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May 23, 2005

Summer's Coming: The Relentless March of Time

No summer in Portland for me this year! Although I'll definitely miss the great weather, liberal politics, and no mosquitoes, I'm also glad to be here for the summer. I'll get to see a certain someone turn 4, and a friend who is a new Ph.D might be moving.

In the meantime, time marches on. My oral prelims are coming up! It seems like just yesterday I was writing about my written prelims, and now I'm moving on to the next phase--oral prelims. In my department, we have to write a "special topics paper" which is essentially a first-run attempt at the lit review for the dissertation. It can be considered to be an exploration of a topic of my own interest, but usually is more like a chapter two.

I have to turn my special topics paper in to my committee tomorrow. So, here I am--it's almost 2 o'clock in the morning, and I'm working on the revisions. Part of me is regretting not doing more sooner. (Of course, I should admit that I've had a nearly full draft done for 10 days now--I am "just" working on the revisions.) The part of me not regretting not doing more sooner is the realistic part of me. I mean, how can I work on my paper when I have monster trucks to play with?

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