After my presentation at UCLA this week, I went out to dinner with one of my dissertation committee members, my lovely classmate who is also graduating, and a professor I had in 2006 when I was an undergrad.
I wanted to take photos of my food so badly, but I had to resist the urge. Though I let my friends in on my blog (though have not sent the link to anyone yet, oops!) and feel free to photograph in front of them, this felt totally inappropriate.
What I will say, though, is that Vietnamese food in this area is really best in the San Gabriel Valley or certain parts of Orange County. We dined in West Los Angeles. :$ Good effort, though. They were veggie-friendly, too.
At the end of the meal, I whipped out my wallet, but they told me that my money was no good and that this was a celebratory dinner for me. I insisted, especially since my classmate had also defended back in November, and I didn't want to be singled out. But when two adult men (and a grown woman, which somehow I don't feel like one of these yet) keep insisting, I have to relent... right?
[On another note, my money must be dirty or rotten this week, as I've been getting treated out (e.g., from my boss) and such quite a few times since last week.]
They then said, "Welcome to the club."
Oh gosh... what club? My professor from five years ago was one of my last influencers when it came to deciding to apply to graduate school, and he admitted that since that time, he did not recognize me anymore (we had communicated over phone/e-mail since then). Did the fact that I became less nerdy make me a member of some exclusive club? Does that mean I could still blog? Will anyone care that while I have a 169-page (plus forepages) dissertation on my hands, I'm writing entries in my blog about "being a total couch slob"??
Other random notes:
- I owe my lovely classmate a lunch.
- My sister's blog banner is one of the funniest things I've seen this week.
- Lately, I've seen so much support from my friends, recent and old, even though I haven't been the best about keeping in touch. It has been surprising and humbling.
- Someday, I'm going to be able to focus on my day job again.... o_O
- My little sister's birthday is next week... what do 14-year-olds like again??? #old
- I still don't know what they meant by "club".... s#%t.
- And I guess this means that my professors and I are on a first-name basis now, apparently. #awkward
P.S. Come back early next week... I'm probably going to be hosting another giveaway. :)