Friday, August 17, 2012

Down South

I'm learning that people here are a little bit different than what I had gotten used to in Baltimore and DC. Way more similar to the folk I grew up with on the eastern shore.

Everyone says "sir" and "ma'am".

There are gun stores everywhere.

People go whitewater rafting and four-wheeling.

People watch Nascar.

Drivers are sloooow.

I have never felt like more of a northerner in my life.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Basically, it's been a crazy month (Longer than a month? No idea.).

We moved down here, started wedding planning. I started my new job, G started school.

There's a lot going on. Luckily, Richmond seems like a beautiful city and I am liking it a lot.

I did have a slight nervous breakdown at work. Luckily they were really supportive and nice about it, attributing it to the many many many major life stressors that I have been going through in the past few weeks.

On the bright side, I am really enjoying being in a new place and starting all of my new projects.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


G and I went out to dinner with some of my work people last night. It made me realize (again) how lucky I have been to work here and how sad I am to leave. I really hope that I can find a niche like this again.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012


So I have a new job lined up for Richmond, starting in July. It's very exciting and stressful at once. My last day at JHH is quickly approaching.

I do have to say that I am excited that I will go from reading local headlines like this everyday:

To this:

Monday, June 4, 2012


I ended up having to go down to Richmond 2x in the same week to get 3 interviews under my belt. I liked all of the positions, but one above the others. The scary thing is that none of them really fit into what I do now. One was very focused on utilization management and getting people discharged so that the hospital can maximize profits. Not my style. One was a brand new position and the people hiring didn't really seem to know what they wanted the social worker to do. The third seemed very interesting and way more close to what my professional goals are. I'd be in the ED and working with patients who are using the ED as their PCP. I'd be redirecting them to other resources and helping them get follow-up appointments, etc.Way more my style.

I ended up getting offers from 2 of them the same week. I'm currently in negotiations with the one that I liked the most and might start the second week of July! I'm excited, but nervous because I love my current team so much. Plus they're always complaining about the ED, so I hope I like working in that environment. And it's a Catholic hospital, so I hope I don't have any issues with that. Moving is really starting to come together now! This is real!

Saturday, May 12, 2012


I have 3 interviews coming up. All for medical social work and all on the same crazy day. I'm hoping that one of them pans out so that I will be employed when we move. Even though I've saved emergency money, the idea of having no income in a new place is pretty scary.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Trailing Spouse

Most of the time I feel really good about the move, especially because I am very excited about the physical relocating. But there are times that the feminist and overachieving sides of me get a little anxious.

This article explains it quite well.

Friday, May 4, 2012

The New Apartment, In Theory

Goodbye, Hi

We are starting an adventure.

I guess technically it's already started. We are moving our lives that we established here in Baltimore 3 years ago to a state and city that we know little to nothing about. As exciting as that sounds, it's also pretty terrifying.

Not that I'm in love with Baltimore. Quite the opposite. Me and Bmore are in the phase of our relationship where we are fighting constantly and I'm just trying to keep things civil until I can move my stuff out and not cause too much of a fuss. We were in love at first, but like with many relationships, those little things that I fell in love with are now the things that drive me the most to want to scream.

So we are moving to Richmond, VA. We put down a deposit and G signed his life away to medical school. As of now, I will be jobless. I had my first interview yesterday and it was awkward and not like I wanted it to go in my head at all. We know no one there. We are leaving everyone we know. The good thing is that I am falling in love with Richmond and am ready to move. I just hope that things pick up.