It’s nice to write in my journal after crossing out the tasks to be completed for the week and while feeling a sense of accomplishment: “My work is done (for the week)!”

Luca and I used to enjoy ‘Friday Pizza’ on Friday evening if I finished all my targets for the week on time. We turned on music, ordered pizza and went to Tesco to get some Rekorderlig cider, limes, and ice cream. Then we had a small party and talked about our achievements over pizza. We do still have those Friday parties, but I enjoy cooking more frequently.

Over the last week, I have cooked every day: meatballs with tagliatelle, seafood ramen, Japanese cold noodles (Hiyachi Chuka) etc., while writing the draft. Cooking is the best method of ‘changing the scenery’ for me.


This week, I finished writing a full illustration of my analytical framework, which is a great relief!

The work had been intense and I was under pressure to meet a deadline. For months I didn’t feel like celebrating the achievement of weekly tasks because I had not yet completed the full draft. I finished writing the draft at 2am on Friday, slept for a couple of hours, did some self-proofreading in the early morning and sent it to my supervisors. Staying up late reminds me of the first year of my PhD!

I am now very calm, and I have been a little bit sleepy all day long. Maybe I need to relax.



Meatballs with Tagliatelle



Japanese Seafood Ramen



Japanese Cold Noodles (Hiyachi Chuka)



Udon served in warm soup



My achievements in Weeks 132 and 133

  • Completed a full illustration of my analytical framework that I have worked on over the past month and sent it to my supervisors.
  • Finished my Japanese course.
  • Started baking again.


Goals for Week 134

  • Discuss my draft with my supervisors.
  • Take a week’s holiday in Italy!