Tuesday, November 28, 2006


"It's Doctor Evil. I didn't go through six years of evil [graduate] school to be called Mister."

Yesterday, I defended. My committee was kind of enough to tell me right off that the conversation would be about where to go next, not a debate over whether I would pass. Whew! It was pleasant. I was terrified at first, but after the first few minutes, I calmed down and it turned into a very nice discussion. Everybody had great ideas about changes to make for publication. They said two chapters were practically ready for journal submission, and, to quote the senior member of my committee, "You've got three books in here." Of course, all three of those books will require a LOT of work to dig out of the dissertation, but it is nice to know that they're in there. I also had the rare opportunity to coin a new word, "Epilogy" (or epiloguey?)* in reference to my conclusion that still needs a little more, um, conclusion. One committee member later said, "I had written a couple of paragraphs about the conclusion in my comments, but your word just sums it all up."

Today, I dropped off the dissertation at the dean's office, and picked up my regalia at the bookstore. Tomorrow, I go home to see the kids, who are apparently very cute and very confused about how mommy could be a doctor.

In conclusion, whoo-hoo!

*If Stephen Colbert can do it, so can I!


Blogger DevilMacDawg said...

Wow. Just great. Yay you!

11:14 AM  
Blogger ceresina said...

Yay! for you! Congratulations on such a great job!

12:01 PM  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

This mean you'll be changing your name to Dr. Quinn, History Woman?

(In related news, my sister met Jane Seymour.)

3:45 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

Jane Seymour will always be Solitaire in my mind.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Prof Mama said...

Congratulations! What an awesome defense!

4:28 PM  
Blogger K-Lyn said...

Does this make you Dr. Mrs. Dr. Dear?

4:57 PM  
Blogger ~N said...

Woo-hoo! :)

10:55 PM  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

You rule!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Quinn said...

Thanks, all. Welcome, ceresina. And Prof Mama, it would have truly been awesome had I gotten to punch someone, but it was too civil for that.

8:43 AM  
Blogger RageyOne said...


11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Dr. Quinn, history woman...


I'm sending your christmas card to Dr. and Mr. The spouse will get a kick out of that...actually he won't, but I'll get a kick out of it:)


1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quinn, Quinn, she's our Brain!
Now she's a Dr., but she still can't do anything about your pain, unless of course your pain has something to do with a lack of historical knowledge, in which case, you've definitely come to the right place, and your co-pay is $25.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Prof Mama said...

lol. i love it, quinn.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

Sorry, life's been crazy, I'm just now catching up on the blog backup. Congratulations! I had no doubts!

3:46 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Just saw the news, congratulations! You worked hard for that one Dr. She Who Can't Be Named. We were rooting for you.

8:11 AM  

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