2 Years & 3 Weeks Married | Sushi Making Night!

We ended our looOOooOOoong and busy week with a sushi making night! It was a much needed and much deserved (IOHO) dose of fun! The night was hosted by Jake’s friends from his PhD program. We learned the process from the wife of Jake’s PhD classmate (who is from Japan). Jake sheepishly admitted that he […]

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1 Year & 51 Weeks Married | PhD Year 2!

Two big highlights this past week: PhD Year 2 Jake started the second year of his Economics PhD program! And like we mentioned before…it’s going to be a crazy busy year for him (and us.) This year, on top of his program coursework, Jake will be a Teaching Assistant (TA)! This means he will need […]

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1 Year & 49 Weeks Married | Summer’s Winding Down

Not much really happened this week (again). Our evenings together mostly consisted of a run, a 7 minute ab workout, and dinner with TV. (doesn’t seem like the ab workout is really working…but that may be because we eat too many sweets lol). We did go mini-golfing Friday evening with friends from Jake’s PhD program. […]

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1 Year & 38 Weeks Married | Theme: Jake Studies While Cindy has Fun

(we went to a birthday party for Cindy’s old childhood friend from Chinese school) Not much has changed this week… Jake continues to study everyday for his comprehensive exams while Cindy continues to have fun lol. Jake just finished his second exam and has one more to go! Like we mentioned in previous posts, he has […]

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1 Year & 36 Weeks Married | PhD Year 1, DONE (and how we survived it)!

We made it through Jake’s first year in his Economics PhD program at UCLA! Now just 4 more years to go… lol. He’s still got 3 comprehensive exams to take this month, so we’re not quite out of the woods yet. But he’s done with classes and finals, so we’re counting year 1 as done!! […]

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1 Year & 35 Weeks Married | A Celebrity Encounter and A Few Other Things

SO MUCH HAPPENED THIS PAST WEEK!! Cindy finished her 4th year of teaching and is officially on summer vacation! When she first started out, a few of the more experienced teachers told her that it would take about 5 years before she would start to get into a groove and feel like she really knew […]

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1 Year & 34 Weeks Married | Hanging Out with Economists

This past Monday was Memorial Day. One of Jake’s friends from high school, Dan Ceco, shared the following. It moved us deeply and gave us goosebumps. We wanted to share it: “Today we observe Memorial Day. I don’t think this holiday is a political matter, to those who shame people for barbecuing and going to […]

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1 Year & 25 Weeks Married | Big Announcement!!!

April Fools. We have no big announcement. But we do have highlights to share from this past week! Jake finished his second quarter and is now 2/15th of the way through his PhD program!! He was on Spring Break last week. Cindy jokes that Jake shouldn’t get any breaks because he ends up filling all […]

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1 Year & 23 Weeks Married | Goodbye Forever to Our First Apartment

Cindy got sick…AGAIN… so she was sleeping a lot this past week. She thought working with kids meant she’s developed an immunity of steel, but she’s been getting sick a lot this past school year. She has a theory that her immune system is updating itself…like a software update…. Jake is skeptical. Jake’s been studying […]

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