Sunday, April 04, 2010

Spring Break

A happy and blessed Easter to all.

One of my goals for my week off was to update this blog, hopefully multiple times. Well, here we are on my last evening off. At least I'll get one post in.

It's been nice having a break from the chaos that has defined my schedule this semester. The classes are tough but keeping me busy. At the beginning of the semester I was hesitant about how well I'd do in my Evolutionary Bio class but it has turned out to be really interesting. I like learning about the subject matter a lot, but being tested on a lot of memorization isn't quite as fun. We recently finished up the hallmark project of my Postmodernism class: a surrealist film. While it was quite fun to make I think the most entertaining part was devising the plot and script. If I get a chance, I'll post it here but it's on Facebook and I was tagged so check it out. Just be advised, it is surrealist so it's supposed to be somewhat disturbing and make no sense.

Back on the 14th I had a chance to solo with the University Symphony playing the Weber Concertino. It was a lot of fun to prepare but I'm a bit relieved now that it's done. Memorizing and soloing a piece like that took an incredible amount of time and focus. You really have to be "in the zone" during the performance for it to work. It was awesome just to have the opportunity. I also have a video that I'll try to get up soon.

The hospital is going well. I'm currently on my last rotation, again in ER. Being in the OR was a really cool experience (saw a total knee replacement on my last day) but I just like the feeling that I'm actually doing something more than observation. Even though it's a small role, I actually feel like a part of the patient care team in ER. I'll miss it after May but hopefully it will be on to bigger and better things.

Life otherwise is great. We did the big birthday rush in Feb and March including a half marathon with my dad and sisters. In late March my sisters and grandma planned a surprise birthday party for my parents. It was a big success and great to see family/friends and play with the quartet. I reapplied for and RA position next year and will be in the same complex. We'll have a pretty new staff with only two returners including myself, but I'm looking forward to it.

Semester at Sea is approaching. I'm currently in the paperwork process and pretty's going to be pretty amazing.

The infamous iPad was released this weekend. Despite huge initial sales I'm predicting a bit of a disappointment later on. It's and interesting idea but I don't see it catching on for the long term simply from a practicality standpoint. Just a thought, time will tell.

The new Photoshop is looking pretty intense. Check it out.

That's it for now, have a Happy Easter.