Sunday, August 18, 2013

Crazy, Immune System-Destroying Life Update Post

This is a change from my boring life update posts (BLUP's) of the past.  It has been an INSANE couple of weeks.  So much has happened and the other day I commented how I was surprised that I hadn't gotten sick from all the stress and jinxed the holy heck out of myself by saying that.  So I'm sick.  It's nothing serious, just sinus and upper respiratory things, but it's enough to be annoying, especially during the first week of school.  But here's a very cursory rundown of what's been going on lately:

First of all, I moved to Brookline!  I talked about this earlier but I've been totally moved in for a bit over a week now.  The place is great and my room is 95% complete, so I'll post some pictures in coming weeks.  The neighborhood is great.  I kind of hate our shower, because it's like this:

Wtf indeed.
One of my main hurdles with the moving was the assembling of Ikea furniture.  I feel like assembling Ikea furniture is one of the ways that Hugh Jackman should prepare for a physically demanding movie role.  It could be an Olympic Sport:  Solo Women's Ikea Furniture Assembly.*  I had help for the second half of the 40-odd instructions for the bed,** but the dresser and bookshelf I did totally alone.  I felt pretty proud of myself!

The other major thing that happened was that I started school last week.  I'm only taking Medical Gross Anatomy at the moment, but I'll start grad school classes at the beginning of September.  I think I'm really going to enjoy it, mostly because I love anatomy and I love to learn.  It's almost an obsession.  Now that my hair is lighter in color and generally frizzy all the time, I've decided that I'm going to be the Hermione Granger of Gross Anatomy.  I am determined to rock all of my exams and basically be the best student there ever was.  Especially when it comes to pronouncing all those Latin names!

Just imagine the word "manubrium" instead of "Leviosa"
School will keep me very busy all the time, but I think that having a full-time job last year was beneficial in that I think I'll be able to keep a 45 hour per week study schedule and maintain some semblance of freedom on my evenings and weekends.  But as I've mentioned in many other posts, I am so happy to be in school again and I'm really looking forward to keeping the ball rolling on the whole PhD thing.

So those are the two main things that have been bubbling as of late and the reasons my cortisol levels were wonky and my immune system was being a giant slacker.  There are a couple of other personal-life things that have been going on as well, but I'm not quite at the "ready to blog about it" stage yet.  Stay tuned...maybe once I get over this cold...

*The Swedes (obviously) and Laura Taylor would dominate this.
**Getting a daybed with drawers and a trundle is an idea that I'm never going to have again.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Gross Anatomy (Emphasis on the "Gross")

When I saw the list of required upper limb osteology to know for medical gross anatomy:

This is so disgusting...but also hilarious.
I am a little sad that my vast knowledge of siding the metacarpals will be on the shelf this semester.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Last Day of Freedom

I have so much I could write about (although the amount that I actually will write about is significantly smaller), but my apartment doesn't have internet yet because Verizon is The Devil.*  So I'm in Starbucks nursing a tall Passion Iced Tea for as long as I possibly can whilst I take advantage of the free WiFi.  However, I did want to write one thing:

I'm starting PhD school tomorrow!!!!!

If you know me even a little bit, you know how big of a deal this is.  I've been talking about getting a PhD for over five years now, and after all of the letdowns and the lacks of funding everywhere and the constant questioning of every life decision I've ever made, it's finally happening.  Tomorrow morning at 8:30** I will be sitting down for my first class of Medical Gross Anatomy.  I'm nervous, but so, so excited.

*I imagine that when you go to the symphony in Hell, the orchestra plays the Verizon hold music.
**Let's face it, it's me; I'm going to be sitting in an empty auditorium starting at probably 7:45 or something.