On Friday, April 13 I successfully defended my dissertation, “Reconstructing My Mother.” It still seems so surreal… I’m not sure if any of my committee members actually asked me questions! Perhaps I was in an Ojo daze. My sister had come a few days earlier and we’d gone up to Ojo Caliente for a couple of days of soaking in mineral hot springs, massage and yoga. And to take my mind off the impending defense. In my head I knew I would pass, but I was afraid I would cry (I did) and not speak articulately about my work (which I think I didn’t). Thanks everyone for the support and comments on my work. I’m eager to dig in and get the next revision(s) done.
Anyway, after my sister left I had planned a road trip. To San Diego. I just got it in my head I would drive to San Diego rather than fly and rent a car. This of course meant two days out and two days back… and fewer days in So Cal.
Thankfully my friend Georgia came along for the ride and kicked in for gas money. We stopped in Tucson on the way out, and I got to see my friend Caroline– who treated me to an awesome dinner of margaritas and munchies at a local cantina (with a lovely outdoor patio). Georgia was such a good sport, she even humored my attempt to drive home the scenic route, avoiding Phoenix…. it was lovely, but long! You can see from her smile she’s good fun to have around.
In San Diego I was a bit of a vagabond, staying first with Julie and Mirna and Baby Emma, then with Ralph, then with Amy and Eber. I had dinner with Karin, fish tacos with Susann. I also caught up with other friends at the LA Times Book Festival where we participated in a showcase event at the LA Times Book Festival. We had an awesome lineup of readers and it was a lot of fun. Georgia and I represented Albuquerque, and I think we did rather well.
But the thing about road trips is, well, you spend a lot of time on the road. And in the car. And my body is not as young as it once was. Sitting for hours on end makes things ache. And four of my days away were spent on the road… again, thankfully Georgia was a lot of fun to hang out with!
Now, I have to face reality of what’s next.
Job interview scheduled for Monday.