I’m graduating in a week. Okay, well I’m pretend graduating in a week as I’m not actually participating in my commencement ceremony. But…HOLY COW…I can’t believe I’m/we’re here. It’s been a looooong road and I’m sad/glad to be done. Mostly glad though.
Here’s a rough list of what’s happened to me (rachel) in the last 3.5 years:
– started taking chemistry at Lane Community College
– moved away from Eugene to Corvallis
– moved 3 times in one year
– took Microbiology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, statistics, psychology, biology, anatomy and physiology, human nutrition sciences: micro and macro, medical nutrition therapy, nutrition through the life cycle, community nutrition, communications in nutrition, food science, food service management, business management, argument and critical discourse, and countless other classes that I can’t even remember
– worked at the Portland LDS temple for 1.5 years
– met Thomas
– married Thomas
– moved in with Thomas
– had a tooth removed
– sold Thomas’s Jeep to pay for school and dental bills
– had a new tooth put in
– had a summer internship
– painted my parents kitchen cabinets
– went to my grandmother’s funeral
– went to the Redwoods, Crater Lake, Vancouver BC- Stanley Park (it was my favorite), Vancouver WA, Mt. Rainier, Seattle, Poulsbo Island, Monterey Bay, San Francisco, Newport, Sacramento LDS temple, Sea Ranch, Grants Pass, Lincoln city to blow glass and other small fun adventures I can’t even remember right now
– got accepted into the OSU dietetic internship for 2016-2017, which was my goal ever since Thomas and I started talking about marriage.
– bought a new car, affectionately known as firefly, which will be sure to take us on many adventures. She’s already doing well.
It’s been a busy, fun, crazy, stressful and wonderful 3.5 years. As Thomas and I were driving to the grocery store tonight (hot Friday night date) I commented that he was going to be getting to know a whole new Rachel because he’s only ever known me in school. We both realized that not only would he be getting to know a whole new me, but so would I. I’m excited to see the person I’ll be after I graduate and move forward in my career aspirations.
On a lighter note, Thomas and I spent the Memorial day weekend playing. We hiked McDowell Creek Falls on Friday night, then went on a fun gift-card paid for date at a yummy restaurant called 1847 in Lebanon. On Saturday we hiked Opal Creek Trail and had Hasty Freeze ice cream. On Sunday we rested, cuz that’s what we do. On Monday, Thomas’s birthday, I spent the morning working on a group project and Thomas spent the morning helping his sister and her husband move into a house in Springfield OR. We then met up with each other at their house and went on a fun 20-some mile bike ride around my favorite bike path in Eugene. It wasn’t what we had planned for the day but it was still super fun. We then ate at one of my favorite restaurants in town and then headed home, in two separate cars- which was lame but it was apparently necessary.