Saturday, September 24, 2011

In the Thick of it All

Everyday I think either "I am so excited to learn about the body, to graduate, become a PT and help people" or "Why the hell am I putting myself through all this stress? Ahhhhhh." This stems from the fact that I studied for a good million hours for my Anatomy quiz last Wednesday and I probably, if I am lucky, got a D on it. And I was not alone in feeling that I did horrible. Everyone in my class felt the same way. In undergrad if I studied as much as I did for that quiz I would have gotten 100%. What the hell happened?

Well now it is Saturday night and I have spent both weekend nights studying. I did take a break to shower and make dinner and I even worked out, but I almost felt guilty using my time to run instead of studying. I feel that I am so far behind in my studies and that it is impossible to catch up. A second year told us that if we ever feel caught up then that means we are not studying enough, so at least this feeling is somewhat of a good sign ;)

Last weekend I went out with some classmates. That was a nice break from studying and a great way to get to know everyone 

After our grueling Anatomy quiz on Wednesday, we had Thursday and Friday off to go to the CPTA (California Physical Therapy Association) Conference in Long Beach (LBC What What). The conference was really nice and it was exciting to partially understand what some of the lectures were about. But the MOST exciting thing was on Thursday, Dexter was being filmed right outside of the conference center. Sadly I spent about 2 hours watching them film the same scene. But seriously, this was not just a celebrity sighting...this was THE celebrity sighting. Dexter is my FAVORITE show. My cell phone ringer is the theme song and my text message alert is the ending credit song to Dexter. I made Chris dress up as Dexter for last halloween and I was one of his victims. So even though I acted slightly crazy obsessed, I didn't flash Michael C Hall or run up and try to hug him (although I did consider it). The whole cast was there. Dexter, Quinn, Debra, Angel and Masuka. The only cast member missing was LaGuerta, and I was 50 feet away from them. Seriously, the happiest day of my life. Now I understand why people live in So Cal. They have the chance to see movie stars everyday!

Michael C Hall aka Dexter, looking right at me!

Chris and I as Dexter and his Victim Halloween 2010

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Quick and Dirty - First Couple of Weeks

Here is a little update to my life. I should be reading, so this will just be a quick post. The weekend before school started (Aug 29th), my parent's came into town. It was perfect timing because my program threw us a White Coat Ceremony to honor us into the profession.

Two weeks after school started, I missed my honey (that would be Chris), so he flew down for labor day weekend to visit. Basically the weekend was my salute to fun by living it up in a 3 day madness of staying up late, drinking beer and eating a lot of meat (literally, I mean I ate a lot of steak that weekend) with the group of Interlake Boys men. It was a blast and a great farewell into my imprisonment for the next 3 years ;)

James, Craig, Buck, Chris, Pete and Justin at Dave and Busters

School has officially started and I am waist deep in work. With 6 classes and 2 of them being lab classes, I definitely have my work cut out for me. I am enjoying the information (so at least that's a plus)

This picture is to help us study the Latissimus Dorsi as pointed to with tab F, but I can't complain about the picture

 And I don't just mean anatomy :)
Although, histology is not my favorite subject

But I feel like I have learned so much in the past three weeks that I could practically be a PT right now (except I don't know anything about the lower extremities or trunk of the body yet.

I am getting to know the surrounding area and the people in my class. It is really refreshing to be in class with people who care and want to learn the information. There is a group of 47 of us, plus about 42 second years that I am around every day and it has been fun getting to know everyone. 

So back to reading for me and then hopefully some sleep...But sleep is over-rated when you could be reading about tissue mechanics.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Going Back to Cali

Sorry I haven't posted in a while...My excuse is that we haven't had a reliable internet source.
Well I finally made it to So Cal, the city of Orange in Orange County to be exact.

Chris and I took five days to make our way down the coast taking highways 101 and the 1. The theme was wine, since we tasted and full out drank a lot of it. But the trip was beautiful and romantic. The perfect vacation right before the start of school.

Here is a little recap:

1st stop: Willamette Valley/McMinnville with Nichole and Trevor. This is where the wine started flowing. We went to two wineries and McMenamins.

Nichole and I wine tasting in McMinnville

Dinning and drinking beer at McMenamins
The next day we went to Crater Lake. Although this was slightly off the coastal path, it was well worth the extra mileage and the long delays on the road due to construction.

Crater Lake
Crater Lake

We stayed the night in Northern California, right outside of Gasquet in a rustic (right out of a horror movie) and romantic lodge.  The hotel was in the middle of nowhere, no TV, no internet and no telephones. And dare I say it, the guests were a little off (1 taco short of a combination plate). But we survived and I highly recommend it. 

After not being murdered, the next day we headed to Redwood National Park, where we saw really big trees! The trees are so big we could even drive through them. We stopped at the Trees of Mystery attraction to stretch our legs and then continued south towards Sonoma.

Day 4 was spent in Wine country. Chris and I started wine tasting at 11:30am. We hit up Rodney Strong, Viansa and Jacuzzi Vineyard (which felt like we were in the middle of Tuscany) and finally Cline tasting room, where I actually purchased a bottle. I don't know if it was all the wine I had just drank or I enjoyed Cline's wine the best, but either way, I went home we a bottle of Syrah. 

Wine tasting at Jacuzzi Vineyards
Our last stop in Sonoma was at a restaurant called The Girl and the Fig. I must admit I was a little full from all the drinking, but the food was fantastic.

Beet Soup at The Girl and The Fig
Still drinking wine with dinner
We woke up in Sonoma a little hung over, but still smiling. Next we headed down the coast.
The Golden Gate Bridge

I got to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time (It made me so happy). In San Francisco, we hopped on Highway 1 all the way to San Luis Obispo. The 1 is a beautiful highway, but definitely not for someone who gets car sick.

I've unpacked all my bags, hung up my clothing and even Christened the apartment by cooking my first meal with my new roomie Lauren:

First home cook meal with my newrRoomie, Lauren

Well school officially started on Monday. I  will keep you posted on my trials and tribulations. So far, I haven't needed to study every hour of the day, but then again, it was only the first week.