It’s been busy around our house during these past weeks. We went to ALCS Game 1, got our white coats, took our first HSF exam, the cross country season ended, leaves fell off the trees, the Red Sox won the world series and Halloween happened! Uncle DJ was here for White Coat and we loved having time to talk medicine and medical school with someone who survived. Cross country ending has started the traditional post-season depression but it’s nice to have the time back.
We continue to find our stride in balancing medical school and marriage. Some weeks, we excel. Other weeks, we forget to feed the dog and hardly see each other. Still, we feel blessed to be sharing the adventure and to all the little fun things we make time to do. We are especially looking forward to our trip to NC in two weeks, where I plan to begin my “let’s do residency here!” pitch.
The weekend started out with such promise! We finished CMB on Friday and it was MMU Homecoming. On Saturday, I headed to the Manchester Invitational to coach and had a great fall cross country day. Unfortunately, our pitbull had other plans. The few claw that he hurt earlier in the week split further and he had surgery this morning. He’s home recovering now and is adorably sedated. His whimpering tells us he’s uncomfortable, though, so our apple picking and foliage date has to wait.
We attended our first official wedding as the Mannings! Last Saturday, we took a study break to watch my running buddy marry her best friend from college. When Abbey and Jared re-met last year and she told me she knew he was the one because “when you know, you know,” I thought she was crazy. Until I did the same thing.
It was a fun wedding and we got to catch up with two other couples whom we adore. While standing watching Abbey dance, M, C and I took a moment to reflect on where we were a year ago. Abbey had just gotten engaged, C was pregnant (secretly), M was an Intern and Will and I were dating (secretly). A year later, Abbey is married, C is a mom, M is halfway to being a mom and I’m married. Not bad for our little training group.
It turns out that Fridays take on a new meaning in med school; the beginning to two uninterrupted days to study. Similarly, Thursdays are apparently when our brains tap out and overwhelmed becomes the predominant emotion. If you need us, we’ll be in MedEd, watching “What does the fox say” on breaks.
We’re neat freaks, really. Which I why you know it’s the morning of an exam. It was also my birthday, so I spent it with some of our favorite bridal party members and new friends from med school.
It’s been a long week. A really, really long week. And it was only 4 days! We started CMB, were instantly grateful that we took biochem and almost as instantly confused by glycolysis again.
I’m coaching at the Essex Invite tomorrow while Will studies. Tomorrow night, we’re getting together with some friends new and old to celebrate (gulp) my 30th birthday. Sunday, it’s back to studying for our first CMB test. Some birthday present!
It’s starting to feel like fall here; we’ve needed hoodies to walk the dog lately and geese are starting to migrate.
Today’s our first in-class exam! Although our house is littered with notecards and we’re both tired, everyone is still intact. Well, almost. Yesterday Will temporarily lost his ID and had to walk to school. In the chaos, Watson did not quite make it into his crate. We were happy to find that he hadn’t moved from the couch when we got home at noon. Good dog!
Vermont farmers are responding to a wave of demand for rustic wedding venues by holding ceremonies and receptions on their working farms.
Nothing like your wedding in the national news!
Coffee is serious business in our house. Our beans get freshly ground just before brewing, the water is filtered and we are currently obsessed with the hyper local Woodchuck Coffee Company. Of course we then pollute it with creamer but it’s still high octane fuel.
We’re accustomed to more leisurely Sundays together but coffee makes the “study all day even though it’s beautiful out” issue much more tolerable.
We made it through the first week intact! Will’s concussion brain still (mostly) works, Sarah’s XC team survived training camp and had a great time trial on Friday, Sarah and Will didn’t kill each other, Watson got to play lots of ball on study breaks and had his first kiss with his new girlfriend (Rosie the boxer)! He subsequently played hard to get on the way home…
Our first weekend is shaping up to be quite exciting! Sarah got a new chair for her desk, Will is deep into flashcard production, and Watson is recovering from his long week. We got our official wedding pictures back so we’ve had that as a nice study break.