Now that I've been home for a week, I figured I'd better hurry up and write this post. It's hard to believe it's been a week (and two days, but who's counting?), but then again it seriously feels like it happened weeks ago.
So here it is: It's done. I still can't quite believe it. But yes, I am officially done. Well, except if the grad college finds a mistake on the manuscript. But other than that, I'm done. My defense was surprisingly easy (I say this in hindsight, of course) and rather enjoyable. Bottom line - my committee signed off on it. And the English Department Graduate Coordinator has now signed off on it. It is all in the hands of the Graduate College. But I'm feeling pretty confident. And happy.
So I don't forget, here are the highlights of the trip for me:
- Surprising my friend, Deed, at work on Thursday afternoon. Deed, your face was precious! It was so good to see you and talk with you and catch up. I miss you! Deed and I also got to enjoy lunch together after my defense - another highlight.
- I was in the tiny conference room they use for defenses waiting for one of my committee members to arrive. When he walked in, behind him was my other professor, Grant. Grant has been my advisor/thesis chair since I started the program way back when. Last year when I thought I'd be getting done, I let Grant know - and found out that he was planning to be on sabbatical, which meant I had to jump through hoops and convince someone else to be my thesis chair and find another reader as Grant wouldn't be able to be involved at all. I haven't really spoken to him since (didn't really want to after that crap) but honestly, it was cool when he came in. He was so proud of me and I didn't expect that. And it was good to see him, to reconnect on a positive level, however brief.
- A few minutes with my department secretary. Kris is the most awesome person ever. And she has helped me so much during my time at UNI, so much that I acknowledged her in my thesis. It was so cool showing her that and getting to visit with her a bit.
- A brief moment with our department grad coordinator - love him.
- Dinner with the three women who have gone through this journey with me. The whole evening was just what I needed - good food and the company of great women. The four of us hung out a lot when I was living in the area and it was good to catch up with all of them.
- Time with Katia and the boys. I stayed with them on Thursday night and had intended to drive back home on Friday after everything was done. But I felt awful by the end of the night (exhaustion and a massive headache), so I called Katia and asked if I could stay again. And my awesome friend simply said, "Get here." It is good to feel loved.
- Celebrating with Chris when I got home - my husband is one proud guy.
So I am done. And happy. And still kind of in disbelief. But very, very happy.
A photo post is in the works. We've had our friends three little ones all weekend and it's been an adventure.
Wishing you all a good week.