I'm also attempting to decide between a thesis and a capstone. I went to the faculty research forum and came home all excited about the research that's being done and swayed to the thesis side. Then I went to the capstone meeting and came home excited about the project options and swayed to the capstone side. I've met with a couple of researchers who have been very nice and have actually seemed to push the capstone option a lot, which was surprising to me. Due to the time limits of the degree, a thesis would likely be a secondary data analysis, so everyone tells you to think about how much you're enjoying biostats (which we're taking right now) and how comfortable you are working with data sets. That I'm not hating it but just very, very "meh" about it has me leaning toward a capstone, which seems like it will be more directly applicable to where I want to go with my career. But I don't have to decide until the end of the quarter, so it's nice to have time to mull things over.
I'm also taking metabolism (covering lipids this quarter), food safety, and public health nutrition. The professor for public health nutrition is great, but the subject matter is confirming to me that doing the MS instead of the MPH was the right choice. Policy creation is good to understand, but definitely not where I want to be working (especially right now, ugh)!
Mal is officially registered for kindergarten - we got the confirmation email a few days ago. It's a relief to have that item off the to-do list. Hopefully his transition to K will go more smoothly than his transition to the new preschool did. Gareth will likely be done with his first round of braces this summer. I'm just assuming he'll need a round two in a few years. He enjoys telling me that he's not a little kid anymore, but is "almost a teenager" or "almost in middle school", which is just terrifying to think about. He just started kindergarten, how can we possibly be so close to entering middle school?!
I managed to squeeze in a bike ride this past week. Didn't really have time, but decided making time for mental health breaks is good once in a while. School work would take up every second if I let it. We rode much farther than we planned to, which was a bit much for me since I haven't been riding often lately. Went to bed early that night! But it was a beautiful day.
|Looking across I-90 to Bellevue|
|View of Rainier from I-90|
|Looking across the 520 bridge|
And that's where we're at right now. Next post will probably be over spring break, at the end of March.