Dallas lands a job

Great news! Dallas has officially accepted a job at OSIsoft in Philadelphia. As usual, I am still trying to figure out exactly what he will be doing, but he assures me it has to do with “science” and “math” and something about “software for chemical engineering”. Ok Dallas…

We are very excited to be sticking around Philly for the foreseeable future. I find out exactly where I will be on February 20th, and then we’ll really have a good sense of how things will shake out next year. For now, though, we are thrilled to have one down.

Congrats Dallas!!

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Philly Residents

Hello from the big city! Somehow we made it through a crazy spring, and here we are! Living it up in 450 sq. ft. of amazing. Did we mention our new place is really small? We’ve made good use of every inch, though, and it’s actually not so bad. It’s really quite cute! Also cute and small is our new car! We just bought a green Ford Fiesta (lovingly nicknamed the Party Car)!

Philly has been a blast already. Just this past weekend, we celebrated Bastille Day at the old Eastern State Penitentiary by throwing Tastykakes (a Philly favorite) from the prison walls (Let them eat Tastykakes!). This is apparently a longstanding Philly tradition. Okaaayyy! We’ve also been enjoying the amazing food. Philly definitely has a leg up on Newark in that respect.

Since we last checked in about life stuff, I’ve finished collecting my dissertation data and started two new clinical positions at the First State School (a school for chronically ill kids) and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Division of Oncology. Dallas and I are both preparing to apply for the next big thing – for him, jobs and for me, internship! We can’t believe it’s time to start thinking about post-grad school plans…or can we? We’re really pumped to move forward and say goodbye to the student life!

I’ve also had a little bit of free time lately! Finally! I have to admit I feel a little guilty not working constantly, but a little bit of guilt is worth it because I am finally BAKING again and ICE CREAM MAKING! In the last month, I’ve made five batches of ice cream, black raspberry cobbler, blondies, and just tonight, sour cherry hand pies…also making plans to start running again…yikes.

Finally, Frankie is almost one! Of course I’m planning some fun dog-themed birthday activities for her, but in case Dallas reads this…no, we are not having a birthday party for her…wink wink. Happy (almost) birthday Frankie!

Fun in Rittenhouse Square

The calm before the storm

Hey everyone!

We’re gearing up for a ridiculously busy spring over here, so I thought I would take a minute to post before things get crazy. Not much has changed for us – still in grad school, still in our little house, still hanging out with the cutest dog ever (obligatory picture below. Look how big she’s getting!).

Woof I love my strawberry!

Mostly, we are focused on preparing for things to get really nuts in April. From about mid-April through the end of May, lots of things will be happening! I’ll be collecting the last round of data for my dissertation (YAY! ALMOST DONE!), we’ll be visiting my sister’s new baby in OH, running a half-marathon, celebrating Dallas’s sister’s graduation in NC, getting all fancied up for my best friend’s wedding in MI, somehow completing my finals, and then moving to Philly by June 1st! Yes ladies and gentlemen, this is a FIVE WEEK SPAN complete with a new baby, a wedding, a graduation, a 13-mile run, a move, and (somehow) work. Yikes! It really is an exciting time, though, and it’s awesome that we have so many positive things filling our time. We just have to survive it!

For now, though, our days are mostly filled with regular old work, hanging out with Frankie, and looking for places to live in Philadelphia. FUN! It’s exciting to get to explore the neighborhoods, and even though Philly is only 45 minutes north of where we are now, it’s preparing for the move that has really gotten us acquainted with the city. We are excited to get to know it even better when we’re up there! We’re sad to leave our cute little rental house in Newark (darn undergrads outbid us for next year), but also – BIG CITY HERE WE COME! Also, I’ve just accepted a clinical position at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP, as it’s known around here), so I’ll be up there part-time for work, too. Fun!

So, for now, it’s boring boring boring, but we’re getting ready for a whirlwind of a spring! Lots of great things coming our way…here’s hoping we make it to June in one piece! See you on the other side!

About last night…

As you may have heard, Lauren and I are now engaged! We are both very excited! It’s been a fun 24 hours telling family and friends. Everyone has been very supportive and we appreciate the wonderful things that you have been saying! We don’t have any plans yet, but we will keep you all posted. For now, we’re just enjoying ourselves!

Here’s the story of how it happened: As some of you know, Saturday was our five-year anniversary. We decided to celebrate by spending the day in Philadelphia. After Lauren’s volleyball game that morning in Wilmington (a heartbreaking loss), we headed to grab some dim sum in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. We ordered shrimp noodles, siu mai, and, of course, chicken feet (a particular favorite of mine!).

After our delicious meal, we decided to explore the Franklin Institute. It was a fantastic display of science, satisfying the inner nerd in each of us or, in my case, the outer nerd. Highlights include exploring a giant heart (awww) and a wall of lights that lit up in a unique pattern when you used your cell phone. There were many interactive and informative exhibits, but by far the most exciting was the interactive CSI exhibit where we examined a fake crime scene to try to figure out whodunnit.

Here comes the good part. After the museum, we decided to take a walk along the Schuylkill River. We eventually found ourselves at a little secluded spot, reflecting on the last five years. As the sun set, one thing led to another, and we found ourselves engaged! The river was looking very nice that night, although, to be fair, I’m not entirely objective.

Of course, us being us, we celebrated by watching some NU football. Since then, it’s been a blur of phone calls, text messages, and celebrations with our roommates. There will be many other posts to follow, but for now, know that we appreciate your support and are both very excited for the days, months, and years to come!