own it

September 18, 2010

just another work day
i have a lot to do today:

plus, i’m still on page until monday at 5 pm (admittedly, i’m already looking forward to the glorious feeling of signing off!).

initially, i started feeling a little bit sorry for myself. my inner id whined, “it’s saturday . . . why can’t i just relax and do what i want?”

but then, several things occurred to me:

a) i picked this job! i should own up to my choice, or make a different one.

b) it’s really not that bad and there is nothing on that list that is truly offensive to my sensibilities.

c) josh left for work before 6 AM this morning (poor guy). he didn’t complain! and i work WAYYYYY less than he does.

d) ‘back in the day’ (ie, just a few month ago), i might already be hours deep into an ER, NICU, or ward shift by this point. residency makes fellowship seem like a spa vacation by comparison.

photographic evidence of previous resident life
i’m glad i have it all documented so that i can remind myself how much better i now have it!

back to that first item: i think that my choice has actually been the right one (whew). because really, now that i’ve thought about it a bit, today doesn’t sound bad to me at all. now, off to write those dictations . . . and hopefully the long-promised restaurant review page!

new bedtime reading
i finally finished american wife the other night! i know some felt it was too long, but i actually enjoyed the whole thing. i like curtis sittenfeld’s writing style and i got quite attached to the quasi-fictional characters, even though they certainly had their flaws.

in writing this post, i stumbled upon mention of this book:

i figure that if


  • Reply haya March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    i pretty much exclusively read non-fiction. i never seem to have the attention span for long novels! similar to my lack of interest in staying awake for movies, or something, i have trouble being engaged in loads of complicated characters and sometimes unrealistic plotlines. there is the odd fiction book that i will love, but it usually takes about 5 books that i never get through to find it!
    lately most of my reads have revolved around food (love animal, vegetable, miracle if you haven&#39t already read it. a homemade life is on my shelf waiting for some free time) or organizational/self improvement stuff (just finished an uncluttered book, which was pretty good! most of these are courtesy of happiness project recommendations/links. i am totally going to track down that laura vanderkam title). now i&#39m reading a book called "cod: the biography of a fish that changed the world" which i think is going to be pretty interesting (if a bit depressing).

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    i really only read fiction. i do like "true crime" novels. especially the ones by ann rule. i will say that while i enjoy non fiction i usually have to be recommended a non-fiction book and won&#39t pick one up on my own

    good luck being on call this weekend 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    or rather on page…is there really a huge difference between the two?

  • Reply lee March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I like fiction best, but I do read some non-fiction. I like to read memoirs mostly and then some stuff about food or exercise and some other random stuff. My mom was just telling me about the book Zeitoun by Dave Eggers and I think that&#39s next on my list. It&#39s non-fiction.

  • Reply Michelle @ Chasing Ambulances March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I prefer to read nonfiction. Right now I&#39m wrapped up in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy! Before that, I read The Tipping Point. I really like memoirs too (maybe this is why I read blogs…). I like to check out the bestseller list: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/26/books/bestseller/besthardnonfiction.html?_r=1&ref=bestseller. Maybe you might like the Medium Raw one or Born To Run (I heard the latter was good!).

  • Reply Chelsea March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I usually only read fiction, but I like pop psychology-type stuff like Predictably Irrational. Right now I&#39m reading an excellent book called The Long Ships. It&#39s one I&#39d have never picked out for myself (it&#39s about vikings), but it&#39s actually a really entertaining story.

  • Reply Susannah March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I love nonfiction essays and memoirs and the occasional journalistic foray…highly recommend The Liars&#39 Club by Mary Karr, Fast Food Nation, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, Under the Banner of Heaven and Into the Wild by Jon (drawing a blank on his last name….)

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  • Reply Sarah March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Have you read the Help? I thought that was an excellent book. Most of the books I read are just girly no thought books, but that gives me a break from work and school. By the way, I should have commented the other day, but didn&#39t get around to it. I am the wife of a Peds resident in alabama. I&#39m an engineer and I&#39m also going to school full time for my MBA. It is interesting to me to see how different people balance being a resident with other things. My husband also wants to do a fellowship, and I&#39m pretty hesitant about it, so it has been interesting to see your take on fellowship. Thanks for writing!

  • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    thanks all for the book suggestions!

    astrid: wow — i am glad to have made an impact! ou will have to keep me posted.

    sophia: of COURSE it&#39s fun 🙂 otherwise, uh . . . i would quit.

  • Reply Kristina March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Not sure if you&#39ll read this since it&#39s a late addition to the post, but a non-fiction book that read this summer which was a fun read is "Born to Run". As a runner, you would probably enjoy it. I don&#39t think that it&#39s the most well-written book out there, but it was quite interesting!

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