Thursday, February 1, 2007


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.

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Congratulations! Once again you are setting the bar high for your cohort. Well done.

Posted by: Chris Geyer at February 1, 2007 6:49 PM

Congrats! I knew you'd rock.

Posted by: Krista at February 1, 2007 7:42 PM

Not that I ever had any doubts. But all the same: Congratulations!

Posted by: Donna at February 1, 2007 8:18 PM

Fantastic! Congratulations.

Posted by: george at February 1, 2007 8:56 PM

Excellent news! CONGRATS!

Posted by: Billie at February 1, 2007 9:00 PM

Congrats! Not surprised at all, of course!

Posted by: JM at February 1, 2007 9:21 PM

Woo! Excellent work.

Posted by: Mike at February 1, 2007 9:35 PM

welcome to the world of ABDness.
congrats, homeslice! it's time for basking!

Posted by: chris at February 1, 2007 10:09 PM

Congratulations! It's been fascinating seeing you blogging through this process. See you at CCCC.
Mary Ellen

Posted by: Mary Ellen at February 2, 2007 12:15 AM

It was an honor and a pleasure, Mr. Mueller. And you were coherent, sharp, and smart throughout.

It was also fun, from this end, thinking through all of that. My head was bubbling afterwards.

Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations.

Posted by: anne at February 2, 2007 9:08 AM

Way to go!!!

Posted by: Marcia at February 2, 2007 1:54 PM

Fantastic! Bravo! And now onward to the 4 C's!

Posted by: joanna at February 2, 2007 4:40 PM

Very cool, and good speed on the diss. Congrats.

Posted by: Daniel Anderson at February 3, 2007 8:21 AM


Posted by: jeff at February 3, 2007 8:33 AM

Big ups to you!

Posted by: jenny at February 3, 2007 10:28 AM


Posted by: John Walter at February 3, 2007 11:44 AM

You go!

Posted by: Nels at February 3, 2007 3:01 PM


Posted by: Liz at February 3, 2007 7:21 PM

I'll toss in another congratulations!!! :)

Posted by: Michael Faris at February 3, 2007 7:24 PM

Rawk!! And ditto the sentiments from Donna, JM, and Krista: it's not like there was ever any doubt.

Can't wait to see the diss.

Posted by: Mike at February 3, 2007 7:42 PM

As usual, D. takes care of business. There was never any doubt in my mind. I'm proud of you, Son!

Posted by: pops at February 4, 2007 4:41 PM

Congrats on your exams D I knew you could do it.

Posted by: Phillip at February 5, 2007 11:57 AM

CONGRATULATIONS!..."Move over Dr. H., here comes Dr. M!"....enough of that...I just want to come visit Isabel....

Posted by: Red at February 6, 2007 4:48 PM