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Friday, March 03, 2006
Wading and Waiting
Ugh. This week marked the beginning of a new case study, the second-largest of the dissertation (I already wrote the largest), and thus it also marked the beginning of yet another frustrating period of wading through foreign language documents. I have spent the morning paging through document after document, getting out my trusty light blue pen yet again to highlight important passages. This is the case study I started to write for a conference paper last year, and so a lot of the documents are already marked-up, which is nice... except that by now I've forgotten why I marked those pages up, and so it really feels like starting from scratch. I've written about ten pages this week -- far less than I hoped to write -- but there is a silver lining.
Just after Valentine's Day I made an "Ideal Dissertation Schedule" and sent it to both of my advisors. I needed something concrete, a real plan where I outlined what I was going to try to accomplish each day. I made the schedule through late April, when I hope to have a complete draft written and sent to my advisors. So far, I've been right on schedule -- until this week, that is. For today, my schedule says "Rough draft of Chapter Six done." That is not going to happen -- not even close, judging by the sheer number of documents pooling next to my desk. But here's the silver lining: when I wrote up the schedule, I forgot to schedule an entire week -- the week of Spring Break here at Doctoral University. So, although my daycare is closed for the bulk of that week and I'll have ST here at home, I have a LOT more time to finish this mega-chapter than I originally thought. Hurray!
I'll spend the rest of the afternoon reading these documents, then. I find that I am finally getting faster at reading them, which is good, and I'm finding that, in general, they support my hypotheses. That's a good feeling: even though I'm often told that "no result is still a result," it feels good to say, "I hypothesized that if Y, then X would happen, and you know what... it does!"
On a side note, ST declared last night that he wants me to make ice cream sandwiches with him. He wants us to make chocolate cookies and then fill them with chocolate chip ice cream. No problem, except that part of my Plan for Lent is not to eat between meals and not to eat dessert*. How will I possibly resist a homemade ice cream sandwich? I may actually see Christ this weekend, since it will take the sight of Him in my kitchen to keep me away from an ice cream sandwich. (And if I DO actually see Him, I'll blog about it. Really, I will!)
* For other blogging Catholics: is it true that you are released from Lenten obligations on Sunday, since Sundays aren't really a part of Lent due to the fact that they're a celebration of the Resurrection? I hope it's true, because I'm dying for something sweet. If it is true, I'm sure I'll gain 10 pounds on Sundays.