As I reported a few weeks ago, I'm all set to defend my dissertation in late April. I've been more focused in the past month than I have been over the past year and a half. But it's still not enough. I just can't seem to get enough done. And on top of everything I hate my topic and I'm fairly certain I picked an utterly unimportant subject area. Nothing makes sense any more and everything I'm writing seems elementary. Or, at the very least, it would make a good undergrad paper.
I have re-adjusted my timeline many times over the past year. I MUST have the two analysis chapters in draft form by the end of this month. The introduction and conclusion must be finished by mid-February. That gives me a precious month and a half to edit and get everything formatted. ARGH!
In home improvement news, Nate and I decided to have the living room and dining room re-textured. The texture in those two rooms didn't match the rest of the house and we found a plaster specialist to help us out. As the new plaster dried, we noticed that it was bubbling and cracking in numerous areas. Not cool. So, now the guy has to come over again this week to repair it. That means that Benny and I have to make ourselves scarce for an entire day.
The brother-in-law experiment has hit a few bumps in the road. Matt still doesn't have his car. It was auctioned two weeks ago. So he's still borrowing our car, although I asked him to look into alternative forms of transportation. I meant public transportation like the bus or walking. Instead, he has developed a relationship with a girl who lets him borrow her car. To say the least, it's been a little awkward around here the past week or so.
And with those updates, I'll continue to grind on with this freaking dissertation. I'm hoping that everything else works itself out. The good news for the day: Benny is 18 months old today! A year and a half!