I have put my thesis thoughts on the back-burner as I am leaving for summer school in a week. This means I am intensively analysing resources, preparing to write lots, and planning what to wear.
Today I have: finished looking at/reading/listening to/watching most of Day 1’s resources. This does not sound like much, but there are 23 resources provided for Day 1. I also did some running around and errands for home.
Top, Sportsgirl; Skirt, Skirting Around; Necklace, Disney for Diva
I am pretty sure I have worn this outfit a hundred times. I love it. It is comfy and makes me look ‘finished’ without being an overly complicated outfit. And heck, anything that involves pattern mixing gets a big thumbs up from me!
Today I am catching up on my blogging and #AcWri commitments, in between running errands. If you follow me on Instagram (or Twitter — @WiniC_SRPB for both) I try to photograph my daily ‘to do’ list in order to create some form of accountability.
And I promise. I do wear shoes. I just feel weird wearing them inside!
Top, ThinkGeek; Bottoms, home made!
Today I channelled Penny from The Big Bang Theory – my current night time telly craze. Penny always looks super cute, even when she’s having a day off (or an ‘off day’) in her pyjamas. Of course I had to wear my ‘Soft Kitty’ tee to complete this look 🙂
I spent the day indoors (napping, eating, and texting my daddy) and only ventured as far as next door to do some cleaning (at which point in time I was wearing ‘cleaning clothes’ which do not require
My “middle of the Australian summer” take on the ‘coloured pants’ trend. And yes, I did wear that shirt yesterday. And yes, I did wash it overnight.
And this photo is a great portrayal of the constant shakiness of my hands.
(It was the best out of all of them!)
This was a day of walking and heat and procrastination. We had to take the car into the autoshop to be serviced. We walked home after we dropped it off, then later I walked down to pick it up. And it was hot. Hot, hot, hot.
I procrastinated by making the kitties a new playhouse:
Patch || Daphne || Daphne
Bracelet, Swarovski (staff product); Shoes, Rivers; Everything else, BigW
Monochrome: blue — blue is Daniel’s favourite colour and one of mine too. My engagement ring has (blue) sapphires and diamonds, reflecting our sameness and differences.
I have never had a big shopping budget. Sure, I have a few more expensive ‘staple’ pieces in the wardrobe, but the majority of items were purchased from inexpensive chain stores. This isn’t to say I buy ‘cheap’ items — I still scrutinise every item I purchase for quality and wearability (these items have all been in my wardrobe 1+ years) — but my lifestyle and budget require me to be a little more savvy with all purchases I make.
Today I am running errands in town and then hitting the books. I printed my first day’s worth of reading materials for summer school yesterday afternoon, in preparation for a productive #AcWri day today.
Can you tell I am a pro at self portraiture?
Yoshi tee (JayJays); white hoodie (Mambo); denim skirt (BigW)
We drove to Merimbula today for our weekly shopping extravaganza. I knew it would be a cooler-ish day, but also sunny, so I went with a skirt and then layered a long sleeved (light-weight) hoodie under my (fave) Yoshi tee. I like to drive with the sleeves down, so then I do not get any sunburn.
Right now I am drinking Lady Grey tea and eating almonds. Daniel has gone to bed, I have a pile of papers to start reading (for summer school), and my hot water system has finally been fixed.
I just logged onto Wattle (ANU’s online teaching forums, etc. — easiest explanation, I am sure your university has its own version) and saw that my summer school course has been updated. I popped into the class and found a fully detailed course outline (syllabus) ready and waiting for me. I now know about:
- The times, locations, and dates of my week of classes (as well as the topics being discussed)
- The dates, marking guidelines, and outlines for my assessments
- The readings required for my week of face-to-face classes
CUE illogical PANIC ATTACK
I am at that “oh my gosh, everything is totally overwhelming, how will I ever achieve all of these outcomes in this class, and still do well and run a family and a household at the same time?” point in the ‘semester’.
I am also stressing over: how I will get to each location, meeting and talking to new people, surviving the museum/gallery trips (which last up to 3 hours) without eating (and really should not be drinking either), not having Dan/kitties/dog waiting for me in the evenings, etc. etc. etc.
I have done this all before,
I can do it all again.
My studious pal Jenn has come up with a brilliant way of sharing our writing goals with each other (and other academic writers) as a form of accountability: the Academic Writing Accountability program. This initiative works in conjunction with her Studious Network (an online forum for academics) and is communicated via (our best friend) Twitter (using the hash tag #AcWri). Jenn cites the following reasons for creating the program:
Daily writing habit is essential for academic success and this habit can be cultivated through practice.
Be accountable for your own writing by publicly share your writing goal.
Productivity will increase when it is being measured or monitored.
Peer support is the best motivation in academic writing.
I find all of these points relevant to my need for accountability. And the easy access to peer support via Twitter (and the Studious Network) means I am constantly getting feedback from others in my position.
So, what are my goals for Academic Writing Accountability?
- Write 300 words every day — this does not have to be writing chapters but can include thesis related blog posts, notes I take while reading, etc.
- Make daily updates to my peers (via Twitter using the #AcWri tag) to maintain daily accountability
- Write a weekly ‘totals’ entry in my thesis journal to record my long term progress
I have decided I need to add an element to my #AcWri goals:
- Read two articles towards my research every day — this is at least for the short term, while I am still at the very beginning of my thesis