Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Having some fun with my hair and makeup

These are just some fun photos I took while taking a break.  For the most part this is showing my current choice of protective styling---a rollerset.  Let's see how long this style will last me.  I'll try to make is stretch until my hair appointment.

For all my naturals out there you know the importance of protective styling, especially if your goal is to retain length.  I consider protective styling to be all the more important for those that are in programs where they just don't have the time to dedicate to their hair.  I have very coarse and thick hair so it's still not an easy task but it will help my hair to remain healthy and grow.

Lately, I've been moisturizing my hair with water and my leave-in conditioner (Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner).  Then I'll seal with coconut oil and shea butter.  For this particular style I just used some flexi-rods and separated the curls.

Then I felt like looking cute today (please don't think I'm conceited LOL) so I used my new Urban Decay Palette.  I think it was more so that I felt like playing in makeup and testing out my new palette.  Either way I like the pop of color that I got from my bronzer and the UD palette.  I then paired the makeup with a gold top and my fav watch with my fav earrings.

And, here's the outcome...
Don't let the shrinkage fool you.

Self party

cheese- yes I was a bit bored lol
I should have gone out somewhere right?  But I can't because we have 2 more exams and assignments due before we go on.....SPRING BREAK ;)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

YouTube Fav Videos of the Week

Here are some of my YouTube favs for the week....

3) Dr. Oz and the 9 minute workout.

2) A Compilation of the Harlem Shake Phenomenon

1) The Harlem Shake- Dr. Oz Edition

Happy Valentine's Day

I just wanted to say Happy Valentine's Day!

Here's a Kiss from me to you!

Hola Me llamo...

Streaming lecture
Today we began our Basic Medical Spanish course.  No, it's not a requirement for us.  But I like Spanish and when the opportunity arose for me to take it through the university I jumped at it.  I had taken Spanish in high school and most of college.  In fact, I had even considered minoring in Spanish.  Sometimes I regret that I didn't follow through with that but there's no need for that anymore because I am taking the course now.

The class wasn't exactly what I had expected.  I thought the professor would start off very slow, which he did, but he also spoke lots of Spanish that had nothing to do with our assignment.  I'm assuming it's his native language and he expected many of us to have had some prior Spanish speaking experience.  While I do have experience it's been about 8 years since I've actually used it in conversation, so I don't recall too much.  Also, the session via polycom and there was some interference, in addition to, regular background noise from other students.  Needless to say I had a hard time jumping back into the game.  He was saying words I was completely unfamiliar with. LOL.  Nevertheless, I won't give up.  It may be challenging but I, for one, want to speak Spanish fluently; and second, I would love to be able to cater to Spanish speaking patients without the need of a translator.  How awesome would that be?  Furthermore, I'm sure they would feel more comfortable speaking with me directly rather than another random person.

Well our next class is next Wednesday and I hope I'll be better prepared.

Here's a sentence we learned today... ¿Donde le duele?

¡Si, me gusta mucho! Mi clase seria muy interesante.  


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Come on Spring Break

I just want to let you all know that I can't wait for Spring Break.  I don't have any plans other than just chilling out, watching tv, and catching up with family and friends.  Those are the best of times...and I just can't wait.  Our school has an Alternative Spring Break trip, like most other schools, but I opted out of that.  A part of me wanted to do the program.  But there was another part of my that do things are semester, take a chill pill.  There's absolutely nothing wrong with taking a chill pill...right? LOL. 

Nevertheless, we are gearing up for an exam tomorrow.  Currently, we are covering brain degeneration, seizures, epilepsy, anticonvulsant meds, headaches, meningitis, head trauma, dementia, and etc.  We're all over the place.  But come Monday we will be done with this material and on to the next batch, that is until...Spring Break.  :)  Can't you just feel my excitement. 

Well I'm out of here.   So I can literally get out of here LOL.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Goals for Feb. 4th-Feb 10th

It's a brand new week and I guess that means it's time for some brand new goals!

1) Look at my planner daily
2a) Set up a study schedule
2b) Stick to study schedule
3) Attend lecture everyday (EXCEPT Monday because I've already missed this day LOL
4) Continue to drink water daily
5) Read Bible
6) Review lecture material later that evening.
7) Find a way to read my new book while studying like I ought to.

Let's see how last weeks goals went.

1) Attend lecture everyday
Well I went 4 out  of the 5 days (pretty good, I think).

2) Review lecture notes afterward or later that night (No exceptions)
Unfortunately, this didn't happen for all the lectures.  Gotta work on this.

3) Exercise at least 3 times a week 
Just didn't happen at all.  Sad, I know :(

4) Drink 2L of water daily (I repeat DAILY) lol
For the most part I did drink the 1.5-2L/day.  I'll start using my phone app to keep better track though.

5) Do something fun during the week (i.e. visit the museums...if it's warm roam downtown)
Well, if I didn't successfully achieve all of the other goals I definitely did with this one ;) I watched some of the Super Bowl, I mean Beyonce's Concert, with my family.  She did a good job IMO.

6) Take a lunch 3 out of the 5 days that I'm at school
More like 1 out of the 4 days.

7) Visit with my professor[s] at least 1 time this week
Oh, no.  I totally forgot about this one.   I need to do better with this.

8) Attempt to pre-read the lectures the day before
Nope, just didn't happen again.  Although, I'm not sure how useful it would have been given that some of our lectures are pure outlines.  

9) Blog at least once per  week
Yes, ya'll!  I did blog at least once this week.   Although, I'm not sure how enjoyable my posts were LOL.

Get to Work

You talking to me, huh?
Cheers looking at you, kid!

 Omgosh I've been on break mode all day.  I haven't touched a textbook, course pack, or pencil since I decided I wouldn't stream lecture earlier today.  Unfortunately I woke up late for the first two lectures and then decided I'd ride with my husband to get some maintenance work done on my car.  All the while I was telling myself..."self when you get home you are going to get straight to work."  That hasn't happened just yet.  Instead I checked out some YouTube videos and played in makeup.  Yeah, real productive...I know, right? O_o LOL Now I'm writing a blog about how I'm not studying.  

Let's just blame it on the weather.  It is snowing in the Midwest and I don't want to drive to campus.  But we have a quiz Friday so I better get to it.  Ok, so let's do this on the count of three.  One, Two, Threeeeeeee.  I guess so. 


Oh, that reminds me.  I signed up for Medical Spanish.  That should be a lot of fun.  Hopefully, those 6 years of Spanish will come back to me. 

While med school is tough I am enjoying the experience…somewhat…sometimes
Ok, I’m out of here lol.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

What Would You Do?

Reflect back to a time when you felt uninhibited, limitless, and fearless.  For many of us that was so long ago, probably at the tender age of 5.  There were no cares and responsibilities at that point.  We were simply allowed to live life and have fun.  At that point we hadn't been influenced by popularity, family pressure, or the idolization of money.  Nope, we were in our purest form.

So if you were able to look back to that point what was it that you wanted to do with your life?  What were your career options?  What were your goals?  According to my family I wanted to be a lunch lady and a janitor. LOL.  I do recall acting as a waitress while my family and I waited for dinner.  I was quite the character.  However, I was limitless and carefree.  I didn't care what anyone thought I should be doing or where my time was better spent.  Those were things that I wanted to do at the time.

As I got older my career aspirations began to change.  My talents, gifts, and skills were developing and I found myself taking to things on the more creative side of the spectrum.  I loved to draw, paint, and create stories (not lies...but stories LOL).  So it only seemed  right that I wanted to be an artist.  For the longest time that's what I thought I wanted to be.  But I was also coming into an age where I wanted to make my parents proud.  As such, I decided I could also be a lawyer and a know, to satisfy them.  Really, how hard could being an artist, doctor, and lawyer be?  LOL.  At some point I dropped the lawyer thing.  That was never a real passion of mine and I avoid confrontation by all costs.  It just seemed pretty hardcore to think, I'm going to be a doctor AND a lawyer.  LOL. 

What was left was medicine and art.  Unfortunately, drawing and creating stories became a sporadic hobby that I would engage in every once and a while.  Which was cool because I had actually loved the sciences, more specifically biology and anatomy.  So here I am, a first year medical student. 

It's funny thinking about the evolution of it all.  Sometimes we end up in totally different places than we once thought as kids.  That's just how life works I guess.     

Nevertheless that creative bug is still in me.  I always joke with friends that if medicine doesn't work out I'll go to film school.  (I'm sure that has nothing to do with my wanting to meet Denzel Washington ***smiles***).  But seriously, once medical school is over I'll have to find a way to nourish my creative side.  Thinking about it now it's not something that I want or should let go to waste.

So what is it that you wanted to be and where did you end up?