First Big Snowfall …

(A few weeks ago) After such a busy weekend, the week seemed to be fairly relaxed. I had a couple quizzes and only one exam on Friday. I also attended a free webinar! It was awesome! It was on Eating Psychology. How cool?! It was geared toward pregnant/postpartum women, but it really was relatable to all people. To be honest I was a little bored part way through because I had heard this information in Biochemistry 1 or in my undergrad (I was a Psych major- whoop whoop!).

I also did a 40 day-revolution at my yoga studio back home, and we discussed some of these topics as well. For example, being present when you eat. How silly does that sound? But how incredibly true! Instead of scarfing food down in front of the TV or in the car, try to sit down and think about the food you are putting into your body. Enjoy your food.



I think there is a B.J. epigram somewhere on campus that discusses this very same thought. Another awesome thing that was discussed was judging food you eat as healthy or not. Why do that to yourself? Yeah, cool, I ate an entire pizza by myself yesterday; better judge myself and feel bad about it. No. Food is essential to our bodies. That pizza may not be a good idea to eat every day, but that pizza could be life-sustaining for someone else.

Also, moderation is key. Going out with your friends and having delicious fried cheese curds and beer could be just what your body needs. Gotta look at the bigger picture. I love this kind of stuff, its great! I feel like I can build on what I have previously learned and also add things to my own philosophy.

I also forgot that most of our classes were cancelled on Thursday! I believe we had two classes, and one was a practical so that was quick. 🙂 After the nice and somewhat unexpected short week, we geared up for the first snowfall of the season! And it was a big one, snow totals were predicted to be around 10 inches! I think we ended up getting around 7 inches. It felt like Christmas. 🙂

I had the candles lit and was watching the snow fall with some coffee. 🙂 It was a wonderful feeling. I also was so excited to wake up on Saturday and see how much snow we got. This was the first weekend in a VERY long time that I had the weekend to do whatever I wanted. That combined with the snowfall made the weekend better. 🙂

Joey and I also went couch shopping on Saturday. He thinks he needs new couches and pulls the whole ‘They hurt my back’ card. Pulling on my chiropractic heart strings. So we went and found a couple good options, but now we have to make sure they fit in our living room J Then we watched the Badger game (terrible, terrible game for the Badgers – we should have won!) at our favorite restaurant. Then of course on Sunday we watched the Packer/Viking game. GO PACK GO! I think it’s hilarious the Vikings even thought they had a chance, but, hey, you gotta give them hope. 🙂

And before you know it, it’s already Monday morning … but hey, at least it’s a short week. 😉


First Seminar of the Season

The seminar I recently attended was great! It was back in my hometown, so it was nice to be able to see my family as well.

My friend from the Rugby team, Emily, attended the seminar with me. Before we left on Friday, the Rugby team went to SPIZZ Night. The night started out like a club fair. Students are able to walk through different tables on clubs and learn more about them. Then we had a delicious taco dinner. Throughout the night, Palmer also gives away prizes and raffling off different gifts. It was a good time!

Then during the actual SPIZZ part, different speakers came in and talk to students about philosophy or topics they are passionate about. For any Palmer student who hasn’t attended, you’re missing out; and for any prospective student, I highly recommend going. 🙂 And even if you hate it, it’s still free food, hehe. 🙂

So after all of this, Emily and I left to drive back to Wisconsin. By the time we got to my house, it was about 11:30 p.m. It was definitely an early morning the next day, and you bet I started my day off with coffee. 🙂 We went to a coffee shop right away and then made our way to the seminar. The seminar was held in a gym, so it was a little weird, but it worked.

The first speaker was Dr. Gina from Chicago, who specializes in nutrition. She was great! Not only did she go into why certain vitamins and supplements are good/bad, but she also went into different lab tests that should be done for patients. On top of explaining all these labs, she also said that you should be able to read these labs or send them off to someone who can accurately interpret them. I believe in her situation, the cases are more extreme, but it was still good advice.

I was trying to picture this in my office, and I kept thinking if a patient came in and said, ‘Oh, my lab work came back fine, but I still feel like crap.’ Okay, well clearly you aren’t fine, so let’s go through your labs together and see if we should be looking at a different lab draw or if I should refer you to someone more specialized. And who knows if I’ll incorporate this into my practice, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind. :)j Since this was a pregnancy/postpartum seminar, she also talked about what we should do for those patients and what they can be experiencing.

The next speaker was Dr. Tom, also from Chicago, who specializes in Mackenzie Method. I had no idea what that MDT was, but apparently for boards I need to know that it is ‘disc extension’. It seems like a great tool to use, but because I don’t feel a draw or an interest to the physical therapy side, I didn’t really like this part. I know already that physical therapy is not my forte, but because I know this, and I know how important it can be, I will need to work with someone more versed than me. Long story short, I was traumatized as a child with physical therapy, so I try to avoid it. 🙂

Over all, the weekend was awesome! After the seminar on Saturday night, we went to a new restaurant downtown La Crosse with my family. I can tell you I ate some amazing cheese curds and may or may not have had some delicious Wisconsin beer. Sunday afternoon we also went to lunch with my family before we left.


First week of 3rd trimester …

How am I writing this already?! When I started blogging, I was just finishing 1st trimester and here I am talking about my first week of 3rd trimester! Time is flying and I love it, but I also want it to slow down so I can do more here on campus.

That is one of my goals this trimester: Get involved and go to more seminars and clubs. I figured now that I have a **slightly** less stressful schedule, I can do more outside of classes. Rugby is also on hold for the winter. We have two tournaments, but we have no official practices until the end of February. This works out perfectly for me because I am still healing from my broken finger. But it frees up a significant amount of my time.

I am already signed up for two seminars, and one is coming up (and it happens to be in my hometown … YAYAY!). I also want to read a couple of books that have been recommended to me. Hopefully I’m not being too ambitious here and underestimating my class load, but I like to think I’m an optimist so it’s gonna work out perfectly. 🙂

Classes so far are good! I have been looking forward to 3rd trimester ever since 2nd trimester, hehehe. But the hardest part is being in class all day long. Pretty much every day I have class from 8:25 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. I usually don’t have any breaks, so I need to work on my meal prep. But, yes, you read that right–I don’t start until 8:25 a.m. WAHOOO! It’s a wonderful feeling not having class at 7:30 a.m. This also gives me a lot of time to work out before classes.

Now that I don’t have rugby, I have to find a time to work out on my own. I have been missing my yoga practice a lot lately, so I am going to try to find a yoga studio around here. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s one of those things where you think to yourself, “Why did I ever stop doing that?” So I’m also hoping to implement this into my daily routine and, at the very least, I want to take time for myself every morning before I have to do things for my education.

From listening to seminars and reading random articles, I’ve noticed that you need to take time for yourself and for your values. Isn’t that crazy to think that anyone could get away from these fundamental things? I know it is, but we do it. I do it. So I’m focusing on me this trimester because I truly believe this is key to chiropractic. Let’s be real, it’s key to a healthy and happy life. So I’m going to do it, and it’s going to be great. 🙂

This also ties in well with my goal of reading more and attending more seminars. How can I truly know what I want if I haven’t experienced as much as I possibly can? Anyways, this is my plan. What are you doing for yourself today?




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?!


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. 🙂



Almost finals

My relaxing week turned into a pretty busy week! I found myself going in to open lab as much as I could, and I also had to study for a Biochemistry quiz. Add that on top of practice, laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning and traveling for rugby. It was pretty crazy!

Chocolate! It makes everything better.

Chocolate! It makes everything better.

We travelled to Minneapolis, Minn., again two weekends ago for rugby, and I can tell you that my Friday and Saturday just flew. Friday I went to class, Pediatric Club and then to the Barrel House with Jen. I have decided that going to the Barrel House with Jen the day before my game is good luck. 🙂 Right after the Barrel House, I went home to pack for the trip, and then before you knew it we were in the van. We got to the hotel at 11:30 p.m. and had a quick meeting with coach. Then we woke up at 5:30 a.m. for a CNS wake up, which is basically a light workout. Our game was at 9 a.m., so thankfully we were able to play and then get home at a decent time.

My parents came up to watch the game, too! That was a nice treat–not to mention they also brought me delicious chocolates from my favorite sweet shop back home! 🙂 Unfortunately, on the way home I got a migraine. 🙁 I also threw up in front of everyone multiple times. Woof. The combination of driving, not eating a lot and lack of sleep got the best of me. I ended up going to bed at 7:30 p.m. and woke up at 8:30 a.m. It was muuuuch needed. 🙂

My Spinal practical felt like it went better than the first one, so that’s good! Either I felt more prepared or I knew what to expect, but either way I felt more at ease. After the practical, my friends and I grabbed pizza and prepared for our Palpation practical. It was a nice way to end the day.

This week I also applied to be a Pediatric Club Officer! And I got it! 🙂 I am officially a Pediatric Club Officer. Wahoo! One of my goals was to get more involved in the club, and I did just that! I am very excited to promote the club, Palmer, pediatrics and chiropractic. Yipppeee! I also went to club this week, and we discussed ADD/ADHD. I feel like everyone has heard about ADD or ADHD, but they don’t necessarily know what exactly it is. It was nice to gain a little information on the topic.

And before you know it, it’s already the weekend. Stay tuned for the next rugby game results. 🙂


One more relaxing week …

Stress-relief cleaning.

Stress-relief cleaning.

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Can you believe it’s already the end of September?! How did this happen?! Although the tri is coming to an end, thankfully we have one more relaxing week this week. My exam on Monday went well! I could have done better, but I did better than I needed to–and that’s all that matters. 🙂

My study technique is that I go through all my notes and rewrite them into ‘study guides.’ This way I read through the notes, rewrite them, condense the material and organize it in a way that makes sense to me. Considering I had to make my Gross 2 study guide and then study it (and all the diagrams) in one night, it was quite the task. There were a couple questions where I could see the answer in my study guide, but I couldn’t associate the topic. But, next exam I will spend a little more time and then that won’t happen. 🙂

The only other stressful thing we have this week is a Biochemistry 2 quiz. I really want to do well on this to secure a good grade in the class. 🙂 So overall, this is a pretty chill week.

Since I have some down time, I’m going to try to get in to open lab to prepare for my Spinal practical. I have that next Wednesday, so I want to make sure I get in early enough to do well. It sounds kind of silly to say that I want to do well on these, because in reality I want to do well on all of them, but it’s great being able to go into finals semi stress-free.

I have to say, some people make 2nd tri extremely stressful. And don’t get me wrong, it’s very hard to balance this class load. But getting a couple B’s is not going to ruin my life. As soon as I let that go, I found I was significantly less stressed. 🙂 It’s all about priorities, people! And I value sleep, hehe. 🙂

I am also going to try to get my apartment deep cleaned. Something about having a clean house just makes me less stressed. Because when I’m bored from studying, I will find anything to do besides study, and I usually revert to cleaning. So, in order to avoid this I want to get it done before finals. 🙂 And who doesn’t like walking into a spotless house? I also find that cleaning can be somewhat of a stress reliever. I feel accomplished afterwards. Anywho, that’s my plan: deep clean the apartment.

I’ll let you know what actually happens this week (Netflix) next time. 🙂

BTW, it was National Coffee Day this week … you bet I celebrated!


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. 🙂


Just another week at Palmer …

Learning more about spinal anatomy

Learning more about spinal anatomy

Last week nothing too special happened. We had a Physiology 2 exam on Monday and a Pathology quiz on Tuesday. Overall it was a pretty good week!

Rugby conditioning was decent and practice was pretty fun. We worked on team aspects and also specific roles for backs and forwards. Our game in the Twin Cities was our first real “team effort,” and so we knew we needed to bring that together. Well, that’s exactly what we did, and it turned out pretty well for our game on Saturday at home. But you’ll have to read the next one for those details. 🙂 Hehe.

On Wednesday I went to a speaker at a local chiropractic office. The speaker just happened to be my Spinal Anatomy professor, Mr. Chip Morter. It was great to see him outside of class and to learn more about his personal philosophy on chiropractic. He specifically talked about adaptation. Our bodies adapt to the stressors around them; whether it be physically or emotionally. We can apply this philosophy to our adjustments, to understanding our patients, and even to understand the basis of chiropractic. If a person is in pain, their body will adjust to that pain. And guess what that probably caused? A misalignment of the spine and possible abnormal bone growth. And guess what that person needs? A chiropractor! It’s amazing how simple it is. 🙂

I also went to another speaker during club hour on Friday. This speaker was for the Pediatrics Club, and we looked at several pediatric elbow X-rays. Let me tell you, those X-rays are ridiculous! I’ve never spent time looking at pediatric X-rays, and I swear I thought they all had broken arms. I completely forgot to apply my Gross Anatomy 1 knowledge this early in the morning! Children are still growing, so not all the bones have ossified, causing the X-rays to look different than adult X-rays. It was really neat to look at these and get a jump start on some radiology.

I also learned that 80 percent of medial epicondyle fractures occur in boys; I just happened to be in the 20 percent of girls who have broken theirs. 🙂 And I broke both at the same time, so I wonder what the odds would be there?! Hehe.

The rest of Friday, I just binge watched Netflix. Sometimes you just need those days. Yes, I said days. Plural. Multiple days. I’m currently in the middle of season six of “Grey’s Anatomy,” so it’s semi-useful information. 🙂

I also tried to mentally prepare for the game on Saturday. We played Wisconsin (a nationally ranked team), and it was super important to be prepared for that. I’m still pretty new to rugby, so usually I just try to figure what the heck is going on during the game. But things actually clicked for me this week at practice, so I wanted to be at the top of my game. You’ll have to wait for the next one to see how we did. 🙂


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!