Sunday, September 12, 2010

solitary saturday

peace, love, and productivity
i spent yesterday pretty much on my own. josh was home from work for just a few short hours (and then back at UNC for the night -- lame-o weekend schedule if you ask me), and he was asleep for most of that time. as an extrovert with a tendency to overcommit, days like yesterday don't happen all that often for me. but when they do, i am reminded that me-time is important even if i don't crave it specifically.

i was able to take time to write yesterday's organize tab (those take a while -- i'm going to have to pace myself so that i don't burn out!), and then i launched into some real-time organization and time management of my own . . .

the boards are coming
there's no escaping at this point. the general pediatrics boards are in approximately 6 weeks, and the stakes are high. while i am generally a good test-taker and my yearly in-training exam scores have been fine (that test is supposed to be fairly predictive), there is a pretty significant fail rate (20% of first-time test-takers). not only would failing be somewhat demoralizing, but the exam costs . . . wait for it . . . a whopping $2300.

that's 7.7 pairs of these cute elk camp wedge boots for those who need conceptualization of the sum in real-world terms

not exactly a sum i feel like shelling out again. so i need to pass the first time!

so: i've said it before, but now i really mean it: it's time to take study-time seriously! i decided to play with gcal and make an online calendar listing a daily assignment.

if you're curious, you can even link to it here

however, because i need (NEED) to check things off in the physical sense, i printed out a copy and stuck it on the wall.

i finished off all of this planning with a rather productive study sesh. i had been underlining things in the review book i was using, but decided to go a little more old school/tried-and-true and take notes instead.

i don't know why, but things always seem to stick better this way. i guess the best information highway to my brain runs through my hand.

and so it goes
i plan on continuing the quiet / productive / relaxed vibe of yesterday throughout today. more studying, cleaning, and the like -- and it sounds lovely. tonight, though, i'll have to abandon my monkish lifestyle when we meet fellow MD/runner/blogger stevo and his girlfriend liv at mill town.

beer, pretzels, and good company = worth an escape from hibernation! as long as i get my studying done first . . .

because i've learned many a time, alcohol + study plans do NOT mix! (beer + clinic dictations are another story, however . . .) (kidding.) (. . . or am i?)



workout: 45 minutes elliptical plus a non-rushed weights session (weighted forward & side lunges, step-ups, hamstring curls, wall sit, bicep curls, tricep dips, reverse crunches, and calf raises).

risotto for one: well, not really. i have piles of leftovers! but i decided that being on my own last night was no reason to forgo a nice dinner. in fact, i ended up enjoying the leisurely pace of cooking for an audience of just . . . well, me.

it helped that this butternut squash risotto from the current issue of clean eating came out beautifully.

a link to the recipe can be found here. i definitely recommend it for a drizzly fall evening . . . perhaps even one spent alone.


  1. That risotto looks great. I experimented with using Google Calendar for awhile, but I feel like I remember things so much better when I write them down, and like you, I like to be able to physically check things off my list when I'm done.

  2. Good luck with your boards....that's an expensive test. I am sure you will do really well! Umm, those boots are fantastic and that risotto looks to die for. I am also very intrigued by the beer. I assume they don't sell it at home? Good luck with everything!

  3. Anonymous10:49 AM

    why is being a doctor so darn expensive?! totally not fair! good luck with the test. you're way lucky that you are a naturally good test taker :)

    great looking risotto. if i'm ever in NC will you make that for me?! hahah

  4. haha, thanks for the translation into material terms! It's important, especially when those boots are that cute :)

  5. atilla4:57 PM

    the risotto looks great

  6. I can't believe how expensive board exams are!

  7. Yay for organization, planning, and calendars!
    I really like your organize tab.
    Good luck on that test.

    $2300 dollars would also be about 38 video games.
    Thats... incredible.

  8. I'm with you. I really don't remember things I read unless I take notes. And I have to take them by hand, on laptop-typed notes for me. I recently studied (and passed!) my general science teacher licensure test, which is no where NEAR the level of challenging you are working on, I know, but I definitely wrote notes on each subject area I studied, and filled a whole notebook. Ridiculous, but it worked!