Blogger Men Tell All: November

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ken, in his usual state of being covered in cats
Hello, party people! (I'm going to blame my post-exam brain for saying that. Just go with it.) It's time again for Ken to grace the blog with his presence as part of a monthly series hosted by Becca called, "Blogger Men Tell All". Here we go!

1. What food do you look forward to most at Thanksgiving dinner?

Stuffing has always been my favorite Thanksgiving food, even if it just comes from a box. Nana used to make hers with red wine. Nothing else comes close.  The Toback sweet potato souffl√© is a super close second.
Wife's note: That soufflé is totally amazing, if I do say so myself.

2. Do you ever go shopping on Black Friday?

I've never gone for any of the big sales. I did stand in front of an Old Navy for a few hours once on Thanksgiving night/early Black Fridaymorning.  They were giving away copies of Lego Rock Band when you bought a pair of jeans. The line didn't get long until right before the store opened and the jeans ended up shrinking but the game was good. Once was enough.

3. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

I pretty much enjoy all the things you're supposed to enjoy about Thanksgiving: spending time with family, helping cook the food, watching whatever football teams happen to be footballing that day (go Eagles?)

4. Do you travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, or do you stay close to home?

I go wherever the food is, which usually requires at least a little traveling. Last year was local but this year there's two Thanksgivings in two different states.

5. What are you most thankful for this year?

I'm thankful for having an awesome wife, awesome friends, a great house, a job I really enjoy most days, three cool cats, and a hot tub. And Smash Bros. And Dave Grohl's beard.


So there you have it. I'm planning to do a little Thanksgiving post on Friday, but right now, I am ridiculously thankful that all of my exams for this block are finished, and that in 24 days, I will be 1/8 doctor. Craziness.

Today we had our anatomy practical, which was on all the stuff located between your clavicles and your diaphragm. For all the non-medical readers, an anatomy practical is an exam where any of the structures in the body that we had recently dissected (for this block, anything in the thorax) are tagged by our professors, and we have to go around and identify everything. 40 of the tags today were in our cadavers, and 10 of them were on various bones (not from our cadavers, but still human) around the room. The coolest part about the thorax was definitely the heart. It's so intricate, and there are so many things going on in every part that it's kind of wild that the thing works at all. While hearts are pretty cool, I'm really sure that I have no desire to do cardiology, and my desire to never enter an OR unless I absolutely must (like when I'm on rotations) was entirely reaffirmed. Lungs are also pretty cool, and feel like wet Nerf balls, basically, but all of the cool physiological stuff that lungs do (like... getting oxygen into your blood) happens waaaaaay down inside them in structures we can't see unless we use a microscope. Anyway, I think the practical went pretty well, so I think it will definitely help what is sure to be my suck-tastic grade on the written portion. (Apparently, this is the norm. No one does well on the written portion and everyone rocks the practical, so "no one fails anatomy." I'll take it.) 

From the exams that we took on Tuesday, I found out that I passed biochem (thanks to my 100% on the genetics portion... thank you, gods of genetics), and as such, am still passing the course for the semester. In fact, I can get a 54 on the last exam and still pass. Not that I plan on getting a 54 but... nice to know I'm basically grade-locked in passing-ville. (What kind of sucks is that even if I got a 100%, which would never happen, I'd still only be Passing, not High Passing, but whatever, P's get degrees, amiright?) The other exam was our cardiac physio exam, which was rough. I think I passed.... I really hope that I passed. The good news (?) is that if I failed, the class runs for the rest of the year. This is only our second test, so I have plenty of time to bring up my grade. But seriously, I hope I passed.

Anyway, that's all over and I'm really glad because this block was really hard on my body. I kid you not, I pinched a nerve in my neck while studying over the weekend that caused me to not be able to turn my head. Fortunately, I go to an osteopathic school, so I had any number of people willing and able to work on my cervical spine and try to fix it. After a few treatments and basically spooning with my heating pad for 3 days, I could kind of move... but then I got a migraine on Monday that is just now going away. Let me tell you, studying when the room spins every time you move your head is really not ideal.

So, as you can imagine, the next four days will be dedicated to using my brain for as little as humanly possible. Tomorrow, Ken, Levi, my mom, and I are taking the train to Long Island to have dinner at Lynn's (Ken's sister), along with Ken's mother and Lynn's boyfriend, who are driving in from Kentucky tonight/early tomorrow morning. My exciting plans for Friday include avoiding any and all retail environments, cleaning the house, knitting, and catching up on the last 2.5 weeks of television that I haven't seen because I was either studying, asleep, or wishing I was asleep. On Saturday, Ken and I are driving to my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Jack's house in Maryland for "Thanksgiving". My mom and Levi are going as well, and my Uncle Don, Aunt Laura, and cousin Garrett are in from California, which is really great. We don't get to see them very often because they live so far away, so I'm always glad when we get to steal them for a holiday! Sunday, we'll be relaxing and I'll be trying to get myself psyched for one block for this semester. Apparently, there is so much to learn about the cardiovascular system that we need two blocks in which to do it. This final block for the fall semester is the second half of cardiac physio, cardiolymphatic histology, cardiolymphatic microbiology, and our final chunk of biochem and genetics, which has nothing to do with the cardiovascular system. We also have our Osteopathic Principles and Practice written final and practical exam in there. Basically, it's going to be a crazy 3 weeks until the semester wraps up. WHEE.

I'm just not going to think about that now. That is a problem for future Alison. For now, I just have to worry about baking, eating, sleeping, hanging out with Ken, and playing with the cats, which is exactly how I like it.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. 

- A


  1. wow sounds like you have a LOT going on. I hope your pinched nerve gets better. I hope y'all enjoyed your thanksgiving. xoxo

  2. I love that he stood in front of old navy for that! Parker went shopping on black friday once and said he'd never go again. Thanks for linking up with us!!


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