“Doing” a Doctorate – week 31

Published on Sunday 10th June 2018 by DJ Kirkby

Last Sunday was my last day of ‘hols’ (a.k.a. the hol I spent revising the Future Technologies Conference (FTC18) article, instead of relaxing like a normal person) and I thought it would be prudent to go through my work email inbox. I know, loser. Shaddap. Anyway, glad I did as I found an email from the Chair of FTC18 (where I will be representing the NoObesity apps in November) with a letter from Justin Trudeau welcoming me to the conference!

This week I went to a two day doctorate residential which (despite the 4 hour round trip commute) was a great experience, though I am slightly terrified of the transfer viva that I will need to do next year. It was really nice to spend time with others in my cohort and to have a chance to learn from the more experienced cohorts. I also passed my “Death by Meths” assignment, go me!

After missing two planned runs this week due to working all-of-the-hours, I did finally manage to begin marathon training. I have been trying to delay it until after my eye surgery but with no op date yet, a rapidly approaching op waiting list breach date (15th June) and a Dec 23rd marathon date, I have decided that I can’t wait any longer to begin training. I will just have to figure out how to work my training around recovery from surgery. Also how to get long runs in when I am in Vancouver in November –  may just have to do it on a treadmill in the hotel gym…but that will be so boooooooring!

Week 31 in review: read week 30 by clicking here

Publishable doctorate words written – NET article submission feedback still pending. FTC18 article is finished and submitted.
Doctorate assignment words written – Zero words of assignment three but will begin next week.
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion, let’s be honest, this number is never going to change….I think I’m an addict
Miles run – 8.5 miles
Miles swam – Zero (we had our grandson stay over on the night I would normally swim)
Miles cycled – Zero ( can’t see well enough to cycle safely)
Cakes baked –  a Geordie Tart (pics below)
Crafting  done- I’ve knit two cannula sleeves for dementia patients and nearly completed a third one.
Books read for pleasure – Killing It   (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review
Movies / videos watched for doctorate
Articles read for doctorateA Guide to Writing the Dissertation Literature Review,
Blogs read for doctorate – How augmented reality affects the brain,
Research undertaken – None this week
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – I had a tutorial with one of the unit leaders – scary but helpful. I really need to up my game in terms of being able to get what’s in my head about my doctorate project out of my mouth (articulately) or I will not pass the transfer viva.
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 – Truth be told, I didn’t even bother trying to find future dates this week.
Overall average stress level – high
Average success rate – acceptable

Plan for next week:

  • Wait for eye op appointment to arrive (have had pre-op date but still waiting for op date – waiting list breech is on 15th June, no idea what happens after that)
  • 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 more
  • Continue knitting cannula arms sleeves for dementia patients and patio chair cushions
  • Begin working on assignment three
  • 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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