In the last week, three very cool things have happened to me:
1) My PhD thesis is now handed in, and I have a copy on my shelf to cheer me up when I feel miserable.
2) I will be moving to Milton Keynes in roughly four weeks to start my new job as a Credit Risk Analyst for a high-street bank. They seem lovely to work for and I think I’ll be happy there.
3) I am now engaged. I got down on one knee and asked TractorGirl if she would do me the honour of being her civil partner, and she said yes. It’s the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done – makes a PhD viva seem trivial!
My remaining time in Durham will be a bit mad. This Thursday and Friday I’m dragging TractorGirl down south to help me flat hunt, which will be great because I’ve found student houses by word of mouth and have never had to deal with a letting agent before. It seems like there is a never-ending list of things to do, but it will be worth it 🙂
Just a brief note, as the library shuts in a few minutes!
Yesterday, I was given the go-ahead to get my PhD thesis printed. On Monday, when I get back from the short break in London I’m about to take with Tractorgirl, I’ll be able to hold the finished thing in my hands. It’s a bit hard to process, but I’m really looking forward to that.
At the same time, I’ve been offered a job with a bank down in Milton Keynes doing Credit Risk Analysis. I had a really good interview for a similar role with another bank today in Leeds. If the second makes me an offer, it’ll be a tough decision. Both seemed really nice to work for and the jobs would be stimulating and worthwhile. I can’t deny that it’s great to know I’ll be somewhat nearer to TractorGirl either way, and not be sent to work away from home for long periods.
I may have bugger-all money, which is still an issue, but I am one of the luckiest TOHs ever. I will have a good job, I’ve finished my thesis, I have a wonderful partner (watch this space for news on that front… ), a loving family and great friends. God is very good today 🙂