Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fun on call.

I am loving my rotation this month. Kind of surprising...since it's one of those 80 hour/week in the hospital rotations. I'm the senior resident on the "Family Medicine" team, which is a group of family medicine residents on the pediatrics wards. They are AWESOME. It's so much fun. And I also get to do overnight heme-onc (blood disorder/cancer) call, which I love. All in all a great gig, although I'm no good at staying up for 30 hours in a row and actually keeping my head together.

I admitted a 13 year old sickle cell anemia patient overnight, who was super adorable. The following interaction ensued:

Me: You are really delightful.
Patient: What's that?
Me (admittedly feeling a pressing need to give her some vocabulary flashcards): It basically just means that you are totally awesome.
Patient: Oh! (big grin) So are you!

I freakin' love pediatrics.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April showers bring May flowers.

...or April snow in this case. Sigh. We're nearing record lows here in SLC, and spring just can't come soon enough for me. I'm coming off eight really nice weeks from a residency schedule perspective and getting ready for four weeks on the wards. I kind of love it, I'm excited. Then after this upcoming month I have six more nice weeks, then 2.5 weeks of night float then done! I cannot believe that residency is almost over. I accepted a job at a community health center that I will begin in September. I'm excited and terrified about it. Will I really be ready?

With the new job will come a sizeable pay raise...which is kind of crazy to me. I'm solidly middle class now, but I have so much student debt that I pretty much live paycheck to paycheck anyway. I entertained the idea of stepping up to a 2 bedroom apartment, but I think I'll stay put for now and save some money. I also need to get more disciplined about tithing to my church...and on a fun note, I promised myself that I would buy a car with all wheel drive if I stayed in Utah. My little Altima slides around like crazy in the snow, and it's almost 11 years I figure it's not too frivolous to buy another car. I'm probably going to be completely unoriginal and get a Subaru Outback, which is the official car of Utah. Seriously, I bet there's legislation or something.

I go through periods of being really restless about still being single and times of being content. Right now, I'm feeling quite peaceful about the whole thing and can even imagine a really amazing and satisfying life without a husband. Am I actually letting go of my Disney princess, white picket fence fantasy life (of course, substituting "Disney princess" for very tiny but full of love budget conscious wedding and "white picket fence" for small eco-friendly urban dwelling)? Not entirely...I think I'll always be a dreamer, but maybe I'm finally growing up just a little bit. Maybe.

Ooooh...I visited a different church today. I've been going to an essentially nondenominational and very young church for the past couple of years, but I've never really felt at home there. Part of it is the theology (which is totally orthodox but just a bit different from what I believe), partly the liturgy (or lack thereof), and mostly just me. I'm just a Methodist girl at heart, and I visited the Methodist church today. I almost instantly felt at home...and challenged to really live out my faith. A very selfish, isolated version of me has been showing up to life these past couple of years, but I really hope that will change.

And finally, I'll end with a song from Glee. I know that a lot of people haven't loved the show this season...and perhaps it hasn't lived up to the magic of the first few episodes...but the episode before the hiatus was lovely. And the "Warblers" have been a fun addition...tons of really talented guys. I've been a fan of Darren Criss's for awhile (he writes his own music among other things), and Telly Leung is just awesome. (FYI: Telly, who plays Wes, one of the Warblers, is going to be in a new musical that looks SO good...I'm totally going to try to get to NYC next year to see it.) Oh, right, the song. The Warblers are covering Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" and it's...breathtaking. Some hard-core Keane fans might disagree, but I love Keane (Somewhere Only We Know was played on repeat during various angst-ridden periods of medical school) AND the Glee version.

Oh, and my friend Danielle and I are going to see the Glee concert in Las Vegas. Which pretty much makes me a high school girl. No surprises there.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bucket list.

I’m a just a bit morbid naturally…maybe it comes from seeing death on a not infrequent basis. I’m not super afraid of death nor am I pathologically eager for it. The times I do think about death it’s usually with hope for the future with a healthy dose of trepidation in coming face to face with God. That said, I do on occasion imagine my funeral…I totally want it to be a big party. Preferably with dancing and live music. Especially if I die young. And absolutely no open casket. See…kind of morbid.

Anyway, this leads to my bucket know, things I want to do before I die. A simple list for a simple girl. In no particular order...

1. Run a half marathon. See, not even a full marathon. Setting the bar low.
2. Actually learn to play the guitar well.
3. Ride the Orient Express.
4. Take photography classes and learn to take beautiful photos.
5. Be in a flash mob.
6. Have a heart-pounding, breathless, head-spinning, epic romance.
7. Find a red wine I actually like.
8. Write a young adult book...even if it's just for myself. I may let Anna and Chaeli read it too.
9. Travel to India.
10. Train and work with a pet therapy dog.

Pretty short list so far...a work in progress, much like the rest of me.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wisdom from Glee

"Just be you and the sexy will flow through."

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I have a celebrity crush on Zachary Levi.

1. He is 6'4".

2. He is a self-described geek.

3. Chuck is one of my favorite TV shows. (Oh my goodness, did you see this week's episode?)

4. His attitude toward his work: "My job on my set, I believe, is to first just love people and gain that trust with people where they know that I really do love them and care about their well-being, so that when they are running into problems, they will hopefully, at some point, come to me and ask me, 'What is your peace all about? What is your comfort all about? Where do you get your love? Where do you get your talents?' And I can turn to them and say without blinking, 'Jesus Christ'."

OK, that's it. Nothing angsty today. :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What I am grateful for today:

I'm on call tonight taking care of the cancer kiddos, most of whom I already know, as I have been on service a lot lately in some way or another. They are sweet and too mature and way too medically savvy.

Anyway, it's not Thanksgiving, but I am feeling grateful and love making lists. So...ten things I am grateful for today:

1. A good intern on call with me. It makes my life about ten times easier.
2. Betty White is going to be on SNL in the near future, according to
3. Beth Moore's Get Out of That Pit, which I read last night and was quite good.
4. The TV show Castle. (I have a teeny crush on Nathan Fillion)
5. My fellow seniors on call, who are are two of my faves.
6. I got to sleep in a bit, so I have lots of energy on call.
7. Glee fanfiction (I know, I know...)
8. Bronchiolitis season has peaked.
9. Rotisserie chicken in the cafeteria.
10. God being extra gentle and patient with me since, well, forever.

Good night!!!!

Friday, March 5, 2010


I love hugs.

A side hug is not a hug. It's not that I don't have a healthy respect for the side hug. It can be a very unintimidating first step at platonic physical intimacy for the nonhugging person. But a real hug it is not.

Christian single people are all about the side hug.
Someone even wrote a parody about it. Note: The below video is a joke. I promise. It's some Christian dudes rapping badly...they are making fun of themselves. This is not in earnest. It's totally ridiculous and thus kind of hilarious. Unfortunately, there are a lot of youtube folks who think it's serious and make a lot of "Christians are judgmental idiots" comments. Seriously, people, you think this is for real?

I will give the critics that the "riding home in a coma" and "buying babies like Angelina Jolie" lines are not particularly in good taste.

For the record, I prefer my hugs full frontal.

Have a great weekend, sweet friends!