i'm currently doing some "winter" cleaning which involves vacuuming, general straightening up, and sorting through clothes that i don't want/need/can't wear/why did i buy that categories. also, i got over my fear of poking holes in my walls and hung up a calendar of beautiful panoramic fotos of ecuador that H got me. so now i have plans to hang up a few more items, and am contemplating creating a "wall o' pictures"...whoa now!!!
so last week i went to the heart cath lab for a few days to hang out and observe some cases. also helped out with inventory a little bit as to actually be useful. i watched a normal heart cath, lead extraction with icd implantation, subclavian stent, and a femoral arteriogram with runoff. it's quite nice to see all the things that i used to schedule actually being done, and also nice to see what's in the boxes that i used to put up everyday. i chatted with a bunch of cardiologists, and that was cool. there was a nice stent fellow who explained a lot of things about heart caths to me, and it was nice to be able to start applying all my gross knowledge to "real world" type situations. however, i also think that cardiology isn't for me...that stuff is cool, but eh, i still don't like to see blood, and cardiology still seems like to be a "good ol' boys' club", not somewhere a progressive semi-asian gal like myself wants to be.
also, i got an email from the genetics people at my school who wants me to consider working on a summer project with them. project sounds really cool, and that area is something that i am seriously considering for a future career. i kind of realized the other day that i really don't think i'm nice enough to serve people that can help themselves. for example, i don't think i could be a primary care physician to people that don't care about their own health. i know, i'm a young idealist, but i think i'd rather sidestep that whole crowd and delve into a place where i can help people that truly want and need the help. that's why i'm interested in pathology, in that area people are already deceased, and/or it's more of a consulting field. another reason why i'm interested in medical genetics, since people can't help that they're born with a genetic defect. you got to play the game with the cards you're dealt, and since i'm a bit of an obsessive problem solver, i think i'd like to help them play the game well.
in other news, i went to a "paint your own pot" studio the other day. background info: i've done this sort of thing before, and i know that it's actually glaze, but i guess all the people that own those types of studios assume the general public cannot accept the word "glaze", so "paint" it must be. well, when i went to this place with one of my friends, we were treated like 2-yr-olds by the 2 teenage-ish girls that were working there. it was quite ridiculous. they kept insisting that we only "paint on the areas covered with paper towels" so we wouldn't get anything dirty, but the whole place was messy and not clean anyway, so that was annoying. also, there was no other people there except for us, the 2 girls, and some older woman who i guess worked there or something. no music, nothing. we could hear every word said in the echo-y room. so yeah, one girl starts talking about a relative she has that is asian, and she was talking about it in a way that was really irritating me. like, "who knows what he is, chinese/japanese, whatever" and "i can't pronounce his name, we call him whatever we feel like", and then after that the 2 girls began making up "asian names" and saying other things that were offensive. then they wanted to close the shop down an hour early, but couldn't because my table wouldn't "hurry up and leave". sheesh. i'm not really one to get offended by political incorrectedness, seeing that i like to poke fun at my multi-heritages, but you have to draw a line somewhere. conversations for private groups of friends may not be suitable for professional work environments. i also tried to give them a "i can hear you and i'm not happy" look, but alas, it didn't work. when i pick up my pottery soon i'm going to have a chat with the manager (if i can work up the guts to say something). but obviously i'm still perturbed by it since i just typed it all up on my blog. with employees like that, they're going to lose all their business between racial talk and "i want my customers to leave" rants.
so to leave on a happy note, i have a clean apartment and i had a great holiday! if only my allergies would go away, it would be perfect...hahaha...