Now, admittedly, I talked on the phone a bit, and if I'd not I might be DONE for real, except for printing, but I've typed in the changes, I've fixed the notes, I've edited, I've labored, and all that's left is a couple of teensy weensy little small things for the morning and then, I SHALL MAIL THE MANUSCRIPT OFF AND IT WILL NO LONGER BE MY PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't even know what to write other than this. I feel like I should have some profound thing to say, about how it feels or something, but you know what? It just feels AWESOME. The only thing that compares to this is the moment after my diss defense when I found out I'd passed. (And yes, I now realize that I'd not have been allowed to defend would I not have been passable, but the point is, it was a really awesome moment, even if it wasn't real.)
My point here, if there is one, is THE HELL OF THE PAST MONTH IS OVER!!!!!!! I AM FINALLY FINISHED WITH MY DISSERTATION PROJECT!!!!!! Sure, I'll have to look at the manuscript a few more times, but for all intents and purposes, THIS CHAPTER OF MY LIFE IS OVER!!!!!
The chapter of my life that included my second great love is over. The chapter of my life that included getting my first academic job is over. The chapter of my life of being a workaholic freak at the expense of all else is O-V-E-R. AND IT'S ABOUT DAMNED TIME!!!!!