Monday, November 30, 2015

Life as of Late: November 2015

This is a blog post that I'm mostly only writing because I haven't blogged at all in November (yes, I'm terrible). It's because I've been really busy! Here's what I've been up to...

Traveling!
I traveled a lot in November. After thirty years of not going to California, I finally went to California. I won a travel award to go to a Rheumatology conference in San Francisco. The conference was okay, but the San Francisco experience was pretty neat. I did most of the touristy stuff (minus Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the house from "Full House"...next time). Also, I ate at In-N-Out Burger for the first time after hearing every Californian ever talk about how great it is. It was just okay (cue Californian gunfire). What also made it fun was that Fiance came with me and that we stayed with his sister (and her two redheaded twin boys) and that his other sister (with two adorable not-redheaded children) came to visit as well. I have officially met all of the in-laws.
The random guy in the picture is my fiance. He's okay.
My other travel of November was a very short (so short that it was so not worth all of the hassle involving O'Hare) trip to Iowa City to meet some of the people that I do research with. I got to give a presentation and learn about clinical data collection. I also got to stay in a hotel room by myself which was pretty awesome. And it turns out there's a Teddy's Bigger Burgers in Iowa City, so I got to have some Hawaiian nostalgia in the Midwest.

School!
School has been pretty okay. I'm not taking any classes right now, which is boring because I like being in classes. I have been doing some light teaching in the form of Anatomy tutoring, and I got to give a lecture in one of the forensic anthropology classes.

Research is dominating a lot of my school time. I've submitted some of my research results to present at some different meetings (one which is super relevant to my future career goals in San Diego, and one which is less relevant to my career goals in Amsterdam...#thestruggle). My first "real" committee meeting is this week, so here's hoping they don't kick me out without a diploma.

Churchy Stuff!
The only churchy thing I'm involved in right now is the Relief Society Christmas Concert. This is the 17th year that the concert has been happening and the 6th year that I've done it, and I am IN CHARGE this year! (Well, in the artistic sense I'm in charge, there's also a coordinator who is amazing and doing all the logistical stuff that would drive me crazy.)

Being Engaged!
I'm engaged (whee!) and wedding planning is the absolute WORST. Seriously; I now understand why so many people just shack up instead (don't worry, ladies from my home ward, I'm not shacking up). But we're doing the tiniest tiny wedding ever, and hopefully it'll all come together at some point. Updates to come!