As of yesterday Wendy has completed her thesis defence and is a PhD. She does not want me to call her Doctor Oakden because that is her father's name and that would be weird. She has informed me that she wishes to be Doctor Wendy. I am going to have to get used to this.
Yes, Doctor Wendy.
No, Doctor Wendy.
As you wish, Doctor Wendy.
Just so, Doctor Wendy.
I love you Doctor Wendy.
Oooh, just like that Doctor Wendy, yes!
It all feels a little bit ridiculous, particularly because I never felt much concern about the title in the first place. We are both feeling amazing because the stress has been lifted, the struggle is over, the new phase our of life is nigh, but if that had come by Wendy quitting the PhD two weeks ago I would be totally fine and still so proud of her and what she has done. Needless to say she wouldn't have been quite so enthusiastic.
Her public presentation went great and I was very pleased with myself that I followed everything and understood all of what she was saying right up until the fifth last slide. I figure getting 80% of what is going on in a Medical Biophysics PhD talk is pretty good for a homemaker. Of course following the outline isn't precisely the same thing as actually understanding what quantitative T2 really means, but I will take my small victories.
You might assume that we went and tied one on afterwards, celebrating wildly into the night. Instead we went out for dinner and a couple drinks, came home, and were both asleep before ten o'clock. Party animals we are not.