Letting sleep(y) dogs lie

March 23, 2011 § 7 Comments

My home is incredibly quiet this morning. Except for the snoring of two sleep-deprived canines.

And the source of their sleep deprivation? Me.

You see, I stayed up until 2 a.m. this morning working on the finishing touches of my draft of Chapter Two (draft one, I should clarify). I woke up around 7:30 to Annie’s beckoning (she needed to potty, as puppies do), and sat down to do some quick proofreading (although I am confident I left some errors in the document…it’s fine, though–it’s just a draft), converted in-text citations to footnotes, and wrote a bibliography. And then…around 9:30, I e-mailed the draft off…and this is it in its current statistical form:

36 pages, over 10,000 words. The best part? Those 36 pages are really just the beginning. Those 36 pages are just to prove to my professor that I am going to make the kind of progress one needs to make in order to bang out a dissertation in time to graduate. I still have the depths of my argument to explore, which will probably take at least another 20-30 pages. Chapter Two is destined to be a long one, but why shouldn’t it be? It’s the foundation of my own argument.

Although I would love to say that my day’s plan is to just sit around and sleep, that is not the case. I have a great deal of grading left to do (most of my students’ papers). So, I’m going to work my way through those so that I can have those off my shoulders by tomorrow, return them in class, and then spend my entire weekend relaxing.

In the meantime, I’d like you to enjoy the view I’m enjoying this morning:

The saying may be “let sleeping dogs lie” (in other words “if there’s no problem rearing its head, leave it alone”)…but in my house, today the saying is “let sleepy dogs lie!”

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§ 7 Responses to Letting sleep(y) dogs lie

  • Lisa says:

    Congrats on the draft! You have proven to yourself that you can do it. Plus, you get to move on to the more fun part of the writing, your own argument. Be proud, grade your papers, and then join the sleepy dogs in a nap. Sounds like a fabulous day to me.

  • V. Dub says:

    Annie has grown so much! I’m tickled you have become a dog person. Makes me smile.


  • petthedog says:

    HOOOORRRAAAHHH!!! You are dissertating!!!! In your face department.

  • Congratulations on the draft, Amanda–a big, big deal! And, gosh, the dogs look sweet! I love to watch my two nap, listen to them snore.

    Great title for this post!

  • lifeandpursuit says:

    Glad you got the draft done — congrats ๐Ÿ™‚

    You deserve the weekend off!

    Those are sweet pictures of the dogs! Glad I got to see them a day ago! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Tori Nelson says:

    Is it bad that those pictures made me a little jealous of their morning naps? Is it a problem to envy a sleepy dog? I would give an arm for a nap!

  • Jack says:

    WOW! The Milt-meister is looking GREAT! You guys are doing an excellent job on his weight ๐Ÿ™‚

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