Since I started grad school in August 2010, I’ve had January 2013 reserved for studying for the Registered Dietitian exam. You know, so I can pass the exam, get a job and actually put my shiny new degree to use. I should know by now that with my spontaneity and sense of adventure, things rarely go as planned – especially when planned two-and-a-half years ahead of time. A lot of things have changed in the past few months. Opportunities have risen that I just couldn’t pass up.
A few weeks ago, Libby, one of the grad school girls, gave me some exciting news – she was offered a Registered Dietitian position in Phoenix! We got to talking about the logistics of her move out West – a cross-country drive and all of her potential stops along the way. Libby and I half-heartedly joked about doing the drive together.
A couple of hours and glasses of Prosecco later, we were no longer joking. We were plotting stops across the South and looking up return flights for myself from Phoenix. With my finger on the “purchase” button, I dialed up the hubs-to-be to run the plan by him. He’s driven across the country three times and said I had to do it just for the experience – studying could wait. (Best fiancé ever!!)
The Delta email confirmation hit my inbox and my first thought was “Holy crap. That just happened. (!!!)”
Needless to say, RD exam studying will commence in February. It took me 2 1/2 years just to become eligible to take the test – what’s another couple of weeks, right?
Come Sunday morning, Libby and I will be packed tightly, along with her 90-pound pup, into her cute little, turbo-powered Jetta heading to Atlanta for our first of five stops. She put together an entire itinerary including who we’ll be staying with, the yoga classes we’ll be attending and approximately what time we’ll be having margaritas in New Mexico – totally something I would do.
Our rough itinerary:
- Chapel Hill to Atlanta
- Visit a college friend in Atlanta
- Possible day trip to Athens to visit Lauren, one of the other grad school girls
- Atlanta to New Orleans
- Evening drinks with a friend
- Coffee & donuts in New Orleans
- Yoga class before dinner
- New Orleans to Dallas
- Relax with family friends
- Dallas to Santa Fe
- Margaritas upon arrival
- Possibly hitting up some hot springs – and by possibly I mean probably
- Santa Fe to Scottsdale – Home Sweet Home!
The farthest I’ve ever driven is from Boston to Chapel Hill and never out West before. I’m so.freaking.excited. I plan to do a photo post each day recapping our adventures – words will be kept to a minimum because I get carsick if I blog too long from the car.
Well, it’s time to start packing. Have a great day!
Ever driven cross-country before? Got any favorite restaurants, coffee shops, yoga studios or running routes we can explore along the way?