Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Day 406: News, friends and more news

I got my MCAT scores back. I haven't wanted to blog about them but I've had some time to deal with them and I can talk about it now. I am incredibly disappointed in my scores. I am re-taking the MCAT. That's all the MCAT talk we're going to have. I found this picture a while ago and now I can finally use it.

Moving on, my gal-pal Tori left on the 21st and then my friend Zooey (and her girlfriend) came out two days later. They left Sunday, the 28th, and then my beautiful sister turned 20 yesterday! It was great to have all these guests but its nice to just be home now, you know?

Anyway, I have begun a new routine. (And we all know how much I love routines) I am taking a calculus class Monday through Thursday and I am interning at a neurosurgery lab at Stanford. I go directly to that after my calc class. Then I stay 'til whenever. It's a flexible situation, so that's nice. Overall, it's a pretty sweet gig. I just started this all yesterday (the 29th, Monday) so I'm still acclimating myself to both the math and learning research techniques but its getting me back into a schedule...which I like.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Day 395: Home sweet home

I know, I know. It's been a while.

I'm finally home in California and I have the boxes in my house and the mileage on my car to prove it! My dear friend Tori and I drove through 8 states total to get from North Kakalaky to Cali-Cali and it was quite a trip. Here's a brief rundown of my trip -- check back later for pictures.
  • North Carolina: This involved a really beautiful drive through the Appalachian mountains.

  • Tennessee: Not much there. Long as heck state.

  • Arkansas: My friend Joy warned us it wouldn't be that pretty but the fact that we were visiting her made it all the more worthwhile. Joy's a blast and her whole family (hers and her husband's) are loads of fun. Oh, and Tori and I almost died in a hurricane. That was fun.

  • Oklahoma: Not a fun state. We didn't get any pictures of Oklahoma-related signs. Boo.

  • Texas: Ugly. Desolate. Boring. Moving on. (Granted, we drove on I-40 through northern Texas. Maybe the southern part is better. ...we weren't holding our breath.)

  • New Mexico: Much more lively, better scenery.

  • Arizona: Since it was along the way (sort of), we stopped off at the Grand Canyon. I hadn't been for ages. It was honestly breathtaking.

  • California: Tori was amazed at LA traffic. LA wasn't as terrible and soul-sucking as I remember. We stayed a day and we drove home Wednesday. Tori and I went to a winery in Napa yesterday and we had a complete blast.
Currently, Tori and my sister are asleep on the couch and I'm here, blogging. I need to upload pictures, clean my room, get skinny, and prep for more friends heading out west :)

I love being home. I can feel sanity and general contentedness seeping back into my soul.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Day 380: New York, New York


I am currently in New York and I have many feelings about it. Probably four, at least.

I'm always amazed at how easy it is to fall back into city life. The subway. Honking cars. Tourists every which way. The walking. The food. Shopping. It's all so ... routine, but in the best way possible.

I've seen a few people already and loved every moment of it. I've only eaten and not really shopped, which is always a good thing. I should get chubby and broke, not well-dressed and broke ;)

My gal-pal Tori and I have had a slow start today but it was all for the better. Rather than work out in her complex's sweet gym, I instead filled out more of my med school application. It's crazy to think that I'm applying. It's all really happening...eep!