A snowy walk

Posted on March 8, 2015

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Julian and I bundled up today and went out for a walk around the neighborhood while Ted was doing his ride-along ambulance shift for his Emergency Medicine rotation. I put Julian in the Ergo because I learned the hard way last spring that snow and strollers don’t mix. We had a great time, enjoying a little sunshine, stomping over the snow mounded at the end of each block and feeling mighty grateful for my snug warm winter boots I finally bought this year, stopping to see every dog we passed, after which Julian would make his “woof woof” sound to me for a few blocks. It’s kind of crazy to think that this could be our last winter here. No more snow piles taller than me lining all the streets. But then again, maybe we’ll move to Alaska.

I Get The News I Need In The Weather Report

Posted on February 26, 2015

I have gotten a little bit obsessive about checking the weather lately. IMG_0990

I feel guilty every time I drag Julian out into the subzero temperatures. It is crazy cold and from the weather forecast it’s not getting warmer anytime soon. But since our weather is kind of discouraging, I like to check what it’s like in a few other places. One day I was trying to check the weather in Boise and I typed wrong, and so…

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…Now every time I check the weather, I get to see how things are in Boisar, India. The weather is never something normal. Its always something like smoke or haze or mist.


Here’s the weather from the other day in one of the places where we might end up after medical school. Last night we officially submitted our lists of the fifteen preliminary programs for next year and the twelve places we could potentially end up in 2016 for dermatology.

Dream Come True

Posted on February 15, 2015

This morning I woke up to feed Julian at 530 and saw that I had an email that church was cancelled today. It was weird to have a whole Sunday without church but cozy and pretty exciting – I have never had a snow day from church before. But that part isn’t the dream come true part. This is… Iceland-Tourist-Map via We’re going to Iceland!!!!!!! I can’t remember exactly when I first started wanting to go to Iceland, but it has been at least a few years since I read about somebody’s trip around the island and became fascinated with seeing the cliffs, volcanoes, wildlife, waterfalls, and especially hot springs for myself. I got really lucky, and after Ted’s cousin went there last year and shared lots of amazing pictures, Ted wanted to go too. We have a break between Ted finishing school and graduation, so we decided to go for it. So we are in the middle of lots of planning right now, working on figuring out how to make such an adventurous trip work with a 15 month old. It might not be exactly like I had imagined all those years ago, but looking at hostels and routes is making me so excited to be there with my little family. This video is making me feel like I can’t even believe this is my real life. https://vimeo.com/76808146


Posted on February 6, 2015

The other night, Ted and I were lying in bed going over all the things we had to do the next day and I was getting a little frustrated about the fact that we only have one car. I said something like “Man we need another car,” and right away my phone chirped up with “I have found several car dealerships in your area.” It was creepy and hilarious all at once and totally broke the tension.  But it makes me wonder… How much of the time is my phone listening in on my conversations?

Weird times at the Y

Posted on February 5, 2015


We joined the YMCA a little while ago and I am a huge fan. Love the classes, love the subsided membership fee, love that they let you go to all of their locations around the country. While I was in Boise I was able to go a few times-including blessedly for a shower right before Christmas when a geothermal leak made all the hot water on my parents’ street stop working. But anyway, one of the classes I went to in Boise was the weirdest thing ever. I have been to a fair number of yoga classes and nothing has ever been quite like this one. First thing, the instructor had us kneel down and then we stayed like that for fifteen minutes while she talked about her weekend. Then she had us all grab a pole and use it to hold a partner against the wall, then alternate. For no reason that I could understand. Then we got ropes from a cupboard and attached ourselves to the wall. After an hour of doing zero things that reminded me remotely of yoga or exercise in general we were done.

Since getting back to Rochester, some friends wanted to meet at the gym to workout then hang out in the hot tub. I couldn’t make it since Ted was at the court waiting to find out if he had jury duty (he got out of it) but after he got home I rushed there hoping to catch them in the hot tub. They weren’t there, but there were two women and two men there. They were all speaking Russian (I think) and every once in a while they would all stop talking and glare at me. Pretty sure I was interrupting some kind of Russian mafia meeting.

Happy Birthday Baby

Posted on January 29, 2015

Planning to make a big old video montage when I get home and have my computer and all my pictures but for now…


…happy birthday to our goofy, sweet, happy, loving, handsome, squishy, occasionally cuddly, always curious ONE YEAR OLD. Love you to pieces Julian. It makes me so happy to be your mama.


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