Being unemployed is a lot of work. Even more work is preparing for a PhD state exam and dissertation defence, which I’m taking in late November. When these workloads combine, what we get is a blogging break. I’ll be retiring for this month in my hermit’s cave to study, and I hope to remerge in December, or as soon as I’m up to it. I’ll be still posting my lazy 365 project photos, though, so you won’t miss miss me. Have a fun autumn!

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Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

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  1. Good luck with your studies!

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    1. Thanks a lot! Hope it goes ok…

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      1. Through your poetry I got the impression that you are a smart person.
        Don’t worry. You’ll do just fine 🙂

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        1. Awe, thank you… I’ll keep you posted 🙂

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          1. So… a part of your exam is already over, isn’t it?
            I sure hope everything went far better than you expected 🙂

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          2. Yep, actually, I’m a doctor now 🙂 Thank you again for your support, it was amazing! I’m happy to be back to blogging now.

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          3. That’s wonderful news 🙂 I am so happy to hear that. Congratulations!

            And it’s good to hear we’re having you back 😉

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          4. Awe, thank you! The pleasure is mine 🙂 I think I’ll blog about my PhD exam, in retrospect, it was quite fun. I’ll see when the inspiration for this post comes!

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          5. I am looking forward to it 🙂

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          6. I’m curious too how it will turn out :-O

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  2. Welcome to the blogging-break club and enjoy your PhD state exam and dissertation defence! 🙂

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    1. The blogging-break club looks fun. Though I’m not as yet certain how I’m going to enjoy studying for my exam and defence. I feel I’m too old for this stuff…

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      1. That’s probably because you are.

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        1. Haha, now this brutally honest comment amused me more than it should 😀

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          1. Haha, I’m actually known to be brutally honest 😄

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          2. I thought so. It’s refreshing.

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  3. Pace the studies, hope it all goes well.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment! I’m making an action plan now, and I hope to manage all as planned…

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  4. Good luck, Mara. Believe me, you will re-emerge stronger but not necessarily as you expected….

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    1. Oh yes, I’m too convinced that I will re-emerge wiser, and certainly not in ways that I originally imagined. It’s never as you imagine, is it?

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  5. Best of luck with everything, Mara.

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    1. Thank you very much! I’m now mildly envious of your conscious choice not to go for a PhD…

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  6. Good luck Mara. Rooting for you!!

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    1. Awe, thanks a lot for your support! It’s encouraging!

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  7. Best wishes that when you return in December, you will have been successful in both endeavours!!

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    1. Thank you very much for your well wishes, it helps a lot, actually, to feel supported 🙂

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      1. You know where to find us 🙂

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  8. Good luck! You’re going to rock the place!

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    1. I wish I would rock it 🙂 Now I feel more like rolling on the floor in despair… But let’s do it. Thanks for wishing my luck!

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  9. All the best, Mara. Finish that PhD and and come out on top! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Mabel, your support means a big deal. It’s very encouraging and reassuring 🙂

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  10. You’ll be just fine … looking forward to seeing you in December [or when you’re up for it 🙂 ]

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    1. Awe, thank you for your support! I’m actually looking forward already to coming back to blogging 🙂

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  11. Have a good “study” and good luck for your exams!!! Keep focused 🙂

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    1. Thanks a lot for your well wishes! I’ll try my best to stay focused… *frowns and focuses*

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      1. …that’s it, keep going XD

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