Saturday, May 30, 2009

Craziness!

So, I've been VERY busy settling into my first rotation! It's been quite fun and my preceptor and his supervising physician have been great! Very instructive--this is SO much better than the past year of sitting in a classroom. I've found a lot of really interesting stuff, that even stumped my PA/Docs. As a result of all my craziness, I'll probably be a bit sporadic on my blogging.

The only bad part is that I MISS DAN!!!!! This is the longest we've been apart since we got married and I really don't like it! Before our wedding, we had a long distance relationship and I was hoping to have all those days behind us. We haven't even gone 24 hours away from each other since we said "I do." So, I've been dreadfully spoiled and am pouting a great deal about it...but....HE'S COMING NEXT WEEK!!! Yay! I can't wait!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Couldn't have planned it better myself!

So, Dan and I have decided that he will be working for his parents during my first rotation, the amazingness of which I talked about in a previous post. The only down side is that my second rotation would start before his sister's wedding in July and we'd drive home to Maine for 3 days of rotation, just to make the entire round trip excursion again the very next weekend. Well, it has since worked out due to my preceptor's schedule and my own need to be gone the first Thursday and Friday of my 2nd rotation that I GET A WEEK OFF ROTATION!!! This will allow me to have an entire extra week with Dan, which is amazing since my second rotation will also have me several hours away from Dan. Also, we'll both be able to put in some more time on his parent's house and accomplish whatever might be two-person jobs. And, we'll save all the time, gas money, and hassle of driving back and forth so much in a single week!

And this will be the longest break I have other than Christmas for the whole year! :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Perfect Plans

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
~Romans 8:28~

More to come tomorrow! I love it when things work out better than we could've planned them ourselves!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Peppers and Problems

A few weeks ago, I decided to brave the weather and put our potted tomatoes outside, and followed them by planting our peppers into their final growing container. The peppers have done lovely, though they haven't grown much as we still haven't had any truly warm days to encourage them.


The tomatoes have again proven to be a bit of a puzzle and a challenge. Last year, we bought plants from the store and all summer long, their leaves on the tips of the stems seemed to just whither up. They produced ok, but not amazingly; although I did get a beefsteak variety and they can take a while to produce (I went with a grape tomato that should mature faster for this year). I thought that perhaps it was a mold or mildew or something since we were up here in Maine. This year, I decided to grow my own since I had the time and also to avoid any imported diseases. And I replaced all my potting soil and started afresh. Despite my best efforts, the one of the two plants decided to have problems and I'm not sure what's wrong with it. A good gardener would likely just prune it out so it doesn't infect anything else, but I don't have the heart. And I'm hoping that maybe I just put it in too much full sun to start as the one that's having problems wasn't in the shade of our deck railing and the other one seems to be just fine.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fore Street

For our wedding, Dan and I received a gift certificate from my Spanish professor. It was a bit of a joke, as Dan and I had never gone OUT to eat the whole time we were dating/engaged. We always just ate on campus, at his apartments, or at our parents' homes. We ended up deciding to save the certificate until our first anniversary. It was certainly a lot of fun and quite the treat going to a fancy restaurant!

Fore Street has an a la carte menu, so you order everything separately--there's no such thing as "coming with a side of..." They change their menu every night, so they even let me take our menu home for a souvenir! Thank goodness or else I'd never remember it all! We started with an appetizer of Wood Grilled Harlequin Quail with Potato Gnocchi and Fiddleheads. (Unfortunately, we forgot to get a picture of it first.)

For entrees, Dan ordered Three Cuts of Maine Island Lamb with Hokurei Turnips, Carrots, and Roasted Garlic. And a side of Boar Fat Roasted Fingerlings with Sherry, Vinegar, and Sea Salt.

I ordered the Mulard Duck Breast with Rapini and Carmelized Red Onion, and a side of Garlic Mashed Organic Maine Potatoes. (You can see our sides of Potatoes and Fingerlings in the background.)

And for dessert, we ordered two Cappuccinos with their Fore Street's Dessert Sampler for Two--and they wrote "Happy Anniversary" on it for us as a surprise! The center dessert with the candle is a Rhubarb-Vanilla Sorbet, then clockwise starting with the triangle is a Dark Chocolate Pate with Italian Meringue and Vanilla Bean Syrup, Orange Panna Cotta, Bourbon Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Butter Cream, Cinnamon Stick Creme Brulee, and White Chocolate-Lemon Ice Cream.

p.s. As a culinary dictionary, fingerlings are little baby potatoes that look like chubby fingers, rapini is a kind of broccoli raab/kale thing, and fiddleheads are the first, spring shoots of ferns.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

First Anniversary!

For some reason my family has a knack for stacking up the holidays/celebrations. My birthday, my parent's anniversary, Father's Day, and Graduations often hit either on the same day or within a day or two of each other!

Well, today is Mother's Day, my Grandfather's 88th birthday, AND our FIRST anniversary! Dan and I exchanged gifts over the course of the weekend--some things for the computer that he'd been wanting and a lovely, Parisian wheat white gold chain for me. It's supposed to be the strongest type of chain! And later we have have a relaxed evening planned--dinner at a wonderful restaurant from a wedding-gift-certificate. And waffles as soon as I finish this post!

I can't believe that a whole year has gone by already! It's been fast, but wonderful!


Friday, May 8, 2009

DOOOOOOONNNNNEEEEEE!!!!!!!

As of 9:25 a.m. EST, I am official DONE with my first year of PA school! I'm SOOOOOO excited! It's been SUCH a trying year and definitely one of the hardest of my life! From what everyone tells us, it's 75% of the first two years of med school smashed into one. Whew! But, it's all over, I'm sure I passed all my classes and I have two WONDERFUL weeks off until I get to start the fun of clincals!

And, I'd just like to express all my love, adoration, and appreciation to my wonderful Daniel,who has been my conscience when I knew I needed to study but wasn't. And for putting up with all my uber-stressed pissy-ness the past few weeks! And for agreeing to spend our first year of marriage in the midst of this crazy didactic year! I know many of my classmates have suffered huge casualities in the relationship department and I know how blessed I am to have an understanding, laid back, supportive rock to anchor me midst the insanity of it all! I love you!!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Christopher's Gingersnaps

The first time I had these, we were visiting friends in Williamsburg and their son (who also went to Kindergarten with me) was the baker. My mom dubbed them Christopher's Gingersnaps and the name stuck ever since.

Christopher's Gingersnaps

2 c. flour, sifted
1 Tbsp. ginger
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cloves (opt.)
3/4 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1/4 c. molasses

* Sift together flour, ginger, soda, cinnamon, salt, and ground cloves twice.
* Cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in the egg and molasses.
* Add the flour mix and blend well
* Shape into 1" balls with a teaspoon and roll in additional sugar.
* Place 2" apart on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12-15 mintutes until lightly brown and cracked.
* Enjoy!

I find that 12 minutes is perfect. Although they come out of the oven slightly gooey, they are fully cooked and still soft once they've cooled.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Finally!

I FINALLY heard back from my first preceptor for my first rotation! It's been a long time trying to get a hold of him and with rotations coming in 3 weeks, I was getting worried!

I can't wait though! I've taken 2 tests already and have 2 more, my practice boards, and my last OSCEs and I'll be DONE with this didactic year! I can't believe it's gone so quickly and before I know it, it'll be May again and time for graduation!

This first rotation should be challenging but a lot of fun. My preceptor has been dying to have students, and I think I'm the first one that he's had (there have been med students but no PA students) that he's been responsible for. So, he's getting me all prepped and wants me to do weekly presentations for the staff as our office's own mini-grand rounds. And with me being the only student in the office, I'll be sure to get called to see all the really "cool" stuff. I can't believe that I'm supposed to be ready for all this though! *deep breath!*

Monday, May 4, 2009

Apple Pie

Nothing seems to last long with Dan around, and that's especially true with apple pie! I don't think this poor thing lasted 24 hours.

As I was peeling all my apples (much easier with a veggie peeler than a paring knife, I have NO idea what I was thinking all these years!), I came up with an experiment I'd like to try. Maine has a plethora of apples every fall and I was thinking I'd try making the filling (apples, sugar and spices) and freezing it for a later date. At this point, it'd be purely experimental as I have no way of storing much of anything extra, but it would be a good thing to find out for when I finally have a big chest freezer and a lush garden to go with it!

If anyone has any pointers/suggestions on that let me know! I'd be up for trying canning, but I really would prefer to not can....

Mom's Apple Pie

8 c. apples, sliced
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 Tbsp. butter
Pie crust (your favorite recipe, or a cheat crust)

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Mix together apples, sugar and spices. Pour into pastry-lined, 9" pie plate.
  3. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust, seal, and flute. Dab top crust with milk.
  4. Cook at 425 for 10 minutes, turn down oven to 350 and good for 30 minutes more, or until done.
  5. Keep away from Daniel....

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Where no Dan has gone before....

Being home-schooled definitely had its perks--the occasional day of school in pj's, getting done at 1 or 2 every day, getting the first warm spring day off as a "phys ed" day outside. But one of the best things was that it was possible to wheedle an hour of TV out of mom for our lunch break. Every day at noon, we'd hop up from our books and fly through the kitchen, getting our lunch ready before the opening music of the ORIGINAL Star Trek came on.

Yes, although it was years before my time, I grew up watching all the episodes with my brothers--what else are you supposed to watch with all boys? Now, the new movie is coming out this weekend and I think Dan and I are going to make it a date/double date. But in honor of the movie and to bring Dan up to speed, we'll be watching the original series, around studying for my last FOUR exams of this didactic year! It should be quite the experience for him--he grew up with all sisters, so missed out on the wonder of William Shatner as James Tiberius Kirk, Captain of the Enterprise.