I finished my first dissertation chapter draft yesterday and handed it to my chair. It was ~52 pages. And I did it on schedule, in one month, to the day.
Therefore, I declare today, Feb. 1st, as an official day off. No pressure to write, read, or do anything in particular. The next deadline, Feb. 28, looms, but I think I can waltz while the cannons boom for today. Bonus points for the literary reference.
I did get room reservations and train tickets for CCCC in April today. I’d like to go ahead and buy plane tickets and a room in Seattle for RSA in May, but they haven’t told me when I’m presenting yet – probably in a few weeks, hopefully.