Wonderful Stuff Wednesday: It Might Not Be Spring But...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

So, apparently, it's not spring here anymore. After a beautiful weekend of temperatures in the 70's, last night, it plummeted into the 20's and this morning when I went to work, I had to scrape ice off of my windshield. The flowers that so recently bloomed all over the hospital campus seem to be huddling in their beds saying, "What the hell, man!? We came out here for this?" I feel your pain, flowers. I truly do.

Despite all that, however, it's Wednesday and so I'm focusing on the fact that although it was freezing and there was ice on my car, at least there wasn't a foot of snow on the ground. And more exciting than that was my ability to restrain myself from hulking out all over the parking lot in response to the presence of ice. On April 16th. For the LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THAT IS HOLY.

::deep breaths::

I'm fine, now, I promise. On to the wonderful!

First up, this, because it's funny. And true. But sad. But mostly funny.

Ok, I promise I'm going to stop talking about the weather. For at least 3 minutes.

I read this post yesterday, and usually I tend to (violently and purposefully) avoid anything with the word "millennial" in the title. However, Lauren, who writes at I'm Better in Real Life, wrote her post in response to the op-ed in the New York Times about how the financial recovery isn't exactly the recovery we all want it to be, especially for those of us who graduated between 2007 and 2009. Read the op-ed, read her post, and tell your story. As upsetting as the situations might be across the board for a lot of us, there is something comforting about knowing that you're not alone.

I also read this post on A Practical Wedding about separating the joy from the pain. This particular post was in regards to joy and love of the wedding day from any of the unfortunate pain that may have led up to the day during the engagement, but I also think it's helpful to think about separating the joy from the pain in a lot of things. I'm extremely excited about being able to go back to medical school, for example, but I can't start this new journey without reflecting back on the first time I did this and how horribly painful that entire experience was. The line from the post that stood out to me was, "But I can’t remember my wedding day without remembering the eight months before it. I can’t separate them; one made the other." So many experiences in life are like that, and I think it's good to remember that even though pain and sadness may have preceded the good, we can still enjoy and love and revel in "the good".

Since I'm a huge science nerd, the discovery of Tiktaalik roseae was super exciting. What is Tiktaalik roseae you ask? It is a transitional species between fish and our land-dwelling selves. It's a fish with limbs, people! And a neck! And it's awesome! An article on Slate about the discovery was an easy and interesting read, and I definitely plan on watching the PBS adaptation of Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body. Go science!

Yesterday marked one year since the tragedy of the bombing at the Boston Marathon. I can't believe it's been a year since that happened, and I remember sitting at my desk, silently wiping tears away as I read and watched and tried to absorb how horrible the world could be. At the same time, I remember thinking, as I watched paramedics, firemen, police, and even civilians running toward the chaos to help others, "At least there are people in this world who want to heal and help, not hurt." This project from Dear World is beautiful, and the photographs are so full of strength and hope.  The video below is also from the project.

And in a more general sense, here's what's currently going on that's wonderful...

Watching lots of stuff on the DVR in an attempt to clear it out. As per usual, this includes The Following, Criminal Minds, Law and Order: SVU, and Hannibal... which makes me sound like I'm a totally creepy serial killer. I swear, I also watch shows that aren't about murdering people. Thrown in there for good measure are Whose Line is It Anyway?, SNL, Inside Amy Schumer, Jim Henson's Creature Shop, 2 Broke Girls, and now that Mad Men is back, that will be added as well. So much TV. Yikes.

Thinking about
the fact that as of today, there are 46 work days left here for me. That obviously doesn't include weekends or holidays or the one day I'm taking off in May to visit Emily in Wisconsin. With weekends etc, there are 66 days left until I depart from the working world and enter the world of a full-time student once again. This is both awesome and terrifying. Also, I spend most of my waking hours thinking about house hunting. It's consuming my brain. Sorry, everyone.

Listening to
Ingrid Michaelson's new album, Lights Out. It's amazing. This is the first single from the album and if it doesn't make you dance in your office chair, then I don't know what to tell you.

As I mentioned before, I also spend a lot of time listening to the comedy channels on my satellite radio. Pro tip? Listen to comedy while driving at your own risk. Sometimes you'll be laughing too hard to responsibly operate a motor vehicle.

Wearing anything that isn't a snow boot, flannel, or multiple pairs of socks. Today I broke down and wore trouser socks with my wedges because of the ice situation outside, but I am so not into wearing boots anymore it's not even funny. I'm also looking forward to wearing SKIRTS. I apologize in advance for blinding anyone with my super-pale legs.

everything I can get my hands on! Since the end of March, I've read Life as We Knew It, Parasite, and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, all of which were varying degrees of good. I'm slowly working my way through The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression still, and I have 3 books from the library and one to pick up today. The options for the next book are Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (Neil Shubin), Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation (Aisha Tyler), Doctor Sleep (Stephen King), and The Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America (Laurie Edwards). Any suggestions? Also, feel free to find me on Goodreads!

Loving that it stays light out past 7 pm! It makes house hunting way easier. Also loving that my weeknights are mostly free, which means spending time with friends and Ken (or just laying in bed with the cats). And when it happens, definitely loving the warmer weather. Today is just a fluke... I hope.

Drinking too much coffee and not enough water. I don't really drink that much coffee... maybe 1 cup a day, actually, but I definitely do not drink enough water. Today I realized that after I leave my job, I either need to start making my own coffee at home with the regular coffee pot... or maybe invest in a Keurig because I've been so spoiled by the office machine, haha.

Eating kind of whatever sounds good. I know, that sounds weird in an age where everyone is dieting and watching what they eat and eating their weight in kale. Since my stomach started freaking out in February, I've lost 17 pounds, and none of that was due to any intentional action on my part. (Funny that near constant nausea when you eat is a big turn off for eating...) So if something sounds good, I eat it. Sometimes that kasha at 8 pm for dinner, sometimes that's cereal, sometimes that's a real meal. Fortunately, it's usually not a milkshake, brownies, ice cream, or something covered in melted cheese. Looking forward to getting more fresh fruit since berry season is almost upon us!

so many things. Finding a house, leaving my job, starting the summer med school program, seeing Emily the first weekend in May, seeing Sarah the first weekend in June, the white coat ceremony for med school, and actually starting med school for real in August!

So that's what's wonderful around here. What's wonderful where you are?

- A

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