Archive for the ‘Dissertating’ Category

When I was in high school, I wouldn’t have wanted to do my homework in front of the TV, not that my mom would have let me. And in college? Not once. In graduate school, there were times when the reading was so intense I couldn’t even listen to music while studying, and other times […]

OK. First, I have to get this out of the way: someone found this blog by Googling “dumbest dissertations ever.” Is that necessary, Google? Did you really need to send that person here? That just hurts a girl’s feelings. Seriously. Second: I am hereby publicly declaring that by the time I pick Evan up from […]

Sunday it was “oh, dear, I need a break but I have a million things to do so I better keep on truckin’.” Monday it was a case of the grumpy grumps. Today it was all out overwhelm-ed-ness. (I added the hyphens because I want you to read the “ed” part like you would in […]



Today was a great day.  I worked all morning (productively, at that) and then met Brian to have lunch with Evan at daycare (it was Bring Your Parents To Lunch Day or something like that — they’re always celebrating special days at daycare) before heading off to campus to take care of some business and […]

This book seems awfully lame, but maybe it wouldn’t hurt just to pick it up? (And you thought you were getting skirt pictures today. Never trust me when I say “I’ll put it up tomorrow” because if it were really that easy I would have just put it up “today.” The truth is, the skirt’s […]

He’s a Smarty


My advisor is pretty crafty, I’ve come to think. Having me apply for this fellowship was a very clever move on his part. Because here I am, pretty much ready to say, “OK. That was a good six years. I’m ready for something else” except I’ve still got 8 months of funding and so there’s […]

Here’s Peanut, this week’s naptime project. No surprise, he’s from Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts (the only craft book I own). I think my favorite part is his ears: But I love the tail, too: Evan seems to like Peanut, too: A lot: In dissertation news, this week saw some writing (I’m up to about […]

My goals were twofold: (1) redesign my workspace (read: my dungeon office in the basement) so that everything I need while writing is within reach; (2) make it pretty — someplace I won’t mind sitting for hours at a stretch. The result is more or less what I was looking for: It’s really hard to […]

Evan started part-time daycare today. He was there from about 8:30 until about 3:00 and they said he was in a great mood all day but didn’t sleep much. How much? I wondered. About 30 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes this afternoon. Oh. Crap. Evan usually takes 3 naps totalling about three hours […]

One of my self-motivation tricks is fantasy. Another is planning. Unsurprising, then, that I’ve spent the last two weeks imagining myself finishing my first full dissertation draft by July 31st and then sailing through the revision process and defending the thing early in the fall. Unsurprising, too, that I have also calculated how many pages […]