A mighty smiley hi and hello to you, February. I successfully defended my
comprehensive exams this morning, gathering around with my committee for an
hour-and-a-half as we wound our way through the exam answers and associated
quandaries. About those associated quandaries: holy smokes. I started to
wonder if the climate controls for the much-trafficked Gilyard Seminar Room
(where it all happens) were accidentally bumped to 80-degrees, because,
for more than a few minutes, phew. Can I simply explain it that way? Phew.
To stay focused and to humor myself regarding focus, I brought in one of those
pinkish kiwi-something A-lutein Vitamin Waters, the kind with "focus" on its
label. But during one stretch I must’ve forgotten to take a sip because I
might have approached a record for the longest answer-avoiding utterance (I’m
still talking?) in the history of oral defenses.
While the successful completion of qualifying exams might, in itself, be
enough to give a satisfying lift on any other day, today’s not just any
other day. It’s also Is.’s 6 Mos.-Day. Almost grown! On top of that, Ph.,
who is battling the flu, stayed home from school on my insistence (It’s the flu,
kid; take a day). This meant we were able to stop in at
Erawan for Gai Pad Kra Pow
(I’m hooked on the sweet basil) and then run by the shopping mall to spend a few
dollars from the generous and ever-surprising Future Professoriate Program funds
disbursed late each January to participants.
So I guess that’s it. Tomorrow, onward with the diss. prospectus toward a
goal of proposing and defending it before April is up. Also, I’ve been
thinking that rather than updating Exam
Sitting to Exams Sat, I’d give the exam notes blog a new moniker,
convert the old keywords into MT tags, and rejuvenate some of the note posting
rhythms that worked so well for me throughout the fall. That’s my plan, anyway.