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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Well a few burdens have been lifted off my shoulders.

First. My house went on the market yesterday morning. By 11 there was someone looking at it. At five another group looked at it. I had an offer before 4PM. Now it wasn't a great offer, and the buyers want $4k in closing costs, so we couldn't accept it. They raised their offer enough to make us reconsider -- now we're just hoping the house appraises for what they are willing to pay for it.

SO my house is under contract after only being on the market A DAY! And before we went under contract, two more people signed up to view it today. They cancelled later, but still, crazy! So far inspections are Friday, and then the appraisal will be sometime later in March. But until then... we're in the waiting game. I kind of like the fact that a bunch of strangers aren't going to come tearing through... (hello paranoid parrot -- I cleaned my bathrooms again with clorox wipes before I used them)

There was a bit of a back and forth today with some showing scheduled, then unscheduled once the buyers singed our counteroffer -- but no point in thinking about it now... heck its made me LESS worried for god's sake! If this doesn't work out, we know that people WILL want to come look at the house.

In other news -- Monday morning was spent presenting to my lab. Which basically entails my boss interrupting me every 30 seconds for 80 minutes. Yep. It used to annoy me, now I just started talking over him if need be. I had a lot of changes to make before my committee meeting -- but the comments WERE helpful. I DID listen. I then scheduled meetings with like 3 other people I need to meet with to understand the data they gave us or to pick their brain about a possible mechanism to help explain our data... its kind of a mess!

Plus I had to get stuff done in the hood... Plus I had to work on the powerpoint... Plus there were people in my house looking after work so I couldn't go home... So with the offer, deciding to reject the offer, and then the late night offer/counteroffer that went on -- yesterday was soooo busy!

And now today: committee meeting was at 1. Left 2:30-2:45. It went okay. Also helpful. But they didn't really like some of my data. I have holes. I have gaps. I don't have a clear story for my thesis. I do have the ability to prove my own hypotheses are wrong though! That should count for something right? Haha, in science people only want data that makes sense. Ideas and hypothesis that have clear answers. When you get results that make you go, "wait.... what!?" People tend to make you want to do more work to figure it out... except I really do want to graduate.

So my plan is to get the heck out of dodge by May! The committee gave me the go ahead to submit my thesis to them April 19th and defend on April 26th. Sometime in here I am also going to a meeting and two weddings. SO I need to get hustling. Just hearing the YES we will read it made me feel better. So now even though its seven o'clock I feel like I really should just sit at my counter all night and keep working.

WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT I SHOULD DO. I am going to try to avoid turning on the TV at all costs. TV = evil distraction box. Productive/motivated Sara should stay exactly where she is and crank out this thesis.

I was thinking about doing 30 minutes on the treadmill though. I just ate though, and drank a diet soda (dumb) so treadmill RIGHT now would be a bad idea. SO productive it is for now!
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    Congrats on your house and having your thesis considered!
    1775 days ago
    I am in the EXACT same boat as you. Last week the cancer center had Research Days where we all are forced to do posters. My last judge was a real hardass and basically told me that I A. don't have a story, B. have no mechanism, and C. proved nothing (kind of all the same thing, but I seriously almost cried. PhD's aren't just about getting clean beautiful data. It's not magic, it's science! I also ended up disproving my aim 2 hypothesis and have no idea what to say it is. I don't get official approval to defend until I submit this damn paper, and I'm still waiting on things out of my control to finish it. That and I am SERIOUSLY struggling with the discussion section...probably because I don't have any! UGH!!!
    1777 days ago
    WOW ! What a week you have had so far! Hope the deal on the house goes thru!
    1777 days ago
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    THESIS! NOW! :)

    Congrats on getting through your presentation! And on the house! Please send some of that good luck my way when I put my house up this summer!

    And I would totally wipe down the bathroom after the intruders left, too! IT'S NOT YOUR HOUSE YET, DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING!
    1777 days ago
    GO WORK ON YOUR THESIS!!! emoticon

    That's so great you already have your house under contract! I thought that might have been what news you'd gotten. Congrats!
    1778 days ago
    Ugh... committees... I feel your pain, sistah.
    1778 days ago
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