Hi everyone! Sorry there hasn’t been much on here lately due to an overabundance of school work, followed by extreme apathy and laziness. Heading back to Seattle tomorrow… pretty excited to go to my “other home”, however I will miss the friends and family here. I will also miss the sun. Yes I will. It has been obnoxiously nice and I have been trying to soak up as much of it as I can.
Also got to meet my new nephew for the first time. Overall, a pretty splendid Christmas break :)
My home is a huge pile of junk. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m enjoying the people I live with and the neighborhood is great. A bus line straight to school is only 3 blocks away and it takes me 15 minutes to get to school. Lots of perks to living here. The actual house, however, is falling apart. In the past month and a half we have had water leak into the basement twice, once from backed up and broken plumbing, and once from a broken and overflowing dishwasher. The dishwasher took about a week and a half to fix, and during that time was pulled out of the counter and left jutting out into our already small kitchen. All in all it has been very entertaining, including calls at 2 in the morning to our landlord, who lives directly behind us yet takes his very sweet time getting anything fixed. Today was no exception, although in all honesty I cannot blame it on the house this time. One of my roommates baked a flan in the oven and some of it (quite a bit actually) spilled onto the bottom of the oven. When I turned the oven on to bake something else today, smoke started flowing out. We had to do self clean on the oven because it was so caked on. Didn’t realize that still heated the bottom of the oven… so in the end we pushed the dining room table into the kitchen with a fan perched on top and all the windows and doors open to prevent the smoke from setting off the fire alarms and making our house smell like burnt marshmellows for weeks. All in all, pretty darn funny.
On a lighter note, we carved pumpkins! Turned out very nice indeed :)
Had my first grad school exam today. And it was just as painful as I thought it might be. Strange how hours of studying doesn’t change the sense of “oh shit, I have no idea how well I did” when you walk out the door. I am trying not to linger on it, as I wont actually know until next week how I did. And I have another fairly sizable test on Thursday for neurophysiology (which is just as fun as it sounds). Tomorrow will be an all day studying affair, and then a little breather on Friday. Woo hoo! On another note, the weather here has been absolutely amazing… sunny afternoons! I jogged to the lake the other day and was able to see people windsurfing. Very cool.
Attended my first ever Seattle Sounders game! So much fun! It was pouring rain, which I feel is kind of a part of the initiation process. The fans are crazy and sing and chant… we also happened to be sitting right near the hooligan section with all the flags, crazy face paint, and instruments. Made it even more lively. People here are very into their soccer, and I love it! They even shot off a few fireworks. Overall, very good experience, cant wait to do it again!
I survived the first week of graduate school! Hooray me! As of now, the panic that comes from too much work that needs to be done has not set in yet either. But I can see it in my near future… oh well. My classmates all seem very friendly and nice, which is a big plus since we will all be stuck together for the next 2 years. I am getting to meet a lot of people also because 1 of my roommates is in the physical therapy program, as well as another in the prosthetics and orthotics class. We share two major classes (anatomy and neurophysiology) with the PT and OP students, so it has been really nice getting to meet some of them and branch out a little bit.
Other exciting news, I am going to a Sounders game on Sunday! Should be very exciting! They are playing the New York Red Bulls, and apparently we are sitting in the hooligan section. Eeek. I already bought my Sounders scarf so I can have some gear and fit in. Wish me luck!
Went to my second orientation today for school. Played some very silly ice breakers and met some very nice people… all in all about what you would expect. Decided to try and find my class rooms for tomorrow and holy cow! The medical center here is so so so confusing! It is honestly a huge maze. It is 9 stories, but it also about 3 building combined in one. Certain floors you can only get to from areas of the building. So if you are in BB wing on the 9th floor, and you want to go to the T wing on the 7th floor, you have to go down to the 5th floor, cut across 2 other “wings” and go up 2 floors. And God help you finding the stairs or elevators. I think I at least have the ones for tomorrow. After that… well, I’m sure there will be a few days where I get totally and completely lost.
Also found my way to the student rec center/gym. 4 stories of awesomeness. Pretty jazzed about that.
This was part of my view on the way there. Pretty darn sweet.