Nice toque, eh

You call that a hat?

You call that a hat?

Okay, everyone, so by now you know that I am a Canadian. And if you didn’t, now you do! I am from a city called Lethbridge, Alberta, It is in the very southern part of Alberta, about 40 minutes from the Montana border. I have been living in the U.S for 4 years now; I did my undergrad at Bemidji State University in Northern Minnesota before coming to Palmer.

Being a Canadian, I get a lot of flack for some of the things I say … “Eh” especially and “Toque” is another one. A toque, I have been informed is what you Americans call a “hat” or “beanie” or “knit cap,” depending on where you are from. You know that thing you put on your head when it’s cold outside to keep your ears and head warm, yeah! That’s it! Don’t ask me where we got the word from or why we say it, it’s what I grew up with and has probably been being said in Canada throughout history since the country was discovered. I didn’t just make the word up with my friends to confuse everyone, I promise.

So I know I say some pretty funny things sometimes, but there are definitely some things that are said around here that just confuse me. For example when people pronounce roof like ruff. What is that all about? It is clearly spelled R-O-O-F, with two O’s, when two O’s go together they make the sound “ooo” not “uuh.” It’s just craziness!

The nice thing about Palmer is that people come from all over the world to go to this school, which brings all kinds of perspectives and cultures into our family. What other language differences have you noticed from your international friends or even just friends from another part of the United States?

Cheers, eh!


Woodfire Grill

Woodfire GrillI just want to fill you all in on my favorite restaurant in Davenport (thus far). I don’t go out to eat that often, so I haven’t been to that many places around the Quad Cities, but one of my favorite restaurants that is unique to this area is the Woodfire Grill.

They are reasonably priced, but it’s their menu that gets me! Every time I have been there, I get something different and it’s good every time. They have such a wide range of options to choose from! They have steak and seafood, burgers and sandwiches, salads and pastas, great starters and even some “feel good” options like meatloaf and shepherds pie and chicken potpie like you would make at home.

I went out there last night, and I had the Iowa Apple chops. It’s a pork chop that is covered in a cranberry apple chutney sauce that is amazing and comes with seasonal veggies and garlic-mashed potatoes!

I would love to hear about other good places to eat around the Quad Cities! What’s your favorite place?



Saturday was Rugby Day!

Kailey-rugby(written Saturday) Big weekend this weekend! We had a great game as a team. We worked together and supported each other and did the little things right, which led us to a big win and a shut-out! It was nice to be able to show the alumni how far women’s rugby has come, especially since we are celebrating our 10-year anniversary this year! Some of the Alumni who started this team were there, and I am sure it was exciting for them to get to watch us play well and get a win!

After the game, we always have a social with the other team to thank them for traveling to play us. It’s always fun to share food and drinks with other girls/women who just love rugby. We celebrated the game and then watched some of the men’s game before we all ran home to shower and dress up for the banquet dinner that night.

At the banquet, we heard many stories of the alum and their time here at Palmer and we recognizing those who are giving back to the trust foundation and who allow us to have all the things we do. We are so fortunate to be able to go to school and play this sport. To have the equipment and the staff and the resources we need provided to us by the alumni is a very special thing, and so recognizing them at the banquet was awesome! I’m so glad I actually got to thank some of them personally and hear their stories and advice. They are definitely a crazy bunch and provided a lot of entertainment for the evening.

Thanks again to all the alumni out there for your support, advice and kind words. It really is appreciated!



Campus Guides application

When you visit a Palmer campus, you're sure to meet a Campus Guide

When you visit a Palmer campus, you’re sure to meet a Campus Guide

I decided to apply for Campus Guides, and today I gave a tour to two people who are already Guides so they could evaluate my personality and knowledge about Palmer.  It was a little bit awkward, talking to two people who you already kind of know and who are already Palmer students but acting as if they don’t know anything about Palmer.

They sent us a packet to read over before the tour so we would know what the route is and some things they wanted us to talk about. But for as many times as I read it over and walked through the tour in my head, it still came out differently than I wanted it to. For some reasons in a good way and for some reasons not so much. I made a few mistakes and I couldn’t answer all my questions, but overall it went pretty well.

The Guides were encouraging and said that I did great! Next week I have my interview, and then I will find out after that if I will be accepted for a position as a Guide! I have my fingers crossed for this position. I think it will be a great way to meet some new people and share my experiences at Palmer with others, just as the Guides did for me when I was visiting the school trying to figure out if this was the right place for me.

And I am sure glad I had the chance to meet with them, because I am loving it here and I can definitely say they made me feel welcome and confident in my choice even before I was enrolled.



Barber’s Baldies

Dr. Michelle Barber's class, a.k.a. Barber's Baldies!

Dr. Michelle Barber’s class, a.k.a. Barber’s Baldies!

One of our professors – Dr. Michelle Barber – has decided to shave her head to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer. She asked for the students and staff at Palmer to support her, and so we did! Over the past few weeks some students decided to make T-shirts to help raise money to support Dr. Barber in raising the funds.

I personally don’t know Dr. Barber that well. She was a professor in one of my labs in first trimester, and even though I did not spend that much time with her, she became one of my favorite teachers right away. She was engaging, and her passion for teaching clearly shows in her patience and vast knowledge. She always takes the time to make sure everyone understands and explains things in a different way so that you can better understand. So, because she helped me even though she might not know it, I felt I wanted to get behind her and help her with this cause.

What happened was a bunch of students ordered these shirts that say “Barber’s Baldies” on them! It was kept a secret from her, and today everyone who ordered a shirt put them on and walked in to one of her classes and presented her with a cheque for $1,500 dollars that was raised from people who bought the shirts. She was clearly overwhelmed and so happy to have the support of her students.

I feel so happy to have been a part of this cause. It is so nice to be able to give back to those who give so much and are so selfless.

Go, Dr. Barber!


Parking raffle

NoParkingSo I forgot I wanted to write about this parking raffle I went to earlier this week. Apparently the church across the street from Palmer has a large parking lot, and once every trimester they raffle off their parking spaces to students! It’s free to enter, all you have to do is be present for the raffle. Depending on how many people show up to the event, you have a pretty good chance of winning because they have 41 spaces to give away.

My roommate, Brooke, and I thought we should at least give ourselves a chance to win, so we went together. It would be so nice to be able to drive to school each morning knowing you have a reserved space for you, so if you are running late at all you won’t be caught frantically hunting for a closer spot than you deserve for not being on time, haha.

I guess the lesson here is that you either need to leave early to even have a hope of parking where you want to, otherwise you better just settle for a student parking lot (which really isn’t that bad) early and not lose time trying to get a closer spot. Just enjoy the walk in to school instead of getting a major calf burn speed walking to not miss Mr. Morter’s quiz at 7:30 a.m. every day.

Anyways, we went to the raffle and there might have been 50 people there and 41 spaces to win, and neither of us won! So sad, and so unlucky.  🙁

Looks like I’ll be walking up the hill for another trimester, and making sure I leave early enough to get a good spot or not be in a rush ( I could use the walk anyways, who am I kidding).




womensrugby-3-14bI have had a few requests to write about rugby, since I’m on the women’s rugby team, so here goes nothing.

This is a hard topic to describe to those who have never heard of it or seen it played before. If I had to compare it to any sport, I guess I would pick football. The ball is similarly shaped but larger and has a more rounded point. There are two sets of players, forwards and backs, and then there’s tackling!  But the rules of the game and the way it is played are very different from football.

A “touchdown” in rugby is called a “Try,” and when you pass the ball it must always be passed backward (so the person you are passing to has to run onto it). But the aim of the game is to create space in order to get by the other team and place the ball down in the “Try-zone.”

There’s a lot more to explain, but I won’t confuse everyone with all the rules in between for now. Maybe I will progress this post and go into details about more rules in the future.  🙂

WomensRugby3-14I played rugby in high school, so getting back into it here at Palmer has been fun. I was definitely surprised there was a team when I got here. I can’t believe how much I forgot about the game and how fun it is to play! The women’s rugby team practices two times a week (on Tuesday and Thursday nights). It’s been a great way to meet some new girls who aren’t in my class and have some fun!

We have games coming up at the end of March, which I will keep you all in the loop on, and we always love and welcome any girls who want to play. You don’t even have to be a student at Palmer to play, so if you’re interested, come on out to practice!



Vendor Fair … did you win $100?

Hooray for free massages! I love when the Vendor Fair comes to school!

One of the many vendors was Biofreeze

One of the many vendors was Biofreeze

On Monday in the Student Union there was a vendor fair. For those of you who don’t know what a vendor fair is, it’s when some local or big businesses come in to help share knowledge of their products with you. They usually offer free samples with brief explanations about the benefits of their products. Some examples of businesses that were at the Vendor Fair here were Biofreeze and Avon and Spark, as well as Capri College and Sam’s Club.

I took in a sample of Spark, which is a powder you add to your drink, kind of like Gatorade or Crystal Light, that is supposed to increase attention. I got a 15-minute chair massage, which was amazing, from a student at Capri College. I got a coupon for $15 off of a membership if I want to sign up at Sam’s Club, and I got a bubble bath sample from Avon as well as their catalogue that they have out right now.

I wish I’d had more time to check out more of the vendors, but I had to get to my Student Council meeting, so I missed out on a few good ones. But I did collect a few tickets to enter in to the drawing for a $100 gift card to the Bookstore, which each vendor table gives you for visiting their table (it’s something the school does to promote people going to the Vendor Fair and hearing out the vendors).

I got the email for the drawing, and I didn’t win. I was only ONE OFF from winning one of them, AHH haha. I feel so unlucky! But everyone here could use one, so I am happy for the people who won (they probably made it to more tables than me haha).

Looking forward to the next Vendor Fair!



The sun’s out!

Break out the shades and the Frisbees! It hit 55 degrees F today!

Break out the shades and the Frisbees! It hit 55 degrees F today!

Considering the winter we just had, it comes to no surprise the talk around Palmer today was all about the weather! I can proudly say I left my winter coat at home today 🙂 … and it felt amazing to not have to drag it around with me!

But for those of you who remember or who are still taking classes there you will understand when I say I was immediately regretting not having it at soon as I got to Gross 2 in W216. I completely forgot how cold that classroom was, and I sat pretty much numb through the entire class.  But that aside, it was a perfectly beautiful day at 13 degrees! (Or 55 for all you Americans.)

It’s amazing what a little sunshine can do to a person! I really felt the attitude in the classroom and all throughout the school was a little more happy and enthusiastic than it typically is.

This will be my first spring/summer spent in Davenport or even in Iowa at all, so I am curious as to how the summers are. I have heard nothing but good things so far and can’t wait to check out the farmers market and all the festivals and outdoors patios I have been hearing so much about! Hopefully I can find a way to stay motivated and study during all the nice weather!

In the meantime, I am going to keep my guard up just in case we have another bout of cold weather.

Cheers, everybody!



SPIZZ Night – What the heck is spizz?

(written earlier in the day on Friday, the night of SPIZZ Night in Davenport)

According to B.J. Palmer (known as the Developer of chiropractic and whose dad, D.D., was the Founder), spizzerinctum refers to the enthusiasm for chiropractic. It's also an old word meaning "chutzpah, nerve or backbone." How fitting!

According to B.J. Palmer (known as the Developer of chiropractic and whose dad, D.D., was the Founder), spizzerinctum refers to the enthusiasm for chiropractic. It’s also an old word meaning “chutzpah, nerve or backbone.” How fitting!

Well, it’s that time again to put some spizz back in your step and get excited about chiropractic!

Spizz is a term that has many meanings and to me can’t quite be defined. They tell you it’s an enthusiasm for chiropractic and sharing it with others, but I think it’s more of a state of mind or a feeling.

You know when you’re a kid and people are always asking you what you want to be when you grow up and you always say something amazing like an astronaut or a princess. Well, when you are a kid you are thinking about living your dreams and having all the things you want and being happy and having fun at your job. And then as you get older you start realizing you have a choice to make. You can either settle for a job that will be supportive and reliable but may not your dream job, or you can reach for the stars and make your career from something you love doing! Well, spizz is something that reminds me of why I’m putting all this hard work in for. It reminds me of the reasons that I wanted to get into chiropractic and how I am choosing a career in something where I know I am going to be happy and excited to go to work!

SPIZZ Night is always a fun night (we have one at the beginning of each trimester). Free food, prizes and speakers who fill you with excitement and inspiration! I always leave the evening looking forward to the not-so-far off future when I will soon be graduating and deciding where and how I want to run a practice and putting all the things I am learning now into helping others.

All spizzed up and ready for the weekend!