It's been a while since I've posted anything. Since January, I managed to finish graduate school (yeah!), find a job, move to a new city, and start to get the pieces in place for my real, adult life. In addition to getting to call myself an Ivy League-educated economist (no, seriously, I am), I now have all the trappings of a middle class lifestyle - crushing debt loads and the postponement of major adult milestones because of it. However, unlike most people in my generation, the debt load will be fine once the husband finds a job. Actually, once that happens, it should only be about 2 years before we're completely free of student loans and credit cards, which is wonderful... once that happens. After putting off real life for us both to attend grad school, I'm just a little impatient, but I know it's going to work out soon (but I kind of want to stop renting and buy a house).
We're now in Washington, but I'm not sure I've completely warmed up to DC yet. Watching football today, I miss Saturdays in Champaign, and it's just not right to be in October and see the leaves on the trees still being green. While the Mall area of DC is gorgeous, there's no giant lake nearby, and I miss the sound of waves. Baltimore's harbor can make do in a pinch, but there's really nothing better than a stroll along Lake Michigan with a bit of a chill in the air. Trying to figure out how much time I can spend back in Chicago during Christmas, and maybe whether I can sneak out of town for a long weekend soon. The one downside to having more free time with the end of grad school is that I have more time to be homesick.