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Archive for June 22nd, 2005

The Fatherhood Chronicles LXX

Just What I Needed

Our mornings together are much, much shorter, now that Sofie is going to bed later in the evening and getting up after 6:30 in the mornings. Morning time is, of necessity, quality time instead of quantity time. This morning Sofie didn’t get up till 6:45. I leave the house about 7:15, which didn’t leave much daddy-daughter time. So we got up, I fixed her some breakfast and we ate breakfast together. (Her cute insistence that momma “Sih” with us at the table couldn’t overcome very-pregnant-ready-to-deliver Anna’s desire/need for more snoozing.)

After fixing my own lunch, and getting my gear ready to leave for work, and after she’d finished her cereal, Sofie wanted to go watch a “feevie” (video + movie), which we let her do in the mornings as I’m leaving. The twenty-three minute Baby Einstein “feevies” give Anna a few more minutes of blanket-time. I was holding Sofie in my arms as I put the DVD in the player and turned the TV on. But as I made ready to set her down on the couch, she gave me a big hug and said:

“I lubby.”

The first time she has said that to me. *Sniff* (Damn. Still gets me.)

I’m still working off that high.

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PhD EncouragementTM

I’ve been diving into Writing the Doctoral Dissertation 2e as a motivational tool.

Here’s some encouraging news:

  • 90% of dissertations are 110-450 pages
  • 80% are 130-390 pages
  • 50% are 170-300 pages

Considering I just wrote 170 pages in two months (granted, it was on six different writing projects), this is good, good news!

Want some more? ‘Kay.

  • 80% of dissertations require 12-20 actual work months (from start of topic search to completed draft of doctoral dissertation)
  • 50% require 13.5-18 work months
  • 5% require 11 or less work months
  • Though 5% do require 22 or more work months (Yikes!)

All of which lends some credibility to this extremely attractive title: Completing Your Doctoral Dissertation or Master’s Thesis in Two Semesters or Less, or, as the blurb puts it, “during two semesters, in fifty workdays or less.” In fact, chapter 6 is entitled “Writing the Dissertation — Twenty Workdays to go!”

After yesterday’s panic attack, I got all focused and excited last night as I organized and planned out my literature review. I’ve got exactly sixteen items thus far (though a handful of tangential articles). More to get, of course, but that doesn’t include the five ancient commentators I did a paper on last month, and it lays a pretty solid foundation.

I definitely feel better today.

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