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There are still some citations that I can't seem to find page number for, and the footnotes are going to be messy until the final round because I cannot be arsed to fix it when I know I'm going to have to do it AGAIN after the next round of edits. I re-read the conclusion and it was not as rubbishy as I thought, so I fixed it up some more. I got through re-reading and editing the fourth chapter too, and hopefully it won't need to many edits. (Splitting it off to make it my next book project will probably be the thing, anyway.) Dr. ML says she'll get it back to me on Monday, so that's half a week I've got to take a break and do OTHER things besides my dissertation.

Then I went to campus and cleaned up my desk a bit, and pulled down my posters. I brought home some books, sorted some papers. There's a small thing of stationery I'll take to the big TA office. I should have my office cleared out by the weekend.

I've been eating sandwiches for lunch: sourdough bread, with spreadable ham and some cheese. It's been really nice! The grill is working great even though it's broken and I have to hold it together with an elastic headband. Still have some lasagna left, but the other night I had some shallow-fried fish, and that was nice.

I went for a walk tonight, and for a couple of stretches I jogged a bit. I didn't stretch beforehand, which I think may have made the jogs a bad idea. I'm trying to see if I can get this usual 5k walk down to 1 hour from the 1 and a half hours. It just takes so long! I did forget that jogging/running makes me sweat like my forehead is leaking all over my face and I should have worn a headband. Next time *shakes fist* IIRC I also used to run with a towel, too, especially when running in Malaysia. (I don't recall having to do that in Halifax.) I wasn't as winded for the brief spurts I did do, though, so that's something, I think.

Maybe I'll ask someone if they want to go to the trampoline park.
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So.

I was supposed to swim yesterday, except on Sunday night, I struggled to get to 200 pages and the conclusion was just so fucking hard, partly because I don't understand conclusions, and partly because the things I wanted to say in my conclusion sounded stupid. I did get to 200 pages, and then decided to spend a bit of time putting together the Works Cited list, which involved copy-pasting a LOT of very tiny footnotes, and it was highly annoying. But I kept thinking "well, just a little bit more!" and by the time I had collated it (minus some data, because I've not been consistent with using Zotero, and some of my books are left on campus), it was 6am.

So when I went to get a final drink of water, I exclaimed an expletive at how BRIGHT it was outside, and went to sleep, for about three hours. Woke up feeling crappy still, had more meltdown fits, then realized I had edits for my introduction and second chapter still untouched! So I had another crying fit and sat down and tried to work some more. Slept some more, then begged for help from a friend, and felt better. I wrote a couple of really workable paragraphs, and got through the rest of the introduction edits mostly okay.

Today I worked on Chapter 2 edits, with a nice 4-hour long break to go to lunch with Lindsay which also involved going to get some dessert, so I got some cake from the sugar-free bakery, covered with chocolate mousse.

I also went swimming! The SKY was gloriously CLOUDY and it was still warm out, and I thought, when am I ever going to get a chance to swim when it's warm and cloudy out like this again?? And it might rain! Even better! It started raining around my 8th lap, and I kept going to Lap 18. It was so great. First time that it was warmer in the pool than out. What an interesting experience. I hope it happens again.

Finally checked my email to send my adviser what I currently have only to see she's asked me to take a couple more days so I can stop feeling crummy about my conclusion. (Any advice on how to write dissertation conclusions will be muchly appreciated.) She also has this thing against ending sentences with prepositions. I don't really know why this is such a big deal, but I guess I should comb through the rest of the diss looking for such things.
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Success! I broke a machine needle, but I finally pried the SIM card slot out of my Xiaomi phone! And transferred my stuff over into the new Samsung. I'm not a fan of the UI--it's too chunky for my liking, but the other alternative were too-small icons. Argh! I'm also not crazy about being forced to have a page specifically for contacts. I've been messing with the arrangements of apps, but there are so many decisions to be made. So I've been working instead on restoring access to my stuff and trying to remember and reset passwords left right center. But! New phone! I bought a bunch of phone cases to celebrate.

I also did a lot of grocery-shopping: bought bone-in chicken and fish. I usually parcel out the chicken into individual ziplock bags, marinating them individually (and with a different mixture of stuff) and freezing them so it's easier to cook just ONE piece of chicken at a time. I decided I'd try to do the same with fish as well. This means leaving the fish to dry for a bit, so now my kitchen smells like raw fish. Hopefully it'll pay off. I bought a bunch of Good Thins and flatbread crackers, apparently Spam now has a BACON flavour, and also some spreadable ham, because I've never seen it before. Also garlic sourdough, which I regret because it's really salty. I made some beef stroganoff and used that to make lasagna (with alfredo sauce, and refried beans, and cheese), so I have meals for the next six days.

There was a bit of stroganoff left, so I put it on two slices of bread. I got weirdly full after eating one piece, though? And I had a cherry. I didn't get hungry again until 4 or 5pm. I don't know, this is weird.

No stomach troubles today. I really do think stomach troubles come when I consume some outright sugary stuff.

I also got 15 (maybe 16, I lost count at some point) laps in. I think I swam faster this time? I'll keep to 15 when I swim this Saturday, and next week I'll up the ante to 18. I need to do a bit more strength training though. Tomorrow I'll pop into the exercise room of my complex and check out the machines that they've brought in since I was last in there (which was something like two years ago). I'm thinking of getting like an arm band or waist band for my phone so I can jog with it, and apparently Pokemon Go Plus can be had now and is not some magic treasure anymore. So, I don't know, I'll look into that, maybe.

This has taken me away from dissertating. I am a bad grad student. But I did manage to get out to the University Village concert and get some writing done. Perhaps that is what I'll do tomorrow; find some outdoors and be there and write. I did also start formatting my dissertation for submission. I only have one section left to write, and got started on it, then it's conclusion, and MAYBE I'll have time to see what my advisor said about the introduction and chapter 2.

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