Friday, August 28, 2009

A Day in the Life

So here is a little snippet of life at the dental school.

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.


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

Kitchen Question

I am really loving these kitchen barstools from Pottery Barn--does anybody know where to get something similar to these that might be a little less expensive? I love the colors, especially of the darker ones, and I love the natural look of them.

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

House Stuff

So--I don't want to say too much right now, because I don't want to jinx anything (not that I'm superstitious, but I still just don't want to talk about everything too much yet)--basically, we have had an offer on our house and are waiting for the home inspection to make sure that everything is a go. Since then, we have also found a house and made an offer on it--but we are still in the negotiation process, so nothing is concrete. We shall see! Just wanted to give a little update! For the few of you who read this--I haven't fallen off the face of the earth--I've just RIDICULOUSLY busy! If you have a minute, please say a prayer for us for the Lord's will to be done with all of our house stuff. Hope everyone is doing well!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Summer Bounty

The day before yesterday, I had a life changing experience. No, really. I ate one of the most delicious things I have ever put in my mouth. Had it been slaved over for hours and hours by some obscure elderly lady who had spent years honing her craft? No. Had it been masterfully and meticulously created by a highly trained chef who had studied for years at the CIA? (Culinary Institute of America, not Central Intelligence Agency). No. It was a simple, beautiful, mostly round, slightly fuzzy--peach.

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

Show Us Your Life Friday--Wedding Party and Flowers

And so...I'm late again with this post! But better late than never, right? It has been a busy weekend! My sweet friends Alison and Andrew got married this weekend in a beautiful wedding in a sweet little church here in Jackson. I really am not sure if I know of two people more perfect for each other than they are. They are both going to be dentists, most likely in Oxford--so if anybody goes to the dentist in Oxford, you are going to have two wonderful additions up there to chose from!

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.

And here (above) you have all the boys! Taylor had 11 groomsmen and 6 ushers, and I had 11 bridesmaids and 6 honoraries. A lot, I know! We just have so many friends who mean so much to us...honestly I would have had several more if I could have!

The pic above is really dark, but you can sort of get an idea of the bridesmaids dresses, and of my sweet flower girls' (all my nieces!) bouquets and dresses. The bridesmaids' dresses were from The Bridal Path in Jackson. I'll talk more about the flower girls' dresses in a minute. I loved their little bouquets though--they are actually little balls of flowers held by ribbon...and they have a special name which escapes me at the moment. I'm sure I'll remember as soon as I hit the "post" button! Also, another little fun fact--my nieces all went barefoot during the ceremony! I thought that would be fun for them, and cute to see their little bare feet with the trailing ribbon from the flower balls.

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.

Here are a couple of pics of some of the flowers in the sanctuary--I told you I am a sunflower girl!:

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.

And that's about all I've got for today! I've given myself a little end of summer reading challenge--I'm trying to go back and read at least a couple of the books that I read in high school and enjoyed--currently reading Shoeless Joe Jackson by W.P. Kinsella. Next is Good Ole Boy by Willie Morris. Yay for summer reading!