new podcast episode, work thoughts, blank space & more

October 17, 2017

Episode #11 will go up this morning — and it might be my favorite so far!  It’s our first episode featuring a guest — and a very very special one at that.  Siobhan is a brilliant genetics professor and mother of two, and also my treasured friend from our time in NC.  We met at a local run club meetup, and sealed our friendship over the coming years with many miles run together.  
Our lives have both definitely changed since then, including moves to opposite coasts.  When I searched the blog for pictures of us, all I could find were shots taken when one of us was extremely pregnant (2009 it was her; 2012 me!).  Still, every time we chat it remains clear that we are the same old type A running nerds that clocked miles over the Tobacco Trail over a decade ago in NC.  We have kept in touch, but I definitely miss the days of seeing/hearing from her all the time.  Visit soon please, Siobhan!
Anyway, in this episode. we talk (as usual) careers, family, and logistics; we also get into fitness, travel (S’s travel schedule is amazing!), and intentionality.  She even motivated me to try to start tracking my time again — something I am interestingly terrible at, despite previous efforts.
If you haven’t listened yet and were wondering where to start, I highly recommend this episode!  We will definitely do more ‘guest spots’ in the future, interspersed with our regular style.   And feel free to leave any comments/thoughts on this blog, Laura’s blog, or the show’s Instagram!
In other news:
Work musings
I’m on call.  But more than halfway through the week (yay!).  Despite the fact that I am really trying to stay away from the countdown mindset when it comes to this pregnancy, I cannot help but note that I have 14 total days of call until March.  Counting today!  This sounds like a lot, actually, but at least it’s finite.  
As we get closer to launching our new residency program (we have started interviews! it’s very exciting!), I have done more thinking about the nature of my job, and learning, and balancing both long and short-term responsibilities and goals.  
In short:  it’s not easy.  I found OMDG’s recent post thought-provoking — she notes that when she first started training, she thought her attendings knew it all . . . and is now figuring out that everyone has deficits, some more gaping than others.  She is thoughtful about which gaps she wants to makes sure are filled for herself, and sounds like she is going to be an excellent anesthesiologist.  
I find myself wanting to have more blank space time at work for keeping up with the latest research, developing my own projects, and the like . . . but it is SO hard to protect that time, and admittedly even harder because I am not willing to work as many hours/week as some others.  I am actually incredibly excited that our residency program will force additional study to some extent (preparing to teach = learning!).   However, despite my own gaps, I think that I have developed the following (important) skills:
– ability to critically read research studies (though my stats knowledge could definitely improve significantly)
– ability to prioritize and to understand when I can be super-efficient and when I just need to take time with something
– understanding of ‘the system’ and how to get things done 
– a fairly deep understanding of the common things I see (growth, diabetes, puberty, etc) and a good sense of how to explain these topics to patients
Do I know everything?  HELL NO.  Do I wish I could cloister myself away for several weeks and study the latest?  Kind of.  Do I think I’m doing an overall good job?  Yes.  Thank you OMDG for helping me do this self-evaluation.
Blank Space
On (ironically, perhaps) the Day Designer Instagram:
Love this.  Simple and gets the day started off in the right way for me.  Well said, Day Designer Team.
Music Mondays
Yesterday I listened to St. Vincent’s new album MASSEDUCTION on my commute.  Love it.  I am settling into a new rhythm of music in the mornings and podcasts in the afternoons.  This balance seems to suit me and gives me a bit more mind-wandering time, which I really like.  
not the most fam-friendly album cover (or lyrics) but . . . I think it’s really well done!
Last but not least . . .
Pregnancy week #32
(all runs treadmill.  I am not running outside until it’s under 75 degrees which at this rate may never actually happen.)

M – 6 min run (5 mph) / 2 min walk (3 mph) x 5 – 3.2 mi total
T – rest
W – 5 min run (5 mph) / 2 min walk (3 mph) x 5 – 2.8 mi total
R – rest
F – 8 min run (5 mph) / 2 min walk (3 mph) x 3.5 – 3 mi total
S – rest
S – more rest.  (it was a rough weekend!)
Going to attempt some barre3 now after quite a hiatus.  Definitely a prenatal one though!

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