many of you know this already, but just to get it out there (and partially explain my complete lack of posting recently!). i've quit grad school. it sounds kind of crazy, but i just didn't want to do it anymore, and i haven't for quite a while. academia isn't a lifestyle i want-- i think i had wanted it for so long that i couldn't believe it when i stopped. i started telling myself that i just had to finish the dissertation and i could do something else, and then i got to the point of telling myself that i just had to get paid this year, and i realized that this was ridiculous. i could use the two or three dissertation writing years to get a job and hopefully get a raise or two. i'm feeling so much better about this, although the nerves are starting to set in as i look at my cv and try to make it a resume. hopefully, more posts will follow as i settle into this looking for work thing. wish me luck!