looking back through my archives (i dug deep for all those links for yesterday's work page effort) was interesting. just a couple of years ago, my blog was pictureless, mostly focused on medical training, and i did not post every day. i also feel like i used to blog in sort of a black hole -- there just wasn't the online community back then like there is now, or perhaps there was but i was just oblivious.
i do think it's more fun to write now that people often respond and ideas cross over from site to site. very frequently, the topic of my morning post comes to me while foraging in my google reader over breakfast. and i don't mean that i'm copying (at least i really hope not!) -- i'm just inspired.
this morning, two very different posts stood out to me as . . . well, blogworthy.
■ i stumbled upon another follow-up post from hollaback health on the marie claire affair. i commented on her site, (respectfully -- i hope!) disagreeing with the notion that popular bloggers need to be responsible for the effect that their content may have on others. i stand by my freedom of expression argument, and i think it applies especially to the 'bigger' bloggers who earn a living from their sites.
■ on a completely different note, i had a minor freakout after reading this post about balancing (or not) work and motherhood by anesthesiologist/book author/blogger/mother of two michelle au.
let me preface this by saying that i am a huge fan of michelle's writing, and i cannot wait to read her book. (fine, i'm also more-than-a-little-jealous. but that's unrelated.) there are certainly parallels between michelle and me: we both graduated from small colleges in massachusetts. we both did at least half of a pediatrics residency (michelle later switched to anesthesia). we both write blogs that tend to center around the non-medical parts about working in medicine. we are both married to doctors. and we both really like good pens.
however, she writes better than i do, with a cleaner style that doesn't involve nearly as many parenthetical asides (i know, it's a problem i suffer from terribly. see?). she can draw. she loves new york. and she can't cook. she also has two beautiful children and deals with balancing motherhood and a full-time career as an attending anesthesiologist.
i have to admit her post made me panic, and it made me sad. i hate that she had such feelings of inadequacy, and i fear feeling the same way someday. my gut reaction was to grab josh and read the article to him frantically. however, i barely got through the first paragraph when his voice of (i hope) reason and truth cut me off -- he said,
"babe, that is NOT going to be you."
i really hope he's right.
and now for something completely different
hey, remember my happiness project? i haven't abandoned it; i guess i just took a little break! josh and i were talking about internet dependence and the downsides of being 'connected' all the time, and i think i'm going to try something borderline crazy and try a one-week detox.
that's right: no internet for a week, with the following exceptions:
☑ i can log onto my work email on an as-needed basis at work
☑ i can use the internet at work for work-related tasks only (ie, pubmed to find articles)
☑ i can use the hospital web browser to look at patient data
☑ i can check my regular (nonwork) email twice daily -- once at lunchtime, and once at the end of the workday before leaving the clinic
☑ i can blog once daily (of course!)
it's not that i am against the internet or blogs; as you see above, i think a lot of good thinking and learning can come from reading these things. but sometimes i feel like it's just all too much, and i would like to see what it would be like to be more minimal about these things. i will start on monday (10/11) and of course i'll let you all know how it goes!
workout: yesterday i took a rest day; however, i have to mention that tuesday i had a spectacular 5.5 mile run in 60 degree temps. i love fall!
family night: i interrupted my real simple cooking challenge for a special guest who might be just a little on the picky side and requested italian:
actually, she might not be that picky at all, but i wanted to make sure the meal went over well. i went back to an old standard -- one of my top 10 recipes from my 2009 journey through martha's great food fast.
board prep report: i am pleased to announce that i am now only 4 days behind on my study plan (i was >10 just a couple of days ago -- it was bad). steady progress . . .