Friday, June 27, 2008

Apparently I do do these things.

I know some people have a "no meme policy". You know "Memes". They're the official word that someone made for those types of things you forward people in an e-mail. The annoying e-mails that friends would send asking you to list five things you loved or the place you wanted to visit most. Stuff that's interesting to read about someone, but not really the type of stuff that you needed to know.

The type of thing that you get but never really want to do. They're annoying, time consuming, and all together a waste of space.

But I do them.

I do, because I like answering the questions. They make me think about things I don't usually think about.

Like what really is my favorite movie? Or. . which one of my guy friends would I want to date?

But fortunately for everyone else, I do them without expecting anyone else to read them or pass them on. I'm not the "Tagging" type. I'm the "I'll do it and put it up in case anyone really wants to know my third grade teacher's name. That way, if they want to take it and do it on their blog, they can, and if they don't, I don't look like an idiot." type when it comes to these.

(I know, that was some pretty sad sentance structure, but I really don't know any other way I could've put it)

I also do them to avoid having to tell people that I don't. As if I'd be seen as a "party pooper" if I didn't. Although admittedly, I never forward the e-mail stuff. If no one knows I didn't "forward it to all my friends within five minutes or your crush will never look at you", they won't have to be offended, right?

But in places like these, where it's more "stop by and see" than it is "open this e-mail I sent to you". . . I'm willing to put them up here.

Oh, yeah, you're probably wondering if I'll ever actually put it up. Sorry for the "suspenseful" and prolonged rant.

I was tagged with this by Jenna

(This one is pitiful by the way. I've done ones that have been up to 100 questions. This is amateur meme work.)

Ten years ago I was Ten. I was running around the neighborhood with my buddies starting "no girls allowed" clubs, climbing trees, skinning my knee, jumping in creeks, hiking through the woods behind Phillip's house, and catching frogs, salamanders, lizards, and other miscellaneous things mom never let me keep.

Five things on today's "to do list"

1) Be cool

2) Be gooooood looking

3) Kick some butt

4) Feel good about myself

5) Try out some dancersizing

In case you're wondering, these are daily things that are accomplished indefinetly.

I enjoy: Watching/playing soccer; Chillin with my buddies at the Doc. A. show, and the off again on again post-show party; I particularly enjoy the company of my good friends Doc. A, Vijay, Ramona, Theresa, Pk, Val and Rico! And I love blogging of course; and I love watching funny movies, or action movies, or sci fi stuff. There are alot more things, but these are the ones that come to mind at the moment.

I have lived in:

Heaven :)

Atlanta, GA

Memphis, TN

Greenville, SC

And of course, I tag no one. Sorry for not passing it on Jenna, but I hate tagging people.

Unless we're playing real tag. Freeze tag is my favorite. TV tag is also tons of fun! Ohh, and I love jump tag. It's awesome.

On an unrelated note: I love S'mores, and the movie Billy Madison.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Luckily, I like trying new things.

Finally checked out google reader. It's one more thing that I have to check. I seriously need to decrease the number of things I check. I guess since google reader lets me know when someone posts a new blog, that's that many less blogs I feel obligated to check. But I still need to start decreasing the number of things I need to check.

I have

  • 4 e-mail accounts

  • 2 msn screen-names

  • 3 "what'cha up to?"/multimedia update sites (twitter, etc.)

  • 3 swapping accounts (paperbackswap)

  • 3 miscellaneous memberships to different "artsy" sites

  • 1 pch subscription that I need to get rid of

  • 2 job search site memberships

  • 2 different school accounts (current, future)

  • 1 blog I have to update.

  • 1 social networking page

  • 3 different webcam show/broadcasting sites (ustream, etc.)

  • 1 photo-storage site account
  • A billion other random things that I can never keep track of

It's more than I'd like to keep track of. And I think I need to find a way to dump some of the less important ones. Some are ones that I like more than others. Like the things I can use to keep in touch with you blog buddies. But other ones are either just plain redundant or superfluous.

Cleaning out the closet in more than one way then, this weekend. For those of you who follow me on twitter, you know that I now have more laundrey than I can handle. I need to ravamp my closet in real life, and now I find I need to do some online closet cleaning as well. It'll be a pretty nice experience. Kinda like a "shave your legs, put on some lotion, and jump into a bed made with clean sheets" feeling. You girls know that feeling. It doesn't happen frequently due to poor timing of either event, but it feels good on the outside and the inside. Like you're somehow. . . more smooth than you were ten minutes ago.

Anyway, that was a pretty bad side track. The point it I'm going to start eliminating some of the more unnessecary elements in my life.

Monday, June 23, 2008

News Cruising. . .

I found this article while reading the blogs this morning. I found it over at med student musings. Nice find!

If You Only Knew ...

Reader's Digest offered two dozen doctors a chance to tell it like it really is, and general practitioners, surgeons, shrinks, pediatricians, and other specialists took the challenge. Some wanted to be anonymous; some didn't care. But all of them revealed funny, frightening, and downright shocking things that can help you be a better, smarter patient.

Oh, you doctors think you're being sneaky keeping these secrets, huh? Well Reader's Digest has got your number! None of these really surprise me.

And I thought it was funny when one of the physicians gave Reader's Digest what was coming to it!

• I know that Reader's Digest recommends bringing in a complete list of all your symptoms, but every time you do, it only reinforces my desire to quit this profession.
--Douglas Farrago, MD

I thought that was pretty funny. Like him saying "Not even Reader's Digest, "Oprah condensed", is completely without fault here." I mean, seriously, that is like going on the Dr. Phil show or something and saying "I know Doctor Phil here always tells you _______ but the truth is ________". I'm honestly kind of surprised that they published that one.

This last one is the final one that I want to mention. You know it'll have people bringing their measuring tape from home. You know it.

• In many hospitals, the length of the white coat is related to the length of training. Medical students wear the shortest coats.
--Pediatrician, Baltimore
So watch out you guys! I know all your tricks! You think you can fool everyone but you can't! Reader's Digestives will make sure of that! Don't you try to keep secrets while they're around, 'cuz they'll find them! Yeah, they will!

Oh, and make sure to stick with it until the last page. Priceless for those anal-retentive people who love to complain about bills.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

My turn for the dance party.

Nothing big, just chillin at my site. Just because I've been wanting to try it out. If you guys wanna stop by and hang out, I'll have it going around the same time as Dr. A's last saturday night.

Click Here at 9:00 pm eastern time. If you want your name to show up, you'll have to register with the site. I'll be there with my webcam and there will be a chatroom. If you guys want to stop by to chat, that'll be fine.

I'll put the link up on twitter once I've gotten everything set up tonight, but seeing as some of you aren't on twitter, I'm putting it up here so you can all have the opportunity to drop by.

See you all tonight!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

There we go.

Alright!! Switched over all my medi medi accounts (I had alot, trust me) to my new e-mail. Finally. I decided to switch when stickam decieded it didn't want to accept my regular e-mail as a valid address. And since I've been wanting to have a seperate account for my blogosphere world, I finally did it.

I had to switch over:





And this blog.

So now my profile says I'm a new author or whatnot. Psh. I wish it was easier on here like it was on twitter or britekite. That would be nice.

But unfortunately, it was weird switching. Like I had to register this e-mail as an author and then as an administrator and then delete the old one from the new one.

I lost all the "profile views" that I had, but I'll be adding a sitemeter for things like that soon.

I had fun with all of you tonight on the Dr. A show!! It was awesome!! Maybe soon we'll have another dance party?? Maybe?? I hope. If Doc A doesn't have one, I'll set one up myself!!! And you'll all be invited!! Haha.

Anyway, that's it for now. Just testing out the blog from the new e-mail.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I'm so proud of myself.

I was able to, for the first time in, like, forever (that was soo valley girl), go through the list of links that I have over there and read everyone's most recent posts!! I found a variety of wonderful stories. Some were heartbreaking, some were inspiring, and some were just plain hilarious.

I also found that my Best Buddy was inspired by a recent post of mine to post about something that bothered her on the news. I must say, she is much better at it than I am. The way she does "righteous indignation" is comparable to the way Emril cooks a fancy meal. It's incredible watching how gracefully she does it. She is one classy girl. Thanks for letting me be your muse, buddy!

All in all, it's been a good day for blog post reading! Sometimes I forget why I added certain blogs, and then it all comes back to me when they post lovely pictures and stories.

But I have gone through all the way from the top to the bottom and read everyone's most recent blog posts. Bravo, all! Bravo.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Some people. . .

Are just ridiculous.

[WARNING: This is a side of me you really only see if you live with me. This is a side of me I let out when I see something ridiculous in the world that just isn't right. If you want to continue seeing me as the happy-go-lucky young woman that I usually am, please don't read any further.]

Other warning: I get sidetracked for a minute in the middle, I just realized. So I've marked that bit so that you can see where I got distracted from the story. It is an on-topic rant, but I tend to get wordy and long winded on these sorts of things.

I watched this on this morning. It's a few weeks old, but that doesn't change the fact that it is just plain sad.

Let me give you the low-down before you actually watch it, though. Apparently, this man had accidentally hit a small girl with his car. Accidentally. He didn't drive away, which says to me that this is neither a hit and run nor a malicious act of violence. Instead, he got out of his car to see to the little girl and maybe to get someone to help.

That is a pretty sad story.

But wait- that's not all. That isn't the really sad part. That's coming up.

The little girl's family was having a get together of some kind (this is what I've gathered, at least, from the story) and there just happened to be alot of people there who saw what happened.

These people, for whatever reason, decided that they'd attack this man. In mob-form. These people actually formed a mob and attacked this man who accidentally hit a toddler with his car.


Where would the toddler be if they had been responsible grown ups? It wouldn't have been playing in the street at that time of night, that's for sure. My guess is that "this-get" together involved alcohol.

There is a growing trend that I've noticed as of late. Instead of people waiting until their children are asleep to invite friends over for a few drinks, they let the kids stay up! I've seen them in my cul-du-sac, their lawn chairs out, in the middle of the night with their kids running around in the street while they drink the night away.

I've seen them around town in their driveways, keeping their kids up until one in the morning because they didn't feel like putting them to bed. Or maybe it's because they thought that that would make them the "cool parents", I don't know. But I know one thing, it's irresponsible. Get your kids to bed at a decent hour, will you? And stop drinking alcohol in front of them, it'll give them the opportunity to sneak one of your cups and try your "mommy and daddy drink".


Anyway, on with the story. These terribly irresponsible parents and their friends went after the man, and started beating him. The man saw a firetruck that had come to help, and ran to the protection of the firefighters. Once safely inside the truck, the man was in no more danger. However, the firefighters who went to help the little girl were not spared by the mob. Yes, that's right. These people- these ADULT people- started beating up a fireman who had come to save a girl that had been hit by a car.

That is the really sad part, by the way.

Luckily, the girl is now in a hospital, being taken care of. No thanks to these ridiculous people. The firefighter needs surgery, and the man who accidentally ran her over is too scared of the mob to come forth and identify his attackers.

The End

Now, what I'd like to know is- how in the world can they get off that easy?? They need to feel as stupid as they acted. They need to be sat down, and be shown exactly how ridiculous they were. They should be ashamed of themselves and their actions.

"Look at this man, Mr Mob guy. Do you see what you did? Do you see the harm you have caused him?? Do you realize, do you, that you have just beaten up two innocent men? Wonderful vigilante work, really, ganging up on a defenseless man who is a victim of circumstance, and a fireman trying to help your little friend. Bravo. How proud of yourself are you, really? Do you want a medal for your bravery? How about a parade in your honor? Oh, and next time you try to teach your kids that violence isn't the answer, please don't think yourself a hippocrite, no. Think of yourself as a weak minded idiot who fell victim to a mob mentality situation. Two thumbs up, really."

Something like that. To each individual who participated in that mob. There is no reason they shouldn't be charged with assault and battery, either. Why can't the firefighter identify them instead? Is he scared as well?

Sorry for those of you who didn't realize I had it in me. But some things just make me angry. Ignorant people who should know better are at the top of the list.

Friday, June 13, 2008


Yup, that is a clearly photoshopped Picture of me and Doctor A!! Hahahaha Can't you tell we're best buddies?? LOL!!!! This brilliant idea came to me at the dance party when dr a had the balloon guy right behind him in such a way that it looked like he was wearing the balloon guy's hat. I'm pretty sure this is something that Scanman will especially enjoy.

So here's me and the Doc hangin out at the apple store!!!! 8D hahahahahahahahaha.

putting on the "weirdoes" tag because I clearly need help.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Just Doodling.

I drew this for a friend of mine from Romania. We're rooting for them to get far in Euro 08 this year. So I drew this out of sheer boredom.

Finished product. I hope my buddy likes it. Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciated.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Yet another day at the Beach

So I spent the day yesterday in Charleston, SC. I was at the beach for about 8 hours. It was nice. I got totally burnt, though. Lots and lots of sunscreen went nowhere. So I'm hurtin' bad. Thanks for Ramona's advice, though! I'm going go around tommorrow and try to find the . . aquaphor? that she suggested for the sunscreen.

I had a pretty fun trip there with the group I went with. It was about 5 hours to get there. So it had the potential to be very boring. But we passed the time joking around, playing high stakes Farkle, and playing some weird but hilarious game where we passed around a paper alternating drawing a picture or describing in one sentance a picture that has been drawn.

This game is hilarious, and I would like to share it with you! I loved playing it and would've played it over and over agian. I think I was the only one who saved my bit of paper that we played it on, though.

So here is to. . . Paper Telephone

(I totally just made that name up)

Step One: Write a Sentance. Any sentance you want, as long as there's a verb and a noun, it doesn't matter what it says.

Step Two: Pass the paper to the person on your left, and receive a paper from the person on your right.

Step Three: On the sheet of paper you've been passed (by the person on your right, of course!) there will be a sentance. Draw a picture to match the sentance that has been written.

Step Four: Fold over the original sentance to hide it from the next person.

Repeat step two: Pass and Receive again.

Step Five: On the paper you have received, there will be a picture! Describe it in one sentance!

Step Six: Fold over the picture so that the next person will only see the sentance you have written.

Repeat Steps 2-6 again until you get back the paper with your original sentance on it.

Step Seven: Read them out loud and enjoy!!

Here is the paper that I started. My sentance was: "Stabbing a tennis player so your favorite player wins." This was inspired by listening to This Awkward Ballad by Hugh Laurie on my Zune. Don't worry, I'm not crazy.

As you can see, there were six people who played. The first three were: Me, Big Brother, and Best Buddy. Best buddy drew a beautiful picture to match my sentance, and Big Brother wrote a very creative explanation for her drawing.

And one last thing: Thanks to those of you who have been stopping by! I really appreciate all of your comments! I'm especially glad my favorite uncle ever has found my blog.

(for those of you who don't know- I'm not just saying that he's my favorite uncle because he reads this. He really is the one I like best. He visits most often, he's more fun, and he's the only one that I actually know and feel comfortable around. He's the reason I'm looking at medical schools in California, too! It'd be so much fun to be that close to him!)

Thanks Uncle Pete! I love you!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

A little cultural education

Here's a little fun with AFRICA.

Enjoy this little treat while I'm away at the beach today. I thought of Bongi when I saw this. I thought he might enjoy it.

And if you're asking how in the world did I come across this little comedy gem, it's something a friend showed me last night.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Maps and Water

So this week has been eventfull. I had an amazing time last night talking to everyone at Dr. A's show. That was a pretty cool one. I enjoyed the guest Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe very much. Check out Dr. A's blog about that, because he has some very nice links and even a video that will show you how amazing she is.

Before that, I had been able to go to the local waterpark. It was pretty fun, and I think I'm now addicted to water slides. It was a fun-filled day and I loved getting to hang out there, but it was kind of small-time stuff. Only two slides and the water didn't get deeper than about 3 1/2 feet. I scraped my foot up on the bottom of the pool at one point, so that hurts pretty bad when I brush against something.

Saturday is another beach day!!! I'm excited about it. It'll be the second time I've been to the beach this summer! How neat! This time, I'll be going to a different beach. But I think I'm going to end up having a very nice tan before this summer is over! I'll be loookin soo good!

On the map front, I found a good one, and immediately looked for Dr. A's state and Ramona's state.

So now I can find Ohio and Arkansas. I can also find South Africa on a map, Bongi. I don't have any trouble with that one. I actually think I'm better with world geography than I am with American geography. I can find several different countries that usually, people wouldn't even know existed. Like Estonia. I know where that is. But I think my list of countries would be bigger than my list of states.

So I got the map, and have been mounting it on cork boarding that I got off of my old ruined bulletin board. I was able to detatch the cork from the board, and now I'm attatching it to the map. Next, I'll attatch that to some thin cardboard and then frame it in a frame I have lying around. Actually, the frame belonged to the bulletin board that I took apart.

So it's turning into a really cute project so far! I'm hoping to be able to map the locations of the different medical schools that I've been looking at. With luck, I'll be on my way to medical school in just a couple of years! I've already applied to a bigger school that I hope has a good pre-medical program. So I'll be on my way to bigger and better in no time!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Grand Rounds 4:37 !!

Hey. . .

Hey you. Yeah, you.

. . Check this out.

That's right, I actually submitted something to Grand Rounds this time around. And it made the cut, too! Thanks to Happy Hospitalist for including my post!

Mine was number 23 in the lineup.

For those of you who don't know what Grand Rounds is, it's a weekly presentation of medical blog posts. Every week, someone is assigned to host GR. This week's host was The Happy Hospitalist. Then, they announce on their blog that they are hosting and ask for submissions to be sent in. So then, medical bloggers respond to the call by sending in their most creative and inspiring medical posts. The host then puts them all together using a creative presentation method, such as using a theme. Thus, we end up with a collection of the medical blogosphere's best posts, and a very interesting read!

I submitted this post to Grand Rounds this week. I'm surprised it was included among the best of the best. Thanks again to Happy Hospitalist!

Monday, June 2, 2008

United States Geography

Is apparently my weak point. Who knew that Delaware was not just a river, but a state as well?? Obviously not me.

States I can find on a map:

Georgia- Because it's where I was born.

Tennessee- Because I moved there after GA.

South Carolina- Because it's where I live now.

North Carolina- Because it's right above South Carolina.

Texas- It's huge.

Idaho- Solely because it's where I hope to be going to college soon.

Utah- That's where the hq is.

California- Also huge.

Alaska- It's the only one beside Canada.

Hawaii- It's the only island state.

Florida- Because of it's unique shape and location.

Maine- It's the one at the very top of the East Coast.

Oklahoma- Because of the musical.

Washington- It's in the corner!

I can't name all of them, and I won't even try. But the reason I'm going through this sudden realization of ignorance is because I've been looking at medical schools. I have a book that I've been looking through trying to at least eliminate some of the possibilities.

But I have to consider all sorts of things. Tuition, room and board, all sorts of different percentages, and LOCATION. Now, how am I supposed to figure out if I want to go to medical school in, say, Oregon if I don't even know where it is?? I should be able to visualize these things! I should be able to say "oh, I have family in Southern California, that's close to *looks on a map* Nevada." without the whole "looking at a map" part. It would be awefully nice.

So I've decided to buy a map and get creative. Maybe a color coded index based on the location and maybe even arranged alphabetically?

But I know that as soon as I get that map, I'll be looking at it and trying to memorize where the states are. I used to know all 13 original colonies back when I was in 3rd or 4th grade. But now I can't even name five.

But come on- I was such a nerd back then. . can't you tell?
Look at that sweater.


She's almost laughing at me for not knowing. I can see it.

But that definetly looks like doctor material to me. Definetly.