Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sweet Child O'Mine

My second dissertation chapter was not always pretty, nor was it always clear.  But as of today, it is painfully beautiful and incessant, just like a power ballad.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Choosing him each day

Today I am celebrating love, not with a special date.  Not with Hallmark cards or anniversary motives.  Not with homemade cookies or the light of candles.  But with more "I love yous," more kisses on the cheeks for no reason, more pulling him close and whispering how much I appreciate him.  More ways of telling him, I married you.  I chose you as my partner and best friend.  And I'm going to choose you every day of my life.

What are you celebrating today?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer and writing

Last summer I wrote an article, and this summer I'm writing a dissertation.  Next summer I'll be writing a two-volume encyclopedia.  (I'll be writing it this winter, too, but it is due to the publisher in August 2012.  Still not ready to talk about it on the blog yet...)

Summer is always writing time, it seems.  When the rest of the world heads out to the parks, the beaches, the amusement parks, I head to my office or bedroom or quiet corner of the library with my laptop.

And it's not that I won't have a summer--it's just that summer is different when you're an academic.  The school year is usually consumed by teaching, and the summer usually consumed by researching and writing.  But the entire year is consumed by deep thinking and a constant attempt to synthesize and understand the world.  I love that part.

So if you see me sporting my library tan and my over-full bookbag, don't feel sorry for me.  I'm working hard, but making progress (a sentence at a time!), and having the time of my life.