Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I Gave Birth to a Thesis!

So many people that I know are getting married or having babies lately.  I just had a thesis.

Aw, isn't he cute?  He has my eyes.

Mere minutes ago, I turned in the three copies of my 97-page baby to their new foster parents (my thesis committee).  Having pulled another all-nighter in order to accomplish this feat, I now want to flop over in a dead heap.  But, no such luck.  There's work and then travel (I'm off to Atlanta tonight).  Oh well; there'll be time enough to sleep when I'm dead!

Only five more days until I defend (shudder)!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"