It's been unseasonably cold here for the last several days. I
know; I know. For those of you that live in the "Great White North"
(any place above Orlando, pretty much), you'd think this was a
picnic. But for those of us that have been down here long enough to
have "thin blood", it's freezing.
When I think back to when I was a kid--we'd go outside in 3+
feet of snow barefoot. I can't even imagine doing anything like
that now. Now it becomes parka weather when it's below 60. I take
solace in knowing what the weather will be like next weekend (at
least the predictions) and also that I've had to be inside studying
for midterms--so it's not like I've missed anything. Next weekend
will be a different story--a welcome break in between sets of
exams. Ahhh. Yes. Thank You.
I've admittedly been having a tough week. Trials and
tribulations with my own issues as well as issues "back home". We
all hope and work for the best, but sometimes it doesn't happen
that way. We do what we can and try to remind ourselves that it's
all going to be OK. I was writing that on the chalkboards in some
of the classrooms. It's not just midterms and finals that stress us
out. I don't know how many pep talks I've given over the last 2
weeks, but I'm extremely grateful for the ones I've received. A
special thanks to Super Vito. I'm gonna make you a cape, my
It's a rarity that any of us come through this unscathed.
Whether it's a health issue, a break up, a family member, a new
relationship, a child, or any number of other reasons--there are
more than enough things to distract us from what we're trying to
do. Sometimes it's hard to keep those priorities straight.
Sometimes all of those other things take priority over school.
Above all, it comes down to taking care of ourselves. It's a new
thing for me to stop and take a step back when I'm reaching my
breaking point. I'm still working on that.
The most important thing to remember, when I'm NOT coming
through unscathed, is to be a little gentle with myself. Forgive
myself. Take care of myself. It really does make all the
Our pictures today are of the St. Pete Pier--from either
direction. The pier building itself is set to be demolished
sometime soon. It's been an icon of the town for decades. I've seen
the designs for its replacement. It's interesting--somewhere
between the Jetsons, the Sydney Opera house and tinker toys--but
I'm going to reserve final judgment for when it's all done. We
shall see. If you're around town for the 4th of
July, they usually do an AMAZING fireworks show over the pier and
on either side of it. Of course, I know the best spots to watch
it--without being stuck in all the traffic. But those are pics and
stories for a different day.
Study hard, folks. But most importantly, remember what's
important. Only you can decide that.
January is almost over! It's REALLY hard to believe. We're at
the start of the 4th week of school and midterms are right around
the corner. This Tri is screaming by.
Friday night marked the Tri Mixer. We have one every tri,
usually in the first month. Some turnouts are better than others
(this one was not so great). Regardless, a good time was had by all
at Ferg's sports bar. There were about 15 of us, mostly
representatives from the upper tris. We did see a couple from Tri 2
(thumbs up from the blog chick for showing up, kids!). It was a
relatively early night, although I was there long enough to see
some of my esteemed colleagues make a run at "the wobble." I'll
protect their identities. Suffice it to say, it was a good
Round 2 went on at the Bishop in downtown St Pete. I sat that
one out. I claimed "old lady" and went to sing karaoke instead
(yes, I sing karaoke, and I'm not bad, either). The Tri-mixer is
one of the few times when the earlier tris can meet up with the
upper tris (after Tri 4, the classes are in the Annex and not in
the Caruth building). I highly encourage everyone to go. Although I
firmly believe, what goes on at the mixer should stay at the mixer
(kinda like Vegas). It's a time to cut loose and have a good time,
and of course--forget all the work that we have to (and are about
to have to) do.
This week, and next week, I'll be focusing on my diet and
nutrition presentation--polyunsaturated fats. I know, I know. It
sounds SOOO exciting. But think of it this way--Omega 6s vs. Omega
3s. (Are you getting excited yet?) I haven't finished my research
yet (it's hard to get much done with Moose the supercat laying on
my hands/laptop), but I'm feeling like it's going to be almost
entirely functional medicine oriented.
I'm totally infatuated by the anti-inflammatory/pro-inflammatory
focus that Dr. S is giving us in Diet and Nutrition. It's making me
rethink what I put into my body. I've always been pretty focused in
that direction, given that I'm a Celiac with multiple food
sensitivities already. I have to be so careful. It's somewhat
reassuring that medicine/science is starting to figure out that
there are other reasons why we probably shouldn't be eating grains
(especially wheat). I know that I'm highly biased in that
department. It's made me want to research the Paleo-oriented
diet--but also Paleo as it pertains to my heritage
(German-Scotch-Irish--remember I'm from the pale people). I keep
wondering how I will feel if I can convert my diet over to
something that I was actually meant to eat. (Maybe it's time
to find out!?!)
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