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   Posted 12/16/2004 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all:
I've lost about ten pounds in two weeks, all of it stress-related.  I've had a time of it.  two weeks ago, I submitted my manuscript the morning, via email, and in the afternoon, found out it didn't go out.  I found out at work, and not until there was about two hours left to deadline.  I traversed mountains to get home to send it out again.  That's when it happened.  I turned the computer on..... it turned off.  I said, 'ok, this isn't happening, so I tried again.  Now I try the plug thing, you know, because this really isn't happening to me.  so I unplug it and wait and plug it in again.  ok, so maybe I need to wait a while with it unplugged, you know, give it a rest or something BECAUSE THIS REALLY ISN'T HAPPENING TO ME.  
That was two weeks ago.  I now have a new Dell, because that one broke that morning,a nd they replaced it in about five days.  I wound up submitting something that day that went out unformatted because my neighbor didn't have MS Word, he had Wordpad.  My committee didn't even show me what I sent because it was so bad.  I went to the neighbors to try to get this thing out via email with twenty minutes left to deadline (and let me tell ya, with tables and graphs, it ain't pretty unformatted.   My committee took a look at this thing and I was basically told Ellen, you're not ready.  It was pretty horrible (can I sue Dell for anguish????) 
Now I have just handed in the manuscript my sponsor approved of (another story "Ellen, no gridmarks on the tables and get that title on the side, not on top")  I don't know from tables, so I was at the mercy of my clinic's secretary, and had to get behind the pumpkin roll she was baking for the xmas party.  The tables were a nightmare in and of themselves, and will probably be again before it's done.  I am waiting for the data meeting to be scheduled, so they can tell me to change them again, I'm sure.  so I can breathe for a night.  I actually ate a decent dinner and don't have a hole in my stomach.  I went on prilosec after that day two weeks ago, my stomach has never been that bad.  After this meeting I can hand them my conclusions and after they give me feedback on them, we can schedule the orals.  Now I know why they put you through so many hoops during a dissertation.  I know because I have a new mission:  To become the adviser some poor graduate student and make them go through this someday.  tongue
Was I really on chemo this time last year?   
Been lurking and sometimes giving feedback here and there.  I hope you all have safe and happy holidays.  Be well!!!
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius


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   Posted 12/16/2004 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I have missed you Ellen. So sorry about your troubles. Computer is a BAD word. They always seem to fail when they are needed the most.

Wish I could help you. I am really good at tables and graphs. But, since I cannot be there I will pray for a helper or for at least a rush of table savvy. You would make a good advisor for the experiences you have had.

I hope you have a safe and happy holiday also.

L & H

Many Holiday Blessings to All



Life may not be the party

 we hoped for,

but while we are here we might as

well dance.

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   Posted 12/17/2004 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Ellen, I am sorry you have had such a hard time. Praying for easier times for you.




Happy Holidays

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   Posted 12/17/2004 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Ellen- how horrible, sometimes you just want to throw these machines out the window. did you complain to dell??? they are very responsive, you should send that email to them!! better luck next time.....
happy holidays
"It's been worth everything I've been through,
 To do what I do"

                       To Do What I Do   -Alan Jackson, 2004

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   Posted 12/17/2004 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
What a nightmare. ARe you sure it really happened and you didn't just dream it? I think I would begin to believe in gremlins about that time. So now you are waiting for everything to be ???? accepted, graded, over or whatever? I hope so you have suffered enough through all of this. Take a couple of weeks off and enjoy life again, maybe you can even do an electric slide again. By the way when I went to a wedding in early Nov. the talked about the electric slide and I thought of you and chuckled. Hugs and love, MK

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   Posted 12/17/2004 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
(((Ellen))), yikes, what a story!! I can understand why your stomach is having "spilkus". Hope things relax a little over the holiday break. Luci
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.  Albert Camus

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   Posted 12/17/2004 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
OK Sweetie, take a deep breath! Lets hope the worst of this is behind you. Try to enjoy Chanukah, and that adorable little Matthew, and of course, hubby Bob. It really is the pits, isn't it? Now I know why I stopped at a Masters degree. LOL


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   Posted 12/17/2004 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Well Its so nice to hear from you. I am just so sorry that you had to have this awful time. Next time lets have some great news. I am waiting to hear this is finally finished. You have truely earned this one. L&H Joyce
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