1. I feel very uncertain about how I'm going to do the second and third chapters of my dissertation - feasibility, funding, still having a major professor.
1a. If I want to teach at the undergraduate level after I graduate, the instructor job that I have this summer is the experience that will make me competitive for that kind of position. And yet I'll still have 2-3 (4?) years of dissertation work before I get my degree and move on to that kind of job.
2. I miss my family and wish I had the ability to visit them a couple times a month on the weekends. Justin and Erica can go visit my parents, the same as my parents could go visit my grandparents, aunts, and uncles. I want to be part of that cycle too.
3. I miss the weather and landscape of New England.
4. Maybe I'm not spending as much time around friends right now as I have in previous years of grad school?
So the best thing to do is keep on trucking along, and perhaps plan some social events when I have a few moments to breathe. Which I don't this week.