It seems insane, but somehow it has already been 3 months since I graduated from OSU as a Doctor of Optometry. What’s even crazier though, is that this past week marked a full month in my new position as the Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation resident at UHCO. It’s been a wild ride, but I’m so grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had in just this short time.
Well, somehow we have made yet another full rotation around the sun, placing ourselves smack-dab into the year 2019. With 3 weeks of this new year solidly under our belts, I’ve found that I’ve finally stopped writing 2018 on every chart that I complete, and that I no longer question why a patient is back in the office when we just saw them 2 days ago (oops, wrong year.. again. With each passing day, I am also becoming more aware of the changes that are coming in this year. In 2 weeks, I move across the country to my final extern rotation site. In a mere 3 months, I will be walking across the stage at The Ohio State University and receiving my Doctorate of Optometry. In the following months, I then hope to complete a residency in Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, at a yet undetermined location. Yes, 2019 is about to be an exciting year.
Welcome back to my blog 🙂
After an extensive hiatus, I have again returned to chronicle yet another exciting period in my life.
For those of you who have been here from the beginning, there are a couple of changes to note.
The first? My name! Due to recent branding efforts, I decided it best to no longer blog pseudonominously. No worries though – my good friend Kealyn will surely be making appearances in the future!
In addition to now blogging as myself, you will note that what was once “Unfettered: The Adventures of a Smalltown Girl” has now become “The Adventures of H & Lars,” in an effort to accurately describe this new season in my life.
Which begs the question: WHO IS LARS?
Unfortunately, Lars is neither my boyfriend (single – 24 years and counting!), my dog (I’m looking for one btw, so if you have connections, lemme know..), or my pet plant (accidentally killed the last one.. sorry Verne..), but rather my beautiful car that I get to travel ACROSS THE COUNTRY in this year for Optometry school. I’m thrilled.
And I hope you are too.
Because that’s why I’m back!
As a final change, you’ll hopefully notice that some modifications have been made to my website to *try* to make it more professional. (Okay, so I added a resume.) Chances are I’ll continue to edit it for the next year as I begin to use this as a platform to find a job and the like. In any case, feel free to explore!
Til the next time!
So I think it’s been a sufficiently long time since I blogged… I guess that means it’s time for a life update. In the typical numbered fashion.
So this is me sucking at blogging.
I guess it’s good that I don’t do this for a living…
In any case, I’m Back!
Well, at least for 10 minutes, but whatever.
The past month or so has been relatively uneventful, but that’s a post for another day, because today, all the bore of the past 4 weeks was solved in one fell swoop! Here’s what happened:
5. Pieces of Pizza
For some reason, people are appreciative of you attempting to carry 3 boxes from a moving van to the house and up a flight of stairs. This is something that I truly don’t understand, but hey, it meant free pizza – delicious pizza at that! So obviously I had to eat 5 pieces.
Shut up. Calories don’t count on Saturdays.
4. Wrong turns
And so we meet the return of Directionally Challenged Kealyn, who, even with her phone out and maps up, managed to make 4 wrong turns in a single trip. My “I can actually navigate” pride is a bit wounded. But that’s okay. I did (eventually) make it to my destination!
3. Hours of Driving
I love to drive. It’s probably one of my favorite pastimes.
Just kidding. Gas is much to expensive for it to actually be a hobby for me, but I do genuinely enjoy driving. So when I had the opportunity to drive 3 hours on a Saturday afternoon to (attempt to) help one of my best friends from Opt School move, of course I agreed!
2. Missing Keys
Unfortunately, before leaving the house this morning, I COMPLETELY FORGOT to pick up my house keys for the city house. Which I realized when I was 7 minutes from my destination.
Thankfully, i don’t live alone.
1. Dead Car
Victor, my beautiful, stubborn old van, has been struggling for a while. And today, I think he finally called it quits, threw in the towel, and gave up his ghost (transmission). Thankfully, however, he was very thoughtful and waited until I pulled into my friend’s parking lot.
I think I may hold a small funeral for Victor for all of his wonderful service during his past 7 years in my possession. Anyone who is interested, may join. Condolences and memories of this old friend may be posted in the comments.
Yeah, today was interesting. Now to see what tomorrow holds!
-Catch ya on the flippity!
Oh wow. My blogging has obviously gotten away from me this semester, but I wanted to take a quick study break to give you all a quick life update.
So, what’s been up?
Well, this semester, I had the pleasure of joining the Professional Students Orchestra (I played trumpet!), an H2O City Life Group (super cool group of people around my age that gets together and talks about life and God) annnnnd… Yeah. That’s about all the new groups that I joined lol.
overall, this semester hasn’t been crazy stressful, but somehow I still have managed to keep busy for the past like 3 months. I’m not entirely sure what I spent all my time doing… I mean, aside from studying.
Other notable events, were:
1) attending a fantastic lecture from Dr. Patrick Quade of the College of Vision Development (COVD). He talked a lot about the benefits of Vision Therapy on both children and patients with traumatic brain injuries. It was honestly one of the best lectures that I attended all year, and I can’t wait to find about more about COVD and vision therapy in general.
2) attending Dinner with the Docs. This was a largely networking event, but I honestly just went for the food (it wasn’t as good as I had hoped). I did, however, hear some interesting stories from current optometrists. So I guess the night will count as a win.
3) attending the EYE spring banquet. I’m admittedly not a huge one for going out to parties, but this was a super fancy event meant to celebrate the fourth year EYE members, several of which have lived in the house with me. All in all, despite my hesitancy to go, it was a great night, and I am definitely looking forward to attending next year.
4) attending Scholar’s Dinner. This was actually a super recent event, in which I had the opportunity to meet the optometrists who provided my scholarship this year. Some parts were a bit awkward, but the food was excellent, and my donors seemed really cool, so I was very glad to have had the chance to meet them.
5) figuring out how to get onto the house roof. So yesterday, because of all the great weather, I made it my goal to figure out how to get onto the roof here at the house (where I’m currently sitting and writing this post). Twenty minutes and several scratches later, I found myself overlooking this fabulous city that I am currently living in. Seeing the city from up here has really reminded me of all the reasons that I fell in love with the city when I first moved here… It’s just beautiful. There’s so much diversity and life constantly surrounding me, that I’m almost constantly in awe of. I’m so glad that I get to spend the next 3 years here 🙂
Speaking of three years… Somehow, this semester (and consequently school year) is already nearing it’s end. In fact, in just (I think) 3 more weeks, I will be completely done with my first year of optometry school. It is absolutely crazy. I cannot believe that the year is almost over!! As much as I’m not ready for this year to be over, I’m definitely looking forward for a break from the stress of almost non-stop studying that it feels like I’ve been doing recently.
Finally, I would like to officially announce that I will be biking 100 miles in one day this summer in support of cancer research, as well as running a half marathon this coming fall to support a local children’s hospital. Both of these will be pretty taxing on my body, but I’m excited to have an excuse to get in better shape over the summer.
Well, catch y’all on the flippity!
Hey Howdy Hey beautiful Internet world!
I am exhausted.
With a capital E.
It’s been a long day. From class at 8 (with a minor delay of getting a ticket, having to move my car, and struggling to find a parking spot), to Panera with two of my favorite Opt-1’s (THERE’S A PANERA AT THE HOSPITAL NOW!!), to studying and making dinner, to my first ever orchestra practice (that was rough… Maybe I should stop telling people that I play trumpet..?), to a nearly 3 mile run, to another round of studying, and finally to this moment where I am cuddling in my hammock with my stuffed penguin writing about my day, I think it’s safe to say that Groundhog Day 2016 was a success!
And now, I should head to bed so I can start do it all again tomorrow!
Jk. Tomorrow will be completely different… After all:
Tomorrow is Opt 1, Semester II, Test I.
Yeah… It’s bedtime.
Good night moon… Good night stars…
Good night Internet.. Good night cars…
Let’s be real. Is there any better time to write a lovely “This is my life” blog post than a lazy Monday afternoon? I think not. So without further ado here is my most recent life update: Monday Afternoons