Matt has hit the ground running with his program (see previous post 'acade-mania' for details) and still has yet to stop. I thought I had a heavy workload at the University of Edinburgh, but in comparison, I have a renewed appreciation for my program. Matt has already written the same amount of papers that I wrote my first semester and he still has another 2 papers to go- all of which are about 12-15 pages long. The hardest part is that the deadlines aren't spaced that far apart, so any elation at a finished paper only lasts for a day as it's right back to the grindstone for the next one. They're all really good papers though.
*Update- since initially writing, Matt has officially finished his first semester of grad school! Woohoo academic freedom!
In the last few weeks, I (Bailey) have received the results of my dissertation, registered for the graduation ceremonies, and started a new job! Lots of happiness all around! I am still working at the cafe, but one day a week I am working at one of the local art galleries in town. It's a small gallery, so I am doing a bit of everything- hanging work, selling work, updating the website, photographing pieces, etc. It's a lot of the same types of things that I did at the previous gallery, only this time it's right around the corner instead of a 2 hour commute each way. I'm definitely thankful for the extra time!
We got a nice surprise visit from Alison at the beginning of November! En route to France she decided to stop and see us, because obviously Scotland is on the way to France. :) Even though it was a bit out of her way, we've definitely enjoyed the company and of course the sightseeing and shopping that always goes along with having a visitor! The best part of our adventures for the week was when Alison and I wandered down to the Old Course (the famous St Andrews golf course, for those of you not in to golf) to see the famous Swilcan bridge, which spans the 1st and 18th holes. The bridge, quite the attraction, and photo spot for all who golf, even the pros, was built between 700-800 years ago and has since become a cultural icon in the world of golf. Even better than just seeing the bridge, we asked a nice tourist to take our picture on it. This is probably the most I'll actually be allowed on the course. If any of you have seen my try to golf, you'd know why. :)