As you’ve all probably gathered, I’ve had less time to blog lately. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been thinking of blogging. In fact, I think about blogging all time time. I plan out blog posts in my head throughout the day, but I never actually get time to sit down and write them. I also take lots of pictures with the hopes of sharing them on my blog. So I will give a quick, 10 blog posts in one to bring you all up to date on what’s been going on with my life!
1. Last weekend I had a pseudo-4-day weekend because I was post call on Friday and then I had Monday off in-lieu for working Labour day. Husband and I dropped the boys off at my mom’s house (since she now lives 3 hours away) and then drove an additional hour to the mountains for a night away. While we were there, we went on a wonderful mountain hike that was almost 20KM round trip and too us to the top of a mountain. It was beautiful, the weather was amazing, and I was super sore the next day (especially since I also ran a 10K the next day).
2. After a wonderful night of delicious Italian dining and a visit to the mountain hot springs, Husband and I ran a 10K run through the mountains. It was such a wonderful experience. I made my best 10K time of 50:45 – with a pace of 5’05” per Km. I was quite happy with myself – especially since I beat husband by like 30 seconds!
3. I am currently (well, have been for a while) obsessed with anything pumpkin spice. I love pumpkin anything in the fall… Needless to say, I was quite excited to find some pumpkin spice fudge at the fudgery as I was walking back to my car after my ridiculously long hike. I actually haven’t finished it yet, and while I sit in my boring research methodology course, I wish I had it here with me now!
4. Every night that I am home, we make it a priority to go on a family walk. This is especially important because the weather is starting to get cool and soon there will be snow on the ground and it will be too cold and dark to get the kids out every night. One of the favorite things the boys like to do is feed the ducks at the little lake close to our house. The last time we fed the ducks, they seemed to be much more confident (the ducks) and the came right out of the water to get some cheerios from the boys. They were having a great time (the boys)!
5. I have officially finished my rotation on CCU. I didn’t mind it too much – I started between 7:15 and 7:30 every day and was usually finished between 4:00-5:00. Pretty good hours compared to my obs rotations. The biggest downside to the rotation was all the rounding. Some days we would stand and round for 4 hours. This is one of the biggest reasons I hate “medicine” specialties. I am far more surgical minded – what’s the problem? Let’s fix it. One other thing I didn’t really like about CCU is running the codes. The residents on CCU are responsible for running the codes throughout the hospital. The CCU nurses attend the code with the crash cart. As such, there is a “code phone” on the CCU desk. It is an old school phone, with the old school ring. When it rings, everyone goes silent – one person jumps up to answer the phone, someone else grabs the crash cart, and we all line up at the door and wait for the instructions on where we are supposed to run to. I hate that phone. When that phone rings, it means someone is dying… right now… and we are supposed to go and try to save their life. I will not miss the code phone.
6. For some reason, I was feeling very sad and down last week. I think there were lots of reasons to feel that way and I wished I had time to blog more about it at the time. I was feeling lonely, isolated, stressed, like I had no options and nowhere to turn. I had no one to talk to and I was beginning to get a little angry at myself and other people in my life. On my post-call day I had an appointment with my new psychologist – and those appointments are always hard. I left the appointment and felt like I needed to have a good cry. When I got home, I was pleasantly surprised to find a small and unexpected package in my mailbox. It was a package from K. I eagerly opened it to find a few little goodies to serve as a “pick-me-up” for the month. I really needed it – especially on that day.
7. As most of you know, I committed to making a set of three owl cross-stitches as a good-bye gift for K. Before I moved, I finished two of them and I was hoping to get the third one done fairly quickly. Unfortunately, I haven’t even had a chance to start on it. I’ve been carrying the unopened package around in my call bag since residency started and up until this week, I haven’t even taken it out. One night on call, there wasn’t too much going on so I sat in my call room and opened the package and got everything organized. Sadly, that was as far as I got before my pager went off, but it’s a good start!
8. After my weekend of crazy hiking and running, every muscle in my lower body was aching. For that reason, I didn’t really get a change to go our and run. The weather was also cold and it is getting darker earlier these days. I am having a hard time feeling motivated to go running on my treadmill, so I didn’t run too much. This weekend, though, I broke out my new running socks from K and went for a quick 5K jaunt. It felt great. Hopefully this week’s research course gives me a little more time to run!
9. My kids love music… Unfortunately for me, they love “kid” music more than “real” music. In an attempt to stop listening to “Frozen” music, I downloaded a new kids album. At the request of A., we downloaded an Alvin and the Chipmunks album. He loves it and wants to listen to it constantly… Including in the car. I have quickly come to realize that Chipmunk music is just parent torture in audio form.
10. I’ve mentioned before that I love the fall. Although it gets colder and darker, I find the coolness refreshing. Sunsets are beautiful, and our nightly family walk have an added “je ne sais quoi…” There is nothing more beautiful than a cool, calm night, with the sun setting over the small pond near our house…