Friday, November 29, 2013

Another year, another ball

This year marked the fifth Marine Corps Ball Travis and I attended. Each year I am in awe of the men and women in uniform and the daily sacrifices they make. Even though I know what to expect I always get chills and a little choked up during the ceremony. The traditions, honor and history of the Marine Corps continues to impress and inspire me. I am so proud of my husband, grandfather and my father-in-law as well as the many friends we have made throughout the years. Travis and I enjoyed spending the evening together getting dressed up, sharing in a few drinks as well as some dancing. Here are a few of my pictures from the evening. 

Happy 238th Birthday United States Marine Corps!

Marine Corps Ball

Marine Corps Ball

Marine Corps Ball

Marine Corps Ball

Marine Corps Ball

Monday, November 25, 2013

What I learned in Internal Medicine...

I have started to realize that I do not share much about PA school and my studies on the blog. First of all it's difficult to know what I can say about my experiences with patient confidentiality and secondly I am not sure if anyone is necessarily interested. However, this is a huge part and sometimes the only thing that is going on in my life. Well, since school is going to start winding down pretty soon, I thought maybe I should share and document some of my experiences, after all this is why I have a blog. Here is a list of things I learned in my last rotation...

PA School

1. I really enjoyed this rotation, more so than I ever thought.

2. There is SO MUCH I don't know. Not that I wasn't aware of this before, but it is just even more apparent.

3. It made me critically think more than I have in other rotations, and I liked that. 

4. Sometimes you have to shout really loudly for patients to hear you.

5. You talk about bodily functions WAY too much, but it's necessary and I just had to learn to get over it.

6. Polypharmacy, sometimes it's the cause of the problem. 

7. Certain diseases and processes have distinct smells. I am not going to say any more.

8. Regulations & Paperwork - there are a lot of them. 

9. Nine times out of ten patients have more than one problem at a time. Sometimes three or more. It can get kind of confusing and difficult to keep track of everything.

10. You can order alcohol for patients. Seriously, I have seen it on the med list: 1 can of beer PO Qdaily. Who knew?!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Mountain Getaway

Adirondacks

Over Columbus Day Weekend Travis and I took another little weekend getaway to the Adirondacks, and let me tell you, it was absolutely perfect. We found the most quintessential, peaceful, tucked away spot in the entire state park, it's called the White Pine Camp. This place hosts an interesting history from private to public owners such as Paul Smith's College and even served as the summer getaway for President Coolidge during his term in office. It includes adorably rustic cabins, two beautiful boat houses, a Japanese tea house, and an old wooden bowling alley. It was the perfect weekend to unplug and unwind. Plus, if that is not enough it has also served as the location for J.Crew photo shoots and even the fall L.L.bean catalog cover. I mean that pretty much sold me. 

We spent the weekend mostly just cooking, reading and hanging out with each other. We did adventure out and do a few activities. On Saturday we climbed Wright Peak, our second of the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks. Phew, that was a workout. On Sunday we spent the morning sleeping in and eating pumpkin bread & drinking coffee on the dock. Now that is my perfect morning! Then it was off to canoe and enjoy a few beverages out in the canoe. We lucked out and had a beautiful weekend, clear, sunny and in the 60-70's. I mean you can't ask for anything better. I am already looking forward to booking our next trip back.

White Pine Camp
Canoe Adirondacks
Canoeing in Adirondacks
Canoeing in Adirondacks
Adirondack Mountains
Wright Peak Adirondacks
Wright Peak Adirondacks
Wright Peak Adirondacks
Wright Peak
Wright Peak
Wright Peak
White Pine Camp
White Pine Camp
White Pine Camp
White Pine Camp

White Pine Camp
White Pine Camp
White Pine Camp

Friday, November 15, 2013

A new 'do

Short hair cut

A couple weeks ago I finally worked up the courage to chop my hair. If you know me, you might have heard me talk about it at some point in the last year or so. One Friday when Travis was at work, I simply decided I was going to go through with it. At 1:00, I googled the nearest hair salon and made an appointment for 1:30. I guess that was the way to do it. Spur of the moment and no looking back. So just as quickly as I made the appointment, the hairdresser (whom I had just met) pulled my long locks into a ponytail and severed 14 inches. I am not going to lie, I may have had a few tears in my eyes. I know it sounds crazy, but for us women, our hair is our identify. It seems silly and I pretty quickly got over it. It's not like I lost an appendage, even though that is what it felt like at first. My sister helped me realize it's just hair, it will grow back. And hopefully it will make someone else happy. 

Things started to look up when Travis came home from work for the day. It took him a little while to work his way through the dogs, but when he saw me and my new 'do, his eyes lit up. He said my hair reminded him of when we first met. YES...score. Melt my heart, Travis. After that I was golden. As Travis likes to remind me, it will cost less in shampoo & conditioner and takes less time to dry. The only thing I really miss are my top knots. Overall I just love the new 'do. What do you think? 

If you haven't seen a before picture here is one from this summer.
Boat Basin NYC Wedding

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day

"As we express our gratitude, 
we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, 
but to live by them."

John F. Kennedy

 
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