Ain’t no time to wonder why, we all gonna die

We’re living in interesting times, wot?

I have actually been socially distancing for about three weeks now, largely because I almost never go anywhere anyway. Now that my county has officially gone into lockdown — or they will as of tomorrow at 6pm — I get permission to stay home and get things done!

At least, that’s the theory.

For posterity, I suppose I should just mention that I am writing from the first wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Last I checked, the U.S. was up to more than 78,000 cases and a bit over 1,100 deaths. Since I am over 60 years old and have a chronic illness, I am considered to be an individual at greater risk for not surviving if I contract the illness. That’s nerve wracking.
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Turn it into something good

I don’t generally do New Year’s Resolutions. I pretty much agree with CGP Grey that resolutions are usually not good for anything except giving yourself a reason to beat up on yourself come March.

So, I have gone the theme route. My theme for 2020 is self-care.

The nice thing about that is that it is very broad and encompasses a lot of different kinds of activities. I have even already gotten started in a number of different ways.
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I can almost touch you

So, I gave you a fitness update on the Adventures of Dawn but there’s the school update, too.

The news here is all good. Which means this is going to be a very short post.

I don’t actually know how many of you glorious people out there know anything about the process of getting a Ph.D. but basically the story is that I have now been admitted to Candidacy.

My status is ABD, which stands for All But Dissertation.

What all this means in plain English is that I have completed my coursework, I have completed all other requirements, and I have taken and passed my written and oral comprehensive exams.
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