Saturday, July 13, 2013

Weekends

The American Way, or at least what I think of as the American Way, is to work hard and live large over the weekend. So, what does one do when one has been a lotus eater through the whole work week? Can one justify living large over the weekend, then? That is my big question for myself especially as a mother and hard working full-time doctor. Anyway, I cooked breakfast, exercised and now I am ready to hit the beach for some quality Socal living. I'll justify my existence later. Ciao!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cold,rainy and hailing in San Diego

It is simply amazing how quickly we humans become soft-we moved from Philadelphia about four years ago and now we are so used to the great So Cal sunshine that even a day of cold,damp weather can make us miserable. The interesting thing is that we refuse to believe that the weather can change.I told my husband today that the weather guys predicted 100% chance of rain and his reply was it is not going to rain simply because of that prediction. Of course,I had to pick hi. Up as it was raining so hard in the evening.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Beets, Beets, Beets

Purple or golden
All sorts- with greens on top
every time I see a bunch
want to take them home for lunch
unfortunately,
the family
doesn't agree
with this homily.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thoughts on days off

We just went on a family vacation, tagged on to work travel for dear husband. In the past traveling tagalong with him has not been fun. As a full time worker,living with the children all the hours of the day in somewhat unpredictable circumstances (due to travel) can lead to a lot of angst in me. Recently, things have been way better as I expect things to go wrong and lead the kids with a long leash, metaphorically speaking. I also expect way less from DH as the trips where we go tagalong are work trips for him.
I have been dying to go to Yosemite National Park and it was wonderful to go visit, what was less wonderful was the inability of the children, especially the younger one to hike. He would sit down in the parking lot, bawling out his resentment. Boy, that drove me crazy. I did manage to get some enjoyment from the trip- at least I saw the waterfall, El Capitan and Half Dome but I cannot wait to go back again, preferably on my own so that I can visit calmly on my own terms and with my own agenda.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Work-life balance and Medicine

I think my life is good,in terms of work satisfaction. The new work hour rules for residents may threaten that. I have been thinking about how I am going to manage 12hour shifts with the demands of my children's needs. Will my spouse be able to deal with their needs? They are after all his children,too.
I mentored two students who wanted to go into medicine and both of them were burning with questions regarding how I balance the demands of family with my work. I was somewhat surprised by their concerns as before my children, the thought of not being at work did not cross my mind. I loved what I did, and still do. Why is that the current generation is so obsessed with lifestyle? You first need to figure your life and the lifestyle will follow. Your work should make you jump out of bed ready to face the new day ahead with anticipation.
Let's see if I can cope with work inspite of these changes and maybe, come out stronger.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Writing Block and Bossypants

Been such a long time since I last wrote here.Think about writing all the time,life and my habit of procrastination intervenes.I read a lot and fancy myself as a writer, so it's really not good for my psyche to be quiet on paper and I admit there is a certain hubris to seeing your own words on the screen and thanks to the web all of us seem to have a voice.
Just read Bossypants by Tina Fey. The book apart from being funny(could not expect any less from her) has a real feel of her life so far. As a mother, I identify with her advice of hiding in the bathroom(been there, done that)and with the angst of deciding when to have children. I really enjoy her unabashed enjoyment of her job, she keeps calling it the best job in the world and even though I am not a comedy writer(except in my best dreams),I identify with her passion for her work.I loved finding feminism in the anecdotes that she chooses to tell and most importantly that the book is not a tell-all.A must read.As my husband says, he wishes that Sarah Palin would run for president so that he could see Tina Fey acting as Ms.Palin on SNL. Second that.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

"Are you dying?"

My office is cold. Cold enough that I wear a jacket at work and have given up on the white coat. I have tried to get the temperature raised but have given up. My patients do not want to get undressed and today one of my patients asked me as I felt for neck lymph nodes- "Are you dying?" I answered "Of course, I am. Aren't we all? Some quicker than others." He smiled as he told me that my cold hands are not quite compatible with life.
This reminded me of another time when one of patients insisted that I could not be a healer- "A healer does not have cold hands". Luckily, I know many of my patients would disagree. Although, a healer is not how I would classify myself.