Anne girl

Sep. 16th, 2007 11:12 pm
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2008 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables. 100 years, can you believe it? Wow. Prince Edward Island, in continuing their traditions of pandering to the tourists, is celebrating the occasion with year long festivities. There's a big part of me, that pesky, sentimental tourist (I do realize that I'm a hypocrite, but not so much that I can embrace the idea of "meeting" Anne and Diana in the streets), that really, really wants to be in PEI for the festivities

Of course, equally verbal in the inner dialogue is the frugal, money-panicked me who is trying to calculate airfare, lodging and transportation costs and wondering how I can possibly save up the money plus get the snow blower that I so need to make this winter more bearable.

Choices, choices.

Anybody inclined to tag along?

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Today was my day off; 16 days without any time off is a very, very long time to survive. I was getting a wee bit punchy by the end. I only accomplished one thing today... I slept in until 11, which was exactly what I wanted to do. :) I got up in time to prepare my lesson for church (on marriage, which everybody groaned when I mentioned the topic, but I think I pulled it off well--got a few laughs and some good discussion until the end where it veered off into pointless tangents), went to church and then have spent the rest of the afternoon and evening on the couch, doing absolutely nothing. It's been great. Unfortunately, I'm on call tomorrow, so the reprieve was very short. Hopefully, this call will go a little nicer than the last, and I can actually get a few minutes or even better a couple of hours of sleep. Last one, I came home so exhausted that I went straight to bed and woke up around 3 in the morning. Hence the reason for no posts recently.

I take Step 3 of my boards in 12 days. I'm starting to get nervous now, because I really have had little time to study. And I still can't tell my dermatologic diseases apart. All of this schooling and training and I still don't know half of what I really ought to know.
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I am the proud owner of The Book.

Which is currently in the front seat of my car, locked, so that I'm not tempted to stay up all night and read. I have to be at the hospital in the morning, and even though I have no patients, I have to be alert enough that if one came in, I wouldn't kill them.

Went to the local bookstore with some of the other neuro residents and one of my attendings, met up with his family. So much fun oohing over the kids and their costumes and how excited they were. Of course, the first thing they all did when they got the book was open it up and read the last word. I succeeded in not listening to carefully, so I'm still not spoiled. :)

Kinda sad that it's all over now.
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Found at [livejournal.com profile] bookish

Re: Ella Enchanted

The movie is one of my favorite movies ever! I actually wore out the DVD watching it...

The book is good as well, but it's so very different from the movie. It's much darker, and the plot is quite different. It's still a really good book, but if you go into it thinking it's going to be like the movie, you will be disappointed.


Ah yep. *sigh* The only good thing about that movie was that it only cost me a dollar and was truly one of the best mock fests that Liz and I have had. "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" probably squeezes by a hair, but otherwise... My friend Brooke put it best in her blog, when she was talking about her ten favorite children's books that ought be made into movies, with Ella as her first choice: "Yeah. And let's get it right this time."

Question. Name me one movie that you liked better than the book. I'm really curious, because I can't come up with much.

Book Meme

Nov. 28th, 2005 11:54 am
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] angel_grace

Bold those you've read. Italicize those you haven't finished/have only read excerpts. Underline those you own. And then add a few of your own :)

The books )

The sad thing is, this probably isn't even a noticeable fraction of the number of books that I have read. I'm probably the only person whose mother actually limited the number of times we could go to the library with the accusation that I read too much. With med school, that's hardly the case anymore.

Looking over the list, I definitely see spots of weakness in my reading (and a whole slew of books that I will never read, on purpose). I'm dying to read "Wicked" and "I Capture the Castle". I need to finish the "The Eyre Affair" books, since I heard that the second's even better than the first. Haven't read any Terry Prackett or Neil Gaiman, which I know is a crime. I'm strong on the children's books, mostly likely because it's been my goal to read all of the Newberry Medal and Honors books (all the way from the 1920s)--and I'm probably not even half way done.
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Literature Abuse: America's Hidden Problem Self-Test For Literature Abusers

For Your Own Good, Take It Immediately! )
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Well, since I keep getting asked to do this!

Book Meme! )
I'll do the music one tomorrow!

*waves*

Sep. 29th, 2004 11:02 pm
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Just popping in to say I'm alive and well.

I changed rotations, finished with Internal Medicine last week. I was so sad to see it go, because I had such a great time. It's definitely on the list of career possibilities--however, I have another 6 weeks of it next spring, so I'll hold off until then to make my decision. It has everything that I like--the patient interaction, getting to see neat cases (I saw a guy with mercury poisoning... it was so cool!) that I've only read about in textbooks, making medical decisions, the integration of all different fields...

So, now I'm radiology.... and I miss Internal Medicine even more. I decided to postpone my surgery rotation because of the problems with my shoulder and so I'm doing a 4th year elective. I'm the only third year--and because of that, I have the residents convinced that I'm a gunner and going into radiology. One resident practically told me that I HAD to get honors. I don't like having that kind of pressure. I like to do a good job, I'm trying to do a good job, but please don't expect me to blow you away!

It's been *interesting* so far. Everyday, I go to work, where I sit in a darkened room and stare at a computer screen trying to differentiate between grey blobs. I have 4 hours of lecture of day, where I sit in a darkened room staring at a Power Point presentation, trying to differentiate between grey blobs. I have fallen asleep at every noon lecture. And I was 45 minutes late today, because I could not make myself care enough to get there in time to just fall asleep, when I could be having much better sleep in my own bed.

No, it's going better than the first day (I seriously thought I was going to die), and it certainly is more enjoyable now that I can identify a few more grey blobs (I'm getting good at the pancreas!), so we'll see. Maybe I'll be singing it's praises by the end. :)

I've just been taking it easy for the last few days... I went to the library and got fiction books for the first time since at least May (stayed up way too late last night reading Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia Wrede... maybe that's why I'm tired?), and Ellie [livejournal.com profile] shirerain and I spent a couple of days playing around with my layout journal, which I lovelovelove. All of the pretty colors is because of her. The painting is by James C Christensen, who is one of my favorite artists of all times. All of his paintings are whimsical and breathtaking and for a moment, convince me that I do believe in magic. And he puts flying fish in half of his art too, can you get any cooler?

Toodles!

Pssst.... If any of you have not checked out [livejournal.com profile] teh_music, may I suggest that you hie there immediately? I've gotten such great music that I have not been able to get my hands on... *contented sigh*
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I was browsing through my copy of A Room With A View looking for quotes for my story. I love the book. And the movie. But the book is so under-appreciated and just filled with little gems. Like these:

George had turned at the sound of her arrival. For a moment, he contemplated her, as one who had fallen out of heaven. He saw radiant joy in her face, he saw the flowers beat against her dress in blue waves. The bushes above them closed. He stepped quickly forward and kissed her.


George's father, Mr. Emerson to Lucy: "But you do," he went on, not waiting for contradiction. "You love the boy body and soul, plainly, directly, as he loves you, and no other word expresses it. You won't marry the other man for his sake."

And: "You must marry, or your life will be wasted. You have gone too far to retreat. I have no time for the tenderness, and the comradeship, and the poetry, and the things that really matter, and for which you marry. I know that, with George, you will find them, and that you love him. Then be his wife. He is already a part of you. Though you fly to Greece, and never see him again, or forget his very name, George will work in your thought till you die. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets were right: love is eternal."


He carried her to the window, so that she, too, saw all the view. They sank upon their knees, invisible to the road, they hoped, and began to whisper one another's names. Ah! it was worth while; it was the great joy they had expected, and countless little joys of which they had never dreamt. They were silent.
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Wow, do you realize that the last time I posted here was back in August?? I realized that today was December, December 2nd my calendar tells me. I'm not really sure what happened to September and October and November--are you sure we really even had a November?

First of all, updates: Yes, to those few people who know what I'm talking about, I'm still working on my Gilmore Girls story, Like Never Before. Honestly, I swear. I'm working on chapter 8 and have been (bit by painful bit) for the past three months. It's sixteen pages long now, sixteen pages and I think I hate it. Which is funny, because when I first started thinking about this story a year and a half ago, this was one of the major chapters of why I wanted to put my ideas to paper. But right now, it's hitting too close to home. I've had a hard time writing this fight scene and having such an easy resolution, when I know from hard, personal experience that it never goes this smoothly. Even when you're trying so hard to communicate, things still get mired and knotted. And yet, to change it, would just lengthen the story out even longer. If it wasn't necessary to move the "plot" along, I'd just trash it. I have one scene left. One scene that's probably less than two pages long, but do you think I can write it? NOOOOO! Stupid story.

Update number two: And I've been once again hit by the drabble bug, so look for an update to my drabbles, as well as some LOTR ones--I've got an inkling to write a Eomer drabble, and I don't know where that one came from!! As of yet, no one has taken my drabble challenge, although Agent M at ff.net wrote a perfectly delightful one entitled Tana and Kirk. Read it, it's fabulous.

And speaking of drabbles, I just finished reading The Da Vinci Code and really really enjoyed it. The author did an incredible amount of research to justify every one of his theories and well as add layers and layers of details and symbolism. I feel like I need to read it again, just to understand all of the symbolism. Right after I read it, I stumbled across another of [livejournal.com profile] fileg's beautiful drabbles that struck me as ironically appropriate: Earth, Water, Fire, Air. Read the Arwen drabble....And then do yourself a favor and go and read the rest of fileg's stories and see why I love her writing so much.

Update number three: We're starting to discuss The Hobbit on my Tolkien discussion group. I just posted the first five chapters of musings and thoughts, the next five chapters will be done by this weekend. I hope to get all the way through it before RETURN OF THE KING opens....Can anybody guess how excited I am??? Today, I saw one of the tv trailers for the first time and it induced the "moment-of-silence" followed by "utter-squeal-of-excitement."

Um, yeah. That's all the business I guess. School's been kicking my butt, mostly because I've become so apathetic towards it. I cannot wait for Christmas. One of my best friends is flying in and spending almost two weeks with me!! I have two lovely weeks with no classes, no endless hours of studying the disease processes of anemia or the electrical circuits of the heart, no trying to avoid certain people because things have gone so horribly wrong. Nothing but sweet, delightful boredom.

And I had to laugh. Last week, driving home for Thanksgiving dinner, I heard the new Evanescence single, My Immortal, and completely, totally, head over heels fell in love with it. Seriously, it was one of those songs that caused an emotional reaction where I felt the words and music just beating in my veins. I haven't been able to get enough of the song since then. And what was the quote from GG tonight "And those who bring Evanescence will be severely mocked." Yeah, I'm ridiculous.

Only 14 more days until ROTK!!!!!!!!! Just wait until the day before, then I'll be shouting it!
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