Hello internet at large!
This is the original text that accompanied this blog. I retain it for posterity:
My name is Liz Shayne and I am a graduate student who has just started the first of what will (hopefully) be four years of her English Ph.D. In order to accomplish this, I needed to pick myself up and abandon the East Coast (where I’ve lived my entire life, with the exception of one year abroad) and move to California, leaving behind my friends, most of my winter clothes, all of my furniture, my favorite pieces of wall art and, oh yes, my husband. At least for this year, he’s teaching high school in New York and I’m studying literature out here.
So, as you can see, I am in for quite an adventure. If you’re interested in watching me adapt to my new life, make friends and, inevitably, provide fodder for the more entertaining sections of this blog, feel free to follow along! I welcome new readers and having a clue who I am is by no means necessary to appreciate my stories (though it certainly doesn’t hurt).
Well then. For those of you in living at the tail end of 2017 rather than halfway through 2011, I am still a student, although I received my doctorate in June 2017. I am currently in my first year at Yeshivat Maharat and I expect to receive ordination in 2021. I am back in New York with the aforementioned husband and we have one kid. So life has been an adventure, but one thing is for sure: I’m not just coasting.