March Already? How does that keep happening?

I have no idea where the months go, I really don’t. I keep waking up to find it’s a new month. However, since this one is March I am quite happy. Winter is blessedly over and as I’m not freezing to death all the time now, I am feeling much better about this whole PhD […]

Tempus Fugit

My, has it been three weeks already? Where does the time go? [Please, please, don’t answer that.] I can’t believe I’ve not used that post title before. It seems so obvious! February has felt very long, and yet I can’t believe it’s almost over at the same time. It’s been busy, but not overly so. […]


I’m rather certain I’ve used that subject word before, but not this year. PhD students are aces at procrastinating. If anyone ever tells you a Humanities PhD is a full-time job, what they mean to say is that we spend about 40% of our time doing work on our thesis and 60% procrastinating by doing […]

Fundraising and hiking and Spain, for a few things

This doesn’t have to do with my PhD. Not really, anyways. It does in the sense that, having been at this for 16 months so far I need a break soon. Not a working holiday or a putting up with my family holiday. An actual, completely disconnected from everything, holiday. I’ve been planning this one […]


It is January and the first day back to term. Well, for everyone else, since most of my PhD department was back at work on the 2nd. No rest for the wickedly insane academics. Today is also the first snow fall of the winter. Well, such as that is in England. It means that, unlike […]

Home for the Holidays

I’m finding it a bit difficult to not speak/write without somehow referencing a Christmas song or movie. It has been years since I’ve been able to enjoy the holidays without having assignments/essays/work/etc. to ruin it. Usually by this time I’m so tired of Christmas related music I scream when someone turns the radio on. Not […]


I will admit it, however much I don’t want to, that I am a shop-a-holic. This is rather problematic when, instead of having a well-paying full-time job, I am in debt with student loans and barely make enough at my casual jobs to pay for food. I also have no willpower whatsoever. But I also […]

Interdisciplinary Cross-cultural Research Methodologies

Or something to that effect. It’s a lot of words put together that don’t really mean much of anything. So let me try to make it simple. As a PhD student, I spend a lot of my time thinking about research methodologies. These are the methods one uses to acquire data and information in a […]

Unexpected Trips are Unexpected

Life throws you curve balls. Or fowlers, depending on your point of view. Whenever you are most stressed something will happen to make you even more stressed. Bad timing just happens, but it’s most annoying when it does! I managed to get through the first week of the term on little sleep and a lot […]


It’s the first day back for us PhD students and many of the university’s BAs, but it’s the first day forĀ our MAs and a small group of PhDs! So, welcome to all, returning and new. It’s a little strange to think of this being the first day of term. I say that because, for me, […]

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