November 17, 2008

Stay tuned...

I swore I would not turn into this person when I started my Ph.D. You know, the person who becomes a hermit, hard to get ahold of, never does anything fun, and cringes at the slightest bit of noise while reading...I'm afraid I'm her. I spent almost every waking minute of the past three days reading and writing. Now, to my credit, it is nearing the end of the semester and I have two presentations, two papers, a bibliography, a reflective journal compilation, a goals worksheet, and a progress update due over the next three weeks, mostly all on the same day. In an effort not to become that procrastinator I was throughout undergrad and my master's program, I am trying to be proactive and get things done ahead of time.

The goal sheet is done, it just needs signing, the progress update will be a snap at only two pages, one presentation PowerPoint was finished last week and just needs tweeking with additional statistics, the other presentation is handwritten, it just needs to actually be plugged into PowerPoint. I am almost finished gathering docs for the first paper, and almost half of it is already written, and hopefully the second paper will just be a compilation of sections from the first paper. The bibliography is done, just need to add a couple more resources, and the reflective journal compilation will be completed by the end of the week, just reviewing professor comments, revising, and resubmitting.

I am tired. And although I don't feel cranky, I must be because I am irritated with almost everyone right now. My house isn't quiet enough to get any work done, no matter where I go I can either hear my mother, or she is right there making noise and it can be very distracting. My best friend kicked me out of her house because her dog was being obnoxious and she blamed my presence. And the library is closed on Sunday (what?!?! it's the school year!) so last night I ended up at Starbucks for eight hours, purchasing two drinks and a scone for dinner, reading, writing, and taking a break when Cousin Phil stopped by for a chat.

Starbucks worked out alright - noisy, but was able to concentrate on my reading somehow. Took an awful lot of day dreaming, thinking, and people watching breaks though. I'm going to have to try another library, hopefully one that is open until 10ish so I can have some unwinding time before bed, but not have to end studying too early.

Wish me luck. Pray for my sanity. Hopefully I will have the majority of these things done by Thanksgiving so I can truly relax and rest over the break. Oooh, this means I'll need a list! My favorite!

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