Thursday, May 10, 2007

Report from Newer Deal

So I am finally done with Chapter 3. I did go see Spiderman 3 -- don't bother unless you need four different villains in your superhero movie. OY! But it was good to do something else and keep my mind off of all the stressful stuff I can't do much about but work, work, work. So I finally got back to working a few hours ago. And it's taken me until now plus a few boxes of tissues to get done.

Okay, I've been thinking: this is the third time I've been coughing, sneezing, headachy during Dissertation Time. I would like to think that what I have now is Hay Fever and that before I had Colds from Hell. But I think the truth is that my immune system is shot. I was talking to my mother and I had to tell her that I don't think I've ever been as stressed in my whole life -- and I've had some life events that usually emerge in the top five stressful events list. Dissertating should be up there. I'm intellectually, emotionally, and physically sapped. Only one more chapter to go. Too bad it's the Needs-a-Total-Rewrite Chapter. Peppy Advisor and I will not have enough time to pass it back and forth between us before sending it out to my readers on May 15. PA also got me comments back on Intro and Chapters 1 and 2 today. ACK! I'm not ready! I have another chapter to do!

Overwhelmed. Giant wave crashing down about to swallow me. Must sleep, before Round 2, tomorrow.

1 comment:

Abby said...

Oh I'm sorry you're sick and overwhelmed. I'm just getting over bronchitis and strep throat and my mom said, "Honey, aren't you sick a lot?" Umm, yeah, yeah I am. Hmmm, why might that be? Perhaps I'm STRESSED?! And not getting enough exercise, and not eating well, and not getting enough sleep. Here's the rub: the dissertation? It's bad for your health.

But you'll get it done because you have to. That's simply all there is to it. And you are SO close, so amazingly close.

It's a cheeseball cartoon-fish quote, but I keep telling myself, "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming."

So do that. Just keep swimming. The shore is clearly within reach.