10 days until Christmas. Whaaaaaat?!? Wasn’t it just last Christmas?
This month/year was fast and exhausting. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my life status and whereabouts. The answer is getting clearer…
First, I’m finishing grad school early!! I submitted the first draft of my thesis last week. After my advisor’s feedback and edits, I’ll hand in the final product before Christmas and that’s it! Though I won’t get my diploma until May, I’ll be completely done with Hopkins. No more school, no more loans. I didn’t know if I would be able to get it done on time or this would’ve been a much more epic countdown to freedom.
And by freedom I mean the dreaded job hunt. The only non-negotiable requirement for my future job is that it’s in the DC area. I’ve had some informational calls, but no serious progress yet.
Lastly, I have literally no reason to be in Baltimore after December, so I intend to move to DC as soon as I figure out exactly where to go.
And that’s where I am.
This has been my typical day, with various other foods and drinks…
But there have also been fun times! I took a stroll in Patterson Park on a beautiful fall day:
Jimmy and I ate Afghan food at the Helmand:
I ended my lifelong loyalty to Asics in favor of a better quality, more modern running shoe:
I also ended 13 years of not eating red meat, in favor of iron in real food form:
It wasn’t enjoyable, but I can tolerate it for the benefits.
Another thing I gave up was an opportunity to work in Bangladesh in the spring. I was offered a position working on a cholera study from January to April. I agonized over it for a week before I finally declined. I’m surprised at myself for giving up a trip to Bangladesh, but for various reasons, my gut feeling had been an unwavering “no” from the beginning. I must have faith that there will be other things. :/
Then Thanksgiving fun happened! I went home for a whole week because I could. I hung with my mom in her new digs:
Played in the snow!
Saw silly friends:
Drank some favorite burrs:
And ate many delicious foods.
Special snacks at my dad’s restaurant ;)
Stuffing out of a 55 year old pot!
This past week, I’ve been dog sitting.
A couple of weirdos…
And also baked with Allison! She worked on turtle cookies:
While I attempted the Baltimore Berger cookie:
They weren’t exactly Bergers, but they were delextables.
Time to watch some Steeler SNF! Looking forward to my next update when it’s Christmas and I’m essentially an MSPH, RD! :D