Virtual Graduation: My 30 seconds of fame occur about 1:08:40. Congratulations to all my friends!
In the last week, I have:
- Flown from DC to Chicago
- Read a 500+ page book
- Took the train from Chicago to Champaign, and then back again
- Ate my first cheeseburger in 13 years (which Ingbert toasted, appropriately, with another cheeseburger)
- Successfully defended my thesis, the link to which will be shared soon (with thanks to all that attended the event)
- Went to Kam’s, where Dan, Jeanne, and I consumed beers the size of our heads
- Participated in my last LEEP on campus day as a CAS-ter.
- Had a Symposium in my honor
- Saw a lot of old friends and didn’t spend nearly as much time with any of them as I would have liked
- Ate at old Champaign favorites: Jupiter’s, Kopi, Aroma, Esquire, Papa Del’s, Murphy’s, and the Courier.
- Slept on Molly’s couch.
- Watched the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special
And THEN I:
- Took the 6am train to Chicago
- Had brunch with the ladies
- Went to a fun game store and an amazing bakery
And THEN I:
- Took the train to the bus to Rockford
- Slept for a ridiculous and much-needed amount of time in the very cold basement
- Spent quality time with Gypsy
- Saw my sister, her fiance, and their cats for the first time in more than a year
- Visited my plaque on the Wall of Foam
And THEN I:
- Missed my flight out of O’Hare because I thought it was at 11:10 instead of 10:10
- Arrived in Seattle 2 hours later, thanks to the wonder of standby
- Was joyfully reunited with Shane after being apart for a week
- Met up with Mel, who picked us up at the airport and gave us our first taste of Seattle
- Tried local beer at Elysian Brewery and Pike Pub & Brewery
- Panicked a bit when our pet sitter lost his keys, which were later found
- Killed a number of happy hours at the Pike Place Market
- Worked on my presentation for ACRL
- Bumped into 3 friends and counting at the conference!
I’m here in Seattle through the weekend, flying home on Monday, at which point I will not leave my house until someone MAKES me do so. I miss my cats and my own bed and not eating expensive meals. It’s been a pretty fantastic run, though, and the time has gone much more quickly than I expected.
————— Forwarded message —————
From: Caroline Haythornthwaite
Date: Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 5:47 PM
Subject: [Cas] Congratulations to Elizabeth Edwards
To: cas, itsupport_staff, all_faculty, phd
Congratulations to Elizabeth Edwards on successfully completing and defending her CAS project, “Examining the Preparation for Reference-Based Instruction Among Academic Librarians”. Committee members were Caroline Haythornthwaite (chair), Linda Smith, and Melissa Wong.
Raise a glass of (green) beer!
I’m DONE!!!!11!!1!!! for the semester. I’m honestly fairly happy with the paper, which is significant as I wrote it in less than 24 hours.
I just came from a very positive meeting with my adviser wherein we discussed my CAS project, as well as the current half-assed job hunt. She’s not keen on me leaving, but it’s not her decision, and when I told her more about the primary promising opportunity, she got excited about it as well. We brainstormed on the project for a bit, and I owe her a proposal in a couple of months. I’m fine with all of these things.
It is 81 outside, and I’m looking forward to working in the yard tonight and NOT suffering from overwhelming guilt because I’m not accomplishing something else.
On a less bright and sunny note, I had another panic attack this morning at work. I say ‘another’ because it occurs to me that at least part of the misery and headachey stress of last week was probably panic attack-y things. It’s been a couple of years since I had a bad bout of depression, so I’ve sort of forgotten the side effects. Here’s hoping that the dramatically decreased stress level coupled with a bunch of yoga and exercise and sunshine will keep this one at bay.