The PhD Board: November ’10

November’s been a pretty hectic month for me. In addition to all the deadlines and responsibilities, I’ve also moved to Toronto (from suburbia). Well, I’m still ‘moving.’ Work gets in the way of packing and unpacking.

So here’s my temporary PhD board, courtesy of an IHPST carrel. Not as pretty, but at least it’s doing it’s job.

And yes, you don’t have to remind me: I’m aware my Monday Series is late–it’s on my laptop…which is at my old home. Sighs.

P.S.: happy bleated Thanksgiving to my American friends!

The PhD Board: October ’10

Alas, not much advancement has been made on the dissertation front. I am incredibly upset and frustrated about this, but work, teaching, and publishing obligations have dominated my writing and reading. Thus, the seemingly randomness of my histsci posts lately…

I’m going to HSS/PSA in Montreal on November 4-7 (hurray!!) and I hope to meet other histsci bloggers there! And I’ll try to get back to my dissertation work, hopefully, so I can resume posting on it as well.

Here’s a sad excuse of a PhD board (*sigh):

The PhD Board: August ’10

The aftermath of a three-day study session and the completion of a presentation paper.

August has been slow, research-wise, for me, as I’m frantically trying to meet writing deadlines and complete everything before September. This summer went by far too quickly!

I truly have an addiction to coffee. You think this is bad? You haven’t seen my trash can or my nightstand. Oh wait–

Only two of the cups are not mine!

(Also, I’m aware I need to pick up my trash. I have a tendency of going on writing binges, making a giant mess, then cleaning it all up after)

The PhD Board: July ’10

I finally got started with writing my PhD proposal, so my desk is getting more and more cluttered as I try to organize all of my research notes and sources (and thoughts, of course!). The cardboard shelves from Walmart are a lifesaver; while they do take up precious space on my desk, it’s so much easier for me to find sources I need as well as important forms that I have a habit of losing. Now, instead of piling all papers in one giant pile and then searching through that pile when I need something, I have everything within an arm’s reach! Plus! There are labels! How organized am I?

I liked these shelves so much I brought another box to organize my dissertation chapters–yes it’s early, but a girl can have a head start 😉

There’s one of my overbearing bookshelves. I recently re-decorated my room and got rid of that ‘library-look’–now, one of my bookshelf holds the books I usually consult (the one above), and the other two merge books with decorative pieces for a warmer and welcoming feel to my bedroom/office (I’ll show pics later).

Before I forget: do you notice that Starbucks cup? My brother jokes that if anyone sees me with that cup, it’s best to stay away–it’s when I’m deep in work mode and will  yell at anyone who dares to bother me. Figures. My drink? Triple (sometimes quad)-grande-skinny-vanilla-latte. Before I went on holiday, there were 4 of those cups on my desk. Oh boy.