#tbt preschool graduation edition
I’m looking for new music to listen to while I’m writing. I feel like I’ve overused my usual options, and I need to add something new. The one stipulation is that I can’t listen to music that contains lyrics because I get distracted, even if the lyrics are in another language. Suggestions?
In the running realm, I’m not doing as much as I’d like to, and I blame that on having a rather erratic schedule recently. What I should probably do is just get up earlier to run, but with regular 2 a.m. bedtimes, waking up at 7 to run is less than appealing. It’s hard to tear myself away from productivity on my graduate work to schedule in a run too, so that’s another balance I need to figure out. Still running, still building myself back up to longer distances, but slowly.
In other news, I’ve been doing various home repairs as I’m hoping to put my house on the market soon. There’s a good possibility that we’ll have a much cheaper living situation available soon, and it will be located much closer to campus—close enough that I’m hoping to ride my bike to campus if we are able to move to this new place. I don’t want to list my home until it’s clear that this location will be available (we’ve been guaranteed the place if it does become available), but I’m hoping that it can happen soon.
I’m trying to finish my dissertation prospectus, which has taken much longer than I had planned to do, but I think it’s been helpful to think some of these things through more in-depth with this extra time. I’m hoping to have that done by Friday, or to tackle it during next week’s spring break, if necessary. I have one conference presentation in two weeks and three more at the end of May, so I have plenty of other projects to work on as soon as I get the prospectus submitted (not to mention an entire dissertation to write).
Valentine’s Day dinner at the restaurant where we first met. (at Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill - Tempe)
I think Bagheera had an epiphany while bathing this afternoon.
Sometimes I forget that along with switching my dissertation topic relatively late in my doctoral program, I have to learn a new language in order to successfully complete my research. My immediate instinct when I hear news of other students passing me in the progress to degree, especially students who started after I did, is to panic, but I’m learning to stop, take a breath, and appreciate the work that I’ve done and continue to do. Graduate school is an exercise in weathering self-doubt.
Unapologetic selfie. I finally got a haircut this afternoon, and I actually managed to get it to do something I wanted without needing to put any product in it. I’m calling it a victory.
Tut actually let me take his photo this morning. He’s such a handsome dude. #catstagram #KingTut #kitty
I often find myself watching this video when I really should be working. I think it centers me and helps me remember that part of the reason I’m working so hard is so that we can live our lives together. Seeing all of these memories and the friends in our lives in this video makes me so incredibly happy.
Josh has spent the evening working with his client, and I’ve been trying to cross lots of items off of my to-do list. I’m excited for him to get home, and I’m going to make sure that I turn off my work when he gets here so that we can enjoy some relaxing time together.
It seems like every start of a semester leads to me experiencing daytime starvation. Between meetings and getting absorbed in my work, I find myself missing lunch entirely. I really need to get better at eating during the workday.