Wednesday is the day I get to stay home. I have no obligations calling me to campus, but I tend to have the most important book of the week to read — often for a meeting Thursday morning one-on-one with my advisor. These are the books that tend to speak to me, and these meetings, while often incredibly challenging, leave me with a feeling of affirmation that this is what I want to be doing. That part feels good.
The actual process of reading a book for a Thursday meeting? Time consuming, because it needs to be read carefully (and should be, given that it is more relevant to my fields than most of what I read in my other classes). It is so easy to read 20 pages, only to realize that your mind was wandering, and you didn’t really catch what so-and-so was getting at in chapter 3. That does not quite cut it during Thursday meeting, so I’ve taken to using Wednesday to get other things done during the reading process in order to make sure I’m paying attention. All this to say that, despite the fact that I have no actual pictures of the reading process, I can show you lots of the things I got done yesterday, in between chapters:
Hung out with the dog:
Baked oatmeal-cranberry-walnut cookies, based on Deb’s recipe from earlier this week:
Worked more of the foot of the sock, in 5 or 6 row increments throughout the day:
After a particularly long chapter, I took this guy to the dog park:
What a ham. I also managed to do laundry, bake a loaf of bread, and have an ichat knitting date with a dear friend. I realize that this post makes grad school look like a piece of cake, but I stand by this particular approach to Wednesday: solid, focused reading, a chapter at a time, interspersed with productive tasks (laundry, errands, food prep) and fun (knitting, playing with dog) helps things to stick better, and means I don’t waste as much time losing focus/drifting off/etc. Note to self — do this more!
Apologies if the blog is getting a bit repetitive! These days I feel like my schedule looks a lot like this:
Read (a lot). Knit (a little). Repeat.
Time to pour another cup of coffee, read the epilogue, and make some thoughtful notes for my meeting.