Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Sprinkle of Fun

Well I am officially old. Monday was my 29th birthday. And how did I celebrate my birthday? In Disneyland!!!

My family and Chris flew down from Seattle to treat Shelly and I to a fantastic day at Disneyland. My mom, dad, Chris and Shelly all spent the night on Friday at my apartment. We drank wine and stayed up talking about who knows what. At 8am the next morning, Shelly and I woke everyone up to get the day started. We only had so many hours in the day and so many rides to ride that we wanted to make sure there was enough time.

Chris had never been to Disneyland before, so I prepared him a little. But once he got there, he was so excited.

We hit all the major rides:
Splash Mountain

Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion (which broke down on us while we were on it)

On Pirates

The birthday girls in front of the Mansion

Buzz Light Year and Space Mountain
Shelly really into Buzz Light Year

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Big Thunder Mountain, Indiana Jones, Jungle Cruise

Waiting in line for Thunder Mtn.

Jungle Cruise. Totally kid appropriate
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
And Star Tours, which we rode right after eating a large dinner and a lot of candy. The ride was still fun, but my tummy didn't think so.
Our "space glasses" for Star Tours
I did get to eat a pickle and a churro. And let me tell you, if you have never eaten a pickle at Disneyland, you are missing out.
 The day was absolutely amazing. We ALL had such a good time.

Monday June 4th (my actual birthday) was celebrated by taking a test. Yeah! Immediately followed by studying for another test that was on Wednesday. So not too much excitement there. But right after the test on Wednesday, a bunch of us went to an Angel's vs. Mariner's game at Angel's Stadium. Guess who won?
The Mariners!!
The DPT class of 2014 who attended the game

That's right, that is a margarita! Go Mariners!

Foot long hot dog...

And beer on a sunny summer day

The evening was wonderful. If only I didn't have class at 8am the next morning. Only one more week of classes (two assignments and a test) and then I am in Seattle for 2 weeks for my first clinical experience. I am really excited and nervous, but I can't wait to come home!

Friday, June 1, 2012

To Hell and Back

These past couple of weeks have been very stressful.

It started with a neurophysiology test that the entire class failed. And I mean failed. The class average was a D. Um...that is not acceptable in grad school and that is a fail on the teachers part. Obviously she didn't teach us anything (which she didn't), she tested us on stuff that was beyond our knowledge (which she did), and/or she asked poorly written questions (ditto). It made me laugh.

Memorial weekend was this past weekend and I spent it studying for our ortho practical. Lauren and I did have a guest stay with us...
Sasha stopped by as well
Kelsey stayed the weekend with us (a classmate) and brought her dog Tigger with her. Plus another friend stopped by with his dog. So it was definitely a doggy dog weekend.
 Friday night started out with Lauren and I making one of our pizzas. It was delicious and a nice break from the madness.

Then the next 3 days were spent at school, not laying by the pool, in a cold and dark room. I think we all went a little bit crazy.
Mendo practicing a grade 4 mobilization on Rubin
Tuesday was the practical and I have never been so nervous for a test in my life. The issue with the practical is that if you forget something or freeze up there is a proctor staring you down. The practical went well and I passed :)

Right after the practical was a quiz about HIPAA and liability for another class. Needless to say I didn't study for that class and we'll just have to wait and see how I did on that quiz.

We had Wednesday and Thursday to cram for our 3 tests on Friday. And here I am now, barely alive, clinging to some hope of happiness. Today was 3 tests back to back (from 9:30 to 2:30). Neuroanatomy lab quiz, MSPM (ortho) exam followed by a physical agents test. Why do our professors do this to us? But it is over and now the party can start. Chris and my parent's flew down for my birthday (Shelly's birthday as well) weekend and tomorrow we are going to DISNEYLAND!!!!! I can't wait. So at least I  get a reward for all of my hard work. I just hope I didn't fail anything.

Here is a little something to leave you with. On Saturday I went to lunch at a place called the Grinder. They serve sandwiches and have a large assortment of sodas. One of the sodas was Tru Blood. When I saw it I nearly jump. It is one of my favorite shows and books. I thought maybe if I pulled one out (it was hidden in the back) that Bill or Erik would show up. No vampire sightings.

Okay, off to do yoga to calm my nerves. Update on Disneyland soon.