jcd1013: (Anne - Trouble)
So I've been sitting here on my sister's couch, catching up on the internet, trying to figure out her TV so I can watch LOST (still catching up on season 3. Two disks to go!), and wondering why my flist wasn't alive in DW gushing about the latest episode. No reaction posts, nothing. It's only dawned on me now, that it's Friday, not Saturday. :(

My flight yesterday was delayed by 3 hours because of a blizzard in Denver. A blizzard on the first of May. I shouldn't be so surprised, my mother couldn't make it to my college graduation because of a blizzard on May 5th (and my roommate's mom and sisters were actually in a wreck because of that same snowstorm in Colorado when they were driving out). But still. SO I didn't arrive to Phoenix until almost 1 in the morning, which is 3 in the morning my time, and I've been utterly exhausted all day long. I've taken one nap, am contemplating a second, but I'm still in my PJs. and I probably shower before they get home from work. Usually a wise idea.

I'm also getting a cold sore. Usually a harbinger of other symptoms. Maybe that's why I feel so drained.

I'm in Phoenix for the weekend, to see my sister and her husband and my mom's family. As usual, it's been the comedy of errors trying to figure things out. But I hope to spend good quality time with my grandma and I should catch up with a friend from high school as well.

It's 90 degrees today here. And it was snowing in Denver. Weird. I was going to swim this afternoon, but May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and I know better than going out at noon to go swimming with my fair skin. Even with SPF50. So instead, I'm lathering up, and going to go take pictures of baby ducks. Ta!
jcd1013: (Passport)
So the reason that there hasn't been updates on the glorious Indian food was because it was a little bit of a bust. I realized that I didn't have yogurt, ended up borrowing sour cream instead, and then discovered I was out of lemon juice as well. :( So no tikka masala. :( I was really disappointed as the recipe looks fantastically good.

I did try the recipe for Chicken Saag, and it was...disappointing. It was a lot better than my previous disaster with the laab (ugh, just the word brings back memories of the taste, yuck, yuck, yuck), as it was edible and not bad tasting; it just didn't taste anything like the saag I've had in the past. I've just found another recipe that is a slightly different variation, so maybe I'll try it again some time and provide the recipe them. I don't suppose my family is going to be adventurous enough to try my attempts at making exotic take out. Yeah, I didn't think so.

I'm packing up and getting ready to go home tomorrow. I am so excited for a vacation, to be free of work, of responsibility, of patient calls, of 30 hour work days for 15 days straight. It's going to be lovely. I've taken it pretty easy these last few days, though, and that's been nice. On Monday, I decided that sitting behind someone while they flipped through hundreds and hundreds of MRI images was not a productive way for me to learn as I was fighting sleep every day and it was BORING, so I took a reading day and reviewed neuroanatomy. Once upon a time, I was awesome with the anatomy, now, not so much. It was really great--I need more of those.

Yesterday, after getting home post call, I slept a bit and then went shopping. I have almost all of my Christmas shopping done. I did end up splurging slightly for myself, but hey, I figure I've got to play the role of boyfriend in my life sometimes.

Today was spent in a frantic frenzy as I woke up to do some packing before going to work and discovering that I had no idea where my iPod was. None. And the last clear recollection of using it was back at Thanksgiving. So I tore apart my house and car, went to work and tore apart the clinic, the resident room, the work room, asked all of the staff in the unit and on the neurology floors and nobody could recall seeing it in the last 2-3 weeks. Security didn't have it. Etc. Etc. Etc. I was quite sick. So I came home early, pulled out my backpack to put in all of the work stuff I have to bring with me, and there it was in the front pocket. Much relief, as I was getting quite tired of my forgetful irresponsibility that has been the theme for the last 2 weeks.

And now it is time to mark a few other things off my "to do" list. Like do laundry and actually buy my bus ticket for tomorrow. You know, the little, not important things, that's all.

I'M ON VACATION!!!

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Dec. 17th, 2007 08:33 pm
jcd1013: (GG - Male bonding)
Last neuro call for 3 months!!!

Vacation in 2 days!!!

I can do this!
jcd1013: ('puter - meh)
There's a reason that they only give me three weeks of vacation a year and four days off a month...

Any more and the taste of freedom would be so alluring that there would be no way any of us would return.

(Moving over to the ICU for the rest of the month, which I love, but it's so hard saying goodbye to the days of freedom).

My holiday was excellent. I now have new light fixtures downstairs, a spider free basement, vacuumed floors, a draining tub, sparkling clean gutters, a weed free garden, watered and trimmed raspberries and bridalveil bush and a (mostly) working garage door. And a year after moving in, I've officially, completely, totally unpacked! Plus I spent two days up in the Upper Peninsula (which, except for the license plates, the locals refused to admit was actually part of Michigan), where I wandered around lighthouses and drove through forests and saw the cliffs of Lake Superior. And I spent yesterday with Chris, getting sunburnt exploring an art festival, eating burritos and sushi, and watching Harry Potter. A very busy and somewhat exhausting vacation, I think I need another one, especially since I'm heading into a stretch of 13 days straight. :)
jcd1013: (Anne - Delighted)
And the most important news of my life?

One more day of work and then a week of vacation. 8 days completely off. I cannot wait to turn my pager off and chuck it far far away.

:) Life will be sweet, my friends.
jcd1013: (Heigh Ho by liminalliz)
I think only doing one post a month like my last would be a good idea. That was hard work! But I am trying to get more into the creative writing again, and one of the books that I was reading suggested making your journal entries into stories. And I'm always amazed at the bloggers who manage to do just that (check out Barbados Butterfly, a surgical registrar from Australia as she tells the story of her early days in the residency. I wish I could write like that.)

My vacation has been wonderful so far. Alas, I am already halfway through my 9 days off, and I hate seeing the moments of time creep away. My best friend, Susan and her husband came and visited me over the weekend and we had so much fun. I showed off my little city, which they liked far more than Chicago (score for me!), and promised to come back and visit soon. We visited a bakery, which promised an elaborate tour and consisted of standing outside of a window, while a woman described what went on inside. It lasted 5 minutes. We also visited the Jelly Belly factory, which turned out to not so much be a factory, but a warehouse. The tour consisted of riding a train around the perimeter of the warehouse and watching a video. Even the promised giant jelly belly beans and the animated dancing jelly belly were less than advertised, and by that point, I was willing to accept mediocrity. But I did walk out with pounds of Jelly Flops, which made it all worth it.

It was wonderful being around Susan again. Since she moved to Illinois, our visits have been much more infrequent, and I have feared that the distance and time would have weakened our friendship (I keep meaning to do a longer post about me and my history to illuminate some of the reasons for my insecurities. Maybe that will become my next journal entry essay), but that hasn't been the case. We manage to pick up right where we left off. We've both changed in the years--I've known her for nine years now, but we're still as close. And it's taken a few years, but her husband and I are pretty good friends now, too. :)

I've missed her a lot today.

Today, I just lounged. I need to do laundry and dishes now and actually pack. Bah.

Tomorrow, I'm headed to Pennsylvania for the wedding of another best friend, Sam. I actually get to play bridesmaid--all of my other friends have married sans bridesmaids. *pout* I'm so excited. (The dress, btw, came back from the tailor. While it still isn't perfect, it at least fits (mostly). Now to get the shawl to behave!) Quite a few of my wonderful friends will be there, Brooke, Liz, Laura, and it promises to be just like old times, before the boyfriends and husbands and children. I can't wait!

And Monday, bright and early, I'll return to work. I'm excited to be back to the NICU for one last week, but I can't say that I've missed it at all this week. Maybe if the vacation had been longer...
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