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Monday, July 19th, 2010
9:03 am Whirlwind
Back from two amazing weeks in Italy, leaving Glasgow Wednesday morning. So many things to do before then...

Sunday, April 18th, 2010
10:53 pm Due to the volcano....
Who would have ever thought I would seriously start a post with that? Adam and I are stranded in the USA which is kind of fun on the surface but terrifying in that it doesn't seem to be getting any better and if I can't get back I can't complete my rotations or finals. There is pretty much perpetual freak out in my head right now but outwardly I'm trying to enjoy the extra free week of vacation that continental is letting us have.

In non-volcano news: I got a job offer so if I ever do manage to graduate I'll be working as a small animal vet in NY starting in August.

This is your volcano correspondent signing off.

PS did the volcano have to have such a complicated name? From now on I'll be calling it:

Friday, April 9th, 2010
9:18 am
Alright, I have been metaphorically nudged quite a lot about how I haven't updated in ages. So here goes.

I have progressed through some more rotations at the vet school and now have only 4 weeks left of small animal, two of which are nights which while at a terrible time for my circadian rhythm at least don't require studying or client interaction. I am currently 79 days from graduation and 63 days from the end of finals. It's hard to believe that at this point my training is almost over and is complete in some subjects - like large animals. I did have a great end to my horse course and practiced some good equine skills (which included the infamous suck/blow test of a stomach tube, ewww and rectal exam, surprisingly less ewww than sucking a stomach tube... and a nerve block in the jaw which was just plain cool).
I spent what will be my last birthday in Glasgow having dinner at the same place I had my first birthday in Glasgow but this time with the company of wonderful friends and followed by awesome drinks with even more friends :)
Currently, having come back to the US of A for pesach we are job hunting and shopping around for a place we think we might want to live when we come back in July. Speaking of coming back, yikes, five years of stuff is a lot! Packing up and taking care of our flat is going to be a lot of work, sigh.
More updates on the job front hopefully soon, but as of now nothing 100%. Has been nice to be back in the states seeing friends and family and is taking the edge off the feeling of not wanting to leave Scotland.
I think that's about it for now... more to come I'm sure. Back in Scotland on the 18th!

Monday, January 18th, 2010
9:15 am
I passed my board exam!! What a relief - less than six months till I can now officially practice as a vet with the doctor title!

Monday, January 11th, 2010
8:25 am
Just a quick update to say I'm in the US for my brother in law's wedding for the next couple weeks so reading of LJ will be sparse.

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
8:20 am
It has been pointed out that I am seriously over due for an update of any kind.

With that in mind here is a very brief review of what I've been up to:

As last we heard I went to London and had a great time playing with the hubby and eating my way through a large selection of the kosher scene there.

I then flew home to do work placements all summer (no seriously all summer...) Adam visited for 10 days after I'd been gone 3 weeks and then we were apart another 2 weeks which was very sad but we ended up together again in time for our anniversary! The summer can be broken into: 9 weeks small animal work (where I finally had the realization I'll be a vet in less than a year!) 2 weeks Equine and 1 week stewarding an anesthesia conference. Adam and I also celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary. While I was home I found out I received a distinction in my companion animal course from last year - basically like honors, so that was exciting.

Since starting back at the vet school I've had 4 weeks rotation in the equine hospital, 2 weeks in the small animal hospital and have just started my 4 week block of large animals/farm/public health.

In 31 days I will be sitting the board exam to practice in America (something all vets have to do regardless of where they go to school) and in just over 8 months I will be (if all goes well) having a diploma passed to me by some fancy person from the uni.

Thursday, June 4th, 2009
1:34 pm
Very quick update: I'm officially a final year vet student as I found out today I got an A in my companion animal course exams that I had last week and this week. To celebrate I'm headed off to London for a long weekend starting this afternoon to relax with my hubby.

Hope everyone has great weekends :)

Sunday, March 15th, 2009
10:05 pm
Back story:

The vet school is building an all new, state of the art small animal hospital. It will be awesome and is due to be open so I can do my rotations in it. It is located very close to the existing equine hospital. It also will have some grass roof space.

Sometimes our professors record their lectures and post them after class so we can listen again.

Funny story:

In one of my equine respiratory lectures recently: "I will be the first man to lunge a horse on that roof. And promptly get fired. But it will be worth it. Oh *expletive*, I just recorded that. I hope *insert boss's name* doesn't hear that..."

Hehe, here's to trotting horses on the roof next year.

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
10:20 pm Posty?
I've been kindly reminded that I haven't posted in some time so here's a brief review. (pause while I check what I last said here)...

oh dear. It's been a really long time.

Well. In December I worked my first week as an almost vet and that was great (I got introduced as Dr. and remembered that I do like working in clinics). I then got to spend time with my and Adam's family (including some time in Florida). January was pretty run of the mill with classes. February I had a massive exam that covered all our production animal course (cattle, sheep, goats, deer, pigs, chickens, fish) and I've just learned I passed that, so that is very exciting and means I'm halfway done with my fourth year of vet school and will never have to sit a written large animal exam again (as next year all our exams are practical/oral).

Things have been relatively non-eventful otherwise since studying takes up a lot of time, but I do find time to do things like see movies and hang out with friends, but that's not very interesting and thus you see why my updates have slowed :p

On to a day of nutrition lectures!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
5:36 pm
If you haven't seen This yet, then you are missing out. I think it's like a flash mob of crazy!

Note for people who don't know, liverpool street is one of the busiest train/underground stations in London.

(from the always eclectic,
also accompanied by an icon of a picture I took the last time I was in London

Sunday, November 9th, 2008
7:49 pm did I ever post about...
Wall-e? I'm not sure I ever did. Which would be sad, as I really loved that movie. I just saw someone elses Wall-e icon and it made me think about it. Anyway. that is all.

Monday, October 27th, 2008
7:37 am Just an excuse really
I needed to post something before Friday so that I could use my fantabulous snoopy icon again this year :) Fourth year at the vet school is moving along and filling up almost all my time so there's not too much to report since school started right after my last post. It's finally gotten cold in Glasgow and I had to turn the heat on this week since it's supposed to be below freezing for the next couple of days (can you say slippery frost on top of wet leaves?).

In any event, I really want a pumpkin and to use my halloween cookie cutters again this year, I'll have to work on that.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
12:14 pm England bound
I know I've completely ignored our trip to the states as well as all kinds of other happenings but I felt like writing about this instead.

As a last hurrah of summer (term starts on Monday with pretty much 9-5 class every day). Adam and I went to London for a long weekend. One of those things that's really nice about living in Scotland is how close it is to the rest of those wonderful places that travelers long for - it took us only an hour's flight to get to london! Sunday we went to Camden Markets which is like a crazy maze of clothes, antiques and just about everything else you can sell off of a desk in the mostly open air. We went to lunch up in Golders Green and had yummy steak wraps and then spent the day wandering and sitting by the canal and watching boats. Dinner was kosher indian which means I got tandoori chicken. Yay.

Monday we went to the British Museum for the Hadrian exhibit set up in the reading room. It was seriously great and very well detailed, and you know, it really is too bad that the history of the Roman empire is not good as concerns the Jews because there was the coolest T-shirt for the exhibit but I'd feel bad wearing it... oh well.
We then did lunch in Covent Garden and then went through the National Gallery where I got to see Van Gogh's Sunflowers which was very exciting for me and completely unexpected since we hadn't planned to go to the gallery and I didn't know they owned that painting! Then we went to Regents park and sat by a pond and watched more herons (henceforth known as Ibex) than I've ever seen in one place before, from there on to one of two kosher places we've found in central london for a quick dinner. After dinner we saw Wicked at the Apollo theatre. The show was really good, I felt cheated because I've read the book but I realise that the book would never make a good musical. That said it was very fun and the actress playinhg Elphaba was really talented.

Tuesday we went to Greenwich (I know, we kind of had to right?) and saw all kinds of touristy things like the prime meridian and the painted hall at the naval college but also walked through the park there and saw deer that the raise and a Roman ruin and just wandered around the grassy niceness. Also we went back part of the way by walking through a tunnel under the Thames which was kind of icky in actuality but cool in concept. We then went to dinner in a great kosher place right by the train station which had such good food but also a cool location - right against a shul looking into the shul windows and with a glass roof! It would be the coolest place for a small wedding reception or something like that so you could look into the shul! And that was it, we came back up to Glasgow and collapsed into bed.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
10:25 am The Dark Knight
First, an excuse for a new icon, woo.

Second, this movie on IMAX was amazing. Go see it.

Third, batman stuff for sale in the stores because of the movie makes me a happy bat-wifey :) Man, I'm so glad I married abatblog :p

Sunday, June 8th, 2008
6:32 pm The menu
We're having some friends over for the nights of shavuot so I went all out with the menu planning, here it is for your perusal:

Sunday night:
cheese plate from the local cheese monger's (I *heart* IJ mellis)
Fresh green salad with yellow and red cherry tomatoes
Tomato and rice soup
Roasted pepper and tomato pasta
Chocolate chip cheesecake
Blood orange sorbet

Monday Lunch
A torta caprese (like caprese salad but on a puff pastry bed)
Cheese Bourekas (cheese filled savory pastries)

Monday dinner:
Home-made pitta bread
Dates stuffed with a cream cheese mixture
Garlic Hummus
Israeli Salad
Cheesecake and Sorbet as before

Tuesday Lunch
Smoked Salmon and sour cream vol au vents

Mmm, tasty food.

Then wednesday thankfully the dog we're watching is coming to stay and I can walk off all this food!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
6:08 pm Lol cats grow up
more cat pictures

How cute are those tiny black kitties? and the caption just cracks me up!

In other news, I passed all my classes and so I'm officially a 4th year vet student!

Sunday, June 1st, 2008
7:21 pm Something I Want to Remember
I realized after I had posted the other day I forgot to blog about Sunday brunch last week! It was so sweet, to celebrate the end of my horrid two weeks of exams Adam took me for brunch at a tea room in Glasgow. It was a gorgeous sunny day and they gave us a table by the window so we sat together on the window seat and had a generally sappy romantic breakfast while the sun warmed our backs and good Scottish tea warmed our bellies and our love warmed our hearts.

Ok, that's it for the sappyness, but it's a nice thing to save and remember :)

Thursday, May 29th, 2008
6:46 pm If you really want to live, why not try and make yourself?
Man, it has been a long time, you know it's been a while because Adam has actually posted much more than I have. Though to be fair I think it has been that way since he actually started blogging, maybe it is some kind of blogging see-saw? Only one of us can be blogging consistently at any given time. In any event I haven't posted anything of significance since March, and that is remiss of me. So, if you're curious about the mundane details of a vet student's life read on...

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Thursday, April 10th, 2008
8:43 pm Cake or... death?
So, life is a bit busy for a real update these days what with exams just about a month away, but I just had to share this "only in the UK" finding.

Oh Britain, how I love you and your crazy ways.

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
5:24 pm Fun times, exams and raw fish
As of my last update lots of fun has been had as well as some exam un-fun.

Half-way dinner weekend was amazing, it was held at a 4 star hotel just outside the city and abatblog and I decided we'd make a weekend of it - went up for shabbat and pre-paid for everything and it was gorgeous and relaxing and just super nice. Half-way dinner itself was fun - free cocktail to start and pictures of me all dressed up and abatblog in a kilt (which we have yet to actually get from the photographer...), and then food, toasts both funny from classmates and weird from a faculty member, and loads of great dancing ceilidh and dj music including the apt and fun playing of "livin on a prayer" by bon jovi, cause you know, "we're half-way there, we're livin on a prayer". The food was great all weekend, we got a package booking with dinner and breakfast included and that added to the fun.

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