Sunday, September 17, 2017

HO3-- WEEK 11


This week..
-- ended with Birthday celebrations! I was on-call Thursday, my actual birthday, but it left the weekend open to party! T and I had a fabulous dinner on Friday night at Sozo in Kearney before heading to the new house for the night. The barstools we ordered for the kitchen island had been shipped which felt like a gift to me! Saturday we watched the Husker game and then went out for steak with T's family. Finally, today we met my family in Holdrege for lunch + cake + a tour of the new place with Gma! It was basically the perfect weekend! I'm looking forward to this 28th year of life!
-- felt like nature was partying with us because we had a butterfly migration through the city with thousands of butterflies. I was almost distracted the first few times I drove because there would be so many in my vision - but I've since adjusted. I've also been totally smitten with the Black-eyed Susans along the interstate (though their season is now over).

xo,
Krista

Sunday, September 10, 2017

HO3-- WEEK 10


This week..
-- we're sure grateful to live in the Midwest! As we have friends stranded in a hotel in the Caribbean and others sleeping in a Tampa hospital office due to give birth any-day so unable to evacuate, we're thankful for the blue skies, and ultimately, our safety. Sending love to all those affected by the most recent hurricanes!
-- was a new month, so a new rotation! Unfortunately things fell through with my prior arrangements for this month, but I was able to scramble and I'm now completing my second (and final) month of general surgery. As a medical student and in residency in Omaha, surgery rotations are long, hectic hours. In Grand Island, they are good to us and we participate in surgeries of our choosing and in their clinic when we don't have our own. We don't follow the patients in the hospital or take call - so it is an enjoyable month.
-- is the week before my birthday, and I think we all can agree that adult birthdays don't have the same sparkle as when we were kids. However, I've had fun this week poking around the internet considering frivolous purchases "because it's my birthday". Ha. I haven't made many - but it has been fun looking through all the new beauty products, fashion for this season, etc. Shopping sure isn't the same in a small town! Also, our new barstools came in the mail which felt like a great birthday present!

xo,
Krista

Monday, September 4, 2017

HO3-- WEEK 9

Using folding chairs at the island - it's a bit of a stretch!
This week..
-- we spent Labor Day between the new house and a local lake (Johnson Lake). We packed a cooler and spent the morning/afternoon sharing a picnic on the beach and napping. Does it get any better? We love this stage - while the new house has no internet or TV - where we just relish in the quiet and time together. BUT, we are stoked about the current Labor  Day Sales because we have barstools on the way! This was the last time we will eat using camping chairs with our plates at chest-level! Of course there are chores during each visit, but it's still the honeymoon stage with this new house and they're still fun.
-- I finished my ophthalmology rotation. We spent the week split between clinic, office procedures (eyelid surgeries, cancer removals, etc), and time in the OR (cataract surgery mostly). Thankfully we didn't see any retina injuries from the eclipse! This final year I have a handful of 2-week rotations and they sure go fast (especially since I still have 3-halfdays of my own clinic each week and a few other responsibilities) but the exposure is crucial since we're the frontline.

xo,
Krista

Sunday, August 27, 2017

HO3-- WEEK 8

Total Solar Eclipse at Stuhr Museum
(first photo is not edited - that was the view with the eclipse glasses during totality!)
Pentatonix @ the Nebraska State Fair
This week..
-- was packed with fun! Grand Island fell in the path of totality for the total solar eclipse - so we joined thousands of other people from all over the world on the local museum grounds to watch the event. They opened hundreds of acres of land to everyone for viewing and had an area set up with food trucks and special presentations. NASA was also there launching weather balloons for monitoring. We found a partially-isolated spot in the prairie for our chairs and blanket. The weather was perfect - there were a few clouds but they did not obstruct the view. We wore the appropriate glasses and were both surprised how it seemed to stay totally bright out until the total eclipse. The light then quickly faded to twilight and the crowd all gasped and cheered. We had almost two minutes of twilight with planets visible, a 360 degree sunset on the horizon, a brisk decrease in temperature, and lots of crickets chirping! The sunlight then spread back across the sky over seconds-minutes in what looked like an accelerate sunrise. It was a beautiful event to witness! We spoke with travelers from as far as Norway and many from surrounding states such as Minnesota. We were lucky we only had to travel a few blocks from home (though that did take 45 minutes in all the traffic!).
-- another highlight of the week was the Pentatonix concert at the State Fair! One of my fellow acapella friends from high school (she was also my college roommate!) snagged us tickets when they first went on sale this winter and they did not disappoint! We spent all day livin' it up at the fair (so many rounds of fried food! motorcycles! bmx! high-diving! volleyball! llamas! livestock!) and ended the night with the concert. Us the Duo opened for them and then Pentatonix played a 1.5 hour set. The crowd was pretty electric which led to an even better show! After we wound our way out of the parking lot and a few blocks down the street to our townhouse in Grand Island, we bailed to Holdrege to spend the night. Our friends spoiled us by cooking us pancakes + eggs + bacon for breakfast and we spent the morning chilling out on the front porch. We don't get to see these friends enough since moving from Omaha! What a treat!
-- we were also at the State Fair on Friday night with my coworkers for the Draft Horse Show. It really is impressive to see these giant work horses and the strict obedience they have for their owners. They not only compete in many different hitch arrangements, they always have a professional demonstration that is seriously amazing. Theses animals can work in nearly perfect synchronization and precision. We ended the night by hanging out with friends outside the concert grounds during Brad Paisley's set (we were about 100 yards from stage right and had a perfect view of him on stage!). I think we've had our fix of food truck/fair food for a while!

xo,
Krista