Hey, y’all! Yes, I’ve landed in The South. Please help me. Just kidding (sorta). It’s kinda hot, but very nice here. Very, very nice. Almost too nice really.
Since high school, life’s been all about Adventures of one kind or another. I worked for a couple years, hiked half the Appalachian Trail in 1990 (with Joe Keating), worked some more and decided 8 bucks an hour was not going to be enough to get me through the rest of my life, so I went to UNH. While there I worked for a group of climate change researchers, which lead to many adventures – one of which took me trekking through the Himalayas in Nepal, a childhood dream.
In 1995 I graduated with a degree in German and Theoretical Linguistics (don’t ask, you really don’t want to know). I completed the first year of a PhD program in Linguistics at the University of California, Irvine and while I loved the academics, I despised SoCal, so I quit and moved to Colorado. Spent several lovely years rock climbing, ice climbing, and learning to telemark, during which time I met The Husband and moved to Wyoming, where we lived for about 6 years.
Our first daughter was born in 2002, which was the beginning of Adventures Much Closer to Home…heh-heh. We struggled through her first year (anybody else have a colicy baby? not fun...) and decided being a thousand miles from family just plain sucked. Because my family had scattered to the far corners of the globe, we moved to Tennessee, where The Husband is from and where most of his family still lived.
Anyways, I found a job at Vanderbilt University in Nashville working for a group of epidemiologists, most of whom are from China, who research how genetics and ‘lifestyle factors’ (diet, exercise, etc) affect whether people get cancer and other chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Part of the reason they hired me is because I had editing experience from a previous job and they needed somebody to edit their research papers before they submitted them for publication. Turns out, I’m pretty good at the ‘biomedical editing’ thing AND I really enjoy it, so it’s a perfect fit - plus, I finally, finally know what I want to be when I grow up! Yippee!
So these days, I call myself a Medical Editor and I’m working on slowly (ever so slowly, since studying with young kids around is next to impossible) filling in the background and skills I was too lazy to acquire in college – like statistics and biology and genetics and chemistry. Yanno, the small stuff. At some point in the future, I hope to launch a freelance medical editing business and maybe even get some of my trashy fiction published. We shall see.
Not sure we’ll make the reunion for a variety of reasons. My dad is having health issues and school starts in early August in these parts (I know - who goes to school in August?!?), but please stop by the blog and say hey or give me a holler if you drop by Nash-Vegas (coffee’s on me!).
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