Hola. Not that I need to publicize this, but this little corner of my life has taken a long break....and will definitely continue to sit on the back burner. This hodge-podge collection of thoughts was meant to keep family and friends in the loop about our comings and goings, but just about everyone I know and love is finally on social media :) So...until I decide to resurrect this thing, come find me on IG
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Um. Is anyone still out there? Family? Friends?
I cannot believe it has been 4 months. And so much has happened. We found out we are headed to Madison for TJ's Cardiothoracic Surgery fellowship next July, we went to Mexico for a much-needed vacation, we celebrated TJ's big dirty 30th birthday, we celebrated our 5 year anniversary, and TJ started his chief year of residency (holla!). Ridiculous. It is to the point now where I can't even begin to recap the past few months, other than to say it has been a rollercoaster as usual. So, I will just say, I am alive, well, and trying to enjoy as much of this last summer in Omaha as possible -- which means I am a little bit more unplugged than usual.
Monday, March 24, 2014
I fell in love the way you fall asleep. Slowly, then all at once.
TJ and I quietly hit 8 wonderful years of togetherness this last St. Patrick's Day. It passed without much fanfare or celebration (Ahem. Unlike our St. Paddy's Days of our early 20-something selves)...just a sweet little shamrock charm for my Pandora bracelet to commemorate the day we finally took it beyond the two-awkward-college-kids-flirting-in-a-laboratory phase, and actually started dating. You know what? I think I will take it...and all the years to come.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
So the age-old saying is true -- time flies...whether you are having fun or not. Fortunately, we have been squeezing some fun in the last month since I posted. It is just hard to believe we are almost to April already! TJ has been interviewing every weekend since the beginning of February for a fellowship spot at programs across the Midwest and West. One of his recent trips included a stop in Portland, Oregon. I met him there and we snuck in a little bit of touring in my own Pacific Northwest. We loved Portland.
We loved Portland's accessibility -- we rode the street car/tram/light rail just about everywhere.
It was pretty typical PNW weather, except for one shining day where we took full advantage and ran around downtown Portland. We tried to make a stop over at VooDoo Donut, but the line was out the door and down the block -- even mid-day! We settled for some food truck treats instead around the Pioneer Square area of town...and then went to Brewer's Block (where TJ quickly became a PNW convert).
We went to the Portland City Grill for dinner for the welcome portion of his interview weekend. It was amazing. We got there early, so we enjoyed a drink in the bar before dinner.
It was a quick little trip. My parents and brother came down for the weekend too, since we are not sure when we will make it back to the Seattle-area for a trip home. We wish we could have stayed longer -- so many friends gave us some amazing ideas for places to go and see. Unfortunately, it was a quick 48-ish hours in the city.
TJ is now well over half done with his interview season. Three more to go, and all in the Midwest. I would love to see us return to the West coast, of course. However, it really comes down to where the best place is for TJ to do finish his training, and get the best opportunity for us coming out of his fellowship in a couple of years. Keep your fingers crossed and hope and pray for us going into May (28th to be exact). That is how long we have to wait!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
The problem with winter in Omaha is that there is nothing too exciting going on...I have been living vicariously through the instagram pictures of my friends skiing, and going on all kinds of snowy adventures. Not that I am complaining. I will take a little bit of this every day over the craziness of last winter (yuck. So glad I am not working and schooling full-time anymore!).
We have been squeezing in some together time here and there, not to mention some beautiful weather anomalies (hello 60 degrees in February!). It looks like the everyday mundane isn't so bad after all:
And a little spontaneous romantic Valentine's Day rendezvous in the hall at work -- who says real-life can't be like Grey's Anatomy? (Ahem - only in less attractive scrubs, a less glamorous hospital, and no making out on hospital grounds)
Last weekend the weather was snow in the morning, sunny and 50 in the afternoon. We took advantage for sure.
This weekend passed a little too quickly for my taste. TJ knocked out two more interviews between Friday and Saturday. We went out for a little late-evening dinner when he got home to re-hash his interviews and reflect on the programs.
Things got a little punchy with TJ being sleep-deprived and all, and we discovered TJ isn't so hot at taking selfies.
TJ has three interviews down, 7 more to go (he got another interview invite late last week!). He will go on two more this week -- I get to meet up with him in Portland, where we will spend an extra 2 days there! So pumped.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
We kicked off TJ's fellowship interview season with a trip to Madison, Wisconsin this past weekend. This was the first of many interviews over the next two and half months. This was one of a few I got to tag along with TJ, which is nice, since wherever we end up will be our home for the next two to three years. It was a fairly pleasant six hour drive up from Omaha...we crossed the Mississippi River --getting to see new places left and right!
Madison is a really nice city -- even with the 10 degree chilly weather and snow (heck, I will take 10 and snow over 10 and no snow any day of the week). I walked around downtown Madison while TJ interviewed. The downtown area is sandwiched between two lakes, currently frozen over. I can tell it would be a pretty place to live for a little bit.
Wisconsin State Capital
Wisconsin State Capital
We like. Everyone we met was super nice and welcoming. We also got to get together with one of my best buds from high school. He lives there with his wife and new baby and love it, so it was wonderful to hear their candid opinions of the university and city. Of course, we still have lots more to go, and a couple months yet before we find out where we will end up. However, it is the start of interview season, and are so anxiously excited to finally be to this point!
More to come!
Monday, January 20, 2014
Things have been pleasantly nuts around these parts lately. It is the kind of nuts that is entirely tolerable and (dare I say it?) enjoyable. Do not get me wrong, I do like sitting on my duff and relaxing, but I have definitely discovered I like being busy and having a lot to do. It makes the down time all the more enjoyable, right?
I am nurse practitionering away. Three weeks in, I am hitting my stride a little more and figuring it out. It takes one part confidence and two parts healthy fear to make the jump from being a back seat driver of patient care (which is what I was doing as a program manager) to being the actual driver. There is something so immensely gratifying about knowing you are exactly where you are supposed to be. I am so thankful to be back on the hands on patient management side of things. I feel so much more joy rounding on my patients than I did working in an office (plus, when I go home now, I feel the tangible and manageable stress that comes from worrying about patients, rather than the stress that comes from dealing with administrative/personnel B.S. all day).
Take for example: There was an explosion at an industrial plant here in town today. Omaha's mass casualty response plan was activated, which meant we were on alert for multiple casualties coming in (as a Level 1 Trauma, we are always on alert for trauma, but this steps it up a notch). Fortunately, it was not as bad as it could have been, and the plan worked perfectly (it aims to distribute the injured patients across the hospitals and resources in town). I live for this kind of thing -- it is not that I want you to get injured, it is that I want to be there when you do. I like managing these kind of these patients. If I can make them feel a little less vulnerable, a little less scared, and a lot less in pain, I have done my job for the day. Like today :)
In other news, we are seriously a house divided. The Seahawks (being the fair-weather fan that I am) versus the Broncos (TJ, who almost cried when they won -- my poor hubby has been waiting and rooting for years for this to happen). Stay tuned for the results of this one. We may have to make a healthy wager on this game!
Also, TJ's interviews for fellowships start on February 7. Fingers crossed and prayers all around as we embark on this interview season. I am keeping an open mind and considering all our options this time around -- I have learned over the years that things end up exactly how they are supposed to be. He is still waiting to hear from a couple of places, but has a very healthy amount of interviews that will take him all over the Midwest and West. So ready for this adventure to start!
Happy Monday friends. Hope it was slightly less exciting than mine was!