Just Call Him Doctor

Are you ready for the big news for today?


After years of hard work, Nick is finally finished!


(I had to capture his first phone call as a PhD)

At 2 pm today, he defended his dissertation and passed! Yup, he is now Dr. Nick, PhD of Muscle Physiology.

I’m so proud of him!

Nick’s dad came and picked me up from work around noon today and we went to get some lunch before going over to watch Nick’s presentation. Bob and I went to Bull & Bones for lunch, but the lighting wasn’t very good for picture taking.

Just imagine a portobello and veggie sandwich with some steamed broccoli. It was pretty good, but I wish there would have been more veggies.

We went to run a few errands before heading over, and then we sat in for the 40 minute presentation and the guest question & answer session.

After that, all of the guests were kicked out and Nick had to answer more questions from his committee for another hour!!! It was horrible waiting for him to come out and find out how everything went!

But it was all good news.

His main professor and one of his committee members told us that Nick did a great job on the presentation, had good answers to all the questions they asked, and seemed very comfortable with the information on his research.

So…it’s done! I think he’ll walk in December, but he is practically done. Just a few revisions on his dissertation and that’s it.

Needless to say, we had to go get some food after that.

Nick, his Dad, and I went over to Sal’s Italian Restaurant before his dad got back on the road.


We ordered this huge greek salad and split it between the 3 of us, plus their rustica pizza – our favorite.

It has roasted red peppers, black olives, pepperoni, and fresh basil.



I had 2 servings of salad and 1.5 slices of pizza – their pizza is cut into pretty big slices and I just couldn’t eat a full 2 tonight.

We said goodbye to Nick’s dad and came home.

Yes…we are sitting on the couch (I’m already in my pajamas at 7:30) and just having a relaxing night at home.

Whew! What a day!


I’m so glad you all liked the football post! I’m having fun putting them together :) It just fuels my obsession even more.


Which reminds me….I think there’s a game on right now…


Best part of your day? Go!

Watching Nick finish and finish strong. I am so, so proud of him and can’t wait to see what’s next for us.


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  2. CONGRATULATIONS to the Hubby! that is such an accomplishment! :) yay! :)

    I’m already thinking of putting my pj’s on too! hehe! gotta love veggin out on the couch right!?


  3. Congrats! I’d be honoured to get a PhD some day but all that work makes it so daunting. It’s great that he made it through it!

  4. How exciting for you guys — congratulations!! Lunch looked like the perfect meal too, yum. Best part of the day was dinner with my man – great food, some wine and just a nice chill night as well :)

  5. That’s such great news! Congratulations to Nick!!!

  6. holy cow thats AWESOME!!! sounds like you snatched yourself a doctor girl :) yay to Dr. Nick

  7. hey i just found your blog and i really enjoy reading it! i would love it if you could check out mine. i can’t wait to keep reading yours!


    These are for you:

    Nurse: ‘Doctor, Doctor the man you’ve just treated collapsed on the front step. What should I do?’
    Doctor: ‘Turn him around so it looks like he was just arriving!’

    A Man goes to the doctor with a banana in his right ear, an apple in his left ear and a cucumber up his nose. He asks the doctor what’s the matter with me?
    The doctor says “Your not eating properly”

    “Doctor, I have a muscle ache.”
    2000 B.C. – “Here, eat this root.”
    1000 B.C. – “That root is heathen, say this prayer.”
    1850 A.D. – “That prayer is superstition, drink this potion.”
    1940 A.D. – “That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.”
    1985 A.D. – “That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.”
    2000 A.D. – “That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root!”


  9. CONGRATULATIONS to Nick! How exciting!!! No wonder you wore a dress today!!!! ;)

  10. congrats! not to your hubby but to that pizza it looks freakin amazing!!!

    congrats to nick too!!

  11. How wonderful! What a great way to kick off your weekend! Congratulations to Nick! Dr. Nick will be amazing :)

    BTW, your rustica pizza looked scrumptious! I would have eaten at least 2 slices…

    Have a nice weekend!

  12. YAY! Congratulations Dr. Nick! That pizza and salad look amazing.

  13. Good for you guys. Congratulations. I can’t wait for Jeremy to finish with his PHD I bet that is one good feeling.

  14. Congratulations to Nick! That’s quite an accomplishment!

  15. Congrats to him, thats a great accomplishment!
    Yay for college football tomorrow, so excited:)

  16. oh congrats! that is fantastic. and that pizza looks delish. mmmm. have fun watching football *rolls eyes* i kid, i kid! xoxo

  17. oh wow! congratulations to Nick! :) That is so exciting!

  18. Congrats to your man! That’s really great news!

    The greek salad looks amazing!

  19. Holy cow – CONGRATULATIONS!!!! How exciting!!

  20. Yay, Doctor Nick!!

    So you excited for you guys, Bran. I truly hope that you guys get everything out of life that you are hoping for!

  21. Congrats to David!!! He needs to do a guess post about his studies! I’d be interested to learn about muscle physiology! :)

  22. Oh, I am so happy for you guys!! Congratulations to Nick! Hard work always pays off! :)

    That pizza looks fresh and delicious! My favorite part of today was staying in and hanging out with my hubby during a rainy night. Enjoy your weekend girl!

  23. Oh my goodness—that’s such a huge accomplishment!!

    If I ever am in the area and have muscle problems, I’ll know who to call lol!

  24. That is awesome! Congrats!

  25. CONGRATULATIONS NICK! that is awesome, i can only imagine the time and hours he has put in! woowoo!

  26. Tell Nick congrats!!! I know he is happy to finally be done!!! I might need some reassuring when I start my doctorate in December!!!

  27. congrats! i know when my bro finished his phd he was THRILLED! that’s great!

    (look at emails from me, see my last name, and realize why my brother becoming Dr. Brother is extra awesome)

  28. That is big news!!! Congrats to Nick! The pizza and salad looks delish!!

  29. HUGE congratulations!!!!! I am literally grinning from ear to ear right now- I don’t know Nick and I don’t really “know” you, but I LOVE hearing about people doing well and acheiving their dreams. Hope you enjoy your weekend celebrating!

    Highlight of my day- first successful breakfast cookie! YAY!

  30. Hi Dr. Nick! (That reminds me of The Simpsons, do you know that character?!) Anyways, a big congrats! What a major accomplishment!

  31. Congrats Nick!! The defense seemed pretty anti-climactic for me, and i didn’t end up walking… hopefully i won’t regret it ;) What an achievement–i’m totally impressed by your field of study, and it makes me wonder what you really do! (research?)

  32. Wow – congrats to Nick!!! I’m thinking about going back to school for nursing and I’m only taking one measly class, and it’s killin’ me! I have SO much respect for those who pursue PhDs. Hope you had fun celebrating!

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