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ROW80: Are We Ready for Some Beyonce?! Er, Football?

Gotta love "Hey Arnold" in Niners' colors. (Photo Credit: Lena Corazon)

Gotta love “Hey Arnold” in Niners’ colors. (Photo Credit: Lena Corazon)

Happy Superbowl Sunday, ROW80 friends! I’ve gotta say, it’s a very, very good time to be a San Franciscan. I feel like practically everyone has been decked out in 49ers gear for the last couple of weeks, and the anticipation for today’s big game has increased to epic proportions. Even my favorite tea shop has gotten into the spirit!

To be honest, I’m more excited for the halftime show than anything else (a Destiny’s Child reunion?!?! I have been waiting AGES for this), but I’ll be spending the day with my besties at San Francisco’s first-ever gay bar in the Castro, which is sure to be an absolute blast.

With that, here’s my check-in for the week:

The dissertation has taken most of my energy this week, with lots of time spent reading the two books I mentioned in my last check-in, trying to learn a whole new subfield (sociology of religion and organizational culture), and getting started at archives #3 and #4 (the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Daughters of Charity). Needless to say, my head feels full to bursting, but I’m making progress, and that’s what counts. For next week:

  • Finish Ann Butler’s Across God’s Frontiers.
  • Read and take notes on 10 journal articles; continue to figure out which concepts are applicable to the dissertation.
  • Type up handwritten notes; figure out best way to annotate and code data.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Erm, not much to see here, either. I played on Facebook and Twitter and G+ a little, but that doesn’t precisely fulfill any of my goals. So… yeah. Gotta do better next week.

Okay, I skipped last week’s check-in because I ended up giving myself a few self-care days, which basically involved devouring 7 novels in 7 days. Yeah, it was amazing, and at some point I will write about the effects of my reading binge/review the highlights of said binge. Seriously, though, it was probably the best thing I’ve done for myself in a while.

So that’s it for me this week! Short and sweet for once. 😛 For those of you who are watching the Beyonce concert the big game, enjoy! And for those of you who aren’t, have a lovely rest of the weekend, and a great start to the week! Don’t forget to check on the rest of our ROWing folk here.


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  1. I lived in America (just outside Philly) for a year. I remember having the best time at a Superbowl Sunday Party! Hope you enjoy it!
    7 novels in 7 days? Wow. I’ll look forward to reading about that! Enjoy today and good luck with your goals next week!
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  2. Hey, all sounds exciting and exhausting. 7 books in 7 days? Wow… did you use the loo or eat? Your brain must feel like a ship! Best of luck next week. X
    Shah Wharton recently posted..Virtual Book Tours, Giveaways & A Hangover. Hiccup! #ROW80 UpdatesMy Profile

    • Haha, I managed to take time out for the essentials, but otherwise, I pretty much sat and read every moment I could get. It was so. much. fun. It’s not something I can do all the time (I think my eyeballs really would fall out of my head if I tried), but I think I might start making it a habit every couple of months.

  3. I love any self-care that involves 7 novels in 7 days. Good for you! And I’m looking forward to the halftime show as well. (and would have the same status report on Writing, sadly). Enjoy your Sunday! Wishing you continued progress.
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    • Thanks, Tia! And oy, I am hoping that I will have better things to report about writing next week. I pulled out my writing notebook the other day and about died when I saw that the last set of notes was dated January 17th. :/

      Have a great week!

  4. Sounds like you got a lot done this week – and 7 days of reading sounds heavenly. 🙂 Have fun watching the concert, and have a great week!
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  5. What fun! I have to take a break involving lots of novels again someday — I always have so much on my to do list, I hardly read anything besides non-fiction anymore. Must try to change that!

    Good luck and have a great week!
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  6. I ignored both the Super Bowl and writing my check in. I figured I best get on with my commenting goal so I don’t do another fail and then don’t want to check in again.

    Your progress always amazes me amidst how busy the rest of your life is, Lena. You rock in so many ways. And I’m sorry about the 49ers… bummer.

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