Yes, Lindsay, that was my actual letter of intent, written for my application to the PhD in Health Education and Promotion program at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where I will move in August to begin study as a Graduate Council Fellow in the College of Human Environmental Sciences.
To paraphrase The Godfather (a movie I’ve–gasp!–never actually seen): they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.
My Spring Break trip to Alabama might have seemed random, considering I never mentioned a friend or family member I was visiting, but just spent a lot of time talking about visiting grocery stores and snacking from the breakfast bar.But, as now is obvious, I was down there on a recruitment visit, meeting with every dean and professor I could, as well as many girls who are in the years ahead of me in the program. As someone who took her inner cowgirl and moved across the country before, based simply on a feeling, it should come as no surprise that once I found myself on campus, talking about potential topics of study, my interests, and the experiences that had led me to that point, well, I knew this was where I was headed.
*I am aware as a grad student it’s ‘not cool’ to wear memorabilia from your school. But I will always be an undergrad coed sorority girl inside, and I will have to restrain myself from starting to buy every elephant–excuse me, pachyderm– figurine I see.
So, how am I feeling about this whole ‘I have become a career flight risk because I have yet to stay in one place longer than 18 months and have had a different job every year since college…and I’m moving on again’ situation?
Excited about immersing myself back in school, learning, and sharing knowledge.
Overwhelmed with what the next few months will bring.
Nervous about ‘going it alone.’
Certain that this is where I’m meant to be.
Filled with hope and possibility. [Is that a feeling?]
What will happen to the blog?
As the days and weeks move forward, I am eager to see how life–and the blog–change and take shape. I know after I moved to Austin initially, the blog became more about daily life and random-osity. I have no idea how much time I will have to write, or what I will be called to write about, but as social media as it relates to health education and promotion issues is a huge part of what I hope to be studying…it is safe to say that The Smart Kitchen will be around for while.
What about Nutty Butter?
[AKA: What y’all REALLY care about]
The radio silence as regards May flavors hopefully gave you a hint that I am definitely not going to be producing and distributing this month. Considering that I have to move out of my cottage by the 31st--the same weekend I will be in Wisconsin for my grandfather’s memorial service, meaning the weekend before (Memorial Day) will be spent storing my stuff somewhere–at which time I will be semi-homeless, plus a weekend away at Blend, the beginning of state testing, and trying to get a handle on life in general…well, that’s just not happening.
As for the future, I will be getting a PhD. I will be very busy. Nutty Butter, LLC. is also incorporated in the fine state of Virginia. I am planning on maintaining my LLC registration, but am unsure about the time and logistics of reincorporating in Alabama, finding a commercial kitchen, etc. Also, the fact that I am essentially going to be ‘earning’ 1/4 of my current salary–and I have never turned a profit with Nutty Butter as it is–doesn’t bode well for the immediate future.
Cookbook? Private production for my beloved friends and neighbors? If any of you know someone who wants to publish me, let me know. Otherwise, we’ll just have to play it by ear. [Or you can invite me to come visit you…because I always try to bring it for hostess presents.]
Well, I guess for now, all that’s left to say is…