jcd1013: (Anne - Redheaded snippet)


I went to Hawaii last spring, one of the first real vacations I’ve had in years (most of my vacations have been traveling home or to Arizona to see family). I was so lucky to get to go with my dear Susan and her husband, not only because it was a chance to spend time together, but because they also understood and completely supported my need to get my fangirl on.

It’s been 10 years since it first debuted and four years since it left the air, but there were still many, many remnants of old filming locations of LOST. We were staying on the northern side of Oahu, in a town where many of the flashbacks/forwards/sideways were filmed and I found myself a google map and tracked down as many as I could during our stay. There were a few big ones that I missed, like hiking to the lighthouse and going to the bamboo forest. Luckily I have a friend who lives in Hawaii, also a Lost fan, who has promised to take me anywhere when I come to visit again. I just started rewatching Lost in honor of its 10th year anniversary (wut), and it’s been even more incredible because I have now actually been there.

(You can see pictures of my Lost escapades here, although I need to label the locations).

I’m afraid that this activated my travel bug. Now I’m itching to go all over. I have a friend who just moved to Japan – and she’s wanting to go to Italy this summer; another friend is making plans to go to Japan in the spring. Greece is on the list. As is England, and Cape Town in South Africa. And. And. And.

Not to mention my fandom must-sees. New Zealand for LOTR, which needs to be soon since they are finished up with the Hobbit. And I just stumbled upon this, and oh my word, I absolutely have to go on a location tour for Anne of Green Gables. Have to.

I better get that passport renewed, eh?

travel bug

Mar. 9th, 2008 10:24 pm
jcd1013: (BTVS - private joke)
Chris called me last night on his way back from Guatemala. I had no idea that he was down there; I though that he was slaving away and too busy to talk, like I was. Words do not exist to express my jealousy. It was really awesome to hear him talk about the places that I had been. He stayed in Antigua, climbed the volcano ( which was erupting!), visited Lake Atílan and went to the markets (where he had a much more enjoyable time than I did, because he's used to the in-your-face bartering-and-begging system than I was).

It was, btw, 4 years exactly when I was Guatemala myself, struggling to learn Spanish, enjoying the 70 degree weather heat, hiking the ruins of Tikal, riding a donkey in the mountains near Antigua, wandering through the cathedrals during Lent and seeing the processionals. I dug up and posted a few of my Guatemala pictures here. Unfortunately, I have lost a bunch of the emails that I had written at the time to document my travels and didn't realize it until now. I had written them on my old school account and I thought I had forwarded most of the messages to my other accounts, but apparently not (and that account is now way beyond defunct). I'm hoping (*hint, hint*) that my family decided to be sentimental and preserved some of those emails, but as we communicated mostly by instant messenger that trip, I'm not sure that they exist any more. I know I emailed Chris on a regular basis, but for the last 2 weeks of my trip, he was in British Columbia and didn't write me. And his school email account is gone now too...

This was the only place that I had been that Chris hadn't, so once again, I've fallen way behind in the world travels race. Drat.


In other news of my life, (aka work), the new hospital has certainly proven to be interesting. It 's a private hospital a couple of miles down the road for me, and I feel like I've entered a different world, because things are so different from the academic world that I came from. Here, decisions are made purely by the whim of the attending physician (which never seems to be the same person for more than 2 days in a row) and trying to get the attendings to practice evidence based medicine, well, it's a battle that I don't think I'm going to conquer in the 4 weeks that I'm here. For example, yesterday the admitting physician seemed to have this bias against giving IV fluids. Our team admitted 6 patients over the age of 80 and ALL of them were dehydrated and showing signs of going into renal failure, but I had to fight with this particular attending to give them any fluids at all. I also had to fight for 2 patients coming in with fevers and elevated white counts to get the appropriate antibiotics--I've discovered a little bit of a stubborn streak that I never knew that I possessed.

The positive side of this has been that I finally can see that I have learned something in residency; that I am comfortable in making independent decisions. There's still a ton that I need to learn - it's not like I feel any where comfortable enough to go out on my own yet, and I'm more than grateful that I'll have another 3 years of training before I get to that point, but I have developed the critical skills in that I can look at a patient, their labs and their x-rays and determine if I need to give them fluids. Or (roughly) which antibiotics I need to start them on and so forth. There are certainly areas where I need more guidance and direction, but I don't think that the philosophy here at this hospital (where the interns meet with the attending and he tells them the plan and they scribe it down) is the best way to learn that.

But I certainly am enjoying finishing work and leaving the hospital by 1 or 2 pm on my non-call days. Friends, did you know that there is such thing as a round yellow ball that sits in the sky and gives light and warmth to the world??? Who knew??

Anne girl

Sep. 16th, 2007 11:12 pm
jcd1013: (Anne - Trouble)
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?

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.
jcd1013: (Ireland)
While I do hope to do a verbose blow by blow account of my trip, I decided first to get my pictures arranged, as I have a tendency to neglect that (I don't think I ever posted my Guatemala pictures or Africa pictures). It took a long time to sort and label them, but I think I managed to convey some of the stories.

So here it is: http://picasaweb.google.com/jcd1013. They're arranged by date, counter-chronologically. Once you click on an album, the side bar can tell you the rough location of where I was at during that day. More than a few are utter crap, but I like them anyway. :P

I haven't really been suffering from jet lag (residency is a wonderful thing for curing you of any type of internal clock. My melanin hasn't worked properly in years), but I do find that I am absolutely exhausted by 10-11 pm. It's a very weird feeling. So I guess I'm off to bed.


May. 13th, 2007 07:04 pm
jcd1013: (Ireland)
Arrived home this afternoon after a 7 hour trip that only took 2 hours. Just downloaded last week's Doctor Who (thanks, Ali!), and I think what I best feel is summed up in those first few minutes when the Doctor drops Martha off, and she's staring around her house, thinking that after all of her adventures, she's back to the humdrum of daily life.

More later. I have over 300 photos to share and lots of stories. It was a lovely time. But right now, I'm needing to mourn.
jcd1013: (Default)
Ireland is very green. And rather wet and chilly. I guess that's how it
stays green.

Staying in Dingle right now, right on the harbor. We're surrounded by salty
fishermen. It's very lovely. Today we seek on Fungi the dolphin. Fun!
jcd1013: (Ireland)
I hate the last minute panicking. Did I pack everything? Do everything? I've checked my list twice. Besides my endless dictations, which I did make progress on, the only things I didn't get to are "cut my hair" (blah. it hasn't been even trimmed since October and it's (not to be quoting Imus here but Brandon from the dorm years) nappy) and "cut my lawn" which is going to be completely overrun when I come back in a week.

But overall that's not bad.

If I'm remembering everything. *gnaws on lip*

My bus to Chicago leaves downtown at 5:20 tomorrow for the airport. Everybody, please pray for a not-busy day tomorrow, so that I don't miss it. It's been great this week, I haven't had any patients (and I mean that literally) for the last two days and I want that to continue. One of my colleagues is driving me to the bus station, and if we get slammed with consults and staffing those consults, it's going to be extremely tight and stressful, and I don't want that.

But just think... in about 48 hours (more or less with time changes and everything)... I'll be in Ireland!

*hugs* Behave yourself while I'm gone.
jcd1013: (Passport)
There are definite benefits to traveling with real adults. When Chris and I were first planning our trip, he was convinced that he wanted to do a touring group, where we'd basically stayed in hostels the entire visit. I tried to convince him to rent a car and staying at B&Bs would be less expensive and more flexible, but he preferred the other option. So be it, I'm a camping girl by nature, so "roughing it" a little by staying in crowded hostels and sharing tepid water didn't bother me too much. Besides, it'd be an adventure.

Once his parents were invited along, however, the plans changed. Definitely in a good way.

Chris's mom email me today with the websites/pictures of our lodging in Ireland. Take a look:

If I thought I was excited before...


Only 3 more weeks!!!
jcd1013: (Passport by me)
I dreamed about Africa the other night, that I was back in the hospital. It's been just over a year since I came back. I was talking to Chris last night, who's on his journey across the world again (I think he should have arrived in New Zealand now), and will be going to Kenya for a month in March, and I was trying to tell him about all of the people and the cultures.... and realized that I had forgotten. Names, mostly, of the people that I had met. They've come back to me now, after sitting here and scrouging around for the faces. Lenai. Shawn. Raj. Liz. Leigh Anne and Karla. Time moves so quickly, and before you know it even the brightest, most cherished memories begin to fade.

I'm almost 2/3rd of the way through intern year, and I am so tired. Bone weary. This is my fourth month of Q4 call, of admissions and discharges, of early mornings and long rounds, and I'm just tired. Not to mention, I got three emails, questioning my professionalism yesterday (they were directed at a group, not just me), that pissed me off. I had one of my clinic patient's mom call and yell at me (I managed to remain logical, she calmed down and listened to me). I argued with a patient today. I'm usually very good with my patients, I try to be compassionate, but he started yelling at me the moment I stepped into the door, so I was much more blunt and hard than I usually am... and predictably, it did not go well. I left in the middle of another one of his tirades, just turned around and walked out. Didn't apologize or nothing. :( Not good.

I miss traveling. One of the med neuro residents here just got back from a rotation in Zambia, where he worked in a neurology clinic, but really ended up doing everything that they asked for (the stories he tells of taking care of trauma patients after a bus accident!), and all I can think is "I wanna do that!" Make a difference, rather than just feeling like I'm the drug dealer for the patients with pain "crises" and serious drug addictions.

Chris left yesterday for another 3 month stent across the globe, this time to New Zealand and Australia, then to Kenya for the same rotation that I did, down to South Africa for an overland trip that sounds amazing, and finally to Ireland, where we'll met up (with his parents. Did I tell you that development? I like his parents, they're very nice people, but it's already hard enough explaining to people that you're going on vacation with your very platonic friend, without getting parents mixed in). Three whole months of traveling. Bet you couldn't tell I was jealous. :)

Speaking of Africa, this story is amazing: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070220/ap_on_re_af/running_the_sahara. I've been reading their blog at National Geographic (why did it not dawn on me that it would be a website as well), and it's quite fascinating

And still speaking of Africa, would my dear African friends like to meet/host Chris for a few days while he's down there visiting your country? He'll be traveling in and out of Jo'berg Aprilish and in need of a good time and friendly faces. Obviously, I understand not rushing out to welcome people you don't know and haven't even "met", and that you have jobs and real lives, but I figure I'd dangle a little carrot and remind [livejournal.com profile] melancthe that he's pretty cute and see if she'd bite. ;)

It is amusing me, however, when I picture explaining to him how I know you... and how you are aware of his existence. Yep, still haven't "come out of the closet" with the blog to him. :) I guess this will really be my chance.

Okay, to bed. One of my precious days off tomorrow, and I will not squander it!


Jan. 29th, 2007 11:47 pm
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I think, I'm pretty positive, that I have figured out my trip to Ireland!!! And I'll get my sister's wedding as well! Whee!

I'll be flying out to Ireland late, late Friday night (late enough that I won't be missing more than an hour at most of work) and will arrive mid afternoon, Chris will be flying in from someplace in Africa (he still hasn't gotten that figured out) and meet me there. We'll spend the rest of the day in Dublin, and the next day take a tour bus up to Belfast (I'm hoping to convince him to go cheap here and just take a train up ourselves and wander around) for the day. Then, we'll leave the next day for a 6 day jaunt across the Southern Isle, before coming back to Dublin and I'll fly out the next morning.

Then it'll be work for a bit, and finally flying out to SLC on Thursday for the wedding weekend.

See! A little planning, a lot of nagging, a dash of begging, and it all comes out in the end. And Ellie, it just hit me.... I'm going to be at the places where our little letter game took place! I'm going to be coming home with so much info, maybe we'll be able to resurrect it!

jcd1013: (Doctor Who - Favorite hug by Ali)
For those who have been to Ireland, tell me how you travelled. Bus? Train? Rented a car? Tour? And any must see destinations? The trip looks like it might actually fall into place after all (YAY!), so I've been trying to figure out logistics. There's a awesome touring group, called Shamrockers, for pretty cheap, but unfortunately, the tour starts before I could actually get into the country, so I've been scrounging the internet looking for alternatives.


For the other Dr. Who fans on my list, [livejournal.com profile] watcher_junior has made these awesome animated icons, just because I asked her to. *hugs the Ali* They can be found here.

Next up. Changing my mood theme. Obsessed? Just slightly. :D


Post call today (only one more call night this month!). For most of the month, I have had very sweet call nights... gotten 1-2 patients early in the evening and slept 6-8 hours with only a few cross cover issues. Last night was a different story. My team admitted 10 patients yesterday, four of those patients were mine, two came in at the same time, two hours *before* I was suppose to start call, and the night just continued from there. DId manage to grab about 2 or so hours of sleep, but I've been very spoiled and it wasn't enough. I came home and just crashed, and didn't wake up until Chris called me with the good news about Ireland.

I go back on medicine wards at the Big Hospital again in February, where I'll be lucky to get 15 minutes of sleep.... so I guess I'd better get used to the sleep deprivation again.

I've been (somewhat) working on creating some tables of drugs for a neurology book that one of my attendings is publishing, on treatments for insomnia, sleep apnea, etc. Part of it is the Epworth sleepiness scale (found here), which btw, I fail. I especially like the "Fit for Duty" scale. I don't think I've been awake for an entire noon conference or Grand Rounds yet...
jcd1013: (C&H-Never Enough Time by Unknown)
I love days off. More than that, I love call nights where I get almost 8 hours of (uninterrupted, but still restful) sleep and then have 2 days off back to back after that. That's virtually 3 days off people. 3!

I spent most of yesterday trying to figure out how to do Laura's wedding and Ireland in 1 week. I have a feeling that Ireland isn't going to happen. :( It'll be okay. I've been fretting about the cost anyhow--while the tickets are supercheap (as in $500 dollars. Yes, you read that right.) and never will be so again, I'm in tons of debt still from moving and all of my travels last year. So being a little more frugal isn't a bad thing. A boring thing, when I was so yearning to be a world traveler again and see the Cliffs of Moor and the Blarney stone and practice my grotesque Irish accent.

I'm still mulling over her engagement. I've always known that Laura would be the first of the D****** sisters to get married. She's always been the athletic, pretty, popular one, whereas Karin and I have been much more plain. In high school, where I struggled to make friends (and fared a little better than Karin did, which is saying something), Laura was the queen as she was funny, smart and friendly. She's had dozen of boyfriends (not that she's introduced any of them to the family) and I figured she's be married by the time she was 21, so I'm really happy that Laura's undergone a few more years of maturity.

I just wish I wasn't such a failure, a nonstarter in the relationship department. I think it comes down to jealousy. That even though I knew that Laura's much more dateable and marriageable, I still had hoped that somehow it would be me first.

Enough with that.

When I was tired of manipulating days and http://www.sidestep.com (the best website for travel. It looks at every site and you can find really good deals), I found myself on YouTube watching episodes of Dr. Who. Yay! Finally! I've wanted to watch this show for absolutely forever, ever since [livejournal.com profile] eponine119 started posting about it on her LJ and wrote this awesome Sawyer/Dr. Who crossover which I adored even though I had never seen the show. Then all of my flist seemed to be going Dr. Who fanatic and David Tennant was that nerdy cute that makes my heart go thud, but I didn't have cable to watch it and the Blockbusters down the road didn't carry it, so I thought I was never going to get to watch it.

And then, behold the power of YouTube.

So far I've seen The Girl in the Fireplace, Christmas Invasion, Doomsday, The Impossible Planet, The Satan Pit, The Idiot's Lantern, part of The Parting of the Ways, and The Runaway Bride. It's cheesy, but a good cheesy. :) And David Tennant is just lovely. Which others do you recommend and which should I stay away from?

Other browsing squees of the day:

I haven't been the biggest fan of the Harry Potter movies as they always seem to let me down, but I do like the previews and the behind the scenes look and the next one at least looks amazing so far. Helen Bonham Carter looks absolutely perfect for Bellatrix, as does the young Evanna Lynch as Luna. I'm so so on Umbridge.

Anyway, behind the scenes clips of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix .

Two Phillip Pullman books are being made into movies. One, The Ruby in the Smoke, is a BBC production and stars Billie Piper for the Dr. Who fans (see, everything comes back to that show!), and will be playing on Masterpiece Theater on Feb. 4. Between that and Jane Erye playing this weekend, it's almost enough to entice me to get cable again.

The Golden Compass is also coming to the big screen and it looks fabulous. So excited and can't wait for the trailer!
jcd1013: (Default)
You know your life is pretty pathetic when the thought that you have to get up a half hour early to shower is making you want to cry.

I fell asleep at 6 pm last night and woke up at 6. I didn't even hear my phone ring (Chris, but I'm kinda mad at him right now, since he's taken bloody forever to figure out his Africa trip, meaning that I have no idea when the Ireland meet up is going to take place, and tickets are dirt cheap now. A couple more days and they'll be gone and then I'll be royally pissed.) My body apparently needed the sleep. So why am I denying it now to write this, hmmm?
jcd1013: (Everwood-Perfect day Hannah by me)
The year of 2006 is now dead, settled into his grave, as the New Year now takes over reign. But, as is my nature, I could hardly let him go without a eulogy.

Highlights, month by month (with pictures! Lots and lots and lots of pictures) )

The New Year started much as the last one faded away... with going to working and being at the hospital. Cardiology wards--promises to be even more fun and stress.

A Happy New Year to all of my friends. I am so eternally grateful that you have decided to share your lives with me. With your friendship, your love and support, I am enriched and blessed.


ETA: Don't ask me why some of the pictures are different sizes. I didn't do it! And if you're reading this and are one of the featured, and don't want to be, let me know. I'm sure I can dig up lots of monkeys and baboons to use instead. (j/k).
jcd1013: (BTVS-W/X private joke by watcher_junior)
The day spent in Chicago with Chris was almost, almost enough to wipe away all of the taint from my evil resident and this horrible week.

I'm not quite ready for Monday, but at least I won't be throwing things at my poor defenseless alarm clock.

Plus, I only have two days left with him, really only a day and a half, since he is on call tomorrow, and therefore will be leaving by noon on Tuesday. It's survivable.

Thanks for all the well wishes and support. Don't worry, I wasn't too injured by my resident's behavior--I've know that he was a jerk and more since the first time I worked with him in August (and the repeat verse is so much worse than the first). He's a hypocrite and a very unpleasant person (except to patients.. he belittles me (it's subtle, but it's there) when we're in the room together, but he's as sweet as baklava to them, so now I have a couple of my patients asking me to leave during family conferences or doing procedures. Gee thanks). But this will be the last time I will ever have to interact with him for an extended period of time.

I think I rather like Chicago, tall buildings and all, and probably will now make time to go and visit on spare weekends.

This was the last time I'll see Chris, or anybody from home, until at least May. So maybe I'm not as entirely happy as the mood there suggests.


Aug. 13th, 2006 12:56 am
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Today I went to Berlin, London, Norway, Denmark and Belgium! And I gained a new state, Michigan, for my visited state map, leaving only 19 to go! Wow! Very good work for a day off!

I have the whole weekend off, in fact, and was going to spend it camping... but I was post call yesterday, and came home to take a nap, and didn't wake up until 11:30 at night, and then slept in again today. So I took off today, drove through northern Wisconsin and Michigan, but I couldn't find a campground that was further than 10 feet from the highway, so ended up just driving back. Kind of disappointing, especially when I was so looking forward to being away from the city, where I'd have a chance to see the meteor shower. I stopped a couple of times on the way home but it was too cloudy/foggy to see anything. It was so nice to get away, to just drive and not think about anything. I had my first "made on a farm" Wisconsin cheese and saw the Packers stadium and had a picnic by a waterfall.

I understand now why they are called "golden weekends", these precious, rare two-days-together-off. I'm already getting sad at the mere thought that i have to go back on Monday...
jcd1013: (Write-pause from the world by fileg)

create your own visited states map
or check out these Google Hacks.

My trips over the last 2 months have added Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, with Texas next week. I was soooo close to adding Maine when I visited Dartmouth, but there wasn't a direct road over there, and I had only a few hours and ran out of time. But I did backtrack five miles, so I could claim Rhode Island. :) I've flown so many times out of the Atlanta airport, it's unfair that I can't add Georgia, but in my mind, airports don't count until you step foot into the city. I've been across the Mississippi river from Missouri and can't count that one either. *gnashes teeth*

Still, I had only been to the states in the west by the time I graduated college, so I've done a fair amount of traveling the last five years. I guess friends growing up, getting jobs and moving all over the country is a good thing after all!
jcd1013: (Spike Grr-arg by iconifer)
I think is the part of that I hate the most--the planning.

I was online all day (and boy is my shoulder telling me so!) looking up tickets to South Africa to see if it's feasible to visit [livejournal.com profile] shirerain and [livejournal.com profile] claidheamhmor while I'm in Kenya (I finally emailed the secretary--after all of my looking around, she said that she'll arrange it all with the travel agency, so I think I'm set.... South Africa here I come!), looking for car rentals, trying to figure out if it'd be best if I drove the car from Iowa to Minnesota and back or if I just drive to Minnesota and then fly out from there, checking email every 5 minutes in hopes that I would hear from Wisconsin (I haven't--it's really making me worried that I haven't heard anything) so that I could finalize my plans, discovering that I had applied to the wrong school in Iowa for internal medicine, applying to the right school (I hope. Or did I apply to the wrong neurology department to begin with?), etc, etc, etc.

And then Chris reminds me that I need to buy tickets to his wedding in May, because it's a tourist destination and things fill up quickly. *sigh*

So as it stands, I have a plan ticket to Iowa on the 1st. No return ticket. No rental car yet because I'm not quite sure where I'm returning much less when. Minnesota wrote, and unlike the other programs, they don't pay for motels, so I now I have to call and make reservations - rather than just telling the place I was at that I wanted to extend.

*sigh* It's just getting to be overwhelming. I want it all figured out NOW. *stomps foot like Veruka Salt*

So I told my parents tonight of my plans to extend out my trip to Kenya by a week. My dad got a little quiet when I told him that I had met my friend from the internet. :D (and here he was worried about my younger sister moving to DC for a year!) But I did explain that we had met because of my Tolkien group, which I think calmed him down a little, and he'll get over it. Visiting Donna ([livejournal.com profile] donnazita) and having her come out here relieved them of the worry that it was internet lunatics I was talking with. Actually my parents biggest concern is the 3 extra days that I'll be spending in London. By myself. Which if I think about too much will freak me out too. Any tips for surviving on your own, Ali?

Well, I have to get off now. My shoulder has quite honestly taken me hostage and if I don't behave, it'll figure out a way to ruin everything for me.


Jan. 17th, 2005 11:22 pm
jcd1013: (Default)
Am back. Am tired. And cranky. Don't like airports. Will write more later after blessed sleep.

Love. Peace. Happiness
jcd1013: (Default)


:) *hugs*
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