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 HEY GUYS, I FEEL LIKE WRITING THIS ENTIRE POST IN CAPSLOCKS BUT THAT WOULD BE ANNOYING. So I won't. But imagine a capslock mood. 

CUE JAUNTY, UPLIFTING, CELEBRATORY MUSIC

(I would totally use the serious Civil War man icon that I have for this post, because it's the most historically appropriate, but it doesn't convey the sense of glee I feel at the moment. Imagine me as the man on the right, Jacques Cartier, at least in expression and mood.)

I just got back from Staples (AKA the office supply store) and I came back with three printed copies of the final copy of my thesis: the one I'm going to hand in for my final grade. 

It's done. It's sitting in a box downstairs, by the door, so I can bring it to school on Monday when I return a huge stack of books to the library. I had to fiddle with the formatting this morning (you have to expand the left hand margin to one and a half inches instead of just one because they're going to bind them into BOOKS), but after looking over my conclusion one final time, changing two or three words... I declared it completely and absolutely finished. 

You can make tiny little nit-picky edits forever, you know? I could probably still be making changes in a month's time, if I wanted, adding in one more source, chasing down one more salient example... but I've made myself stop. It's as good as it's going to get. And it's finished. \o/ \o/ \o/

Here my honour's thesis is, by the numbers... 

Title: Too Easily Blamed: American Civil War Surgery and Medical Care in Context

Pagecount (main body): 51

Pagecount with bibliography, title page and table of contents: 59

Number of sections: 12

Wordcount: 14,789

Wordcount (including textboxes and footnotes): 17,789

Character count: 96,768

Character count (with spaces): 114,537 (THINK ABOUT HOW MANY KEYSTROKES THAT IS FOR A SECOND, NOT INCLUDING EDITING)

Number of items on bibliography: 15 primary, 37 secondary, 52 total

Number of footnotes: 215 (many of which cite more than one source)

Number of hours put into this project: COUNTLESS.

\o/ yay!

Date: 2011-04-02 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] justin (from livejournal.com)
I think this calls for a celebration. In fact, it DEMANDS a celebration!

Congratulations! Now you can put it behind you, run off to France, fall in love with a nice, mysterious Parisian man living in Rouen, and live out a classic love story life in Nice...

Or not, whatever you want to do.

Date: 2011-04-02 08:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kuiskata
*celebrates* \o/ We really must do something to celebrate. Celebratory tea. THIS IS AWESOME. *throws you a virtual party*

(And now that I know I'll be in Washington May-July (I'll be making a post on this sometime; I just found out on Thursday), we should get together and have celebratory tea before you go away to Spain.)

Date: 2011-04-02 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beboots.livejournal.com
Congratulations, Cassidy! :D You are awesome too! Yes, we should definitely have tea. :)

Date: 2011-04-03 12:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mightyinkas.livejournal.com
*throws confetti*

Huzzah! Good for you! I can't even imagine... I never had to do a thesis... but I think you definitely deserve some sort of big ol' celebration.

AND DON'T TALK TO ME ABOUT NIT-PICKY EDITS. :P

Date: 2011-04-08 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anyjen.livejournal.com
...I'm totally going to sound like a nerd here, but...

Is there any way I could get my hands on a (digital) copy of that thesis? It's just that the topic sounds really interesting, and I'm curious to see how the kind of stuff we write over here compares to the kind of stuff somebody who grew up speaking the language would write it...

Pretty please? *puppy eyes*

Date: 2011-04-08 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beboots.livejournal.com
I definitely will, if you think you'll like it. :) To be on the safe side, though, I'll send it to you in a month or so. That way my copy's been looked at and marked. I'll send it to you in the second week of May. :) Is this acceptable?

I'm very flattered that someone else wants to see it! :D I'll probably write a sort of "debriefing" post of what my thesis is about this summer... and it will include pictures. :)

Date: 2011-04-10 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anyjen.livejournal.com
I'll send it to you in the second week of May. :) Is this acceptable?

Of course it does! I'll be looking forward to it. :3

Date: 2011-04-10 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beboots.livejournal.com
Excellent! :) Harass me/ send me a message on May 7th! :)

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