60 pages later

December 20, 2006 at 11:36 am | Posted in Gradual School | 25 Comments

I’m…. (yawn)…back.

And it’s done.

I fudged the deadline a bit and so am not feeling very good about myself at the moment. Especially since that meant telling my advisor I had actually mailed it when in fact I was just planning to go to the post office in a couple of hours not being totally upfront with my advisor, and I feel terrible about that.

And then my computer literally ate a paragraph – I’m still not sure how that happened – but I noticed it as I was doing all the nitpicky formatting on my bibliography and proofreading… I realized I had a footnote that just said,

Schmo, p. 45.

And I didn’t have the footnote that said:

Joe Schmo, “This Thesis Sucks,” Journal of Sleep Deprivation 1, no. 1: p. 101.

And since I was basing the bibliography on my first reference footnotes, I didn’t have the bibliography entry that read:

Schmo, Joe. “This Thesis Sucks.” Journal of Sleep Deprivation 1, no. 1: 100-1001.

Which made me wonder. What happened to the first level footnote? And wait a minute, what happened to the paragraph in which the first reference to Schmo’s observations about the effects of too much caffiene on the human nervous system appeared? And why the hell does the Chic*go M*nual of Sty1e use commas in footnotes and periods in bibliographies, except as a way of testing the last nerves in people whose nerves are already shot to hell?

Um, Mr. Computer? Hello? That was an unusually good paragraph. I’d like it back.

I’d also like to retrieve and reconsider the moment when I triumphantly threw the draft, covered with corrections, which contained that paragraph into the fireplace, having entered all the corrections and pressed save. That’s right, having PRESSED SAVE.

Because I’m not a total idiot.

Although if you saw me, at 10 pm, already having sent out an email announcing that I was DONE! and (here comes the lie part) it was in the mail, frantically pawing through the garbage can hoping to find a draft that I had not used as kindling, and wondering why oh why Pili had to eat tuna fish earlier this week because the smell of tuna fish makes me barf and even more so when it’s in the garbage and a couple of days old…

You might very well have thought I was an idiot of the first order.

Reconstructing the paragraph took far longer than it should have. Making sure that nothing else had mysteriously disappeared from my paper took far longer than it should have. Formatting the bibliography and trying to figure out how to footnote various types of documents that are not mentioned in the %#*&%! Chic*go M*nual of Sty1e took far far longer than it should have.

And so I am SURE that the man who saw me, standing in front of the APC machine at the post office at 2 in the morning, trying to figure out how to NOT get something postmarked with a date that showed that it had in fact been mailed a day after the date that I SAID I HAD ALREADY MAILED IT… thought I was A TOTAL IDIOT.

And I am, in fact a total idiot, because when he told me that if you print your postage from your computer at home it won’t show the date, I turned around with my express mail “stamp” that I had just purchased from the machine and went home to see if this was in fact possible.

For the record, it is not possible. And after I spent half an hour debating with myself about whether I should put $14.40 of .39 cent stamps on my express mail envelope instead of the APC thing that had the date on it… and then realized that it would still get postmarked with the WRONG date.

The post office is a pretty spooky place at 3am.

And this, my children, is why you should never tell a lie. Even when you think you are going to make it into a truth in a few short hours.

Please g-d, don’t let this come back and bite me in the ass. Please.

In sum:

I am a total idiot.
I am a liar.
I am done with my thesis.
It was a day and a half late.
I was not honest about this (except anonymously with the whole frickin’ internet).
I am feeling pretty awful right now.
Sleep deprivation is not a pretty sight.

Big wordpress reveal, coming as soon as I get a few hours of sleep.

Oh, and did I mention that the day all of this crap went down was the day that Pili left the country to do research for three weeks?


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  1. CONGRATULATIONS!! Finishing the thesis feels soooo good…. after you get a little sleep :). Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations.

  2. Congrats on making the deadline! Even if it was a bit fudged. We all need some fudge in our lives! Any new Guatebaby pics?

  3. well hell. it’s done! hooray!

  4. Heh. You’re done! The rest is details.

  5. Congrats!

    A good look at Guatebaby’s picture will make it all better!

  6. omg, just reading all that made me dizzy.

    congrats on finishing!

  7. Wow – nothing like a little extra stress to keep you on your toes right?

    Congrats on it being done, and double congrats for not caving in to the crazy computer gremlins that eat portions of important files.

  8. Fantastic on finishing–who cares if it’s a tad late? Will your final grade reflect that? Likely not.

    And bring on the baby pix!

  9. Hugs. And congratulations!

  10. Mazal Tov on it being DONE. Revel in that, and forget the rest!

  11. It’s done and over with now. On to bigger and better things!

  12. Well, good thing your thesis is done eh? CONGRATULATIONS! DONE! YAY!

  13. Yippeee!

    It’s over and done with. I hope you have some good nights rest now that’s it behind you.

    Just in time for the Christmas holidays, that should make for some nice relaxation, even with Pili away.

    Congratulations to you, congratulations to you…

  14. Hugs, darlin, hugs! And, congrats on a wonderful accomplishment!!!

  15. Congratulations on finishing it! Think of all that chaos as baby prep.

  16. You are awesome! Congrats!

  17. You did it! You did it! Oh, yeah, oh, yeah, you did it!

  18. Dear ArtSweet–

    I am so excited for you! That is such wonderful news. Your getting-it-done experience makes me wonder: is there ever a deadline met that feels good? It seems like for me and my friends, we rush rush rush, things go wrong, we finish…and we’re to darn tired to celebrate. Seems wrong.

    I hope you celebrate big time!

  19. Congrats, A-S! 🙂

  20. You did it! Okay, so you fibbed a bit here and there, but you got a good story out of it, right?
    But it’s DONE. DONE! Yippee!!

  21. Thank goodness it is done. Mazel Tov on the end!!!!! Now go take a long nap!!!!

  22. Okay, my thesis is due in 4 months and you’ve just scared me to death!! I’ve got to run home and start working… now!

    Congratulations though! 🙂

  23. woooo hooooo!! You finished!
    Congrats you smarty pants, you.

    As for the post mark – you can always blame the post office for a screw up. It IS a busy time for them… 🙂

  24. YES!!!

    And re: the date – blame the fact that it’s the holiday season and the post office was behind 😉

  25. The important thing is that it’s gone now, and being creative with the truth is understandable in the circumstances.

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