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...if I hear one more story about swine flu that's been blown out of proportion by the media to incite more mass hysteria, I'M going to incite some mass hysteria.

Finals start Tuesday. Whoo.

It's Been A While

At the suggestion of Laurel and nagging of my own conscience, I thought maybe I should update if only to keep in touch with the few people from Geneva I care about anymore. Lucky you, reader! It's safe to say that I have never been busier in my life. Apparently learning this medicine thing takes up time. I'm taking 19 credits this semester, registered for another 15 this summer and am gearing up to take another 21 in the fall. Right now my lovely schedule includes Pathology, Physiology, Functional Neuroanatomy, Microbiology and Cultural Diversity Ethics in Healthcare. Two of these classes include lab. Rather than boring you all with my tales of science-y woe, I thought I'd just share some anecdotes from my life these past few months.

-Naked Thursdays are a house rule in my apartment. I have won this shirtless gamut twice. Go me...I think.

-People don't like volunteering to get their throats swabbed.

-When testing a patient to see if his visual-spatial centers in the parietal lobe were intact, his hand strayed towards my lap. Poor judgment and lack of inhibition due to neo-cortex loss excuses this but didn't reduce my shock.

-I'm a staph aureus carrier.

-The preceptor ball is tonight and my boyfriend is off gallivanting in Idaho with the basketball team. Sweet.

-My guinea pig grows more rotund on a daily basis.

-I do a crossword puzzle everyday now. It's my new hobby.

-Slumdog Millionaire is my new favorite movie.

-I hid in my seat behind my hands as I watched a tiny man crawl into a woman's vagina during a viewing of the movie "Talk to Her" (Habla con Ella) in my ethics class.

-The papers I keep in my blue binder smell like brain as a result of handling a lab guide while wearing juicy gloves. Whoops.

-I still can't cook.

-I did manage, however, to throw up the home-cooked meal Chris made for me after not seeing him for two weeks. Whoops again.

-I found a pack of old Sega games available for the 360 and bought them with a childish glee.

-My pathology teacher was drawing a breast on the board to show where most breast cancer lesions are found and had to pause midway through the drawing and go, "This is a female breast, I try to remember what they look like...". He is at least 70.

-April remains a fluff ball but has lost all the fur on her tail. It's really odd looking.

-After hitting my ceiling with a broom in an attempt to shush my upstairs neighbor I realized that I am finally the crazy, fussy old cat lady I always knew I would become.


I'm alive. I swear. Hi! Finals sucked but I am home. I hope everyone else survived the madness.
Some pictures-just a reminder of how similar people are all over the world.

In Case You Were Wondering...

...what it's like to be in grad school, let me just say whoof. That's the technical word for a heavy mass hitting you square in the chest, flattening you on the ground and leaving you breathless.

Okay, it's not that bad, but let me give you a head's up on some of the basics:
-Every instructor will announce that if you are not in a professional program you need to clear out immediately because this class was only made for people that can handle it.

-A conduct review board meets every semester to ensure that you are acting and dressing appropriately in all your courses and that your interactions with your peers are of a professional affect.

-What assignments? Learn the material, come to class, take a test on it. Lectures are for suckers.

-Functions that focus on members of your class socializing are mandatory. It's important to get to know the people you'll be living with next year and it promotes mental well-being (hahahaha).

That said, I've skipped all our social functions, still wear flip-flops on a daily basis and have only run out of class crying once. To be fair it was gross anatomy lab and I wasn't feeling well. Here's the class rundown if you're interested in reading about what I'm taking (or what's taking me):

  • Biochemistry: I have this class five days a week, but thankfully there's no lab. So far it's a pretty even blend of, uh, biology and chemistry. This is the first time this professor has taught the class and he made our first test a little easy. I'm hoping he won't try and overcompensate on test number two. The material we have to cover is broad enough that we stick to theory and concept for the vast majority of class.

  • Human Gross Anatomy: This class is ridiculous. We blow through the material and are expected to have it memorized by the time we go to lab (which I should mention is ten minutes after lecture) so that we can pinpoint what we're looking at in our dissections. Dissecting people is weird. A large part of me is revolted, but a large part of me is interested. Nerves and arteries look exactly alike. Taking paper or a book into lab for reference would be a very bad idea. Cadavers are juicy and drippy. And they smell. Not like a "oh, this is kind of gross, I think I'll chew gum so I don't have to deal with the smell" (chewing gum in lab would be a very bad idea anyways), but a "Wow, I've washed my hands nine times and they still smell. Will this stuff ever get out of my hair? When can I burn these scrubs?" kind of smell.

  • Medical Terminology: Not much to say here. We learn the terms, tests and diseases in our free time and take a test on it Tuesday mornings. Today's pride and joy was the female reproductive system. D&C's sound painful. Total Abdominal Hysterectomy with Bilateral Salpingo-oophorectomy is fun to say. Also, there's a part of the female anatomy called the cul-de-sac. Wow.

  • Nutritional Aspects of Health: This is my easiest class. It's exactly what you'd expect from a nutrition class with a lot more biochemistry thrown in.

  • Molecular Pathology: This is my favorite class. We talk a lot about the cellular mechanisms of a certain pathology each class. For example, the other day was apoptosis, before that was atherosclerosis. I like it because we discuss viruses and viral vectors and everyone knows about my weird fondness for those.

  • Applied Clinical Ethics: I won't start this class until after midterms in October. I hear the professor's entertaining, though.

So there you go. I've been incredibly busy, it doesn't even compare to my last two years of school and I know the year after this doesn't even compare to this year. My laptop desperately needs updating, it must be at least seven years old now. I've been using the iMac for most of my random tasks. Unfortunately it doesn't have powerpoint so I can't work on slides with it, but the old vaio suffices. Living in the apartment has been nice, all the girls are getting along. I'll try to post pictures sometime when I have take some and find a website to host them. Saturday I'm doing Al's Run for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Sunday night I'm going to see the Eagles. Probably a poor choice since I have three tests next week. Oh, well. Alright, I'm off to go study. Later kids, hope you're all doing well. I miss you lots.

It's storming really badly! I LIKE IT!

Dooby doo. I hope Cassie, Eric, Bobby, Liz, Kiwi and Nathan are all doing well. I miss hearing from you guys. I'm sure your absence can only mean you're leading fulfilling, productive lives and I'm very glad. You're in my thoughts and I hope life is treating you with the awesomeness you all deserve. And a happy birthday to almost all of you since you all seem to have squeezed yourselves out of your mothers in the spring-summer months. :D

I'm keeping my LJ, even if only Liz and Kristen (who I consort with on a regular basis), Laurel (who I talk to a lot in my mind anyway), and other random folk. Cause I like it. Um. Apparently I needed to justify that to myself?

A real entry about life is forthcoming. Get excited!

Jun. 25th, 2008

And now some excerpts from my life recently. (Note: Conversations not to scale with life.)

At Home

Mom (regaining consciousness): Caroline, there are five of you.
Me: Four of those are paramedics. Your blood sugar is low. You weren't responsive.
Mom: Paramedics? Why did you call paramedics? Oh, thank God the house is clean! What's in front of our house?
Intimidatingly muscular paramedic #1: Ambulances.
Mom: Oh no, why are there ambulances in front of our house?
Intimidatingly muscular paramedic #2: Well, ma'am, that's what we drive.

Me: I'm sorry you're mad at me.
Mom: Me, too. Maybe you'll learn something from this.

Sarah: What's for dinner? Pizza?
Mom: Ask Caroline, she's cooking.
Sarah (standing in kitchen, facing me): What's for dinner?
Me: Pasta.
Sarah: What kind of pasta? (Note: This question is directed to my mother, despite the fact that she is in a different room of the house and is clearly not making dinner.)
Me: Plain. No spices, don't worry.
Sarah: I don't want pasta.
Me:...Would you have wanted it if there were spices? (Note: Being autistic, Sarah has elevated senses, including taste. She hates spices.)
Sarah: No. I don't want food you're making.
Me: Oh. Sorry.

At Work

Jaci: I'm thinking if I'm ever reincarnated as a man I'm going to become a gigolo.
Barb: Really? Why?
Jaci: They just seem to have a lot of fun. Lots of sex, nobody cares because they're men...
Me: What about the STD's?
Jaci:That's what raincoats are for!

Sean (deciding to sit down across from me while I'm clearly wanting to be alone): Hey Caroline.
Me (looking up from book at lunch): Hi Sean. I didn't know you were back. It's kind of late in the year.
Sean: Yeah, we're on the quarter system.
Me: Oh, I see. Did you like school?
Sean: Yeah.
Me: Good. What's your major again?
Sean: Pre-med classes...I don't know. Biology, I guess.
Me: Oh, well, that sounds fun.
Sean: Yeah.
Awkward silence. I go back to reading. 25 more minutes of lunch pass with Sean sitting across from me, eating while I read and avoid life.

Alyssa: I told one of my friends you thought dating was like going to the dentist's office to get a root canal.
Me: Haha, yeah?
Alyssa: Now he wants to meet you.
Alyssa: I told him that he doesn't stand a chance, that you'd rip him to shreds.
Me: I knew I liked you.
Alyssa: Heh. Either way, I'm having a party on Saturday at my house. My parents aren't home so it's just a few friends, including him. You're welcome to come join us.
I contemplate watching my friends get drunk and being hit on by a strange man while sitting awkwardly in my old physics' teacher's house (Alyssa is Mr. Bevans' daughter), knowing that even though he is not there, he will come back, know I have been there, and somehow manage to change my "A" to an "F".
Me: Um. I'm in Milwaukee this weekend. Maybe next time!

Jaci: I turned and watched myself walk away in the bathroom mirror today. It was like watching two pigs fight under a blanket.

Barb: Cookie, it's not that bad. These things always go better than you think they will.
Alyssa: Just think of it as a game!
Me: I'm very good at losing games!
Alyssa: This is one game you can't lose.

Bill taps the opposite shoulder of the side he is walking past me on for the millionth time
Bill: Haha, gotcha!
Shoulder Devil: SMACK THE BASTARD!
Shoulder Angel: He's the CFO of the company! Plus he's in a neck brace.
Me: Ah, haha, yes, yes you did. Way to go you.

Random Times
In a letter from my father
Dad: We're hoping the high tymorrow [sic] will be 90 and on Tuesday 85. That usually means the big high pressure is moving toward the Midwest so Illinois residents can enjoy the life of the Gila monster. Love, Dad.

Craig: Hey.
Internal self: What the hell? Did Craig just speak to me? Or was he just talking to someone on his cell phone? I can't tell. Should I say hi? I haven't talked to him in years. He's way too cool to pay attention to me now! I thought he thought I hated him! You're thinking too much! If he was talking to you he's probably wondering why you haven't answered him yet and is remembering why he stopped talking to you in the first place you freak. Stop being angry at me for being logical and answer him!
Me: Oh, hey.

Martin (randomly seeing me at Swedish Days): Hey, Caroline.
Me: Hi Martin, how've you been?
Martin: Great, you?
Me: Oh, you know. Enjoying the college life.
Martin: Yeah, I hear you. Remember when we had physics together back in high school?
Me: Yeah! We also had gym together a semester, English II honors, and history.
Martin: Haha, wow. You really remember.
Me: You're hard to forget.
Martin: So are you. You know, I used to have the biggest crush on you.
Me: No kidding! I had the biggest crush on you my sophomore through senior years! While isn't that crazy?
Martin: Heh, yeah. We should go out sometime.
Me: Sure. That sounds great.
Martin: To hell with it. Let's just have lots and lots of sex right now and eventually get married.
Me: Sounds good to me!

Oh wait, that last one took place entirely in my head as I saw him walk by and give me a quizzical and unrecognizing look. It probably had to do with my intense oggling.

And now, since it's the end of June, my summer reading listCollapse )

I switched around my journal some!

It is a testament that working at Flinn these past few summers has rubbed off on me when, while driving my car, the radio announces Steve received a "clacky ball thing for his desk" as a father's day gift and I promptly correct the radio, "It's a Newtonian Demonstrator". Working this summer has been pleasant, if boring. I am thankful I have a steady job I will always be able to return to. Unfortunately Flinn Scientific, Inc. has me focusing less on the Scientificking and more on the Flinning. This is a euphemism for sitting in the billing cubicle trying to race through as many orders as possible so Pat Flinn does not wander up and glaringly tell me why I have not made over 150k for his company today? It is clear from his manner that this is a question, but he tells it, he does not ask it. I find this intimidating.

Luckily I leave a little early tomorrow to go to Delnor. I have an interview for the possible obtainment of the Charles Hanson, MD Scholarship. Gasp! I am not particularly enthused. I am glad I was selected for an interview because it appeases my mother's pleas for me to work on my scholarships more (pleas I know I will find myself repeating to my own children). I am less enthused because of the identity of one of the board members of the scholarship committee. You guessed it. Pat Flinn. I wonder if he'll tell me why I am not at work.

13 more days until Liz comes home.


Memes. Cause I can't handle anything else right now.
I've seen 61/82 Disney MoviesCollapse )
I've seen 111/239 movies.Collapse )

I dyed my hair dark brown. That is all.

Stolen from Lizzie B.

1. Do you like blue cheese? Sometimes.  If it's very kindly. 
2. Have you ever smoked? No.  Blech. 
3. Do you own a gun? No, but my father does-so I guess there's been one in my house? 
4. What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? Adelle says cherry dr. pepper
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? No, I get excited. 
6. What do you think of hot dogs? What don't I think about hot dogs? 
7. Favorite Christmas movie? Holiday Inn or White Christmas
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Juice!  Especially cranberry. 
9. Can you do push ups? Yep. 
10. Do you know the secret to a happy life? Yes. 
11. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? My watch. 
12. Favorite hobby? Reading, dancing obnoxiously, running. 
13. Song you're listening to right now? Sheep Go to Heaven by Cake
14. Do you have A.D.D.? No.
15. What's one trait you do not like about yourself? Your mom.
16. Middle name? Anne Cecilia
17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?
1) My nose is runny.
2) My back hurts from bending over the fume hood for a few hours.
3) How the fuck am I going to get done all the things that need to get done by Wednesday with my family coming Saturday?  *choke*
18. Name 3 things you bought yesterday?
1) Hazelnut steamer
2) Postage
19. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink?
1) Diet soda
2) Crystal light
3) Milk
20. Current worry? Getting stuff done. 
21. Current hate right now? My acne.
22. Favorite place to be? My bed.
23. How did you bring in the New Year? Stayed home and up until midnight - then promptly went to bed. (I second this, Liz)
24. Where would you like to go? Downstairs to 901, but Chris isn't there right now. 
25. Name four people who will complete this. Me, myself, Caroline and I.
26. Do you own slippers? Yes, they're brown, pink, and have rhinestones.  Chic.
27. Last magazine you read: Scientific American, of course.
28. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? No, because I always slide about 4 inches further than where I intend to go. 
29. Can you whistle? Like a canary. 
30. Favorite color? Light blue. 
31. Would you be a pirate? Yes. 
32. What songs do you sing in the shower in the morning? Whatever comes to mind.  A lot of Disney, a lot of Moulin Rouge!, a lot of oldies. 
33. Favorite girl's name? Tess, Sophie
34. Favorite boy's name? Jake, Zeke
35. What's in your pocket right now? My school ID
36. Last thing that made you laugh? I dunno, I laugh at everything. 
37. Best bed sheets as a child? Flannel sheets with blue and gold stars, moons and comets on them. 
38. Worst injury you've ever had? I broke my right arm at some point in middle school. 
39. Do you love where you live? 9x out of 10.  I just don't like the workload that accompanies it. 
40. Cat lover or dog lover? I love them both equally.  :3
41. Who is your loudest friend? Adelle
42. How many fish do you have? I don't.  I have a my painted metal work fish I made that's an ode to Herman though, who was removed forcefully from me.  :(
43. Does someone have a crush on you? Yes. 
44. What is your favorite television show? Psych, House, Arrested Development, South Park, The Colbert Report
45. What is your favorite book(s)? Catch-22, To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride & Prejudice, Harry Potter
46. What is your favorite candy? Dark chocolate anything. 
47. Favorite Sports TEAM? CHICAGO WHITE SOX!
48. What song do you want played at your funeral? Pft, what do I care? :p
[Where is number 49 ?]
50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?
Why are these keys in my bed?


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C. Fox

C. Fox has a fascination for electrons and excellent books. Information about her life is detailed here as the author feels subject to providing such.

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