My slog in the swamp of despair

Back in January of this year, I wrote about my long trek in the valley of despondence to get a literature review published. This time, it’s my slog in the swamp of despair to get my student’s dissertation published. It took 3 years to get this paper accepted for publication. Not sure when it’ll be published.

March 2014: Student completed dissertation
August 2014: Student graduated with her master degree
April 2015: Student presented her research in an oral presentation at CEC 2015 San Diego

September 2015: Student submitted manuscript to Behavioral Disorders
November 2015: Decision – rejected

June 2016: Took over task of revision from student, and made major revision with third author.
October 2016: Submitted to Education and Treatment of Children
March 2017: Checked status with editor-in-chief and was informed that the editor in charge is not well, thus the delay
April 2017: Decision – rejected

August 2017: Submitted to Australasian Journal of Special Education
October 2017: Decision – revise and resubmit
January 2018: Revised and resubmitted
March 2018: Decision – revise and resubmit (Round 2)
May 2018: Revised and resubmitted (Round 2)
6 August 2018: Checked status with editor-in-chief and was informed that one reviewer has not gotten back with his/her feedback
8 August 2018: Decision – accepted for publication in the Australasian Journal of Inclusive and Special Education

Moving

According to random websites, the top 5 most stressful events are (a) death of a loved one, (b) divorce, (c) moving, (d) major illness, and (e) job loss.

I’m reflecting on all the major “moves” in my life.

December 1983
I do not remember this move from KL to Penang. I do however remember the first days of school in Penang — how lost and lonely I felt. Back in KL, the teachers spoke in BM more, and the school in Penang, most of the teachers spoke in English.

December 1992
Moved from grandparents’ place to new flat in Farlim. I have some memories of this move. It’s nice to finally have a bedroom of my own. I remember the friends from church coming by to help out.

July 1995
Moved to university dorm to start undergraduate studies. I remember my parents, uncle and aunt, all helping out with this move. It was a proud moment for the family to have a young family member attend university. I moved in with 2 buckets (for laundry) and some clothing, shoes, etc. I also remember feeling very lost and lonely when my parents left.

June 1996
Moved from university dorm to share a room with two sisters in the housing estate near the university.

June 1997
Moved from this house to an uncle’s (dad’s cousin) place in another housing estate near the university.

June 1998
Moved to an aunt’s (mom’s brother’s wife’s sister) place in another housing estate near the university. This house was the richest and fanciest house in that housing estate.

November 1999
Moved back to Penang after completing undergraduate degree. I remember discarding all my university notes and photocopied textbooks.

June 2000
Moved back to KL to stay with big brother and cousin. Started work at a center for students with autism and then started master degree.

March 2003
Moved back to Penang after finishing master degree and quitting job as a teacher in a center for children with down syndrome. By then I had applied to do PhD in the US and waiting for the results.

August 2003
Moved to the US to start PhD studies. I remember the 3 luggage bags that went with me. One extra large, one medium, and a small rolling carry-on. This was a stressful move because I was leaving family and going into the unknown. I remember the farewell meal that mom cooked, and she had made watercress soup but I could hardly stomach the soup while trying very hard not to cry during the meal.

August 2005
Moved from private rental apartment to university’s graduate student housing. My friends from Ghana and Cameroon helped me with the move. After 2 years, I’ve already gathered a lot more stuff than 3 bags full.

November 2009
Moved from graduate student apartment to share apartment with Marcelita. Roommate from South Korea graduated and I couldn’t afford to pay the full rental for the 2-bedroom apartment. This time it was Clare and Mike that helped me move. I even had a twin bed, a desk, a drawer unit and an Ikea Poang chair to move.

August 2010

Drove with Natalie from PA to TX with all my earthly belonging in the Pontiac Vibe. I had to sell and donate a lot of stuff. Only the Ikea Poang chair went to TX. I shipped two boxes of books via USPS.

November 2011

Moved from TX to SG to start new job. This has got to be my toughest move, both logistically and emotionally, so far. Even with the new university paying for the move, I still had to give away a lot of my stuff. But it was nice to have full service move where the moving company packed all my stuff. However, when I finally flew to SG, I still had 3 large bags and had to pay extra for the third bag. There was also a lot of goodbyes to make, both in TX and PA.

January 2013

Moved from off-campus staff housing to on-campus staff housing. Still not so much stuff yet in SG, except for my treadmill. Moving that through every single doorway gave the moving company workers a nightmare.

September 2018 (Upcoming move)

I’m now packing for my next move to another place on campus. Definitely the most stuff so far. This time I will be discarding the treadmill and the dangerously heavy glass cabinets.

How many moves have you made in your lifetime?

July 2018 Fitness Tracker: Barely moving

Not so hardworking in July. I’m trying out a mostly strength training program in August, see how that will work out.

~ 1 July 6:07pm 38:00 *250cal Ave119 Max152 FBS D9 Cardio + Core
~ 2 July 7:43pm 35:00 *256cal Ave126 Max157 FB Upper body alternating supersets — definitely achy arms tomorrow
~ 9 July 7:45pm 30:00 FB Stretching Pilates Yoga workout — lazy girl workout
~ 17 July 6:39pm 50:00 *380cal Ave129 Max156 FB30R3 D1 — back from eat sleep vacation in Penang, all weights felt super heavy
~ 19 July 6:44pm 32:01 *254cal Ave132 Max155 FB30R3 D2 cardio interval — hamstrings still tight from last workout
~ 20 July 9:41pm 38:00 *287cal Ave129 Max159 FB30R3 D3 HIIT + Strength
~ 21 July 4:46pm 39:01 *215cal Ave110 Max143 FB30R3 D4 Upper body strength
~ 22 July 4:23pm 36:00 *281cal Ave131 Max151 FB30R3 D5 Lower body strength + HIIT — below 300cal seems so low but I got it done instead of skipping if it’s a longer workout
~ 23 July 10:10pm 26:00 No HRM FB30R3 D6 Static stretches — I didn’t cheat, stretches was scheduled as a recovery workout 🙂
~ 25 July 9:24pm 47:00 *361cal Ave130 Max152 FB30R3 D8 Strength supersets — This one is difficult.