Sunday, January 25, 2009

First Aid for Dummies

I've only seen Super Nanny a couple times, and I have only based my own life on it once. The kids were running around screaming and not brushing their teeth and they made a new rule that the father would sing "Twinkle Twinkle" twice through and they would have to brush that whole time. We started singing to Dylan as we brushed her teeth and she loves it and we don't have any trouble getting her to sit still for it. Only now she tries to sing during it too, which, you know, presents a logistical problem.

I tried to play hide and seek with her today. It took a couple tries to get her to understand about not following me and watching while I hid. Then she got all sad when I kept hiding in different places instead of the same one as the first time. Which, honestly, I was just in the corner of the room with a towel over my head. She tried to hide once, but standing in the middle of her room waiting for me didn't cut it, so we stuck with me hiding. At one point I hid behind Aaron and he tried to point out to her that the number of feet involved didn't add up, but when he asked her how many feet she had she said four, so that wasn't actually a good clue on his part. Technical issues aside she thought it was the best game ever and it was only halted because we had to go take care of her other love, grocery shopping. Funny that she has trouble with hide and seek but is in charge of administering first aid in our house. Here, she'll give you a demo.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Checking in, notes to self

(written last night, posted this morning, see #7)

1) I should probably stop sending people nerdy medical e-mails at 9PM Saturday night if I want to retain any semblance of cool nonchalance, which I think we can all agree is how I usually come across.

2) Dylan = tall and lanky and talky. Will try to capture on film or moving picture tomorrow.

3) Aaron = rather devoted to housework now that he is the only one doing any. It's just as well, he's better at it. Have you seen me try to wrap a present, make a bed, or fold clothing? It's not pretty. Also, why are you peeping in my windows?

4) Speaking of peeping in windows, does anyway else remember what's actually in that children's classic George and Martha? "George was fond of peeking in windows."

"One day, George peeked in on Martha."

Awesome. Sorry Dylan, we can't play this game because our bathroom's on the second floor.

5) Top Chef: new British food critic judge, ha! He speaks only in full paragraph, somewhat forced metaphors, and the other judges just blink when he talks. I mean, what is the appropriate response when someone announces that "the big bad wolf blew down this little piggy's house" when they didn't like the pork?

6) Medicine rotation: going a lot better than surgery. Which I passed, as I learned yesterday. It's still a lot of hours and hard work and I am very tired, but it can also be pretty fun. I'm getting to see Dylan a reasonable amount. It's just hard to have such a large proportion of what comes out of your mouth be wrong, yet you have to keep doing it or else you won't learn as well.

7) Dylan fell asleep at 6pm while we were out to dinner tonight. I have seen babies and small children just drift off gently to sleep while in their parent's arms, but I have never myself experienced it. Usually she sleeps at lightly as the breath of a big bad wolf who blows down a little pig's house, and takes as long to fall asleep as it takes to build a house of bricks. Unfortunately, she considered it to be the nap that she had skipped earlier that day and woke up at 9:30PM.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Note from the deep

Even tired med students get to watch the inauguration. I was in the atrium at the med school with lots of other people. "Restoration of science" got a big round of applause.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

up next...

...I may disappear for a while. I am starting my medicine rotation tomorrow (I know, isn't the whole thing medicine? how can you do a medicine rotation?), which means I am suddenly going to be a lot busier. So we'll see how it goes, but posting may be light around here for a bit.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

New Year's Gremlin