Thursday, November 23, 2006

Going Crazy-completely stressed out!

What else is new at this time of year? I am so stressed out. I have two presentations and two papers to get finished by the end of the year...and, I only have like five days to do it. I have a lot of the preliminary work done, but the actual polished stuff isn't done yet. Aaaahhh! My biggest frustration right now is the fact that my email address for my university won't work and I am trying to get a bunch of people together that I can interview for one of my projects. It just doesn't seem to be coming together. I managed to get one interview, but I need nine more and I can't find anymore. The people that I do have, seem to be slipping out of it every time I try to get something set up. For example, my one friend told me that Tuesdays are bad for him because he goes bolwing-fine, I can understand that. But, then he tells me that he is busy Thursdays too because he has to watch his TV SHOWS. His TV shows?! Oh, I'm sorry to inconvenience you, but if I don't get this done it fucks up my mark. You, on the other hand, just miss one episode of something...since it will probably only take about an hour-maybe even less. Have you ever heard of taping it? Aye! I can only do the interviews on those days because those are the only days I have access to the speaker phone at the university and i need it to tape-record the sessions. He even asked me to send him the questions and he could just type up his answers. Um, no! that is completely against my Ethics requirements I have to follow. I had to fill out a bloody form and all that crap. If I am going to do this I have to do it right, otherwise my chances of doing something like this could be put in jeopardy. Anyway, I think I feel a bit better. I have to keep googling "guide dog" websites. That is the other half of this project.
PS: If there is anyone out there with a guide dog who wants to participate in my study, let me know! :)

4 comments:

L^2 said...

Hi girls,
Oh, the good-old-days of papers and presentations... I remember them well. Good luck with it all. It sounds like you are having quite a week.
LOL, TV Shows! When I was in school I had a friend who did the same thing. He couldn't come work on physics lab stuff until after a certain time on Thursday nights, becaus he just couldn't miss his favorite TV show ("Friends"). The rest of us in the group kept saying, "Get a freakin' VCR!", but I don't think he ever did. :-)
Anyway, about the guide dog part of your project, I have links on my blog to some other blogs by people who use service dogs - not all of them are guide dogs though - as well as lots of puppy raiser blogs, if that helps at all. I could e-mail you the links to blogs by guide dog users if it would be easier. I think most of them are from the U.S. though; does that matter? Let me know if you're interested.
hugs,
Laura and Willow (and Stella too!)
P.S. What does being a participant in your study involve? Is it just answering some questions?

Jess and Jetta said...

Hey girls,
Yeah, you just answer questions. I'd phone you, so the long distance cost would not be your responsibility. I've actually looked at those links. lol Your blog has been most helpful. It doesn't matter where in the globe you are for me to interview you. If you don't mind being interviewed, email me your phone number and we'll set up a date.
hugs

L^2 said...

Glad I could help. :-)
Going to e-mail you now...

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