I am taking the week off from the blog world.
You see, I was informed by my dissertation chair that I can start preparing for my preliminary orals.
Finally! I have been waiting about 10 months and something like 7 drafts for this!
I know that sounds like gibberish, but basically this means that I can finally go before my committee to get approval to run my study. To complete a dissertation at my school, you need to get through two "orals" -- preliminary and final.
So assuming everything goes as planned, my preliminary orals will take place sometime in the middle or late next month. Committee approves, and I wait another 2-3 weeks for International Review Board (IRB) approval... then run the study. Hoping to finish collecting data by the end of this year, and although I would love to finish the write up and do my "final" orals by May and graudate "on time" (4 years since I entered with a BA)... I think I will need the summer to finish up.
In other words, this isn't a huge step, but at least I'm on my way to crossing a barrier in my dissertation journey. Obviously, I need to "pass" my preliminary orals first. I need a lot of luck for that!
Thus, I will be spending my non-working and non-sanity time working on making the final edits she suggested, as well as bracing myself for whatever else my committee wants to throw at me before the preliminary orals. Then, I gotta study every paper I have cited thus far in my paper, which is A LOT. Gotta know my stuff so I don't look stupid.
However, you probably won't notice my absence much, since I have written enough posts to keep you busy until the end of the month. Ha ha! I will also update my workout log, since in spite of this, I am determined to keep my @$$ in shape.
So keep reading, maybe comment me some encouragement, and let me know that the blog is being read. I see the hits I'm getting from Google, so I know you're out there...
P.S. I will still be Tweeting, so follow me if you dare!