Thursday, May 29, 2008

woo target

so i went to target yesterday to get dorm room supplies. interesting journey. i did not realize that it is the HARDEST THING EVER to find extra-long twin sheet sets IN A NORMAL COLOR. omg! i looked forever to finally find some beige-y sheets (only for $9.99, cotton/polyester blend). sorry, but i didn't want polka dots or lime green or "designer brand" for >$25. i'm going to miss my 300 count sateen cotton sheets, alas. it's only a month...haha. also, i found a shower curtain for $2.97...crazy! i guess it's technically a "liner", but still a curtain nonetheless.

i talked to a friend of mine who went to the school where i am going to take summer class and he said that a bike on campus would be phenomenal. so i am quite excited...i'm going to take my bike and all my workout gear. while i'm there i can keep up my exercise routine. class doesn't begin till 9:00 every day, so i'm hoping that i can do a workout in the mornings before class. i could easily wake up by 6:30 (normal) or 7:00, do some cardio and weights, and then get to class by 9. then class all day, then i think i'll study until dinner time, eat dinner, and then study more or do research work.

i'm currently thinking of all the things i need to take, but i know that i am definitely NOT taking a tv. i know, tough times...haha. i do have a small tv that i could bring, but why bring it in the first place? oh...and i'm definitely bringing my tiger lunch jar! man, i'm going to be so cool, packing my lunch and eating it too...yeah!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

adventure time

there's nothing like a curveball that gets my adrenaline flowing...

my summer plans have changed a little bit...my school has asked me to take an additional neuro class this summer. that's cool...neuroanatomy was an interesting (if not also frustrating) class, so i don't mind being asked to retake it. (it seriously beats any other alternatives.) luckily my summer work plans have not changed; i'll just be working "abroad" for a month and then working at my home institution the other month.

so yesterday was a whirlwind of pseudo-excitement. i got the PHONE CALL a little after 1:00, by 3:00 i was meeting with my neuro professor to get him to sign off on the summer course of my choice, by 3:15 i got the appropriate admin signatures, by 3:30 i was on the phone with the appropriate people to officially reserve my seat in the class and arrange housing, and then by 4:00 i was with my summer boss making my work abroad schedule. luckily, i have a "stay open late" post office near me, so i was able to get my application and deposit in the mail (priority with confirmation, if you must know) yesterday evening. today will be spent making checklists and whatnot for H to follow during my absence since he's going to be my apartment sitter, and then more checklists so i will make sure to bring everything i need to. luckily i live within a few hours' drive from my summer class location so i can come back if i need to, but more importantly i'll also have a CAR. in my experience with summer school/work/etc, if you have a CAR, then you are automatically semi-popular...hahaha. not that i really care about that, but it's just nice to have a vehicle for those grocery runs and last minute omg's.

warning: trip into memory lane occurring...

yesterday i obviously did a lot of thinking about my medical career, or at least my first 2 years of it. it certainly has not been that smooth, but at the same time, i wouldn't trade it for anything. for starters, i had a non-traditional degree (engineering) but was supposed to start "straight out" of college, because isn't that what you're supposed to do? just go straight from one thing to the next? well, that's what i did, started med school, and then struggled right from the start in almost every facet imaginable: academically, emotionally, mentally, physically. i took leave halfway through and miraculously found a job at a hospital in the heart cath lab. yes, i did menial GED-only required labor, but i worked hard and learned the infrastructure of a hospital. (i can also work a phone like you wouldn't know!) i came back to school last august "fresh" and excited. turns out, there was a nice sized group of people that were returning from last year so i wasn't the only one. not that i cared, but at least i wasn't alone.

the class that i'm with now is great. i have a lot of friends, and i've certainly made some really close friends that i think i'll have for a very long time. my whole outlook towards school was different, and i really tried to utilize all the resources that school provided. this year i did decently, not great (after all, i am taking neuro again), but better than last year. i even had a couple of final grades that were "class average" which to me is GREAT! i stayed healthy, went to the gym regularly, had time for friends, basically just enjoyed life. i wouldn't change anything that i've already done, though for next year i feel that i may have some new tricks up my sleeve just to streamline things a little bit better.

so yeah, looking back, i've certainly had an interesting career thus far. things can only go up from here and i'm very excited about this summer and M2 year.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

when you realize...

that whenever you have an opportunity to go shopping (as i do today, thanks for the birthday present mom and dad), you automatically get excited because you can try to find "business casual" attire on sale for SCHOOL. long gone are the days where i procure things just for the joy of wearing them. now i have to scout out the "khaki pant" or the "button up shirt" or the "i can wear these shoes for 12 hours at least and my feet still feel wonderful".

so, in my attempt to not let boredom get the best of me, i went to the local art supply store and got some cupcake decorating stuff (yay!) and some drawing supplies. (i used to be quite the artist in high school.) last night i made my first sketch in a LONG time, and it was of a flower pot. i know, NOT very fancy. the drawing started out well enough, i was doing a line contour and it looked very good for someone who was rusty. then i decided to be brave and start shadowing in the dark and medium tones, and well, what do you know, it turned out kind of crappy. haha...i should have known! so for now, i've decided to just do line contours, and when it comes time to "3-D-ing" them, i'll just do some fun color patterns or something, so it's still abstract and if it looks like crap i can just say BUT THAT WAS MY VISION. i think if i attempt anything to look truly lifelike, it's just going to end up amateurish, and that is not what i want. if any turn out internet-worthy, i'll post some of them here. i'm hoping to draw out some cells too...i know i'm really weird. but blood cells are quite pretty! all the different stains...woo!

OH, and i also finished reading my first non-school related book since school got out: "the awakening" by kate chopin. it was quite short, but quite enjoyable. i can understand why it was so scandalous back in the day. too bad that doesn't seem so scandalous now. but also speaking of books, i recently bought the "first aid for step 1" review book so i can start freaking out a year in advance. go me.

Friday, May 16, 2008

23...

happy birthday to frylime today!

woo!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

yay!

yay! done with M1 year! i know all my grades except for ONE (neuro) and i am most definitely crossing fingers on that one...yeah...i know...i'm quite neurotic still. neurotic for neuro...hee hee.

to celebrate, i am about to start cooking a FEAST! beef red curry with tomatoes, green beans, and rice served with a nice pinot noir...i LOVE cooking and i cannot wait to get started! first i have to clean up the kitchen from my pizza making adventure earlier this week...i might even try to make some more CUPCAKES!

next week since i have NO SCHOOL i will try and make a few trips to the school morgue to hang out with the pathologists. i've been meaning to go for a while now...now is the time!

cooking time! woo! and then movie later...woo woo!

Monday, May 12, 2008

tb skin test...

i got my tb skin test today. (you have to get one yearly if you work in the health industry.) it looks kinda red, like a nickel of red around where they punctured my skin earlier. i hope it doesn't require antibiotics...that would really suck.

i also got a prescription for some asthma meds. i had childhood asthma pretty badly, then it went away, and now lately it's kind of come back. no worries...i have albuterol now and it makes life pretty good. maybe a good question to ask the fellow RTs on the interwebz...asthma can never be truly gone, right? it's always lurking somewhere in the shadows...lying dormant for YEARS and then to return with a vengeance?

last day of school is thursday...woo!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

yay for cookouts

one of the nice things about being done with all our tests and strenuous learning adventures is that we can all get together and just have fun being around each other without stressing out. tonight a group of folks from my class got together and had a cookout. i specially bought a t-bone steak for the event, which was quite possibly the most amount of red meat that i've eaten in a VERY long time. i had it marinating in teriyaki sauce, balsamic vinegar, healthy doses of ginger and garlic powder, black pepper, red pepper, and a little bit of sugar. our grill master of the evening cooked it perfectly to medium rare, and man, it was delicious. it was really funny at the store when i was buying the meat, because i was buying all these ingredients for to make the vegan cupcakes. hahaha...soy milk anyone?

today i pre-registered for M2 year classes. i don't really believe yet that i'm going to be an M2 one day. call me weird...i guess my school journey has been not the norm, so i won't believe it until i'm there...!

our case presentation today was on renal issues. my group presented "red man syndrome", or hypersensitivity to the antibiotic vancomycin. interesting case...our "patient" ended up with acute interstitial nephritis and i got to google up some nice histology slide images of the "biopsy results". tomorrow is cardiology if i remember correctly...

i can't wait to start my summer job!!! i'll be doing research on some genetics projects of the doctor/boss of mine, and plus i'll be shadowing him in clinic. that, i think, will be the best part of it all.

Monday, May 05, 2008

i just finished my last tests of M1 year!!!

as you can infer from the title, i did indeed take my last 2 tests of this year today! neuro board + neurophysiology test. please keep your fingers crossed for me! i don't want any random evil bad-grade monsters lurking about...

tonight i have some dinner plans with friends to celebrate this momentous occasion, and then for the rest of this week it's just easy sailing. i got a vegan cupcake recipe book yesterday and i'm going to be practicing my baking skills. (note: i'm not vegan, but would like to learn how to make some vegan things...why not start with cupcakes!) also, i will be cleaning out my apartment...sorting, cleaning, rearranging...should be good times. also also, i'll be going the GYM AGAIN! yay! i feel like my muscles have been withering away these past few weeks.

the thing that i'm MOST excited about...I'M GETTING A TAN THIS SUMMER! now THAT'S a big deal...i'll be getting my first real summer tan in about 5 years! yay!