(1) Dr. Hand-Waver has given me hope!! She told me that I should be close to wrapping up this time next year–which I can start to see. Of course this means that I must write and defend a thesis proposal some time in the next few months, but I’m happy to do that if it brings me closer to being done.
(2) Alas, about the same time, she also gave me a nasty cold. I was out of bed after a couple of days but I haven’t been able to think straight for the past week or so. (And it’s not just me: Dr. HW said she had to postpone writing a proposal until she got better.) I’m still fighting the absent-mindedness, the fatigue, and the nasty cough.
Luckily, most of my time right now is spent prepping for a short jaunt to sea–acid-washing bottles, packing, getting the analytical equipment into top-notch operating condition–most of which can be done with only half a brain. Unfortunately I can only stand up for about an hour or so before needing to sit down and rest.
Gah. I think I’m going to go home an hour early so I can take a nap.