This isn't going to happen. I have some issues with Chapter 6 (the conclusion) that need to be worked out (along with some other editing that is more minor) and I want to include an epilogue that just didn't get written when I did the complete draft (I wasn't going to do one at first but now I think I will). However, Plan B does mean getting the dissertation defense done before the end of the semester (probably April). I will miss the deadlines for graduating in May and so I won't be "officially" finished until December (the next graduation opportunity). The end of the semester should bring the main part of this to a close, though -- that darn defense represents the last "hard" thing that I need to complete (and any editing after that should not be too big of a problem).
I am writing this after a long day of sessions at 4C's -- the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the conference that we college writing teachers look forward to every year (this year in Indianapolis). Not only did I present today (and, geeze, was I nervous!) but I went to several sessions that will help me re-think some of the ideas in my conclusion (and even bigger ideas post-dissertation). In a nutshell, I just had an exhausting day. Wrapping my head around the "not graduating yet" thing on the day I was presenting at C's, as well as just being generally annoyed at my body right now, just made for a rough day (and we won't even get into the deep stacks of grading that I am running behind on, a task I take seriously on behalf of my students).
I have had lots of people tell me at different times during my life that I always seem to have so much energy, so how do I get everything done that needs to get done? I am beginning to wonder myself. Right now I am feeling tired and but there is still so much that needs to be done (with my dissertation, with my students, with my life, with my triathlon training, etc). But I do know that I have the support of the best husband ever and the best graduate adviser ever so I just need to take a moment to rest, I suppose, and get right back in the saddle (God, I hate cliches!).
For tonight, I am about to head up to my room way up on the 17th floor (I am using the Internet in the lobby since apparently when you stay in a super expensive hotel, the hotel can't be bothered to let you use the Internet in your room for free). And what will I do once I get there? Though I would like to say that I am going to turn on the television and veg (especially since I just came back from the gym), I know that isn't the truth. Instead, I will get crackin' on some of those student papers and work on an epilogue for a dissertation. And I will focus on this quotation: