Many thanks for the good wishes and congratulations. I had a great day yesterday. My advisors were warm and encouraging throughout the defense, I really benefited from hearing them articulate my arguments and lay out how they saw the pieces interact (it’s amazing what you don’t know about your own work!), and they have great suggestions for the book that the dissertation will become. It was a very, very fun morning. I have forgotten how great it is to talk shop. I do have some things to tweak before submitting the material for graduation, but most of their comments were geared toward later publication. Best of all (for a geek), they brought up some peripheral material from the chapters I’ve written and encouraged me to make that the start of a whole new mini research project. I had had it in mind off and on, but it was great to hear it affirmed, and now I’m excited about having that tucked away for the future as I turn to revisions, book publication, and the job market.
I did a bit of library work while I was on campus, but the day really flew. I met my friend Kate for dinner, and we roamed bookstores, ate delicious food, got a bird’s-eye view of the night skyline, and walked the dark streets of Ithaca. It was a great evening out. I have stayed pretty close to home in our past year in Oxford, and this week has been a bounty of good conversation with good friends (often with good food–even better!).
I am writing this from the airport, where my flight has been, ahem, delayed. I’ll break the news to my parents when they awaken. Hang in there, Grandma and Grandpa! I know they’re doing really well with the kids, but I also know it would be great to have more hands on deck.