ABD means that the "only" thing that is left between me and the Ph.D. after my full name, is the dissertation (*insert snort because the "only" is truly A LOT*) . ABD is the marker that I can now start THE THING because the amazing committee I have (all five of them) approved the dissertation proposal. For us, the proposal consists of the first three chapters of what will eventually become my dissertation:
In a year, I read somewhere around 100-200 books. I don't have a TV and I use reading as a form of escape, and I especially like reading outside of academia. It also helps with improving my writing :)
When I'm trying to concentrate, I like having background music that's super dramatic. For some reason, instrumental music is instrumental (pun!) in helping me concentrate. Most of the songs are Korean-drama OSTs (original sound tracks), w/ a few classical music scores in the mix!
I don't categorize anything other than my "random round-ups" because it takes too much work (insert laughing emoji).