The sun is out, but I’m inside. I stare at the screen where the open document awaits my ideas to flow into it, finally.
An idea. This module gravitated around an idea, since the very first block. We had an idea. We had assisted brainstorming sessions on everyone’s idea, on an incredibly long friday. Can’t remember to have any energy left when we were done. And I had an idea, at the time, many months ago. An idea that should have been matured. But it wasn’t. I stopped liking it and I eventually killed it.
So far so good, all I needed was another idea. Which I had. This idea was truly brilliant, if I may say so myself. But it couldn’t be used as it wasn’t quite what we were supposed to be doing. We should be planning a science communication initiative to the public and mine was all about the media. S***.
I needed yet another idea. By now, the count of ideas was already very high: 2 for this module, 2 for another module, plus a few more spread all over the course. It’s just too many ideas. It doesn’t look like it, but… Yeah, too many ideas. I was finally drained. And then… Malta guy to the rescue.
Malta guy suggests I go for the marine environment, it’s my background after all. A full day in watershed solved my problem, with a lunch and cappuccinos to keep us going. We planned it all, papers and papers written and re-written in blue Bic, with red notes here and there. And then we could finally rest and not think about it anymore. Sort of.
MG: Joana, I have very very very bad news. Shall I tell it to you or spare you?.
Bem, ainda estou para perceber em que é que isto era uma escolha, mas…
Me: Please, do share.
MG: We will need to change it. For this and that and then this.
Me: I’m dooomed. I’ll call you back in a minute, I’m just gonna go and kill myself in the garden, it’s nicer.
MG: Great. Relax, and we’ll speak in a bit.
Less than 3 minutes later he calls me on skype, frantic.
MG: We’ll do it in Portugal. As if it was in Portugal.
Me: Wow, but that’s brilliant!!
MG: Thank you.
I just love Malta guy’s modesty.
So now I’m in my room, reading about how to shift correctly to my beloved country by the sea… I need to make this one the best proposal ever, can’t let Malta guy down after all…