“Doing” a Doctorate – week 36

Published on Tuesday 17th July 2018 by DJ Kirkby

This is (more than) a few days overdue, and I’m pinning the blame firmly on my mother! On the day I would normally (I use this term in the loosest possible sense) write this post, I woke up to messages from one of my aunts telling me my mother had gone into AFib, collapsed on the pavement outside her apartment, smashed her face up pretty badly and was in hospital!

By the time I had figured out how to extricate myself from my workload for a few weeks, chosen the flights home, and decided I’d have to ask for an extension on my next assignment, my mother had been discharged home from hospital and was well enough to tell me she didn’t want me to come home for the rest of the summer.

Now, you might be thinking she must have hit her head really hard to choose to opt out on a chance to spend a few weeks with her lovely daughter but trust me, this is normal behaviour for her. She’s fiercely independent and I suspect she’s still recovering from the trauma of having to live with my histrionics as a child when she had no way to escape until I moved out in my late teens. Ahhh the joys of parenting teens….

However, there will be no escaping a couple of days mother / daughter time for a couple days after I’ve been to the FTC18 conference in November because those plane tickets have already been bought. Mwahahahahaha!  On a more serious note, it was by  pure lucky chance that my mom and her sisters had a reunion planned for now so she’s had some fun and good laughs (see pic at end of post) with them over the past few days, with some more to come this week so that’s been the perfect tonic for her.

I seem to have managed to make this post all about my mom and not at all about my doctorate progress, which is excellent and definitely maybe accidentally on purpose. *whistles, wanders off*

Week 36 in review: read week 35 by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written – NET article submission required only minor amendments (go me)and has been resubmitted for editorial decision. FTC18 article is finished . First draft of second article about my CILVRS project is nearly finished. One poster about CILVRS pilot drafted and submitted for review by conference committee.
Doctorate assignment words written – 500 (all my mom’s fault!)
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion, let’s be honest, this number is never going to change….I think I’m an addict
Miles run – errrrr, just 3.
Kilometers swam – none, had our grandson for a sleepover on the night I usually swim
Miles cycled – Zero ( can’t see well enough to cycle safely)
Cakes baked –  Strawberry and apple pie, crabapple tarts, chocolate cake and a white cake
Crafting  done- Knitting on pause during this hot weather
Books read for pleasure – Only Child, Stalker (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – none
Movies / videos watched for doctorate – Tau
Articles read for doctorate –  None
Blogs read for doctorate – None
Research undertaken – None this week
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – Three to date
Meetings with ALN / LD support – Booked in dates for submission of future assignment drafts
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – Will try again in 2019
Overall average stress level – HIGH
Average success rate – minimal

Plan for next week:

  • Wait for eye op appointment to arrive (waiting list breach date was June 15th – now needs to be before 1st Oct or after 20th Nov as can’t fly for 4 weeks after surgery and have long haul flight to FTC18 conference)
  • Wait for husband’s referral date to new specialist to find out extent of damage caused by illness number two (he’s received a letter informing him there are currently NO appointments!)
  • Bake!!!
  • Make more progress on assignment three so I can complete final draft early due to impending massive increase in workload when I should be writing the assignment
  • Finish draft second CILVRS article
  • 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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