Week 97: De-stress and Healthy Quiche

A supervision meeting scheduled on Friday was postponed to next week. I’ve been spending this week attending seminars and outlining Chapter 4 and my conference paper at quite a slow pace. When waiting for feedback on my draft from supervisors, I always have mixed feelings, with nervousness, excitement, a bit of relaxation after writing it […]

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Week 94: Writing and Anpan-making

I have been making good progress in revising Chapter 2. If I evaluate my level of productivity on a 1-10 scale, this week was a 9, compared to a 6 two weeks ago. What motivates me most now is the thought of sharing my findings with my research participants when I fly to Tokyo and […]

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Weeks 92 and 93: Coffee break with colleagues and my birthday

I have been working on my conference paper by clarifying descriptions, adding more references and grouping data more precisely. I have also submitted my proposal for a conference taking place in Hong Kong next year.   A reason to be unmotivated Two weeks ago, I was struggling a bit to stay motivated and listening to […]

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Week 91: Being together for three years

This week has been very relaxing and felt nice and slow. My supervisor has often told me that I should take some time off from work after the conference. So, without feeling guilty about taking a break from work, I have been spending time reading some non-academic books and recipes, cooking meals and baking. But […]

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Week 87: Transcripts and Russian pelmeni

Throughout the week, I made transcripts of audio data of five cases and translations with three-line interlinear gloss format. Until last week, I didn’t think it would take one hour to transcribe about three minutes of audio data in this way. It took me seven hours to complete one full consultation. Yes, this routine task […]

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Weeks 85 and 86: Chapter revisions, Fasting and Baking

The whole of last week was devoted to revising a chapter. I am used to rushing to meet deadlines, working intensely for long hours, but I found revising, going back over content repeatedly, much tougher than writing the first draft. I need some blocks of time to fully grasp comments sent by my supervisors or […]

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