Before Todd and I met, he decided to go back to school after completing his Pharm.D. to get a secondary graduate degree in Healthcare Administration. He completed his coursework, but was relocated to Orlando and had to put his capstone and thesis on hold. Todd recently decided to finish his MHA after several years of work, transitions, traveling, and getting married hijacked his original plan. Again, Todd was in the middle of his capstone course and final revisions of his thesis when we found out we were being relocated. However, this time we pushed through to complete everything just prior to packing up our home in Orlando! I am so proud of Todd for completing his degree after all this time!. This past weekend was a big celebration of Todd, and his accomplishments over the past several years! He was able to close out that chapter of his life, and graduated from Seton Hall with honors.
We arrived in a very rainy and dreary New Jersey on Friday, and I was incredibly sentimental about being back on the East coast. I must have really been missing home, to land in Newark and feel some sort of sad connection with New Jersey simply because it was on the Eastern coast! I simply cannot explain this away, and I am not even going to attempt it! We were staying in a room blocked by the University at a Hilton in Parsippany, NJ, placed amongst acres upon acres of fields and trees. Room blocks are great, with the exception of the obvious issue: you are always guaranteed the back corner, and top floor of the hotel surrounded by every other group of people traveling. This meant we were privvy to the partying, door slamming, and screaming of the wedding party next to us! Luckily, we were more than exhausted, and somehow switched right back to Eastern Standard Time. In addition, the Hilton took notice to our pratically-Platinum-Marriott member status (thanks to temporary housing and Todd's travels), and sent little love notes and packages to our room! Nothing like champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries to make it all okay! ;o)
Todd had a full day of presentations and last minute details before his graduation ceremony on Saturday. Somehow, the day seemed to fly by and we were en route to Seton Hall before we knew it! ...and he was a graduate yet again (he claims for the final time)! I surprised Todd with car service and a celebratory Italian dinner at Trattoria Toscana in Whippany that night!
We extended our weekend in Jersey so that we could go into the city, and stay an additional night. We moved to our favorite little boutique hotel in New York City at the corner of Park and 57th, Hotel 57 by Renaissance. Marriott must have known we cheated on them, because we receieved yet another love note and chocolates in our room! We could get used to this!