Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dear Chicago,

I really like you, I do. Except for your traffic. It is horrible. And your drivers (but that is for another post). It took me almost 2 hours to get home yesterday. That is unacceptable. Today was better, but only because I didn't leave the hospital until after 9:30pm.

Booooooo to traffic. I don't know how people don't just get out of their cars and start screaming and beating things up with a baseball bat, because that is kind of what traffic makes me feel like doing.

I guess it's a good thing I don't own a baseball bat.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Oy vey!

I know, right? It's been a long time since I posted! I figured I didn't really need to post anymore since most people I knew were also on Facebook. Then one of those people (ahem-cough-mom-cough) decided they didn't like Facebook. So much for that.

Okay, so where did we leave off? This feels like an awkward run in with someone you haven't seen since high school, where you both shuffle your feet and ask what's been going on. Ugh. So we'll skip quickly to the present. I'm in Psychiatry, and really liking it. There's something about asking, "so how does that make you feel" that I really like. Plus the hours are nice. Before this I did OB/Gyn, and while I really liked that, the hours were brutal. Not having to get up at 4am is wonderful. What really gets me now is watching shows like "Grey's Anatomy" where they show surgeons getting up at 7am. Um, no. They are usually up before sunrise, at the hospital and rounding on patients around 6:30am. And their residents usually see the patients before them. And the medical students usually see the patients before the residents. So when those characters on tv shows wake, and the sun is up and filtering through the blinds, it is toooooootally fake. Hmph.

In addition to rotations, I am really enjoying living in Chicago. The traffic may be absolutely horrendous, but I like exploring all the different neighborhoods, and there is always something to do. My roomie and I have been trying to eat at a different restaurant each month, which has been a great way to try out new places in our neighborhood. Last month it was a Peruvian place a few miles away, and this past Saturday it was an Italian place within walking distance.

It's also starting to get colder right now, which would normally piss me off at any other time of the year, but since it's the beginning of winter, I'm okay with it. Most of the leaves are gone off the trees on our street, but I've put up some Christmas decorations in the apartment to get over the end of fall (my favorite season). This week is Thanksgiving, which I will again be spending with some lovely ladies I went to high school with (no awkward shuffling there!) as I have done the last few Thanksgivings. None of us are able to make it home for the holiday, so we have what we call, "Urban Family Thanksgiving". It's actually a ton of fun, and we try to make a whole weekend out of it. Thursday will of course consist of eating a tremendous amount of food and imbibing ridiculous quantities of wine, and Friday we will go for drinks at The Violet Hour, dinner at Red Star, and then dancing in Boys Town (the "rainbow friendly" area of town - so lots of awesome dance music without having to worry about being groped by drunks guys!). I don't know about Saturday, but on Sunday I think the roomie and I will check out the Jim Henson exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, and then maybe check out the holiday lights on the Magnificent Mile or head to the Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza. Here's a pic of us from last year at the market.

We are drinking warm yummy mugs full of gluwein! I'm sure we will get more this year, too! :)