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Lisa Back from the Dead! December 9, 2009

Posted by Onely in Secret Lives of the Happily Single, single and happy.
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That’s right, people. I’m BAAAAAAAACK!!! And yes, until today’s haircut and yesterday’s recovery massage, I did look frighteningly like this little girl to my right. That’s what happens when one travels to doctoral-exam Hell and back! As of today, I’m happy to announce my regular presence back at Onely and across the blogosphere. I’m so looking forward to catching up! I also want to say THANK YOU to all our wonderful readers for giving me kind words of encouragement when I made my occasional appearances here to complain about the exams and make excuses for my absence.

Since I finished my last exam a few days ago, I have spent most of my energy taking care of and rejuvenating myself, both materially and mentally. I was genuinely worried that I would emerge from the last exam let down and depressed, having focused all of my time and energy (and having made multiple sacrifices in my personal life) over the last six months into exam preparation, only to give birth to a series of unpublishable and ultimately unremarkable documents. So, in order to avoid a complete post-exam meltdown, I have been treating myself to the following:

  • The Wire, Season 5, and Six Feet Under, Season 1 (there is nothing better to turn off my brain than to engage in an insane TV-show marathon or two)
  • New eyeglasses and sunglasses (because my vision has changed considerably, as a result of all this reading and writing)
  • The aforementioned massage and haircut
  • Laundry (I was on the verge of running out of underwear!)
  • New toys for Kitty (the dog)
  • Christmas presents for friends
  • Long phone calls with friends and family, all of whom I’ve neglected this semester
  • Lots of beer
  • Good food: sushi, pizza, burritos as big as your head!
  • Brand new cell phone
  • Returning all those books to the library
  • And I’ve been unabashadly congratulating myself for all the hard work I put into this semester (yes, I talk to myself a lot these days!).

At any rate, I think I’ve managed to avoid the depths of post-exam despair pretty well so far. So, in the spirit of shameless self-congratulation, I’m wondering: What have YOU, Copious Readers, been doing that deserves recognition? And how are you treating yourself to celebrate? Please share below (let’s have a Onely-style happy-fest!):

— Lisa


1. samantha - December 9, 2009

I took a “mental health day” off from work today (read: called in sick, but was not!)

Onely - December 10, 2009

Samantha — *excellent* idea! Kudos to you 🙂

— L

2. iola - December 10, 2009

C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S!!!!! i only wish you could HEAR me say it …. but …. then you might not be able to UNDERSTAND me since i’m an aussie …. 😉

Phew!! So glad that you are over this major achievement and stage of life! (your study is finished forever isn’t it? or just this term??)

Any plans for your spare time now??


Onely - December 10, 2009

Thanks Iolanda — my work isn’t finished — still have a dissertation to write. But this is a major, probably the most challenging, hurdle for sure.


3. Rachel - December 10, 2009

Congratulations, Lisa! When can we call you doctor? Or do you now have to start the real work – the dissertation?

Let’s see what have I done? I am still in the midst of finals week, so I don’t quite feel like I can celebrate yet. And one of my finals will be a move, so I’ll have to wait another week. But I think it’s time to start planning what to do for celebration!!! Or maybe not planning is the celebration 😉

Onely - December 10, 2009

Thanks, Rachel! Now I am headed to the dissertation stage, but at least I can have my life back.

I am in full support of your not-planning if that is something that would relax you! Good luck w/the end of your semester 🙂


4. autonomous - December 10, 2009

Good for you Lisa for being Selfish! Your rewards list is enviable, especially the new glasses and the massage!…Closed the office Monday for a snow-day and it was so wonderful, we discussed closing up entirely for the week between christmas and new years’. After 8+ years giving 110 percent for our clients who rarely appreciate it, we’re focusing on self-care going into the holidays- the drama will all be here waiting for us in 2010. I don’t know what I’ll do for such a stretch, but winging it with low expectations usually yields more fun.

Onely - December 11, 2009

YAY! It’s obvious you deserve a week to yourself during the holidays — I hope you get to enjoy it thoroughly!!

🙂 L

5. Singletude: A Positive Blog for Singles - December 13, 2009

So glad to hear you finally get a break! Congrats on a job well done! And good for you for staking out some time for yourself amidst all the nonstop work!

(Oh, and I love that your dog’s name is Kitty. :))

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