First Rugby Game of the Spring Season!

Thinking back on spring …

Rugby season started up again in the spring! No one was more excited about this than me. 🙂 As you may remember, last season I broke my finger so I had to sit out for the fall season. Of course, it was fun to watch my teammates, but nothing compares to actually playing.

Our first game of the season happened to be our only away game of the season. We played the Morrigans, who are based outside of Chicago. Thankfully the trip was only two and a half hours, so we didn’t have to leave too early. 🙂

Let me tell you, rugby road trips are always a fun time. There’s always tons of food, laughs and singing. Lots and lots of singing. We have a lot of new rookies on the team so it was a great way to do some team bonding. 🙂

We knew that the weather was going to suck. There’s literally no other way I can put it. The forecast said 40 degrees and windy. So we packed leggings, long socks and undershirts – but it still wasn’t enough! We pulled up to the pitch and it starts snowing. As soon as I got out of the van I immediately asked myself why I played rugby – hehehe. But once the game started we forgot all about the weather. We scored three try’s and we even had the chance to switch up positions! I had practiced being a prop for about 30 minutes, and I didn’t feel very comfortable with it, but I tried it out in the game and actually didn’t mind it! I even managed to do something good, so overall not too bad. 🙂 Did I mention we won?! It felt great!

After the game we went to the social – where the other team feeds us and we end on a good note. Then we hit the gas station for some snacks, and we were on our way back home! The snow turned to hail, but thankfully stopped as we were leaving. Once we got back we cleaned out the vans and went our separate ways. Rugby games make me extremely tired. Like to the point where I cannot function. Poor Joey has to put up with me when I’m this tired, I feel sorry for him! Hehe. You would never believe it, but sometimes I get very angry when I’m that tired. Thankfully he doesn’t take it personally. 🙂

Callie

PS: I have a new pre-game tradition!

Rugby Banquet surprise!

My award!

My award!

The week of the Rugby Banquet was a little difficult. I had three exams! Not even “easy” ones. We had Systems Pathology on Tuesday, Organ Histology on Wednesday, and also our Subluxation midterm. Woof. It was a lot of studying, but it paid off! I did well on all three exams. 🙂

To top off the busy week, I also had the Rugby Banquet on Friday. I completely forgot when it was, so I had no dress to wear. So Friday afternoon was spent shopping in search of a cheap dress that would fit the occasion. Finally after power walking the entire mall TWICE I found it … in the first store I shopped in. Grrr. Don’t you hate when that happens? Oh well, at least it was a good deal. 🙂

The banquet was in Vickie Anne Palmer Hall at 7 p.m. It was so nice! We had amazing food and tons of desserts. Yum! We also took plenty of pictures and had an award ceremony. Some of the awards were for all sorts of things — most dedicated, most flexible, most improved, rookie of the year, etc. It was great! Everyone on our team deserves an award for the amount of time, effort and skill it takes to play this sport while attending Palmer to become chiropractors. I love being a part of this team and am just happy to be surrounded by these lovely ladies. 🙂

And I got an award! You can imagine my surprise when I was awarded the Most Improved Player 2015. To say I was shocked would be an understatement. Long story short, I don’t do well being put on the spot. I just do my part like everyone else and don’t expect to recognized for that. I usually like to plan out these kinds of things, so when I’m put on stage unexpectedly, I almost freeze.  Depending on the situation, I like to be behind the woodwork and unnoticed. Rugby is one of those situations, hehe. I think it’s because I’m so new I feel out of place and like, ‘Why should I be up here? Why me?’ But it was a great feeling as well! I can’t believe everyone thought I improved. 🙂 I put in a lot of hard work so it was nice to be recognized.

After the banquet, there was an after party, but I was so exhausted from the week that I just went home and went to bed. 🙂 It was nice to go home and just relax with nothing to do. The rest of the weekend was also dedicated to recuperating and football. GO PACK GO!

More soon!

Callie

Palmer Prom!

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Me and the girls before we headed out for Palmer Prom!

The couple of weeks before Christmas break were filled with exam after exam and quiz after quiz. It was actually kind of nice because it broke up the monotonous days of 3rd trimester. But these couple weeks are also filled with lots of parties!

On Friday, we had the Palmer Prom! It was awesome! So here’s the scoop: Palmer rents out a venue, brings in a band, provides snacks and puts on an amazing dance party! Ask any of my friends, I’m not the person who goes out and dances, but I danced and had a great time.

We all got ready together and took classic prom pictures. 🙂 We had a driver drop us off and everything; it was great! The band was amazing! They played all the best current hits as well as the best classic rock songs. It was awesome to relieve some stress and just forget school for the night. 🙂

The next morning we all went out for breakfast at a local restaurant, Riefe’s*. My family loves that place. It’s local, the food is great, and the prices are cheap! You can’t get much better than that. But it does. They also give you free homemade donuts! Delicious! My friends and I have been talking about going there since 1st trimester and we were finally able to do it. It definitely hit the spot. 🙂

After breakfast I had to do a little studying for my Systems Pathology class. Our exam is on Tuesday and I want to make sure I do well. I had a little set back with my first PNS exam due to the Packer game (GO PACK GO), but I don’t regret it. Sorry Dr. Torgerud! Hehehe.

I also had our rugby Christmas party on Saturday night. 🙂 It was really fun! We did a white elephant gift exchange and then also had a potluck. Some of the gifts were really funny, and watching people’s reactions to the gifts was even better! We also dressed up in onsies or ugly Christmas sweaters. I had a penguin onesie, so of course I wore it. 😉 I left the party a little early so I could see Joey before he had to go to work. But I went to bed early that night to catch up on some sleep. Turns out I needed it, because I slept in until 9 a.m.! WAHOO!

Sunday was pretty uneventful. I continued to study and just lounged around the house. I did some much needed grocery shopping, though!

Callie

*Editor’s note: Unfortunately, Riefe’s announced they’re closing after many years in business. 🙁

Throwback Thursday – thinking back on Thanksgiving break

Thanksgiving week was a short one at Palmer. We had classes until Wednesday, and then we were all headed off to break! Thankfully (hehehehe), we only had one exam this week- Immunology! Overall, it wasn’t too bad.

Joey had to work on Thanksgiving, so we weren’t able to go home on Thanksgiving, but Palmer had a free Thanksgiving dinner for students who couldn’t go home. It was great! The food was amazing and it was really nice to have something to do on Thanksgiving.

I also went out and planned some Black Friday shopping. I told you how I built that faux fireplace with my dad, right? Well, I found some electric logs (with a heater) on sale. WAHOO! Now I have a real fireplace. 🙂 It looks great, and I love that it actually gives off some heat now. I also started to decorate the apartment for Christmas. It’s my favorite time of year. 🙂

Then finally on Friday afternoon we were able to go home. I brought my friend from the rugby team, Debbie, home with us, too! She is from California, and I didn’t want her to miss out on this! So we brought her home and put her to work. 🙂 Little did she know she would be stuffing the turkey and helping to put up the Christmas tree. But she loved it, and I’m glad I was able to show her a Midwestern Thanksgiving. 🙂

Before we knew it, it was already Sunday and we had to drive back to Davenport. Debbie and I also had to study for a Microbiology test. Thankfully, we got home around 5 p.m., so we still had some time to unwind from the drive and study for a bit.

On a completely different note, the rugby team went to New York City to compete in a 7’s tournament – where the team plays 15-minute games with seven people. I wasn’t able to go because I’m still out with my broken finger, but that worked out perfectly so I could spend time with family. 🙂 But the girls did great! They met a couple different celebrities and explored the city! They also took home the plate in the tournament! Wahoo! Go Palmer! Now we are on a little break over the winter until our next tournament in Las Vegas.

What am I going to do with all this “free time” now?? Maybe I’ll start a new series on Netflix … hehehe

Callie

Rugby game and finals ….

So I know I’ve mentioned before, but the week before exams or finals is crucial. You can either rest up or you can live it up before you’re caged away for a while. With rugby, I get to experience a little bit of both. 🙂

Our game this weekend was in Milwaukee, and my parents were coming to watch. My best friend Lucie also lives in Milwaukee, so I thought I would visit her while I still had some time.

In order for me to get to Milwaukee as soon as possible, I decided to not go to the Barrel House with Jen. In hindsight, probably not my best choice. But anyways, I made it to Milwaukee around 5:30 p.m., and Lucie and I went to her favorite restaurant for appetizers. We sat and caught up on our busy lives and munched on some cheese curds (we were in Wisconsin, you know). 🙂 Then my parents arrived and we picked them up and had dinner. It was great to see Lucie and be back in Wisconsin.

The rugby game wasn’t until 1 p.m., so my parents and I had breakfast and explored the Third Ward of Milwaukee. I could absolutely see myself living there someday (not forever, but it’s pretty neat).

Broken finger ... ouch!

Broken finger … ouch!

After walking around most of the morning, we headed over to the field. It was a gorgeous day for rugby! The field is right next to Lake Michigan, so the background was beautiful. But remember when I said I broke my pre-game tradition? Yeah, I ended up breaking my finger!!! I went in for a tackle and my fingers got stuck in another player’s shorts. When I stood up, I instantly knew I broke my finger. Thankfully the game was almost over, so I didn’t miss out on too much. But the best part of getting hurt while playing Palmer rugby is the fact that I have access to free X-rays and unlimited resources. I was able to get in to the Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Department for X-rays on Monday, and there I found out I did indeed break the middle phalanx on my fourth digit.

Thankfully I had already taken my palpation practical, but now I have to figure out how to write for the rest of my finals. Palmer is very accommodating for injuries, and I was able to get extra time taking my finals. I also had the option for someone to scribe for me. This was a huge relief! My main way of studying is rewriting, so unfortunately I wasn’t able to study like I usually do, but I made it work.

Before I knew it, finals were over! I survived my second trimester at Palmer! What a relief. 🙂 But just because classes are over, doesn’t mean rugby is! I’ll have to tell you about our last two games and my break next time. 🙂

 

Callie

Rugby day!

1817542687_f8a591e013Saturday was a beautiful day to play rugby! It was our first home game, and it was a good one! So, before I get to excited, I have to say that we lost. But, we played AMAZINGLY.

I can’t believe how far we’ve come as a team in the last week. We looked like one unit. Our scrums looked great, and we were communicating well. We made some minor mistakes that Wisconsin capitalized on, but other than that I think we all saw a notable improvement.

So as I mentioned in the last blog, rugby finally ‘clicked’ for me during practice last week. I knew where I was supposed to go and understood defensive things a little more. And I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, but I clearly demonstrated this understanding during the game. So TOOT TOOT. I was on the ball immediately on defense, which made getting the ball out difficult. I like to think of myself as Clay Mathews or Julius Peppers. I’m on the ball, putting pressure on the quarterback. So I might have went extreme in this comparison, but that’s how I felt. 🙂

I also scored my very first try! WAHOOOOO!!!!! TOOT TOOT TOOT. It was incredible!!! I honestly had like a flash daydream that I broke my face, but scoring a try never even crossed my mind! And I have to say, I definitely had to work to get this try. It wasn’t like I just happened to be standing there and fell in; no, I am 95% confident that I ran half the field to score this try. And if you know anything about rugby, you know that people like me don’t run distances like that. I was EXHAUSTED! I think I didn’t even care about celebrating because I was so exhausted. But it was an amazing feeling, and I can’t wait to do it again. 🙂

As if Saturday couldn’t get better, I was also voted ‘Woman of the Match.’ The team thought I was pretty valuable that game; definitely unexpected, but extremely gratifying. After the game and the social, we all watched the men play and socialized with players from Wisconsin.

After that, I went home and showered and once again watched some Netflix. I was also in bed by 8:30 p.m. Like I said, I was exhausted. But going to bed that early proved to be beneficial for Sunday. My Sunday Funday consisted of studying …at 7:30 a.m. But that’s what happens when you don’t study for your Gross 2 exam on Monday ….

Hopefully it works out okay. 🙂

Callie

First rugby game of the season!

The Palmer Women's Rugby team!

The Palmer Women’s Rugby team!

A couple of weekends ago we had the first Women’s Rugby game of the season! It happened to be an away game, so of course that made us all more excited.

We had a meeting Friday night and then packed up six vans and left for Minneapolis, Minn. The drive was about six and a half hours. Woof. It was definitely a long haul, but the girls in my van were great, and the time went quickly! We stopped at Chipotle for supper, and the cashier gave us buy-one-get-one-free coupons! YAY! That means next game we have in the Cities, we will be eating good. 🙂 I think we arrived around 10 p.m. and I went to bed right away. Sitting in a van for that long is tiring! Plus, we had to get up at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday for individual meetings, our team meeting and then the game, of course!

Saturday was the perfect day for rugby. It was cool and not too sunny. The only downfall was the pitch was soaking wet! Every step you took water, poured out of the ground. But other than that it was gorgeous!

Overall, the game went well. We’ve had quite a change in the line-up lately, so it was difficult for everyone to be completely comfortable. But it’s nothing a few practices can’t fix. 🙂 We ended up losing, but, like I said, we had a good foundation. It’s still incredible to think that almost all of us had never played rugby before, and yet here we are keeping up with the best of them!

One of the best parts of rugby is the social after the game! The other team grills out or provides food for the other team, and you are able to get to know the other team. It’s a very respectable tradition. It was great because they had vegetarian burgers; no one ever has vegetarian burgers! I was sooooooo happy! Right after the social, I was able to leave to go back to Davenport. One van left right after our game, one van left after the men’s game, and then the rest left on Sunday. There weren’t a lot of people leaving right after our game, so I decided I better hop on that van for 1) more space, and 2) so I could get home at a decent time. I ended up getting home at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, which was perfect! I was able to shower and eat and still go to bed at a decent time. I was also able to spend some time with Joey. 🙂

Sunday was pretty boring; you don’t want to hear about it, hehe. I slept in and then worked on some homework and studied for my exam on Monday. Like I said, boring but I’ll take a lazy Sunday over a crazy one any day. 🙂

We’re coming up on the first home game for Palmer Rugby! I’m hoping for another beautiful day. Lots to do before this game, but stay tuned and wish us luck! GO PALMER!

Callie

Back in the thick of things …

This week started out with a biochemistry exam, a palpation practical, and then spinal. Overall, the exams went well! I know that I could have put more time in and would definitely have seen a better grade, but I still did well, and that’s the best I can do. 🙂 Unfortunately, I get migraines when I’m sleep-deprived, not eating right and have pushed my stress level to the limit.

Since being at Palmer, I have only had two migraines, and one just happened over the weekend. This is incredible to me! I used to get migraines all the time while working and doing my undergrad. I believe this is the universe saying, “You are where you are supposed to be and doing what you are supposed to be doing.” It’s also telling me to take a little better care of myself. 😉 So I took the weekend to lightly study and rest. But, thankfully, that hardest test is done and I focus on next week’s exam: Physiology 2.

This week I also attended a couple presentations! It was a great way to get out of the books and see the light at the end of the tunnel. The first presentation I went to was by a Palmer grad, who also happened to be a former rugby player. And, as if it couldn’t get better, she happens to practice in Madison, Wis. She also brought free food. 🙂 She talked about how to open a practice or where to go after graduation. I didn’t realize that some graduates really struggle finding a job or even a stable practicing mentor. But I’m glad I’m learning these things now instead of 5 months after graduation and jobless (but that won’t happen to me 🙂 ).

She also spoke about what the focus of our practices should be. We really need to be focusing on the whole spectrum of chiropractic: wellness, nutrition, environment, meditation, etc. Basically, fixing the subluxation is great, but if you don’t help your patient in the other aspects of their lives, then you aren’t changing much. And isn’t that the whole point? I loved it and truly enjoyed going J

The second speaker was extremely inspiring. He was super motivated and enthusiastic, and anyone in the room could tell you he was passionate about his job. That’s the chiropractor I want to be. Shoot, that’s the kind of person I want to be. 🙂 He runs a pediatric, cash-only practice in Chicago and shared some great tips. Plus, his philosophy was incredible. He talked about how to stay true to chiropractic. Adjusting is great, but chiropractors truly need to understand the science behind an adjustment as well as the environmental factors, such as the patient’s nutrition, daily activities, exercise, etc. To be a great chiropractor, we have to do some “non-chiropractic” things. I can’t even do him justice, but basically I left feeling super pumped and excited to learn. 🙂

Now I’m hoping to have a fun and relaxing weekend … and a do little studying. 🙂

P.S. Women’s Rugby has started up again! GO PALMER! 🙂

Callie

The start of a good week …

This week marked the beginning of Round 2 for exams! It also means we only have five more weeks of this trimester! 🙂 Where did the time go?! Thankfully this round of exams is more spread out than the last. We had Pathology and Gross Anatomy 2 over this last week, then Biochemistry, Palpation and Spinal next week, followed by Physiology 2 and Gross Anatomy 2 again. Another helpful thing is that it was also National Boards weekend. The upper trimester students were busy studying and taking exams, so we are able to enjoy an extra two days off! But, of course, I filled those days with studying. 😉

This week was also my first full week back at rugby practice! I started going to conditioning sessions last week, but my elbow was still pretty sore and would swell up. So it was a huge relief coming back to practice pain-free this week! I think I’m also getting the hang of rugby more and more each day! I was a basketball player in high school, so I’m starting to make the connections from the court to the pitch. Our first game is Sept. 19, so stay tuned for updates on that. 🙂

If those two things weren’t big enough for this week, it’s also the opening game for the Packers! GO PACK GO! Being a Wisconsinite in Iowa is the weirdest feeling ever. I have to bring the Packer culture to Davenport. I’m okay with that. 🙂 I don’t have cable, though, so I have to go somewhere to watch Packers (or Badger) games. I went to Jen’s house this week for the game! It was great, I brought over vegetarian chili, and we had homemade guacamole. It was the perfect way to kick off the Packer’s season. 🙂

But now I have to get back in school mode and study for my exams!

-Callie

HOMECOMING!

Rugby Prom! That's me in the pink and looking good!

Rugby Prom! That’s me in the pink and looking good!

Homecoming, Homecoming, Homecoming … I don’t even know where to begin! Wednesday was the big BBQ to kind of kick off Homecoming. There were tons of food, the talent show, a water balloon toss, bags (or corn hole), snow cones, popcorn and tons of people just mingling in the West Hall Courtyard. It was the perfect way to end the short week and welcome in Homecoming.

Thursday, I attended a seminar put on by one of our very own professors, Dr. Lia Nightingale. Dr. Nightingale teaches classes like Biochemistry and Nutrition. Her presentation was on Diet and Cancer – it was very informative and super interesting! I remember thinking to myself, “I recognize some of these concepts.” I had just taken my pathology exam, and we were discussing some of them. It was really neat to see these concepts in “real world” situations. It can be really hard just strictly studying, so going to seminars is a nice way to apply all the book work to real life. Thursday night we also had a philosophy night and BBQ for the rugby team. It was so inspiring seeing alumni come back and share their knowledge with us. There were so many great tips, I almost couldn’t keep track of them all!

As for Friday, I kind of took the day off. There were of course seminars to attend, but none that peaked my interest. I also had to study for Gross 2 on Monday, Physiology 2 on Tuesday and Spinal Practical on Wednesday. So Friday was devoted to school, and it paid off big time!

Saturday, the rugby team attended the beginning session in support of the big rugby announcement! The rugby team has added 15 new scholarships for recruited students and has reached over $1 million. What an accomplishment for Palmer Rugby! Then, the Rugby team had Prom Rugby! It was great to see the men’s and women’s teams having fun and looking fashionable. 🙂 Also, I don’t want to brag or anything, but I was named 2015 Worst Dressed … pretty big deal. 😉 After the game, I went home, showered and napped.

Sunday was mostly a day of studying. I started the morning off by going to the Farmer’s Market with Jen and then went to the books. Thankfully, my boyfriend worked the whole weekend, so I was able to study undistracted and, plus, I didn’t feel bad for not spending time with him. 🙂

All in all, Homecoming weekend was a major success. If you’re looking to come to Palmer or are a current student looking to branch out, I highly recommend attending the next Homecoming!

Now, more studying and coffee. 🙂

Callie