We have officially been in Georgia for 5 months! In that time, Matt has completed his Family Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Surgery rotations for MS3. The weeks have flown by. To be 100% honest, GA has been a hard transition for me. Matt and I joke about this state being on its own “island time.” For example, I submitted volunteer applications for two respective local hospitals over three months ago… yup, to work for free. I called and followed up with an email. No word. Not even a, “no thank you.” Hello?! I am offering to work for free! Sadly, this is typical practice here from what I have experienced. I have prayed a lot and continue to stay positive. Who knows, we could end up here for residency too.
Our Thanksgiving was lovely. One thing I do like about Georgia is the weather. November 24th boasted 78° temps and plenty of sun. Matt, nearing the end of his surgery rotation, was given time off to study for his NBME exam. This included getting the holiday and weekend off! I was expecting to be alone, but I was thrilled to have my hubby home. Since Matt is preparing for his shelf exam and I am finishing up my final four undergrad classes, our house is mouse-quiet (except for the occasional rogue dog bark). Thanksgiving Day started with a delicious breakfast, then studying for Matt and paper writing for me.
Later in the afternoon, we decided to go for a walk at the local park with Miss Elle and Nero. The park near our home is quite lovely and well-kept. We go there almost every day and it is such a joy. I love the exercise, it is also a great chance for Matt and I to catch up on each other’s lives. I can’t get over how much Miss Elle loves Matt. These two are so adorable together and she would literally follow him to the ends of the earth. Ugh, it is so cute.
We were going to just do a regular/easy dinner, then I felt guilty. I ran to the store and bought some cranberry sauce and gravy, along with some rolls. We decided on chicken instead of turkey. I also stopped at Cracker Barrel and got an apple streusel pie. Pie tastes so much better when someone else makes it! We had a candlelit dinner; then I challenged Matt to a game of Scrabble. We played a lot when we were dating and I thought it would be a cute tradition for us. I won, of course.
I have to say, I am one very thankful human being. I am very fortunate to have married the man of my dreams, work at a job I love, and receive education in the beautiful USA. I am also very thankful for our families and their support. We are surrounded (electronically for now) by great friends too, which is so important. I hope everyone can take a moment to be thankful and enjoy their time with loved ones.