Monthly Archives: May 2012

While I Can…

I had the most amazing Memorial Day weekend! I’m having a lot of fun this quarter, and trying to hang out with friends and just enjoy life while I can. Clinics start in less than three weeks, and then my life will be very different for the next year. I’ll be extremely busy, long hours, and I don’t have a single rotation with any of my closest friends. So I’m trying to have a good time while it lasts, letting my school work get behind but not caring. I’ll do enough to pass my classes, and then move into the next chapter of my life – the chapter after coursework!!

Anyway, this weekend was packed and I loved every second of it. On Friday after classes a friend and I went to the Vacaville Outlets and shopped for clothes for clinics (professional attire required for a lot of rotations – and I had basically nothing!) and ate at Chick-fil-A. We found some amazing sales and walked away with a lot of great stuff. :) Then on Saturday morning, I went hiking with some friends near Lake Tahoe, at Loch Leven Lakes. It’s an absolutely beautiful and somewhat difficult 8 mile hike through mountains and forest with lakes and waterfalls – probably the most beautiful hike I’ve ever been on. And partway through the hike is started SNOWING!! We weren’t prepared for it, but I had enough clothing to stay mostly warm and it was so incredibly beautiful that it was worth the cold. It was an awesome day that ended with a huge hot chocolate, haha. Then I was up super early on Sunday to go to a spay/neuter clinic, where I was the sole surgeon doing cat neuters. It was nice to refresh my neutering skills and get some practice in while helping to control the unwanted pet population. I plan to continue doing this when I’m a vet – volunteering at clinics to do surgery for free. It was a lot of fun, but a long and tiring day! That night I went to Chevy’s with a friend and indulged in Happy Hour margaritas and food :) My weekend rounded out with a small Memorial Day BBQ on Monday with friends that included grilled tri-tip and corn, yum!!

So I didn’t do a single thing school related this weekend. Should I have? Yeah, of course. I have a couple of hard exams coming up, a paper due soon that I haven’t even started on. But I refuse to feel guilty about enjoying what is most likely my last Spring with a lot of my friends. If vet school has taught me anything, it’s that there are more important things in life than grades. :)

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Last Quarter Ever

I’ve definitely neglected this blog as it’s been almost two months since I’ve posted. I think that’s because there’s not much going on with vet school right now. I’m about to start week 8, and there are only 11 weeks in this quarter. And week 11 doesn’t really count, because it’s finals week and I just have one final on Monday. So I’m well over halfway through, and all I’ve had is two take home exams and our surgery practical final (which was actually huge and scary). That’s it! Most evenings I get to relax with TV and wine or with friends. And my weekends are generally full of hanging out, hiking, relaxing, reading… it’s been really nice. I took a ton of electives the first couple of years of vet school and so my quarter is extremely light. By far the lightest quarter I’ve had in all of vet school. I love that, because I really wanted to relax and regroup before clinics start and that’s exactly what I’m doing. 

This past week was a little rough for me. I had a family emergency and I had to drive down to L.A. and Scott and I had to cancel our camping trip in Yosemite with friends. I was pretty bummed about missing out on the camping trip, but I was there for a friend of mine and that was definitely more important. I also had a sweet little foster dog with me for the drive with the intent to adopt him. He was absolutely wonderful in every way, and it’s a long story, but we decided not to keep him based on my schedule fourth year. He went to a new family through the Yolo SPCA on Wednesday, and I cried. A lot. Ugh. It feels awful, even though I know that it was the best decision for a wonderful little dog.

This weekend was nice – dancing fun on Friday night, a Jane Austen movie night last night, and hanging out with the kitties and relaxing today. Also today I read back through some old blog posts. Not from this blog, from one when I was 21-22 years old. It baffles me how much I’ve changed and how far I’ve come. That young girl had no direction, no clue what to do with her life, zero self-esteem. I had dropped out of college and was just drinking and partying my life away. And here I am, almost 10 years later, finishing my last quarter of coursework… ever. I start clinics in less than a month, and will be a doctor in a little over a year. It’s totally mind blowing, and I can honestly say that I’m very proud of myself, how far I’ve come, and how much I’ve accomplished. :) 

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