A while back, Writer Chica inquired whether I would be able to take any time off after my dissertation was finished. My thoughts on this have gone back and forth. Back in July, these two weeks between diss and defense seemed like this wide open territory for me - maybe I could even take a vacation. Last week, it seemed like I would be just as loaded down and stressed after turning in the diss, as before. Now, I am not so sure.
It is a tremendous relief to have a pdf put together, emailed to my committee, and forms handed in to the graduate school. I have taken today at a much lazier pace than any time in the past two weeks (months?). But there are still plenty of things that need to be done in the next few weeks.
This afternoon I'll finish photocopying the diss for the committee and making a binder of it (and previous drafts) for myself. I'm going to update my belly blog for the first time in weeks and maybe clean out the backlog of "to blog" links on bloglines. Maybe I'll also get around to catching up my endnote libraries. Maybe not.
On Thursday, I am getting a massage and pedicure (yay!) and on Friday, we've got the "big" ultrasound, where we won't be finding out the baby's sex, but we will get to count appendages, etc. On Sunday, we'll try to make it to the local renaissance festival (although it usually gets rained out). Next Tuesday, a collaborator/friend is visiting from out of town, and on Wednesday I've got an OB appointment. Thursday is our anniversary. The following Monday my mom arrives in the evening, and Tuesday I've got a meeting in Neighboring University Town (NUT!) all morning. Wednesday is the defense.
In terms of work, I've obviously got to write the defense talk and review some materials from papers (mostly) and classes. I've got to get my undergrad out in the field to maintain our field installations. I've got to write a talk for the week after my defense for a conference my funders are hosting. I'd like to get another paper submitted, but the current hold up is with a co-author not me. I'd really like to get some more feedback from my advisors on Chapter 4 - since neither of them have seen anything that remotely resembles the current paper. And I've got a new filing cabinet that I'd like to move into.
So life will return to having its usual mixture of pleasure and mundane. That's the thing about all this, isn't it? No matter what: life goes on.