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done!   
02:04pm 11/12/2007
 
mood: accomplished
I am now officially one-eighth vet! Hooray for me!
 
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goats and sheep   
07:26pm 20/11/2007
 
mood: confused
I just came back from a lecture about goat and sheep parasitology and it was, by far, one of the most  hilarious lectures I've ever heard. Picture, if you will, the most hyperactive redneck god-fearing man on the planet talking very passionately about goats. Only then can you picture what I experienced for almost 2 hours. Here are some highlights:

1) Using quotes from the bible to discuss how goats are going to hell and sheep are blessed by Jesus.
2) Referring to several parasites "bad mamajamas" multiple times.
3) As a metaphor for explaining how goats don't discriminate between where they crap and where they eat, he delved into a five minute metaphor about what would happen if we locked ourselves into the auditorium for a month and "doo-dooed" on ourselves and then ate.
4) He said that people who take "doo-doo" and dilute it in water and vortex it without putting the cap on and get "doo-doo" splashed on themselves were people destined to do research, while people who put the cap on are people who make money. Does anyone out there understand this or is it just me?

Anyway, it was an experience.
 
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beach vacation   
12:22am 19/11/2007
 
mood: calm
I had such a great weekend. It was exactly what I needed - sun, soft sand, a jacuzzi, cheap beer, and dollar store ring pops. It was a good break from vet school ( which equals Gainesville plus studying).

 
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gas light   
02:18pm 15/11/2007
 
mood: grumpy
I'm really running on empty this week. I feel emotionally and physically drained. This is the week of three finals - two down and one to go.

I've had weeks in the past with multiple tests, but nothing has been quite of this high caliber. For example - my Opthalmology test was an 11 page, 50 question written exam. Some of the questions were fill in the blank, but others were 1-3 paragraphs long and I had to draw a few diagrams. I was in the middle of the test, and I remember thinking to myself "I hope this is done soon" and I was on page FIVE. I wanted to throw the test on the floor and storm out. I did finished it, though, but now I felt like I came down with Carpal Tunnel.

I need to study for Immunology. It is currently 2:23pm and my test is tomorrow morning at 9:30am. I studied for Opthalamology from 5:00pm to 8am before my test. I'm really disliking this whole cram the night before thing, but I can't seem to break my habit of it, since it works so well. My goal is to fix these habits by next semester. I can't keep my body in a state of complete exhaustion for three days straight. It just can't be healthy.

Also, it looks like I'll be short on buying Christmas presents this year. On top of paying for rent, my bill for the Rabies shots finally came in and it's way more than I thought. It turns out that the first shot was $175, but in between my first and second shot, UF raised the price of Rabies to $190. Now I owe the infirmary $555, and with that goes my Christmas spending money. It just kills me because I love to buy Christmas presents. Also, with Jon being so poor and with me helping him out money is just getting a little tight. On top of that, I'm going out of town this weekend. I can't afford it but I just don't care. Tanya and I are going to lay out in the sun and drink pina colladas until we either puke or collaspe from heat stroke.
 
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kinky goldfish   
12:34pm 14/11/2007
 
mood: amused
On the back of my Flavored Blasted Goldfish bag - no joke:

CREATE A GOLDEN ADVENTURE!

Finn, Xtreme, and Brooke were playing hide and ______(verb). Xtreme, who has more ______ (noun) than he can handle, hid in the ______(noun). Finn and Brooke looked for him under the _______(noun) and _______(noun).  "__________(exclamation)!" They heard Xtreme yell. "This is so ______(adjective)." Finn and Brooke ________(past tense verb) to find Xtreme - only to find him ______(past tense verb) with a _______(toy). "Xtreme, you sure are _______(adjective)" laughed Finn and Brooke.

WAIT - THERE'S MORE: Go to pfgoldfish.com to unlock the secrets about Goldfish under the bed.
 
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burning questions   
09:37pm 07/11/2007
 
mood: cranky
Two questions have been bothering me today:

1) How can gas go up eight cents in price in one day? I procrastinated getting gas yesterday because it was $3.00 a gallon. Today I was pretty much running on empty so I stopped by the same gas station and gas was $3.08/gallon. What gives?

2) Since when has it been OK to air Christmas commercials before Thanksgiving? I somehow feel that the mood in this country has changed to a point that things are feeling rushed. Even the presidential election started about six months before it usually does, although that's probably related to the fact that everyone is  ready to move on from this administration.

On an unrelated note: I went to vet school today to attend a lecture on big cat medicine. Unfortunately I missed it, but I did find out that we got our Embryology final back. Apparently the average was 76% and I felt like that was about how well I did on the test. I reached into my box and my test said 97%. I'm still in shock, since after I came out of that exam I felt like it raped me in the butt.
 
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goodbye, splooge   
06:34am 06/11/2007
 
mood: studied-out
I have my anatomy final in a few hours. I meant to get some last minute pictures of Splooge to show the entire disection but it may be too late. I think I'm going to sneak in there just before the final and snap a few shots. Oh yeah...studying...I should get to that.
 
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halloween   
11:31pm 31/10/2007
 
mood: spooky
Happy Halloween!

This year I ate so much candy. Someone put candy in little bags and handed it out to everyone in class. Then someone bought candy corn and passed that around. Then someone made chocolate covered pretzels and that got passed around. Then we had a guest teacher come in today to sit in on our opthalmology lecture and she brought more candy. Needless to say, I love this holiday.

I have an anatomy test tomorrow. How I spent my Halloween - in anatomy lab. Studying...but eating delicious candy while doing so. And wearing spider rings over my latex gloves.
 
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martha   
07:51pm 28/10/2007
 
mood: listless
I've been thinking a lot about my grandmother lately. It's been about 7 years since she died, and it's pretty surreal...I can't believe its been so long.

I can't help but think about the last time I saw her. I went to go visit her in the hospital with my dad. My dad left the room for one reason or another, and my grandmother gave me her engagement and her wedding ring. She told me to take care of them. To be honest I have no idea where they are. I had them on a chain and I wore them around my neck for four years. One day the chain broke and I put them into a little glass jar. Since then I've gone through two moves. I have no idea where that jar is...

Lately I just wish she knew that I was in vet school. She wasn't alive long enough to know that this is what I wanted to do with my life and now it's just something I wish I could have told her. I know she would have really liked it - she was obsessed with Boston Terriers. In the last time I talked to her, she made me promised that I would never be a nurse. Is it ironic that I was a vet tech for two years of my life? Who knows.

Oh, and I finally thought of something I can tattoo on my body if I ever decided to get a one. I know it's really dorky and somewhat morbid, but once Maggie gets sick or she dies or something like that, I want to get a small portrait of her face and around the picture it would say "My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free." That way I can have two things I love - my dog and Tom Robbins - tattooed on me. Probably by the time something like that happens I'll change my mind. I'm so fickle.

Anyway, I'm done being morbid for now. I ate too much mac and cheese and my belly hurts. I can't WAIT until Thanksgiving...I'm sooo really for a delicious turkey meal. And mashed potatoes. And pumpkin pie. Mmmmm......
 
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oh wait - this is hard   
10:12am 27/10/2007
 
mood: hungry
The amount of work in vet school is now picking up quite a bit. I was pretty much slacking the first half of the semester, but of course that wasn't going to last. I had two tests this week: Immunology Midterm and Embryology Final. I did well in Immuno - got an A on that. But man...the embryo test was one hell of a bitch. One girl in my class came out of the test, walked over to me, and said "I feel like I just got raped." That was the general consensus. Now I have a quiz in Anatomy next week (it's a lot of material on the head and skull) and then a final in the same class only 4 days later. The following week I have three finals: Endocrinology, Immunology, and Opthalmology. That's a whole lot of work.

I also have a paper due on Sunday and I am running a fundraiser for our class on Sunday as well. I have to spend the majority of today getting organized, writting a paper, and thinking of/buying a Halloween costume by tonight.

I feel a little like I'm stretched very thin. Like last night, I came home from school at 4 and slept until midnight. Then I went back to sleep at 2 and woke up at 10. What the hell is up with that?

Anyway, I still like school, I'm just patiently waiting for it to get more awesome. I'm getting a little tired for the classes I have now...mostly physiology with what seems like little practicality. Really nothing about disease processes.

Although sometimes teachers bring up really awesome diseases! There is this one disease in sheep that I can't remember the name of that's caused by the crazy bacteria that can be spread by clipping a sheep while taking off it's wool, and then using the same clippers on another sheep and nicking that sheep. Anyway, it makes this awesome lesion that looks like cheesy cottage cheese pus is gushing out of. Well, I thought it was cool anyway.

Also, if you're in the G-ville area tomorrow, you should come to the DOG AND CAR WASH-A-THON where we will wash your dog/car for very cheap! ($6 for a dog wash, $6 for a car wash, and $10 to get your dog and car washed). Come out and support me making money for my class! Woot.

Oh, and I got to destroy a cow eyeball on Thursday. That was wicked cool. We cut the eyeball into two hemispheres, took out all the eye ball juice, and popped out the lens. We made the lens into a bouncy ball. Ahh - fun times.

 
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JK Rowling outs Dumbledore   
02:12am 20/10/2007
 
mood: amused
"After reading briefly from the final book, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,' she [Rowling] took questions from audience members.

She was asked by one young fan whether Dumbledore finds "true love."

'Dumbledore is gay,' the author responded to gasps and applause.

She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. 'Falling in love can blind us to an extent,' Rowling said of Dumbledore's feelings, adding that Dumbledore was 'horribly, terribly let down.'

Dumbledore's love, she observed, was his 'great tragedy.'"


Wow.

 

 
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goodbye, splooge   
05:35pm 15/10/2007
 
mood: tired
We had to cut off Splooge's head today. I know I'm going crazy because I was slightly upset.
 
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beer pong   
08:06pm 07/10/2007
 
mood: awake
Oh, I totally forgot to mention that I am in love with Ian's beer pong table. It's a giant white table with a stensile of Margo and Richie Tenenbaum facing one another spray painted in black. If I played beer pong, I would have an incentive to steal it. However, it's way too big and I'm way too unmotivated. I think I just get excited with people have to same taste in beer pong tables as myself.
 
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sepatow!   
10:05am 07/10/2007
 
mood: complacent
Hello livejournal world!

Yesterday night I went to a vet school party - it was Ian's birthday, so I stopped by to say hello. Jon is sick with some sort of bronchitis-like disease so it was hard to convince him to let me out of the house, but I went anyway. It made me regret not going to other social events - everyone was so surprised to see me and happy too, as I might add. I even got hit on multiple times, which was sort of strange because I spend a lot of my time with these guys. Now I feel like if I pick up a conversation with the single boys, they are just going to be picturing me naked. I think I'm awkward around these situations because I've been out of the game for so long, that I picture myself as undersirable except for Jonny. Not that I have low self esteem - it's just that I don't care about dressing up or looking fancy or acting a fool. So I guess I'm always taken aback when I found out that someone wants desperately to sleep with me.

Also, it's nice to think that I'm appreciated by my fellow peers. I wouldn't say that I have to be liked, but it's just nice to know.
 
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A Picture Update   
01:31pm 01/10/2007
 
mood: accomplished
This post is mostly for Jake...

Here are a few pictures from my recent life...Enjoy!

 
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Short Update   
12:18am 01/10/2007
 
mood: contemplative
Hello livejournal world,

I guess I will make a short update before I go to bed. Basically I've been really lazy. I'm trying to kick this new habit, but I really just have no motivation. This is especially horrible when it comes to studying. I know that there is no way I'm going to make it through vet school if I don't get used to a schedule when I study every day. I figured this out when I waited until the night before to start studying for my Histology final. I had to pull an all-nighter and I literally had a nervous breakdown at 3 in the morning. I was so lucky that the test was easy and I can memorize large amounts of information in short periods of time. I'm excellent at regurgerating information, but it doesn't really retain, which I know is terrible. Veterinary medicine is very exciting for me, but I just feel so incredibly lazy. I think the only way I can break this nasty habit is to give myself a new schedule that I have to abide by every day. Then, I have to give myself a break on the weekend (Friday and Saturday).

I've also been lazy when it comes to hanging out with people at the vet school. There are 87 other people to hang out with, but I still feel slightly uncomfortable about it. I haven't met a group of people that I click with yet, but I'm still aquainted with everyone. There's Laura, Meredith, and Jess who are really nice and understand my sense of humor, but they are older so they enjoy quiet atmospheres and they gossip a lot. Plus they are always making plans in front of me without asking me if I want to join them. It really doesn't bother me because their plans usually involve riding horses, which I definitely don't do. Then there's Marianne, Jesse, and Eric who are hilarious to be around but in small doses. Plus they are all really athletic and, well, I'm really not. I haven't made a lot of progress with anyone else, so it's hard to find a niche. I'm just friendly with everyone at school, but it would be nice to have some sort of relationship outside of school.

Anyway, I'm going to bed. Goodnight.
 
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I can't make this crap up   
07:59am 19/09/2007
 
mood: aggravated
This morning, I got up all groggy around 7am and went to pee. I was thinking how the hell I was going to wake myself up in order to get some last minute studying done for the cell bio test this morning. As I went to grab the TP, a GIANT cockroach started crawling down the roll toward my hand. It went around the back of the piece I was about to pull off and poked its head around the side and STARED at me. I will never trust toilet paper ever again. The irony behind this entire situation besides the fact that I'm wide awake from the adrenalin rush is that the roach was hanging out on my last roll of toilet paper. 
 
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UF Student Tasered at John Kerry Forum   
04:36pm 18/09/2007
 
mood: shocked
I didn't hear about this until I went to school today. It is absolutely horrific. Yeah, the kid was being obnoxious, but there was absolutely no need to taser him. Who the hell was he going to hurt? This is just an appalling example of police brutality by the UFPD and to tell you the truth - I am not surprised by their actions at all. A lot of people are trying to justify it by saying that the police officers made a bad judgement call, but that is bullshit. Maybe he wasn't being respectful to the officers, but they could have just escorted him out of the building instead of arresting and tasering him. It just makes me sick watching this.

 
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sunny and 70 degrees   
09:22am 18/09/2007
 
mood: chipper
I think the weather broke...it that even possible? This morning I stepped out of my house and I said to myself: "It's cool outside...wtf! It's September."

Yesterday I cracked Splooge's ribcage. That's our dog's name in anatomy because he leaves a giant puddle of liquid around his feet where ever he goes. It definitely made me laugh on the exam. Oh yea, my first anatomy exam went alright...I got an 83%, which is not terrible, but not very good either. I think I'm mildly upset because I know that I can do better.

I need to start getting ready for school. This week 's classes are seriously cut down because we have to somewhat serious exams: Cell Bio and Histology.

Oh - and Jonny is back to baking and cooking again. :) Yesterday I had broiled tilapia stuffed with crab. I <3 Jon's cooking.
 
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sloooow daze   
09:52pm 12/09/2007
 
mood: tired
Things are slow here. I have 2 tests on Friday that I have no desire to study for.  Thus all the procrastination.

Professional school is strange. I didn't realize it until I went to see Dr. Hamerslag on Monday. We were chatting and all the thoughts that I was unable to express before came out very neatly. Even now it feels dangerous to say anything, so unfortunately I'll have to be very indirect.

Vet school is incredibly political, more so than I ever could have imagined. It's very easy for a class to get labeled, which means that the first impression that your clinician has of you may not be the one you wanted to rub off. It's been easy for some professors to label the C/O 2011 as disrespectful because we are so chatty during class. And once that label has been slapped on, it's impossible to shake off. This is the one thing I've really come to dislike about vet school. I was really hoping that since there are only 88 of us, teachers would be evaluating us by our own individual personality. I do realize that 88 is a large number, but It's just strange that your reputation is molded by the people sitting around you in class. It's just something I have to get used to.

I should get back to studying. On a positive note, I really like Anatomy and I'm doing well. I got a 19/20 on my first 2 quizzes. It's also strange to think that after 3 and 1/2 weeks, I know everything there is no know about the front limb, the hind limb, and the back of a dog. It's also really strange to think of myself as a veterinarian. It's really no longer just a dream and I really don't feel like I'll ever get used to people calling me doctor. Well, I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Baby steps - I need to get through this first Anatomy exam.
 
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