Thursday, May 29, 2008

The loud bleat of reality

In case you didn't catch it the first twelve times I mentioned it, I'm now completely done with internal medicine for my intern year.

When my alarm clock sounded this morning, though, I was extremely confused. Apparently my body thought that since I was done with medicine it meant that I didn't need to come back to work today. It took me several full minutes before I realized that I hadn't made a mistake in setting my alarm the night previously, and that I did, in fact, have to get out of bed at the suddenly painful hour of 6:00, err...6:15, or maybe 6:25.

Sometimes I hate my alarm.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Pistachio Dust

Jeff and I certainly tried to make the most of my weekend off. We drove up to Greenville in the early afternoon to go and sit at Falls Park and enjoy the beautiful sunny weather and try to finish reading Prince Caspian before seeing the movie.

We saw approximately 15 brides there getting pictures taken, along with a funny dog who frantically swam back and forth in the river chasing a duck who would either fly away from him and then land out of his reach, or swim underwater and pop up a little ways away.

After taking some time to walk through the park, we walked up to a little place called The Lazy Goat, a very hip, cool tapas restaurant where you can get dishes garnished with things like "pistachio dust" and "gently muddled limes." Our dinner was, of course, delicious, and consisted of several small dishes that we shared. Here is what one of our dishes looked like:
After dinner it was on to watch some baseball. Baseball has had a special place in my heart ever since Jeff and I first started officially dating at a Cardinals game. (When he FINALLY decided to hold my hand in the bottom of the seventh inning.)

It was, though, one of the best times we've had in a while - being able to get away from work and our little town and enjoy each other's company. (Notice the very relaxed lady in this picture - one who just this morning finished her last internal medicine call of her intern year!)

Hopefully we'll have some more fun dates this summer. Which should be easier since I just got the schedule for July and I'm on call all of THREE times, including only 1 friday. Three cheers for many more weekends off next year!

Any other good date ideas in Greenville?

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Aahhh...

I got out of bed this morning at 9:15. Normally by this time I would have gone running, eaten breakfast, seen 6 or 7 patients, written notes, heard a lecture, and started doing the work I needed to do a couple of discharges. This morning, I rolled out of bed, munched on some fruity cheerios (my new favorite cereal) and gradually worked up enough will power to go on a little jog with the dog.

I love weekends off.

Only 5 weeks until the new interns start. (It's not like I'm counting down the days or anything.) And I have just one, single, solitary medicine call left for the year. I still have several OB/peds calls next month, but after Monday there is no more getting up at 4:30 to admit someone who used drugs and then had chest pain. (At least until I'm an upper level.)

It's hard to believe almost a year has gone by since I had my first day as a doctor.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Local Garden Overflows Bed; Neighbors Wonder What Owners Were Thinking.

The garden at Jeff and Aubrey Tell's house continues to grow and is exploding well beyond its designed limits. For the last week neighbors have been gawking and wondering why the garden owners tried to cram so many plants into so small a garden. They say the Tells have typically been model neighbors, quiet and reserved, no one would have expected them to overplant their garden.

The Tells never claimed to have green thumbs. But recent events have left stunned neighbors wondering whether they have any thumbs at all.

At the beginning of the season the Tells prepared a four by eight plot of ground for a new garden. They were excited about the possibilities of growing food right in their own backyard. In their novice enthusiasm, they decided it would be a good idea to plant a row of carrots, a row of lettuce, two rows of spinach, a basil plant, six bell pepper plants, eleven tomato plants, four squash vines and five cantaloupe vines in their humble plot of dirt.

Tell maintains that when they planted the garden the plants were all quite small, and fit comfortably in their spots. "Who knew they would grow like this?" Tell was reportedly overheard wondering.

"What were they thinking?" One neighbor wondered aloud. "Surely they've grown things before."

Tell remains optimistic, "Oh, this is just a rookie mistake," Tell mused, "I bet this happens to everybody."

"Actually no," says an anonymous gardening expert, "This is the first time I've ever seen this happen. You'd think they would have checked out some gardening books before they just went ahead and gardened all willy-nilly."

Tell insists that he did do his homework. "Actually yes, I read the titles and Amazon customer reviews of nearly five gardening books." Which one did he finally buy? "Well, none of them, actually. I got distracted and ended up just adding two more N.T. Wright books to my wishlist. He's really quite readable."

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Pesto works for me

It's been a while since I've had a good idea to share with the wider blog world. Mostly because I've come home every day over this last week and a half completely exhausted from taking care of my patients, trying to send some of them home, and admitting new ones. But today, oh glorious Wednesday, is my day off!! So now I can sit outside on our back porch (thanks to the magic of wireless) and enjoy the beautiful sun and my coffee and remember that I actually do have a good idea or two.

Jeff and I always keep a jar or two of ready-made pesto in the pantry. Many a night's dinner have been saved because of this little jar. Obviously, pesto is great to use to make pasta. Boil some water, open the jar, and presto.... yummy, very quick dinner. But it also has many other uses:

1. Salad dressing. Some spinach, nuts, cheese and tomatoes, and a little pesto mixed in...and presto... a yummy, interesting salad - my mother-in-law found this recipe when she was at my house recently, so thanks, Mom!

2. Pizza sauce: Ready made pizza crust, leftover chicken and whatever else you like on pizza... put it on top of pesto.... and presto... delicious pizza. (Okay, enough with the pesto/presto thing.)

3. Appetizer: My favorite appetizer is made with pesto. All you need is a baguette, tomatoes, cheese, and, of course, pesto.

4. Miscellaneous uses: Pesto is also great as a spread on sandwiches, or put into a cheese quesadilla, or even used as a marinade for baking chicken.

So basically, it's just a nice thing to have around for when you are in a pinch for what to eat for dinner. Since I am almost always in a pinch about what to eat for dinner, that definitely works for me.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Can't... move... arms... too much.... practical.... theology...

So last night one of my elders called me up to ask if I wanted to pick up hay with him today. I figured that was probably farm-speak for some fun easy task that he wanted to give me the pleasure of accompanying him on.

Nope. He meant picking up hay.

We spent the morning out in his back field picking up about 200 square bales (they're called square, but they're really rectangular. I didn't correct him on this.) of rye and fescue. We had to get it into the barn because its supposed to rain this afternoon. It was hard work, and now my legs itch. I'm glad I did it though. Perry was very grateful, and he bought me lunch, and it reminded me why I like office work.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Tooting My Own Horn

Look at what I won!






















I was quite excited, and not just a little caught off guard to win an award in Hebrew! And it came with a cash prize!! After all these years, doing my homework finally paid off! Although now I feel like I ought to start studying Hebrew even more so I can live up to my award.

In other school news. Its over! Hooray. Not totally, just for the semester, but still I am rejoicing. In my current program 2 classes is considered full time. And with good reason, each class assigns a bazillion pages of reading (give or take). I went for the gusto and took three classes this semester, then at the end of March started preaching regularly at a local church. So the last month and a half of the semester was quite full, and I'm glad to have a break.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

New Mercies

These last couple of days have, for a variety of reasons, been really tough for me. I've been exhausted, worn-out, and occasionally even tired of being a doctor. This year has been both great and one of the toughest of my life. Intern year definitely stretches you and challenges you a thousand different ways every day, and this week more so than others I have definitely realized that I cannot do it alone. I spent most of yesterday near tears all day after starting the day by being treated like a total peon by one of our consulting doctors. As I was getting to the end of the day, the Lord brought a verse to my mind, "This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." I can't say that I was rejoicing after that, but I can say that it made me feel better.

When I got home from work today around 10:30, and the sun was shining in the bright blue sky, I was reminded of another verse.
From Lamentations 3
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; [2]
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

Thank you, Lord for this new day with its new mercies.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cool Cub Link

Cub's second basemen Mark DeRosa has a blog.

In other cub news, Greg Maddux will be pitching against the Cubs at Wrigley Field today, that's kind of sad. And Jim Edmonds, who last week was a Padre, will be playing for the cubs today, against the Padres.

Go Cubs.

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Crit..


A week or so ago, we enjoyed watching the criterium race here in Uptown, Greenwood. I learned that when you bike really fast, and then fall, you might actually lose your britches. (Or at least nearly so.) But it was a beautiful evening in Greenwood, and I found a place to stand where it almost felt like they were going to run right into you. Which, for some reason is more appealing that it sounds.
video

Seeing these guys race by made me want to be a faster biker. Sigh. Maybe when I'm working less than 60-80 hours/week I can find more time to train. Until then, though, I'll just be happy poking along.

Friday, May 09, 2008

See how it grows.

This was 3 weeks ago.....






















This is today.....





































BTW, This mornings post on SC geography was the 500th post on our blog!

South Carolina Geography

I'm not sure there is another state where someone could move from the community of "Opossum Kingdom" to one called "Rabbit Stew." But here in good, old SC it has been done. Any other good town names y'all know of?

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Only in a hospital...

Would you see a sign posted saying "Do NOT send fallopian tubes through the tube system."

Good advice for us all.

And sorry for the relative lack of posting these last few weeks, in between me starting medicine, Jeff trying to get all his papers written as well as preach every Sunday, and our much-anticipated upcoming visit by Mom and Dad Tell, we've been a little busy with work and tidying up. More to come later.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Mac or PC?

Aubrey and I's computer has developed a number of quirks over the years. Technically, it is a laptop, but the screen broke a few years ago, so we have it hooked up to an external monitor, and it functions like a desktop now. Lately it has developed a new habit of randomly turning itself off. It usually only does this when I'm working on a paper, or when Aubrey and I are trying to watch the latest episode of The Office online. This quirk is particularly unacceptable. I had designated this morning to be "revise and edit papers" morning, but the computer has already shut down on me five times. I now hit "ctrl-s" after nearly every word I type.

So we are thinking it might be time to buy a new computer. Two questions face us now. Laptop or desktop? And the even bigger issue... Mac or PC?

We hear Macs are pretty nice, but they do cost a few extra shekels. Are they worth it? Please comment and tell us what to do....

Sunday, May 04, 2008

The new college graduate



Here he is... a newly-minted B.S, with both his soon-to-be-wife and my parents. I decided that watching graduation projected on a screen was not that bad. I didn't feel guilty when I whipped out the novel I was reading and tuned out some of the names. And I did get a good view of him walking across the stage.

On another note, I'm back on my last month of internal medicine. I had forgotten how bad being on call can make you feel. I didn't even have a particularly bad call, but still managed to feel a little like I got hit by a train the next day. Just 13 or so more calls until second year!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Craft update.

Here are my latest projects, a few presents for Jack's birthday.

This bunting was inspired by several I had seen on various crafty blogs, most notably this one, where there is a tutorial. I like the idea of a decoration that can be used for celebrations for a long time. Now I want one for our house.



Here is a crayon pouch, another item that has been floating around blog-dom for a while. The tutorial can be found here, with a very nice pdf file pattern. I modified it a little so that I could applique the car onto the back. If anyone else has any good patterns or tutorials they use for boy presents, please let me know because I am quickly running out of good ideas. Boys are just a little harder to sew for.

I just started my very last block of medicine for my intern year. Only 14 more calls until intern year is officially over!!