I don’t feel that I have much to say . . . but feel the urge to post something anyway – just b/c it’s been awhile.
So, er, um . . . yeah. Things have been bustling since getting back from France. I started a new rotation at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents in Baltimore. What can I say about RICA? Wow. Let’s just leave it at: I have a new, profound respect for teachers . . . especially inner-city teachers. It’s had me thinking a lot about power, and how to negotiate power with those who are perceived as younger, but yet have egos the size of Texas! It’s really, really difficult. I don’t know how teachers do it day in and day out. Its constant performance and being judged and . . . it makes me tired just thinking about it.
I’ve got a lot to do b/w now and the end of this residency – not the least of which is finding a job and moving out of my apartment! My fellow residents are amazed at how calm I am about the fact that I haven’t even BEGUN to look for a job yet – some of them have already signed contracts! But I remember this time 2 years ago, after graduating pharm school, and getting all nervous about everything falling in place. And you know what? It worked out. I’m not sure how much of that was just sheer fortune – I tend to believe in God’s providence. But either way, I’m really not stressed yet. I’m more worried about getting this damn research project done!
Last week was a week from hell I was super sick last weekend, which made it VERY difficult to prepare 50 slides for my lecture on primary headache disorders (which I had to give to the 3rd year pharm students on Friday). Then lots of emo thoughts and feelings as I try to navigate relationships and having a life while being a resident . . . it was all very draining. Yet still I rise!!
Had a very chill weekend. Slept on Friday night. I was feeling quite antisocial – and just couldn’t stand to be around people. Saturday, I got the wonderful opportunity to chat it up w/ Jonathan, go to the gym, and then spend the evening w/ Christy We got some yummy food at Pei-Wei, and then saw Tyler Perry’s new film “Daddy’s Little Girls”. It was cute. Gabrielle Union was hot, hot, HOT (as usual)! Too bad such hotness is wasted on me. LOL. Admittedly, not one of Perry’s best pieces of work, though.
Sunday was particularly refreshing. Upon arrival at Cedar Ridge, I was greeted by none other than JaneYang! I haven’t seen her at CR in soooo long! She was a sight for sore eyes. And then my buddy Tom showed up as well. As if that weren’t enough, I see Brian McLaren! I had totally forgotten he’d been scheduled to speak! He gave a rather stirring message – as usual.
Christy and I went to the Mango Grove (a vegetarian, Indian restaurant in Columbia), then I did some much needed shopping! I got a couple pairs of work slacks and some other biz casual stuff. I spent the evening talking to some good friend (Burke and Jo(h)n Holm!) and watching the most EXCELLENT film “Stranger than Fiction”. Emma Thompson is my new favorite hero
OK, enough rambling. Time to get outta here! It’s been a long day . . .