Now I want to share some news with all of you. . ..since several have asked. . .about my future. So I graduated last weekend and all my VIPs were here with me. And I have my degree. . Master of Science in Psychology. ;-)
All this Spring there have been several 'irons in the fire', much dialog and negotiations, talking and pondering. So now here it is. .
I've decided not to accept the offer from the university. . .. as offered. Were I to accept it I can see myself getting totally engrossed in the adjunct prof thing and the new therapeutic counseling outreach. . . ..and maybe never quite get around to starting the doctoral program. I'd like very much the life-style I'd arrange for myself. . . .
So. . .I made a counter-proposal to the dean and psych department. . . ..and Gary calls me Cheeky Kid. . .LOL. . .imagine that. . .MOI???? hahhaaa Why not? It's my life.
I am assured admission to the doctoral program when I want it. My mentor had told me that at the awarding of degrees I would be awarded A GRANT for "...excellence in academic achievement and service to the academic community". . .[and I was! lol] . .which will greatly and substantially take care of a good share of tuition. They are putting a lot of encouragement in my life, having 'recruited' me for the Masters program while an undergrad and given me a large grant at graduation to enable my being in the program as grad-student. They "want" me at the University. I am extremely grateful and my feet are quite well planted in terra firma.
So this is my offer as I enter the doctoral program. I've taught two years with stipend during my grad work. There will be on-hands work requirements in the doctoral schedule. So I propose to teach one section each term of the IntroPsych I've been teaching. This will help them out in class loads this coming year.
Then i suggested I work part-time as intern in the new therapeutic outreach/counseling program my mentor is heading up. We get along very well. . . .and wants me as part of the clinic. [My counter proposal was encouraged by him; he helped me. lol ]
I think this would be very exciting and fun. In a real sense I am getting my cake and eating it "as nourishment along the way". . . .hahahaa
SO, Duuudes and a few Duuudettes, what ya thinka them apples? lol
AND there is more. Peter and I have been talking about this for some time now. Peter doesn't want to spend the rest of his life as a baker-fisherman. He will return to school late August!! Aint that something!!!! hahaha. . .so sweet. He has two years finished and will enter in the Fall as a junior, with credits transferred and accepted. . . .ready for this????? At the same university as I am at. How sweet it is. . . . .like the olde Methodist, or somebody's, hymn "I say, What Could My Jaaaayzzzzus Do More?". . . . . .nada! There is a new program, part of the college of medicine, "Medical Assistants" where they study./ learn to do a lot of the medical procedures as part of the medical/surgical team in a practice. Similar to and different from the nurse practitioner.
AND there is more. . . . hehe
My dear sweet French grandmere has invited Peter to join us, living at her home during our student years. . . .She enjoys Peter very much and says she loves "having her boys at home". . .and sings "It's so good to have my men around the house. . . " hahahaaa She loves to cook and it is good for her to have us there. . .she remains very active, eats much better when she is cooking for us too and not just for herself. . . She enjoys life and fun. . . .and likes young people. Mme Bouvier is not known for retiring to bed at 8 o'clock. . . . and living on the outskirts of town she feels safer have me/us there.
The part of the house where I live is "apart", separate from and connected to her home. . . .so we both have privacy now and company too. In my part there are two large bedrooms, plus large bathroom, and a small den. . . the sleeping arrangement is up to us. . . .she knows we share the same bed when Peter comes to visit. . (."and why wouldn't you. . . ?." she grins. . .)
So we can have our space too and be together when we want.
So, mes BelAmis, there you have the news. . . .it all "just fell into place". . .as it were. . . . .with both of us planing and doing the leg work and groundwork. During the breaks and weeks home we'd talk and dream, plan and yepper, even scheme how all this could/can happen. After two years of a relationship partially long distance commuting, we wanted something better, more regular and normal.
AInt life grand ? hahahahaa
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