hey ya'll, it's been a while.
ABSITE: omg, i did good enough this year to get off the "shit list" that my program keeps. so that means either > 70% correct or > 30th percentile. and i did BOTH. wahoo! i did better, i was hoping to do much better, but you know, i'll take what i can get. i'm wondering if i'll be in the running for "most improved" come graduation dinner time...
HOUSE: we kind of sort of have the backyard garden mapped out. H fortified the big planter so it will be ready for the herbs. i started seeds for heirloom tomatoes, hot peppers, bell peppers, cucumbers, cilantro, basil, and zinnias (for around the mailbox). i have seeds for direct sowing of radishes, beets, green onion, and salad mix. oh yeah, and marigolds and some assortment of wildflowers. and giant sunflowers! yes...if this residency thing doesn't work out i'll be a farmer. also we finally finished the family room (paint and carpet) so we need to find furniture. but then again it's fun to have friends over with little kiddos and roll around on the floor. and today i attacked our laundry/downstairs bathroom and got rid of 80% of the wallpaper. then that will get painted over and then at least it won't look so ugly...at least until we have time to properly tear down ugly tile, re-sheet rock the walls, and redo the floor.
FUTURE LIFE DIRECTION: so as far as fellowships now i'm seriously considering critical care + trauma or acute care surgery. so realistically speaking i shouldn't ever need a fellowship in acute care surgery (because what gen surgeon can't handle a general surgical emergency coming through the ED?) but in the time of "must have a fellowship to be competitive for good job", and because i don't want to live in podunk town middle of nowhere, i'm considering it. plus CC is a boarded specialty which you would automatically be eligible for in an ACS fellowship. earlier you know how i said "surg onc"? well, i was told i'm too realistic for that. and after seeing some disaster patients, i think that's a valid thought. i'm realistic, i like train wrecks, and i like big surgeries. then there's still plastics. alas!
COOKING: so i'm still learning korean cooking, and i highly recommend maangchi's website! she is the best teacher and i've learned a lot. sadly, i didn't enjoy the sesame seed porridge, and today i burnt the hell out of my kimchi pancake, but everything else is good...haha! and i still have enough kimchi to last until the apocalypse so i've been bringing it to the unit and it's been stinking up the place.
INTERNS: got the list of the newbies! i can't wait to meet them all. i'm going to get the phone numbers tomorrow (since i'm the unofficial welcome committee, solo member, of my program) and give them all a call. 4 categoricals...2 boys and 2 girls which mean now females will be exactly 1/3 of the total in my program! yes! taking over the world, slowly but surely.
HEALTH: so i am training to do the swimming in a triathlon relay, and then the local YWCA is sponsoring a sprint triathlon in a few months, so i am going to see if i can run a 5k then i'll do that one too!
hope this does y'all good for a bit...