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The Art of Procrastination

Things to do when you don't want to write your dissertation:
Clean your office
Tidy your desk
Organize your files
Groom your dogs
Make bread
Pay your credit card bills
Read all the blogs you haven't had time to read for weeks

(and, oh yes, write in your blog...)


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May. 24th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
but now it's spring!

I can't believe I found you!

So you don't have insane amounts of papers to mark and no need to buy Tylenol, thus your credit card bills will be reduced! I know my pain killer budget has gone down, since I found out I got into the university!

Jun. 7th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
Re: but now it's spring!
Hey!! Congratulations on getting into university, and on your wedding (even if it _is_ a year away_) You sound very happy and positive - great to hear from you :)
Jun. 7th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
Re: but now it's spring!
Thanks! Have fun reading my stuff, if you wish. I wasn't sure if you'd be "too good" to talk to a lowly undergrad! We're such dilletantes.

I hope you have many fruitful hours of getting your dissertation in order.
Jun. 8th, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)
Re: but now it's spring!
Oh, heavens! "Too good"??? If you've read any of my blog you'll see that I read kids books and get a kick out of being told that my personality matches the Internet Movie Database :) And right now I'm coping with a PhD supervisor making snarky comments about my writing... I bet Peter's pleased to hear that you got into UVic?
Jun. 8th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
Re: but now it's spring!
You know, I haven't spoken (either virtually or actually) to Peter in a long time. I probably should, considering I did talk to Jim Sexton in France, so I don't have an excuse.

I don't get the impression your supervisor is getting you down, though. That's probably a good skill to have. I'd probably go on a bender **goodbye, clean time!** I'd be awfully nervous and desperate if I was about to embark on that territory, so much is riding on it, including sense of self and worth. Not to mention family. My parents wish I'd stayed a hairdresser and not gone on to learn the things I've done in college..."What do you need that for?" kind of a thing.

So I think that's why I adopted all my instructors/professors as a kind of surrogate family. You all seem to understand.
Jun. 8th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: but now it's spring!
How cool that you met(?) Jim in France - or at least talked to him. I'm sure Peter would love to hear from you, too (he may have a blog out there somewhere... who knows?) Actually, my supervisor does get me down... a lot, sometimes. I've almost quit once or twice, but I have a stubborn streak, I guess :) Luckily my sense of self worth now -doesn't- ride on the PhD. I think if I blew chunks in my teaching that would be a different story, but I have a fairly solid base to stand on there. I know that when I was ... oh god don't let this sound patronizing... ~your age~ school was the be all and end all and a bad grade could send me, as you put it, on a bender for days or weeks. On the other hand, you can get instant reward and support from school in a way that doesn't actually happen much in the "real world" especially if family isn't of the most supportive variety.
Jun. 9th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
Re: but now it's spring!
School is as important as it is right now because so I left everything I knew behind in search of something better--I literally gambled my life.

In Abbotsford, where I'm from, I was a hairdresser turned sales associate for a few years after highschool. When I was at teaching level at the store I worked in, I got to train a man who was a third year student at UVic. He was the one who showed me I didn't have to live with my parents, be 21, and highly addicted to codeine and alcohol. I was never so scared and exhilarated at the same time when I drove my little beetle onto the ferry and registered at Camosun. It feels like a lifetime ago--and it was only in 2003.

Anyway, now that I've been here and doing well for a while, I've gained some credibility with the circle of people I knew in the Fraser Valley. I left with them shaking their heads saying: "You can try, kiddo, but we all did that and had to come back to reality. We'll be here waitin'."

The other reason I would imagine you keep going even when you're down is because you've gone past the point of no return regarding education. It would be a terrible defeat to walk away now. Although, I feel that way about myself. My mother quit university when I was a little kid. She was at third year and didn't get accepted to law school. I'll never forget it. She just walked away from it and never even finished a bachelor's. I was in tears about it, and I was about 12 when that happened. She'd gone to school for years while working full time, being a mother to us kids, and a wife, and just threw her hands in the air. I guess that's why I get so worked up about things--I have to be better than my mother!! (Freud, you were so alarmingly right...even if you were a pervert).

Luckily I'm not so desperate feeling anymore, since I made it through the first hoop of fire into the "big leagues" at the university.

Oh yeah, I got in touch with Jim overseas after this last term to ask him whether he would be a reference for me on a scholarship submission. He said yes. I actually met him my first term at Camosun when he was a guest speaker about Huxley's A Brave New World in my english 160 class with Nigel Brooks. I'll never forget the look on his face when none of us knew that the title was taken from Shakespeare's The Tempest. :O I think that's the reason I remember that tidbit so well, actually!

Okay.../ramble tamble...
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