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Sunday, August 26, 2012

August 26 - Sunday

I obviously have not posted every day. The work week went to hell in a hand basket and it got away from me. Not a good first week of keeping my nose to the grind stone. This weekend has been another "avoid" the task situation. I haven't seen my husband much in the last month and he happened to have Saturday night and Sunday off. Last night we hung out with some new friends here at home until 3am, which gave us a late start to the day. I have a flat tire so a good portion of the remainder of the day will go to getting that taken care of. Do I have time to do SOMETHING? Of course I do. My plan of attack will be to get my email account cleaned up and connected back to my iphone and hopefully schedule a meeting with the committee in mid September. I also need to register! That is quite a bit to accomplish and I will feel like I did something. Next I need to plan WHAT I am going to do this week in the hotel. I seriously need to PLAN or I won't do. The task is so daunting that I keep avoiding it out of fear that I won't be able to figure out my research questions.

There are so many projects around the house that I want to do, art to create, soooo much and I won't allow myself to do any of it. I have a pile of jewelry to fix and I am not going to even do that until I at least get my list today done.

The coursework for my PhD was torture and rough, nothing compares to this though.....nothing.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

August 21, 2012

My goal today was to get into my umich email account (it was hacked and I had to change my password) I can't remember the password or where I wrote it is too late to call ITS, so it is on my list to do tomorrow....along with registering for prelims.

So, instead I am organizing the papers that I brought with me. More progress tomorrow since I will have my list of things to do during the day and will make the phone calls that I need to!

August 20, 2012 - Met with Committee Chair

I met with my committee chair yesterday morning. We hashed out the plan to get my prelims written and defended this term. I also found out that after I become a PhD (c) the school pays my tuition. (that would have been nice to know!)

It is up to me. I must work this plan and hunker down and get er done.

Scheduled for tonight. Cleaning out my email account for school. I also need to get rid of some junk mail that comes into my account. It doesn't sound like much, but that alone is going to take me over an hour and I need that account to be FOR school so things don't get lost in the shuffle.

Short term and long term goals. Each day is a short term goal. Defending prelims is a medium range goal. Graduating is the long term goal at this point.

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Deep Breath. I now have less than 9 months to graduation. I must write my prelims AND my dissertation, defend both by next April. This can be done......even while working full time. I need a serious schedule and need to stick to it. My home that I desperatly want to decorate and clean is going to need to wait until I am finished. My art must wait until I am finished. My LIFE must wait until I am finished. It is PAST time to hunker down and get this finished. I will meet with my committee chair tomorrow morning. This is where the plan will begin.

My chest is tight, my stomach has butterflies........I am afraid that I can't do it. The truth is. I. Can. Do. It.

Daily updates forthcoming. This is where I will keep myself accountable. How fun will it be to have a daily journal of how I finished my PhD?

Here is to Graduation Day 2013!