Thursday, January 22, 2009

Let's Rent to Own!

It has occurred to me that sometimes poor people tend to have expensive electronics and crappy everything else. (Gotta support the ciggie habit, ya know?) As Joshua and I have been students for eight and six years, respectively, we are not really wealthy people. That's okay though; we're working hard, and someday we'll live the good life.

I don't mean to complain. We have our fun. With some wedding money we bought a Wii. Joshua got a Blu ray player for Christmas, and GG, a generous family friend, bought us a large TV awhile ago. So, as the year has progressed, and the electronics have accumulated, I feel that we're moving more and more into the white trash habit of having lots of fancy electronics, while still wearing clothes from five years ago and eating pasta four times a week because it's cheap. Today, this was confirmed. I got home to find that GG had purchased an Xbox for us. Woohoo, we've hit the jackpot, and subsequently, we are completely white trash. Congrats. Joshua is thrilled. I'm wishing we would graduate and get jobs already so it would appear that we could actually afford all these gadgets.

Moral of the story: the more electronics my household acquires, the trashier I feel. Maybe this weekend I'll go to Rent-A-Center and get a new laptop or something.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Week One - Check, Done

Week one of my medical externship is complete. I'm quite pleased. Monday and Tuesday were a little rough, as I was still pouting that my should-be-eight-week externship was extended to 12 weeks for no real reason. But, after I got over that, it went okay. Here are some things I've learned this week.

1. Working five days each week is really annoying. I'm not sure it agrees with me.

2. Straws may not be as evil as I was told in school. Really, a chin-tuck position works quite nicely with a straw.

3. Hospitals, though a bit depressing and gross, are way more exciting than schools.

4. Discharging a patient is great. You can pretend that maybe you'll get done a little early. Ha!

5. If I worked at St. John's next year, I would make $43 an hour, which seems like a real fortune. The year after that I would make over $60 an hour, an even larger fortune. Now I have to think if the money is better or if working short days with summers off is better. Tough decision.

6. I look really sexy in a white lab coat. I think they suit me. Thanks, Vanilla Bean Counter, for buying me mine.

7. Families at the hospital are much friendlier than families at school. They're so worried about their loved one that they don't have time to be defensive and argumentative.

8. Working with adults is very nice; no need to jump through hoops to make things fun. They know they're at the hospital, and it sucks. No disappointment or whining that they don't want to play Candyland today.

9. I need to look up how to play the card game Money, Money. Wanda makes it sound very fun. They play every Saturday night. Maybe I'll do that instead of a Bunco group next year.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Goodbye Skittles

I've been doing better about tolerating dogs. I can deal with it, and I've even warmed up to the idea of having my own dog sometime. Last night Joshua and I went over to some friends' house. They have two dogs. One is big and relaxed, and the other is little and jumpy and annoying. Fine, I pet the dogs. I put on a good show the entire time.

After we had been there for awhile, we play a board game at the kitchen table. During the entire hour we played, that stupid little dog was jumping on my legs and eating the hem of my jeans. I kept pushing him off, and he kept coming back. I was horrified. What the hell am I supposed to say? "Excuse me, but your annoying dog is destroying my pants." So I kept my mouth shut, despite the little chunks of my pants scattered around the kitchen floor. My jeans are ruined, one of only two pairs that I like to wear, and Skittles is dead to me. I will never have a dog. Whatever, Skittles could never have been as good in reality as she was in my head.

Now I'm going to the mall to buy a white lab coat to start another unpaid job on Monday. Thanks to my supervisor for letting me know about the coat in such a timely fashion so I could shop for the best deal.

I'm about to jump of the balcony.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Baking Attempt

For Christmas my forever friend gave me a cookie mix, very thoughtful. (I believe I've mentioned my horrible baking skills before.) Last night I decided to give the oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies a whirl. Success!I think I looked pretty cute in my new apron that I made from a pattern (another Christmas gift).Although the cookies turned out, I still had much more fun sewing the apron. Maybe I'll stick with crafts. We can't all be bakers.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Public Service Announcement

My little lappy-toppy has never been the zippiest computer, but she's all mine and gets the job done. Recently my poor computer's health took a turn for the worse. She was on her death bed for sure. Until... I called the doctor. Sadly, another computer at our house recently died. Luckily, this computer chose to be an organ donor. After a ram transplant, my computer is up and going again!
Thanks Dr. Joshua! And remember folks, be an organ donor, and save a life.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Feliz Año Nuevo!

New year's eve was never a huge deal in our house. Sometimes we would have some sparkling grape juice and chips with Velveeta around 10 pm, and then it was off to bed. Because of this, I still find it difficult to get very excited for this event; however, Joshua is a big fan, so I make an effort.

Last night we decided to go out for dinner. After going to Red Lobster with the intention of using a Christmas gift card, we went out for Chinese food instead. (I just couldn't wait two hours for a table along with the rest of the population of Springfield.) That's okay. Chinese really is tastier, and no waiting. (not to mention our super-hot Asian server)

Later in the evening we met some of Joshua's friends at a piano bar, very classy. It was a nice place with a band playing mostly oldies, pretty fun. We toasted the new year with some champagne, found out Joshua's friend has been married to his girlfriend for almost two years, danced one song (not nearly enough alcohol to dance any more), and then were home by 12:30. I would say it was a very nice evening. Hopefully some pictures are on their way.