this post is such a rambling mess i can not possibly title it

The coming month or so is Dissertation Completion Crunch Time (side question: doesn’t it feel like I have been working on this for approximately seventeen years? I can barely wait one more fucking SECOND to be done with it so I can stop sitting at desks all day and start losing the dissertation weight, which is kind of like pregnancy weight except less socially acceptable).

ANYWAY. It is crunch time. I hate that expression, but there you go. I have been working on the damned thing all weekend and my brain is currently the intellectual equivalent of tapioca pudding. I have had to come to the realization — or, rather, I have had to finally admit the long-known fact — that my usual attitude toward academic scheduling is not going to work if I am going to get this finished on time.

Normally, I like to treat this business as an 8-5 job, after which I can either go out, or come home in the evenings and watch far too much TV while effectively clearing my head of the day’s travails. A long walk with the dog, a couple of glasses of wine, and a dose of whatever J.J. Abrams show I am currently addicted to — these are the things I prefer to do if I’m spending the evening at home. I surely do not like to spend yet more hours at a desk thumbing through theory books and staring at the same goddamned Word document that’s been open somewhere in the background of my desktop for, like, eighty billion years.

Although I have a lovely home-office set-up happening in my new apartment, it still sort of pains me that I have to use it. I know, I know, my life is hard. Woe is me. I have officially quit for the night, though, and it is not yet midnight. Maybe there is time for some relaxification before bed?

P.S. Now that I have declared this blog officially up and running again after my long semi-hiatus period of limbo and confusion, I am trying to update my links and such again. Have I missed something? Have I missed you? Let me know. Also, since so many of my old favorite blogs seem to be defunct now, do you have any recommendations for me?

4 Comments

  1. Just think though, once it’s done you can sit back, relax, drink pinot for entire evenings and weekends, and grade papers while drunk. Surely that’s worth skipping a social life of any description for a month or two?

    I would also advise having at least one full night a week of debauchery though. For mental health reasons.

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  2. True, true. I had just, somehow, hoped that my “diligent” 8-5 scheduling philosophy would prevent me from having to neglect my social life. Pfft.

    I also agree on the one night’s debauchery — maybe even two!

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  3. Hey, I think I should get my blog going again. I took a plunge into summer and am just now coming up for air.

    Like the fact you got a new site going.

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