Or at least, that's how it feels at the moment! My plan was, and still is, to work as a classroom primary school teacher, but I've been a bit side-tracked by academia and am currently a PhD candidate at Flinders University here in South Australia. I did a double degree for my Undergrad, specialising in education and computer science, so I'm actually a registered teacher but not a practising one :)
My PhD work is very exciting (at least to me!) - I'm developing software for teaching social skills to kids with high functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome. It centres on using a virtual person as a "tutor" - very cool! If you'd like to hear more about it, please do contact me! I'm always excited to share my work and hear about other peoples' experiences!
To stay sane I blog, bead and sew in my free time. I've never claimed to be the best at any of those things, but they are definitely relaxing and I really enjoy making and sharing! Plus, working in a male-dominated area like computer science, it's nice to do something that feels a bit more feminine in my spare time ;) I've been interested in beading and jewellery making since I was in high school (and I'm now starting my 7th year at University ... oh dear!) but sewing is a more recent addiction - I invested in my first sewing machine just last year! I'm completely self taught in all these crafty things, and just LOVE online tutorials!
I'm very lucky to have a loving man and we have big plans for our future - just got to get those finances happening so we can start on the big milestones! I'm a pet-a-holic, and consider myself incredibly fortunate that my long suffering man also enjoys the animals as much as I do ;) We're currently the loving parents of a 10 year old Maltese terrier, 7 rats and two tanks full of fish. Talk pets with me ANY TIME!