Friday, March 17, 2017

Banff Weekend

I'm currently sitting in the Taipei airport (vacation, finally!), but wanted to catch up on posting about last weekend, which was just the best. My co-resident got married in Banff and all seven residents in our program made it out for the wedding, babies and Royal College exams notwithstanding.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Life This Week: A Little Snow, Sabor, & Lunch Traditions in the Making

It's been another good week, though abruptly wintery. It was nice and sunny when I walked into work on Friday, but was practically blizzarding out when I left my call shift the next morning. I had no clue because I hadn't seen a window; it felt like I'd walked through the wardrobe.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Pulled Pork Pizza

I've never actually made a pizza before (unless the frozen ones count) and today seemed like a good day to bake something. I also had some pulled pork leftovers to use up. A pulled pork pizza was in the cards.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Life This Week: Getting By

This will be a short one -- really not much to report this week! I spent evenings studying for a mock oral exam and a lot of the weekend at the cancer centre. The weather's chilly again, but we've had some sunny days and light pretty snow. Here are things I've appreciated this week:

Monday, February 20, 2017

Life This Week: Grande Prairie, Babies, Food, & The Namesake

It's been a productive week, the main accomplishment being getting our abstracts submitted for the annual radiation oncology conference; a last-minute hustle, as always. Fortunately we've had a long weekend (Family Day) to recuperate. Weather-wise we had a taste of spring (15 °C!), which was more muddy and puddle-y than anything, and now winter's making a comeback. Here are things I've appreciated in the past 7 days:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cinnamon Rolls (An Attempt)

Cinnamon rolls remind me of medical school. One of our classmate's husbands would often appear between lectures with trays of still-warm homemade cinnamon rolls for everyone in the class. That gooey deliciousness set the cinnamon roll bar pretty high, and is, I think, in part why I've never attempted to make them myself.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Life This Week: Ronald McDonald House, Zen, & Donation Drive Wrap

Gosh PGY-3 is flying by! This week I spent a day in snowy Calgary for a meeting and hustled with data to meet next week's abstract deadlines. Everyone's a little stressed right now with those abstracts, myself included -- but I'm really trying to not let research be all-consuming, since it will, as a rule, expand to fill all available time if you let it. To that end, here are some other things I've appreciated in the past week:

Monday, January 30, 2017

Life This Week: Cake, Wheat Garden, & A Cheapo Car Mirror Fix

This week started off a little crummy, as I was post-call, slipped on ice, and had a minor crisis about all the stuff I needed to get done. But things turned around on Wednesday. I delegated a little bit to my co-residents (which I never do because it feels bossy). And I realized that if certain things didn't get done (video for the med students applying to our residency program) it wasn't the end of the world. The rest of the week ended up really great; here are some things I appreciated:

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Best Laid (Study) Plans

Holy kamoley there's a lot to learn in residency. And not a whole lot of time to study. I start each rotation with all sorts of study aspirations but invariably studying ends up taking a back seat to just about everything else. Not good.

This rotation I've been making more of an effort to study better, and have the beginnings of a system. Here's what I've been doing...

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):