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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Weekend Review: A Taste of Home, Personality Test, & Call

This week has been great, minus the inconvenience of a lingering cough (I was definitely side-eyed by a few patients on Friday). The days have been long, but not long enough to get everything done. I went in yesterday to catch up on the stuff that there never seems to be time for on weekdays (data entry, dictating treatment summaries, Powerpointing, and other generally fun stuff), which sounds awful, but was actually super productive -- so nice to get solid work in with no distractions (pager, I'm looking at you). Otherwise, the weekend has been low-key and relaxing. Here are some things I've appreciated this week:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Giants of the Prairies

I took a little road trip with my mom this past weekend; we had a fun time checking out some of the kitsch giant attractions in prairie towns northeast of Edmonton.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Weekend Review: U of A Architecture, Free Air, & A Roadtrip Cooler

It's been another busy week and I've been feeling pretty lousy today (just the flu, but ugh), so I'll keep this one brief. Here are some things I've appreciated in the past seven days:

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Weekend Review: Salmon, Ikea, and Harry Potter

4 weeks into PGY-3 and already neglecting to blog! It's been an especially busy month, so hopefully I'll find more time to write in the weeks to come. We're still enjoying a nice summer here in Edmonton, which has been making the walks to and from work especially nice (apart from the thunderstorms -- arriving at home or work soaked has become a once weekly occurrence). I'm grateful for this long weekend to do some relaxing and catching up on work. Here are some other things I've appreciated in recent days:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Getting Things Done

Inspired by Sarah, I've been trying to be more mindful about how I use (or rather, don't use) my time. She's an incredible physician and mom and you should really check out her blog, the SHU box.

One thing I learned about from Sarah is the Getting Things Done time-management method, developed by productivity consultant (who knew that was a thing?) David Allen. Although I'll admit I haven't read his book, from what I gather a main idea is this:

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Weekend Review: Art Walk, Little India, & A Rustic Coffee Table Tray

The past week has been occupied with meeting a research deadline, working call shifts, and catching up on road trip posts, but I'm happy to have put a little dent in the still-to-be-done. I keep thinking we're at the beginning of summer and I've still got a good two months to catch up on things; which results in a daily moment of anxiety when I remember it's already July.

Edmonton's summer has been nice (though we could do without the thunderstorms, which roll in most days with little warning). And life is good as a PGY-3 -- smack in the middle of residency, where you mostly know what's going on, yet don't yet feel the pressures of looming Royal College exams and fellowship/job applications. Here are some things I've appreciated in the past seven days:

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Alberta Road Trip - Day 4 - The Badlands

Following breakfast at the hotel we headed out of Lethbridge, driving for a couple hours through the agrarian prairie-scape en route to the badlands. This region farms a lot of potatoes; a contribution commemorated in the town of Vauxhall ("Potato Capital of the West") by mascots Samantha and Sammy Spud.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Alberta Road Trip - Day 3 - Waterton

Following another excellent breakfast, we headed south along the Cowboy Trail through more rolling foothill ranch country.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Alberta Road Trip - Day 2 - Kananaskis Country

After a wonderful breakfast at the hotel we set off along Kananaskis Trail (highway 40) into Kananaskis Country, a scenic region on the leeward side of the Rockies, southeast of Banff.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Alberta Road Trip - Day 1 - Cowboy Trail (Hwy 22)

It's been a while since I've posted; the past couple weeks have been so very busy. But the year is done (!) and I'm taking a few days off to take a road trip to southern Alberta with my mom, who is visiting from BC!

This morning we left Edmonton for a 3-night road trip to Kananaskis, Waterton, and the Badlands. We took a scenic route to Kananaskis today, stopping at some interesting small towns along the way.