How are you other grad students doing right now?
I feel like I'm in a good enough place with my thesis; Chapter 4 is shaping up, but hasn't been written. Content analysis is actually fun to me, even though the straight stats are boring ;)
I just got back from class. As some of you know, one of my classmates was bugging the heck out of me by having apparently humorous text conversations in class, with her phone on vibrate. So rude. So uncalled for. So unprofessional.
Now, tangent: My program is not large. There are about 16 of us in the Masters option. So, the room wasn't full. Still, most of us are friendly to one another. This woman has always been standoffish. She's made friends with one of the few men in our program, and is almost always by his side. Cool, I figured she's someone who makes friends more easily with the opposite gender. Nothing wrong with that. Except, through observation, it seems as though she's barely civil to people of her gender. Tough to get to know, and clearly at this point, not worth my time.
Then, there was also sadness. My classmate M. was asking me about our one-on-one meetings. He missed his because his mother was killed in a car accident this month, while on her way to pick up his daughter from preschool. So much sad. He told a few of us, and I couldn't even express all the sad that flooded me. He has 2 daughters, a 2 year old and a 6 weeek old. I just wanted to emote ALL the emotions (and hug my mom, and ALL the moms). After thinking about it, I hope that the thesis and the newborn and the toddler and the work that he does keep him afloat, as sometimes these things can, but I also hope he has the room to grieve as he needs to. *phew*