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Post-Dissertation Life: Come Watch Me at the 4th Annual Brooklyn Bacon Takedown


I think that there is a little bit of confusion among most people as to when life after the dissertation starts to look “normal” again. I only say this because I have found my friends to be genuinely befuddled:

“What?! You’re still not done?!”

Well, I respond, it’s kind of a long process. Yes, you have to write your dissertation — and that can take forever and a day. When it is done, you submit it to your committee members as early as you can before your defense. Then you defend it in front of them. You take their suggestions during the defense and you revise your dissertation to address — as best as you can in the time that you have allotted yourself to revise — their feedback. Then you submit the whole thing again and wait to see if there is anything else that needs to be done (formatting, paperwork, etc.). If everything looks okay, then you can start breathing again.

For myself, as of Monday, all revisions are finished, the dissertation is uploaded and sent to Proquest, and all my library fines are paid. So I can finally officially say that I am done!

I am only now slowly beginning to ease back into life: tidying up my apartment after almost half a year of neglect, doing laundry, seeing friends again, dealing with the crush of emails and electronic whatnot that have been accumulating since June.

And after so many months of being out of the kitchen, what is the first thing I do?

I sign up to compete in the 4th Annual Bacon Takedown in Brooklyn and cook for 200 people.

That’s right. And what kind of baconbiscuit212 would I be if I didn’t?

For those of you who are in the NY Metro Area, please do come out and cheer me on at my first Takedown!

October 14 at 2:00pm at The Bell House.

I will have 15 pounds of bacon to play with.

15 pounds, people!

There are just a few tickets left. $15 nabs you the chance to taste the 20 competitors’ dishes, including my own. For tickets, click here.

It’s gonna’ be greasy 😉

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32 Comments

    • Thanks, Edna! I wish you were in NYC too! I bet you could get a press pass for the event. It’s now sold out! But I think it’s going to be crazy fun. Will take photos for everyone and report back.

      Thanks again for the encouragement and for dropping by!

    • I wish you could be there too! I will definitely be taking pictures and posting them. How can you not? 20 competitors, each with 15 pounds of bacon = 300 pounds of bacon!

      Like the size of a Sumo wrestler!

  1. Congratulations on being just steps from the finish line! I hope you can use 25% cotton content paper, like most universities do. Mine specified 50% cotton content paper, which was a nightmare to print on. With a name like Dr. Baconbiscuit you can’t help but be successful! Try using ALL of the bacon (rendered fat too) in your menu. I’d be glad to review, if you like.

    • I wish! Unfortunately, I don’t know how much control I have over that. Thankfully, I could upload it electronically, thus saving me from printing it out on more paper.

      But did you see that article in the NYT recently? About how polluting data centers are compared to plain old paper? I was shocked!

      In any case, thanks for all the support and encouragement along this journey 🙂 Will let you know how that Bacon-off goes. And heck yeah, I’m going to used all that rendered gold!

      • Go for it girl! Don’t let 200 servings intimidate you. Yes, the electronic world generates more pollution than people realize; and uses more energy too. In the dark ages we didn’t have the luxury of uploading. So if you can just write a check and let them do it, more power to ya!

    • I know! I’m a little scared about the amount I have to work with . . . But I think the biggest challenge will be not eating all the bacon before the Takedown!

    • baconbiscuit212

      I’m still deciding what to do! Isn’t that horrible? I should be knee-deep in R&D! But will give you a full update to be sure!

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