Memorial Day

Last weekend was Memorial Day – and because I now work in outpatient, I had it OFF! I headed north to visit my uncles, their significant others, my cousins, my first-cousin-once-removed, and my grandmother. First I met the newest addition to the farm family – Bucky, the “young stupid Old English bulldog”-boxer mix. The a/c was going full blast, so he and my cousin were cuddling on the couch:


Outside, it was warm and humid – perfect planting weather. Here is an action shot of the farmers:

After having a tasty Memorial Day lunch, Granny and I headed a few miles down the road and managed to track down Richie and Alice, a couple of my relatives. They are excellent musicians and travel between Minnesota, Ohio and Florida, so it was quite a feat to find them! But we did and delivered some old sheet music. I’ve never seen anyone so excited about sheet music 🙂

After that, we had a short week of more work and orientation. I love my job because every day is similar (same coworkers, same basic type of work, an hour-long lunch)… and yet dramatically different. It’s a family medicine clinic, so the patients really can have everything from ear infections to becoming pregnant to end-of-life cancer pain. Most of what I am doing is problem-solving – connecting patients to providers, getting prescriptions refilled, responding to requests, etc, which requires lots of chart research and talking on the phone. I love it!

It was a busy week socially. On Wednesday we went to a History of Medicine talk at a beautiful historical home in Rochester (the Louis Wilson home) up by Assisi Heights, overlooking downtown. A beautiful view and a beautiful evening…

On Thursday I had smoking martinis with Chris and Nicole at 300 First so they could use up their gift card. Chris was working hard… but don’t worry, I’ll take him back sometime.

Last night I went out with my coworkers to celebrate a doctor “graduating” to another clinic (he will actually be working with Chris sometimes).  I thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the patio with some coworkers enjoying the sunshine and looking forward to the weekend. After that, the Chris, Nicole, and I saw X-men: Days of Future Past, which I thought was excellent. Of course I think pretty much anything with Hugh Jackman aka Wolverine is excellent. Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique really grew on me, and there is no shortage of other compelling actors in this series.

I am getting so excited about France!! Our departure is coming up before too long so I have been flipping through the guidebooks my mother-in-law got me (Frommers and Rick Stevens). Through listening to Rosetta Stone, studying a book, and using a French kids app, I have acquired some very basic French although I’m sure my accent is “tres terible.” But at least I don’t feel as lost as I would if I were going to, say, China.

Finally, I will close with a picture of my adorable doggies.  Aren’t they the cutest?!


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