Tag Archives: Friendship

Pre and Post Match

21 Mar

I can’t believe Match Day is over! I feel like my whole life was centered around this one event and now its over and done! SNAP! Just like that! But before it is officially over let me walk you through the weekend…

March 16 : Started the day off right by getting some Starbucks and heading to a local beauty spa to get a mani/pedi with some close friends who are wives of 4th yr med students. Then we went shopping for hats/shirts that represented the schools we were hoping(!) to match to! I got J a hat from the top 4 programs in our rank list (he had NO idea!) hee hee hee I’m so sly! πŸ˜‰ Then J and I met up after he finished his rounding and got lunch. Then we went out with a big group of friends to celebrate someone’s birthday. They all came over and watched a movie until like 1 am! (I know, it’s not THAT late!) Then we attempted to fall asleep…

March 17 : Woke up WAY. TO. EARLY. so I curled my hair, did some laundry… you know the usual things do when getting ready in the morning πŸ˜‰ Went to MATCH DAY! (more to come!) =D Went to lunch and got together with friends. Went out to dinner (seeing a theme? ;)) with our moms =) how cute are we? Then went and got some green beer to top it off!

March 18-20 : Took 2 couples in J’s med school class and went away for a weekend retreat to escape it all! Had a blast and got a few couples massages (FYI best thing ever to do post match!)

It really was a fun time! I feel like he has already graduated and we are moving on… weird, since he still has until the end of May for graduation. Oh well.



Bible Study Outreach

15 Mar

I am involved in this wonderful Bible Study group that is comprised of wives of medical students. We range from first years to fourth years. We are nurses, teachers, students, stay-at-home moms and psych’s.

I L-O-V-E this group. We seriously have such a great time. One week last year we decided to do something a little different from our usual study. We wanted to reach out to the local homeless community. We originally wanted to cook something, but (can you believe this?) all the volunteer spots were filled for months! (woo-hoo community! nice!) So we started to brainstorm and eventually decided to make “bags”. Included in these bags were daily essentials (soap, socks, razor and shaving cream, toothbrush and paste, water, snacks, etc) and a list of local resources for them.

Little Baggy Guys

We kept these little baggy guys in our cars and handed them out whenever we came across someone in need. We all enjoyed it so much. Every bag I handed out was met with a “Thank you” and “God bless!”. I must admit something so you all don’t think that I am mother Teresa over here… I am one of THOSE people… you know, the one who pretends to not see the dirty man standing on the middle of the street holding a sign that screams “please help me”. Yup. That’s me. I don’t make eye contact. I turn on the radio… a little louder. Oh! Look over there! Wow! What’s that? Oh darn, light is green. Sorry dude. Sad. I know, but I was raised to think they were drunks who were on drugs and just wanted your money to buy more and that they were crazy/scary/dangerous.

*Funny side note: I once saw a homeless guys with a sign that read: “I’m not going to lie. It’s for beer” Bahahaha, at least he was honest! And another time I watched a guy leave his post in the middle of the street, walk to the parking lot, and get into his shiny Escalade. Hmmmm.*

Ok sorry, back to what I was saying. I never gave these guys/gals anything before. I always would judge them and just keep driving by. After we made these bags and were supposed to hand them out, I really started thinking about this. Just because some people are wanting some cash for drugs/alcohol doesn’t mean that’s what they are all after. And besides, these bags had no money in them at all. So the first time I saw someone and had the bags in my back seat, what do you think I did? I drove right past that guy! Ha! Such a chicken! Well I eventually came back after I was struck with life depressing guilt and handed him the bag. YAY ME! Well since then, I ran out of bags and made my own to pass out. My Bible Study got together again recently to make more bags. Here are some pics of us and all our loot!

Toothpaste and brushes to keep those pearly whites white!

Filling our baggy guys full of love!

For Christmas we each bought a new pair(s) of shoes and socks for the homeless TEENS in our community. (Doesn’t that just break your heart to hear there are homeless teens?)

What have you done for your community?

Weekend Getaway

1 Nov

This past weekend we took some of our friends from medical school up to my family cabin on the Lake. We had such a great time getting out of the normal routine and just spending quality time with each other. Here is our weekend in photos πŸ™‚ Enjoy!





Pumpkin Patch

9 Oct

Today we went over to our local pumpkin patch with some friends we met through J’s med school class. J and M are in the same year. He has 2 adorable kiddos and one amazing wife! So the 6 of us spent a few hours there today. Man has it been forever since we have been to a pumpkin patch! These places are SO COOL! They had so much to do I felt like I was at Disneyland! Ok, slightly overreacting but hey! It was really cool. They had they normal stands of pumpkins and the patch where “U PICK”. Then they had a corn maze, a monkey, a hay castle, a ton of bouncy-thingy-ma-bobs, and food! Even a little shopping mixed in just for me πŸ™‚ It was so much fun! I am definitely coming back with my nephew when I can steal him away for a weekend! J and I were talking about many cool places like this we have been missing out on because we don’t have kids. lol I suggested that we can fix that problem rather quickly, and he rather quickly changed the subject πŸ˜‰ Oh well. A girl can try!

Here we are in the middle of the cute little pumpkin patch





This was the BIG pumpkin I chose, but then was forced to find one that would actually fit in our trunk… minor detail! πŸ˜‰ So I chose this other little guy instead.









The kiddos searching for their perfect pumpkin… while their daddy is busy talking to J about residencies πŸ™‚








All in all, we had a great time with our great friends!

Medical School Retreat

26 Sep

We just got back from our weekend retreat in the mountains with J’s medical school. Every year the school clears the schedule so the entire school can all go on a retreat together. Of course, not everyone comes, but a good majority make it up for some part. It is always so much fun. I can’t believe this will be our last year going 😦 How can 4 years go by so slowly and yet so quickly? I really just do not know. Anyway… what does one do on a medical school retreat? Well talk medicine of course! lol Well, at least that was what we did when we were first and second years. This year however, it was all about interviews and places we would like to live (like we have any say in the matter!)

Each year a talent show is put on. You know, the ones where people get up and show off their lack of talent? Well this talent show was ACTUALLY good! We had comedy acts that were funny, people playing instruments who were amazing and singers who could sing! wow! imagine that! But my favorite this year was done by 3 girls from my Bible study. The wives went up and did a skit about what it’s like being married to a first year medical student. Can I just say that I was laughing so hard I was crying! Some of the things are just so true! Like studying while eating dinner together. Like being “initiated into the fraternity of victims of physical diagnosis” (aka you are now the most convenient person to act like your husbands personal patient for his studying purposes). Does anyone else remember the retina exam!?!? My eyes hurt so bad from that stupid light! HA! They did a great job and had everyone laughing! I have a video but am trying to learn how to post it on here. So until then you can just imagine it πŸ™‚

Anyway, we had a great time and got to spend time with some of our closest friends who we have gone through medical school with! Sad that this was our last time, but looking forward to what is still to come!

Friend Friday

20 Aug

When your husband is super busy and you only work 3 days a week you HAVE to find something to do or you will go stir crazy! I have found many things to do like shop at Target, shop at the mall, shop at Forever 21… you know, all the very time consuming and very important things πŸ˜‰ But the days I love the most are the ones I spend with family and friends. Only working 3 days a week has its advantages and disadvantages. Advantage: malls/stores are NOT crowded on Mondays πŸ™‚ Disadvantage: almost everyone works on Mondays 😦 But my very good friend since 7th grade, Amy, has helped solve that one for me. At her last job she used to have Wednesdays off. We would go to Glen Ivy, lunch, Twilight showings (HA!), shopping, disneyland, etc. But that job was uber-dangerous… like guns and threats dangerous… so now she has a much better job, with an awesome co-worker Natalee and an hour long lunch break! (So long compared to my dismal 30 min break!) So, needless to say, I simply text her, say I’m hungry, and off we go! Things have changed a little since the day I received a call asking how accurate the pregnancy tests are… (99% my friend!) But this has made the last year so much fun! But let me take you back to the beginning…

Amy and I met when I was in the 7th grade during volleyball tryouts. We were pretty much the best people there… HA! Just kidding! We just got along really well, mostly because she was nice to me. You see, she was a “big” 8th grader and I was just some new “little” 7th grader. Ah the drama of middle school! Amy has always been such a great friend to me. She is always making me laugh and is always there for me. We were pretty much amazing during high school sports… Since our high school was small our team pretty much stayed the same from junior high and throughout high school. Of course there were people graduating and newbies coming in, but the core group was pretty much there the whole time. This is us during my freshman year of basketball. Ok, to be honest, we really sucked! HA! But we loved it! And we thought we were super cool cause we were on the Varsity team. We played together until she left me for college. Here are some other highlights from high school…

There’s just nothing like a best friend! During college we were both busy getting degrees and whatnot, but life has a way of keeping friends connected (before facebook and blogs) Amy and I both started dating our hubbies during hight school. In fact, our first dates were like 2 days apart. Its fun when you go through the same stages at the same time. This is us in each other’s weddings…

So on with the recent stuff… like I said she is having a baby… SOON! So I thought I would recap these past months before the baby gets here! Amy’s co-worker Natalee is amazing and very creative! Amy has had some very fun and exciting showers because of her. One I was a part of was a gender reveal party… Amy forced me to be the ONLY person who knew the gender of the baby and to reveal it at her party (like a month later! so hard!). So I have another friend who makes cakes and saw a picture of a cake in the shape of a pregnant belly. How perfect I thought, so I recruited the help of my family and we all made Amy’s reveal cake. It was such a blast and who knew we could just do that out of no where!?! So the party turned out great and Amy got it all on video! So cute! The cake inside was PINK, much to the surprise of the parents! HA! I don’t think she stillΒ fully believes its a girl. lol Anyway, I think I could probably go on and on and this would be the longest post known to man! But since I think Amy is the only one who reads this blog I know she’ll like it! haha! Thanks for being the best friend I could ever ask for Amy! Can’t wait to meet your cute lil one in a few more weeks!

PS~ She’s going to kill me for some of these pictures! HA! Am, just be glad I didn’t post some of the others πŸ˜‰

Friendship and Pasta Bags

17 Aug

J and I are part of a group from med school called JMA. Basically what we do in this group is meet other married medical students/spouses, eat together and just hang out. Β When J was in his orientation week for the first year of med school he came home with a bag of pasta and a jar of pasta sauce. He told me a “group” gave it to him and invited us to a “get together” later that week. So I’m thinking, oh no! do they really think we are going to be that poor and time deprived that we can’t afford a dinner?!?! Well after some research we discovered it was a married couples group. Phew! So we get in our car and drive to the impossible-to-find-house and meet others who basically are just as scared and unsure of what we just got ourselves into! What is it about the automatic friendship that builds when you meet someone and they know EXACTLY what you are going through and then go through it with you? It’s like when you are on a sports team. Everyone is working hard, sweating, going through highs and lows and all the while building something that no one else can {seemingly} understand. Well, anyway, we ended up having a great time. We met some interesting people πŸ˜‰ and also some people who we became very close with. We stayed in the group every year and have continually gotten more and more involved. This year I am actually VP! HA!

In truth, I really think this group has been life changing and life saving! Most of us know what it feels like to start at a new school or new job where you don’t know a soul. Its scary and very intimidating, but at least you know you will be studying/working with these people and will get to know them eventually. Now imagine moving across the country into this unknown world and being the spouse of this person. You have no job, no friends and don’t know how you are going to survive for the next 4 years! I know you are thinking “but you lived in riverside before! that’s not moving across the country!” True, true. But this is the story of many of my friends and it very well could be my story if the match sends us off to Timbuktu! 😦

Last Friday we had our first event of the year where all the newbies and the oldies come and meet. It was really a great event. We had over 70 people there! I really hope that this group can be of as much comfort to these students and spouses as it was for us.

The most exciting “first JMA event” for me was last year at the beginning of our 3rd year. We met so many great people and we do so much together now! These wives are amazing and I am so glad they are in my life! We have Bible studies, beach trips, PROMs, dinners, movie nights, etc. etc. I am just so thankful for all these girls! Here are some pics of the event!