Oh hello, Internet. Apparently my MO is to do a cool, sassy update and then re-abandon my blog. Rest assured: I abandoned for a good reason–well, multiple good reasons!
In my post from February 2017, I provided a pretty length update about what I’d been up to during an accidental year-long hiatus from blog writing. I shared some photos of my apartment, wrote about trying to budget and eat like a damn grown-up (jury’s still out on whether or not either of those will ever happen).
But since then life has… changed–a lot! In 7 months, I wrapped up my Ph.D. and got a new job. In Rhode Island! How’s that for an update, huh?
“That’s Dr. Diener”
Yeah, so I’ve had some trouble coming to the realization that I am no longer “Ms. Diener.” The week after I successfully defended my dissertation and added those sweet three letters to my email signature, I was also directing an academic program for high school students from all over the world. I thought that would be a safe environment to test out my new title. So, I told the students they could call me “Dr. D.” The only problem was that when they needed to get my attention, and called me by the name I provided, I wouldn’t respond.
Students: “Dr. D… Dr. D…. Dr. D! DR. D!”
Me: *ignores all background noise because teenagers are always loud*
It’s like when your mom won’t respond to you so you call out her first name, causing everyone to judge you for disrespecting your mother. Expect the students didn’t feel bad and they were really just asking when we were going to eat next.
Things Smart People Do: Schedule a Dissertation Defense and Out-of-State Job Interview in the Same Week
Because I hate sleep and don’t want myself to ever have a moment to breathe, I decided it would be a good idea to apply for an out-of-state job while I was finishing up my Ph.D. It was one of those situations that couldn’t be avoided–I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to apply for one job in particular and I also really wanted to finish my Ph.D. It had been five years and I was ready to end the part-time-student-full-time-job schtick. So I defended my dissertation on June 6 and did an on-campus interview on June 9. On June 10, I fell asleep on my friend’s floor and one of her friends put a couch cushion underneath me.
It all worked out for the best because my defense went very well, I ended up getting an amazing job, and I found out that my friend’s floor is an ideal place for a nap.
Sustainable in the South No More
What am I supposed to do about this blog now that I’ve moved? I’m a Southern girl (who was really born in New Jersey and raised 1/2 in Florida 1/2 in Georgia) who now lives in Providence, Rhode Island. A small city in our nation’s smallest state. Sustainable In The Smallest State doesn’t have the same ring to it, so I’ll stick with my original name and just assume the 4 – 7 people who read this blog won’t mind much.
I’m so excited to share trials and tribulations of my experience in Rhode Island. I don’t know much about this state, but in the short time I’ve been here I can already tell I’m going to like it. The people are kind, the weather is beautiful, and the food is delicious. What more could a girl ask for?