“Doing” a Doctorate – week seven

Published on Friday 22nd December 2017 by DJ Kirkby

I booked two days holiday this week with the intent of doing some reading around my first assignment topic, and writing a plan for it so I could work on writing a rough draft from Boxing Day onwards next week. Because, January assignment submission date.

My body had other plans for my ‘holiday’ though and I woke on the first day with a temp of 38.3 and promptly informed my husband that he was lucky to be married to such a hottie. However, after having endured a night of lying next to a human inferno, he was disinclined to agree.

And, three days and nights of my wretched coughing later, he is still not feeling overwhelmed with gratitude, despite the fact that there is no longer any risk of my temp causing us to burst into spontaneous combustion.

This morning I’ve woken sounding like a foghorn which I am finding quite entertaining despite the fact that I only have the cat to talk to as everyone else is still asleep. The cat is pretending to be interested in my voice in exchange for food  (what could possibly go wrong?).

Week 7: read week six by clicking here
Doctorate assignment words written (total needs to be 5000.00) – a few scribbled notes….it will all come together in time *NODS*
Cups of tea drunk – eleventybillion... because, V E R Y sore throat.
Miles run – 10.77 (didn’t manage any more before I got ill but I left a Christmas themed rock on the beach so I reckon that gives me bonus points. Pic at bottom of post)
Cakes baked –  a lot of gingerbread – double batch for us and a 1400 bite sized ones as fuel for the runners who took part in the coastal half, full and ultra marathon.
Crafting done – a couple of rows of super soft baby blanket in crochet because I had to rip out the knitted version (see week five for explanation)
Books read for pleasureThe Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morey, A Very Country Christmas by Zara Stoneley, A Christmas in Cornwall by Laura Briggs, Christmas in St Ives by Miranda Dickenson (see 2017 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – none BUT I have borrowed four from the library so I am feeling smug by proxy.
Articles read for doctorate – none
Blogs read for doctorate – None (suggestions of suitable / recommended reading welcomed in comment section below)
Research undertaken – 43 of 44 students have completed the first survey,  and 23 of 44 students have completed the 2nd survey (so far, say I with hope still audible in my voice)
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (not in a place where I have anything to show)
Meetings with ALN support – two
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – high, I had set aside one day to be an EdD day but had to cancel it as too many other priorities. Instead I will use my week of holiday to work on EdD. Because, idiotgenius.
Overall average stress level – high
Average success rate – negligible, errrr, actually not sure….I seem to have lost any grasp I had on reality…see what happens when I can’t run?

Most significant thing that happened this week – my Grammie Kirkby had her 95th birthday

Plan for next week:

  • Get well
  • Enjoy ‘quiet’ (wishful thinking) family time
  • Write rough draft of first assignment

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