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I guess I have already said that I have AD(H)D and Asperger syndrome. Its easy for me to volunteer to do things. Hard for me to judge how long it will take to complete them. Researching a new topic is exciting. Like volunteering to give a talk on the WW1 origins of the village of Woodingdean (not far from Newmarket Farm) with its strong family connections since the 1920’s. However, dealing with existing commitments is not so exciting!

I still have a big existing commitment to write up last year’s dig of the Newmarket Farm cottage. Progress is slow. I now have many more family commitments than I had when I started. But most of the time its just having to deal with the stuff that ‘other people’ seem to take for granted. All the little stuff – like getting used to my new Android phone – the one I am writing this on right now. It is my first touchscreen phone. And I have spent a lot of time over the past month trying to get it to do exactly what I hoped it would do, but doesn’t quite manage to do.

Don’t get me wrong. This phone is an amazing gadget. It is just that it has so much complexity, so many quirks and foibles, so many distractions – by the way what is a foible? Let me just google that… See what I mean! I am currently in a cafe with no Internet (I asked). My Bt-Hotspot app tells me there are 2 nearby but it couldn’t get a good connection. And mobile reception is poor… Aghhh! Do I really need to know what a foible is right now?

Having not only AD(H)D and Asperger’s as well as having an above average intelligence all helped me to start this project. I have done really well – especially since I haven’t done any archaeology before. I now need to make sure I don’t get too distracted along the way.

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noun: foible; plural noun: foibles

a minor weakness or eccentricity in someone’s character.
“they have to tolerate each other’s little foibles”
synonyms: weakness, weak point, weak spot, failing, shortcoming, flaw, imperfection, blemish, fault, defect, frailty, infirmity, inadequacy, limitation; More quirk, kink, idiosyncrasy, eccentricity, peculiarity, abnormality;
Achilles heel, chink in one’s armour;
“we have to tolerate each other’s little foibles”
antonyms: strength
the part of a sword blade from the middle to the point.

[Courtesy of Google.]

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