My beautiful daughter turned 1 recently and has started walking for real (not just baby steps).
I am still working on getting my first paper published. Almost finished with data for the 2nd one. I am repeating stuff for statistical reasons right now.
Some of you may not know this, but I will be applying to Medical School in 2013 or 2014. I can't decide between MD and MD,PhD. right now. I have recently been shadowing a pathologist in Minneapolis to gain some exposure to the type of medicine I would like to practice. I even assisted in my first autopsy as a scribe! The case was very heart-breaking and I will not repeat any more about it here. Suffice to say I am now sure more than ever that I want to be a medical examiner to help people figure out how their loved ones died. Helping people with my work is my goal.
I have revamped my 1st novel (unpublished still). Maybe you don't know, but I have written 3 novels now in a fantasy world. It is young adult/fantasy fiction. The entire first 1/3 is being rewritten. I have an outline and so many background details that my head is spinning. I am poised to get moving and very excited. Basically, I was starting my story at the wrong place. I moved back a century and not it all makes sense! I am also changing it to be geared towards the Twilight crowd, except no vampires my friends. It will be Twilight-esque in a fantasy setting. I am stoked!
I am thrilled that Season 4 of Vampire Diaries starts Thursday Oct. 11th!!!! I can't wait to see more Kol in action. I think his character has been underutilized so far, but I am sure that the writers will step it up. They have done a bang up job so far. I can't tell you how awesome this show looks on my 55 inch, HD, LED, 3D Sony television!!! Best splurge ever! :)
I've been doing a lot of praying lately, a lot of soul searching. Some of you may not know this about me. Despite the craziness, I believe is God and in Jesus as the savior of Man. Laboring, birthing and meeting my daughter deepened my faith in ways I could never imagine. There are so many challenges to being a new parent, trying to change careers, dealing with my changed physical self, dealing with family stress, etc. Everything is worth it, however. When I see what a beautiful family I have. Praying is giving me strength when I am currently having trouble finding it within myself. Becoming a parent turns one into an open emotional wound. God helps!