I’m Back!

I'm back babyAfter a two month hiatus, I’m back! I didn’t die. I didn’t go anywhere. (Okay, I did for Christmas to see family. But that’s not the point here.) I’ve been here. All along trying to figure out what to do now that my month of blogging is over and there’s little motivation to keep it up. So here’s the new plan (because accountability or something like that): posts from me on Thursdays about whatever I feel like writing about with bonuses on Mondays when I’m feeling extra write-y.

So what have I been up to since you came here last? I’m sure you’re just dying to know how my thesis is coming along and what I’ve been reading and watching lately.

Thesis update: It’s coming. I completed my outlines about a week ago. And now the actual writing is beginning. Finally. I’m hoping to have a complete first draft within the next week.

There’s really not a whole lot more to say than that. For those of you wondering how the heck I’m staying on top of it, I have two answers: Mike and deadlines. Mike (my advisor) because I have someone to update regularly and if I don’t, I know I’ll be getting that “Heeeeeeeyyyyy….. you working?” email. And deadlines: I have a marker to hit about every week and a half to two weeks. That helps me break things down so that my daily to do list makes the most incremental progress that adds up over time. (Also, I get to reward myself with a fun, fancy coffee from a fun, fancy coffee place each time I meet or beat those deadlines. So far that’s also involved my most favorite pass time: leisure reading in a coffee shop.)

Watching update: I’m officially limiting myself to one episode of tv a day. Because I have a problem. But this limitation is also great. It makes me focus on the things that I actually want to spend my time watching rather than mindlessly staring at for hours on end. Right now shows include (but not limited to, because I dabble a lot): The Good Place, Black-ish, Grown-ish, Black Mirror, and Grey’s Anatomy.

Reading update: My 2018 reading challenge goal is set to 50. This is new for me. In years past, I’ve played it safe with about 20-30, but I’m going big. I spent so much of last year complaining there wasn’t enough time to read that I decided to just make the time. See above about limiting tv. So far, I’m at 8. My favorites so far: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, and Finding the Game by Gwendolyn Oxenham. They’re all just so so good. Read them. Read them all!

Life update: After I finished my month of blogging, I finished out the fall semester. That included finishing out classes and papers for the most part. While the work was quite familiar since I’ve been doing some variation of it for the past decade, the feelings that accompanied the end of semester push were wholly new to me. Because of how my schedule worked out, I don’t have any regularly scheduled classes to attend this semester. So while finishing out last semester I was filled with the run of the mill stress and desire to reach winter break, but also nostalgia and (dare I say it?) grief. “Grief?” you ask. “Grief,” I say. I obviously was not experiencing the full blown grief one experiences at the loss of a loved one. Rather, I was experiencing the minor grief we all seem to face when we know major change is just on the horizon. For the majority of my life (and all of it that I can remember), I’ve primarily identified in my day to day life as a student. The time may come when I can wear that hat again, but come May 2018 I will be: Sarah E. Griswold, *insert job title here*.