27 December 2013

Happy Christmas/Boxing Day/New Year!!

Home a week and a half and I've already been to New York and back, had lots o' food, spent time with family, and I had a great time doing it.

I also managed to sneak up to Saratoga last week and secure an apartment for next year. It's on the expensive side, but it includes so much stuff (fitness center, cable and internet, water, waste disposal...basically everything except heat and electric). Also, it's conveniently located very close to the practice, so I'll be spending less on driving back and forth. The first place I looked at was 14 miles/20 minutes away, so not ideal. I'm still not feeling the excitement fully, but I think that's probably because I still have so much left to do before I get there.

This weekend I'll be visiting a bunch of old college friends in New Hampshire, something that is long overdue. Can't wait!

But for now, I'll go back to my marathon of Supernatural (I'm on season 6, finally!). And cuddling with my family cats Wanda and Dante.

16 December 2013

Post-NAVLE shenanigans.

Well...I have completed the NAVLE. I really hope I don't have to take it again. And my Equine Diagnostics rotation, my last tracking rotation, is also done. 

Officially one more rotation block left, 5 more weeks of EMS, and then my rotation year is over. Yikes.

I spent the weekend at my sister's in Bromley. We went Christmas shopping together, wandered around some museums in London, and went to see War Horse (which was fantastic, thank you for asking). 

And now, home for the holidays! I can't wait to see my family and friends. It'll be nice to re-charge a bit after the past few months. 

01 December 2013

Counting the days.

I've got a few big things coming up in the next month.

First up: the dreaded NAVLE. 10 more days before that nightmare happens. A lot of my friends have already done it and basically feel shellshocked. I'm not excited. I've still got a ways to go with my VetPrep review, but I'm trying to stay as stress-free as possible.

One of those times that having a cat was great for: stress relief. I'm still a bit weepy over Rory, but I (and friends) keep telling myself that I'm allowed to be sad for a while.

Next up: last tracking rotation ever starts tomorrow. Equine Diagnostic Imaging, which I'm half excited about, half dreading it. It's a very laid-back rotation, but I still feel shaky about my imaging interpretation (which is why I'm tracking in it). Also, NAVLE. Doing the exam in the middle of a rotation was not an ideal situation, but I'll have time in the evenings to do VetPrep, and time during lunch to study. I just feel anxious that I won't be prepared. But then, who actually feels completely prepared for the NAVLE?

Not me.

Anyway, Wales rotation was good. I was a bit frustrated with the teaching methods, and being out in the cold, but all in all it was ok. Socially it was amazing; I made Thanksgiving for 12 people with the help of my fellow American rotation member A. Turkey was delicious, stuffings were delicious....and there was a full 5 minute silence at the table. Best compliment I could ever get.

Now, back to NAVLE prep and my sister's Thanksgiving (number 4 for me, I feel like I've gained about an entire turkey in weight).