I know it's been a while since I've blogged last, but we've been really busy lately. (I'm sure that opening sentence is the most-written sentence in the blogosphere...) However, that seems to have caught up with Jackie, who has been sick all week. Now I'm sitting at Chelsea Urgent Care with her as she waits to see the doctor. Since I played all of my turns on Words with Friends, I thought this would be a good way to pass the time while I concentrate on shallow breathing (so I won't breath in the germs).
Work has been going well. Classes are in full swing, and we are doing a lot of exciting things in Mass Comm. We've gotten a fresh coat of paint in the studio, moved the news set, moved the green screen, and we've also gotten some new high-tech toys! I've also started out departmental Facebook page. So be sure to like the University of Montevallo Department of Communication! Also, things are going well with the text book I helped write, and it should be available this summer!
On a related note, my own school work has been going extremely well. I passed my PhD comps last week! So now it's on to the dissertation. I hope to graduate by the end of 2012, and I'm on track to do it! Finally, I'll be Dr. Finklea! The comps were one of the hardest things I've ever done academically. The questions were tough, and I did't feel great about my answers. When I went in for my defense, I was so nervous! But all of my committee members really liked my answers. We talked for about an hour, and then I had to step out into the hallway while the voted on whether to pass me. I was feeling pretty good about it at that point, but I was still nervous. When they called me back in, my chair told me I passed. I was SO relieved! All the stress that I'd been carrying around for months was lifted off my shoulders. I am so thankful for such great friends and family that lifted me up in prayer through the entire process. I could feel the Lord with me during the defense. Thanks again to everyone for praying for me!
In other news, Jackie and I are gearing up for our week-long trip to NYC for the NBS convention, which is only about a month away! We are really excited! Neither of us has ever been to the Big Apple, so it will certainly be an adventure! I wish we were also going to Vegas, but I didn't a paper to submit to BEA this year. Maybe next year...
Well, I guess that's about it for now. I'm still waiting for Jackie to come out from the exam room. She must be bored back there because she just sent me a text. Talk to y'all soon... or in a month or so. :)