Monday, March 3, 2008

Gone fishin'

Alas, I must go on a blog diet. I am finishing my dissertation and need to be at my very best for the next couple weeks. I am spending way too much time here:



Lest you think I have my own office or anything:



When I'm not at my desk, I'm doing a lot of this:



And snorting and rolling my eyes every time I see this on my bookshelf:



Working evenings and weekends. Visiting the emotionally unavailable barista way too much. Not getting enough exercise. Not baking. Not making time to get my bubba a badly needed (first!) haircut.



Not that he cares.



Making time for bubba, always, and some time for soaking up early spring:





And generally, in spite of it all, trying to savor this time. My productivity. The support of friends and family, the attention of my professors. Moments, a few, of feeling like a well-oiled writing machine. Like a thinker, even. Fretting that I won't get it all done. Realizing that this is it, the culmination of what I have been doing for the last four-plus years (except for that having a baby thing), and it could be the peak of my career. What a great opportunity this is, and how lucky I am. It's all socially constructed, it doesn't really mean anything, and I will certainly not change the world. And it's sure not related to intelligence. But it's a goal, and I'm trying my level best to achieve it.

So 'xcuse me for a bit. If I comment on your blog, shoo me on out of there. Go away, Nora! Get back to work!

Here is another thing I look at every day while I work. Me skydiving--that's me, up in the air in the parachute. Here I come...



Until next time, a couple more weeks,
Nora

25 comments:

hippyhappyhay said...

Exciting times Nora! Enjoy and embrace them and we will see you back in blogland soon!

PS, That Bubba is getting cuter by the second!

Minnesota Matron said...

Nora: I'll miss you! Good luck. I did it with two kids -- 3 years and 13 months. It's not easy. . . .

MamaBird said...

Awesome! I knew we were kindred spirits. Loved skydiving (pre kids). Good luck with your writing and the savoring of early spring (that's what's going to get me off this computer). Love the pics (my 1 yo badly needs to be shorn too but they look pretty 'dorable all shaggy). And Congrats!

the end of motherhood said...

Shoo. Get back to work!

Grandy said...

We'll be here when you get back Nora!! You do what you need to do...I can so appreciate that!! ;)

Mrs. G. said...

You and your Bubba are amazing. Sending productive and comforting mashed potato vibes your way. See you when you get back!

She She said...

Bubba really rocks the samurai hairdo.

Now, work!

See you in a few...

HRH said...

Stop reading this and get back to work! Will be here when you return.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

I say let Bubba's hair keep growing. Now get back to work.

Vanessa said...

Best of luck. Can't say I won't miss you, but we'll catch up later. Hug Bubba for me!

ellen said...

Will miss you, but what you are doing is important. Congratulations on hanging in there. It takes a lot of perseverance.
Just when I think that Bubba can't get any cuter, there he goes, proving me wrong again.

Day Dreamer said...

I've been known to drop out from time to time when things get hectic
in my life, too.

Best of luck!

boogiemum said...

Go Nora, go, go :)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Bye for now. Don't you love it when you see the light at the end of the tunnel?

Michelle Hix said...

I think its funny that we are all blogging about how we don't have time for blogging, ha ha.

Wow, good luck with your dissertation.

Claire B. said...

Good luck. Great things don't just fall from the sky (except you of course).

Melissa said...

Cindy Loo Who!

(Gosh that boy's smile still kills me! :) )

bipolarlawyercook said...

Plug away, you can do it!

Family Adventure said...

Good luck!!! Can't wait until you get back with a full report.

Heidi

Mary Alice said...

Nora - I fully understand. Blogging takes time and time is so precious when you are in school. I am having the same issues. Nose to the grindstone my friend.

Jennifer said...

Oh, good for you! (The dissertation, the baby AND the skydiving. *grin*) Go Nora Go!

lapoflux said...

Hope the writing is going well. I admire your self-discipline!

Minnesota Matron said...

Keeping plugging away!

JCK said...

Hope things are going well. You are missed. But, don't come back...shoo! ;)

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

Take your time. We'll be here when you get back.

PS. Did I mention that there are naked photos of George Clooney on my blog? And you picked this week to stop visiting blogs? What a horrible coincidence.

PPS. I'm just kidding about Clooney.

Or am I?