I have done it!!! I officially am done with my dissertation. Everything has been turned in, I passed my oral defense, did revisions and formatted it correctly. It ended up being over 200 pages of text and close to 250 pages with all appendices and front matter included. I had to print it out once to get an idea of the scale of it.
Another big event in my life is that I was a semi finalist at the AQS (American Quilters Society) Quilt Show in Des Moines. Only around 200 quilts total were juried in, and I was privileged to have created one of those quilts.
Other things have happened in our lives since I last posted. The kids have started back to school. They are growing up so fast. Iris played volleyball this year, and still is involved with orchestra and show choir.
I might be more regular at posting now that I do not have the dissertation looming over me. My short term goals are to get my life back in order. I can tell that I have let my housework slip while concentrating on the paper. It will take a while to get everything back in shape, but that will soon happen. I am still unclear about what I will be doing now that my degree is done. I would still love to teach on a college level and am looking for a job. In the meantime, clean and sort!