March 21st, 2014.
We’ve been mutually waiting for that exact date for a long time, and I mean a really long time. Ben longer than I, but I sometimes suspect that I might have worried about it more…but that is mere conjecture.
At any rate, the fateful day dawned, folks. Having earlier received a confirmatory email, informing us that Ben had matched to a residency (so proud of him!), we knew that the upcoming five years of our lives would be spent in one of three places: Washington D.C., Grand Rapids Michigan, or Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Everything suddenly felt overwhelmingly real and rushed–and that is what leads us into the following photograph:
Surrounded by teachers, physicians and friends, Ben and I sat together as we waited for him to receive his envelope. It all felt surreal–the day we had anticipated for such a long time was actually unfolding right around us.
Envelope in hand, we waited for the countdown, and as if it were New Years Eve we verbally counted down until it was time finally to open the envelope. There, printed neatly on an otherwise nearly empty page, were the words, “you have matched to the Allegheny County hospital in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.”
And that was that.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that there was some initial disappointment–Ben’s first pick had been Michigan, and my preference was D.C., but…Pittsburgh? I’ve been researching it extensively since receiving the news (if I’m gonna live there, you can bet I want to know all there is to know about it), and…I’m excited. I never envisioned myself in such a hubub of life, but the more I think about it the more thrilled I become.
I’ll enclose my pro and con list, to convey a better idea of what we’re in for:
–RESIDENCY–No plan B. necessary–we did it
–low(ish) cost of living
–proximity to all things awesome–New York City, Palmyra, Kirtland Ohio, historic sites, Philly, restaurants, museums, etc,. (specifically, 4 Carniegie museums within the city limits)
–low(ish) crime rates
–Ben can go to cool sport things–yay
–state dog–Great Dane. So…buy me a puppy?
— trader joes
–only 4-5 hours away from family (5.5 hours from Taylors, 4.5 from Craguns)
–2 anthro stores…heaven help me
–Hershey park–only 3 hours away–I want to go to there.
–2 stakes–Mormon(ish) population
–lots of bike paths
–only 3.5 hours away from Niagara falls
–uncertain temple proximity? Columbus Ohio temple closest? 3 hours away.
–stupid road signs
We’re still hashing out all the details, but at this point, I’m just thrilled that the next five years are no longer a mystery. Pittsburgh, here we come!