Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I'm a little late on posting (as per usual), but I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas who celebrated!  Jeff and I spent the holidays down in Louisiana with my family.  We even got to see some of his family when they made the drive down to New Orleans the weekend after Christmas!  We had a great couple of days relaxing and visiting with everyone.  I was beyond thrilled that Jeff had Christmas off this year.  I long ago learned to never take that for granted. 

Jeff was post-call Christmas Eve morning, so after rounding we got on the road and made the drive down to Louisiana.  Two and a half full glorious days off work!  He was scheduled to help out on some cases on Friday in Jackson, so like a trooper he left Louisiana at the crack of dawn that morning to drive back to Jackson, then came back down to Louisiana after work the same day so we could spend the rest of our time off with family.  To most people that sounds straight up crazy, but to someone who just finished 5 years of Ortho residency it was not much longer than a regular work day.

My family lives right outside New Orleans, so we got to spend a much needed day in the city.  Our first stop was food, obviously.  I'd been dying to try Peche, a recently opened restaurant by local celeb chef Donald Link.  It was either one of the best meals we've ever had in New Orleans, or the food in Jackson has just been that bad, comparatively speaking.  The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.  Either way, go there if you're ever in New Orleans.  And our trip wouldn't have been complete without a stop at one of the local coffee shops. 

Speaking of local coffee shops, PJ's is the other favorite in a city that detests any chain establishments.  They've partnered with local brewery Abita to come up with a new seasonal, tap-only brew- the Abita Macchiato Stout.  It tasted like guinness and espresso beans.  So, basically heaven.  I feel sort of mean telling everyone about this deliciousness when you have no access to it.  Sorry.


Christmas Day in our matching plaid
The presents are all gone from under our tree in Jackson, but Mischa doesn't seem to mind :)

Here's to one of the best years yet!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Still have a few hard to buy for people on your holiday gift list?  Here's a few of my favorite things that made their way to my Pinterest boards but I haven't had a reason to buy this year.  The best part?  All of these can be ordered online and shipped directly to your giftee!

For the techie or hipster- a modern take on an old favorite:

Polaroid Instant Digital Camera

For the coffee addict, so they can make their favorite drinks at home:

Williams Sonoma

For your boss or the gracious hostess:

Barney's Warehouse

For your girly-girl friend who has everything:

lovely lipstick holder

For the party animal who likes to cook:

The Hungoevr Coobkook - This hilarious book gives you recipes based on how hung over you are.

For the product junkie:

large image view

Happy shopping!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday Ramblings

Happy Friday!  I know I've been a bit MIA lately, but we've been doing a lot of this around our house lately:

There's nothing like curling up in front of a fire with a Christmas tree lit up and a cup of hot tea in hand.  Of course, a kitty to snuggle with doesn't hurt either!

Weekends have been spent shopping for gifts and generally trying to stay warm.  It's been quite cold for the deep South the past couple of weeks and our solution has been to stay indoors, only venturing out for more prepackaged, overpriced firewood.
Thanks to everyone's well wishes and sympathy about my job situation on my last post.  I want nothing more than to quit and watch Real Housewives for the rest of this year, believe me!  But I figure I've made it this far, only have 7 months left, and it pays the bills.  I don't want to wake up one day and wish I had followed through when I'm not competetive enough to get a certain job.  So, if there's one thing I've learned from watching my husband go through residency it's that sometimes you have to make sacrifices right now to have the life you want in the future.  Delayed gratification, I could write a book on it!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Medical Mondays- Life Lately and Our Vegas Conference Vacay

Happy Medical Mondays! 

I can't believe I haven't posted an update since Medical Mondays last month.  Time really seems to fly around the holidays!  I can't say I'm sad about this because I'm counting down the days til August 1st.  Not because I want fellowship to be over, more on that in a second, but because I've had about enough of my job as I can take.  As most of you know, I started a post-doctoral research fellowship this past August, or a "postdoc" for the year while my husband does his sports medicine fellowship.  Most people "postdoc" for several years or longer after they finish their PhD to become more competitive in order to get a faculty position.  Your chances of getting a tenure-track faculty position without postdoc experience is slim to none.  So, begrudingly, I took this job to try to beef up my credentials even though I despise research.  Since I'll only be "postdocing" for a year, it still isn't really enough to be competitive in my field.  Sometimes I wonder why I'm even doing this, but I figure one year is better than nothing, right?  So seeing as today is December 2nd, I'm officially 1/3 the way done with this stupid, soul-sucking job.  I'm aware I'm being a bit dramatic here, but you try doing a job you hate for years on end (I'm counting time spent in grad school) and let me know how you turn out.  Anyway, I'm starting to think the whole tenure-track faculty position thing may not be what I want in the end.  I'm beginning to get past the panic and guilt of re-adjusting my life plans and starting to become ok with this.

Back to fellowship.  Football season has not been my favorite since it means Jeff is gone covering games many Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, but oh man is it SO much better than residency!  He gets home much earlier in the evenings, even beating me home half the time (and I get home around 5:40!).  Also, there's the better pay which I know we are lucky to have since this isn't true for all fellowships.  It's just enough of an increase from residency salary that we don't have that 3 day panic in between paychecks worried that some automatic bill payment will overdraft our account.  We're able to relax a little and not worry about going out to eat during the week if we feel like it.  We can't go crazy, but we no longer have to budget and track where all of our money is going on  In full disclosure I'm making more this year too than I did as a grad student, so that helps.  Things are comfortable.  We were even able to buy a plane ticket for me to tag along to an Ortho conference in Vegas last month!  The fellowship paid for the room and Jeff's flight, so we treated it as a mini vacay.

Vegas, baby!

Does anyone else think of that scene in The Hangover when Zach Galifinakis asks "Did Caesar live here?" when they see this lobby?

While the guys were at the conference, another wife and I explored the Strip and did a lot of window shopping.  And ate.  And had dessert for lunch.  I mean, that's totally okay on vacation, right?

We even got to tape a segment for Extra, but sadly neither of us made the final cut.  Guess we'll keep our day jobs!

With the Extra! producer
So, this fellowship year hasn't been too bad.  Dare I say I'm even enjoying it?!  Now if I could just figure out a way to quit my job without any repurcussions...