buried knowledge

September 2, 2009

thank you
for all of your thoughts yesterday. i appreciated them all, from the reassurance some of you provided about just saying “screw it!” once in a while, to some very interesting insights on the fashion debate. i replied in the comments section, and i also want to write more about this topic — but not this morning!

because i just spent the past hour and a half filling up several pages like this, preparing for genetics boot camp (and now i have to head out on my run!).

one of the things i love about pediatric endocrinology is a fierce dedication to understanding the pathophysiology of the disease processes that we treat, including at the molecular level. i will be doing basic (ie, bench) science research during my fellowship.

once upon a time, i was a biology major who loved her genetics and physiology courses (ie: NERD AT HEART). i spent considerable hours in the lab and have a master’s degree in pharmacology (which involved sitting through myriad cell signaling lectures where hundreds of abstract-sounding protein names were thrown around like old friends).

amazingly, though, much of this information seems to have been erased from my brain, or written over — probably with vaccine info, dosing for common pediatric meds, and developmental milestones. the focus during residency is much more on the clinical and practical side of medicine, and therefore i haven’t thought about things like CpG islands or trinucleotide expansion in years.

so, as shown, i did my homework . . . it was actually rather fun and brought me back to my college days — back to the basics of bio 101, baby! hopefully this afternoon’s teaching session will make me feel confident that all the basic conceptual knowledge is still there and just masked by toilet training pearls and ear infection diagnosing skillz.



workout: i didn’t feel like it, but could not bear the thought of skipping the first workout in a new month (i already said i was a nerd . . .). of course, i was glad i went! i don’t think i’ve ever gone to the gym after work and regretted it.

40 minutes elliptical (while watching a very old grey’s episode where meredith as surgery intern gets bitched out by a pediatrics resident . . . uhhhmmmm okay)

plus weights:
– 2 x 12 pushups
– 2 x 12 leg press (90 lbs)
– 2 x 12 bicep curl (12 lbs)
– 2 x 12 walking double lunges (10 lbs each)
– 2 x 10 forward/lateral raises (6 lbs each)
– 2 x 12 tricep press (15 lbs)
– 2 x 15 bicycle crunches

doin’ time: very easy broiled salmon with zucchini + corn. it tasted better than usual after my little martha break.

yes, i bought myself flowers. why not?


  • Reply Susan March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Ohh I made that salmon + corn + zucchini dish! Easy and tasty!

    I hate when I once knew something really well and then can&#39t remember much about it down the road. It&#39s so frustrating!

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    I didnt know you had a masters! What are you doing your research in?

  • Reply atilla March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    love the flowers

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    OK- I may be a little late responding to yesterday&#39s blog, but since I became a part of the discussion about fashion, I feel that at least I should respond. For the most part. Sarah is right about my point of view. I think "what to wear" should be mostly a practical decision, and as one of the commenters proclaimed, I also think that comfort should always come first. I do think that fashion is the clothing industry&#39s way of staying in the black. Somehow, we just can&#39t wear those pants that are no longer in style! And psychologically it works, even for someone as horribly old as I am. So I can be self-conscious of style, but not without resentment!

    On Sarah&#39s comment that I must have felt that way at 16. That is really not correct. I loved to shop as a teenager, and probably through college years as well. These days I would just love it, if somehow the shopping could be done for me. For me, it is always a tedious way of spending time. In my mind, who wouldn&#39t want to do anything else! Now shopping for cooking related things is something all together different!! — Your not so old in spirit MOM

  • Reply Heather March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    i have to admit that i am more impressed by your perfect, tiny, neat handwriting more than anything else! would you like to come to class with me and take my notes? please & thank you!

    i love nerds. i am jealous of science nerds, though. it just makes NO sense to me, whatsoever. but your passion behind it is awesome!

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