Holy cow! There have been so many changes in my life over the past week:
1. I moved back to Iowa from Little Rock on Friday. It's a 10 hour drive that I do not wish on anyone.
2. My boyfriend proposed to me Friday night. (I said 'yes!') He said that he couldn't stand having me away for so long and wanted to cement our future together. It was a total shock for me and I wasn't expecting it at all. Here is a pic of the ring - I absolutely LOVE it!
3. However, with all the happiness his proposal brought, I had a lot of work to do in my apartment. My parents came down on Sunday to deliver my furbabies (2 cats) that were staying in their home while I was away in Little Rock for the summer. I not only had to unpack everything from my stay in Little Rock, but I also had to do a thorough cleaning of my apartment. It was disgusting! I didn't clean before I left for the summer and I came back to find mold in my fridge (I left deli turkey AND several produce items in there, ugh) and my bathroom had red rings around the tub and toilet.
4. My parents stayed the night at my apartment Sunday night - I cooked chicken curry. It was delicious, but it's pretty labor intensive AND lots and lots of dishes.
Future stresses that are killing my anxiety:
1. I am preparing for my thesis defense at the end of August. I am so worried about cramming all there is to know about my subject into the next 3 weeks that I am breaking out. I can't wait for this to be over so I can finally relax a bit.
2. Not only that, but I was able to make a deal with my landlord and get out of my lease early (like 5 months early - he is such a great guy). My fiance asked me to move in with him after the proposal. So within the next 2 weeks, I will be packing up all of the items I unpacked a few days ago (as well as much much much more stuff) and move into his house. This is on top of studying my butt off for my thesis defense. SO stressed!
3. Job hunting has been a major stress as well. I am looking for a job near Ames, IA but there isn't much in the Toxicology field that I am qualified for. So, I'm basically settling for position that only require a BS degree. But I guess it's better than settling for working at Subway or McDonalds...although free food would be welcomed :)
4. Money - I don't have much. I am no longer a full time student and that means I no longer receive assistance. This means I don't receive a stipend, I have to pay for my own tuition, AND my health insurance ended Sunday.
- Thank God my landlord was so understanding about my situation. I was very worried I wouldn't be able to afford my apartment for the full 6 month lease with no job and no stipend. Now I might be able to pay for health insurance through the school for the semester and pay my tuition.
I just need to get through this month with my head above water.