Saturday, March 28, 2009

My Top 3

My Top 3 reasons I love garage sales:

3. I cleared out multiple closets full of junk

2. The people watching is SUPERB!

and the number one reason I love garage sales....

1. I made $350 smackeroos!!
And the top 3 things I learned during this garage sale:
3. People will buy anything for a dollar
2. Having a husband who speaks spanish is VERY handy
1. Having a husband who wants to sell everything you, (and everyone else owns) for $1 is not
I'm pretty sure there were times he offered to pay someone else to take an item off our hands.
But in the end, we were successful. And I still have 3 rooms and a 2 car garage to sift through. Anyone planning a visit in May? I'm sure I'll have many more $1 deals by then.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Definitely for Sure, Absolutely, Positively....

Because a few people have asked....

I thought you should know.....

It is set in stone.

There's no turning back,

Or backing out.

We are absolutely, positively, without a shadow of a doubt

{Moving To Michigan!}
Mike Graduates June 5th, we are packing the truck June 6th, and heading out June 7th.
(Or maybe the 6th, if we pack really fast.)
Anyone up for a 30 hour, 10 hours a day for 3 days, road trip across the country???
(with a 1 1/2 year old little boy and a 6 1/2 year old dog?)
(HINT: The only acceptable answer here is Yes)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Match Day

Match Day
These two simple words are enough to strike fear in the hearts of any 4th year medical student. The day that determines the rest of your life. (Well, the next 4 years of it, at least.)
It's a complicated process. There are applications, and interviews, and preliminary year applications, and rank order lists, and one GIANT COMPUTER system that "matches" students with their sought after specialty programs.
In Mike's case, that happens to be Anesthesiology. It has been a long road. a Very Very Very long road. But that light at the end of the tunnel???
Well, it has FINALLY arrived.
I have been looking forward to this day for four years, and very anxiously and impatiently waiting for it to arrive for the last one.
But the results are in, folks. And we have some good news!
Mike Matched into an Anesthesia Program!!!
The exact words were: "Congratulations! You have matched to an advanced position."
I can not even begin to tell you what a relief it is to have this whole process OVER!
So, where are we going??? Well....
We don't know! (well, not EXACTLY)
You see, the inventors of "the Match", are some real clever little buggers. They drag the process out over the course of an entire year. THEN, on Match Day Monday, they send out these clever little e-mails telling you whether you did, or did NOT "match". And the kicker???? They don't tell you until the next Thursday exactly what program you matched into.
I know...very tricky. That being said, we have a pretty good idea of where we are headed. I'll spare you all the details of HOW we know this. I really doubt you want to hear all about the complexity of rank order lists, and preliminary year secondary lists, and...blah blah blah. It's like learning a new language.
But, it suffices me to say we are Nearly Certain on our destination for the next four years.
Anyone up for a visit to the Great Lakes? Because it looks like we'll be in
I am excited at the new opportunities that may be there for us way up north. And I am really looking forward to living in a place, and experiencing a lifestyle I would not have experienced otherwise. I am a little nervous, and excited, and happy to be moving on, and sad to be moving away from dear friends...And all of this, all at the same time. What a complete mix of emotions.
And tonight, as I am sitting outside in my capris and sandals in the early evening, enjoying the cool breeze and the 75 degree weather, and smelling my delicious orange blossoms, I know I will cry a little tear at the thought of trading that in for the snow and cold again.
And for anyone clearing out all their unwanted warm and wintery items....Send them my way! Apparently living in the desert four years has really caused my winter wardrobe to suffer.