What I Did Today Instead of Working on My Dissertation, #5


Is it sad that I already don't remember what I did yesterday? I do remember that I edited a paper that's poised for submission, worked on area statement-related stuff, prepared a crockpot dinner in the morning, and took my poor sick child to the doctor. Yes, she's infected. Yes, she's on antibiotics. At least she made it through 13 months of her life without them. And I tried to wait it out, but I got guilted by both the doctor and the nurse, so I guess I should have brought her in sooner.

I might have to give up these posts (sorry Jean!). I should have started them back in May, when I REALLY procrastinated. And I need to turn in a draft of my area statement by December, so I really, truly, have got to get crackin'! But, soon I'll have to dedicate more than Mondays to writing, so there may be much more opportunity for procrastination...

What I Did Today Instead of Working on My Dissertation, #4


Well, I actually worked on my dissertation. But only for a few hours! I read my "Area Statement Process Guidelines," which, to my surprise, was only 3 pages long, but with many pages of helpful examples. I worked on some questions for a survey that will give me data for my dissertation, and when I got frustrated, I went to Target (of course) and bought O a new push toy and some kitty litter.

No, I don't have a cat.



I just had my second article accepted for publication, in a high impact journal no less! I'll post the link when it's available. Yay! This makes up for the total dejected-ness I felt after being recently rejected.

Birthday Babe BBQ Bonanza!


All photographs by my dad, aka Grandpa. Here, the adventure begins...

wait for it...

wait for it...

There it is! Icing hand in the hair.

Grandma Meyer and the birthday girl

Grandma Eddens and the birthday girl

Auntie Stephanie with the birthday girl

Steph's husband (my bro-in-law) Ray

My brother H.R., aka The Godfather...

...and Vicki, my sis-in-law.

My sis, Pam. Could you tell?

My nephew Jeff...

...his wife Brenda...

...their girls Brianna...

...and Baylee...

...and the motorcycle Jeff bought while home on leave from Afghanistan.


My nieces Mary and Jane

Pam and Peter

Pam and Peter, again

Genevieve and my mom


Pam and her girls

Jason and Casey

The spread in our dining room...

...and the toy spread in the family room.

Sam and Daanish record for posterity

The backyard finally lets some grass grow

My dad got a kick out of my Rat Fink shirt.

Peter and Peter play washers. It wouldn't be a South City party without washers.

Brianna and Baylee play ball with Raleigh.

Casey and Lana monitor the children. Yeah, that includes Sam.

The proud papa.

Master of the Weber

I made this!

And the sad-looking white one is the gluten-free version. I ran out of time and energy and didn't spend as much time on the icing, if you couldn't tell...

What I Did Today Instead of Working on My Dissertation, #3


Randomly ran into and had breakfast with Erik, which was totally awesome, found a new coffeeshop I like (particularly because the entire time I was there they played all of Nebraska, Greetings from Asbury Park and Born to Run), reviewed a manuscript for a journal that recently rejected one of mine (which is bull, if you ask me), prepared stuff for a work meeting I have tomorrow, and bought a baby gate for the top of the stairs. Oh, and I did actually work on some survey questions for my dissertation.