Sunday, February 22, 2009


No more dissertation!! (Well, except for a few revisions). Last Monday, I finally defended it and after all of my stressing and worrying, it sure was anti-climactic. After presenting and answering questions for about an hour and 45 minutes, they sent me out of the room to talk about me. They brought me back in, each gave me a hug and congratulated me. I gathered my stuff and left thinking "that's it?". It was a weird feeling. After visitng with former co-workers at the counseling center, my mom and I headed back to Holly and Derek's house and I was out until dinner. We ate at Caffe Capri (one of my favorites) and then went back home for celebratory cake that Kent's parents brought from Cameron (as you will see in the pic). Being back in College Station really made me miss Texas...but I'll be back for graduation!! (May 16th-2:00 pm) This weekend I've been very lazy and for once I don't feel guilty about it!

Friday, February 13, 2009


This picture pretty much sums up how I've been feeling these days. I'm heading to Slidell today and then on to College Station with my mom tomorrow. I defend my dissertation Monday at noon. I'm a nervous wreck and my biggest fear is that I will be "that one" that is talked about for years in the program for not passing her dissertation defense. Don't even try to tell me not to worry about it...because I'm going to worry and stress. However, I am looking forward to (hopefully) celebrating with Kent's family after it's done.

I'm bummed that Kent and I will be apart for our first married Valentine's Day. In fact, we've NEVER been together on Valentine's Day. Ugh. But, he gave me my present last night, which is a gift certificate for a massage at a spa. Perfect gift for post-dissertation!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Family, Food & Fun

My parents came to visit this weekend. It was a nice weekend, and it feels like all we did was eat! Kent made his steaks on Friday night. I still remember the first time my parents ate some of Kent's steak and they were talking about how good it was for weeks! Saturday Kent had to go up to the university and stretch out/ warm up 540 Girl Scouts (can you imagine!?) While he was doing that, my parents and I went out to lunch in Historic downtown Pensacola. We went to Dharma Blue, which is actually where they took me for dinner when I interviewed for my job. After Kent was done, we all went to the Joe Patti Seafood Market. This place is amazing (if you like seafood). It was actually just featured in Southern Living. It's backed up to the bay, so boats just unload the fresh seafood right into the market. We got 7 pounds of shrimp and cooked it 4 different ways (boiled, fried, and grilled 2 different ways). Other than eating, we did lots of wii playing. I can't believe it's already Sunday night!