Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Drum roll, please.....

I know everyone has been waiting with baited breath, curious as to what flavor baby Dave and Hannah are going to have come October. We just found out today that....

they are having....


We are going to have a NIECE! We are very excited. I am dreaming already about various sewing projects that I can make for her. I will finally have good reason to make a doll!!

Should be fun.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Empty House

Our house is starting to look really sad. Yesterday, Jeff took down most of the pictures from all our walls and packed them. So now our walls look rather naked. And I packed up all my sewing stuff.
I guess that means we are really moving.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Dr. Aubrey Tell

I gave out my first free and unsolicited medical advice tonight. I was in a position to help a poor, clueless soul - my first chance to really wow someone with my medical knowledge as a full blown doctor and what was I wearing?

I was wearing my pijamas. In the grocery store. (And not cute, matching pijamas that could double as an outfit, either, just this pair of blue flowery boxers and a too-large gray tee that I will actually sleep in tonight.) And it was 11:00pm. (Hence the pijamas.) And my hair was messily pulled back into a ponytail. For some odd reason, the guy didn't even laugh when I told him I'd just graduated from medical school(I probably would have.) He just thanked me, and appeared to take my advice when I helped him pick out an antihistamine, and told him he should also take some ibuprofen to help with the inflammation of his swollen forehead and eye.

I guess I can't charge someone for a consult if I give it wearing pijamas.


We've started packing up in earnest tonight. What I've learned so far:

I'm allergic to packing.


All night, I've been sneezing, snifling, and can't really breath through my nose.

I hate allergies.

Saturday, May 26, 2007


We are now back at home from our great time at the beach! We are also both recovering from a small bout of the stomach flu that made its way through our beach house. It is amazing how one small virus can really wreak havoc on a person. In spite of various GI issues, though, we really had a wonderful time with our families. There was swimming, eating, sunning, eating, bocce ball, eating, kite flying, and more eating. It was a great week. And the nephews were both just adorable!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Aubrey Tell, M.D.

Highlights from graduation:

The Doctors Rampey, Tell, and Rampey.

Monday, May 21, 2007

At the beach

I successfully graduated, and promptly went to the beach for some fun time with my entire family. We're having a great time, but there is limited internet. So for the next few days there will be little time for blogging, since we're going to spending our time soaking up the rays and playing pool. And doing lots of looking at our two nephews. And congratulating my little brother who just got engaged.

So it will be pretty busy.

More to come later.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Too Early

It's 6:30 am and I am getting dressed for graduation. I bet you can figure out my opinion on the fast that we have to arrive by 7:00 am.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Prom

Tonight was the MUSC version of the Senior Prom. Here, we call it the "Senior Ball" since I guess that sounds more adult. But I kind of felt a little like I was in high school today since two of my med school friends and I went shoe shopping before the big dance, and we were all giving each other advice about what looked nice and how to do our hair.

As I was getting ready to go, though, I briefly wished I was a little more girly, since I know NOTHING about doing my hair, and only a little about doing my makeup. I was wishing I could call someone (my mommy?) to come and help me with the hair. But a last minute trip to Eckerd's saved the day since I got some bobby pins and a curling iron. (I figure you can never go wrong with those.)

And since this seems to be the season of accomplishing life goals, the dress that I wore was actually one that I MADE. Yes, that's right. It was like the home-ec class I never had. I sewed my own dress. And I must say, I'm pretty proud of the results. I know if you were to really study the dress, you'd be able to tell it was handmade, with a few quirks due to my lack of sewing ability, but I didn't stick out like a sore thumb. I had been looking for a simple black dress made from a dressier material for a while, and couldn't find one I liked that wasn't ridiculously expensive, so I went to Hancock Fabric and found material and a pattern, and away I went. At times like this, it's nice to live above a wonderful seamstress who can help me when I don't know what I'm doing. (Thankfully this seems to be less often these days.) It was easier than I expected, although I still had to rip out more seams than I care to admit.

And without further ado, here are some photos:

See the nice view from the aquarium?

Barbara, Rachel and I..... (Rachel made my super pretty red earrings that matched....

these red shoes that were my favorite part of my outfit. I felt spunky wearing red shoes.

Here you can see pretty much the whole dress, but sadly my cute shoes are cut out.
And here is the back, which I really love. It's hard to tell in these photos, but the dress has a sheer layer with a few sequins and embroidery, and then a silky layer underneath.

Now I'm tired and going to bed.


I used to be a non-exerciser. Well, I played soccer in high school and did intramural stuff, so I guess I was an occasional exerciser. Once I got to medical school, though, I realized that since I would be telling my patients to exercise and lose weight, maybe I should listen to my own future advice. And since I'm graduating in 2 days, I feel I can give them blogging world some advice.

I'm a big fan of exercising, for many different reasons. The biggest one is that it means I don't have to feel that bad when I eat dessert occasionally (or most days). I also just FEEL better when I exercise, and sleep better. Losing around 20 pounds didn't hurt either.

Here are different things that you can do to start exercising:
1. Running - This is how I started. The nice thing about running is that you can do it anywhere and all you need is a decent pair of shoes. Although I prefer to run outside, people tell me you can even run INDOORS. Studies have shown that even by walking for 30 or 45 minutes a day, people can decrease their risk of heart attacts and diabetes.
2. Swimming - I think this is my favorite form of exercise to recommend to people, since it is low-impact (meaning no stress on joints like knees) and uses nearly all your muscles, not just lower body. You don't sweat (or you can't feel it since you're wet) and when you finish, you have this nice sense of fatigue but nothing is sore. The trick here is finding a pool. The student health center at my medical school has one, but occasionally in the summer I'll go to an outdoor community pool and do some swimming in the sun.
3. Biking - This is my new favorite. The downside here is that bikes can be expensive, but you can always find cheaper used bikes that are still pretty good. You can do it outside and really get to enjoy some scenery since you can go a lot farther and faster than running. This is also very low impact, although sometimes your buns get a little sore.

Indoor exercising: Although I prefer to exercise outside, sometimes it is just not possible. There are lots of machines you can use if you are members at a YMCA or gym.
1. Elliptical machine - like running, but less impact. Some machine also have poles so you can use your arms.
2. Stationary bike - Almost like biking outside.
3. Stair machine - I think this is the best machine to use if you want to burn the most calories in the shortest amount of time. I know when I use it, I get much more winded and sweaty than with other machine.
4. Pilates - I recently started going to Pilates once a week. I am really enjoying it and find it tough since it is making me use all these muscles I didn't even know I have. Since I get free access to our student health center and all the classes, I know I am blessed to be able to go to these classes for free. There are great dvds out there, though, so you can do pilates from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
5. Weight machines - Although I don't use these as much as I should, building muscle is a very important part of being healthy. For one, muscle burns more calories than fat, so you can increase your metabolism (and lose more weight). The second is that this is especially important for women. Any kind of weight-lifting exercise increase bone strength and density, and decreases your chances of having osteoporosis.

I know that many moms with kids don't think they have time to exercise. But I find that I have time for things that I make priorities. Once your kids get older, they can always ride their bikes along with you while you run or walk. Some gyms have day care, or you could get a bunch of moms together and take turns getting exercise. If your kids see that exercising is a priority, it will make them understand that we should take care of our bodies, and that glorifies God.

If you're having trouble getting motivated, pick out a road race, marathon, or triathlon and pay the fee and enter. Then you'll have a good reason to make sure you train for it. You might be surprised at how much fun it is, and by how well you can do.

I know I was.

So get moving! And go here for other tips.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

How I know I'm about to graduate.

1. So I stayed up late last night (as in past 2 am, an hour I haven't seen since college, or when I was on night float during labor and delivery) but was so excited and had enough to do today that I naturally woke up at 8:15. Maybe I'll be able to survive on less sleep next year than I realize.

2. I had to have my picture taken today, a picture which will reside FOREVER in the Dean's office here at MUSC, and so I put on makeup (which I haven't worn in weeks) including mascara (which I haven't worn in months) AND eyeliner (Which I haven't worn in YEARS). It was a big day.

3. Fun beach party with all my classmates at Folly Beach!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Shirts and boxes

After a relaxing Sunday afternoon in which we went to the beach, I got the crafty bug again. Instead of cleaning and working on packing, I decided to pull out the fabrics and make a big mess. But, since it's a crafty mess, it's the best kind....

Here are the fruits of my labor:
For future baby showers, since our church is exceedingly fertile.

Two fabric boxes, thanks to this tutorial, which I'll use in my sewing room in our new house. (Yes, I'm going to have at least a partially dedicated sewing room that will probably also double as an office.)

And the cutest shirt I have made yet, which I might just have to keep it is so cute. (Not that we are pregnant or about to be, but it's so cute I almost can't stand it.) I've been seeing onesies like this floating around the web on a crafty site or two for a while, and decided to give it go.

Here's the back, maybe my favorite part:
The hedgehog is too cute. Although I wish I knew how to keep the onesie knit from stretching....

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Our Friday Night

Here is how we spent our friday night:

I was packing.... (Notice the empty bookshelves)

....And Jeff was making tortillas. All I have to say is, "YUMMMM...." We used the tortillas to make quesadillas. It was probably the tastiest quesadilla I have ever eaten. Even better than a John Coctostan. Mine had mushrooms, onions, spinach, and of course, cheese.

We then used the tortillas again to make breakfast burritos on Saturday for lunch. It was a good weekend for eating.

Yes, ladies, he's taken. And I won't give him up without a fight.

Friday, May 11, 2007

God's Watch

On Sunday, our church had a special church picnic and service at this old church up in the town of McClellanville. We had a great time of eating, worship, communion, singing, and fellowship. As we still wait for God's guidance about a job for Jeff, we were reminded again of how different God's timing is from ours. One of our elders preached on Jesus' healing of Lazarus. Although I've heard this story many other times, I was struck this time by Jesus reaction to the new that his dear friend, Lazarus, was ill. He WAITED. For TWO more days. He let Lazarus DIE. And then he came. He wasn't being cruel here, but he wanted to prove to us that when he says, "I am the Resurrection," he means it in a very real, physical way. I think I feel like Martha when she said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, he wouldn't have died." I don't understand why it has been so hard for Jeff to find a job, and why he still doesn't have one even though we are moving in a few weeks. But this week I was reminded that Jesus often uses his own timing to do things that are more that we can ask or imagine. So I am praying that we will not lose hope, and know that God's will is good, pleasing, and even perfect. Even when it doesn't seem like it to us.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Gets tons of free moving boxes.

Since we are moving in a few short weeks, we are currently in need of moving boxes. On Monday, quite by accident, I discovered the best way to get them.

1. Wait until trash day.
2. Get in your car, or better yet, get in your truck so you have more room.
3. Drive slowly around your city.
4. When you see a trash can, drive even slower to make sure there are no boxes around.
5. Try not to get in any wrecks as you quickly pull over when you see boxes.
6. On your way home, drive by the hospital and notice that they have a HUGE dumpster FULL of boxes, with boxes scattered all around it on the ground.
7. Get as many boxes as will fit into the back of your truck.
8. After your truck is heavy laden, briefly wonder if these boxes from the hospital could possibly contain the kind of germs you don't want to touch, let alone move to another city.
9. Decide that this dumpster is just for boxes like paper boxes, and so therefore of course can't contain germs. Feel immediately better.
10. Repeat next week on trash day.

Seriously - I did get tons of boxes, in all sizes, some perfect for loading up books, other that will be great for larger items. I still haven't even hit up any liquor stores (for boxes, that is). Another good moving tip I plan on trying very soon is to get some boxes from the liquor store with the dividers still inside, and use it to pack up all my crystal and glasses.

If anyone else has good moving tips, feel free to help me out and leave them in the comment section.

For other good tips, go here.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

New Friends

I just made a new friend on the internet. His name is Facebook. He is making me obsessively check my email for signs of new activity. I think this might become a problem.

Let the packing begin

Yesterday I started packing. Since then I have learned one important thing:

We have a freakin' lot of books. So far, we're up to 8 boxes, and probably only about halfway done. And we haven't really even bought very many books since we've been married, seeing as how our budget doesn't include a book allowance. Just think if we'd been buying books these last four years instead of using the library....

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Back from the Beach!!

Beach week was great! I felt like I was preparing myself for the real beach week we have coming in a few weeks, when all our families will be here for graduation.

Some highlights: Lots and lots of good food, including hummus and homemade salsa, having my first fall on my bike (I got a nice raspberry to prove it), making fish taco pizza (which tastes better than it sounds), a little outlet shopping (cute skirt for $12 - need I say more?), getting a little tan, eating breakfast on our porch which looked out over the ocean, and lots of time with good friends!

Thursday, May 03, 2007


After my good experience making the Challah! last week, I decided to get back in the game and try another breadlike product. Also being inspired by tales from Aubrey's recent trip to the Mexican border, tonight I decided to make Tortillas! They are really not that difficult, you don't even need to let the dough rise, since there is no yeast involved. Although the cookbook does recommend letting the dough "rest" for a while. Being kneaded must really wear that dough out. Poor dough. Although the kneading is probably a cake walk compared to being smushed with a rolling pin and placed on a hot frying pan.

When my wife returns tomorrow with the camera I will provide photographic proof that I did in fact make Tortillas! And as it turns out, the hardest part of the Tortilla! making process is making them round. Mine are not so round. Most of them are squarish, some more quadrilateralish. But, at least you will know that they are homemade.

And I couldn't help myself. They looked and smelled so good that I ate the first one while the second one was cooking. It was delicious, if I don't say so myself. It reminded me of when I was a poor college student and we use to take midnight trips to Adalberto's, the local 24 hour Mexican joint near college in San Diego, and I wouldn't have much money, so I'd just get a tortilla for 25 cents. But I didn't mind because they made awesome tortillas that were good enough to eat by themselves.


Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Places we walk to.

One of the things that we are going to miss about living the urbanite lifestyle in downtown Charleston is the ability to walk everywhere. In Greenwood we will be living in the 'burbs, a neighboorhood just outside city limits, which will have its own benefits (being able to go outside after dark without fear, not being 20 feet from a six lane highway, etc.), but convenience will not be among them. Currently we walk all kinds of places.

- I walk to work everyday, Aubrey always walked or rode her bike to the hospital.
- We walk to church sometimes.
- The doctor's office.
- The gym. One day I walked to the doctor, then to work, then the gym, then home, all in one glorious round trip.
- Parks. Lots of them. We walk to Hampton Park, Colonial lake, the dog park, Brittlebank Park, Marion Square, the Battery Park, and if we're really ambitious we could walk to Waterfront Park, although we've never actually walked to that one.
- Two of our favorite restaurants, Five Loaves, and Hominy Grill are within easy walking distance.
- Coffee shops. Rutledge Coffee and Cream, and Charleston Java, both easily walkable.
- Ice Cream. We walked to Marble Slab.
- The farmers market.
- I walked to watch the Cooper River Bridge Run, one of the biggest 10k's in the world.
- We walk to watch our minor league baseball team, the Charleston Riverdogs.

And those are just the walks when we actually have a destination in mind. Not to mention the fact that we can walk just for walking sake and in minutes be on some of the prettiest and most historic streets in the Southeast. Yup, Charleston is made for walking!