“Doing” a Doctorate – week 14

Published on Friday 9th February 2018 by DJ Kirkby

My EdD cohort is scheduled for a virtual residential today which I am very much looking forward to as I get to meet up with my classmates from all over the world. Modern technology is a wonderful thing.  I ran the Coastal half Marathon on Sunday and it was enjoyable enough that I paid for entry into the same race for February 2019. The rest of this year is made up of smaller distances on the whole except for the Coastal Marathon in Dec. Many people think I’m bonkers to be running at my age with such a crumbly body but running is the best way I know to stay ahead of the stress and anxiety that seem to follow me round like needy monsters. Speaking of stress and anxiety, today is eye surgeon appointment day to get the dates for my eye surgeries *the horror* I’m ridiculously apprehensive and this is only the consultation! Imagine what I’ll be like when I have to let the surgeon put a scalpel to my eye(s) WHILE I AM FULLY CONSCIOUS!

Week 14 of 48 allocated (part time) doctorate weeks (Day 14 of 192): read week 13 by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written –  No new ones this week
Doctorate assignment words written 1st essay submitted on Jan 19th – hoping for feedback to arrive today.
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion because, tea.
Miles run – 13.3 only because my ITB is still irritable. So I ran the half marathon and have been resting all week since. Will go for a gentle parkrun tomorrow.
Cakes baked –  Poppyseed and pomegranate cake See my recipe section for various recipes.
Crafting done – none, because eyesight is rubbish now
Books read for pleasureLook For Me by Lisa Gardner  (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – none
Movies watched for doctorate – none
Articles read for doctorate –  none
Research undertaken – Will begin second batch of research with new cohort in March 2018
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (not in a place where I have anything to show)
Meetings with ALN / LD support – none
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – moderate
Overall average stress level – high
Average success rate – zilch (this week)

Plan for next week:

  • Submit article
  • ChaseProf. at ECU about engaging their healthcare students in my research
  • keep doing strengthening exercises
  • Sew Vegan Runner badge on wicking vest
  • Bake more
  • Cuddle new grandson as much as possible
  • Read more for fun
  • Allow myself to get distracted by all things shiny and appreciate that for the future creativity and benefit it may add to my doctorate

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