Relieved, but this is no time to slack off
Friday, December 18, 2009
The meeting with the deans on Thursday went just fine. They waggled their fingers at me a little bit and told me they wanted me to do all the right things to graduate on time in the spring. But they were ready to grant my extension and offered to help me in any way they could.
I was so relieved that I blew off the rest of the day. I treated myself to a wonderful sushi lunch and then went to a fabulous massage. I'm lucky that I have a friend in massage therapy school right now and I "help" her with her homework every 2 weeks. What a sacrifice, huh? So after that I really just wanted to sleep, but instead I bummed around, ran a few errands, and just chilled out.
Today I planned to get back on the ball and work, but it just didn't happen. I frittered away the morning, then fell asleep this afternoon. When I woke up, it had started snowing full force and I got in "snow day" mode, making a fire and dinner and looking outside every few minutes to see everything covered in white. (Here in North Carolina, I don't get to see that too often, so I tend to regress to about age 9.) I had a pretty low-cal day so I was able to splurge on a warm cup of eggnog with spiced rum ... wow, what a treat.
But even with the warm drink in my tummy I can sense that restless feeling starting in my gut again, telling me that I've taken enough rest time and work is waiting. It won't happen tonight, but tomorrow has to be a real work day. I can finish the intro to my dissertation this weekend if I get serious about it tomorrow. Then if I finish edits to chapter 4 by mid-week, I'll actually be right on schedule ... plus I have Christmas week all to myself, so I can get some more work accomplished than I usually do when I'm traveling at Christmas.
Thanks to everyone who sent me happy thoughts and prayers for my stressful meeting. I feel as if I just finished running up that big hill in the middle of my route - I can breathe again, but I know I have to keep running.