Only good news this time, or Where I’ve been the last two months

Thursday was a big day for science, in our house anyway.

After 5 years of graduate school, I’ve defended my dissertation and passed. This act was the last major hurdle between me and my PhD. It’s all very surreal and I’ve already lost track of how many times I’ve been called Dr. Seda. Perhaps it will sink in when I have the official documentation to go with the title. All I have left to do is edit the written dissertation, and that status will be mine.

What I didn’t expect was that the good news to keep coming in. Before starting the defense I found a package in my mailbox. I received the print copy of the science journal with my science article. I had no idea that I was going to be given a writer’s copy. After the whole thing was over, I learned my wife also received some good news yesterday. Her own article on her research was accepted for publication. These were the first articles in which we were the primary authors. Obviously we are both very proud of each other, and we took the evening to celebrate.

After having a day to recover and catch up on some much needed sleep I have allowed myself to delve back into a social life. I have been absent from all social media except the occasional tweet. I have not seen much of the goings on in the world of all my online friends. I have missed everyone, but it was the best course of action. The same goes for closing Port Iris.

The extra time has allowed me to finish what needed to get done without loosing out on too much time with my wife. As it turns out we will be having to live apart for a few months. I am fortunate enough to have a job lined up, but she won’t be able to leave her job just yet. This kind of situation is not uncommon in science, especially in academia, but we’re lucky for how brief we’ll need to be apart. We have friends that have had to live married but in different states for 3 years before being able to move together.

Still I’m still excited to work on some important research and live in Miami for the next couple years.

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~ by caseyseda on January 7, 2012.

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