The Happy In My Halloween

Today was a happy in my Halloween.

I managed to arrange for transfer for one of my patients.  It is always good to get people back to home hospital, but it is especially good when it also makes my day start off well.

I presented Morbidity and Mortality rounds today and people actually kind of participated.

It is Friday half day, which means an afternoon of lectures, which is tough at the best of times, but especially on Fridays.  This week, I was supposed to have Radiobiology from 4-5, which is the most potent form of educational torture there is.  Unfortunately, our instructor went home sick with the flu.  Fortunately, that meant we didn’t have that lecture and although it has to be rescheduled, I was glad to not sit through it at 4 on Friday.

Also in Friday half day, the radiologist who taught us an awesome head and neck lecture brought us Halloween candy.  And not just any Halloween candy… The good stuff with peanuts in it that can kill people but tastes soooooo good.

I realized in said head and neck lecture that I am finally beginning to figure out head and neck and knew things in the lecture.  It was an exciting “ah ha” moment for me.  And thank goodness it is starting to come together because I have a treatment planning exam this week and it is yet again on head and neck (the universe or at least my staff seem to hate me on this front).

Patrick and his class went on a field trip today and had a good party afterwards (complete with cookies he made last night).  I was impressed at his craftiness and ability to get through Halloween with a classroom full of third graders.

We went to a Mexican restaurant tonight for supper where I got to feed my most recent craving… Spicy chilli.  I love a good burrito.

It is Jeter’s “birthday.”  The anniversary of when we inherited him two years ago.  He threw up on the carpet for us when we got home from work and is now happily carrying around his new “birthday” replacement feather on a stick.

We are settling in for a night of watching Charlie Brown and other relevant specials while waiting for the kids that never come to our apartment. It is to bed early tonight for band and a day full of studying, house cleaning and a potential games night!

Happy Halloween!

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.


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!