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.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Life This Week: Food Gifts, Grande Prairie, & Planner Deals

This week's been a blur. There was some last-minute data collection for a project I had to present mid-week, a brief trip to Grande Prairie, and home call and weekend rounding. That might sound onerous, so let me just say that the corresponding positives are: I finally have something to show for this project, Grande Prairie was a nice change of scene, and home call and rounding have been light. All in all, a good week. Also, it's feeling really cosy now -- it's gotten cold, I turned on the heat for the first time, and we got a dusting of snow this week (especially so in Grande Prairie), the dry kind that swirls around prettily on the streets. Here are some other things I've appreciated in the past seven days:

Monday, November 14, 2016

Life This Week: Moustache Pins, Potholes, & Job Shadowing

Looking back on my phone, I only have a few photos for this post, so feel like I didn't do much of anything this week. But thinking about it, I did do a bunch of stuff. Not photograph-worthy stuff; just residency stuff. I participated in a leadership workshop, went to our quarterly residents' association meeting, hosted a teleconference, did two Powerpoint presentations, entered a bunch of data, and met up with our statistician (to find out that no amount of manipulation will bring any statistical significance to those data :(). It was also my first week on a new rotation, working with a staff who treats CNS, GU, and pediatric tumour sites. So in the end a pretty full, but good, week. Here are a few things I've appreciated:

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Anatomy, Radiology, Contouring, & All the Desserts

I got to spend part of last week in London, Ontario at Anatomy, Radiology, and Contouring Bootcamp, a three-day course for radiation oncology residents.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Life This Week: Pancakes, Halloween, and Showing You Care

I figured I'd change my "weekend review" post to "life this week"; which led to two hours spent messing around with my blog template. Is anyone else terrified of changing up their template? I was only brave enough to make a few small changes, but was convinced the whole time I'd end up destroying my blog. Anyways, I didn't, and hopefully it looks a little cleaner. Here are some things I've appreciated in the past seven days:


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Recipe: Pumpkin Cake

Life has been busy this month; besides the usual stuff there have been so many oral exams (my least favourite things ever), meaning lots of coffee and studying. This time next week I'll be in London (Ontario) for "bootcamp" which is really not bootcamp in the spandex sense at all, but a cram course in anatomy, radiology, and contouring, mislabeled so as to make us nerds feel cool. And somehow between now and flying out I have two more oral exams and three more call shifts. But such is life; one day at a time.

Because October has all but disappeared on me, I want to make sure I share this pumpkin cake recipe (adapted from AllRecipes.com). It's so dense and moist; just the perfect cake. It freezes well too -- I've individually frozen pieces to bring along on call shifts.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Weekend Review: Snow & Consumerism

This week was short (Thanksgiving Monday) but busy! I spent the evenings studying for a physics test, putting together a Powerpoint presentation, and making measurements on a bajillion PET scans for a research project. Yesterday was a wonderful break: I ran errands, wandered the shops in South Edmonton Common, went to a one year old's birthday dinner, and made it to my night shift by 8 pm -- which was fortunately quiet, so I read some of Patient HM, which distressed me more than the being on call. Here are some things that I've appreciated in the past seven days: