As I (probably) mentioned before, this fall started my dietetic internship. I spent the spring and summer finishing up (most of) my classes so I could focus on the internship this academic year, but, again, condensing 3 years into 2 doesn't really allow for that, so I was still taking 3 graduate level classes and challenging a 4th course while doing my clinical rotations and Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies. I went to the hospital(s) 4 days a week, took 2 of my classes on Tuesday afternoons, and my 3rd on Wednesday evening after work. Because I've already been accepted into a dietetic internship, and I will never again be applying to anything that needs a transcript, I told my advisor that I'm going to be shooting for B's, rather than A's, this semester, which is exactly what I did. Most of my work was completed the morning it was due. Presentations were thrown together hours before class started, papers were roughly drafted and turned in. Is this the best way to learn things? Probably not. But do you know what I did learn? The amount of effort difference between a 95% and and 85% is dramatic. You have to work your tail off to get a 95% (as I have most of my college career), but you barely have to do anything to get an 85%. So that was fun and I ended up with a very respectable A, A-, and B+ in my 3 classes.
My days at the hospital was spent mostly looking at people charts and trying to figure out what they would need from a dietitian, going into their rooms and chatting with them, starting tube feeds and intravenous feeds, going to rounds with incredibly smart doctors, and charting on all of it. I learned tons and got to meet a lot of dietitians. I also got to work in the outpatient diabetes center and educate and do counseling with people with all sorts of nutritional needs including diabetes, celiac disease, bariatric surgery, etc. Starting Monday I will be working with a school district dietitian, and in March I'll be commuting to Denver for my community rotation. I have classes on Thursday afternoons this semester, so I'll be working in the morning until March and then not at all on Thursday when I start going to Denver.
In September, it finally happened. Casey became a crazy cat lady and got a kitten. Going with the house-elf theme, her name is Hokey and she's adorable. She's bigger than this now, and my cats are getting much better about not hating her, so we'll put that in the "success" column.
This summer, Casey and I ran a 5k through bubbles. Casey
loved it will probably never run a 5k again
Rob and I went skiing last March, and for not having done it in 9 years I didn't suck.
However, buying a day pass and renting equipment can cost over $100 just for the day, so this year we decided to go economical. We went to a ski swap and got boots, skis and bindings. We spent about $300 total. Then we bought 2 4-packs each for 2 different resorts, which also cost about $300 total. So, all in all, we each spent $300 for the season and will get to go skiing 8 times. We had to buy a few things like goggles and poles on top of that, but nothing too extravagant. We've been once already and are planning on going Saturday as well.
Rob got accepted to a program to do research in Australia! He will be gone for 3 months starting next December. I'm having an internal struggle about whether I should be an adult and get a job with health insurance by the time I turn 26 in November, or whether I should just blow that off and go to Australia with Rob....I guess we'll see how the job hunt goes next year.
Rob and I also hiked our first 14ers! Colorado has around 50 14,000 ft peaks, and Rob and I did 4 of them in 1 day. We didn't train at all and breathing was a bit difficult. It was a little exhausting, but very cool! We started at about 12,000 feet and hiked up to the first one. The other 3 didn't require as much of a decent and acent between them. Then we went back down to our car from the top of the 4th.
In June, we moved into our new house! It's wonderful and amazing and beautiful and we just love it. I've spent most of the break scrubbing the white grout between the white tile (who's idea was that?) and sealing it all, along with shampooing the white carpet (seriously people?). I'll take some pictures get a post up so you can see how nice it is soon.
Currently (like right this second) I'm supposed to be writing my thesis so that I can defend in the spring. I've been a bad procrastinator so far on that project. I'm really just a deadline person and this whole "work at your own pace" thing is something I struggle with. I'm going to go to campus later and make myself sit at a computer for 6 hours and get some work done. I plan to walk at graduation in May, but because my internship is only 4 days a week instead of 5, I won't actually be done until like July. Either way, I have to defend my research this semester, which means this paper must be written!
On that note, I guess I'll go be productive on the last day of this year. Hope everyone else's years have been great!
Oh, PS, Rob and I are not engaged, contrary to popular belief. Maddie and Stacy just play cruel tricks on the world...you can ignore them. :)