Day 709

Graduation day!  Woooo! It's officially over.

It was very strange... today didn't feel like anything special.  Tuesday felt like the real end of an era: cleaning out my office, turning in my key, saying good-bye to my office mates who I've gotten to know over the past two years, saying good-bye to the amazing math department staff... that's when it felt like it was really over.  Sort of a "last day" versus "retirement party" conundrum.  So today was the party, of sorts.

Mom, dad, and Jessie came over for lunch.  Kimmy and I made ham and rice.  And then we had cookie cake for dessert!  It was buckets of goodness.

Then.... commencement.  I got there about an hour early to figure out what I was doing and where I was going.  I'm glad I was so early because there were a lot of people.  I eventually did find out where to go and my friends also found me.

The "mathematical sciences" were one of the first groups to go through the ceremony, so we got the important thing out of the way and sat for the next hour.  I sat next to Tim H, so he got to listen to me talk about whatever things happened to be on my mind at the moment.  He's a trooper.

After the ceremony I got pictures with family, friends, and most likely some people I didn't know... because photobombing is awesome.  And then that awful part where I had to say good-bye to everyone.  Ick.  Thankfully, some people are moving to Louisville with me.  But there are a lot who aren't.  Whenever I have to say good bye to people, I get all these gross emotions.  Emotions are just such untidy little devils.

On an additional note: this will probably be my last daily (except I haven't written this every day for a few months...) update.  I'm going to be attempting weekly updates so that I don't get as bored writing this when everything is the same thing.  We'll see how it goes.

Anyhow, that's all for now.  Be prepared for an exciting updated for my first week of post-grad school life!


Day 708

Well, it's been a pretty exciting week.

Mostly yesterday was very exciting.  Kimmy and I made a trip down to Louisville to begin the lease at our apartment.  We left around 9:30 and got there just before 12:30.  It was pretty uneventful.  A new property manager was being trained, so the current one did a lot of extra explaining of "here's why I do this" or "at this point, I put this paper in this stack."  Then we went to our apartment and did a pretty thorough walk-through... looking for cracks, scratched, things that don't work, etc.  When we finished all of that, we moved some things into our new apartment!  It was exciting.

Then we had dinner with Lee!  We talked about our moving adventures and the exciting things going on in his world.  We've still been pretty unsuccessful in convincing him to move to Louisville.

Today was pretty good as well.  I spent the morning taking my last test (yay!) and then grading (boo!).  But it's all over now!  Except that grading isn't quite over.  Now that all the tests are graded, I need to determine all of the final grades.  That's always fun...

In celebration of being done with school, a group of people in my group went to dinner.  That was fun.  Then we finished the evening with a fire at Tim and Erin's house.

I have successfully made two very exciting and long days sounds excruciatingly dull.  I'm pretty tired.  So, I think that's all for now.