Road to RDville: Wrapping up with a bang

It’s been a very good week in RDville. Over the weekend I learned that I had been selected as the 2013 Outstanding Student in a Coordinated Program by the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WSAND). Definitely the most exciting email I’ve received around 10 p.m. on a Saturday in a long time…possibly ever.
(OK, let’s get this out of the way: “I’d like to thank the Academy…”)
What I didn’t realize when I threw my hat in the ring was that my registration to the upcoming two-day state educational conference will be paid for. Which means more money for books! Because as anyone could see within about 30 seconds of setting foot in my house, I clearly don’t have enough books. [Cough.]
In other news, I finished my first term of internships on Friday, and it ended on a strong note. I had some really interesting patients, a few of them quite complicated. It was a reminder to expect the unexpected, and hammered home what I had already come to realize: I can’t “fix” someone in one visit.
I still have some work on my Food For Fertility practicum project to finish up, including a written report and a poster presentation. I’ll be presenting my poster at the WSAND conference, another bit of news I received last week.
I’d like to say I’ll be taking a proper spring vacation, but in truth I’m going to power through with thesis work, paid work, and hopefully some extracurricular activities to explore an area of dietetics I’m interested in pursuing after I graduate. Lest you feel sorry for me, I did schedule myself two massages (stress!) and am planning a few catch-up lunches with friends and a few date nights with Jeff (it’s Dine Around Seattle month, so why not take advantage?).