Oh hey guys, guess who you can call Dr. S now.
Can I admit that my dissertation defense felt easy? I think I was more nervous before my half marathon. I keep expecting them to tell me I have to do it again because I expected to get battered and bruised and I left my defense feeling good about myself and my work.
It was a harrowing morning, though. C threw up down my arm (luckily it went inside my jacket, rather than on the outside of the sleeve. I had to leave her for hours. Mandy did awesome, but I was still upset to leave my baby. I got to the room and I couldn’t get the computer turned on. I finally got AV on the phone and they told me I had to pay them (my advisor took care of that problem because he is awesome). Oh, and I tried to pump right before my defense only to realize I had left a part at home (45 minutes away). Still, it went great and now I’m making everyone call me Dr. I still can’t believe that I’m finally done after five years of slaving away and wondering if I could really do it.
So, now what? Well, turns out PhDs have lots of work from home opportunities. I’m applying for some editing jobs and possibly an online teaching job (editing pays better by the hour). I’m actually still being paid through June so that I can keep my health insurance, so I’m not in a huge hurry to find something. I need to finalize my dissertation document (defenses always bring up some changes) and then submit a chapter to a journal for publication (which involves some formatting and some other changes). The good news is that I don’t have to put my teeny weeny preemie in daycare, which is frowned upon due to the disease risk.
I’m not sad to stay home with her. People keep telling me I’ll be bored in a month, but I’m too tired/busy keeping my head above water to be bored. I plan to post about her first week home very soon.
I’ve also been running (if you can call it that) again. I’m using an old 5K training plan (not Couch to 5K, because I hate that one). As you may recall, my original post-pregnancy goal race is in the beginning of September. Well, having her 9 weeks early meant that I would be ready to do a 5K closer to June. Also, the new season of Marathoners in Training (MIT) starts May 19th and you only need to be up to 2 miles for the half schedule.
Yeah, I totally signed up. I’m sure I’ll regret it once summer really kicks in, but I need goals. I’m going to try (again) to train for the Columbus Half Marathon on 10/22. I pulled out last year because I was pregnant and not allowed to run, but hopefully this year I’ll be good to go (I will not be pregnant again, because that would be freaking insane). By the way, I’d love to talk to someone who trained for a longer race while breastfeeding. I’m a little worried that I’ll dry up my milk.
Anyone else got big plans for the rest of the year? I’m trying to keep my goals to a minimum so I don’t burn out and explode from trying to do too much. I also need to think about managing my weight, but I’m below my pre-pregnancy weight already (breastfeeding burns mega calories), so I’ve been really lazy about it. Time for some portion control.