Week 81: Paper revision and Babka

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Draft is done

Finally, I submitted my draft to my supervisors, after a three-week struggle. I cannot remember how many times or how many people I asked about the right place to provide conceptual definitions and the correct structure of the discussions. The content of this section will also be part of my presentation at a conference in Cardiff in September. (I received the full programme of the conference, by the way! My slot is the last one on the first day.) My supervisors immediately gave me feedback and suggestions, which were very concrete and helpful. I will attempt to expand my discussions into setting an analytical framework, hopefully by the end of August.

 

Gym workout

Luca and I go to a gym, no matter how busy we are. I found that a 30-minute workout is a great help to mentally focus on my work, as my ideas and thoughts about research become clearer while doing exercise, but we stick to 30-minutes per day, no more than that. If I went alone, this wouldn’t last or have become part of my daily routine.

 

Revising my paper

I am now revising my paper for publication, which is due on Wednesday next week. The revision request includes a major change, which might turn into another struggle for me. Thankfully, the reviewers’ annotations are very effective and productive, which makes me feel that I am very lucky and happy to have this opportunity. I will follow their suggestions and try my best. Hopefully, this time next week, I will be fully relaxed and enjoying some drinks outside.

 

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Wednesday dinner: Veggie pasta

 

Babka

Today, I baked Chocolate Babka! Lots of preparation and processes were needed and it took half a day, but it was so much fun! I sourced a recipe from YouTube, used Nutella for the filling and added walnuts and pistachios. The brioche dough was pretty easy to deal with; it was just the chocolate that made a mess all over the kitchen table. The smell and taste were fantastic! Now I am very happy and back to work.

 

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Chocolate Babka

 

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My achievements in Week 81

  • Submitted my draft, which I worked on over the last three weeks.
  • Had my fieldwork activities and conference attendance confirmed as credit for my PhD, meaning that I have met the credit requirement! This is truly great, as I don’t need to worry about calculating credits anymore.
  • Made progress in revising my paper.
  • Baked Chocolate Babka.

Goals for Week 82

  • Submit my revised paper.
  • Have an in-depth discussion with my supervisors.
  • Start transcribing my audio data again.
  • Bake Anpan (Japanese sweet rolls filled with red bean paste)