[later edit: OK, this was supposed to go up on September 16th… but apparently I was so excited that I forgot to hit the Publish button! So here it is — better late than never, I guess! ;) ]

I'm a doctor! I can hardly believe it! Holy smokes, I just about sailed through my oral defense — with flying colors! I am SO SO SO EXCITED!!

I'm also proud of myself for taking the time to write, read aloud, wince at how much time that took and then rewrite, read and reflect and then rewrite again… over and over until I ended up with an oral defense presentation which came in perfectly at the time it was supposed to! Considering that the dissertation itself was technically supposed to be only 200 to 250 pages, but after tight editing, mine came in at 381 pages… I'm really pretty pleased with how my zoom-meeting oral defense presentation came out!

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OMG, peeps! I just received the feedback from my third committee member – 3 days early! When I read her report I was so thrilled I was almost hyperventilating! Her first sentence was:

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I'm so excited! Yesterday my committee chair told me she thought my dissertation was done enough to send on to the rest of my dissertation committee! So today I pieced all the chapters together, filled out all the paperwork, and sent it all on — woohoooo! Hard to believe it, but I'm getting ever closer to completion here!

The Rats of Happiness
The Rats of Happiness!
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It. Is. DONNNE!!

WOOHOOOOO! Dissertation is COMPLETELY written, yeah! :-D

I'm going to take a couple of days to just relax, run around like a mad thing, play with Goldie, and do the laundry… and then I'll settle down and start working on the NEXT batch of things which need doing! Stuff like, ohhh…

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laughing mousieOMG, I am SO excited! The first three (of five) chapters of my dissertation are completed and reviewed by my Chair! Here's what she had to say:

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My household uses the garage mostly for storage. Some of the electrical equipment that runs our computers is kept in there. When our computers started fizzing out — but only on rainy days — we discovered our roof had leaks. The previous owner apparently had the "Character Disad: Believes he's a handyman" — since when one of my housemates went up onto the roof to check it out, he found a couple of real obvious roofing errors… things like wood screws driven through the protective tarp layer thingie under the shingles, and soft spots around them… which indicate places where the wood is starting to rot.

A very wonderful Valentine's Day to you all! I am celebrating… handing in a chapter!

sea turtle yay!
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Writing up interviews is not easy!

From an anthropological perspective, there's always the worry that I'm committing the ethical crime of appropriating someone else's subaltern culture. Racially I'm white, and I don't want to even accidentally appear to act like I'm either stealing the words of, or attempting to speak for, any of the minority participants. Also, as I feel is only correct, CIIS strongly suggests all participants be allowed to review what you've written about them, so they know for sure that you've not either misquoted or misrepresented them.

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As the holiday season approaches, I've been asked by several folks what I want for Christmas. There are the easy answers, which I suspect I will not receive despite all my dreaming: a white Christmas, rational national leadership, world peace, and all my student loans magically wiped away. :-D

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Happy Friendsgiving!

27 Nov 2019 In: Anthropology, Family, House stuff, Random

I love the idea of a day for giving gratitude for friends and family, for one's warm/fed/dry/whatever circumstances, or even simply because feeling grateful helps one to appreciate life more. Just for fun I cooked for a few years… and then I'd had enough of that! We started celebrating at nice restaurants instead. Good food served to us with no worries about cleanup or whether there'd be enough or if the cats had gotten on the counter with the whipped cream… perfect solution, we thought!

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Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.

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