Time management has never been my strong suit. While I'm a person who gets things done, I often find myself completing tasks in the margins of time--when I should be sleeping or eating, or perhaps at the last possible moment. There are never enough hours in the day and, like most people, I have a very full plate. This, however, is not the way a dissertation is written; it's the kind of endeavor that defies margins and bubbles over into everything else. So, I recently began thinking that I would have to create some new category on the blog so as to be able to give it the attention it deserves, while also doing all the necessary things to complete my degree. What I've come up with is a nod to Dostoevsky and the text that set me on the path of Russian literature: Notes from the Underground. Of course, I'm not actively renouncing society like the Underground Man, but I suppose I must occasionally turn my back on the world so as to write (in fact, this is what most dissertation manuals advise you to do; unreasonable advice or not, they suggest that you limit contact with all distractions--friends, family, TV, literature--so as to finish graduate school in a timely fashion; they say you'll get it all back when it's over...However, I have my doubts about the rightness of this method, which is why I'm still blogging, talking to the people I love, etc.). In these moments, I will offer you some photos and inspiring links and, before you know it, I'll be back with a recipe.
Frankly, I wasn't meant for the Underground Life, but this is maybe just the way it has to be. For now. But I will be back soon with a cocktail recipe that is the epitome of fall!