Thursday, January 19, 2006

Just like Kindergarten...Sort of


I started school this week, which after a four-year hiatus feels like going back to kindergarten. Only this time, we've all been around the block for a while so there's no ackward first day jitters, and the average age in my grad student class is 28 years old. My classes are health behavior/education, health policy, biostatistics, and maternal & child health. Proving that things are not always what they seem, my biostatistics teacher has an earring and is also an ordained minister, not the boring old coot I expected. I am enjoying being back in the land of intellectual conversations about problems most of us will never be able to solve but love discussing the minute details of how each of us would fix it in our own perfect world. Besides my general enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge, the other aspect that I am enjoying is that I somehow managed to pick a great school in the process of figuring out what I wanted to do. At my orientation, I got to hear a lecture followed by an intimate discussion with the Assistant Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Dr. W. Craig Vanderwagen, who was behind the scenes in New Orleans after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I guess when you're paying thousands of dollars for an education, maybe you really do get what you pay for. That remains to be seen, but I like what I see so far.
Meanwhile, Nate is in the middle of his first full week at his new job. I could tell you what he's doing, but then I'd have to kill you. Actually, I couldn't tell you much of anything at all. Amazingly enough, he really is learning "top secret" information. I can hardly believe it exists, to tell the truth. He is enjoying the opportunities that the NGA is dangling in front of him so much, in fact, that he's beginning to struggle with his decision to take the CIA job. Stay tuned on that. The picture above is of Nate's "office," the Washington Navy Yard. Cool, huh?

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!


Nate and I have had a wonderful time in Atlanta and are finally heading home today. Some highlights of the trip were spending time with our parents, family, and friends, taking a ride in Nate's dad's airplane, finding out that my best friend Annalysa is engaged (!), and spending New Year's Eve in a cabin in Helen. To those of you we missed out on seeing, we hope you'll visit us (it's only 9.5 hours from Atlanta!) or that we'll see you soon. Perhaps at one of the 4 weddings (...and counting?) that we'll attend this year! Happy 2006!

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