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I’m sorry for the absence this past week – I’ve been busy! I rarely do personal posts, so bear with me this once while I explain myself (or skip ahead to tomorrow’s post if you hate this sort of thing).
First off, I’ve finally graduated, which means I’m now officially Dr Muffin! Here I am in my pimping robes, with an inexplicable awkward Force Choke hand happening there:
I’ve also been frantically helping the boyfriend with his move overseas – he’ll be in Switzerland for a year, working on some neglected disease drugs and jumping off some cliffs. I’m joining him for a few months next year, so I’ll be exploring some European skincare and cosmetics brands then (and probably muling some back for my Sydney peeps). I’m also hoping to perhaps get some work experience in some cosmetics laboratories in Europe while I’m there, but I’m not entirely sure how to approach that yet – fingers crossed the boyfriend can ask around his lab and sort something out!
With the boyfriend’s move overseas, I’ve inherited his bearded dragon (that’s not a euphemism, I swear), which has brought out all my maternal instincts, and it turns out I’m the worst kind of Tiger Mother. It may be because he’s a tiny little thing, or perhaps because I haven’t had a pet since my mice died in 1998. I’ve been trying to make him eat vegetables and micromanaging his environment, which is a bit of a change from the boyfriend’s laissez-faire, devil-may-care approach to dragon upbringing. As an indication of how loopy lizard lady I’ve gotten, I’ve spent about $150 on supplements and lighting for him, and on Tuesday I’ll be taking delivery of 800 conservation crickets from the Amphibian Research Centre which I’ll be raising for him in a DIY cricket cage. I even learned how to use a jigsaw while making that cage, and gouged a bit of my finger out as well! (Not on the swatching hand, luckily.) He doesn’t actually have a name yet – I haven’t been able to come up with something witty enough in between stressing about him having metabolic bone disease or being impacted or eating too much potassium or being poisoned by eucalyptus leaves.
So with finding graduation clothes, tessellating stuff into boxes, listening to the boyfriend yammer on about the mechanics of BASE jumping, and dipping crickets into mashed banana, I haven’t had much time to blog in the past week! I’ll be back to regular programming tomorrow though 🙂