Sunday, March 19, 2017

My LONG Break

Thanks Kiley for always being so awesome and updating our blog! You rock. I'm so glad I married you.

I decided that since you had a nice update on our family in general, I should tell you what I have been up to the past few months. I think you already saw the table I built for Kiley, but there is so much more!

Poster Kiley and I made to show off the places we've visited together. Looks like we have some traveling to do...

As you probably know, I am a commissioned officer in the Air Force, and my medical education is being financed by the government. There are many great benefits but also some drawbacks. One benefit (and drawback) is that my funding will end, according to my contract, upon graduation or upon completion of graduation requirements if that precedes graduation by 45 days or more. Since I have finished all but one elective block (4-week course) for medical school, I was planning on taking a bunch of electives during my last semester. As it turns out, I couldn't take the electives because the military would end my living stipend. When I emailed about the issues, I was told that the Air Force wouldn't pay me to take a long vacation at the end of my medical education, but I found it strange they didn't mind paying for a four-and-a-half-month vacation in the middle of my fourth year of medical school instead of letting me to take meaningful courses that would help me be a more well-rounded physician. Not that I'm complaining!

Here I am at the Klondike Derby, where I camped with the 11-Year-Old Scouts in my Dad's ward. In the morning, I helped run the first aid station and had a blast! Hopefully I'll get a calling in the Young Men's program one of these days...

I didn't think I would be prepared for the cold weather, but I realized my Air Force ABUs were perfect! I even went for a 3-mile run in the snow at 5:30am, heard coyotes howling, and saw some bear tracks. Pretty awesome...

My dad making breakfast burritos before the competition! 
This was the First Aid station where the Boy Scouts had to care for a car crash victim (the scenario progressed from a simple arm wound to unconsciousness, vomiting and aspiration, and cardiac arrest)
A troop trying to figure out what to do (it was a hard scenario for everyone! Except for maybe the team of girls, who ended up beating out every single Boy Scout troop in the entire competition...)

This was an awesome homemade PVC sled that could be disassembled in a jiffy

I had a number of goals for my time off, including working on family projects (such as building the dining room table) and writing a sequel to my book Memoirs of a High School Dropout: Secrets to Success. I was tempted to entitle my new book Your Doctor Dropped Out of High School, but settled on Doctor in the Making. I am still in the editing process, but overall I think it's a success! Sure, it won't be a best-seller anytime soon, but I am happy to leave my life story little-by-little for my kiddos.

The first proof of my book arrived! Wow, it actually looks pretty good...
And finally, Match Day arrived for 4th Year Medical Students! Medical students around the country (and foreign graduates around the world) compete for residency positions during their last year of training. This is part of the reason why we have so much time off (we jokingly call fourth year "the most expensive vacation of our lives"). Match Day was March 17th at 11am. It was a great celebration! The amazing Dr. Robert Melendez spoke, as well as a number of faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and it went great. 

UNM School of Medicine Class of 2017 - can't believe we're all doctors now!
Here is a map composite showing where we all matched. Can you find me? Probably not, due to the low-quality image...

 In case you haven't heard (if you're not on Facebook or something), Kiley and I matched! Being in the Air Force, we matched back in December but haven't gotten around to blogging about it until now. I matched at the San Antonio Military Medical Center/Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, where I will be doing my intern year in General Surgery and then my residency training in Ophthalmology. Woohoo! It was my first (and only) choice of residency and program, so we are very excited! We are going to be Texans, moving to San Antonio in May of this year!

Our Crazy Boys

 Our life with these boys are never dull. Here are some random pictures just to update on their shenanigans.

Eli's obsessed with cars. He has them parked along this container lid.

We watch our friends' baby while they are in school. 

I don't know what was happening, but I thought it was ridiculous enough to snap a picture.

We got to visit a fire station. Joey LOVED it.
Eli wanted to wonder around and that was hard.

This is my circus and these are my monkeys!

Joey started getting into photography. Not bad, eh?


This picture melts my heart!

Eli is soo clumsy. He slips and trips and falls regularly.
His head met this cement park bench
 and the result was a good goose egg.

Doesn't stop him from getting back up and causing mischief wherever he goes. 

Joey at our St. Patrick's Dessert Auction
These brothers. I think they like each other. They follow each other around at least. But Joey is pretty mean to his brother and still pinches, scratches, grabs, pushes, pokes, kicks, and even bites him. Any suggestions on preventing this behavior?

Family Photos 2017

For my birthday I wanted family photos done, specifically by a professional. However after some emergency expenditures, our camera would have to do (that and Sam thought it was stupid to pay someone when we could do it ourselves). My sister was so nice in being behind the camera and I thought they turned out nice. It was a relief since there were problems from bad lighting (it was supposed to be a cloudy day), not doing enough research on the location I originally chose, and a major blowout on the only outfit we brought for Joey. Thanks Kristy!

Quarter of a Century

Short post, but I wanted to thank Sam and my family for making my 25th a special one. We had some car problems that led us to having a tight budget, so my birthday trip to Las Vegas had to be cancelled. But Sam made me this awesome White Chocolate Lasagna. I approved. Then he took me to go see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (we are a little late but it was still good) and we had a yummy dinner at Red Robin. Instead of Las Vegas, we are going to drive up to Santa Fe to see Meow Wolf. I'm sure that will be a post in it of itself! Here's to 25!

Valentines WEEK

If no one knows by now, I'm a sucker for themes. This year I thought of a "music" theme for Valentine's day and surprisingly a lot of ideas came to mind. First, I saw these beautiful piano chocolate molds and I decided to try out a fancy dessert: Chocolate mousse with raspberries in a dark chocolate piano. I was surprised that it worked since I never put these molds together. (Not perfect, but I'm still impressed with myself).

I haven't visited Robertson and Sons' Violin shop in a while and I noticed the bridge of my cello was starting to bend. Then I thought, "Hey, Sam should try out new violas while that gets fixed" so we asked our amazing neighbor to watch our kids while we spent an afternoon at that wondrous place. And we both knew that if Sam tried out violas, there was no going back to his old one. Meet Natalia, Sam's new viola (we were able to trade his old one and pay some for this beauty).

The last thing we did for Valentine's Day was see the NM Phil (again). But guys, this program was too good to pass up! Mahler's 6th Symphony and Schubert's Unfinished. The Mahler required a huge orchestra, so a lot of musicians had to fit on that stage. Funny moment was with the cellists. One messed up big time and it was pretty noticeable. You could see the principal cellist shoot a nasty look. But it's nice to know that even professionals mess up, but it still turns out beautiful.

For the boys I held a Valentine's lunch party with their little lunch buddies. I had everyone bring finger foods and Sam baked me a ton of sugar cookies for decorating. Our place wasn't that big, but it turned out really fun! These are some people I'm really going to miss when we move from Albuquerque.

Hope your Valentine's Day was magical.

NM Phil with U2 Music

Sam is good about planning date nights. He discovered our beloved NM Philharmonic was playing music of U2 and thought it would be fun. I was just past the U2 era, so Sam wanted to immerse me. Turns out Sam was young too when they were big because he didn't recognize all of it either.  Still, the guy who performed was amazing (and hilarious) and it was really cool. Even though we were at a UM Phil concert, we waved our phones around like a real rock concert (ha) and enjoyed a light show to boot.

 Thanks for the fun times, Sammy!