11 April 2014

Final Exams: 20% complete.

OSCEs are officially over. It was long, it was ridiculous, but at least it's finally over!

They really weren't that bad, but 3 hour exams are never fun.

So now, we have 2 weeks off for Easter holidays. Next week: Poland for 4ish days. The week after that, tattoo time.

That's right, I've committed to an appointment and I'm finally getting my vet school tattoo. It's not what I originally planned out, but I love it, it's gorgeous, and I will post pictures when it happens.

31 March 2014

British Summer Time

Yes, people. This is a thing.

Instead of calling it Daylight Savings time, they call it British Summer time (BST). Clocks have been moved forward (just like in DST), and Mother Nature was nice to us and it was a beautiful first day of BST. Our dryer broke so I took advantage of the nice weather and hung my clothes out to dry. There really isn't anything quite like the smell of clothes dried in a spring breeze.

Ok, I'll stop being romantic.

Venice tomorrow. Awesome, cannot wait. It's going to be mild and sunny. I'm bringing sundresses. And heels (oh my!).

I'm officially 28. Yikes. Go me.

Next Friday I take my OSCE/OPSVE final (I swear I'm not hyperventilating, really). I want to say that OPSVE stands for "Observation of Practical Skills Veterinary Exam" or something of the sort. I think I'm pretty prepared; I spent every day last week in the CSC (Clinical Skills Center) practicing various things, like California Milk Testing, equine leg bandaging, and prescribing/handling medication. There is also a ton of videos and worksheets online to help with all that stuff, since the CSC is closed to prepare for it.

And, it's exactly 3 months until I start my position as intern. Yikes. Real life.

I swear I'm not hyperventilating. Really.

23 March 2014

Get traveling.

I discovered my love of traveling when I moved here 4 years ago, but haven't really had a chance to do as much as I'd like. This is mostly due to the fact that I've been a full-time student with restricted funds for the past 4 years. So now that I'm graduating soon and have a little left over money from loans, I'm getting in some last minute travel before I'm done.

Trip #1: Venice with my sister for a few days before OSCE finals. Smart? Maybe not. I've got all this week and some of next to study. And I've been studying for this, so 3 days hopefully won't mean a failing grade for me. I guess we'll see.

Trip #2: Krakow with my friend J over Easter holidays. I'm really excited about it. We're also going to take a trip to Auschwitz while we're there. I'm a little nervous about it and I'm probably going to get emotional during the visit.

And that's it, folks. The last two trips as a student. Can't wait!

17 March 2014

The Penultimate Flight to the UK

I'm sitting in the Indianapolis International Airport right now, waiting patiently for my flight. It's a bit early, but my friend E had a flight at 6:45am this morning, so we all needed to leave early to get her here on time. But it's worth it. I dropped my bags of 3 hours early, had breakfast with K, and then said goodbye since she had to go to work.

R&R ended with a bang, which was 100% worth it. I managed to do about 6 anesthetics on my own (under close supervision) and have been deemed ready to run anesthesia in Saratoga next year. I'll just have to keep on top of stuff before I get there!

And I had a wonderful girls weekend with my college girls. I got to see C and her baby, hang out and veg in front of the TV with K and E, and even managed a pretty heinous hangover/food poisoning episode due to some thai chicken curry (I'm feeling much more human today, but I still feel a bit icky). We had a Girls marathon, since I've never really watched the show (and of course now I'm in LOVE).

So now, I've got the next three weeks to relax and study for the practical exams in April, relax, and maybe take a cheeky day trip to Paris to see Notre Dame and Versailles. We'll see.

09 March 2014

So. Much. Anesthesia.

So I've been at R&R for the past two weeks now, and I've been having a fabulous time. There have been quite a few emergencies come in that have resulted in very little sleep, but it's been a great learning experience.

Also, I've been training with the anesthesia group these past two weeks, and I'm feeling much more confident about my abilities to safely anesthetize a horse. I even managed to do the anesthesia on two procedures practically on my own (under very close supervision)! It was very nerve-wracking, but both went smoothly.

I'm so excited for next year. I'm going to be tired, grumpy at times, but it's going to be the best experience I could've asked for.

One more week here, then my college girlies are coming to pick me up on Friday so I can spend the weekend with them before heading back for the final leg of this degree. So close!

26 February 2014

Looking back on posts gone by.

Every so often, I take a look back at my first few months of blog posts to remind me where I came from, and how much has changed since then. I just came across this one again, which was the last July 4th I was in the US for. I just realized (belatedly) that I was wrong.

I WILL be in the US for July 4th 2014. Because I'll be in the first week of my internship. And probably still jet-lagged. And hopefully will be so busy I won't realize how tired I am.

Also, today has been a day of numbers crunching. I've spent so much money buying plane tickets in the past week, it's put me in a panic about my budget for next year.

Because what else do I worry about but money.

The good part: I now have plane tickets to fly back to the US after exams are over (the day after exams, to be precise), fly back to the UK before graduation, and then fly again to Boston (to pick up my car and drive back to Saratoga, oy). I don't have to worry about agonizing over prices of flights, or worry about buying them because they're already bought. The money is gone.

The bad part: budget panic. My original plan for this coming year was to have money left over from my last loan payment to give me a bit of a cushion during the internship year. I'm getting paid well for an intern, don't get me wrong. I'm thrilled. But because I opted to get an apartment by myself and in a very secure location close to the practice, I'm paying a hefty price for housing. I've already sent off the deposit check, it's done. I'm living there, and I'm glad of it. But I still get anxiety about spending so much on housing. So I have to make sacrifices in other aspects of my budget, AND I need that cushion to help me pay for car insurance/some other small bills in order to make ends meet.

I can totally do it. I'm selling my car in the UK (I will miss my TARDIS, but I'll be very glad of the cash that comes from her), I'm selling a bunch of my books that I know I won't need (Small Animal Surgery, anyone?), I'm selling my TV, and I'm selling my sister some of my bedroom furniture (she's staying in the UK).

So why am I anxious? Because I'm good at it. Or used to it. And it keeps me in line.

Ugh, I'm rambling now. I'm tired. Getting up early to help with morning treatments. Time for bed.

19 February 2014

Visit to Florida

I'm back in Florida visiting my friend Sara for the first time in almost 2 years (which is way too long). The last time I was here, my nephew was 4 months old. Now he's over 2! And talking. And running everywhere. He has so much energy.

It's so nice to relax, hang out, play with my nephew and enjoy time with my friends. I don't get to do this often enough. Also, it's nice to be in a place that doesn't have snow on the ground and it's warm enough for flip flops and t-shirts. It's going to be tough to go to KY after this.

Anyway, I've got until Sunday here, then I fly to KY for 3 weeks. Time is going by so fast! I should probably start attempting to study for OSCEs.