Saturday, 28 November 2009

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

I can do this

It’s kind of hard to believe, but, I’m winding down to my personal deadline as I wind up preparations for the application package. Ah! English.

All I need to do now is deconstruct all I’ve come to know about writing resumés, try to make sense of it all and learn about writing a curriculum vitae (the course of one’s life – in this case, the course of my life!)

It has been quite a task – partly because I’m kinda anal and partly because, well, quality preparation – especially for a Ph.D. application package – does take work!

So, carry on I shall. This has to be in by Monday! (I am actually trying to submit it by Friday – nuff time to spare before the December 1 deadline.) There goes another weekend, but, I know it will be worth it in the not-so-long run. I try to keep my focus and energy up by envisioning the words along the lines of: “…are pleased to let you know that you have been accepted to the Ph.D. program…”

I can do this I can do this I can do this – especially through Christ who strengthens me.


Monday, 9 November 2009

Here's to you, Mommy and Daddy

Okay. Here’s the thing: I’d like to continue writing on the 8s, but, my Internet connection at home has gone funky. And it’s not like me to have an entry-in-waiting. I prefer to write on d-day.

So, the deal is that I shall still try to honour the commitment to the 8s. But, if I miss by a day or two – depending on whether it falls on a Sat. or Sun. – I’ll make every effort to make up for it on the earliest work day after that.

Yesterday (Nov.) was an absolutely lovely day weather wise and otherwise. My youngest sis and me had an impromptu dinner and a (home) movie. It was a sunny 16C and I enjoyed every minute of it. Well, except for the part where I had to do laundry – I hate doing the laundry, man! At the end, though, it felt good to have it all done and be stacked with clean clothes again. 

Last week, a number of milestone events happened. I got the first draft of the Statement of Intent done and sent it off for review by a couple of my former professors. That was a big deal for me – one of the few pieces of academic writing since I completed my Masters, but the one with the most weight, to date.

Also, (drum rrrrooooollll), my parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on the 5th. Zowie! No big mystery to the longevity of their marriage, though. I’m incredibly happy for and proud of them. God has really blessed them with everything needed to make theirs a long, lesson-filled, strong and good relationship and they’ve used it. They’re friends. And they’ve raised us within that circle of love and trust. They’re our friends and we are theirs, too.

Here’s to you, Mommy and Daddy, with lots of love!