“Doing” a Doctorate – week 16

Published on Friday 23rd February 2018 by DJ Kirkby

This week has had some sad moments. My stepmother told me that my dad (who lovingly felled, peeled and positioned each giant tree that makes up the structure of their log cabin), no longer recognises his perfect home, his sanctuary filled with comfort and love where he happily hermitted for so many years.  This is heartbreaking, especially when I know the advances being made in VR and that it really would be possible to help him feel that he is in familiar surroundings again, except that he lives in the backwoods of Canada where it is a struggle to get home help to him, never mind equip the place with modern technology. I’m sure there is a message for me to find in this, but I’m still searching for it. So, in the photos this week I thought I would introduce you to my dad and the home dad built – it’s a very special place which absorbs the sunshine deep into the log walls and gives the heat back out for hours after sunset.

Week 16: read week 15 by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written –  Nothing new written and waiting to hear from editor about first CILVRS project article I submitted
Doctorate assignment words written – doing a lot of reading about methods and methodologies in an attempt to be able to write my second assignment
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion (still with plant based milk – I have decided to stay vegan because trying it out for Veganuary proved to be the easiest lifestyle change I’ve ever made).
Miles run – 3 only, AGAIN! What could possibly go wrong with this habit I seem to have developed?
Cakes baked –  Blueberry cake See my recipe section for various recipes.
Crafting done – none, because eyesight is rubbish now
Books read for pleasureSticks and Stones  (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – Research Methodology by Ranjit Kumar
Movies watched for doctorate – None
Articles read for doctorateAnnotation as Conversation, Open to Influence, Performative Publications, Images of Success and Structures of Risk, AI at risk of exploitation,
Blogs read for doctorate – The ‘Fran Effect’
Research undertaken – Will begin second batch of research with new cohort in England and Australia in March 2018
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (not in a place where I have anything to show)
Meetings with ALN / LD support – none, seem to have fallen off their radar…must try and get back in it.
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – Impossible to fit any doctorate days in this week because my diary is crammed full and my average work day has been 11 hours long
Overall average stress level – High
Average success rate – zilch (this week)

Plan for next week:

  • Bake more
  • Run more
  • Cuddle new grandson as much as possible
  • Read more for fun
  • Chase eye surgery appointment if not arrived by end of month
  • 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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