Week 82: A little bit of relaxation and bread making

On Tuesday I had a face-to-face meeting with my supervisors, which was very productive. Through our discussion, I suddenly realised my misunderstanding of a topic which I had tackled over the last month and which had actually given me trouble in writing about. Sometimes, we students take weeks or months to figure out a matter that supervisors know very well and can teach in a minute. I finally understand the real meaning of what my supervisors had suggested to me and can clearly picture my next goals.

 

Paper editing

I had worked on converting my MA dissertation into a journal article. I sincerely appreciate the reviewers’ effective comments and suggestions, made without any sugar-coating. Over the last two weeks I have worked on responding to their revision requests. This was also a great experience, because now I know the subject matter very much more than two years ago, when I wandered into a jungle of the broad topic.

I also confirmed that a debate in the paper is still a hot topic, even though the study for my dissertation was conducted two years ago. This taught me how data that I once collected can remain valuable in a specific context for a long period. Conversion into a journal article might also lead to a good opportunity to meet an expert in the field in the future.

 

Cleaning the house

On Friday I thoroughly cleaned the kitchen, dining space, entrance and bathroom. It feels truly refreshing. Some people create a routine for yoga or meditation as a practical way to relieve stress. For me, a daily or weekly habit of keeping the house clean and tidy is the most effective way to stay positive and motivated.

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Anpan

Today I baked anpan, Japanese sweet rolls filled with red bean paste. I prepared the paste yesterday, to give it time to become firm overnight. The dough is very soft and similar to brioche, but less sweet; baguette dough also goes well with this filling. I made 12 rolls, wrapped them in a bag and put them in the freezer after they were completely cooled. I love the natural taste of sweet beans and freshly baked bread.

 

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Anpan

 

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My achievements in Week 82

  • Sent out the final draft of my paper.
  • Regarding my methodology chapter, all of my misunderstandings was solved, and I identified my goals (narrower objectives) for the next month.

Goals for Week 83

  • Work on my analytical framework.
  • Bake focaccia.

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A PhD student researching verbal communication in patient-centred care.