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Monday, October 28, 2013

It's really surprising that I don't have six cats


Research?  Not exactly my favorite.  Rescuing homeless cats?  You'd better believe my heart turns to mush whenever I see a stray cat in need of a home.  Throw in the threat of freezing weather and I don't stand a chance.  I would work at an animal shelter if I didn't find it so depressing.  So when a sweet little grey kitty started showing up around our apartment complex crying for food, I knew I was in trouble.

She was not quite a kitten anymore but not fully grown either, and obviously used to being around people.  It took all of 2 minutes for her to climb up in my lap and I decided I had to rescue her.  If our cat Mischa wasn't so terretorial, I would have convinced Jeff that she would be the perfect addition to our home.  However, images of cat fights and Mischa peeing on the carpet in retaliation swam through my head.  I decided to call up my mom and plead my case that she should adopt her.  Luckily, I got my soft spot in my heart for stray cats from her.  It didn't take much convincing.  We decided to name her Gracie.






At the vet getting all her shots



Snuggling with my cousins at my mom's house



Reflecting on her past life outdoors





 Resting easy in my mom's bed
  


Rescue animals really do make the best pets!



Monday, October 21, 2013

My Martha Stewart Weekend

Something about the perfect fall weather we had this past weekend put me in the mood to finally try a few things that have been on my Pinterest to-do list.  First up were these 2-ingredient pumpkin spice cupcakes, (well, 3 counting the cream cheese frosting). 

This is all you need (plus the frosting):

 
 
I was a little skeptical since you don't add any of the butter, eggs, oil or whatever the cake box calls for, but these were AH-mazing.  Seriously, you need to make them.  Bake for about 15 minutes at 350 and voila!  It makes about 16 cupcakes.  I'm making another batch this weekend for a potluck.  They're that good.  Just be sure you are making them for someone else or to bring to an event because these suckers have been at our house for less than 2 days and they're almost gone.
 

 
 
 
Next up was pumpkin decorating.  I had a lot of anxiety about this.  I don't do a lot of "crafts."  My Halloween decorations the past 3 years have consisted of a plain, uncarved pumpkin and a light up wire black cat...so yea.  I decided to try something somewhat simple. 
 
All you need for this design is some white spray paint, gold oil-based paint for the stem, and stick on crystals to make the spider web.  My crystals weren't very sticky, so I used some clear craft glue.  It would be even cuter if you had a little spider to stick to the side.  You could also use black crystals to make the web pop more, but my craft store didn't have enough in stock.





For the second pumpkin, I used oil-based Sharpie paint pens to draw the bats after spray painting it white.  I'm not finished with this one yet, though.  I have to go buy some black paint to fill in the bats:




One thing I learned from all of this is that "crafting" must be for people who have disposable income.  These supplies added up quickly, and with the cost of the pumpkins ended up costing about $40 total.  That's sort of crazy considering these guys are going to rot and can't be used again next year.  If you already have a lot of these supplies on hand though it wouldn't be too bad.

Here's hoping we actually get some trick-or-treaters at our apartment this year because I have a bag of pumpkin shaped Reese's and some orange Kit Kats taunting me in our pantry.




Friday, October 18, 2013

Pins and Needles and Pumpkins

Ok friends, it's Friday!  A full work week after the place we want to go for our first "real job" said they would be drawing up a contract to email to us.  I keep pestering Jeff at least twice a day to check his inbox, but there are just crickets.  I'm crossing my fingers for some news by the end of the day because I don't think I can remain sane over the weekend not knowing! 

In other news, it is officially cold here in Jackson. (Highs in the low 70's, I'll take what I can get.  Don't burst my bubble.)  I am wearing long sleeves today, people.  It's a big deal.  Since it finally feels like Fall, I've decided we're going pumpkin shopping on Saturday and I'm pretty excited about it.  I would love to do something crafty with them like this:


Funky Ombre Pumpkins
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Or this:


sharpie pumpkins square
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Or this:


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And I so wish I had a reason to make these ridiculously adorable placecard holders:




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But it seems like every year we end up buying a pumpkin and it sits there uncarved and undecorated and we say, well at least we got around to getting one.  That counts for something, right?  Maybe I will get around to actually decorating one this weekend just to keep my mind off the contract.  Anyone out there in attending-hood, how long do these things normally take?








Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Two Years

Yesterday was our >>two<< year anniversary.  It's been an amazing two years!  We talked last night about how it feels like we've been together forever (in a good way).  Our lives are so completely different now than when we first moved to New Orleans for residency that it's hard to even remember a different life.  By the end of this year, I'll have been along on this medical journey for 7.5 out of the 10 years of Jeff's training.  Even though it's only been 2 years of marriage, we've been committed to each other for so much longer.  Two years doesn't tell the whole story.  You have to make a decision early on when dating someone in the medical field.  You quickly learn that their schedules are crazy and there's no guarantee of things ever slowing down.  You're either in or you're out (to quote Heidi Klum). 


Anniversary flowers, the man's no dummy!

There are so many nights weeks where Jeff is so busy that we barely have time to catch up on each other's day.  Nights are spent studying and preparing for the next day's cases.  It's hard, but I decided a long time ago that I'm all in.  However, last night I got a whole night of his attention all to myself!  There were no journal articles to read or texts about work.  It was glorious!  We went to dinner at a nice restaurant, had a couple glasses of wine (and some complimentary champagne!), and talked about how our lives are about to change in big ways.  It was so nice just to be together and reflect back over this long journey and finally let ourselves get a little excited about what's next.






So, Happy Anniversary to the best partner I could ever ask for!  Things aren't always easy, but I couldn't imagine it any other way.





 
 
 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Here's the Scoop!

We got back yesterday afternoon from our "second look" at potential real job #2.  It was a great trip and we're pretty excited! 

We left Jackson right after work on Thursday and made it in time to meet up with some friends of ours at a local bar, which meant Jeff showed up in his scrubs...




We had a blast getting to "know" the city: we drove around neighborhoods, went to a festival, shopped a little, and spent some quality time with one of the attendings.  Everyone was so friendly and made us feel so at ease.  We had plenty of free time to just have a normal weekend and see what our life might be like if we moved there (which included going to a local bar to catch the LSU game!).
 


Pumpkin beer.  Enough said.



While I wasn't able to get an interview set up for myself at the local college, I was impressed enough with the city to feel comfortable with crossing that bridge at a later date. It was clear that they really wanted Jeff on board and the feeling was mutual, so we told one of the execs Saturday night at dinner that we were ready to move forward with the paperwork! They told us they would be emailing us a contract soon, so we are on pins and needles over here waiting to find out what their offer will be :)









Monday, October 7, 2013

Medical Mondays- October Edition


 
 
Happy Fall Y'all!  That's what we say in the South when it gets anywhere below 80 degrees.  I was able to walk from my car to my lab without sweating this morning so it's pretty much an epic day for me already.  And in other news- Happy Medical Mondays!  I haven't linked up in awhile, so to anyone who's new to my blog, here's the rundown: 
 
I finished my PhD in Neuroscience this past May and am now a PostDoc doing research full-time (kill me now).  I've begrudgingly been on this research track for going on 6 years now with the hopes of being a college professor after this year (spring break and Christmas holidays off?  Sign me up!).  But the real reason I link up with Medical Mondays is because my dear husband is an Orthopaedic Surgery fellow.  After being with him through the last 2 years of medical school and all 5 years of Ortho residency, we are finally nearing the end of training!  After this 1 year Sports Medicine fellowship, we'll be moving (somewhere) for his first "real" job.  I blog about struggling with my career decisions, the ups and downs of the medical training process, and random fun things we do on the rare occasion we have a social life.
 
Now that you're caught up, here's what's going on in our lives right this very moment.  This weekend, we'll be going back down for a 2nd interview at potential real job location #2 (!!!).  You can read more about that here.  I didn't go with him on the first interview there because I wanted to make sure he liked the people enough to seriously consider it before I took days off work.  It obviously passed the first test, so now I'm going back with him for a second look.  We're really excited about this one, but don't want to get our hopes up too much before a few more details are worked out.  I'm mainly worried about Jeff having to cover high school and college football games every single weekend during football season for the rest of our lives, so I'm interested to see what sort of schedule they can work out for him.  There's even a college nearby, so I could potentially find a teaching job there.  Everyone keep your fingers crossed for us!  I can't wait to update everyone next week :)