Friday, August 26, 2011

I Wish I Was a Cullen

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Another week of med school down, 9432947 more to go.
After being out of school for 8 months, I think I'm finally back into the swing of school.
This whole week was going great (well, aside from not getting much studying done) until yesterday.
Want to know why?
(Drum roll please.)
I got sick.
Yep. That's right. SICK. Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, headaches, and sore throat. Not a good time to get sick considering the amount of studying I need to do this weekend to get caught up for our test next Friday. Granted, I feel like when your in medical school, there is never really a good time to get sick.

Is that ironic to anyone else?
Like, how we are learning to treat sick people and will spend a lot of time around sick people, yet, we have so much to do that doesn't allow us time to get sick without setting us really far behind. Eh, kinda funny.

I've also come to the realization that there are just not enough hours in the day. Not.Even.Close. I need like 48 hours in a day. Or, I just need to be able to function without sleep.
Too bad I'm not dating a sparkly vampire, because if I was, I would totally pull a Bella Swan and have him change me into a vampire. (Yes, I just referenced the Twilight series. Get over it.)
Then I would totally get everything done, and probably more. And I wouldn't get sick. And I would sparkle.
So many win-wins in that situation.

A girl can dream, right?
While all you healthy individuals are getting everything done in your 24 hour days (really like 16 hours if you count sleep), I will be looking up Edward Cullen's phone number, and drinking a gallon of orange juice.

Oh, and HAPPY FRIDAY! :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


I have a new project for you!
But before I show you, you should all know that I passed my first med school test!
Okay okay, not really that big of a deal.
On another side note, the fiance and I also found a venue for the wedding yesterday.
It was absolutely beautiful and I'm pretty sure we are going to do it there! :)

Back to the reason for this post, I was asked by my future sister-in-law if I would make her a mod-podged clipboard for nursing school. Of course I told her I would, and I just wanted to show everyone how it turned out.

What I used:
Wooden Clipboard
Pretty Paper
Matte Mod Podge
Foam Brush

All you have to do is lay out your paper the way you want and glue it down with mod-podge.
Once you've glued everything down, brush one or two coats of mod-podge on top.
My clipboard has round edges, so once the mod-podge was dry, I took sandpaper to it to round out the paper's edges.  I also used my Cricut to make the letters of her name, but if you dont have a Cricut you can always free hand some or use stickers or chipboard letters.

Here's the final product!

It looks the same on the back, just without the picture and name. :)
Hope you like it Hannah.

Happy Wednesday to everyone!

Friday, August 19, 2011

I Need More Coffee

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I've survived the first week of "fun"damentals, and needless to say, its really not that "fun". Who would have thought?
They weren't kidding when they said it was going to be like drinking out of a fire hose.
I mean, seriously. I've never studied this much in my life (i.e. more than 3-4 days before a test) and its certainly taking some getting used to.
What's even more sad is the fact that I should already know all the stuff we are going over.
I can't imagine how its going to be when we actually start learning stuff I've never heard of. 
It's like learning a foreign language.

Its also feels like its been one of the lonliest weeks of my life. Which I typically don't mind, but I'm going to need some kind of human interaction every now and then.
I wake up at 6:30. Get ready. Eat my breakfast. Drink my coffee. (Speaking of coffee, I've already gone from 1 cup a day to 3 cups a day). Walk a mile to Volker Hall.  Sweat to death and wonder why I even took a shower. Then I sit in class and freeze to death because the classroom thermostat is set to polar bear weather. Pretend I'm paying attention, but this is when my coffee kicks in and I become ADD. So instead I g-chat, facebook chat, blog, and wedding plan. (No worries, it really doesn't matter if I pay attention or not. I apparently only learn by writing and physical movement, thanks to the surveys med school made me take.)  Which leads me to my next step of the day- go home and re-write all my notes. Sounds fun right? Back to the physical movement learning thing- I have yet to come up with how to physically act out amino acids, protein folding and cell organelles. I'll get back to you on that.
I've noticed that everyday, somewhere during my note re-writing, I fall asleep. Never fails. Then I wake up, eat dinner, and attempt to study some more. Then I go to sleep for good.
I know you're jealous.

On a side note, med school has a medical spanish interest group. It actually sounds like its going to be a lot of fun.  And if I have to get involved, then that's what I'm going to do.  (Speaking of which, I thought once I got into med school I didn't have to have "extracurriculars" anymore.)  But since its apparently looked down upon if you don't, instead of 1 foreign language (med school), I have now signed up to learn a second one (spanish). I'm either a) out of my mind or b) superwoman.  Give me a few months and I'll let you know which of those I actually am.
You'd think after 4 and a half years of spanish education I would be fluent, right?  Wrong.  I could hardly remember how to say "my name is" in spanish.  Pitiful.

But, now its time for a 10 minute break, so I am going to leave the Arctic and go sit outside to get some Vitamin D.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Gumball "Machine"

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So, I told you I had a project for you! :)
Its a project I had really wanted to do for a while and finally got around to making it.
It's a gumball machine!

I came across the tutorial on Pinterest (go figure).

It's so-super-simple

All you need is:
A clay flower pot
E6000 glue
Glass bowl
A wooden ball
Cute piece of ribbon
A clay flower pot stand (not sure of the appropriate term)
Paint of choice colors (I chose classic red to match my kitchen)

*I used acrylic paint, whereas the tutorial used spraypaint.
The acrylic dried SUPER fast on the clay pot

3 easy steps:
1. Paint pot, stand, and wooden ball
2. Glue wooden ball to the bottom of the stand and glue the bottom of glass bowl to the bottom of the clay pot with E6000
3.  Tie a cute ribbon around the middle and admire!

It matches my kitchen perfectly
Just wish I could find some gumballs to put inside
My favorite "everything" store (aka-Walmart) has failed me. They had zero gumballs
Anyone know where I can find some?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Three Weeks Down and White Coat

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Today was the day I've been waiting for since I got accepted to medical school.
White Coat Ceremony Day.

Dean Watts and I

The family

The fiance

(Okay, so I realize I've had a lot of "best-day-ever" days lately- whatever.)
Friday marked the end of our first module, Patient, Doctor and Society.
Thursday we had our final exam/first med school test and it went decently well. Especially for not studying very much.
I passed the class.
That's all that matters, right? :)

I can't believe 3 weeks have already gone by.
Tomorrow, we will finally start the "fun" stuff, aka- FUN-damentals 1, and I am actually semi-excited. Also a tad bit scared. 

Switching to a more serious note.
The past three weeks have included many talks about the stresses of medical school and the effects it may have on us and where to go if something is wrong.
Depression. Loneliness. Sleep deprivation.
Lack of motivation/burn-out. Sickness.
And the list goes on.
It's pretty scary the more I think/hear about it and even more scary since I have already seen some of these things happen to several other professional students (not just medical sudents).

It's pretty closed-minded to think that one of these things "could never happen to me" because, in all reality, something definitely could.
It's just really hard to imagine it because of how I have felt these past three weeks. I've been crazy happy since I started school.
Like smiling all the time, freakishly happy.
I'm meeting amazing new people.
I'm getting to fulfill my goals.
I'm engaged to my best friend.
There is absolutely nothing else I could wish for right now (well, maybe for a wedding to magically plan itself-kidding) and I could not be more thankful!

Thanks to everyone for the support and encouragement that got me where I am today.
Loves <3

Oh, and on a side note, I have a new project post coming soon! :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Soap Dispenser Decor

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The second week of school is in full swing and so far so good.
Feeling a little more organized and in the loop this week than I did last week.
I've noticed that I have forgotten how to pay attention for long periods of time, though.
Facebook, Pinterest, and my fave craft blogs have all come in handy during class this week.
Just kidding.....or am I? ;)

I've only been in school 8 days, but I have already completed 5 assignments/papers and working on my 6th as we speak. Sad.
So as a break from all things school, I decided to show you guys a little project I whipped up for my bathroom.
It's nothing grand but it was a project that didn't take much time and I think it turned out rather adorbs.

My supplies:

- A cheap bottle of hand soap
- Leftover spray paint (cream color)
- Brown Vinyl
- My handy dandy Cricut

I covered the actual dispensing part with some tape
Spray painted the bottle
Let dry
Cut a size 3in K out with my Cricut and the Calligraphy cartridge
(K for my first name, and eventually for my new last name)
Stuck the K onto the bottle

Easy peasy, right?

I know you can't tell, but the rest of my bathroom is brown and cream.
Just in case you were wondering why I went with those colors.  :)

Well, time to get back to school related things, and then I must get to bed since I'm shadowing in the neurology wards bright and early tomorrow.
Super pumped
Hope everyone has a great rest of the week.
It's almost Friday!!


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