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Friday, March 30, 2012

Love and Lessons


My good friend Ashleigh got married last weekend!  I was honored to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, and Jeff and I had a great time celebrating with her and her new husband Paul.  We got ready at her HOUSE.  Which was beautiful.  I can't wait to have one of those one day.

Getting ready with the Bride


My bridesmaid dress!

Meanwhile, as the girls were primping, Jeff went with my Dad to a BBQ competition in Hammond.  Which is where he spotted this gem:




And we ended the weekend with large quantities of sushi at Little Tokyo in Metairie on Sunday:



A great weekend!

In other news, I had the opportunity to teach not one, but two college classes this week!  I cannot begin to tell you how nervous I was, but it was a really cool experience.  And basically validated for me that I want to get a teaching job after I graduate. 

What I learned:

1.  I like preparing for lectures.
2.  I like teaching.
3.  College kids are scary.  

Especially when ~100 of them are looking down at you from stadium seating.

But probably the most exciting news as of yet- Jeff is done living in Baton Rouge as of today!  

Woohoo!







Monday, March 26, 2012

Motivation


As much as I complain about grad school on a daily basis, I must think deep down that it's going to be worth it in the end.  

Otherwise I'm an idiot for torturing myself for no reason.  


I hope you're right Mr. Hinckley


I keep telling myself that all the weekends spent in the lab, holidays missed, and nights spent awake worrying about various projects will soon be over.  If I don't completely fall off the deep end before next summer, I'll leave New Orleans with a PhD and an immense feeling of accomplishment.  I have no idea what I'll be doing after I graduate, but I think that after 5 years of the highs and lows of grad school I can probably handle anything life throws at me.  Hopefully doors will open for me that I can't even imagine right now.  Even if I end up doing something completely unrelated to science, this experience has taught me that if you're dedicated enough (or ridiculously stubborn) you can do anything.  Even something that seems impossible, which is what finishing my PhD felt like last year.  So much so that I came very close to quitting countless times (just ask Jeff).  Now that I only have a year left, give or take, finishing my degree seems more manageable.  And I'm so glad I stuck it out.

Although if you ask me next week I may tell you differently.

Sometimes all I can think about is how life will be so much better once I finish grad school and Jeff is done with his residency and fellowship.  I tend to write off the day to day things I should be grateful for because of all the hardships we experience as full time "students."  It's difficult to live in the moment and not wish that things could fast forward a little.

I just need to try to take one step at a time and be patient.  And it helps that Jeff turned in his rank list for Fellowship yesterday!  One more step towards the next chapter in our lives.  In less than 3 weeks we'll know where (or if?!) he matches!



Saturday, March 17, 2012

Work


This is how I'm spending my Saturday/ St. Patty's Day this year- sitting in lab watching these little strips of paper float around in containers on the "belly dancer."  The cheeky name of the equipment does not do much to lighten my mood about spending this beautiful day in the lab though...



Jeff's on call in Baton Rouge this weekend.  I got to see him for dinner last night in New Orleans after conference before he had to drive back, which was nice.  I'm beyond ready for him to be back home and done with that rotation in 2 weeks though!

Do people actually have jobs where they have off every weekend?  Cause I would like one of those.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Kiss me I'm Irish!


Well, not really...but I am Catholic and that counts, right?

Sunday Jeff and I went to the Metairie Road St. Patty's Day parade.  It was our first St. Patty's Day that we celebrated in New Orleans, and I have to say we did not play this one well.  We should have known better being Nola/parade veterans by now to know that it would take its sweet ole time getting to us.

We waited around for two and a half hours before the parade made it to our little spot on Metairie Road.  We wasted time by getting some cheeseburgers from Lee's which were surprisingly good and wonderfully greasy to go along with our solo cups of white wine (classy):




There were probably hundreds of these guys in green and white suits walking the parade routes.  They would pick out girls to give these fake green and white roses to and make you kiss them on the cheek in exchange.  It was quite hot out and my germaphobia was out in full force when I saw these guys coming.  Kissing the cheeks of sweaty old men does not equal my idea of a good time:


The crowd:

                          

A float/fire truck?:




Cool old timey car:



And I'll leave you with a picture of Misch just for kicks:



And Jeff's rank list is due in two weeks!!!  So we'll find out where we're going for Fellowship exactly one month from today.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

In which Jeff went to rich people country and we got day drunk...

Jeff is done with all his fellowship interviews.  Can I get a HALLELUJAH?!  I am much more excited than he is apparently.

His last interview was in Aspen, although it almost didn't happen.  I think Jeff seriously has the worst luck of anyone I have known (recall the missed San Diego interview of late).  He had a layover in Denver and then the airline cancelled the connecting flight to Aspen due to extreme weather conditions.  Really?  Faced with the prospect of just having spent about $500 on the first leg of the flight to Denver for nothing, Jeff decided to rent a car to drive from Denver to Aspen (he got a voucher for about $300 for the cancelled flight- yes that means it was an $800 flight in total, thus my excitement at interviews being over).  This is a 4 hour drive, in conditions so snowy/treacherous the airline cancelled the flight.  But Jeff decided he would be fine since we're so experienced at driving in snow in New Orleans, you know?

Anyway, Jeff made it safely to Aspen and sent me some pictures.  Everything looked so storybook perfect and beautiful, so I was extremely jealous I didn't get to go with him.  I spent these two days testing rats in a maze...yayyyy.








Fancy schmancy hotel Jeff did NOT stay in





The day after Jeff got back from Aspen (around midnight) I woke up bright and early on Saturday for Tulane's annual Neuroscience Retreat.  I had to give a presentation I had been stressing about for a week in front of our entire program.  But then I got to leave early so we could go to Ashley and Lucas' wedding!  They got married in the afternoon at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church with a reception following at the Opera Guild Home.  I obviously wasn't thinking because I did not take one single picture at the church/reception.

But I did take some during the second line after the reception ended and we made our way to Tracey's bar for more drinks (because we hadn't done enough day drinking at the reception already). 

I should probably be a photographer


And there was this wonderful woman standing outside the bar with two dogs dressed in tutus.  I mean, really.  I asked her if I could take their pictures and she responded that of course!  People ask her this all the time.  So that means that these outfits must be a common occurrence for them.  This is why I love New Orleans.







After a long day of celebrating, we topped off the night with tacos from Felipe's (may possibly be the most satisfying meal after drinking known to man).

And then I tried the equinox broom trick just because everyone else on Facebook was doing it.  Misch was skeptical...