Friday, 4 February 2011


Look at that blue sky! Those tulips! That newly painted bright yellow kitchen wall! I always wanted a yellow kitchen, and now I've got one, hooray!

I've been full of the joys of spring today, and thoroughly ignoring the howling wind and rain (or rather, using it as an excuse to wear my wellies...). And what's the source of all this jollity and cheeriness??

Why, the end of the PhD, that's what.

Yep, that's right, after 7 years and 4 months, I've finally finished.

And my goodness, it feels great. I'm quite giddy with it all. It's been rather difficult to concentrate today.

Tonight we will mostly be drinking champagne, planning a party, and looking forward to the first weekend for 7.5 years when I will be able to do whatever I want, without the underlying feeling that I should be doing something else.

As I said, it's jolly exciting!

I'm looking forward to so many things. Gardening, for one. Baking. Drinking tea with people I haven't seen in a while. Drinking tea with people I see all the time. Sewing. Lying around and doing absolutely nothing. Reading. Running. Lazing around in the bath until I go wrinkly.

Oh, and I seem to remember that A Long Time Ago I promised myself trapeze lessons when I finally got to the end of all this...


Let's just concentrate on the Women's Institute in the morning, shall we??


  1. Well done on kitchens to match wellies and wonderful Phds being done.
    Enjoynthe WI today and think about enquiring about trapeze lessons soon!
    Wonderful you can enjoy your free time now!

  2. Morning Dr Daffs ☺

    I too have a yellow kitchen, just the same colour yellow as yours, makes even the dullest of days look sunny and bright.

    Enjoy your new found freedom, no doubt you'll be cheerily chasing new rainbows sometime.


  3. What a lovely sunny kitchen, in my last but one house that was the colour of my living room and I always loved it. Well done on Phd and I hope that you enjoyed WI and new found freedom.

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  4. C O N G R A T S !!! A job well done!
    Lovely kitchen color - our living room is a pale yellow and I like it. AND I did get to wear my rubber boots yesterday - we had snow! Once a year around here the past two years. Normally ZERO times a year. hmmm. Enjoy your time. Emily

  5. Excellent news emily!

    And thanks to the rest of you :)

    Cherisong, we have a circus school in our town, and I know several people who do trapeze, so it's really not very far out of the question at all - eek!

  6. Hi Jenni! I recently found your blog and have been reading your old posts... I want to say first: congratulations on finishing your phd!!!!! I'm glad you are enjoying life After the Phd now. and second, I really like our blog - your cheery attitude to life and your devotion to tea and cake, which I can entirely relate to :o)