I hope that all the readers out there had a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving holiday! This year I was not able to spend time with my family, but was still able to have an awesome long weekend and greatly enjoyed my break from the last couple of weeks of classes.
The first event from the last couple weeks of fall trimester festivities was NUHS–Florida’s Annual Turkey Bowl! For those of you that do not know about Turkey Bowl, it is the premier showcase of professional athleticism and competition. The event places stellar athletes against each other in a ferocious game of Flag Football to battle it out for the coveted Stiefel Cup.
This event is always a blast and I am happy to say I’ve been to three consecutive Bowls with one more on the docket before I graduate! This year I did not play as, I had a more important assignment from one of my professors: to represent BioFreeze (they help sponsor the event) as the “Queen of BioFreeze,” a character created by a professor who was unable to attend Turkey Bowl this year. I had a ton of fun running around the sidelines in costume and eating the delicious food that NUHS brings in catered every year. All in all, it was another successful Turkey Bowl and I can’t wait for next year’s to come around!
To actually celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I woke up super early and insisted on my girlfriend joining me to run the annual Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot. This is the largest running event in Pinellas County and this year boasted over an astounding 12,000 people!! It is always amazing to see the community come together for a race like this and it was fun to run the race with my run club teammates!
After getting my run in and earning some Thanksgiving calories, I spent the day with my girlfriend and her family putting together a huge feast! We had the traditional turkey, some cauliflower mash, green beans, rice, mac and cheese, and most importantly–New Mexican tamales and red chile. Back home we ALWAYS have tamales and red chile for Thanksgiving, so it was really nice to bring some out here to share (and it helped cope with being away from home for the holiday). In the end, we all had WAY too much food and it was exactly how I wanted the holiday to end!
Well, this is my last post for a little while as we get a whole month off for our winter break! I start to see patients in clinic in about six weeks and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. In the meantime, I hope that everyone has a safe and spectacular winter holiday!! And as always, if you have any questions, please email me at [email protected].