Friday, November 21, 2014


Missing home, and Oxford, and running, and other stuff lately. Though appreciative, also, of this time in life to map out aspirations and plans and hopes and dreams and world peace. Here's a quote for your Friday:

Deep thoughts from Mad Men. I know.
So here's to that time machine we call nostalgia. Cheers.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

failures & mosquitoes

Saw an interesting quotation on a tumblr that I visit occasionally, and thought it was fitting for several reasons:
  1. The tumblr is called "Medical School," so everything on it is automatically relevant. Obvi.
  2. I'm currently completing a crash course in clinical skills before hitting the wards in a week, and we've talked a lot about human error in the medical setting and how to avoid it.
  3. Z & I are attempting to revitalize a garden space in our backyard, but have to battle the biggest swarm of mosquitoes every time we open the back door. (Suggestions anyone???! Comment below!)
Anyway, here's a thought to leave you with on this lovely Friday, as penned by an
aptly named James Reason:

So here's to the weekend, and hoping our garden doesn't become an active failure!

Monday, August 04, 2014

snap back to reality

Married! Yay!
(Check out a sneak peak of our photos by the incredible Black & Hue on facebook, and some hilarious shots from our "photobooth" on AndrewsPhotoGallery)

If you can't access either of those, our faves are probably the following:

Then we headed to Charleston/Sullivan's Island for an amazing honeymoon, full of food, laughter, and relaxation. We took about 3 photos total, so...apologies that you can't re-live it with us.

And now back to school for me (!). 1 year down, 3 to go. We're in an intensive clinical skills course for the next 3 weeks, then it's to the wards! I saw this quotation today, from Gawande's Complications, and thought it was an appropriate thought to leave you with:

Cheers to new years!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

weekend wisdom

T-minus 3 weeks till the big day!
...And t-minus 5 days until my med-school-year-1 final exam...

So how's about a little weekend wisdom? Yes? Okay!

This snippet comes from M.Williamson's A Return to Love (which I have not read, but instead learned from Mr. Internet...). Apparently the quotation's been mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela a whole lot, which I'd definitely take as a compliment!

(Or...fake it till you make it, amirite?)

Three cheers to hopefully passing med school!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

hurry, hurry

Is it worth it? Hurrying, to fit more in?

Air Traffic Controller has put out a good rendition of this paradox. I recently stumbled upon this band (I know, I'm not all that cultured) and they've immediately begun to replenish a sort of upbeatness void that's needed filling lately. The funny thing is that their album I've had on repeat (the cleverly named Nordo) came out just after the time things started getting obscured in my life. Wonder if things woulda been diff. if I uncovered the album then? Or maybe the late find allows for more enlightenment?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

San Friendcisco. A rice-a-roni treat.

~~I wrote this a couple weeks ago, and just discovered I never actually posted it....Woops!~~
~~Throwback Thursday!~~


Another blog post with an "Oxford" tag on it!

And honestly, if it weren't for a few key faces missing from view—obstructed by a large russet overpass (Golden, some might call it)—then this marvelous, laughter-filled, chilly, overcast week might have made me think I was back in ol' Ox.

In the weeks leading up to this trip, just thinking about the notion of being reunited with these folks made my heart swell with a joy that is tough to verbalize. And they certainly lived up to the hype! Such a great trip. Such a great way to see that coast for the first time. Such a great reminder of why taking that extra moment to send a message to a distant friend is so, so worth it.

Such a great life this is.

Now back to that other coast I call home (for now, hehe), to see even MORE people who make my life such a joy.

To friends, and family, and travels: Cheers!

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Don't let the title of this post fool you. This ain't got no fancy update about world travels, nor any intellectual ramblings about injustice or some such. Nah, just a sweet cover of a sweet song. As B puts it, "Two dudes covered Toto’s “Africa” in a Utah pizza parlor and it is amazing."



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

why is place so blank?

Howsabout a bit of randomness for your Tuesday? Yeah? Okay:

HuffPost recently put out a map of the 50 states, with each labeled with the #1 suggestion provided by Google when "why is [state] so" is typed into the search box. The map was interesting enough, but I was curious to see what else the spec-maker had to say about my past and present participles places of habitation. [Super original reaction, I'm sure.]

Starting off with none other than home sweet home:

Monday, January 06, 2014


Happy 2014! I'm back in NC and looking forward to what I hope will be a great semester.
What am I not looking forward to? Tomorrow's high of 21F.

No matter how I envision my cycle to class tomorrow morning at 7:30, it doesn't look pretty.

Yay for living north of 30˚N...not.

Hope your day is less glacial!