29 April 2009


first news of the day: i received my step 1 score. ::gasp:: and... i passed, i passed, i passed! and i did much more than that. i kicked its @$$. this gives me an endless number of opportunities for residencies -- i'll be much more competitive than i ever dreamed. i'm still a little shocked. what a blessing. !

also, i am the proud new owner of a PAGER. that's right, one of those really annoying archaic devices that beep-beep-beeps and makes you look important. hopefully i won't get paged too much. they handed them out at 8am this morning at 3rd year orientation, and they regretted it shortly thereafter. really, whose idea was it to give 180 medical students pagers they don't know how to use and then give presentations for the following 8 hours? hilarity ensued: it was a chorus of beeps all day. awesome.

in other news, in case this whole doctor thing doesn't work out (which it will, or else henry and i will be tens of thousands of dollars in debt (!) eek!), i am proud to say i could probably run a pretty successful amazon store. i have listed about 16ish books in the past two weeks, and all but 2 have now sold. and i'm not talking selling books for $10... we're talking $40 and $50 a book. some serious cash. economy schemonomy. students still need books! eat that, wall street.

another recent development: i'm beginning my 3rd year 'scholarly activity' which consists of 12 weeks of research. my project will be with the department of adolescent medicine at children's hospital working on a project i've designed to complement some research that has already been done in the area of STD/HIV prevention. i'm pretty pumped about it - whenever i figure out what the heck i'm doing. :-P i have a cubicle, a badge, a computer with statistics software (i <3 SPSS, thanks SU psych profs), and a smile... hopefully that will all add up to a relaxed and productive few weeks before i start my neurology clerkship in july.

with this extra time in the evenings (research is an 8-5, baby!), i will be honing my wii skills (my birthday gift from henry) and catching up on movies (y'know, from the past 2 yrs...). henry and i just subscribed to netflix, so i'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of slumdog millionare, first up in our queue. yippee! movies! and time to watch them! i'll probably be doing other things too, but i'm pretty excited about these two.

25 April 2009

birthday and ball

first of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HENRY! today's the big 2-4. he's such an old man. i cooked dinner for him two nights ago, and i even broke down and bought an ice cream (frozen yogurt) cake from TCBY. :)

last night was the med school 'Aesculpean Ball' (aka med school prom). it was actually pretty fun this year because they decided to have casino games with all the proceeds going to the free access clinic we help staff downtown. before the ball began, we had a few friends over for dinner (with takeout from surin). it was a fun night!

22 April 2009

our new place!

i am eating my chocolate easter bunny... almost two weeks later. YUM. deeeeee-licious.

also, the apartment is really coming together! here are a few pictures on which to feast your eyes. (still to come: pictures of the dining room, bathroom and front living room)

here's our bedroom.

the second bedroom / study.

the living room and screen porch.

(view from the dining room / front living room)

a few views of the kitchen

20 April 2009

beautiful new apartment in the clouds

i recently posted that it is a new chapter for me: and indeed it is! henry and i moved into a new apartment on friday, and i am loving it.

the move was a pretty smooth one - we hired movers! what a blessing. unfortunately, henry caught a stomach bug last week, so he spent a lot of time before moving day and this past weekend out of commission. :( this left me as the primary packer / unpacker extraordinaire. although i would have loved henry's help, it was such a joy to be able to take care of things for him. i have found this to be one of the great mysteries of marriage: tasks that i would normally find inane or tedious, if being done for henry, are much less so. i hope this is something that does not fade in our marriage.

although i have not formally commented on step 1, i will say simply that i am incredibly grateful to be on the other side of it. the test was grueling. i felt well-prepared by the oodles of questions i'd done, and i hope that this reflects in my score... but i'm not holding my breath. a passing score is good enough for me!

so i have off this week and part of next - what a beautiful thing! although much of this time will be spent cleaning the old apartment and organizing the new apartment, the smaller-than-usual weight on my shoulders is dizzying. it's my plan to savor every delicious moment of freedom, regardless of what i'm doing.

pictures of the new apartment to come!

10 April 2009

new chapter.


...and still alive!

::mel gibson style:: FREEEEEEEEEEEDOOOOOOOM!

05 April 2009

exhaustion sets in.

usmle step 1 countdown- 5 days. i cannot wait. don't get me wrong, i'm scared senseless of the exam, but i am so ready to have it all behind me.

this season in my life has been wrought with frustration, sleepless nights, stomach aches, social isolation, poor nutrition, excessive caffeine, and general anxiety and worry. my brain is full. i'm exhausted from exhaustion. my bladder is permanently shaking from the amount of mountain dew i've consumed. my eyes are practically crossed. my phone is turned off. i can count on one hand the number of days i have had interaction with human beings other than henry in the past 4 weeks.

there have absolutely been moments of epiphany and understanding - but sprinkled amongst hours of confusion and frustration. i'm ready to rejoin society. anyone wanna buy me a drink friday night? :)