FINALLY! Defended my thesis today and am now a Mistress of Science (they can keep their old Masters degrees as far as I'm concerned.) That makes a total of three sequential degrees in Psychology that I have achieved.
I think I worked about 150 hours on this in just the past two weeks. Feel too tired to be excited. Also, having been squashed like a fly the first couple of times made it a lot harder to build up that anticipation. In fact, I was crying this morning right before my defense. Just a little bit, from stress and exhaustion, and the certainty that it was just never going to fly. But it did, somehow.
Colleague: "Congratulations! So what are you going to do this afternoon?"
Me: "Well, I have a lot of papers to grade, and I have to prepare my dissertation research design for a meeting tomorrow, and develop the plans for my therapy group for this fall."
Colleague: "You sure know how to party."
Really, I just want to go home, have a nap, and then vacuum-seal things.