Monday, April 14, 2008

cranial overload/systems malfunction

*remember to breathe*

so. i'm done with grad school. (i know, i can't believe it's true either).

the last month has flown by. so much happening. so much to get done. so much still to do. and while i'm not in school anymore (it's weird not being in clinic all day today) there's this illusion of time and choice, but i'm not so sure it's anything more than that, an illusion. i had kind of envisioned a slow-down, some time to myself, something a little less structured and a place where i could get back to myself, live the kind of life i want, going to boxing, yoga, having time to cook dinner, and working. something other than the crazy-woman rushing around, every minute of my time scheduled kind of life i've been living for the last 4 years. and it is different. i am not absolutely scheduled, but now it's making myself my own schedule, where in i have to find more work, plan out my board studying (because yes, i need a study schedule, cos i will ONLY TAKE THESE ONCE) and get my exercise in, not to mention see friends (have to make the best of my last 6 months here...) and all that good stuff.

did i mention i finished grad school?

ha. i didn't think it would ever happen. and the reality is, it's a bit of anti-climax. i mean, there's still so much studying to do and i can't work in acupuncture until i'm licensed... so. yeah. maybe when boards are over this will feel real. but that being said, i'm glad i have a little time. now that i'm not in school my entire waking life, i can research more living/job stuff in portland and figure out more details of that. which is VERY exciting and kind of surreal, this is all starting to be real...

right, so, since i last posted... oh god, i have no idea what i've done. ha. finished up school, i believed i passed all my courses, otherwise i'd probably have heard by now. i applied to board exams, both nationals and states... i *FINALLY* got my registration ID for nationals and now have to schedule my exam modules (it's done at a computer testing center) which i plan on taking in a month. but might spread out the sections a bit, so possibly in the next couple of weeks i'll start that process! eeeeeek! nationals! and my states application was received but i doubt i'll hear anything from them for a while (the test is in august).

and in life outside of school/board exams (is there such a thing?)... have gotten to hang out with friends a bit. have gone out dancing with the girls a few times, hiking (possibly some pictures to come of hiking in penasquitos a couple of weeks ago), batting cages with ris and devon (too fun, though i was kinda crap at the hardball) and just yesterday i went kayaking!!!! on mission bay with tim. we had such an awesome time, though there was definitely some bumper-kayaking going on with the crazy messed up paddle. so much fun, haven't been kayaking in ages, so it was awesome to be out on the water (made me REALLY miss crew!) though i was crap at putting sunscreen on my legs and managed to miss a couple spots and now look like i have some sort of demented skin disease *sigh* oh well, it was worth it! speaking of weather, it's been CRAZY hot out here (high 80s!).

oh oh oh oh! this might be a day premature, but emily may indeed be moving to san diego YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i'd be ridiculously excited. ridiculously. we haven't lived in the same city since HS...

in other news, the baking update: i've made the cheesecake (again, and again fabulous reviews), truffles, a ginger butter cake, the molasses spice cookies again (always a hit!) chocolate raspberry cake... but as my camera was on the fritz, no pictures... but it's fixed now, so look forward to baking pictures now that i have some time on my hands, and tons of recipes i want to try!

in recap: i finished grad school.

this is less about you all understanding it, than trying to have it sink in that i have actually finished my masters degree (about damn time) and am (almost) allowed to practice acupuncture for my job. :).

in the meantime, anyone you know in san diego who wants to give me a part-time job, or needs a massage, please get them in touch with me ...

~ Alexis

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