Surviving the 1st year!

Ahhhh ... vacation. Reading a book by the pool.

Ahhhh … vacation.

I cannot even put into words how excited I am to be done with the first year of chiropractic school. Yes, I learned a lot and met tons of new people, but I am sooooo glad to be done with the basic sciences. I can’t wait to dig into more techniques! 🙂 I’m also excited that I won’t have to pull any more all-nighters or be ridiculously stressed out. Of course, I don’t know how the next year will treat me, but I do know that 4th tri is pretty chill. 🙂

To celebrate my survival, I went to San Diego with one of my friends from back home. It worked out really nice because her parents had a time-share there, and I have another friend who lives out there. So not only was the trip pretty cheap, it was also packed with catching up with my good friends. 🙂

We couldn’t have picked a better week to go there. The weather was always above 75 degrees, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The time-share was at a resort, and it was beautiful! I honestly couldn’t believe we were there for the whole week!

We had lots planned. We wanted to lay outside and soak in the Vitamin D, swim, hike, sea kayak, shop, go to the ocean/beach, see the nightlife, and also check out local coffee shops. We both love coffee. 🙂 My friend, Hannan, who lives in San Diego, happens to work at a local coffee shop – so of course we went there. We also tried a couple restaurants, and they were AMAMZING! Holy cow. I usually don’t eat fish, but when you are that close to the ocean, you can’t pass up fresh seafood. So I had some amazing fish. So good! Any place we went with a ‘catch of the day,’ I tried it. 🙂 MMMM.

Although the entire trip was perfect, I did end up getting sick again. Towards the end of my trip I once again had extreme body aches, a sore throat and exhaustion. So when you are on vacation in the sun what do you do? I laid on the beach all day. I actually fell asleep! Hehe. The sound of the ocean and the heat was just what my body wanted! (Flash ahead a couple weeks and this sickness was still there – but now migrated to double ear infections.)

I did bring a book with me on my trip! I chose to bring ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing’ by Norman Doidge, with me and it was very interesting! I can’t believe I actually wanted to read this book on vacation, but that’s what happens when you love what you do! I love learning about anything related to chiropractic and the way the body works. It’s funny because the author of this book isn’t a chiropractor, and I’m not sure about his stance on it, but from his book he seems to describe chiropractic perfectly! I highly recommend reading this book to any prospective students or current students. Hit me up and you can borrow it. 🙂

Once I got back I settled in and prepared for 4th tri! Turns out its better than I could have ever thought. 🙂

Callie

Break!

I started off my break at rugby practice. Since I have a broken finger, I can’t practice, but I can be there for support. So immediately after my last final I went to Starbucks, got a coffee and made my way to practice. It happened to be chilly on Thursday, so a hot coffee was perfect. 🙂

Marley the Cowardly Lion

Marley the Cowardly Lion

Then when I got home, I had to run some errands for my sister. I wasn’t even home yet, and she was putting me to work. My sister, brother-in-law, nephew and one of their dogs were going as the Wizard of Oz for Halloween. In order to pull this all together, my sister needed some random things at Goodwill. She also needed me to make a mane for their dog, Marley. I can tell you I have never made a mane before, and I never thought I would. But there’s a first time for everything! 🙂

After running around all day, I met up with the rugby girls for supper. We went to the Barrel House to do some team bonding and celebrate the end of the trimester. I ended up going home after trivia and went straight to bed. I had a list of about 20 things I had to do before our game on Saturday. So, as I mentioned, I had to work on this mane for Marley. I think I sat and looked at her measurements for an hour before I figured out what to do. I clearly was still exhausted from finals. Hehe. I also had to finish another nap-mat! Wahoo!

By the time I finished all of these sewing projects, I still had to pack and clean before I left on Saturday morning. I think I was up until 2 a.m. cleaning and packing. Ahhh! But I like to leave my apartment clean so when I come back I have one less thing to do. 🙂 And let’s be real, it was disgusting after finals because who has time for anything besides studying??

Since the game was in Madison, my parents came down to watch and then they brought me home after. My chiropractor also moved to Madison, so I was able to see her for the afternoon. 🙂 It was awesome to catch up with her and talk chiropracTIC. She’s the reason I am in chiropractic school!

After getting home, I spent my break being a full-time nanny for my nephew. 🙂 We went to the apple orchard, got pumpkins, went for hikes, watched some movies, read some stories, and made cookies. Aunties are the best, aren’t they? Hehe.

The faux fireplace my dad and I built

The faux fireplace my dad and I built

I also made a faux fireplace with my dad. It basically is a glorified TV console, but it looks cozy and homey. Eventually I will get some electric logs or a fireplace insert, but for now, it’s just for show. I love it. 🙂

Faux fireplace with faux logs!

Faux fireplace with faux logs!

But before I knew it break, was almost over. My dad brought me back to Davenport on Friday so we could transport the fireplace. We had our last rugby game of the season on Saturday. It was wet, cold and misting. But none-the-less it was a good day for rugby. I spent the rest of the day staining and painting my fireplace. And the last two days of break I spent watching Netflix. 🙂

And then before I knew it again, I was starting 3rd trimester! EEEEK! How is this happening?!

Callie