I just got an email in my inbox. It was from UC Davis. They are "delighted" to accept me into their program in Comparative Literature, are "impressed by [my] credentials" and are certain that I would "thrive in this environment". I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed right now. For a while I've been really debating about doing the PhD or not, but this makes me feel excited. I still need to hear back from Oregon and Berkeley before I make up my mind, but Davis has a lot of good things going for it.
We were justdoing a little research on the web and it seems like Davis would be a nice place to live. It's a smaller city, has good environmental and transportation options, and decent weather. I'm not a fan of the hot summers, but it apparently has mild winters and at this point we're both tired of freezing to death for six months out of the year. It's also quite a bit closer to our families and to some of our friends (not right next door, unfortunately). Plus I just looked up the school district and they have a Spanish-language immersion program in one of the elementary schools. I would love for S-Boogie to be in a program like that and I think she would like it too. Unfortunately Davis has a pretty high cost of living, so that's certainly a negative. Well, I still need to get two more letters so hopefully we'll be able to make some kind of decision soon!