and she lived happily ever after.

I was sitting at the dining room table this evening eating dinner with my boy, and only my boy, since it is harvest and my husband is reduced to this guy who I have apparently long conversations about the Sopranos with when he finally makes it to bed around midnight each night. In typical almost-2 fashion, my boy ate some and then threw his sippy cup across the room, and then ate some more, and then got up to try his bottom on every other chair in the dining room. Eventually he got to the chair next to mine, decided it still wasn’t good enough and gracefully, insistently and undeniably crossed the gap into my lap, wedging himself into the small space between me and the table.  It was just One Of Those Days when I had to pick my battles and right then, having a naughty but happy gorgeous boy in my lap wasn’t a fight worth fighting.  Instead I teased him while taking a few bites of my own meal, until he decided that facing forward wasn’t good enough and he needed to be facing me. Again, whatever. I didn’t help him and it took him awhile to figure out the turning maneuver, but eventually there he was on my lap, nose to nose with me. He wrapped  his arms around my neck, laid his head on my chest, and fell asleep almost immediately. This was at 6:30, when normal bed time is 8. 

Sometimes the universe just hands you lemonade. 

I read this blog often.  I’ll recall an event that I blogged about and wish to revisit it, or it will randomly pop into my head: “what WAS life like as a 2nd year vet student?”, and I’ll go back and remember.  I love being able to do that.

I grew up in Maine. Small town, small high school. It was pretty sheltered and innocent and a good foundation. 

I used to live in Boston. I worked in an office, sitting at a computer all day.  I went shopping 4 times a week, dated lots of wrong men, went to trendy bars and dive bars hung out with my friends and lived a pretty stereotypical city life.

I went to vet school. I spent four years stressed and studying and studying and studying and studying and hanging out with new friends and feeling rather awkward and out-of-place and occasionally lonely.

I met a farmer, I graduated. I married him. I moved to the country.  I opened a vet practice. I had a baby.

The past few years of my life – the years of this blog – have been full of massive changes and upheavals.  It was a great time, and hopefully a good story.  Now that things have calmed down, I wonder more than ever – what DOES come next? Another baby? A new direction for the clinic? Changes with my family or friends’ lives?  Maybe this is just it for a little while.

Now, I’m a mom, a veterinarian, a farmers wife, an Iowan (eh, sort of). I live in a farmhouse in the country. There are things I miss from my old life, and things that irritate me about my current one, but still I feel like there was a lottery for happiness, and without even knowing that I had entered, I WON.

 It’s the right time to retire this blog, because it couldn’t have a happier ending than the life I’m living now, and I love a happy ending.  Thank you for reading. 


17 thoughts on “and she lived happily ever after.

  1. Katie

    I will miss reading your blog. It’s been a source of enjoyment and comfort for me for many years. Happy endings are the best.

    Best of Luck,

    Katie, DVM

  2. Molly

    I’ve genuinely enjoyed your blog over the past 3+ years. I discovered it during the anxious and anticipatory summer months as I was preparing to start vet school (just after you graduated). It has been awesome reading another person’s experiences and perspective on the quest for the DVM. Thank you for sharing your journey online! I will miss your blog. Best of luck with your family and career!

    (Michigan State CVM, Class of 2014)

  3. Lydia

    I started reading your blog while I was doing my prereqs for vet school at the age of 32. Now I’m halfway through Fall semester of year 1 at WSU, age 35, and I’m wondering what I got myself into! thanks for all the advice, support and encouragement you never knew you gave me. May you live a happy, peaceful, and joy filled life. aloha oe.

  4. Bill Schneider

    I’ll miss your blog. My daughter was a few years behind you at ISU CVM and reading your experiences there was a way of me being closer to my darling daughter, who is now a successful Vet in NY State.

  5. Holly

    Nooo! I began reading this blog a few years back when I started a post-bacc for my vet school pre-reqs and now I’m in my second year of vet school! Your blog has been great and I’ve identified with a lot of what you’ve said. Any chance I could ask you a few second year survival questions?

  6. Christine

    Just a silent reader.. I have been reading your blog ever since I got into vet school. I graduated the same year as you and your blog has been a wonderful source of encouragement when I see someone feeling exactly what I am feeling at times as a mature vet school attendee. All the best. Good luck!

  7. Azin

    Hii there, I just found your blog yesterday and I spent this afternoon going through the archive. So far it has been a real inspiration for me. I was amazed to find out how similar your story was to mine in some parts ( I’m also a full-time software developer in my late 20s, with a part-time vet assistant job, looking forward to going back to school to take the pre-reqs for vet school) Maybe I should add the challenges of an immigrant life to my story as well but here I am fighting against all odds to make this dream come true and you can’t believe how your blog has helped me to believe that maybe, just maybe one day there can be a happy ending to my story too. 🙂
    Thanks for writing and bests of luck to you.

    p.s. if you ever decide to blog your new chapter of life, let us know.

  8. Heather

    Hi there! My name is Heather and I wanted to know if you could answer my question I have about your blog! Please email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com 🙂

  9. Danielle

    Thank you Liz for your blog. I just finished reading all your posts (over the course of a few weeks) and you have given me so much guidance and encouragement. I hope you are still enjoying your happy ending, you deserve it!

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