Today, as part of Induction Week, we took some of the kids to a science museum/Imax theatre called Thinktank. It was an interesting trip, though I would have voted for another paintball day. ;) (Note to self: we need to organise paintball before it gets too cold! I really enjoy it. See evidence here, Phil’s paintball page.)
Anyway, back to the day. Longish bus ride, complicated by one student getting very ill in Stoke and needing to be let off the bus. Arrived to find people in blazers holding massive nets containing helium balloons, which was a nice welcome but a bit over the top. (Turns out they were from a travel agency who wanted publicity for selling their millionth ticket, so we all cheered while they released said balloons for the photographer, and they gave us a number of free round-trip airline ticket vouchers. That was cool.) Watched the Imax movie, which was the Stomp film “Pulse” – very nicely done. Then we all wandered through the exhibits.
Normally I really like that kind of thing, but I felt so alone and adrift. I know it was work, and better than sitting at my desk, but I fell into a weird mood. All the students immediately ran off to do whatever you do when you slip your leash, and the other staff members had disappeared somewhere, so I wandered alone, feeling very invisible. Strange, melancholy feeling…rather like being a ghost.
I need to get my passport back (I’m waiting for my paperwork to be returned) and go home for a visit. I miss my family, and all my friends. I miss you guys so much. I want to go to Ground Zero on a Thursday, drink Long Islands, and dance all night. :) I haven’t worn any of my corsets since I got here. We’ll get Shaun and Jake back for a visit, and make a weekend of it. Perhaps I can convince Owlslight to make one of her amazing meals… *sigh*
Stop. I really AM going to depress myself. I’m going to go and read now. I’ve been devouring books like junk food recently.