When I took this picture, I was thinking about the red color from the autumn leaves in the background and the bokeh from the light coming through the leaves, and the almost-symmetry of the remaining red berries hanging from the branch.
1/160 sec, F/4.5, ISO-100, 94 mm, Canon EOS XT 350D
But when I got home and looked at it, I thought, hey that looks just like my dissertation: kinda cool in some ways, actually starting to hang together, but also kind of weird and with strange unfinished ends sticking out.
Unrelated to this picture, I think my dissertation is going to be very, very long. I have almost finished fully revising chapters 1 and 2 and they alone are 100 pages. (There are 5 chapters.)
And now I'm off to Baltimore for the night, where I will spend a lovely evening with jcm (who comments from time to time here, but doesn't currently have a blog for me to link to!) and her husband. And then tomorrow I'll be in an up-to-three hour meeting with two of my professors to make sure that the math I've done makes sense and that this chapter really does fit in with the others (I hope they know that even if it doesn't, my opinion is that's just too bad at this point and it fits well enough!). I'm a little nervous because one of the professors was essentially named Man of the Year in our field, so I really, really don't want to be bringing him something stupid. But I've been working like crazy the past couple of weeks to get this chapter really into shape, and although I hit a major low when I thought I'd discovered a huge flaw, I've since convinced myself that not only was my approach a reasonable one but in fact it's totally correct and solves some of the big problems I was having with a previous version which I actually worked out with this professor. So let's hope I'm right...
After the meeting I will then pack up as much of my Baltimore office as I can manage into the car and drive back to Philly, clean up the apartment in antipication of J's sister coming to visit on Saturday (fortunately, J did a lot of the pre-cleaning before he went out of town this week for a conference, so I don't have an unsurmountable task ahead of me), and then... I'll just keep on writing.
However, it will be wonderful to have J's sister and her husband here! I think it will be the perfect amount of breaks and socializing to keep me sane, but they are also going to NYC for a couple of days so I am sure I will also be able to get work done. I really love that they have all been coming to visit, in part because we haven't seen them in forever so it's nice that they are now coming to us (!), in part because it's fun to explore this city with other people, and the real reason... because it creates lots of situations for eating out (SUSHI!). :)