Well, here we are, a week out from the wedding and the start of PT school, and it’s starting to feel a little crazy. I spent most of last week running around picking up a bunch of things for the wedding and trying to figure out the commute to school. Objectively, I know that we’re in a good spot, we have all of the major things covered, and we still have plenty of time to get everything done (especially since Irwin’s taken this week off of work). However, that doesn’t mean it feels any less crazy or frantic inside my head. I’m blaming the fact that even though Irwin has tons of time this week, I don’t. Here’s what my coming week looks like:
- Wednesday: Manis & pedis with the bridal party, bachelorette party
- Thursday: Wedding luncheon and rehearsal
- Friday: PT school orientation
- Saturday: Wedding!
- Sunday: Relax
- Monday: School
So, yeah. Let this be a lesson to you: If you are planning a wedding and starting grad school at the same time, check the calendars of all the schools you apply to so it’s not all in the same week.
On the plus side, I did get a lot done last week, even if it felt like I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I picked up all of the stuff that we need to put our out-of-town bags together, I got the seating chart and escort cards all done, and I figured out the details of my commute to school.
That last one is one that’s been hanging over my head for quite some time. See, school is 45 miles away, which is a distance I’d rather not drive to and from every day, five days a week, if I can help it. So we figured I’d take the bus down there. Which was a good plan, except the bus stops in Tacoma are a good 3-4 miles from school, and campus is located such that it would take another 2-3 bus transfers (and about 30-45 minutes) to get myself there. No good. So an idea was born: I’d drive my car down to school on Monday mornings, then leave it parked in Tacoma during the week. I could bus down there and back and then drive myself to and from campus. Irwin and I figured we could work with one car up here during the week, so it just left the question of when he’d have to drop me off and pick me up from the bus station. Oh, and the minor detail of whether or not there would actually be an appropriate place to park my car overnight in Tacoma. Minor detail.
I was going to have to drive down there and scope things out, which is something I kept putting off because: ew. A 90-mile round trip recon mission? Surely I had better things to do, like study my medical terminology or worry about some sort of wedding-related stuff. Plus, I was sort of afraid that if I checked it out, I’d discover that there was some reason that the plan wouldn’t work at all, putting us back at square one and leaving me with the distinct possibility of a lot of driving, which: ew. So I lived in happy ignorance, assuming it would all work out just peachily and if nothing else, I could scope it out when I was down there for orientation.
Then this week, I got motivated. I decided I was just going to do it, and the fact that Tuesday brought a gorgeous sunny day where Irwin offered to trade cars with me totally sealed the deal. Driving down to Tacoma in crappy weather? Not so fun. Taking the convertible sports car out for a drive on the freeway on a gorgeous day? Well, that’s a totally different story. So I headed on down to Tacoma. I confirmed that the bus stop did indeed have an appropriate parking place for my car (there’s a huge garage right there – free to park in and slightly more secure-feeling than an open lot) and proceeded to figure out how to get to campus. It’s an easy 15-minute drive to school, and when I got there I spent some time walking around campus. UPS is a tiny, tiny school with an adorable campus that’s even smaller than CWRU’s.
I love that all of the buildings look like historic brick structures, even though they’re all relatively new.
Well, all of them except for the current home of the PT/OT programs, which are in the last building on campus to get rebuilt/renovated.
That’s OK, though, because PT is getting a new home! Just across the way from this building is the construction site where they’re putting up a new health sciences building. It’s scheduled to be done next fall, which means I’ll get to spend most of my program in there. Talk about your good timing.
After Tuesday’s successful recon trip, I decided to go one step further and do a dry run of my transit journey down there. I looked up the bus schedules and discovered that it would be really easy for Irwin to pick me up and drop me off. There’s a stop right by his office, and most mornings he can just drop me off on his way to the gym. On my late class days, I’ll be getting back there right around the time he normally leaves work. I’ve got two days a week where I’ll be back up here early (assuming I leave campus right after class), but I can just walk over and take his car for the afternoon, picking him up later. The only really ugly day is on Friday, when I have to be in class by 8 a.m. Which means I have to be on a bus by 5:45. Naturally, this was the day that I opted to do my dry run.
We won’t talk about what time I got up, or about the fact that it was still very much dark when I did. We’ll just say that it was a successful trip down and back and that, hey! It gave me a great chance to take some cool night pictures while I was waiting for the bus.
So, yeah, things feel crazy, but they’re really under control. As much as I’m looking forward to this week (because it will be a ton of fun!), there’s a part of me that’s just hoping to survive it.
Six days to the wedding, eight days to school. Totally doable.
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