff and I seem to have a bit of a following! Nice to be appreciated. The prize giving is next Wednesday, so I will let you know how it goes.
Another sleep over this Saturday, but as it is the boys who are having it I am guessing that it will be more of a "playing xBox all night and then crashing as the sun comes up" thing. Should be fun, though.
The trip plans continue to take shape, with a diversion to Toronto where an ex-colleague now lives. She has promised to show me around and take me to Niagara Falls, so that will be hard to resist! At this rate I am starting to wonder if I will actually make it to Gettysburg at all - my short battlefield trip is turning into a road trip visiting old friends! Not that this is a bad thing, of course, I am actually getting more and more excited about the prospect!
Have a great weekend!