Friday, December 17, 2010

Less Than 3 Weeks Left...

I was walking Chewey yesterday, when I realized that I only have a few weeks left of freezing weather. That was kinda nice. :-) We finished the last episode of Dexter Season 5 last night. It's nice to watch a TV show that takes place in sweltering Miami during December in Salt Lake City.

Well, Grenada (Gren-AY-duh) is an independent country, after the Spanish, English, and French fought over it for years until the English got it until the 1970's. Grenada is a British Commonwealth Nation, which means the island is responsible for its own internal affairs, but Britain will be its defense. It's an island 100 miles north of Venezuela. It is 21 miles long and 12 miles wide, and 133 square miles. The temperature ranges from 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. It is known as the Spice Capital of the world--they provide 20% of the world's nutmeg. Grenada has great scuba-diving, great snorkeling, and mediocre surfing. The population is 110,000.

A medical degree is 4 years. The first two are academic. The third year is when the students begin their hospital rotations (remember the movie "Patch Adams?") St. George's University cannot support a 3rd-year student population that big, so students are shipped out to affiliated hospitals, most likely the east coast of the U.S. So that's why Ryan and I'll be in Grenada for only 2 years, and then will bounce back into our home country!

Monday, November 15, 2010

We're Moving To Grenada!!!

(Not Spain, the Caribbean Island)

Ryan got accepted to the St. George's University, also known as SGU Caribbean Medical School!! :-) Classes start in January.

Friday, November 5, 2010

"Kiss it Better" really works for me!!

I know it's a placebo effect, but it's funny the things that stay with you entering adulthood.

Ryan and I were goofing around and he accidentally bonked my nose. I knew the bonk wasn't that hard, but MAN! I couldn't believe how sensitive it was! So I instinctively made Ryan "kiss it better," and my endorphins relieved the severity of the pain immediately.

Does anyone else have something like that? Or am I the only weirdo? (Wouldn't be the first time.)  :-)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I think I can officially say this--Ryan is baby hungry.

He has made numerous comments about how cute our babies are going to be, found an online picture of a baby in a Halloween costume and sent it to me, and even became a little choked up once about how he can't wait to have babies with me.

And I said that's great hun, but I don't get it.

(Plus, for those of you who were worried about the dime-sized red-&-swelling spot on my nose's tip, I haven't been drinking too much, haha. I've concluded it's a bug bite.)

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. - Herman Cain

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Well Done Sister Suffragette!!

Even though my vote, in the big scheme of things, doesn't do much, I'm sure glad that Susan B. Anthony and all those kick-ass women suffragists changed things to make me able to!

From Wikipedia:
On January 9, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson announced his support of the amendment. The House of Representatives narrowly passed the amendment the next day, but the Senate refused to debate it until October. Because of this, the National Woman's Party urged citizens to vote against anti-suffrage Senators up for reelection in the 1918 midterm elections. Following those elections, most members of Congress were pro-suffrage. On May 21, 1919, the House of Representatives passed the amendment by a vote of 304 to 89 and the Senate followed suit on June 4, by a vote of 56 to 25.

On August 18, 1920, the Tennessee General Assembly, by a one-vote margin, became the thirty-sixth state legislature to ratify the proposed amendment, making it the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On August 26, 1920, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the amendment's adoption.

1920!!! That's only 90 years and a couple of months ago. It's amazing the progress our society has made since. And, those of you who know me, know I'm a huge fan of men, so I'm not going to start man-bashing like some all-too-emotional feminists do. President Wilson declared himself a fan of Amendment 19. It's not men who block our progress, but a strange way of thinking and a refusal, subconscious or no, to be unafraid and think outside the box.

So, I'm also grateful for those who stand up for what they believe in and have the tenacity to see their goals through to the end.

Sister Suffragette Song to Slideshow

Mary Poppins' Sister Suffragette Song with Lyrics

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Breaking the Illusion...

I don't think anything that I would write would be as compelling as the writings of other people. I'm not that big on quotes, until I have to write something:

"We create the illusions we need to go on. And one day, when they no longer dazzle or comfort, we tear them down, brick by glittering brick, until we are left with nothing but the bright light of honesty. The light is liberating. Necessary. Terrifying. We stand naked and emptied before it. And when it is too much for our eyes to take, we build a new illusion to shield us from its relentless truth." ~Libba Bray

What do you folks think about this? Does she speak truth?

The difference between illusion and reality has been a large part of my life in the last few years. Accepting the illusions as they are has been more sad than I thought, so I continue my search for reality and accepting the illusions as they are.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Quick, and Extremely Interesting (not really) Bio

Ryan and I have been married for 2 years and 2 months. He is very talented in all kinds of things (of course, I am the biased wife, so not too sure how seriously you can take me), and I am a great cleaner (of course, those of you who know Ryan, I would have to be). We argue who loves the other more, and we both think we're right.

I have never done a personal blog before, so I know I'm on a great adventure, and I apologize to those of you who get dragged into it. But if you can use a computer mouse, then I think you can make your own choices.

"Life moves pretty fast..." -Ferris Bueller