Coffee Date: December 2017

Thursday, December 28, 2017



Hi, hello, it's me, your favorite wayward blogger who shows up here every few months to randomly babble into the void in the hopes that the three people who read this thing enjoy it. I would love to tell you that I've been off doing all kinds of exciting things, but in reality, I've just been plugging along on my rotations, keeping a tiny human alive, and generally trying to keep my life from collapsing into a shambles.

So far, so good.

I can't believe that I can even call myself a blogger and that I haven't done one of these coffee date posts ever in the history of my blog. So, meet me at the nearest Starbucks, because yes, I actually do love their coffee, grab a beverage, and settle in. If we were out for coffee, I would tell you...

.... that I had actually thought about not blogging ever again, because I hadn't blogged in so long and I felt like I didn't have anything useful to say. Then, one of my favorite bloggers, Nicole of Just the Elevator Pitch, updated her blog after a long time, and I said to myself, "Self, if Nicole can do it, you can totally do it!" So here I am. But I'm glad I took a break to have coffee with you, of course.

... that my life has been mainly consumed by residency interviews, thinking about residency, and freaking out about THE MATCH. THE MATCH (yes, it necessitates all caps), for the uninitiated, is how applicants get matched to residency positions. Basically, the applicant makes a rank list, the programs make a rank list, it all goes into a giant computer algorithm, you pray to all the gods that it works, and a match gets spit out at the end. Then on March 16th, everyone who matched gets an envelope and everyone finds out where they're going. (The unmatched people scramble for positions, but I'm not even entertaining the thought of that happening because if I do, my brain will melt and I'll spend the next 78 days until Match Day huddled in a ball under my kitchen table. I have very healthy coping mechanisms.) The uncertainty of this part of my life is going to be the death of me, I swear.

... that thanks to winter break, I have no idea what day it is or how time even works anymore. I'm so thankful to have this time off because it's probably the last time I'll ever have 2 weeks off for... a long time. Last week, I went back to sleep every morning after getting Ken and Aviva off to school at 6:15 and it was glorious. I can't even remember what I did, other than rest, which I'm pretty okay with. This past week has been nuts since Saturday because we had family visiting and then we were traveling to NY for Christmas, so I am really glad to be home for the last few days of my break. Even though I have an interview tomorrow, I have a low key weekend planned (or not planned, rather), so hopefully by the time my feet hit the floor on Monday morning, I'm ready to go back to rotations.

... that this year, I totally ignored most of the "holiday traditions" I usually try to accomplish. I didn't decorate indoors, I didn't bake cookies, I didn't send photo cards, even though we had photos taken. Ooh, do you want to see them? I thought you might.




I'm pretty obsessed with them. But anyway, yeah. I totally shirked my holiday responsibilities and I'm not gonna lie, it felt pretty great. On one hand, I was really bummed that I didn't get my Hanukkah lights and decor up, and I missed making gingerbread, but on the other hand, it was great to do... nothing. Being an adult is weird.

... that Aviva is getting so big and I am constantly looking forward to the next milestone but also wishing she were still a squishy potato. She's pretty amazing, and I'm always ready to talk about her. In fact, I could spend the rest of this coffee date talking about her, but I won't, because that would probably be boring for you. She's 18 months old now, and she is really embracing her toddlerhood. That makes it sound like she's a hard kid, but she really isn't. She likes to push our buttons and see where the limits are, but she is so sweet and funny. She makes me laugh every day, and I am so excited to see her grow into her own little person. She is saying things now! I was so concerned that her speech would be delayed because her hearing was off due to fluid in her ears for awhile, but since she got her ear tubes, things seemed to pick up. She makes a ton of animal sounds (my favorite is for "What does a fish say?" and she responds by puckering and smacking her lips), can ask for "more" without using sign language now, and says "stuck" when she can't figure out how to do something (or when something is actually stuck, like her arm in a sleeve, or a toy). Her receptive speech is fantastic, and she understands so much of what we say and mostly listens when we tell her to do something. She's just the best.

... that I'm working on some goals for 2018. I'm not sure what they all are yet, other than, "Match, for the love of God and all that is holy," but I always like the start of a new year and a chance to make some new goals. I also just love a good list. Stay tuned.

So what's new with you?


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