Pac Heights

The apartment hunting experience in San Francisco was absolutely crazy. Obviously, we focused on Craigslist. Each open house we arrived at had more people attending than the next.

With a scheduled appointment, we found ourselves in Pacific Heights. It has parking. It has laundry in the building. It's a fine size. It's in a great neighborhood. We're within walking distance to Russian Hill and Fillmore. We have the most amazing view.

We move 3 weeks from today. Holy. Crap.

San Francisco

John matched at his #1 choice of residency, the University of California, San Francisco. We had a good feeling about it and that was confirmed at noon yesterday. Now, we have less than 90 days to find an apartment and move west.

I have the most amazing grandparents. Ever. My grandfather is 88 and is just the sweetest, most charismatic person ever. He wins EVERYONE'S hearts. My grandmother is my mother's mother. She hasn't been doing so well lately. Her dementia has been progressively worsening for years. In October, she fell. This weekend, my grandfather said that the day it happened, she very clearly said "Hank, I think I broke my leg."

Since then she has been in a nursing home. It is absolutely heart-wrenching to see my grandfather take care of her. He lived this several years ago with his brother several so has a very clear picture of this road. He is panicked and frustrated and sad and scared and lonely. In October when she was in the hospital, I heard him whisper to her that when she was better, they'd take a vacation- just the 2 of them. It chokes me up just typing this.

The only things I can do is continue to mail him cookies. He also loves these puzzles


Holy Crap. 19 days left. John got a call from his number one choice of residency programs and they indicated he would match there. On one level, I'm beyond happy because we got our #1 choice. You cannot imagine how hard he has worked for the last 8 years to make this happen. On the other hand, I feel a little robbed of the excitement that was supposed to be March 17. While, it will still be exciting but the text from John with the information just wasn't the same experience.

Our house is on the market. Think of the down payment as a sunk cost, at this point. All we can hope is that someone likes it and offer above our mortgage's pay-off amount.


53 days until John finds out where he has matched for his residency program for neurological surgery. Top 3 contenders:

  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard)
  • New York Presbyterian (Columbia)
  • University of Washington
106 days until graduation.

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