Phantom Scribbler Ianqui
Forgive me as I shamelessly steal terminology from Ianqui
, but the random bullets method seems to really be effective for covering vast amounts of material in a short time. Too bad my dissertation couldn't be written in random bullets! :)The house:
*no train. I was amazed at how much I had grown accustomed to living near a train crossing (5 years). But the silence at night is spectacular.
*we have butterflies who congregate in the backyard. DQ is fascinated.
*the cavernous master bedroom looks like it will accomodate my rocker and a "crafting nook." Yay! Currently shopping for a low shelving/drawer unit to put under the window there.
*Don't hate the paint colors as much as I did when we first house-hunted. One of the main reasons we selected this house was that it had great spaces, but poor cosmetic appeal. And for the price (about 50,000 less than many others we considered), we can buy lots of paint. Now, that's not become to vital.
*Neighborhood. We have just about everything within walking distance. Including an Indian grocery store. Go figure.Settling in:
*Seven days without phone lines, cable, or internet. I come to realize it really is the internet I miss most (although I could do with a good dose of cable right about now... give me my Colbert Report!)
*Kids start "summer camp" this week. I'll keep everyone posted.
*We've got at least 3 pre-schoolers on our block. We've got at least two parks within walking distance. We've walked there everyday.Getting back on track:
*the last thing to unpack is my office. Unfortunately, we have no bookshelves at present, so we have to do a little shopping before my 27 boxes of books get cleared. Urgh.
*I received preliminary comments on Chapter 6 right before leaving Lawndale. In short, needs a lot of work (I agree.) But the next thing Advisor wants to see is THE WHOLE DRAFT! Complete with rudimentary introduction and conclusion, and all the fun stuff I've added into chapters 1-5. So that's a big step. Advisor also floated a suggestion to send the draft to the other committee members when I send it to her, which I think bodes well.
*I'm emotionally and mentally ready to work again. Once childcare gets situated, I may actually get some stuff done!
Labels: cascadianness, history writ small, travels, young whippersnappers