My goals for the trip have been:
- get to the warm (see pic on left)
- do some research in Salt Lake City
- write a bunch of my portfolio (Case Study & Kinship Determination Project or KDP)
- visit some friends along the way
Get to the warm:
I have definitely accomplished that (see above!). I will spend about 3+ weeks in Arizona and southern California in full sunshine and 80 degree temps! Woo hoo!
Research in SLC:
I spent four days there doing research. Of course, as soon as I left I noticed that I had missed checking out a database that is only available at the library, so I hired my friend, Barry Kline, who I knew was still there to check it for me. Great job, Barry. Just what I needed.
I wanted to come out of my week in Colorado (post-SLC) with my Case Study in very good shape. Well, it took longer than that but I really like what it looks like. A little more work but it is shaping up nicely.
I want to complete my AZ segment of the trip with a very good start on my KDP (see study station at left). Right now–it is really ugly, but it is getting incrementally better every day (sometimes the increments are very small, however.). I am finding some items I need to access, and so, I will be ordering some tapes so I can review them when I get back to Seattle. It is also possible that I will have to re-up my “on-the clock”. As you can tell from the countdown clock on the sidebar, I only have two full months left. I have some information in Iowa that I need to get but I won’t be there until August, when I do another 7 week driving trip.
Visit friends & relatives
I have had the joy of being in Colorado with my husband’s two brothers and one of the sister-in-laws. I am in AZ staying with a friend and will head out the end of this month to San Diego to meet up with my brother and his wife for a few days. Then, it is on to Fresno to visit with another friend, BUT I have to be back in Seattle on the 8th so I can fly to Chicago on the 9th for the weekend.
Whew!! This retirement thing is exhausting.
- Jot down 5 or 6 possible case studies. Remember every immigrant is a problem of identity here and there; every person with multiple birth dates for the same person is conflicting direct evidence.
- Pick a problem you already have “solved.” Do not pick one you haven’t solved.
- Once you pick your problem, write up your research question. I had a hard time with this (I know it shouldn’t be, but my preconceptions kept getting in the way.)
- Determine what kind of a conflict it is and then read NGSQ articles for ones that are similar. While you are reading, look for a format or structure that fits your problem–you do not need to reinvent the wheel. There are good examples out there.
- Start writing; the sooner the better.
- While you are writing (at least this was true for me) there will be “little discoveries” along the way that needed to be researched. At first I was disappointed that I hadn’t noticed them before but then I viewed them as little challenges within the bigger one of the Case Study.
In the end, I got more than I bargained for–which was a very pleasant gift.
What I have done since the last post: a lot.