Friday, March 25, 2011

Making up for a missed Thursday

I ended up having to run home to get a forgotten textbook on my break Thursday, so alas no post. I'm here at my sister-in-law Michelle's house with Megan, intent on making up for my missed post. We were just discussing my blog and Michelle was very surprised that I have one. I was of the impression that almost everyone has one these days...maybe not. I'm mostly concerned with keeping loved ones informed and being able to stay informed myself as to what they're up to. I'll probably never blog as prolifically as Heather, but it is nice to know that what I type here makes it to all of you that I love so much. I'm also working on being as honest as Heather is in her blog. I try to be as honest as possible, but I still find myself holding back at times.

I'm pretty much obsessed with my brother's blog. I love his writing style. Dude, you should totally write a book, it would be amazing.

I took another English test the other day, and in keeping with the last one it was complete crap. The professor's idea of an examination is to take sentences from her crappy jumbled powerpoints, remove a word, and put it in a fill in the blank section. Then she picks the most easily identifiable quotes she can from each work and uses them for the identification section. Finally, for the last part she writes 3 crappy essay prompts requesting a single paragraph answer but the prompts are so vague I end up writing a full page before I feel like I've even addressed the question adequately.

I have a chemistry test coming up next week that I basically need to kick the crap out of if I'm going to make an A in the class. B's are not acceptable and I have not been struggling enough in this class to justify such a low grade. If I had spent as much time studying as I should, I wouldn't be in this predicament, unfortunately I still haven't developed ideal study habits. I need to fix that before I get to Med School.

The rest of my classes are going pretty well though, so I haven't been a complete failure this semester, and for all my complaining about the English tests, I made a 94 on the last one and am pretty confident that I made an A on the most recent one as well. Both of my labs are going great. I vastly prefer my chemistry lab to my biology lab, but that's no real surprise because I love chemistry and just like biology. It's amazing to me to look back on my life to a period where I would never have thought it possible that I would be a science major. I spent a long a long time insisting that the only life that I could possibly live was in the arts and now in 3 short years I will be graduating with a bachelors degree in biochemistry and molecular biology hopefully getting ready to go to medical school.

I want to spend the summer before I start med school doing something great. I'm not sure what it will be. I don't have any grand dreams of a long trip through Europe or anything like that, but if I could find a way where I wouldn't have to work for most of the summer it would be amazing. I would really like to spend a couple of weeks with my brother in the north country. I say this because it will be the last chance I get for a break. Once you start med school you don't get any summers off. Technically there aren't any classes during the first summer but it's expected for the students to stay and participate in some sort of research project on campus or join a research project at another hospital for the summer, and the rest of the summers are filled with classes. After that I'll have my residency which is year round for 4 years and then my career which probably won't afford me very much vacation time for the first few years.

I'm amazed at the devotion Michelle shows to her baby. I'm sitting right next to her while she is breastfeeding with no attempt at covering. I'm not saying this to embarrass her or to imply that I am embarrassed by this. I'm saying to illustrate my amazement at someone who was previously very private and conservative who when her baby needs to be fed thinks of nothing but her child. I love that, and her desire to provide for her baby takes any shame or embarrassment that anyone would feel right out of the whole situation. Maybe I will pursue OBGYN after all...

Random thoughts: can't wait till my brother comes down to visit, my niece Elianna is SO beautiful, UGA, UGA, UGA, UGA, UGA, UGA, UGA, football, football, football, football, football, football, football, I'm so tired of the NCAA tourney, I hate basketball, I need baseball to start soon, looking forward to my anniversary celebration tomorrow...that's right bitches been married for 2 years!

We're going back to Woodfire Grill tomorrow to celebrate my 2 year anniversary so I have every hope that I will experience a meal as good as the last time. I will make sure to jump on here as soon as I can on Sunday to share my thoughts on the meal.

I love you all!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday Blog Time!

Well last Thursday I was working hard getting ready to go camping in the mountains and the Thursday before that I was too busy studying for a Biology lab practical that was 20% of my grade, but this Thursday I finally have time to post!

I am very happy to report that I got a 95.71 on the lab practical, which basically means that as long as I manage to get an A on the next practical I'm guranteed to get an A in the class. The class average was 68.6 and all I heard before the test was how hard it was. I personally thought it was pretty easy...but then again after talking to people in my class since the test I apparently spent way more time studying than anyone else did. I'm fine with that though, as it obviously paid off.

My spring break wasn't much of a break. I worked 10 hour days all week through Thursday, but such is the life of the working student. I was fortunately able to get away to the mountains Friday-Sunday, and as much work as the camping trip was, it was really fantastic. I'll post some pictures soon, but the place we stayed was amazing. We hiked in to the Chatooga river on the South Carolina side from a trail head on Big Bend Road about 20 mins outside Walhalla, SC. Here's a pretty good approximation of where we were staying on the river.

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It was the first time in a long time that I had been camping and I loved it. None of the ladies went since Michelle had the baby, Meg stayed with Michelle and Cassie (Megan's brother's fiance) had to work. It was myself, Matt-Meg's brother, and Jonathan-Meg's sister Michelle's husband. We camped right on the river, fished and caught our dinner for Saturday night and had to find wood and maintain our own campfire. Plus there was no plumbing whatsoever, so no showers and woods for a bathroom. The hike out of the campsite was atrocious to say the least. It was 1.5 miles and 95% of it was uphill on a steep grade. I thought I was going to die about halfway through it and I have never been happier to see a grey Ford Taurus in my life.

Other than the hiking trip there isn't a whole lot more going on. Meg and I decided not to break our lease early and move which means that I will be driving an hour one way to Athens five days a week for all of June and July. I'm not looking forward to it, but it's temporary. Plus I'm trying to weasel an iPad out of the whole deal so if that's what I have to do to get one, then so be it.

I'm a little nervous about starting classes at UGA. I've already checked and the organic chemistry class I'll be taking has a max of 181 students. I've never been in a class that big and the thought of it scares me a little. People keep telling me that once I get into my major level courses it will be better, but I checked a lot of them and those classes are around 120-140 students. I know it's probably much ado about nothing, but I really need to make an impression on some of my professors so I can get a good letter of recommendation for med school and it's just gonna make it that much harder.

I really want to go see Ryan again this year, but I'm having trouble getting Cody to agree to go with me. I don't quite understand the hesitancy, but I wish he would just come out and say whether or not he is gonna come up. If the ticket price is a concern I'm sure that we can plan a time to go when it will be cheap to fly, not to mention that he probably won't have to pay for all of the ticket himself. I'm just gonna keep pestering him until I get an answer...the rest of you should feel free to join me in that mission as well.

Random Thoughts: I'm hungry, I am so glad it has warmed up some down here, the tattoo on my leg gets way more attention than I ever thought it would...can't decide whether that's good or not, miss my Sauls/Gant family (sorry Heather, you're included in that I just couldn't bring myself to type Darby there), I still can't seem to find a good condom that I like, need a new case for my phone, there are a lot of ugly people in this computer lab right now...not meant to be mean...just an observation.

I love you all!