Thursday, August 5, 2010

Because I said I would...

I promised some of my friends in Utah when I visited them recently that I would update my blog. Apparently they noticed that I haven't written in a I guess there are still people that will read what I have to say. I don't usually have that much to say, actually, because my life feels mostly uneventful. So here is a list of things I have been doing since I moved to Washington.

  • Finish the clinical assignments for my internship
  • Went to Boston (Natick, actually) to help John and Dakin before they moved
  • Studied for the RD exam
  • Passed the RD exam
  • Ate a cheeseburger and fries to celebrate becoming a dietitian
  • Put the finishing touches on my resume
  • Applied to a few jobs
  • Played with John, Dakin, Luke, Zachary, Elizabeth, Donna, Mark, Mia, Sam, and Nate for about two weeks
  • Drove down to Fremont
  • Held Madeline for the first time
  • Went to the beach
  • Got my eyebrows threaded
  • Ate at China Chili's
  • Attended Madeline's baby blessing
  • Commenced the drive back to Camas
  • Ate at In'n'Out
  • Arrived back in Camas
  • Received certificate proving that I am now Katherine Stovall, RD
  • Applied to more jobs
  • Interviewed at Adventist Medical Center
  • Left for Utah
  • A whole bunch of other stuff (visiting friends, canyoneering, family reunion)
  • Broke my phone
  • Road trip across southern Utah with family, during which we drove to the north rim of the Grand Canyon and stared at multiple rather large clouds that settled into the canyon.
  • Flew back to Washington
  • Discovered that in a two week period no new jobs have been posted in the Portland area
  • Got a new phone
  • Began writing a blog post
  • Realized this list was too long
  • Stopped writing in list form
Anyway, now that all of the summer vacations are over, it is time to really figure out what I am going to do with my time. Because there is only so much job searching/applying you can do in a day before you run out of new things to look at. Maybe I should look into the possibility of selling plasma again...Hmmm....

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

And then there were three...

Weeks that is.

Three weeks until I am done and gone. Out of Utah. By April 1st. Or at least out of my apartment. The details are still a little fuzzy, like the thoughts in my mom's head. But she is getting better, and starting to make her plans.

I really can't wait.

Not that I haven't enjoyed my time in Utah, but I can say with absolute positivity that I don't want to be in Utah, doing basically the same thing that I am doing now (except getting paid to do it) a year from now. I at least need to do the same old thing in a new location.

Of course a lot of the anticipation for the end of the month is because I will then be done with my internship, done with my assignments (dare I dream?) and be able to take a deep, carefree breath of freedom. Until then I don't have much time for breathing, let alone blog-writing. But I excel at procrastination with good intentions (like getting back to work the second this post is done).

So there will be no trouble filling my time for the next three weeks. I have been wondering how I will fill my time once I am in Washington. Did I mention I was moving to Washington? Back with the folks...are my parents old enough to be called "folks"? My dad always referred to my mother's parents as "the folks." They were always old. At least in my lifetime.

Right, filling my time after the move. I always just figured I would find a job. That's what you do when you are done with all your education and training, right? But sometimes I worry that I too often make choices because "that is what you do." Well, okay, maybe not that many of my choices have been like that. But it is something I fear. I really don't want to look back on my life and realize that I missed some great opportunities and experiences because the thought never occurred to me to take a different path than the obvious. Or because I was afraid. Fear is one of my weaknesses. I really don't like to be uncomfortable.

So my thoughts have been swimming around my head, never having a chance to settle because fireside speakers, sisters, or webinars get me to thinking..."What do I want to do with my life?" Maybe I never thought about this enough because I always assumed I would just pass the time until I got married and had a family. Lame, I know. My time has been well spent for the most part- getting a degree, completing an internship. But now, for the first time, really, my life is completely open. Other than the few thousand dollars I owe my parents, I have no obligations.

And I have always wanted to travel. Badly. So now, instead of finding a job right away, I am very seriously considering finding an international volunteer opportunity, at least for a little while. Maybe the summer? Even the practical side of me thinks this is a good idea (except for being flat broke), because it would look good on a resume and a grad school application, and it would help me know if I want to pursue a career in international health and nutrition. And maybe by the time I get back the job-market will be a little more exciting. Maybe not, but at least I will have sweet memories to bring comfort through the horror that is looking for a job.

So where should I go? I have found programs that send people to Peru, Argentina, Vietnam, the Philippines, India, Kenya, Uganda...and many other places. I don't think it even matters. I would be happy to go anywhere.

Anyway, I think I am going to make a trip to Best Buy, and use some more money of my gift card. Don't worry. I will come straight home afterward and get right back to work!