Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

This week’s photo challenge with the Daily Post is called “Habit.”

I have plenty of those.  But, like most people and like they say in the prompt post, most people don’t consider their habitual things photo worthy.

I walk or drive by a few places every day on my way to and from work, coffee, the movies and other places that I know are beautiful, but I really don’t take the time to enjoy them.  This morning, in the midst of the first snow of the year, I opted to stop and take a few pictures of things that I see habitually.

I see this old fort, this department of national defence memorial display, these fences and trees every day.  Every single day.

I am glad I am free to walk past them or drive past them and not have to worry about my safety and security.  It is nice to stop and think for a bit.  Habit shouldn’t take away thought or gratitude for freedom.

Twisted MixTape: Scary Songs

I had so much fun doing the whole twisted mix-tape (hosted Jen at My Skewed View) thing last week that I am doing it again!  This week’s theme is appropriate to today being Halloween… Scary songs.

I think too much and I scare too easily, so lots of songs freak me out.  These are some of the top ones on my list, though.

Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People.  I love this song.  I was horrified when I realized that they were singing from the perspective of someone trying to kill other people.  But, I still like the song in a strange sort of way.

Hotel California by The Eagles.  “You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave!”  Oh goodness!  Such a good song.  So eerie.

Die Erlkong composed by Franz Schubert.  I first heard this song in our IB music class.  The song sounds terrifying even if you haven’t read it, but the poem it is based on when translated is horrifying.  Kid getting attacked by a monster his dad can’t see.  Agh.

The Thunder Rolls by Garth Brooks.  I remember this song kind of freaked me out as a kid, particularly with the music video, but I continued to sing along with it.

Thriller by Michael Jackson.  I am sure this is on so many lists, but it really is a creepy song with a very scary video.  I learned the dance to this when I was in med school (we were zombie doctors who died due to a terrible virus) for a fundraiser.


Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

I love colours.  Especially bright colours.  Particularly orange.  But yellows and greens and purples are also delightful.

This week’s photo challenge with the Daily Post is called “the hue of you” and asks you to share a photo that includes the hue(s) of you.

And thus, my photo for this week is from one of our adventures last Fall (I love Fall!).  This makes me realize I need to get out more this Fall… And take pictures.  Must get through next week’s exam and presentation, then I will do that.


Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts 1

I am linking up with Christine from Bookishly Boisterous for today’s post. I found this meme over at Whispers of a Barefoot Medical Student and thought it looked fun and right up my alley.  Basically, it is what it says, a series of thoughts both book related and not book related.

1.  I am currently studying for my LMCC part 2.  Bascially the practical half of my Canadian medical licensing exams that we can write after we finish a year of residency.  The exam is next weekend, so I need to start really focusing. Focusing seems to be a struggle.

Image from icanhas.cheezburger.com.

2.  I had my first exam nightmare for that licensing exam this past weekend.  I did not have a reflex hammer and couldn’t figure out how to cover up the embroidered school name on my labcoat (and for some reason tape and paper seemed to be impossibilities).  I got asked to do an exam involving reflexes and couldn’t do them (clearly) without the hammer.  I just kept asking the patient “how does that make you feel?”  I failed.

Image from medelita.com.

3.  While trying to study for my exam, I found this picture describing “a typical injection drug user’s arm.”  This is the only IV drug user who has “heroin forever,” a syringe” and “inject here” on their arm that I have seen.  Most people are a bit less conspicuous.  Just saying.

This is from "Clinical Examination: A systematic Guide to Physical Diagnosis 4th edition" edited by Talley and O'Connor (2001, MacLennan & Pety Pty Limited, Australia).

This is from “Clinical Examination: A systematic Guide to Physical Diagnosis 4th edition” edited by Talley and O’Connor (2001, MacLennan & Pety Pty Limited, Australia).

4.  I am finally reading Anna Karenina and am very excited about it.  The problem is that foolish school and work seem to be getting in the way of reading it.

5.  I wanted to join a hockey pool this year instead of just hovering around Patrick’s.  I missed the start of the season (thank you being busy with work) and then couldn’t start late because I couldn’t stand the thought of being a full week behind the other participants (it would mess up my overall stats, gosh).

6.  I carved my first pumpkin in many, many years this weekend as a part of a mini “competition” with our “niece” and “nephews.”  My partner was 6 year old GL.  She picked the pattern, a witch, because it was a girl. Of course, it was super complicated.  I had to use my mad knife skills while she drew “scary stuff” all over the rest of the pumpkin.  We are lucky we both still have all our appendages.  Patrick and C2 made a skull.  C1 and my Dad made the grim reaper, but accidently cut off his weapon.

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7.  I caught a cold this weekend.  Patrick had it first.  I blame him.  He blames me because I had a scratchy throat last week that went away, so clearly it all came from me.  It is a game of which came first, I suppose.

8.  Fall is my favourite season.  Our friend D likes to point out it is when everything is dying and exclaims things liked “DEATH!” when people talk about how lovely Fall is.  Strange boy.  I think it is lovely.

Image from pinterest.com.

8.  The Child got a job at Chapters.  I was so excited, you would think that I got a job.  I mean, she is working at a book store.  And there is a Starbucks in her place of employment.  That is so cool.  She is basically my new hero.

9.  My new guilty pleasure song is “Roar” by Katy Perry.  Don’t judge.  It just makes me feel good inside and it it is good to run to.

10.  I think I actually enjoy running now.  I miss it when I don’t get to do it as often as I’d like.  I also like it better now that I don’t “have” to do 5k every time, but can choose to do 20 minutes or so as a part of my usual work out.  I like that I like the gym more.  It is a good thing.

This is so true. Image from indulgy.com

Top Ten Books On My Fall (2013) TBR List

It is the last real week of Summer.  That means it is time to compile my to be read list for the Fall as the top ten Tuesday list with the Broke and the Bookish

I am excited to say that I acutally read everything on my Fall to be read list last year by this Fall.  Very exciting.  I also accomplished reading most of my Summer TBR list (minus the Tolstoy and LOTR/Hobbit duo that seem to crop up on my list every season or two… One day I will read them!).

I am trying to choose realistically (books that are actually available to me, but I will probably put down some that are on my list that I still need to track down somewhere, somehow.

  1. Looking For Alaska by John Green.  This is a “need to somehow acquire” book, but hopefully I can track it down this Fall.  I have loved everything John Green that I have read/watched.
  2. Allegiant by Veronica Roth.  I read the first two books of the series this summer and am now excitedly awaiting the release of the third.
  3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.  I am intrigued by this one, so one of these days I will track it down to check it out.  I hear it is good.
  4. The rest of the Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia.  Feel free to judge.  I borrowed Beautiful Creatures from the Child this summer and as ridiculous as it was, it was one of those books that took you somewhere else and felt kind of fun to read.
  5. Exit Papers From Paradise by Liam Card.  A plumber decides to get out of a rut and go to med school.  I am intrigued and it was on sale for the Kobo for a ridiculous bargain.  Win!
  6. The Truth About Luck by Iain Reid.  A story about a 28 year old writer and his 92 year old grandmother.  I am a sucker for books with old people in them.
  7. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.  I always seem to love his books, even if they often crush my sould. I am sure this one won’t disappoint.
  8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Powell.  I keep seeing it on lists.  Plus, it is set in my birth year and they are misfits.
  9. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak.   The Book Thief was excellent.  This sounds very different, but the concept of taking an ordinary guy and having him complete certain tasks to help people seems fascinating.
  10. Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel by Lauren Graham.  I don’t recognize the names of most actors/actresses, but Lauren Graham is one of my favourites.  The novel sounds entertaining, plus the Child has it in her possession, so I can actually borrow it!

What are some of the books on your Fall to be read list?

The 3 Rs… Recreation, Research and Randomness.

I feel like it is time for some updates of randomness.

Patrick decided he is going to do Run or Dye with some men from the church.  He is going to the gym with me today for the first time.  Jeter may become orphaned later this September.

On a Run or Dye note, training is, well, going.  I did previously think that I would die, but I am almost to our team’s goal of doing the 5k in under 40minutes.  Now, to do it outside.  I hate the elements.  Just saying.

I am actually starting to enjoy running.  * Mind blown! *

Patrick and I went out on a date night last week.  His birthday is later this month, but we had a family party while we were home recently and everyone got him Chapter’s gift cards, so we went on a Chapter’s/Starbucks date during which he spent all of the gift cards.  It was exciting.  We even got a couple books I will read too.photo

While on this date night, we bought the fabulous card game, “Squarrels.”  I had bought this for a Yankee Swap a few years ago with our small group and it provided us with endless hours of semi-violent entertainment.  The Child and D were over last night and we played our new game and it had a similar result (poor Jeter nearly had a stroke with all the table slapping and yelling).

Yesterday, we went to our favourite beach for one last swim.  Interestingly, the water was probably as warm as or warmer than the air.   The waves, as usual, were epic and the beach was pleasantly empty (because not many people decide it is a good idea to go swimming in September).

This is our new favourite beach (as seen in July... Not September).

This is our new favourite beach (as seen in July… Not September).

On Labour Day weekend, we went to L&C’s trailer again.  There, we had Mountain Dew as a beverage option.  Now, I have never been one to drink Mountain Dew (at least not as an adult).  We discovered that the stuff can make you crazy.  I was a giggling fool for most of the night.  We then decided that this will be our beverage of choice when we finally attempt to play “American Drinking Game” like on the show New Girl as our beer substitute because we just don’t actually drink that much.

Photo props to the Child.

Photo props to the Child.

I found out that the research assistant who helped with the first part of my project failed to send out a chunk of surveys making that chunk data kind of, well, missing.  I am unimpressed by this fact.  It means that I may not be able to look at the long-term effects because it likely has screwed up how the study was powered.  On the bright side, I still have lots of useable stuff, just not in the same way we planned.

I went to a research meeting where I discovered the above.  The supervisor from my department couldn’t make it, so it was me and the other researcher.  She called me Diane the whole meeting.  Not sure why.  But, I didn’t correct her the first couple times because I thought I misheard her, or that it was a one-off thing.  Then, when she kept doing it, it was past the point of it being okay for me to point it out.  So, I spent the hour as “Diane.”  She emailed me immediately following the meeting and called me Trish.  Guess she figured it out.  Whoops.

I have a new obsession with playing Spider Solitaire.  I blame my Research Methods course and my Mother.  The first has been really boring.  The second has a similar addiction that introduced me to the game with our first Windows XP desktop back in high school.

The coffee place at the market at the hospital on Friday did not have lids for their coffee.  So, I had a giant coffee filled to the brim that I then had to maneuver back into the building and up two flights of stairs and down a hall.  I was covered in coffee by the time I hit my desk.  The Child pointed out I should have a thermal mug for these occasions (I did… It got lost in the hospital, so now I am back down to one).  I realize in retrospect that half the problem would have been resolved had I taken the elevator.

Image from crazedpw.blogspot.com.

Fall is coming.  I love Fall.  I hate the cold.  Last night was the first night I had to crack out an extra blanket.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post is entitled Changing Seasons.  Although my favourite season is Fall, mainly because of all of the fabulous colours, all of them have their bit of charm and unique beautiful, especially at that cusp where things are just starting to become different.

Fall: Some of the trees and leaves on my walk home from work.

Fall: Some of the trees and leaves on my walk home from work.

Winter: I was in Ottawa a little bit after winter started last year.  Although it wasn't the precise beginning of the season, you can still see a few leaves lingering from the end of the season before and fresh snow of the new start to winter.

Winter: I was in Ottawa a little bit after winter started last year. Although it wasn’t the precise beginning of the season, you can still see a few leaves lingering from the end of the season before and fresh snow of the new start to winter.

Spring:  Nothing Says Spring more than fresh green, sunshine and a walk in a park.

Spring: Nothing Says Spring more than fresh green, sunshine and a walk in a park.

Summer:  Church Picnic back home happens right at the start of summer and commemorates for me the start of all things summer.

Summer: Church Picnic back home happens right at the start of summer and commemorates for me the start of all things summer.

Check out the other entries for this photo challenge here!

L’Halloween et un chat

In medical school, a few of us in the class developed a strange obsession with these creepy puppets from the francophone TV show tete a claques.  There was just something about them that would crack you up. and then the dialogue was also priceless.

A favourite was the Halloween clips.  In them, these two boys are out trick or treating and have an obsession with, well, Pop Tarts.

I thought what better way to celebrate Halloween than watching these clips and waiting to see if we get any Trick or Treaters despite the tropical storm.

That and hanging out with our new cat, Jeter.

Hello there, Jeter. I like your green eyes… They match your bowl and your litter box.

We just got him this morning with much angst from me. I did a bunch of research and hemming and hawing over the whole thing.  But, in the end, Patrick being happy and me having the experience of a pet seemed to outweigh my fear of messes and the extra expense…Which we calculated to be minimal after his initial check ups and adoption fees (yay call stipend).  Plus, it may help to dampen my biological clock screaming for another while.  Nonetheless I am nervous about having a pet.  I apparently was acting like a crazy father just before a child came home from the hospital… Nesting and all.

His new favourite place, I suspect, on the ledge of the living room window watching the tropical storm go down.

He is apparently one year old (although we wanted an older cat and were under the impression he was 2 or 3 until we had already had him in the carrier on the way out the door… fail).  After visiting what felt like a ton of cats and inadvertantly letting one run loose around the SPCA, we decided on Jeter.  Big selling point for him… He ate his nametag off the front of his cage last night.  And he likes to be picked up.  He also wasn’t as huge as another boy we looked at or as timid as many of the others.  We will get along just fine.  Once I stop freaking out that we have a cat.  That part may take a while.  This is, of course, my first real pet (Patrick always had cats, so he is thrilled we finally got one, especially after our practice run cat sitting this summer).

Happy Halloween!

A Walk in the Park

Like a toddler, after my post call nap and feeding me lunch, Patrick took me to the park to play.  Okay, really, he took me to the park to wake me up/cheer me up, but still.  

I have been feeling indoors-bound.  I go to work in the dark, I come home at sunset and by the time we eat, it is dark.  I worked all day yesterday and although my plan was to walk around the front yard of the hospital, it was too busy to squeeze that in (plus it rained).  So, when I woke up to realize it wasn’t cold and wasn’t raining, I was pumped to go on a field trip.

I brought my camera and got some lovely pictures of the Fall leaves while Patrick laughed at me and intermittently threatened to throw me in the heaps of leaves in the bushes (which I would have loved had it not been all soggy from last night’s rain).  We watched the dogs run around the off-leash area and talked and enjoyed the fresh air.

Cute pond with ducks… No swans though. Disappointing. Safer for unsuspecting dogs and small children, though.

You could see this patch from far down the path because it was so vibrant. The tree above was just about bald. It clearly lost its leaves earlier than some of the others.

We found mushrooms. And sang “Don’t You Put It In Your Mouth.”

Some people say they don’t need church because they can worship God in nature.  I still feel strongly about going to church because I feel like I need the fellowship and accountability and such.  But, given my need for sleep this morning (because I had almost none last night), I had to miss out, nature was a good second church.

So much beauty!

This bench looked super pensive to me. I wanted to sit in it, but was at risk of not getting up again.

It was the best hour I have had in a while.

Top Ten Books On My Fall To Be Read List

Yesterday, I wrote about Labour Day weekend kind of being the start to Fall.  The kids (and Patrick) go back to school (work) tomorrow.  Fall doesn’t start for real for another few weeks, but the leaves are starting to change (yay) and the weather is slowly getting cooler (we may need to start closing the windows at night soon.

Needless to say, the shift in seasons means it is time for the seemingly traditional the Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday the top ten books on my insert season here to be read list.  This time, it is Fall.  So, here we go… The Fall TBR list… Suspicious similarities to my summer TBR list.  Most of the items on the list live either on my shelf currently or on the shelf of the Child (aka, my favorite book exchange library).

  1. The last half of the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I am about half way through and  I managed to acquire the entire series from my lovely friend L, who just happened to have them on a shelf in her childhood bedroom… WIN!
  2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skoot.  This was on my last list… And possibly the one before that as well… Guilty.  On the bright side, it is on my shelf just waiting to be picked up shortly.
  3. The Dressmaker of Khair Khanaby Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.  Patrick found this book on sale at the grocery store and thought it looked up my alley.  It does look intriguing, so it is in the line-up.
  4. The Host by Stephanie Meyer.  Despite my overwhelming urges to mock, I did enjoy reading the Twilight series, so I decided I need to read this as well.
  5. The Circle series by Ted Dekker.  I still want to read this.  I think this has made a number of lists.  But, the book is so big I need to read it when I am not galavanting all over the place.  One day I will get to it… Maybe this Fall.
  6. The Timekeeper by Mitch Albom.  I have enjoyed all of his books.  Some more than others, but nonetheless all were good.  I expect this to be good.  It will be good to have a chance to read it.
  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.  Patrick’s Mom was reading this while we were in PEI last summer and I was intrigued, but by the time I was ready to read it, she misplaced it.  Fortunately, the library of the Child also holds this book, so I will borrow it from her.
  8. Baby Proof by Emily Giffin.  After reading one of her books, I am hooked… A little.  Whoops.  The Child was reading this on the weekend and it looked intriguing, though I think I would read any of her books right now.
  9. Not Your Parents’ Marriage by Jerome and Kellie Daley.  We acquired this book from the bargain section in a Christian bookstore while on vacation.  It looks at the change in gender roles over time, the incorporation of family into marriage and other issues in a Biblical context.  Should be interesting.
  10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  I keep hearing about it and I know I need to read it.   Especially given it is about a cancer patient  and other big life subjects.
  11. I need to cheat and throw in a last point… I still need to read a heap of radiation oncology textbooks, namely physics books. Good times, I know.

So, there you go, my to be read list for the FallThings are getting busy, so it is questionable as to whether or not I will have a chance to read all of these in the Fall.  But, some of these books have been on the list for ages, so they may remain for a bit longer.

Are any of these books on your list?  What do you want to read this Fall?