I don't have much time now, but have to share two experiences before they "vanish from my heart"...
1. Sharon skyped me last Sat morning, as I was working on the thesis (what else? ). We spent about 90 minutes chatting on lots of things, not basically about the thesis... Finally, she said "you needed to work on your thesis, and I've made you waste a lot of time!". But you know how I felt? Full of energy, confident, ready to face new challenges... So that can't have been a waste of time at all!
This is what I learnt: "whenever U need a push, meet your friends" Sometimes, as in the case of my research, friends are far and cannot be met f2f, but that's where the Internet does the magic!
2. For about 3 weeks, I'd been looking for some reference to back up a statement in my theory, an idea all my colleagues share... Yet, nobody was able to suggest an author for this... I'd just given up and decided to just state it myself, though I was aware it was "weakly" presented... Just on Mon morning, I got an email from my friend Angie... She'd been doing some reading for her "Licenciatura"... and yes! come across exactly what I needed. She took the trouble to send the quote and exact data for the reference.... Some minutes to her, a to me! It's one of those favours you can only pay forward, isn't it?
So, in short, friends for being there and putting up with me through the whole process!