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Monday, April 29, 2013

So I've been busy. REALLY busy. Avoiding Spark busy. Looking back at a blog:

Upcoming stuff:
Conference 6th-10th -- DONE
Fly home 10th – get in a car and drive to Milwaukee -- DONE
11th – drive to Sheboygan, WI to meet some of TJ’s family -- DONE
12th – drive to Green Bay for rehearsal dinner for the wedding TJ is in -- DONE
13th – wedding of TJs friends -- DONE
14th – drive back to StL -- DONE
15th—drive back to Columbia -- DONE
16th-19th – furiously try to finish thesis-- DONE
19th – hand copies of thesis to committee members -- DONE
19th-26th—work on paperwork and thesis presentation -- DONE
26th—defend my thesis -- DONE
27-28th—move out of my house -- DONE
29th – close on my house -- DONE

3rd – drive to Milwaukee for another wedding
10th—turn in paperwork to grad school and my 28th birthday
17th – hopefully, graduation!
25th – wedding of my friend Mette

So now its almost May. Holy crap. Where did April go?

The last few weeks have been eventful to say the least. Healthy... not as much. I've added some belly pooch. I need to weigh myself, which I will on May 1st or 2nd and update my tracker. I've just avoided it. It was a stress I didn't need. So reality check time. Thesis = done = excuses = GONE!

I crappily threw my thesis together in the last two weeks. I mean I've been working on it, but really getting it together took a lot of work. And as you can see above, I really didn't have the time to spend focusing on it and everything else.

I feel really out of shape, but I am going to get back moving. I need to get my core strength back and lifting back and get me some muscles! Grr... Its going to happen. All of my energy was going into the thesis, and the defense, and those are both over. Its such a relief. Technically I passed. I just have to make some revisions. My defense was on Friday and since then I haven't even opened the copies with edits from my committee members. Two had no edits. One has a lot of edits. And one has some constructive edits. So all in all, not so bad. Its definitely a weight off my shoulders. So soon you all will just have to refer to me as The Doctor. Well... okay, A doctor.

I have my fancy, schmancy velvet hood for graduation on the 18th. That's crazy. I mean, I have to go right? Walk, get a hood, become a Doctor. That's just weird to think that 10 years of college are finally over. I won't be a student again. I've been in school 24 out of 28 years of my life, and now I have to go be this thing called an adult?! Whaaaa?

So now that that's mostly behind me, I want to focus on my fitness again. I was maintaining the mid-180s pretty well. I wasn't calorie restricting because of the arm injury. Oh and btw -- four months later from incision-ripping-open-grossnes
s... its still not closed. Its close. There's only about a 2-3mm by 1mm opening, so I can wear a normal large bandage to cover it, so its almost there. Definitely by the end of May it should be closed. So that whole mess of an irritating disaster should be over. I don't have any exercise restrictions other than my lazy butt resisting movement, so I should be good to go to get working.

Other crazy big news = I sold my house. So as of this morning I am officially homeless. And since i don't have a job yet... I'm slightly screwed. I have really good friends though who are letting me crash at their places. This week is short, so I'm only spending two nights with one friend. Next week I might stay with another friend. And the week after, spend it with the first one again. Depending on how long it takes me to find a job... and how long my boss will pay for me... yea. I'm really trying to not freak out. I thought I had a solid job interview lined up for April, but they literally NEVER called to set it up. I talked to them again through LinkedIN but haven't heard back. So homeless and jobless but happy. Well not jobless. My PI is "letting" me stay in his lab as a post-doc, without a pay raise, for like 3 months. So he's getting an incredibly cheap post-doc, and I'm still getting a paycheck.

So where is all of my stuff? In my parents house. My mom is less than thrilled, but the plan was to move back and save money, so it kind of had to go there anyway. They have a big enough house that it fits, but its tight, and the garage is packed until we move stuff around. Thank god for my boyfriend TJ. He can pack a U Haul! My parents refused to help me move, so my sister and TJ helped me clear everything out. The dang treadmill would not fit out the door. We took the door off, and then had to put it in pieces to get it inside. Its currently still in pieces in my parents garage. I have no idea how the heck we can move it inside. Its just too damn heavy. It rolls, but not on grass... So hopefully A) the move didn't f*ck it up and B) the summer heat in the garage won't f*ck it up. *Fingers crossed*

My nearly official new motivation to get in shape is to a) feel better, but b) look good in a wedding dress next year. I have all sorts of plans for something semi-backless and sleeveless... so I need to get moving.

Basically I'm super happy right now, but I need to turn all of this positive energy back into my Spark. I am going to try to dig through blogs and see what everyone has been up to while I've been MIA, but you should be seeing me more around here again.
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  • KLONG8
    What an accomplishment! Congrats on the Ph.D! It's been so long since I've been in school to think of the effort this took...well, pretty impressive. And it's certainly undestandable that you let your workouts etc slide a bit. That's the human thing to do.

    Good luck as you begin a totally new phase of your life!
    1880 days ago
  • HFAYE81
    Woohoo! A doctor?? You've got to be feeling good! emoticon
    1880 days ago
    Congratulations! on the PhD especially, but the house and move as well! You had one hell of an impressive month, that's for sure!

    I have no doubt you will get back on track and be kicking butt in the fitness and job-hunting departments in no time.

    You're awesome. emoticon
    1880 days ago
  • SLEE103
    ha it's a weird feeling indeed to not be a student anymore and be in the "real" world. Congrats on your Doctorate! Looking forward to seeing how everything goes for your and more Sparking :)
    1880 days ago
    Congratulations, Doctor! I totally gained weight while on the job market and working on my dissertation. Didn't magically fall off afterwards, either. At least those fancy robes hide a multitude of 'sins'. ;)

    Mine are Slytherin colors (there's a pic of me on my SP page in them)! I might get a patch to pin on sometime. Hahahha...
    1881 days ago
    That was a lot on your plate.

    Edits are annoying when you wished you'd be over, but it's was give you a manuscript you won't be ashamed of re-reading or handing over to other people (including future employers).

    Welcome back to a more "normal" life and I wish you that it'll get all sorted out soon.

    You can always join the new 10lbs/10weeks challenge, we're in first week ;)
    1881 days ago
    Holy crow, lady! Look at all you have accomplished! May is gonna be a breeze!
    1881 days ago
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