Friday, August 28, 2009
The date for our house closing on the new house (yes, CLOSING! We're not completely home free yet, because you never know what could happen--but so far, so good--more updates later) is September 15th. I am assigned to patient screening that day, which means that I am supposed to see the patients who come to the dental school for the first time and explain to them how the dental school patient program works--that procedures cost about half of what you would pay anywhere else, but that you have to pay up front, that procedures will take longer, and that you will have to come in for multiple appointments.
So anyway--since we are closing on the house that day, I have to be there to put my John Hancock on everything alongside Taylor--which is so exciting! Our first house (the one we are in now) was only in Taylor's name because he bought it just as we were getting engaged. So it's exciting to have both our names on everything! So, all that to say--I needed to switch screening days. My friend Jason (one of Taylor's pledge brothers in KA, and a good friend of mine from college and now dental school) kindly offered to switch with me. So we went down to the 2nd floor of the dental school, where we thought you were supposed to go to switch rotation schedules. Here's how it went:
"Hey, B (really sweet lady who works at the front desk), we need to switch screening days--is this the right place to do that?"
"Oh, no, that's up on the fourth floor with Miss Jackie and Miss Yvonne."
"Oh, ok, thanks!"
Run up the two flights of stairs to the fourth floor.
"Hey, Miss Jackie! We need to switch screening days."
"Oh, no we don't do that here honey, you have to go to the 2nd floor for that."
"Ummm....we just did that, and they told us to come to you."
"Oh, ok, well you will have to go talk to Deb then."
Walk out the door, run into Deb by the elevators.
"Hey, Miss Deborah--we need to switch screening days, and we were told to come see you."
"Oh, no I don't know anything about that--you will have to go up to the 5th floor to see Anita or Natalie."
Pound up the flight of stairs to the 5th floor.
"Hey, Ms. Anita--Jason and I need to switch screening days, and we were told to come see you."
"Oh gosh, I don't really know about that, let me see if Natalie knows."
Natalie walks out of her office when she hears her name They advise us to talk to the Dean of Academic affairs. (SERIOUSLY, people.....seriously. All this "switching" would take is for someone to take 30 seconds to punch it into their keyboard on the computer schedule. NO NEED. No need.)
We walk in to Dr. Buchanan's office. The Dean. And explain our situation.
"Oh, well, you need to go see Amy on the 2nd floor, she's the only one who can take care of that."
To which I respond that Amy is out on bed rest for the next two months before she has a baby.
OH. MY. GOSH.
Finally, later yesterday afternoon, we got it worked out because the dean sent an email to a couple of professors and had one of them do it. Seriously though--unbelievable.
This is basically the daily routine of my life at this point, for some reason or another. A lesson in efficiency, friends. Take note.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Let me know if you can think of anything! If we get the house we are looking at, we will need a couple of these for the kitchen!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Taylor's grandparents, C.B. and Evelyn, had specially ordered some from some obviously heavenly place in Alabama and had shared them with Taylor's parents. Lisa offered one to me when I was at their house on Monday, and seriously--it was the sweetest, juciest, most delicious thing I have ever put in my mouth.
So--I say this to encourage everyone to enjoy the Lord's plenteous and creative providence, especially now as summer comes to a close. (Ok, so it won't come to a close in Mississippi 'til Halloween or so, but for most of the country..). Blueberries are also a summer favorite of mine. They are SO good, on pretty much everything or just all by their lonesome--and SO good for you! Enjoy!
Blueberries and Aging – “In a USDA Human Nutrition Research Center laboratory, neuroscientists discovered that feeding blueberries to laboratory rats slowed age-related loss in their mental capacity, a finding that has important implications for humans. In one study, Jim Joseph, director of the neuroscience laboratory in the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center (HNRC), fed blueberry extractions-the equivalent of a human eating one cup of blueberries a day-to mice and then ran them through a series of motor skills tests. He found that the blueberry-fed mice performed better than their control group counterparts in motor behavioral learning and memory, and he noticed an increase in exploratory behavior. When he examined their brains, he found a marked decrease in oxidative stress in two regions of the brain and better retention of signal-transmitting neurons compared with the control mice.“
Who doesn't need better stress management and better memory skills? Eat up!
Monday, August 3, 2009
The pic below is of me and my sweet friend Mary Catherine, just before my wedding. I included this pic because you can see a little bit of her bouquet. The bridesmaids' bouquets were one of my favorite things about my wedding. (Nope....still haven't gotten those pictures ordered yet. But the proof books are in my car and I am headed over to my parents' house as soon as I finish this post to work on it! The ones I've included here are just ones that some of my friends snapped with their cameras.) I wanted to go with more of a color scheme for the bridesmaids' bouqets than just one particular flower, so my WONDERFUL florist, Wendy Putt, and I came up with the idea of using several different types of flowers, all in the gold/orange/yellow color family and tying it all together by putting grasses over each bouquet...sounds weird but if you notice below it looks really cool. Each bouquet was a different flower--yellow/orange roses, sunflowers (my favorite flower, hands down), gerbera daisies, calla lilies...and I'm forgetting one. Oh well. My best friend, Emily, was my maid of honor, and since her favorite flowers are gerbera daisies, she had a really big bouquet of them. My sister, Angie, was my matron of honor, and to honor the fact that she's my sister (and such a wonderful one, at that), her bouquet was a mixture of all the flowers together, again with the grasses across the top. (Sorry--prob more details than you care about, but I'm rambling, might as well just go with it.)
In the pic above you can see another one of the bridesmaids' bouquets--this one was sunflowers.
The pic above shows my bouquet--a mix of white roses...and some other stuff that I can't remember the name of! Terrible, I know. I'm really bad with flowers. Below is my sweet daddy holding them! The boys' boutennieres were calla lilies wrapped in the same little long grasses as the bridesmaids' bouquets.
And lastly, here is a closeup of my sweet nieces, Catie, Beth, Anna, and Olivia. I have five nieces, but Dorothy was just a baby and wasn't quite ready to walk down the aisle! Of course though, she got a dress to match the big girls! A very dear friend of mine--my physics teacher from high school, actaully, who became a close friend--hand sewed these dresses as my wedding gift. Aren't they beautiful?? This picture doesn't even do them justice. I was so thankful for her kindness and the many, many hours of work she put in to create something so beautiful for these sweet girls to wear. The ribbon around the waist of each one matches the color of the bridesmaids' dresses.