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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekend Review: Conferences, Birthday Cake, and a Sandwich

I've been neglecting to post again, thanks to a busy (but wonderful) September. I've just finished a radiation oncology rotation and am moving on to something a little different -- medical physics month -- which I'm actually quite excited about! Edmonton has entered its beautiful fall, with crunchy yellow leaves littering the sidewalks. Fall is so transient here -- one good windstorm and the trees are skeletal. Here are some other things that I've appreciated in the past week:

Monday, September 5, 2016

An Afternoon in St Albert -- Grain Elevators, Gardens, & Wetlands

It's my mom's last weekend in Alberta and we made the most of a crisp fall-like Sunday to check out St Albert, a small city twenty minutes northwest of Edmonton. Our first stop was the Grain Elevator Park, where we were met at a 1920s replica train station by a friendly university student on her final weekend of touring visitors around the restored elevators (open until Labour Day each summer).
the train station

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Family Visit

It's been a lovely past few days. My parents and sister were in Edmonton for an overlapping three days and it warmed my heart to have everyone together again. Unfortunately I had to work, but took Thursday off to show them around a bit, have lunch at Daawat (loved their tandoori and coconut naan), and stop in at Canadian Tire (fun fact: the largest one in Canada) to pick up materials to fix my dinged-up car.
bondo fill dent
dusty work

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Weekend Review: A Taste of Home, Personality Test, & Call

This week has been great, minus the inconvenience of a lingering cough (I was definitely side-eyed by a few patients on Friday). The days have been long, but not long enough to get everything done. I went in yesterday to catch up on the stuff that there never seems to be time for on weekdays (data entry, dictating treatment summaries, Powerpointing, and other generally fun stuff), which sounds awful, but was actually super productive -- so nice to get solid work in with no distractions (pager, I'm looking at you). Otherwise, the weekend has been low-key and relaxing. Here are some things I've appreciated this week:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Giants of the Prairies

I took a little road trip with my mom this past weekend; we had a fun time checking out some of the kitsch giant attractions in prairie towns northeast of Edmonton.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Weekend Review: U of A Architecture, Free Air, & A Roadtrip Cooler

It's been another busy week and I've been feeling pretty lousy today (just the flu, but ugh), so I'll keep this one brief. Here are some things I've appreciated in the past seven days:

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Weekend Review: Salmon, Ikea, and Harry Potter

4 weeks into PGY-3 and already neglecting to blog! It's been an especially busy month, so hopefully I'll find more time to write in the weeks to come. We're still enjoying a nice summer here in Edmonton, which has been making the walks to and from work especially nice (apart from the thunderstorms -- arriving at home or work soaked has become a once weekly occurrence). I'm grateful for this long weekend to do some relaxing and catching up on work. Here are some other things I've appreciated in recent days:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Getting Things Done

Inspired by Sarah, I've been trying to be more mindful about how I use (or rather, don't use) my time. She's an incredible physician and mom and you should really check out her blog, the SHU box.

One thing I learned about from Sarah is the Getting Things Done time-management method, developed by productivity consultant (who knew that was a thing?) David Allen. Although I'll admit I haven't read his book, from what I gather a main idea is this:

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Weekend Review: Art Walk, Little India, & A Rustic Coffee Table Tray

The past week has been occupied with meeting a research deadline, working call shifts, and catching up on road trip posts, but I'm happy to have put a little dent in the still-to-be-done. I keep thinking we're at the beginning of summer and I've still got a good two months to catch up on things; which results in a daily moment of anxiety when I remember it's already July.

Edmonton's summer has been nice (though we could do without the thunderstorms, which roll in most days with little warning). And life is good as a PGY-3 -- smack in the middle of residency, where you mostly know what's going on, yet don't yet feel the pressures of looming Royal College exams and fellowship/job applications. Here are some things I've appreciated in the past seven days:

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Alberta Road Trip - Day 4 - The Badlands

Following breakfast at the hotel we headed out of Lethbridge, driving for a couple hours through the agrarian prairie-scape en route to the badlands. This region farms a lot of potatoes; a contribution commemorated in the town of Vauxhall ("Potato Capital of the West") by mascots Samantha and Sammy Spud.