grad1.jpgOk, at long last, here are pictures of me in all my doctoral glory.

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The other pictures are of Andrea and Nubia, Andrea’s parents with me, and some Canadians.

Canadians?

Well, I hadn’t bothered to get any robes. My parents came out for the PhD defense, so I didn’t feel like doing any of the graduation stuff. When Andrea’s parents found out about this, they were shocked. So they marched me back to red square until we found a group gathered around a nursing student who was dressed in those resplendent purple robes. As they started walking away, Mrs. Lee nudged Mr. Lee and the two of us approached the group.

Me: “Are those the PhD robes? I was working on my dissertation and the deadline just went sailing by and I never got a chance to get mine. They sure look nice.”
Dr. Canadian: “Why thank you!”
Mr. Lee: “So, can we borrow your robes? You know, for pictures?”
Dr. Canadian: blinks twice

I paraphrased the conversation, but you get the idea. Canadians are the perfect target, they’re so polite that we got a good 15 minutes of pictures.

The next day, we got to make dinner for the Lees. Justine had a special request: that paella from the old website. So we made a mad rush through Pike’s place, picking up some amazing seafood, a little produce, and some smoked paprika from Market Spice. The end result was a dandy little meal.

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Along with the paella, which contained mussels, clams, chorizo, gulf shrimp, halibut cheeks, and monkfish, we made some dungeness-stuffed piquillo peppers, that salad with mint from Canlis, and strawberry shortcake. Whew!

FYI, I put up an updated recipe for the paella here. Thanks everyone for taking pictures–it was a memorable couple of days!

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