Friday, December 22, 2006

Offbeat oddities:

- "The douche card" = a great conversation ENDER.
- A worldwide O-face day?! True story.
- My friend and yours, Dylan Love has put up a short clip with updates on this weeks news coupled with his amazing sense of humor. Check it out. I loved it. It's the one called "Live From My Bedroom"

Thursday, December 21, 2006

so this is christmas

One of the Derrick Brown books I ordered came in the mail yesterday. To be more specific, it was the anthology. The other book I ordered is coming from the shipping company so it may be a few more days, but this one should keep me occupied until the other comes. He signed it, "I love your sauce." I wanted to sign back a rubuttal that said, "well, I love your poems." This book is great, he has some poems from "If lovin you is wrong, I don't want to be wrong" that he changed a bit so it's nice to compare and contrast. Plus, what I love about this book in particular is that he has commentary for almost every poem and IMHO, I think that it makes everything just "click." It just makes so much more sense. I can't wait for the other book, as this is my second time reading through this one.

In other news, I've started putting in some hours at a doctor's office. It's wonderful and I really get to see a lot of the behind the scenes stuff which is what I was looking to do. First off let me just say that I respect this doctor so much. He's a general practioner that also specializes in dermatology. It really seems like he's doing this because he loves it and not just for the money. He puts in so many hours at the nursing home before and after his regular hours and is so dedicated to each of his patients. His rates in comparison to the other doctors in the building are ridiculously good and he does that because he knows that the majority of his patients do not have insurance and while most places charge $60 for a visit he charges them $30 their first time and $25 for every visit after that. He does it because he TRULY wants to help people and believes in the accessibility of healthcare and I can't help but respect that.

In the few days that I've worked there, we've come across some strange diseases, namely Morgellon's disease. One of the patients had it and it's a rare disease in which there is severe itching and irratation that feels like it's being caused by a parasite, however when lab reports come back, no parasites are found, but in their place are fibers. Nobody knows what this disease is, and there's really not a cure. So far, he's given me the task of finding research that has been done on this disease and sadly, there hasn't been much. But just the act of trying to find out what is going on is really exciting to me and it's also reassuring to know that even though this doctor already has his degree, he is constantly striving to learn more. I can only hope that one day, I am as passionate about what I do as he is.

Today, in particular was a pretty tough day at the office. We told somebody that they have cancer and then later on, we told a 17 year old girl that she is pregnant. It was really hard and I hope this is something we don't have to do very often, but again, it really opened my eyes to what goes on. I think about my visits to a general practitioner and how I'm usually there for a flu shot or for a physical and came into this experience thinking all the patients going to see the doctor were generally there for the same thing. It's obvious to me now that there's a whole other side to medicine and it's so intriguing. Sorry if I'm boring you with my obsession but, these past couple of days have been keeping me on my toes and I'm so wide-eyed and naive about it all and these experiences, though some hard/sad are just so exciting.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Via Joseph Han

New molecular condoms?! I won't lie... I laughed when I saw "glorious love hole." Great. Anyway, I think this is a pretty neat idea, but because the human body has such a narrow pH range (if I remember correctly it's 7.35 - 7.45) and because body temperature range varies so much from person to person, there is not much room for error. In addition, this is being made under the assumption that body temperature and pH will be "normal" or "ideal" during sex which obviously may not be the case if the person is sick or developing a fever. I think I'm looking a little too far into this, but I think it's a neat concept.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Gift idea for friends!

My favoite person, Derrick Brown has a new poetry book out called "I Love You is Back" and has printed more copies of "Born in the Year of the Butterfly Knife" for those of you who couldn't get a copy the first time around. I know I'm a little bias in saying this, but Derrick is phenomenal. His work is so relatable. If you haven't heard of him yet, visit his website by clicking here. If you would like to read some of his poetry, click this or this. And if you like what you've seen/read, you can buy his material on his website by clicking "store". Trust me, I'm a girl... Freshman year, I had one of his books and my hallmates and I would read it outloud while sitting in our laundry baskets waiting for our clothes to get clean. Our laundry would be done and we'd find ourselves still sitting there reading/crying/laughing. Pick up a few copies for your friends - they will love it. He work is candid, raw, not overly sappy, and incredibly refreshing. He won't disappoint.

A little more incentive to buy the books in case the content hasn't already convinced you: The artwork on the cover of "I Love You is Back" and "Born in the Year of the Butterfly Knife" was done by Cold War Kids

Friday, December 08, 2006

bad news bears...

so when i'm about 30 miles from my house after a 3 hour trip... I GET PULLED OVER BY A STATE TROOPER. damnnnn. it pretty much sucked. this is also my first ticket ever so it was kind of weird. i've made it this far in all my years of driving with a spotless record. it really bothers me because it was so close to home. good thing he didn't give me wreckless.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

One down... one more to go...

So I took my Stats final this morning and I have my O-chem one tomorrow before I leave. The Stats test was more difficult than I suspected it would be. I checked the grade distribution from his final last year and people scored on the lower end of it so I'm guessing he's going to curve. I think I did okay but if he curves I'm sure I'll be fine. Now, I have to study for O-Chem which I'm the most worried about...

However... now that exams are almost over... I've got Spring Break on my mind. I want to plan for it soon. Any suggestions for fun locations? By fun I don't mean MTV STD filled Cancun Spring break. Actually, I would love to be as far away from MTV/MTV rando Real world celebs as possible. I also don't want to be on an island full of frat guys. The point of the game is to relax and enjoy the company of the people I'm around. I could do a random tropical place or even Europe even though it won't be warm. I'm open to pretty much anything... suggestions are COMPLETELY welcome. :)

Monday, December 04, 2006


from this weekend are now up on flickr. I had a great weekend. Let exam week begin!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Friday before break.

- I dropped the necklace that my dad gave me which I only took off so I could wear another one to a cocktail party down the freaking drain and almost had a heart attack. Luckily Keith (who lives a few houses down) is such a manly man (unlike my roomates who told me to call a plumber) came over and took my pipes apart and got it out. Crisis averted.

- One of my hallmates from Freshman year had a Christmas Cocktail party at her house last night (she lives only a few houses down also) and it was a lot of fun getting dressed up and seeing everyone dressed up as well.

  1. My roomate Drew, got drunk and jumped into a bush, not once, but multiple times. As in > 9.
  2. For some reason Matt got people really angry without even doing anything and this rando girl that none of us knew, pushed him in the wall and tried to beat him up until she got kicked out. Awkward.
  3. Drew really thought he was going to sleep outside last night.
  4. On the contrary, he trench crawled in the hallway and made it to his room.
We took a "family" Christmas picture that I think is hilarious. I'm going to turn these into Christmas cards later today. Look forward to getting yours in the mail.