time is finite

January 7, 2010

i forgot
[hey, now i kind of want a swatch!]
. . . exactly how little time is left over when you:

■ get up before 5 to fit in an AM workout
■ work 8 to 6ish
■ add in daily reading/studying
■ need to get to bed by 9:30 to get enough sleep

i’m just working fairly regular, normal hours right now, and i’m humbled by how much of a challenge it is to get everything in! even with zero TV, fairly minimal blog-reading (yes, seriously), and absolutely NO time — quality or otherwise — with my husband (he’s on nights! it sucks!), this week has felt pretty busy and just filled-up. i’m not complaining at all (except about the josh-on-nights part); actually, it’s quite a decent schedule, and it has been pretty enjoyable to get back of the swing of things.

i am starting to realize though that maybe i was a little ambitious with my dreams of doing lots of yoga, reading for fun, and taking spanish classes. but, i am determined to find ways to fit these things in, even if it’s not in a BIG way.

for example: today, as soon as i hit ‘post’ i will hit up the mat for 30 minutes of AM yoga. not QUITE the same as the studio clases that i’d like to aim for eventually, but i’ll take what i can get.

blogfriends before it was . . . normal
i feel like it’s pretty standard now — at least in the circles i run in — to meet people via blogs and online sites, and actually become friends even before meeting in real life. 7 years ago, this just wasn’t typical. but it sort of happened anyway!

c and i met at MD/PhD interviews back in 2001-2002. we met up in pittsburgh and chicago, flying around the country to various medical schools in the midst of post-9/11 frenzy. she went to wellesley, and we had a lot in common: small school origins, petite size, and lower level of social awkwardness compared to the average MD/PhD applicant (as you might guess, that isn’t saying much).

i thought that if we wound up at the same place that we would be great friends, probably hanging out ALL the time. in the end, though, she ended up at a great school in the midwest while i went to duke, and she finished her program while i quit (right decision for me, btw).

we didn’t stay in close touch as we started our respective programs — things got busy, of course, and it’s not like we knew each other THAT well! but then — well, then we got blogs. i had ghost world, she had doctorsquared (now gone, sadly!), and we were regular commenters on each other’s sites for years. it was great to hear about her experiences as she made her way through a parallel (but colder) academic science path (well, parallel until i quit. you know).

fast forward to now, and she’s coming to interview for residency at OUR pediatrics program! i am super excited to be her host for the weekend. i can’t wait to show her around, and catch up IN PERSON after so many years of keeping up virtually. maybe this time i can lure her here and we could wind up in the same place after all! i will definitely do my best 🙂

i guess i shouldn’t complain that sigg finally made good on their promise and sent me not one, but TWO replacement bottles. but 2 days after i place my klean canteen order? that’s just not fair.

not sure how i feel about these patterns, anyway


workout: 5 miles IN THE FRIGID COLD! yes, i did it. and it wasn’t THAT bad, although my face felt pretty numb by the end. average 8:16/mi — i was booking it because i was trying to warm up! this was supposed to be a hill run, so i just did a somewhat hillier route (siobhan, i ran around your old apt complex . . . and missed you!!)

lazy in the kitch: i just didn’t feel like following any sort of recipe yesterday! luckily, splendid table‘s salad-in-a-bowl was just as wishy-washy (ie, the idea was basically: put any salad and dressing ingredients in a bowl, and ENJOY!).

with pacific red-lentil soup and a toasted homemade millet muffin
you might have noticed (or, probably not) that this week has been vegetarian so far. i didn’t do that on purpose, interestingly.

reading: a pediatrics overview on contraception. fun fact: in 2004, 41% of pregnancies were to women aged 15-19. this just makes me feel old.