Speaking of being behind schedule, I need to kick into gear with a couple of other things too to avoid being (too far) behind. Firstly, since it's December, I better accept the reality that Christmas is fast approaching. I don't enjoy Christmas any more. It has lost its magic, I have no-one to play cricket with on Christmas or Boxing Day afternoon, and my family's so split up both by divorces and distance that I no longer really know who to spend the day with or why. I guess I'll probably end up going down to the Gold Coast on Christmas Day but I don't really feel like it. I should also really decide if I'm going to bother with a tree or not, as 13 December will probably be here before I know it. People, Christmas trees go up twelve days before Christmas and come down twelve days after. None of this "oh, let's put the tree up one or two months in advance" nonsense that is becoming more and more common. Well, if you're American, you have an excuse, as it can be seen as seguing from Thanksgiving into the Christmas season, but otherwise? I say leave it to 13 December.
Secondly, I really need to get on top of the article I'm writing for the Political Science department's journal; if I wish to make the January edition, I need to have a submission ready in the next couple of weeks. I'm just experiencing writer's block. I wish to focus on the flaws of realism and implications of the security dilemma, with specific reference to crises in the Middle East, and I also wish to involve my pacific tendencies as I feel pacifism is rather under-treated. I'm surprised at the lack of pacifist literature in UQ's library. Maybe I'm just not looking hard enough, but there doesn't seem to be much there, especially not much recent theoretical work. Well, there's always online journals, which I should have checked already but I haven't.
And I think that's about it for now. Have a good one, folks!