A co-worker and I have concluded anything written in LaTex, as opposed to Word, looks inherently more professional, hence my decision to write in LaTex. There is some small comfort in the fact that even with the poorly written sections, my thesis can at least look good. Disclaimer: I am an avid apple user and only use Microsoft products under extreme duress. The only exception I make is for PowerPoint because I like the nifty clock it displays when you give a presentation.
Most of my conversations lately with family/friends includes one of the following questions: "Have you been working on your thesis?" "How is the thesis coming?" "What page/chapter on you on?" "When will you be done?" etc. I have learned to no longer answer the last question. There is some Murphy's Law of thesis-writing which mandates that everytime you say a month out loud, life penalizes you and adds three more months of analysis. I will concede that checking nytimes.com over twenty times a day does not help with efficiency either, but there is some value to being up to date.
After much thought, I have also concluded that the dissertation is a cruel joke on physicists. There is something sadistic about making a scientist write a tome on their experiment and analysis in sentences that are not only grammatically correct, but understandable. I think the fact that I am generally incapable of forming a complete sentence, let alone, a coherent paragraph clued me in early that my life path would not include journalism, literature or blogging (until recently). So the fact that my graduate career should culminate in a dissertation still strikes a strange note and, generally speaking, a poorly written one.