Friday, November 26, 2004

Battling turkeys

Really, I didn't battle turkeys. But Thanksgiving has come and gone and I woke up early this morning (7:30 am) and went downtown to go shopping. Fortunately, I knew what I had wanted and so spent as little time as I could (minus the half hour I spent standing in line to buy a down comforter).

Now, I'm tired and about to watch a movie. Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that I don't fall asleep.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

I smell Roses

So, my Golden Bears whooped some booty yesterday. I watched it from Boston, but it was great nonetheless. Granted, I nearly fell asleep during the second quarter, but watching them beat Stanford so definitively and continue their run for the Rose Bowl is amazing.

Now, I only wish I was able to go to the Rose Bowl. Unfortunately, on New Year's Day, I will be in the midst of my tour of America, aka my flight back to Boston with two stopovers.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Bad news

So, I got some bad news today and my response totally took me by surprise. Recently, my parents took in another dog (making the grand total 4 dogs and puppies on the way). However, my brother told me last night that one of the dogs was in the vet hospital because he couldn't move his legs. Turns out that the innocent doggie ate rat poison, on accident, at its previous owner's house (we only had him for one week) and eventually had to be put down last night.

When I called my dad this afternoon, I completely lost it. I started crying and my nose started running. And this is a dog that my parents have had for a week and one that I've never even met! But I think what made me respond so emotionally was the fact that the dog had suffered for a week because of the rat poison he had ingested.

So, a warning to all to make sure you don't have any poison around the house - where pets or children can accidentally ingest it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Off to see the President

Well, not the current one. Maybe a future one. Mrs. Hillary Clinton. I don't really think she will be president (I don't think most of the country is ready for a female president who thinks on her own. gasp!). But I'm excited nonetheless.

Will report back in a few hours.

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Seriously bitter cold

So, the weather in Boston just took a turn for the worse. I wondered last year why all Bostonians kept on complaining about the cold, I mean, they live through it every year and you must get used to it. Well, it got cold today and I found myself complaining and wondering how I got through it last year with all my fingers and toes intact.

My only hope is that it snows soon, as that makes it worth it. Well, at least the first snow.

Sunday, November 7, 2004

Medical school griping

So, I just have to gripe about medical school.

I hate pharmacology. I was not meant to be a pharmacologist and after my performance on the last exam, I'm convinced that if any of my patients get malaria, they're better off at home than coming to me for a prescription.

I hate neurology. We just started the class on Monday and I'm already beyond confused. I've studied it all weekend (which is a miracle for me, given that I don't study at all unless a test is in sight) and I still don't know anything about neurology.

And I have no life. Yeah, yeah, you may be thinking, "You're in medical school. You're not supposed to have a life." That may be true, but it'd be nice to go out to a cultural event, on a date, or hiking every once in awhile without worrying about how far behind I am in school.

So, that's it for my griping. I'm going to attempt to make it in time for 8 am class tomorrow morning. The odds are 10:1 that I will not make it in time, but I may as well try.

Saturday, November 6, 2004

Happy Anniversary to me

So, I just realized that I passed the 1 year mark of blogging... in August.

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

The aftermath

So, it seems official now that Kerry has conceded and Bush has accepted. This all makes me extremely sad, to say the least. At the most, it scares me. It scares me that a lot of the rights and privileges that I value are at risk of being infringed upon.

Now, I have no idea what to expect. I still have the slimmest glimmer of hope that someday before January 20, I will wake up and it will be declared that it was all one big horrible mistake and Bush is not going to be our president for four more years.

Election Day: Kerry Rally

So, I just came home from my first big election day. Of course, in prior elections, I have faithfully voted (even in primaries!). This time, I decided to be an especially proactive citizen and go to the Kerry rally in Boston. I did this for several reasons. First, I'm a Kerry supporter. However many flaws he has, I can confidently say that he is my choice for President. Secondly, I live in Boston. I don't if there will be any other time in my life where I will be living in the same city as a presidential candidate (let alone one that I support) and have nothing extremely urgent that needs to be done. Thirdly, I felt as though it was something to be a part of. It's a historic election and I feel like it would be an experience that I could really remember forever, regardless of how the experience turned out.

On all of these parts, I have succeeded. I waited dutily for 45 minutes to vote this afternoon then rushed over to Copley Square to stand in the cold and sometimes rainy air to support Kerry. Yes, I chanted "Kerry" at times and yes, I was proud to be a supporter. Ultimately, I think my knees and my feet will hate me the most tomorrow morning.

But in the end, nothing happened. I did not see Kerry, nor did anyone else. I got to see Edwards up close, though (I eventually made it, after nearly 8 hours outside, to ten feet away from the stage). And, of course, the election is not decided. I am glad that the Kerry campaign has put the statement out there that they seek only to make sure votes are counted and not to file lawsuits against states. On the other hand, I don't know how much they can be held to this statement. I guess we'll see what happens by the time I wake up tomorrow morning.

Monday, November 1, 2004


Please, all Americans who are reading this blog - vote on Tuesday! If you haven't received your official notice, just go to any polling place and they have to give you a provisional ballot.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed and my eyes closed...