It’s been a while!
Last time I blogged I was wrapping up the second year of residency, chilling in the sunshine with the Srisuwananukorns. So much has happened!
Andrew’s sister and brother-in-law had their baby boy! He is the cutest bean. Visiting them on Sundays gives me so much joy and I could hold him forever and ever.
I’m a third year senior resident. The final year, holy cow. Where did the time go? But I will happily say that the transition has been less jarring than the one from first to second year. It’s not so different and if anything I am a little wiser, so making decisions is not quite as stressful.
Wedding planning is full steam ahead - we’ve locked down the florist, the DJ, and the photographer and videographer. Whose photos are included in this post! Emily is a friend from the good old college dorm and when she started her wedding photography business a few years back, I remember direct messaging to tell her SHE HAS TO SHOOT MY FUTURE WEDDING. And she was like, YES OF COURSE. So now we are less than a year away, and we have taken our engagement photos and I. AM. IN. LOVE. She is seriously so talented, fun to work with, and shooting with her felt effortless and honestly just like having a date with Andrew but instead of me documenting, she was! So if you are looking for a wedding photographer, I HIGHLY recommend her. You can check out her stuff here.
Speaking of wedding, I found my dress and wedding band, and I feel like now I’ve found my day-of things, I’ve been trying to shift the focus onto my man! We are going to go shopping for his suit, shoes, and wedding band in the next few months and I can’t wait to see him dressed up. Now if I can just convince him that floral ties are in vogue…
But! Before we get dive into more wedding planning, we both are wrapping up fellowship interviews. It’s been a roller coaster for our minds and our bodies and our bank accounts. I’ve been enjoying seeing new places, meeting new people, and visualizing the next step of our careers. For those who don’t know - I am applying for gastroenterology fellowship and Andrew is applying for hematology/oncology fellowship. Basically further training into a sub-specialty of medicine that we love and want to do for the rest of our lives. Since we are not applying to the same sub-specialty, we have not been traveling together for these interviews. It’s been less fun in some ways, but also a really good way to grow and embrace solo travel - I’ve been reflecting a lot, writing in my new Affirmators journal, and going on a lot of adventurous runs. We find out where we will end up for fellowship at the beginning of December! I’ll be sure to share here what happens.
All of the solo travels do shift your perspective on quality time. Andrew and I have barely seen each other in the past month, maybe 1 or 2 days in the week, sometimes only for a few hours. So we’ve been working hard on really valuing our time together. Lots of hugs, lots of laughing, less unpacking of our stresses onto one another. And lots of eating! Our fridge has been so bare. We’ll get back to our cooking adventures soon! In the meantime, I put up my sourdough bread process on Instagram stories - and once I’m back at home, I’ll hopefully put up a few recipes for fall.
So yes, it’s been a long, long time and I hope you don’t mind the word dump. To be honest, there are some moments where I’ve been feeling a little scattered because of all of the constant late night flights home and lack of regular work flow. But I can honestly say that despite this, there’s something in me that feels grounded. Like I know who I am, I know what I want in the future, I know who is important to me and what’s important for my heart. Is this the beginning of a new chapter of adulthood? Only time will tell.