Living (a little)

This weekend I managed to have a tiny bit of down time to have my sis take some autumn pics with me and E. I was actually really surprised that E was willing to do this with me! The photos turned out nicely and I was able to revive my rusty editing skills when I used to work as a professional portrait photographer before dental school.

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So, rather than studying for the upcoming exams (Infection & Immunity quiz Monday, Behavioral Science Quiz Wednesday, CMB quiz #3 and Cariology Midterm Friday) I ended up attending my first tailgate, having our own home-made lobster dinner with E and friends, made pancakes in the morning, and watched part of a movie. It was nice to finally relax and live a little bit especially on a weekend that E had off. With his rotation I’ve been seeing him maybe once a twice a week but it honestly helps that we’re both busy and, although I worried about this, I don’t have those painful cravings to spend more time with him like I used to. I think a lot has to do with the fact that we trust each other so much and that we both want to support each other despite our busy schedules because we understand each others’ struggles. Plus, it also makes the time I do get to spend with him so much more valuable.

Okay, now back to the studying marathon!!

FitBit Flex 2

I finally decided to get a FitBit! I actually got it because one of my dental school professors paused his lecture to tell us this story about his fitbit and the major competition he was apparently having with one of his buddies. His story included something about taking two long walks with the dog, walking in the arboretum with his wife, and taking another night time walk (all in the same day!) just to beat his friend in this step count thing. Anyways, it sounded amazing so instead of paying attention in class…I ended up shopping for a FitBit. After a bit of research over the next few days I finally decided on the FitBit Flex 2, the newest AND cheapest one on the market PLUS it came in purple, which, if you know me well, is an obsession of mine. I can easily convince myself to buy things as long as they are purple or….it works the other way around too…I can convince myself NOT to buy something because it doesn’t come in purple.

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I had done some research on other smart tracker as well like the Leaf or Pebble but there were some major drawbacks…like the fact that I have freakishly tiny wrists so no Continue reading “FitBit Flex 2”

Anatomical Donations Memorial

I feel like for the past month I have been really nervous about having volunteered to sing and play piano for the annual anatomical donations memorial. When Dr. B first sent out the email, around a month and a half ago, I quickly replied so that I wouldn’t have time to dwell on the decision and change my mind. At first I planned on singing Amazing Grace but I soon found out that the med school choir was going to be singing that. So I finally decided that I would sing Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down. I got the sheet music for it and went downstairs to the music room of the grad student housing almost every other day to practice. Finally I would actually be using these piano music rooms that were in the basement of my dorm building.

Around a week before the performance I started thinking that maybe I was crazy for volunteering to do this. I knew this performance wasn’t “about me” but rather a gift and a thank you for the families of the donors who would be at the memorial. But at the same time I really didn’t want to screw up and embarrass myself in front of the med school students, the med school faculty, the dental students, and all of our professors. Let me just make clear, the last time I performed for anyone was around two years ago in my band AND I had never sang and played piano at the same time for an actual performance. Trying to find the balance of Continue reading “Anatomical Donations Memorial”