Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Dissrotation

Last fall, SL initiated the “Dissertation Lunch.” Around once a week, he would take me and his other two students (hi, J and P, if you are reading) out to lunch somewhere. At first, J and P and I were a little bewildered by this. We fully expected that SL would start grilling us about our dissertations as soon as we sat down to eat. During our first lunch, no one’s dissertation was mentioned. Research was not even discussed. Most of our attention was focused on the cuteness of P’s 3-month old baby, who had joined us. I, for one, hoped that P would keep bringing her baby to these lunches so that we could all remain light-hearted and avoid talking about our dissertations.

It remained that way. We really never did talk about our dissertations very much. I guess it was just to be some sort of bonding thing for us all. One week as we were planning what day to meet, SL sent out an email to the three of us, and the subject line read: “Dissrotation Lunch.” Apparently SL did not notice this typo, but the 3 of us found it so amusing that we have often continued to speak to each other of our “dissrotations,” and I for one, have thought of my dissertation as my “dissrotation” ever since.

At any rate, I turned my dissrotation into my committee on Thursday. They’ll have about 6 weeks to read it, as the defense date is scheduled for December 11. I’ve got Fig’s outfit picked out for the defense day already, and I’m seriously hoping I can be out of maternity clothes by then (though if this would require me to stop eating heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter straight from the jar, it is looking unlikely). If I actually manage to pull this off and finish this thing, I wonder if I’ll have to change the name of the blog?

Melissa's dissertation

Thanks for reading.


Anonymous said...

DISSROTATION!!!!!!! LOVE THAT NAME>>>>>> some how, it represents, the LAST MANY YEARS of your life... sorta a DISSROTATION!!!!!!! in fact, from now on, your life will just be a continual DISSROTATION of EVENTS!!!!! !!! As your mother, I highly SUGGEST a "SHOPPING for DISSROTATION CLOTHES" in the next few weeks, it's about time, dearie!!!! I'll be happy to BABY SIT!!! >:) You deserve to treat yourself..... luv you, mama

Ashley said...

You have a wonderful defense day - my birthday! :) You will do great! I am so impressed that you finished this with a new baby... Great job, Melissa! - Ashley :)

amypfan said...

Yay! I'm so glad to see it finished and looking all professional. Wishing you the best of luck on the defense!

Love the title of "dissrotion," btw. And my security word verification for posting this comment is "frussed," which I also think is pretty fun. I think that might be a description of when I feel "frustrated" because my children are "fussing." :)

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited for you! This is such a huge accomplishment...I can't wait to hear about how it goes in December.

Unknown said...

You are so close to being finished! Great job! I'm so glad I was able to finish before motherhood.

Wishing you all the best for your defense!