A cure for the common PhD crisis

Warning: This post contains serious moaning and wining in large quantities. Proceed at your own risk!

Yesterday was a horrible day. I woke up at 5 a.m. because my neck and shoulders had seized up – must have been an awful dream – and I couldn’t go back to sleep. Well, I got up, did some exercises to persuade my muscles to relax and brewed myself a heavy-duty cup of tea (i.e. three bags of Yorkshire Tea on 300 ml of water!). By 7 a.m. I had managed to shower, eat breakfast and do the dishes – fuelled by my second cuppa.

Although I got some actual work done until 11 a.m. by then everything had gone downhill and I felt like crap. You know when you already feel tired and bad and then there’s a voice at the back of your mind making everything worse? Well, mine said things like “If you carry on like this you won’t make your dissertation deadline. Look, it’s already mid-April!. And, maybe it’s better that way, because who wants to read about lexical loss in Old High German and Old English anyway!?” and so on.

Let’s face the facts: I have no choice but to finish this stupid bugger of a dissertation. My PhD supervisor (who is also my boss) is … let’s say unhelpful and says things like:

” Your PhD comes first and btw you’ll have to teach three courses this semester on     25 % less pay. I’m off to my sabbatical term! Bye!”


But, well, there’s nothing to do than bucking up and ploughing through and finding things to cheer me up in between. Which I did (and we’re now leaving the self-pity-zone!)! Look!


These lovely bags came to my flat via the MysticMooseCrafts etsy shop. I’m always toting a huge mass of things around and a nice and funny bag is always a good thing.

Today I finished a huge chunk of my dictionary work and decided to treat myself to a quick visit at my LYS. I had a lovely chat with the owner and went home with this:


This is Araucania Botany Lace, a nice Merino Lace yarn which is more of a fingering weight. Lovely colours and it’s soft and bouncy. This will become a small shawl, not sure which pattern yet.
I’m off to the spinning wheel now (another reward for being studious today) to ply some yarn. See U!


5 thoughts on “A cure for the common PhD crisis

  1. barefootrooster 13. April 2012 / 5:51 pm

    treats and yarn totally help. boo for advisors who do not. at least it is friday?! can’t wait to see what you do with that gorgeous skein.

    • missingneedle 16. April 2012 / 12:05 pm

      The weekend made things a bit better, thanks. I’m thinking small shawl for the Botany Lace… Have a good week!

  2. katie m. 14. April 2012 / 9:07 pm

    That does sound like a very bad day indeed. I hope the treats helped! And happy weekend — maybe even with a little time for knitting?

    • missingneedle 16. April 2012 / 12:06 pm

      The treats helped indeed (retail therapy 🙂 ) and I finished the body of my Curiosities Cardigan. Have a good week!

  3. jingersnaps 17. April 2012 / 9:37 pm

    I love that typewriter bag! I’m always on the lookout for cute totes, and those are adorable. Hope the rest of the week has gone better.

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