rockin’ the suburbs

March 26, 2010

freaky friday
i feel like i’ve barely done any work all week! oh right, that’s because i haven’t. our schedules for emergency department months are kind of uneven and random — while i had it on easy street for the past few days, next week i have 6 shifts in 7 days (and it would have been 7/7 had i not traded one of them!). i really didn’t do much over my little mini-break, and (this is going to sound crazy) i felt like having the days off was sort of wasted because i wasn’t ‘ready’ for a vacation.

(yeah, i know.)

today, though, it’s back to the grindstone hospital/clinic for a half-day of clinic topped off with an 8 (which means 9) hour ED shift. see? uneven. but at least i’m entering today’s challenges pumped and ready.

ben folds!
last night, i saw one of my absolute favorite artists — the talented, nerdy, and endearing mr. folds. he performed with the NC symphony, which was a fun and interesting collaboration. while i will say that not every song really worked perfectly, there were some that were spot on (“landed”, “gracie”, “narcolepsy” and “one angry dwarf and 200 solemn faces” were all excellent). at the end, he took the stage on his own and rocked out to “army” — loved it!

i did miss dancing and singing along at the top of my lungs (my usual activities at one of his concerts where the atmosphere is more noisy/dark club than symphony hall). but it was a super-fun night AND ended at 9:30 pm — bonus for premature grandmas like myself.

anyone else see any good concerts lately, or have any on the horizon? and what was THE BEST concert you ever saw?

i think my favorite concert — at least in recent memory — was the decemberists last year.

totally impressed by your giving spirits! just think of how many books this will buy, and how many kids’ lives will be touched:

i’m happy to have collected so much for such a great cause! if anyone still wants to donate and add to the (already impressive!) total, here’s the link again. i really appreciate it!

because i promised
i need to get on these built-up formspring questions! i was surprised at how many of them related to medical school — but now that i think of it, it makes sense, as this is probably the most ‘distinguishing characteristic’ of this blog.

what made you decide to be an M.D. and what do you think was the hardest about the school part before residency to learn?

honestly, i didn’t really have altruistic or save-the-children dreams, even though i really respect those who do! i just thought medicine would be an interesting career that i would enjoy (since i like science AND working with people in a service-oriented sort of way). i felt like i ‘could’ do it and would be better off starting early — and then i just sort of stayed along the track. of course later on there were some phD-related bumps along the way, but that was how everything began.

the two hardest things before residency for me were anatomy (in med school) and organic chemistry in college. both require a certain spatial sense that is sadly missing from my brain (seriously, it’s like someone cut out a chunk or something and replaced it with the ability to memorize song lyrics and/or compulsive blogging tendencies).

what do you think about peds endo in regards to “lifestyle”, as they say? i’m a second year med student, definitely want to go into peds, but not sure about primary care/subspecialties, etc. i like the more complex cases, but i also want to have a family eventually and ideally would like to see my kids while they’re awake now and then 🙂

well — ask me again in a year or so when i’ve completed a good chunk of fellowship! but i think that with that description of wants/needs, peds endo would definitely be something to consider IF you like it (not everyone is enamored with all of the pathways we have to memorize and grow to understand!). there are also other things that could fit a similar bill — hospitalist medicine, part-time primary care, and other specialties such as nephrology, rheum, allergy/immunology . . . and more!

aaaaaand speaking of primary care, i have to go to clinic! happy friday!



3.23 — 7 miles sloooowly in the hot sun (ave 9:20/mi)
3.24 — 45 minutes elliptical + weights
– 2 x 11 pushups
– 2 x 12 leg press (90 lbs)
– 2 x 12 bicep curls (12 lbs)
– 2 x 12 walking double lunges (8 lbs each hand)
– 2 x 12 seated rows (40 lbs)
– 2 x 15 ball tucks/pikes

in the kitch: my official cooking light month is almost over. but i will stil be making recipes from this fantastic magazine between sampling other cookbooks. i forgot how much i loved CL! i didn’t accomplish much yesterday other than the above workout AND making this beef stew:

made with 100% local grass-fed beef through bella bean
i guess i know what we’ll be eating all weekend! however, it felt really good to use up the carrots, parsnips, and turnip i bought for this purpose nearly 2 weeks ago. luckily, those root veggies keep for a while.


  • Reply Kristen March 26, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I saw Ben Folds a few years ago and he was such an entertainer. He was great at incorporating the crowd!

    I'm going to see the Clogs this weekend with Sufjan Stevens (who hasn't appeared in a couple of years in concert!). I'm uber excited!

    Happy Friday!

  • Reply Anonymous March 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I saw Ben Folds last winter and he was really good. He played here a few weeks ago, but we didn't get tickets.

    My favorite concert ever was Simon & Garfunkel. It was probably 5-6 years ago. They rarely play together and they sounded just like they do on their albums even 30 years later.

    I also enjoyed the Flaming Lips show a lot.

  • Reply vickie March 26, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    The Decembersists gave my favorite show last year. Last month I sat ten feet from the stage for Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk which was amazing. And of course, any and every Tori Amos concert that we attended together during our formative years has a special place in my heart!

  • Reply Susannah March 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    One of my husband's and my first dates was seeing Ben Folds play Ravinia in Chicago. Our first dance was to "The Luckiest" at our wedding. He lives here in Nashville and 2 years ago we walked into our favorite Thai place and spotted him and his wife. We debated going over and drooling and telling him how much we loved his work, but decided to let the man live his life. Nevertheless, it was pretty awesome!

  • Reply Anonymous March 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    the best concert i've been to in the past year was jason aldean this summer. amazing!! i love all country concerts though but his just blew me away.

    i saw ben folds about 5 years ago and although i can't call myself a fan (i went with friends who LOVE him) i had a really good time and even had to download some of his music!

    you hated orgo? it was my favorite class last year haha!

  • Reply Chelsea March 26, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I bet Army was awesome!

    I'd say the standout concerts I've been to where Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Simon and Garfunkel, Calexico, and Great Big Sea. I'd love to see Sheryl Crow, Richard Thompson, and Cat Stevens (or whatever his name is now).

  • Reply Claire March 26, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Hmmm, the last "concert" I went to was Trans Siberian Orchestra, which was fun but one of those "been there done that" (at least for me). I'm more of a Broadway musical type person. Loved most of those that I've seen…Wicked, Phantom, Les Miserables, Jekyl and Hyde, Aida…I could keep going but I won't! They just make me happy!

    I kind of laughed when someone asked about the hours of an endocrinologist. I guess it depends on what you make it, but it seems that our endocrinologists are ALWAYS (at least when we have endocrine pts in the hospital) at the hospital at 7pm…they like to discharge them AFTER dinner! More power to you…those pathways…ugh! 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous March 27, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Best concert last year: The Killers at Myrtle Beach House of Blues.

    Upcoming concert (The New Pornographers at Memorial Hall/UNC June 25th..tix went on sale today!)

    anticipating tix sales or concert tour city details: lady gaga (sept), pearl jam? jakob dylan?

  • Reply Anonymous March 27, 2010 at 3:22 am

    I LOVE Ben Folds 🙂

  • Reply Ada March 27, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I've been an avid reader of your blog for quite some time now, but this one of the few times I've commented. I noticed that you're raising money for Reach out and Read and was super elated. I am a pre-med student in NYC and volunteer in a public ER where Reach out and Read was founded. I love spending time reading to the children in the waiting room and seeing the smile on their faces while you're reading the book is truly priceless. The kids become even more ecstatic when they realize they get to take home a book, since many come from homes that do not own any. Thank you for raising money for this foundation, it makes such a big difference in so many young lives:)

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