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new year’s resolutions February 4, 2011

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i stopped writing down new year’s resolutions many years ago because they were mostly wishful thinking. but since one of my resolutions was to blog a bit more regularly, i figured i might as well record them officially on the blog.  also now it’s lunar new year so can’t put this off any more….

in no particular order

1.  collect less plastic bags, ie use my reusable bags

this has actually gone fairly well, i’m happy to say.  i just make sure to keep my Envirosax in my purse, and bust it out when i’m at the grocery store or Target checkout line.

2.  cook more often

notice i didn’t say every day, or even twice a week.  based on all my past failures, i think creating realistic, manageable goals is the key to actually achieving a change.   maybe next year, i’ll up the ante to twice a week 🙂  also, next year i will hopefully have a less time-intensive, draining schedule so that it’ll definitely be a realistic goal.

3.  blog more often

i pretty much stopped blogging once i started residency, but when i look back at older entries, i realize how useful this blog was in terms of journalling my life and helping me process everything.  in medicine, our hectic daily schedules don’t always afford us the time to process our experiences, the good or the bad.  when i’m at the hospital, i’m usually doing two things at once, and then immediately moving on to something else.  and now i have 3 years worth of experiences that i’ve been meaning to blog about.

4.  be more active

ok, i am definitely not going to the gym or running on a treadmill.   but i used to go jogging at the park or rollerblading at the beach every now and then, and i miss it.  so far, josh and i managed to do a walk along the beach at crystal cove the first weekend of the new year.  so hopefully we’ll do something again in the next few weeks…  i do want to do some indoor rock climbing or ballroom dancing in 2011.

5. be more positive

residency, mostly because of sleep deprivation, can make a person quite bitter and cynical.  i’m not trying to be miss sunshine, i just don’t want to weigh myself down with more negativity

plus there are a zillion things on my “to-do” list, but hopefully these 5 goals will help me a better me in 2011


surprise September 7, 2008

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this was a golden weekend for me, meaning a weekend with TWO whole days off.  in a row.  these only come once a month during our inpatient rotations, and i usually spend mine: 1) catching up on sleep, 2) catching up on dictations, and 3) catching up on errands. 

i was post-call Friday, and basically slept all afternoon, woke up and ate dinner and tried to do some work, and then back to sleep til Saturday.  did a little bit of work on Sat before heading out to the parents’ house in Cerritos.  i had plans to go shopping at the mall with my brother, so when I got to Cerritos, my brother and i headed to the mall almost immediately.

unbeknownst to me, something (by the name of Josh) was afoot. 

my brother and i spent a couple hours at the mall; i returned a few things, bought a few more.  at one point, we passed by a jewelry store going out of business and i joked to my brother that i should tell josh to look for rings there.  my brother spent a lot of time on the phone, talking to someone i thought was one of his friends.

though Josh had told me he was visiting his family in Atwater, he had apparently driven down from Norcal on Sat morning, and had reached Socal by the afternoon.  after my brother and i left for the mall, Josh went to my parents’ house to formally ask them for permission to marry me.

my brother and i returned from the mall, and had dinner with my parents (josh had left because he was planning to surprise me at my apt).  i did some laundry, and was hanging out, waiting for my clothes to dry.  the entire time, no one let on that anything was going on.  in retrospect, the only thing that seemed unusual was that my mom kept telling me to call her the next day.  (i thought it was just my mom being her normally weird self.)

by the time i got back to my apt, it was past midnight.  i called josh for our nightly phone conversation but he didn’t answer. (he’d gotten tired of waiting for me, and had decided to go to 24 hr finess, since he had nowhere else to go).  i was awoken by my cell phone ringing at 2 am, and was surprised to find that it was josh calling me in the middle of the night.

“do you know what time it is?!  why are you calling me?!”  i sleepily answered.

the next thing i know, someone is knocking on the door at 2 in the morning.  very confused as to why Josh was calling so late, and now why someone would be knocking on the door so late, i stumbled out of bed and opened the door to find Josh standing on my doorstep with a bouquet of roses.

“what are you doing here?!  i’m sooo confused,”  i said, still half-asleep.  I couldn’t quite believe everything that was happening, it was like a strange dream.

And there, in my living room with boxes still unpacked, and me in my PJs and half-asleep, Josh proposed.  I cried, of course.  And somewhere along the way,  I said yes.

we're engaged!

we're engaged!


the ring

the ring


the real world June 17, 2008

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For those of us who have been in school way too long, and are just beginning to step into the real world with our first *real* jobs (with salaries and benefits and all that extra paperwork jazz)…

Published: June 14, 2008
What employee manuals on health insurance, taxes and retirement plans should say, but don’t.


budapest observations April 10, 2008

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  • everyone here is very friendly
  • lots of old, beautiful buildings
  • also lots of graffiti
  • pool = billiards and pinball = flipper
  • order of items on a menu:  drinks, soups, main courses, salads, desserts
  • cost of a glass of water: 250 forint (roughly $1.50)
  • cost of a glass of wine: 300 forint (roughly $2.00)
  • cost of a glass of juice: 300 forint
  • bars are coffeehouses and restaurants as well
  • coffee is usually an espresso with milk or cream or both, to be enjoyed at the cafe, not in paper cups to go
  • i have not yet seen a sugar substitute (ie equal or splenda)
  • vegetables are not a regular part of dishes or sandwiches
  • salad seems to be a foreign concept.  the only raw vegetables eaten are tomatoes and cucumbers.
  • cream and/or cheese is found in nearly all dishes – there is no shortage of calcium here.
  • the cheapest opera tickets are 1000 forint (roughly $6.00)

…to be continued


limiting reagent December 8, 2007

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we’re so used to ordering whatever tests we want for patients, though we do occasionally consider cost.  for one of my patients we had a bit of a discussion whether this test was indicated, considering that there was a good chance we would not make any changes to his management.  the attending, however, wanted the test, and so it was ordered along with another scan.  it was a bit surprising to learn the next day that he would be unable to undergo these tests, not because of time or cost or efficacy, but simply because of a national shortage of technetium-99.

i guess the upside is that this forces us to really evaluate the necessity/utility of the tests we order.


so true! October 4, 2007

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MSNBC: Men sleep better beside mate; women worse

josh isn’t a snorer, but still.  i’ll wake up multiple times in the night when he’s sleeping over.  partly it’s his jerky arm syndrome but other times there’s nothing specific that wakes me up.  i guess i just don’t like sharing my bed.


it really pours September 21, 2007

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i just had to add that today was my very last day, and we had yet another baby with end of life issues.  what a way to end a rotation huh?