Quick Vist to Minneapolis

A couple weekends ago, we headed over to Minneapolis to visit The Boy's younger sister. I had never been, so I was quite excited to feast my eyes on a new city. And boy did it not disappoint. It reminded me a bit of Canadian cities (well, at least Toronto), with its emphasis on healthy living and enjoying the warm weather while it's still around. But this was definitely the first time I saw two dudes with raspy voices and worn in guitars have a small music session inside a coffee shop. It was wonderful, and both young & old enjoyed it. Why can't all coffee shops hire amazing afternoon entertainment?
P.S.  I also managed to eat the best chicken shawarma in the world, hit up a Polish festival, and head over to the conservatory/zoo. So without further ado, here are a few photographic remnants of my time in Minnesota.

   I totally want to go back!
Have a great week everyone, and please enjoy the last few days of summer!



Mid-Summer Maxi Dresses

I've been on the hunt for maxi dresses to curl up in on weekends. They're just so gorgeous, and I've underestimated how many pieces I've donated this past winter, so now I'm down to one dress and one maxi skirt (the shammmme). I thought I'd do a quick round-up of some I'm keeping an eye on, just in case you all want to stock up before fall (because they're on sale!). And, if anyone sees a work-appropriate maxi dress online, shoot a link my way via comments/twitter/insta. 

Online shops: zara, shopbop, simons, h&m, nastygal

Stock up while you can!



Clerkship Rotation Lifesavers

I'm FINALLY done with my first rotation (OB/GYN!), and I've amassed a small list of essentials that made my life a bit easier in the past 6 weeks.
1. Multiple pens & a hardcover pocket notebook
     - You'll never run out of ink, and you can document everything on a hard surface. I opted out of not carrying a small clipboard, because I hate loose-leaf paper flying around. This little guy has been fantastic, and I know where everything is (as well as resident/nurse names - a great tip I picked up from Laura @alittlebitoflacquer).

2. Snack bars in various flavors, and small chocolate bars.
     - Sometimes there are no lunch breaks, or they're late into your shift. Stuff your big white coat pockets with these power bars for efficient snacking. I'm hoping to find some healthier alternatives in the coming months, as the next few rotations aren't going to be as hectic as this past one.

3. Littmann stethoscope & pen light.
      - I have the Master Cardiology which is gorgeous, and the heart sounds are incredibly clear. I didn't have a penlight on me for a visual exam one time, so I'm passing the info onto you. Sometimes your pregnant patients get complicated, and there's no equipment in their room!
4. The 'Do Not Disturb' function on the iPhone, Epocrates. Annnnd UpToDate. Agenda.
       - DND: It will prevent you from unwanted attention during surgeries/deliveries/H&P's.
       - Apps: information at your fingertips!
       - I have a wonderful Erin Condren that keeps me organized. It's really crazy trying to keep all the due dates, exams, and meetings in one place, so I suggest using both planner and phone.
 \5. Sturdy lunch bag filled with food and extra snacks.
       - It's really nice to be able to drink a cool smoothie or yogurt during lunch. If you're doing an overnight call, the cafeteria is sometimes closed, so you'll really need to stock up!

6. Comfortable shoes & a sturdy coffee thermos
       - I'm on the lookout for clogs that fit my narrow feet + let them breath, but for now my trusty runners have been doing a great job for surgeries/L&D.
        - Coffee...because.. mornings. Still haven't found a thermos that is leak proof though. The hunt continues.

7. Ball of string, or packet of suture.
       - To practice your knot tying during downtime or between study breaks at home. Trust me, once it becomes second nature your residents and attendings will notice!

I hope these tips were helpful! I'm going to do a Rotation Recap next week where I talk only about OB/GYN, and share some advice. Have a lovely weekend! 



A Pat On The Back

Today I'd like to remind you all to look back on your life and reminisce on how far you've come. Sometimes it's overwhelming to just see the long journey that still remains, but your trail of successes proves that you will reach your dreams one baby step at a time. And while you're at it, say a big thank you to the wonderful people who have supported you along the way. Your life journey is sometimes their life journey too!

June 2014 - right after my Transition Ceremony welcoming us new MS3's to the wards. Huzzah!
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