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Medicine, LGBTQ issues, frugality, minimalism, work-life balance
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As a kid, there was no library in my neighbourhood.  Instead, a "Bookmobile" would be set up once a week in the parking lot of our local shopping mall, giving us access to a rotating assortment of books from the public library.  I made my parents take me there pretty much every week, and I can remember running up the metal stairs into the trailer, eager to see what new ...
Posted: Nov 18 2017 @ 11:11 AM
Despite the winter solstice being over a month away, it is already cold and dark here.  Which means that when I'm not at work, I'm happiest when I'm on my couch with a blanket and a good library book.  (Currently reading Shrill by Lindy West on the advice of...someone'  Twitter'  A blog'  I really like it!)  As an introvert, I can go for very long periods of time with minimal ...
Posted: Nov 17 2017 @ 5:26 PM
There's nothing like writing a blog post every single day to make you realize how routine and uninteresting your life can be.  Today was a typical Thursday:  go to work, get lots of paperwork done (I have no clinics on Thursdays), go to my French class, come home.  I have to give a presentation tomorrow at 7 oh-my-God-it's-too-bloody-early in the morning, so I also had to spend part of my ...
Posted: Nov 16 2017 @ 9:58 PM
I am caring for a lot of very sick people right now, which isn't typical.  Most of my patients have chronic, slowly progressive illnesses, so a lot of the work that I do is just checking in on generally healthy people to make sure that everything is okay.  Lately though, things haven't been okay.  I have patients going for major procedures, patients in hospital, and patients approaching the end of ...
Posted: Nov 15 2017 @ 9:24 PM
I love good food.  (Not a shock to anyone.)  Thankfully, I also like to cook good food, and over my many years of adulthood, I've accumulated a few really good recipes.  Some of them are for fancy things that come out only for holidays, like the perfect creme brûlée, and others are for everyday things, like ridiculously easy pulled pork.  But I love them all in their own ways.In case ...
Posted: Nov 14 2017 @ 10:20 PM
Remember how my living room looked on Friday'This is how it looks at the end of the weekend:The after photo doesn't quite do it justice, as everything that is currently on the table is waiting for someone to pick it up and take it away.  There will be a lot of empty space once it's finally done.  Including space for games nights!A few more before and afters:The desk:The bookshelf:The light ...
Posted: Nov 13 2017 @ 7:39 PM
It is late at night and I've just returned from drinking two glasses of wine at a friend's house.  I had many ideas for a post earlier tonight, but none of them can be written in under 15 minutes with the amount of mental capacity I have remaining.It was a good day.  I slept in a bit; did important life maintenance tasks like dishes and laundry; purged a few cupboards ...
Posted: Nov 12 2017 @ 11:44 PM
A few nights ago, I called my Mom up to ask her if she wanted any of the Christmas decorations that I was getting rid of, and she asked me what I was going to use to decorate my tree this year."Oh, I'm getting rid of my tree," I responded.Long pause.  Followed by my Mom going through all five Kubler Ross stages of grief while she adjusted to this news."Noooooo.....you're ...
Posted: Nov 11 2017 @ 11:29 PM
Although I have enjoyed the resultant comments and conversations, I have had enough writing about controversial things for one week.  It is the beginning of the long weekend, and I am going to stop thinking and writing about "big things" for a while.So that I can move on to this:This is my living room.  At some point in the not too distant past, it was reasonably well organized and uncluttered.  ...
Posted: Nov 10 2017 @ 10:13 PM
It has been an interesting day on Twitter.  I have been at home working on a presentation that I am giving next week, and so I've been regularly checking in and causing trouble.  I may have gotten really angry at a blogger for disregarding privilege.  I regret nothing.One of the things that came up on Twitter was female bloggers and the recognition that they do (or do not) receive in ...
Posted: Nov 09 2017 @ 10:28 PM


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