Unfortunately, my ThinkPad died the night before I left for a conference, last weekend, with my dissertation and defense slides on it. As you can imagine I was concerned. I got up early the next morning and bought a new laptop, $2000+ just like that. But under the circumstances I didn't think twice about it. I tried to get work done during the conference, but those things keep people too busy for any real work.
The next day I re-wrote my departmental journal club presentation and presented it. Afterwards, that night, I rewrote a seminar powerpoint for a job interview. The next day I gave the seminar (up at Baylor College of Medicine) and I think I did okay, considering the circumstances.
I spent the rest of the time re-writing the slides for my dissertation defense. As you might imagine, that was not fun. During the weekend I cought some kind of cold I think. at first I thought it was an allergy, but I don't really have any and I feel even worse today. I gave my seminar to my lab this morning and got comments, and am applying them now. Tonight I may attend my NIEHS journal club meeting, although I would like to believe they'd cut me some slack if I don't show up.
Tomorrow at 2pm I give my defense. My mother, sister, and grandmother will be there. I'm going to tape the seminar for giggles later. I kind of hope that I feel this bad tomorrow, because I think it might keep me from being nervous. If I have relatively few corrections to make from my committee (I do not know what to expect from them, or this experience) I might be able to graduate in May. Otherwise I will have to wait until August (and then return next May for a gradtuation ceremony).
Of course lots of other stuff happened over that time, but honestly none of it really matters. I just want to get through the next day and then frankly I will let this cold eat me alive.