Friday, February 24, 2012

By the Skin of My Teeth

I passed Step 1!!!

I mean, not by a lot, but I still passed. Which means that I won't have to take it again and I can continue on to clinical rotations. Thank God. Seriously.

My score is definitely not one to brag about, and it will probably haunt me a little over the next couple of years as I get around to applying and interviewing for residency, but you know what? I am ok with that. I am a little disappointed, but not surprised... I was just secretly hoping for a miracle. And who's to say that I didn't get it - the miracle may have been that I even passed in the first place.

Anyway. On to better things.

Last weekend I joined Mom and Dad and Ellen and Olivia and our aunt and uncle and cousin on a three-day cruise to the Bahamas! And it was SOOOO much fun. I didn't really take many pictures (and even fewer good ones) but here are a few shots.

Enjoying the safety drill.

The Reverend has a hard time unplugging.


Trying and failing to get the two of us with the sunset in the background.

There it is.

Mom and Dad "get low" during our first after-dinner ssshowtime!

In his element.

Ahhh... beach day!  Olivia- remind me to take this picture down when you have to start applying for jobs.

Cousin Caitlin, Carnival dancer extraordinaire!

Technically legal in the Bahamas.

I almost just stayed here... for the rest of my life.

Back to the Fun Ship!

Scoping out the other karaoke acts...

Dad heads up to the stage...

... and proceeds to bring the house down.

Wicked air guitar.

Lovely, ladies.

Ellen gets excited about glitter confetti cannons.

Alright people.  That's all I've got for you today.  Sorry February has been such a dud month of posting.  Rotations start next week!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

...And We're Back!

First off: boards.  I took it, I survived, I have no idea how it went, I don't have my score back, I'm still praying I passed.

I am LOVING the brief time off from school/studying.

I haven't been doing much at all, really... putzing around my apartment, cleaning and organizing, catching up on Modern Family and Up All Night, flying through the Hunger Games trilogy, reconnecting with a couple of people in Atlanta, getting some exercise, playing with my pup.

And speaking of Izzy, it's high time for an update.  

Martin and Marielle kept her for a week while I went to Colorado for the exam, and I think it's pretty safe to say that she had more fun during that experience than they did.  When I asked him how it went, Martin said, "I have no idea how you do it."  It was so awesome of them to help out, even if their niece is a ball of spastic energy that demands constant attention.  She adores Marielle, who has a higher chaos tolerance than my brother does.  Jake and I went to Birmingham to pick her up and hung out there for a long weekend, and I found a really great dog park literally blocks from their house that Izzy loved.

She has now been in Atlanta for just over a month, and she has grown a ton!  Exhibit A: the carrier I crammed her into for the flight here from Colorado:

Exhibit B: her old bed:

Side by side comparison: the day I brought her home, and yesterday:

New bed to grow into:

Izzy also has a playmate named Haley (my roommate's dog).  Haley was initially not too sure about this obnoxious puppy invading her space all the time, but they seem to be getting along pretty well by now.  Izzy doesn't ever not want to play, and Haley walks around with this resigned, exasperated expression on her face half the time, but they do plenty of wrestling and tug-of-war-ing and sometimes even snuggle together with me or my roommate on the couch.  I tried to get a good picture of the two of them together, and this series is what I ended up with.  

It actually captures both of them pretty well:

My compilation of Izzy and Haley playing together - the freeze frames of them with their mouths open and their teeth bared make them both look really scary, but they are not actually biting each other, just mostly slobbering all over each other and making a lot of growling noises. Haley always decides that she is done with this game sooner than Izzy, and it is the only time that Izzy ever barks - when she is trying to badger Haley into playing more.

One more week of pure freedom left (most of which I will actually be using to pay my taxes, register my car, register my dog, get a new driver's license, take my car to the shop, get some "professional" clothes, get a badly needed haircut... you know, fun vacation-type stuff.)

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