Saturday, September 29, 2007

Meet Marci















Help me welcome the newest member to my little family!

This is Marci and she is 6 months old. Ain't she sweet???

The hubby & I adopted this sweetheart today after a brief visit to Petsmart. She is a rescued kitten, just as my other pets are rescued. I encourage everyone to adopt rescues. There are SOOOO many that need homes. I would adopt them all if I could!!!

Anyway, the hubby & I have been back and forth on whether or not to adopt another little kitty. When we saw her this morning, I knew she was the one. I couldn't resist her sweet little face.

She is soooo adorable & ALLLL kitten.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

WooHoo!

I am scheduled to take my national certification exam on January 3rd!!!!

It's time for me to REALLY get super-serious with the studying!!!!

7 HOUR EXAM!!! ACK!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Why I'm Glad I'm Not a Tipi

Updated video!



Yes, this is my crazy Simonese cat, Simon.

He has had this tipi ever since he was a tiny kitten & he still LOVES it!

I can't wait until I can post

something like THIS!

Learning to be me again














For these past two years of PA school, I have been sooooo submersed in classes and clinics and studying and stressing and worrying and maybe even losing a little bit of me. Perhaps I dive in a bit too deep. Perhaps I was too dedicated. But now I finally feel like I am coming back up to the surface for some air. I feel like I am finally able to be me and have fun again. It's weird looking back on just how crazy busy I was these past 2 years trying to learn as much about medicine as I can. I know it will pay off very soon, but I am not sure I could do it all over again if I had to.....definitely not any time soon anyway. I'm not done yet, and as I have mentioned before, I will be a life-long student of medicine. But most of the hard stuff is out of the way. Now I just need to get through these last 5 week of classes, study & pass the boards, and nail down that job. Still sounds like a lot and it is, but at least the foundation has been layed. I am almost there....

I'm glad to be back & having some fun again.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

That's Just Nasty!

DUDE! PEOPLE! PLLLLLEASE wash your hands. That's just gross if you don't. Seriously! Come on! EEEW!

Only 88 percent of women, 66 percent of men practice restroom hand washing, study finds. According to a study conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and The Soap and Detergent Association, "[m]ore U.S. adults say they wash their hands after using a restroom than they actually do," UPI (9/18) reported. After observing "6,073 adults in public restrooms at six different locations in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City and San Francisco, researchers discovered that "88 percent of the women compared to 66 percent of the men were observed washing their hands in a public restroom." Dr. Judy Daly, spokeswoman for the ASM, said, "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the single most important thing we can all do to keep from getting infectious diseases and spreading them to others is to clean our hands."

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Inspiring!

This is always insipiring for me:

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.

OH!
THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!

You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don' t
Because, sometimes, you won't.

I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both you elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a sting of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

NO!
That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes, they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike
and I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!

---Dr. Seuss

Love me some Dr. Seuss!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sunday, September 16, 2007

A Day at the Beach



We had a nice top-down drive to the beach today, followed by a lovely picnic while watching the waves & the surfers.

It may not be Maui, but it's ours.

What a great day!

Oh, and then we watched the Texans whoop some bootie!!! Sweet! Go Texans!

Hope you all had a great weekend, too! :)

Friday, September 14, 2007

Best. Salad. Ever.

OK! OK! FINE! YOU can have my recipe for THE BEST SALAD EVER.
If you make this, whoever you serve it to will love you fo'eva!
I swears!!

Mixed greens with pecans, goat cheese, and dried cranberries

Ingredients:
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
3/4 cup olive oil
2 5-ounce bags mixed baby greens
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries (about 7 ounces)
1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups glazed or honey-roasted pecans or walnuts (about 8 ounces)
1 5.5-ounce log soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled (about 1 1/4 cups
)

Whisk vinegar, mustard, and thyme in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season dressing with salt and pepper.

Mix greens, cranberries, and onion in large bowl. Mix in enough dressing to coat. Sprinkle with nuts and cheese.

Makes 10 servings.


Make it this weekend & tell me what ya think.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Interview

I had my first PA job interview this past Tuesday. It's good to get that first one out of the way. Fortunately, it was with one of my previous preceptors from my primary care block, so it was with a doc I already know & feel comfortable with.

The location is a family medicine clinic in Katy (West of H-town). It's a very nice, farily new & pretty clinic in a very nice area. I think it would be a really great place to start a PA career and very possibly stay long term. He just recently hired a female physician, so there would be 2 physicians to train me. His practice is exploding! He told me that he gets like 6-8 new patients a day! That's a very good thing....plenty of patients. It is very likely he may need 2 PAs. He is even thinking of buying a property a few doors down to use an overflow clinic & said he could foresee me helping run that clinic...if I wanted. That was another cool thing. Room for growth & advancement! He said I could work with him in the main clinic, work in the overflow clinic with the other physician, or rotate in both. I can make my own hours & work in my own style. Both physicians would be there whenever I had questions or needed a second set of eyes/ears/hands. This is especially important for new grads. That first year is going to be a HUGE learning curve & we new grads need experienced physicians/PAs around to rely on for continued training/teaching.

Sooooo, the interview went really, really well & he offered the position to me. Not only that, but he said that his door was always open to me. He would always have a job for me. He said if I wanted, for example, to work in an ER or ICU, etc, for a while, and then wanted to come work for him, I could. How awesome is that?

He asked that I think about it for a while, talk to the hubby about it, & keep him in the loop as to what I decide. I am going to continue to look at all my options & am still considering oncology at MD Anderson, but I will highly consider his offer. However, we still need to talk about salary & benefits, so that will be next. Money isn't the highest priority, but it will be an important factor. Benefits, malpractice insurance, and money towards certification & continuing medical education (CMEs) is also important when negotiating a PA contract.

Anywho, it's nice to know that I have one option already & with a physician that I know, like, & respect. His patients love him. His staff is great and we all got along really well. You don't usually know that from interviewing in a place you have never been in. So, it would be comforting entering into a job where you already know the people & know they all like you.

So, we'll see what happens. Stay tuned! :)

Yet ANOTHER Sign

So, I just got home from class & Rachel Ray is on TV as I type this. I am now wiping tears...happy tears...from my eyes! I am such a sap! GEESH! Anyhow, why the tears? What is this other sign? Well, a guy planned a surprise wedding ON MAUI for his wife and got married IN KA'ANAPALI. Yes, this was just on right now! They got married in a chapel, unlike hubby and I...we got married on a beach in Kapalua. BUT they had their reception at the same restaurant that we had our Maui reception at! How awesome!!!

Yes, we need to go....

The signs are there....

:)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

May We Never Forget

Let's all take a moment today to remember those who lost their lives, those who risked their lives, and those that lost friends and loved ones. May we never forget! May we never take for granted the freedoms we fight for. Never forget!


The thoughts and images still hurt. I still feel the pain. The sorrow. Many of us will always remember where we were and what we were doing that horrid day 6 years ago. May we never forget! Let us also remember to honor those we lost. Let us remember those who are fighting for freedom. Never forget!

~ alli



Written by me.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Signs, Signs, Everywhere There's Signs!


Sooooo, based on the previous post/picture, you are probably guessing that the hubby & I have decided to bite the bullet & go back to Maui. We agonized over & researched a lot of locations in Mexico, but nothing ever seemed 100% right. There always seemed to be something wrong with the hotels &/or locations there. The beds were too hard or you can't swim in the ocean b/c it is too violent or too cold or the pools close at 6pm or the food not so good or we don't feel comfortable driving there, etc. Oh, and by traveling to Hawaii, we are still in our own country....No passport required (I need to get mine renewed still). Although, don't get me wrong, just staying at a nice resort & only lounging at the beach or pool and eating and drinking sounds like fun. But if you know hubby (aka Pups) & I, we don't do well sitting still. We are doers. We are explorers. We want to swim in the ocean, boogie board, surf, snorkel, (maybe even dive if we get certified), drive around, try other restaurants, shop, go whale watching, etc. Not just lay around the whole time. Although, there will be much beach & good book time, don't you worry! :)

So, what about Hawaii? What about going back to Maui? We were there only a week when we got married & were very busy with wedding stuffs & hanging with our peeps. We had a marvelous time!!! Best wedding ever!!! But there was still so much we wanted to do that we just didn't have time to do. Surf lessons, Road to Hana, return to restaurants we liked and try new ones, explore other parts of Maui we didn't see. Oh, and get MORE beach time in at beautiful Ka'anapali Beach....one of the best in the world!!!! So, why not bite the bullet, get a good budget going (we already have an excel spreadsheet..yes, romantic, I know!), and just do it!! We know it is more expensive, but we also know that we will absolutely love it!!! We are even planning on staying in the same "Most Hawaiian" hotel that we were in when we got married/honeymooned. It's not a 5 star, but it was clean, comfortable, great people, food, drinks, entertainment, and outstanding beach & views! You know, this could be an extension of our honeymoon/graduation celebration/early 3 year anniversary. Maybe we can get the same room????? I get excited just thinking about it! Feel that Aloha spirit!

Also, there have been signs....random little signs....especially over this past week..... Hawaii specials on TV, Maui bumper stickers, Maui T-shirts on strangers, a random Hawaiian song, our Hawaiian wedding song (which still makes me teary) on TV, yesterday I found a KB hotel (our Maui hotel) notepad paper in one of my textbooks I hadn't opened in a long time & today, I dusted off my interview folder and it has a KB hotel pen in it. I am telling you....these are signs.

I think it does call to us....

Monday, September 3, 2007

Flip-Flops and Tex-Mex

These are a few of my favorite things!

I've had one of those "I am blessed" weekends.

So, why flip-flops & Tex-Mex? Hubby & I had one of those "we don't live extravagantly, but live well" conversations on Saturday while eating at Ninfa's for lunch in our casual shorts & flip-flop gear. We have those moments every now & then where we realize how much more blessed we are then most. We may not financially be the wealthiest, but we are very happy & heading in a great direction with our life. We have everything we need, and anything else is just bonus.

To add to that, I had a dream last night that my life was different. I had never met hubby & was married to a previous person I dated. I was absolutely miserable! In that dream or nightmare...I was in a loveless, passionless marriage & I had to do EVERYTHING around the house. It was horrible. Needless to say, I woke up this morning, cuddled the hubby, & told him how lucky I am to have him in my life. I am often aware of this, but dreams like that (of which I had never had) can definitely make you realize even more just how lucky you are.

Yes, we are blessed with our Tex-Mex, flip-flop lovin' life. :o)

I'm All Over the Place!

I'm so silly. I have been alllll over the place with the "graduation vacation" plans. More affordable, but still pretty Mexico or Hawaii? I am leaning towards Mexico since I have never done a beach vacation there & it is a bit more affordable at this time. Perhaps Hawaii again next year when I have a job!

So, then I have been debating WHERE in Mexico. I first narrowed it down to the west coast & have been thinking of Puerto Vallarta, but now we are thinking of Cabo San Lucas instead. Here is one resort that we are highly considering: Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Holistic Retreat & Spa in Cabo. Looks amazing! Total relaxation!!!!

Hopefully we will make our decision this week!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

My Randomness/ Week in Review

  • According to the hubby, I am strung out on "Dog Whisperer." Yes, it is one of my new favorite TV shows. I can't help that I love dogs & am intrigued by their behaviors. I find Cesar's advice very helpful. "Scht!"

  • The semester started & I was quite busy this week with lectures & other class activities. We took a practice board review & I did OK. At least I scored right around the national average. I hate being average, but man that test was so hard!!!! ACK! Here, take a test on everything about medicine. Yeah, lets see you get 100%! I have A LOT more studying to do..... But it is a good motivator for me to keep it up! Oh well, in medicine, you have to study the rest of your life anyway. :) Bring on the challenge! Bring it!

  • After that grueling exam, I had some of the girls come over for movies, home-made yummy foods, and wine of course. It was much deserved!!! cuz we worked our brains hard! One of the movies we watched was almost too serious for such an occasion, but it was good. Magdalene Sisters is about "three young Irish women struggling to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum." Sad stories, but intriguing none the less. We then had to watch episodes of "Arrested Development" to get some laughs going. Anywho, good times were had by all.
  • I have a 4 day weekend (no class on Tuesday either) & amazingly absolutely no plans other than getting the house/yard in order & spending time with the hubby. I am sure I'll get some studying in there somewhere since I am needing to increase my nerdiness level again. Hoping to get some good movies in, too. There are a few out there that we want to see. "Superbad," Rob Zombie's version of "Halloween," "Bourne Ultimatum," etc. We finally rented "Hot Fuzz" last night & it was a hoot! Not as good as "Shaun of the Dead," (I agree, Jen), but funny Brit humor none the less. :) Love those guys & can't wait for more movies from them.
  • My final note of randomness: I have my FIRST PA JOB INTERVIEW on Tuesday. Whoa! So, another thing I am doing this weekend is preparing for that. Questions to ask, make sure one of my suits is clean, etc. Exciting & nerve-racking all at once. I'll let you all know how it goes of course......