Monday, January 23, 2017

Life This Week: Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton

Residency's gotten busy and I know my blog is suffering. I hate to just post these once weekly reviews without any useful content, but at the same time I do like having them to document life. So apologies, here's a lousy one with all of two photos (all that's on my phone since returning from vacation):

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Life This Week: Royal BC Museum, BC Legislature, & Chinatown

After a wonderful vacation in Victoria I headed back to Edmonton this week. It's rather warm now, which is nice, but means that the gigantic (like 15-lb) icicles that form on the pipes on the outside of my building have been falling down -- loudly enough to wake me up at night. Also, talk about hazardous!

This was the final week of my GU/CNS/peds oncology rotation, and a particularly exciting one as one of our residents had twins (!). There's been a baby boom in our program, with our PGY-4 and -5 now on mat leave. They're doing amazing, and it's so much fun to visit with the babies.

Here are some things I appreciated last weekend, towards the end of my visit to Victoria:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Forest & Beach

Happy New Year! I'm lucky to be back on the Island this week to visit my parents and sister. It's been the best time; just lazy, cosy, and relaxing. We've sat in front of the fire with rum and eggnog, had a turkey dinner, watched movies, read books, and gone on walks.
New Year's morning

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone is having a nice holiday season. I've been having a great week, despite spending a bunch of it at work. Working over the holidays is actually quite lovely; the cancer centre is especially warm and welcoming with Christmas garland, treats from patients and staff, and elves handing out candy canes (we have some amazing volunteers).
brightening up the basement

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Halfway Through Residency

I realized last week that the end of this month marks the halfway point in my 5-year residency. That's craziness! I couldn't even tell you where the past 2.5 years have gone.

I feel like I've hardly scratched the surface of all the stuff there is to learn. But then again, it's been 2.5 years, so I must have learned some stuff? It's actually hard to tell. Residency is so focused on the day-to-day tasks, it's easy to lose sight of the big picture.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Life This Week: Library, Grande Prairie, & Lots of Food

We've reached that dark and cold time of year when snuggled in bed is where I spend most non-working hours, grilled cheese and ramen have joined the dinner rotation, and blogging has taken a backseat to just getting by. I know these lazy days will pass (just two weeks til I get to head home!) but in the meantime I'm more than happy to submit to the winter doldrums and enjoy the restorative powers of Friends reruns and one-pot pasta. Besides lazing around on the couch, here are some things I've appreciated this week:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Cookies and Beer in the Name of Science

About 15 months ago I got involved in a small study, exploring experiences of people who act as informal caregivers to loved ones with cancer. It's been a really enlightening experience, both in learning about the joys and burdens of caregiving, and the process of conducting a study (albeit a very little one -- nonetheless, paperwork like you wouldn't imagine).

Monday, December 5, 2016

Life This Week: Hoar Frost, Samosa Day, & December Goals

Well it's officially winter here now, brrr! But it's also December, so we had a good run of mild weather. I had a busy weekend studying for an oral exam, some of which happened during a slow call shift in a homey feeling call room -- with the sunlight streaming in, it was nice and cosy. Plus, no wifi = no distractions!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Life This Week: Baby Shower, Charity Drive, & Squash

This post is a day late because I was a little Gilmore Girls preoccupied yesterday. Anyways, not much to tell about the past week. Canadian Thanksgiving was 7 weeks ago, and is not as big of a celebration as it is in the States. So, just an ordinary weekend, which was perfect. Here are some things I've appreciated in the past seven days:

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Gilmore Girls Have Turned Mean & Other Annoyances

So I'm really not liking the vibe of the Gilmore Girls revival. While it's fun to know that Kirk's still Kirk (now with a pet pig and Ooober ride-share business), Luke still hates cell phones (and now man buns), and Paris is a lawyer/doctor whose fertility clinic caters to the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, there's a lot that feels different about the characters and writing. Not quite Fuller House bad, but definitely not the Gilmore Girls we knew and loved.