Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Packing highlights

Does anyone actually LIKE packing? I have been trying to find the redeeming factors, mostly so that I actually DO it. Like the organizational component, the knowing what actually lurks in your storage compartment part, and the redecorating potential in the new pad. So far, none of these things have actually been inspirational or motivating.

Yesterday I bought a huge roll of bubble wrap. Happy Earth Day, huh? I drew the line at buying styrofoam packing noodles. (I swear, that is what they are called) I should have biked to Target at least.

OH, I did have one fabulous moment last night when I stumbled upon an entire box of old photo albums. I've been obsessed with taking pictures for as long as I can remember and digital technology was unfortunately not soon enough in coming. But I do have some great moments recorded on film at least:

1. Mt Hood skiing trip where we discovered a closet full of ski gear from the 70's and 80's (complete with dumb and dumber style fur boots) and donned them on the slopes.
2. Bad college highlights. Enough said. Oh wait, and strange college weight fluctuations.
3. More college moments: combos, Adal's runs (*Ding* tortilla!), beach beach and more beach, sunburns, Corvette's, 2SK, princess-style sorrority banquets, intramurals, crushes, etc, etc...GOOD TIMES!
4. Halloweens from many years past incuding classic costumes like the angel, the devil, cowgirls, hawaiian, jelly fish, catwoman, and does anyone remember "blue"?
5. Epic 6 car caravan WA-SD road trip complete with a Dave Matthews concert. It took 40 hours in case you were wondering.
6. The birth of my adorable niece Tay and nephew Elliott.
7. My sister's wedding
8. The invention of the digital camera (Phew!)...I don't actually have a picture of that.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I'm taking over

Blogging freaks me out mostly for two reasons: #1 my husband is the amazing writer in our family and that makes me the not so amazing writer and #2 life is full and it seems impossible to summarize at times.

But I'm about to try.

Quick update: I got a job, we are moving to Seattle, we really want to eradicate poverty in the world.

Longer version: In March, I "matched" at Seattle Children's hospital, which means I was offered a position as a Pediatric Resident (and had already accepted it-it's complicated). I'm REALLY excited! It's a great hospital and the program is full of amazing people that I get to work with. And after many years of medical school (with tuition at 46K this year), I feel ready to move on and become a productive member of society. I'm also terrified because in a couple of months, I will officially be "doctor" for little ones visiting the hospital, or my clinic any hour of the day or night. Yikes!

In less than two weeks, we become Seattle-ites! PDX has definitely treated us well, but life summons us to embrace change-so we are trying! We already rented a place in Capitol Hill, it's a fun condo with lots of character in an old building. There's a 4 mile bike path to the hospital, great coffee shops nearby (crucial), and the best donuts in the city around the corner (dangerous). Come visit!

Ryan will be networking, exploring, and getting to know microfinance in Seattle. You may already know he's a brilliant programmer/IT guy, but you may not know that he's an incredible manager/problem-solver/visionary who happens to have a deep desire to affect change in the world. And there you have it, shameless adoration for my man.

So, to summarize, we move to Seattle in 2 weeks, we travel to Thailand for a fun graduation celebration trip, return for graduation June 3rd, and start residency/job searching after that. Good times!

Novice blogger mistake: too many exclamation points (!!!!!)

I'd better get Ryan back on this. Until then--Love! EM