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Friday, May 23, 2014

New England to a New Time Zone

This week has been chaos.  I have been putting in 12 hour days at work with a long commute, and also starting up my part time bartending job at night.   All while my dive friends head out for a 2 week dive trip to Egypt.  Jealous.  Feeling like I need a tropical beach vacation with a frozen drink right about now.

Well, enough of the complaining I have SUCH exciting news I have been waiting to announce.  I had to dot a few Is and cross a few Ts so that was the delay.  But, here it is:    I RAN ON WEDNESDAY!  3 miles!  Okay okay, that isn't the exciting news (well I mean it is but not THE news).  I ran a 5k at an 8:38 average and it didn't feel as terrible as I thought.  Okay now: 

I AM MOVING TO SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH!!  After years of applying to different graduate programs, I have been accepted into the Professional Master of Science and Technology program at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I got my undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut.  While I loved the school and the program, I was really limited where I could go.  I had to stay close because I had the horses at home.  I never got to study abroad, or go to school in a fun city.  Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade those amazing years with my horse for the world, but now, now I can go experience something new.  

I have been out to Salt Lake City twice to visit Thatcher and I loved it.  And at 26, my opportunities to take on adventures and new chapters like this one are harder to find.  I am really going to miss my friends, my family, and the horses, but this is an opportunity I cannot turn down.  I will be the first person in my family to complete a master's degree and it has been a huge life goal of mine. 

I will be in Connecticut for the summer, working, saving money, riding Bradey, and celebrating all of my fantastic friends weddings.  Mid August after I watch Liz marry the love of her life, I will pack up my stuff and head west.  Thatcher is flying home for the wedding and driving back to Utah with me, Abby, and Olive.  

Looking forward to spending some time and adventures with this guy.  So many amazing adventures ahead.  This New England girl (with a marine science degree) is trading in the water for the mountains!  Better get used to running in those mountains.... 

This New England girl is running the west!

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