Sunday, February 20, 2011

Study Break

Well, it has been a very long week. After the first big medical physiology test last two weeks ago, I am now getting ready for the first big endocrinology test this week. Med Phys was definitely and eye opener - half the class got F's, there were only three A's. I did slightly better than half the class by pulling a D. OUCH... Dr. Baldwin gave us a motivational speech about fighting past the emotions and working hard to achieve our goals. "if you want to go to med school, this is what it's like, except 3x as stressful". Eeek! What a wake up call. I know I didn't prepare as well as I could have for that exam, so I am trying REALLY hard to make it up and work my butt off for the rest of this semester. The whole point of me enrolling in this grad program was to prove to myself that I DO have a good work ethic and that I WANT to go to med school. Luckily that first test is only worth 7.5% of our final grade, so hypothetically, if someone failed and then aced the next few exams (which are each worth more of our grade), they still can get an A in the class. My goal for myself for the next exam on kidney physiology is a B. But that is next week...this week it's all about hormones and the endocrine system for my endocrinology class.

Personal life is going OK. Matt and I still feel a bit lost in our new southern environment and it still doesn't feel like home. Matt is trying to establish himself in his role as music director at church, but he is still in search of full-time work during the week so that we can be financially stable. And our apartment is still unorganized and uninviting because we are too busy or too lazy to unpack and organize the rest of the boxes. This has definitely been trying on our marriage, as I want to support him and help out, but at the same time I need to be 100% focused on school (which makes me feel selfish and guilty). But God provided (as always) this week through a woman at church who hired Matt to do some painting and work on a house property that they are getting ready to lease/sell. Also, today at church another woman gave me a check and said that God put it on her heart to help us out, without even fully knowing what our current financial situation is. What a blessing!! I'll be writing some very gracious thank you notes tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


My Facebook newsfeed was flooded today with updates and photos of the snowpocalypse that has hit my home state of WI. I must admit, it did make me miss snow, even though it has only been a month since we moved down south. (I never thought I'd say that i actually miss snow!)

I miss snowmen and snow forts, sledding and skiing, watching the flakes drift down outside your window and drift up against your door...

The pretty blanket of fresh white snow is the best. 2 days later when it turns into brown slush...not so much.

But I am so jealous of the pretty snow and all the relaxing snow days being had!

It was 70 degrees last Saturday, but now it is about 35 and overcast/rainy. I'd take snow over this cold rain. It's depressing.

I hope you all are enjoying God's beautiful blankets of white and are staying safe if you didn't get a snow day and have to drive to and fro!!