Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Life is so exciting at the moment - and yet nothing has actually changed!

I'm still waiting to hear about my thesis results, out of a class of five, three people have their results so far, and they are all great results!  I'm a bit worried that mine might "let down the side", but the chips will have to fall where they may.  I was determined to finish this degree last December if it killed me - and it nearly did.  I don't know that I deserve a particularly good mark, anyway, because I really only gave the thesis my best efforts between August and December, and considering I'd already been working on it for 14 months by August and had only managed a first draft in 14 months, the last nearly four months were quite rushed.

That said, I learned so much and if anything I'm more determined that ever to pursue my dream of gaining a PhD.  Now, I feel I have a much better understanding of what is expected of me and I'm more motivated to produce a consistent effort.

Today I spent the day with a my dear friend, Jayne, who is beginning a psychology degree at my local University.  I went along to the first day of Orientation Week for moral support, but also to soak up the on campus atmosphere.  Oh my, it was MARVELOUS!  I haven't been on campus since I completed my undergraduate degree back in 1997.  I did do a year of a post graduate diploma on campus, but it was at a satellite campus which consisted of one building, and there wasn't that whole campus culture or campus atmosphere thing going on.

Today was like getting a fix of a drug I had abstained from for almost a decade and a half!  I want MORE.  I was lamenting on Facebook that the local University didn't offer a PhD in Creative Writing - I had checked this out on line late last year - or so I thought!  A friend sent me a link that showed they do have a PhD and it is exactly the kind of PhD (in structure) that I want to do as well!  All I need to do is pass this Masters degree!  

I'm so excited.  Words can't describe how excited I am!

As well as this, today is the 1st of March, and beside being National Beer Day in Iceland, it is also the first day of the calender month in which Dave will do his driving test.  I know I said this in February, but this time I'm pretty sure it's going to happen for real.  Dave has put in so many hours in past few weeks, and his instructor really seems to be on board now, so hopefully I won't need to say this again in April!

Tonight I also had an epiphany about another project I've been toying with for a while, and now I have a plan.  It's a secret, but I'm excited and time will reveal all!'

I'm feel a lot of good surrounding me right now, and it feels lovely and warm and bright!

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Good Job!