It’s been a while since I posted. I feel like I owe the world an explanation or something. I don’t really have one. Everything is more or less unchanged, and as always, at the same time, everything is changed. Who knows?
In any case, here is the long and short of it: I’m working. A lot. We’re trying to afford a place. Not easy. Also, there have been expenses. Parking tickets. Necessary clothing in order to attend swanky functions that I wasn’t sure I wanted to attend anyway. Maintenance and supplies. Things I never figure on. Work has been necessary.
Work is also difficult. Long hours. High stress. I don’t quite know. I don’t quite know where things are at on that front. But that’s okay.
Academically, all is well. My perfect performance remains intact thus far. I have another “intensive” class that starts on Monday and will run every single day for several hours for a month. Then I will fly to Warsaw and take a train to Krakow and take two more classes that each run every single day for a month. Then I’ll come back, submit three papers, and take a comprehensive examination. Then I’ll submit multiple field statements and have an oral defense.
And then, finally, after many, many long years, I will theoretically be “ABD,” or “all-but-dissertation,” which means I’m free to do my own research and write my own shit until the drop a Ph.D. on my head and push me out the door.