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done! [Dec. 5th, 2008|01:35 pm]
[Current Location |in car using cell phone]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

yes! i am done with class! only finals left to take!!
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Christmas! [Nov. 17th, 2008|08:56 am]
[Current Location |School!]
[music |Ayu -- Startin']

Yesterday we spent a long time setting up for Christmas!

Now, some might think that it is a little early...but we don't! First of all, if you are going to spend a long time setting everything up (and we set everything up...lights outside, door hanger, stockings, EVERYTHING) then you might as well enjoy it! Also, the test I was supposed to have today was canceled and we have a guest speaker instead (don't worry...the information will be on the final!). So I decided that I was going to take this weekend off and not study. Perfect time to set up the Christmas stuff. Plus, I have a huge cell physiology final the Monday after Thanksgiving (what a horrible thing to do) so I won't have time the day after Thanksgiving to help set up.

So far Braxton has been good with the tree. He has been touching the lights and saying "light" and of course he always comments on how cool it is ("coooooooooooooooool!").

Yay! Christmas break is getting closer everyday! Thank goodness! That means a break from school!

In other news, I am trying to figure out what I want to do this summer. I am probably going to do 10 weeks of research (good-bye summer break v_v). I have a couple options to choose from and can't decide what I should do. Hopefully I will decide soon! They are:

1) Evaluation of up-regulated genes during in vitro infection of Yersina pestis to evaluate virulence factors (and possible treatment interventions)

2) The effect of perinatal iron deficiency on hippocampus development (to assess the effects iron has on brain development/learning disorders)

I like both. The first one really complements my micro background (plus I get to work in a BSL 2 and sometimes 3!!!!!!) The second one is more reflective on what I am interested in (perinatal/neonatal stuff). However, I have recently really been leaning towards anesthesiology or surgery (however I don't like the surgeon hours!!). We'll see. I have a week to think so I will think hard!

Alright, I have to write up an interview/physical exam.

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*_*;;;;;;;; [Nov. 12th, 2008|08:47 am]
[Current Location |SCHOOL!]
[music |Happy Happy Birthday--BeForU]

Oh my gosh school has been crazy. Last week I was adding up hours and it went like this:

Class time each week (including preceptor): 28.5 hours
Study time outside of class each week: ~32.5 hours (depends on test)

So in my woe I came up with a haiku.

School is going well
Too bad that I have no life
Break please come here soon!
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School has started! [Aug. 19th, 2008|07:24 pm]
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |workingworking]

We got all moved into our place in laramie. It has been ok, definitely not as bad as the first time we lived here...but we still have a long LONG winter to go so we will see. I am not looking forward to the cold. :(

School started on August 1st and it has been crazy since. I knew medical school would be a lot of work but so far it is way more than I have expected! For the first 4 weeks we are taking anatomy in a block. So that means 6 hours a day of listening to lecture and dissecting bodies (and our lady has a lot of fat on her so that makes it hard to find things *.*). Outside of class I have been studying around 6 hours (~3 in morning and ~3 at night). Sometimes it has been more than that especially before a test (we have had 2 already!). And of course I have been spending all my weekends at school (we have keys to the building). The whole thing is crazy...we are learning things that I had never heard before!

In other news Braxton is walking and starting to cause more trouble. Lately he has been throwing some temper tantrums...I think he is starting the terrible 2's a little early (wait---I think he started those the day he was born!)

My avocado plant it doing well too. I had a moment where I wasn't sure if it would make it. When it was a couple inches tall it got knocked out of the window and onto the floor. The root got all dried out and I was worried it was gone for. It took about a month to recover, but it eventually did! I am so excited! XD

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my last moments of freedom! [Jun. 11th, 2008|12:17 am]
[Current Location |Bed]
[music |WOW-- Kylie]

Well, I discovered that anime is on the internet for free. Needless to say I have been staying up till like 2 in the morning every night watching various shows. There are about 5 I am watching at the moment that are really good! That's the one thing I like about anime...for the most part the story lines are unique and interesting. It seems most the shows here are the same in one way or another. I really like this one:

Soul Eater

:) So far there have only been 9 fansubs of this one...so I'm anxiously awaiting the next ones!!! Ok...better get back to watching!
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My plant(s) [May. 19th, 2008|10:36 pm]
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |excitedexcited]
[music |Vibe On]

Last month some friends at work were talking about growing trees (especially fruit) and I started thinking how it'd be fun to have one of my own (yes I am a geek and like doing "science fair" projects at home). I decided it would be a fun project to grow one of my own from a seed...that way by the time it was big enough to plant outside we'd (hopefully) be somewhere that had nice weather.

First I thought about maybe a peach or apricot tree. But then I found out that those pits have to "winter" or be in a cold place (like a fridge) for a few months before they know it is time to start growing. That's when I decided to try and grow some avocado trees. It sounded fun, even though ending up with actual fruit is rare (you have to graft the tree and all this other complicated stuff).

Basically you take a pit and stick some toothpicks into it and suspend half of it in a jar of water. I did this to three different pits because I have read on the net that it is common for a pit not to grow and be a "dud." Since it takes 3-6 weeks to start sprouting I figured I would be safe and try 3 in case one was a dud. After putting them in the water, two immediately started to get bigger and change. The third one didn't really do much so I figured it wouldn't get anywhere. The other day, however, I saw this on that one (sorry...it is a cell phone picture):

The one I thought was a dud sprouted a root! The other two have yet to do that. None of the three have sprouted anything on top (hopefully soon!).

What's the point of this entry? None...I just am a dork and excited about the prospect of an avocado tree. lol. I'll make sure to keep an update on my tree(s) though!
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We finally got one [May. 16th, 2008|11:36 am]
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |sadsad]
[music |Peice of Me]

Since before Christmas we have been looking for and wanting to get a new TV a few days ago. We wanted an LCD flat screen and were thinking about a 32 inch. After saving for a few months and getting our stimulus package we decided to get our TV. Last minute we decided to get a 42 inch and see if one of our friends at Walmart could get us a 10% discount. So Crystal and our friend went to pay for the TV and it was on clearance for $300 off! So now we have a nice and new TV in our front room. Now the problem is keeping Braxton from tipping it over. lol.

Here is a picture of it:

Don't you like it?? :)

Crystal is still sore and recovering. We have a birthday party for one of Braxton's friends tomorrow. Hopefully we'll be able to go to that! It is at a bowling alley. She is scheduled to go back to work starting next Thursday for 13 hours. I don't think she'll be able to make it that long! She'll probably end up working less.

haha, ever since I found out I got into medical school I have been staying up till like 2 in the morning watching TV, surfing the net, and/or reading (for fun!). I guess I am trying to make the most of this summer since it will pretty much be my last! o_O
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Done [May. 15th, 2008|11:19 pm]
[Current Location |Home]

Well everything went well and Crystal is recovering. It was same-day so we got home around six this evening. She has not had much pain, the only thing that has really bothered her is the pressure from the air they pumped into her. Hopefully she'll still be feeling well by tomorrow!
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Surgery [May. 15th, 2008|02:00 am]
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |nervousnervous]

So we found out Tuesday that Crystal is having surgery today (thursday the 15th) to get her gallbladder removed. Right now it is scheduled for 1:30. She has been having problems with it for years and they finally decided to get it taken out. They were going to do it in June but thursday opened up. We're both nervous...keep us in your thoughts!
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yes! [May. 7th, 2008|10:30 pm]
I swear I could smell grass being cut today. That means summer is coming. I am so excited!
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