Well, since starting this so-called “new chapter” of my life, a lot of things have changed. Of course there are the big obvious differences:
1. I am finished with school. Forever.
(Dad, Mom, me, and Jaron after my masters graduation from FSU August 2010)
After a grand total of 20 years of schooling, thats right, 20 years of school, (1 year pre-K, 6 years of elementary school, 3 very awkward years of middle school, 4 years of life lessons in high school, 4 years of learning how to simultaneously study and party in college, then 2 more years of busting my tush in grad school) I am officially free! Free from syllabi, tuition (although I now have the honor of paying back my loans), busses, and school supplies (which I still own, but now deem “office supplies”). A part of me wants to be nostalgic and say how I miss things about school….but I don’t miss a daggum thing. I feel ecstatic to be FREE from school FOREVER……..That is only unless my body becomes taken over by a scholarly ghost/alien and brainwashes me into thinking I want to go back for my PhD.
2. I picked up and moved to Alabama, y’all. Ok maybe I didn’t just pick up and go. I’ve been planning this move for a while. My boyfriend of 4 years, Jaron, got a job in Pascagoula, Mississippi, right outside of Mobile, Alabama and has lived in Mobile for about a year now. We decided that when I graduate from grad school, I would move in with him. So I did. If someone asked me 2 years ago where I would see myself living after I graduate, I never in a million years would have guessed Alabama…but I will get to that later.
3. I’m living with the boyfriend.
(This picture is from when we made “artwork” for our living room – I have to add that this art actually made it onto the wall!)
I am really reeeally lucky to have Jaron. He understands that I need a bit of a break to defragment my brain after 20 years of school and he asked me to move in with him, knowing that I won’t have a job right away…and he was ok with that. I am extremely grateful for him. Sooooo, I have been hanging out at my new home while Jaron works every day. This opens up a whole new challenge: I have become…wait for it….a stay-at-home girlfriend. Sounds GREAT, until I realized the duties that come along with this. We are getting by with my new house-girlfriend skills, but we don’t have to go into detail on that just yet…That’s a whole other chapter in itself.
The job search is quickly approaching. Until then, I will continue enjoying my time off, and I will keep you updated…