Thursday, May 29, 2014

Law school graduation

One of my closest friends graduated law school!

I first met B when I studied abroad in London 5 years ago (though he'll tell you we met at a party and then I yelled at him later for not remembering my name) and we've been friends ever since. I still remember meandering around the National Gallery of Art and Tate Modern with him as part of our Art in London class, taking walking tours of the city with Professor Tames, and eating in London's Chinatown on Wednesday afternoons after class. 

London 2009

Even though we may not talk for weeks at a time, he's been one of my constant confidants ever since moving to Baltimore since he and I go to law school and med school across the street from each other. He's been there for me since the day I started med school and now 3 years later, he's graduated--and on his way to becoming a criminal justice lawyer! 

When we do meet up, we usually go to our old haunt Alewife or relive our London days at Nando's, which started off only in Europe but now has chains in DC and Baltimore. But considering he graduated law school, we figured something a little more celebratory was in store, namely whiskey. 

B chose two whiskey bars in Fells, both with their own different feel. Birds of a Feather is small neighborhood whiskey bar that feels like it's been there for ages. It was painfully obvious we were the youngest ones there, but the owner nonetheless made us feel comfortable and poured us her favorite whiskeys for us to sample. I can't quite drink whiskey straight, no matter how good it is, so I asked for a whiskey sour--best whiskey sour I've ever had. 

Next, we moved onto Rye down the street, a cocktail bar that's hip, trendy, and home to the greatest truffle fries in the city of Baltimore (or ever). I didn't drink, but the others' drinks were delicious, though I'm more of a cocktail girl than straight whiskey girl anyway. And once again, the truffle fries gahhh. Duck fat frieshave always been kind of meh for me (don't really taste the difference between duck fat fries and regular fries) but these truffle fries were out of this world. And humongo for $10. I'm a bad blogger and I didn't take many pictures of that night, but I managed some snaps with the grad at the end of the night. 

Baltimore 2014

Congrats again! You're officially done with higher education and a real person now. May you never prosecute a malpractice case against me =)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Rising from the dead

After being a vampire for the past two months on surgery, I finally feel like I've emerged from my hole of darkness and hibernation, just in time for what finally feels like spring in Baltimore. Even though my surgery hours weren't bad, waking up at 4:30 am meant going to sleep around 9, which cut down significantly on the free time I had after I got home for the day. Now I'm on Family Medicine and I feel like I've rejoined the real world! Never has 7:30 - 5:30 felt so good and normal than after surgery.

I spent this weekend getting reacquainted with the sun, my bed, Game of Thrones, family and friends, and it feels so good. World, I'm alive again!
 Inner harbor during my Saturday am jog

 My uncle and aunt from China came to Bmore to visit 

 First farmer's market run of the year. Underwhelming, but picked up some tomato and lettuce plants. 
 Trying out the new little Italian place that opened up a block from our apartment
Cheers to the beginning of summer in Baltimore!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Belated 25th bday post and the end of surgery

Surgery is finally over! I will never have to see a 4 in front of my alarm clock again!! I still don't have a life back--yet--because even though I made an effort to get at least 7 hours of sleep, surgery still screwed up my sleep schedule and immune system, and as a result, I ended up getting sick, hard, my last week of surgery. It's been nearly two weeks and I'm still recovering! The day I first started feeling under the weather I ended up scrubbing into an 8+ hr case and near the end, I had to excuse myself because I simply couldn't stand there anymore. And when I took my temp, it was nearly 102F. Yikes!

I stumbled home that day, slept all night, and took the next day off and by the end I was feeling much better, so I thought I was over the hump. Sometime over the weekend, the fever and chills came back, and so I spent the whole weekend in bed at home, not enjoying the first good weekend of the year. I was literally laying in bed like an invalid, staring out the window, wishing I was outside! Last week I was still coughing up half my lungs and slightly febrile, but still had to bust my ass to study for the ridiculous surgery shelf. I studied the most I've ever studied for a shelf this time and I still didn't know half the questions.  They didn't test on anything we learned on the surgery rotation and instead asked us random internal medicine questions not relevant to the SURGERY exam.  So frustrating. Only two more of these stupid shelf exams until I never have to take another test in med school (oh right, other than Step 2 of the US Medical Licensing Exam). I'm still too weak to do anything, so I'm at home again this weekend. I finally got some real meds (a Z-pack and steroids) from my PCP and I feel a little better. What do I think it is? At first I thought it was the flu since my sister had it last month, but now that it's lasted almost two weeks, some sort of bacterial infection that wasn't getting better because I wasn't taking antibiotics. Doctors are usually the last ones to take medicine themselves, but guess I should just suck it up sometimes!

Back to when I had a life, here are some belated pics from my elaborate birthday celebration this year! I celebrated with so many different groups and was so happy to see everyone together again for my birthday.

 P and I have birthdays 1 day apart, so we always celebrate together. 

 Chocolate mousse cake, so yummy
Bmore friends
 Family+Charlie vacay to Amish country that weekend, JJ was sick :(
 Charlie had fun though
 JJ got me macarons, which I then tried to recreate poorly (see post below)
 Med school girls at Tara Thai for my actual birthday. We saw Divergent! 
My parents' bday surprise

 Zentan with my DC crew
 Vermicelli lamb meatballs
J looking stoic per usual
 Friends since 8th grade and the baker of my beautiful birthday cake!

I had an awesome birthday this year. Thanks for everyone who helped me celebrate! You made the transition into my MID-twenties not so bad ;)