Today, as I've attempted to string together coherent sentences (I used to think that cold medication knocked me out; now I have discovered that head colds themselves do that to me), I've only had the energy for two different activities: watching TV and passively looking at stuff on the internet. And, since my usual online enjoyments seem to take a break for the weekends (and because my TV options, after America's Next Top Model was over, were either Daddy Day Care or some show about Islam), I've been entertaining myself by making half-plans for my life after this degree. Looking at houses in Saskatchewan, researching how that province's regional colleges and distance education programs work, daydreaming.
I think my brain's been heading in those directions because my last degree only took two years. At this point of my MA, I was deep into thesis drafts and planning to move across the country. I was looking beyond the degree, after this point. The end of that coursework was a major milestone.
So, now I'm finished my PhD coursework and have put a bit of a dent in my comps reading, but I'm not even half-way through. I have possibly three more years to go. I still have to read most of my comps list, take my comprehensive exams, plan a dissertation, research a dissertation, do archival research in Germany, and then write it. I'll also need to find some funding during that time, and probably teach a few courses.
Is it just the head cold talking, or does that sound exhausting? I could use some sort of pick-me-up soon.