jcd1013: (Dr Who - reach the stars)
iTunes has just released Season 1-3 on the downloadable DVDs, for a mere $25.87 ($1.99 each episode). The Christmas episodes aren't there and obviously, there's no "behind the scenes" commentary or David Tennant diaries, but still, it's an option.

I was also going to say that X-Files season 1-3 is also available. But those are much more expensive and Season 1 is missing one of the best episodes (Beyond the Sea), so personally I'd wait (well, personally, I already own the DVDs, so the point is moot. Moot. I love that word).

My X-Files party went splendidly, by the way. There was a newbie in the crowd, so we watched The Pilot (always a favorite), Squeeze and Post-Modern Prometheus, which was voted the favorite. I gave a quite the girlie scream and betrayed my cool demeanor during Squeeze, even though I've seen it a dozen times and knew what was going to happen.... I'm never going to survive tomorrow/Saturday when I finally get to see the movie.

I got recertified in ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) yesterday. Man, it's so much easier after two years of experience. I haven't run a code in months, but just knowing exactly what the drugs do and the thought process and the pathophysiology helps so much. At the end of med school, I was so clueless and ignorant. I'm still behind the time (ask my attending when I was unable to tell him what the common side effects of niacin are), but at least, I'm better than I was two years ago.

And other than that, not much going on. My life revolves around the various clinics and I'm getting a little wearied at the constant change. Every place has different expectations, different places to hang your bag, different places to find forms, etc, and it's tiring learning it all over again, both morning and afternoon. Plus, clinic patients always drain me. I don't get the chance to review their labs and their images, or whatever. They're there for those 20 minutes and they want answers, regardless of whether I have them, so I'm always thinking on the fly and I hate that. Still enjoying the free evenings. Tonight I picked raspberries, tripped on one of the bushes and lost the entire bowl. Luckily, I have a very abundant crop this year and was able to pick more to use with the Yogurt Cream that I made for my XF party (sooo good. Sooo creamy. So many calories (we're ignoring the advice about using whipping cream and going with milk next time. It may taste better, but I'm the only one around to eat the leftovers and golly, the guilt!).

I really need to do laundry.

Oh, yeah, and Happy Pioneer Day! I rather miss the middle of July state holiday. Any special celebrations? BBQs? I wish I was there, but in the mangled words of Brigham Young, "This is the right place for me." Hee.
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I've hated clinics since I was a med student--I learned very early on that the place where I thrive, where I fit, is the hospital, and the 20 minute focused visits where I'm supposed to address the reason that the patient is there as well as any other issues that invariably crop up (social issues, always social issues) make me crazy.

Granted, my visits with a patient in the hospital usually are as short, if not shorter (ie, morning rounds: "Hi Mr So and so, how did you sleep? Breathing better? Any overnight issues? Okay, well, let me just listen to your heart/squeeze my fingers/press on your belly. I still haven't seen your latest labs/images, but I'll be reviewing them this morning and the whole team will be by to see you later this morning. Oh, probably around 10 or so. Hmm, I'm not sure when you're going home, it depends on if the labs/images are improving. Work hard with physical therapy today. Any questions? Okay, I'll see you later. Have a good morning!"), but the overall effect of seeing them day after day, discussing the case for hours with the team, looking at labs and images and making changes then to the plan, etc... It all makes it seem like there is a much more comprehensive rapport that develops over the 3-4 (or 10) days that they're there in the hospital.

So, anyway. I'm doing outpatient clinics for the next two months (well, we're down to 5 weeks now). And I had been dreading it. Okay, besides the weekends off, the 8 to 5 hours, the no call, dreading it. Strangely, I've really enjoyed the month so far. I've worked in the Allergy clinic, in the Cardiac Arrhythmia clinic, learned how to do PFTs, worked in the VA emergency room, in urgent care. And it's actually been fun. It's definitely better when you have a little more control on what goes on with the patient.

Oh, and the half days off... Brilliant.

Because of the half days and free weekends, I've almost got a social life back. I went to the movies on Friday night (Hellboy, was rather unimpressed, which surprised me, because I had heard such good things about it. Sean Means, my personal movie reviewer *cough* gave it 4 stars! We have never parted company in opinions before. What is the world coming to?), on Saturday, I volunteered at a nursing home playing Bingo with the inhabitants; I was the announcer of the numbers and gave out prizes such as a stuffed purple poodle, that I craved myself.

A friend came by later that night and we made microwave cakes and complained about the shortage of dateable guys in our ward. There's a large group of us who are older and getting slightly bitter (more than slightly in my case), that these guys, who are our age, are only dating the 18-19 year olds, if they're even doing that. We're thinking about starting a support group, because like it or not, the chances of us dating and getting married get smaller every year, and it's a hard realization. I think it's just hitting me now, the fact that I'll be 30 in just a few short, short months. Bah.

CuteIntern is still freaking adorable (although no longer an intern *sniff*). While commiserating with him about the should-have-expected-it ending of Dr. Horrible, he told me to check out a new show. A new show on ABC Family. A new, extremely campy, yet somewhat witty show on ABC Family, entitled "The MIddleman" which should should be checked out by everybody. I had to search everywhere for a streaming video (they lie about the season being available at ABC Family) so if anybody is interested, I can send you the link. It's extremely campy, I don't think I can emphasize that enough and it's exactly why I think some of you will enjoy it. Seriously, take the pseudoscience alieny feeling of Doctor Who, add a good dose of insanity ala Red Dwarf, splash it with the chattiness of Gilmore Girls, and then spoof it all on turbo, and you've got the show.

I'm having an X-Files party tomorrow to get ready for the new movie. I'm so excited, yo! We're going to be watching a couple of our favorite old episodes and then the old movie. Hmm, which ones would you pick?

I've been very, very good about avoid spoilers and reviews, so I haven't heard if the new movie is good or not. I don't care. It's been 10 years since I watched the first one and became an instant X-Files fan. Ten years since I lived and breathed X-Files, watching the new eppys with Sus on Sunday and all the reruns on FX whenever I could catch them, collected action figures (shut up), cut my hair like Dana Scully. I've lost my XF callouses though... I used to be hardened enough that I could watch even the most disturbing episode (Home, anybody?), and not flinch (too much). Now, I'm a wuss; I'm going to be whimpering and cowering in the theaters. I. Can't. Wait.

Please, make it good, Chris Carter. I've cursed your name and doubted you since the series ended. You had over 5 years to get it right.
jcd1013: (XF - the original ship)
I used to do this at least every weekend, staying up 3 or 4 watching X-Files. Season 8 is on right now, the finale if I remember right. Still don't like Monica Reyes, had forgotten about all of the "Christ child" metaphors that they piled on in this season (wow, did they over do it. There is such a thing as subtlety, Chris Carter). I've lost the desensization that I had once upon a time, as I'm on the couch freaking out even though I know everybody survives and it's going to be okay. Big wimp, that's me.

I should go to bed, try to catch a few hours of sleep, as the ER for the moment is quiet, I'm caught up on my notes and my patients are tucked in, without pain or complaint. But I'll be done early in the morning and for a moment, I'm enjoying feeling young and carefree again.
jcd1013: (XF - panic face)
Duchovny's new "X-Files" movie should start shooting later this year, he said, directed by "X-Files" creator Chris Carter.

"I've had no compunction about being tied to that character," Duchovny said of his Agent Mulder alter ego. "I doubt I'll ever again play a part as popular as he was."

From here

That sounds like real confirmation. Doesn't it?!? *sigh* They really have perfected stringing the fans along.

(And no, I won't be watching his latest tv series. The speedo was more than enough for me thank you. :) )

Also, Amazon has the X-Files DVDs on sale for less than $25 dollars a season. I've been waiting for this sale for a year now and I know a few people out in friendland were as well.
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I decided to go through and collect all of the various icons that I've been practicing on over the last several months. (Why I'm doing this and not sleeping I don't know--especially since I start my new rotation tomorrow and have no idea where I'm supposed to go).

I had started out making Olympic icons this year, and realized shortly that the icons that I really wanted to make were of skaters of the past. Unfortunately, all of the pictures that I could find of such skaters were of very poor quality, so these few were a bloody pain to make. And, yes, I realize that the Olympics are over, but I'm a nostalgic kind of person. If there is an interest, I have a few more pictures of the skaters that I could try to manipulate into something.

Quite a few are variations of each other--different coloring that is much more subtle once they are uploaded, different wording. Most of these are the product of late night emperimentation. You've been warned.

If you like any, could you let me know? Just an idea of what's working, what should be avoided at all costs would be nice. :D

Olympics (18 - including variations. 3 Sasha Cohen (inspired by [livejournal.com profile] behrbemine devotion), 3 Sergei Grinkov/Ekaterina Gordeeva, 3 Jamie Sale/David Pelletier, 6 Torvill/Dean, 1 Torino Olympic logo, 2 SLC Olympics (the best of all Olympics!!))
Olympics )

Eva Cassidy (4)
Eva )

Voyager (7 - 2 Tom Paris, 1 Paris/Torres, 4 Seven of Nine)
Voyager )

Anne (11 - 4 Anne, 4 Anne/Gilbert, 2 Anne&Diana, 1 Anne&Marilla)
AoGG )

James Christensen (13)
James Christensen )

Everwood (6 - 3 Hannah, 3 Bright/Hannah)
Everwood )

Random (Ewan, X-Files, A Walk to Remember, Bend It Like Beckham, The Slipper and the Rose)
Hodgepodge )
jcd1013: (Joseph Campbell Bliss by Fileg)
I thought this summer would be as most summers. Bereft of new episodes of my favorite shows, my only other option of shows to watch would be old reruns of M*A*S*H. And then, I switched to the USA channel for some good L&O: SVU, and within minutes was hooked on "The 4400". I had seen it advertised last year, and thought that it was some show about Jehovah's Witnesses and the religious Armageddon (*blush* What? 4400 is pretty to 144,000!) and it just didn't seem like my kind of show.

Boy was I wrong! My sister filled me in on the premise and what happened last season, and I've become completely absorbed. The acting is incredible--really well done from everybody, the storyline's great, and it feels like old time X-Files--without the monsters-of-the-week. I'm so excited!

Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] eponine119!

Fandom meme )

Saw the preview for the new Pride and Prejudice movie... To me, the Bible of P&P will always be the A&E version--I can watch all 5 hours of it, and have numerous times, and not even notice the time passing. Could you even imagine a Mr. Darcy who is not Colin Firth? Sacrilege! But trying to be fair, Keira Knightly at least looks the age of Elizabeth, which unfortunately, Jennifer Ehle did not. And hopefully, this time, Jane will actually be the prettiest girl in the town, rather than the horse-looking girl with the funky neck and side curls. I mean, I snickered every time Elizabeth said "and you are quite five times as pretty as the rest of us" wondering what their standards of beauty were back then. It does look like that it will be an enjoyable 2 hours though, and yes, I do admit to being excited for it.

And the preview for RENT?? Jesse Martin singing??Add to that Ewan McGregor is playing Sky Masterson! Sky! *swoon* Anybody wanna do a London trip? :)
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My heart is breaking....

The Unnatural is on tv and I have to go to bed. WAAAHHH! No Mulder and his fine piece of ash, no Jesse Martin... *sniff* *sigh*

I'm not liking the gyn part of my rotation as much. Too much surgery and very little patient interaction. And it's really hard on my body, my shoulder is absolutely killing me. I hope it get better.
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