Monday, May 27, 2013

Board Studying

You know your husband's studying for the board exam when.... send him a medical article from the Washington Post that you find interesting and he replies with:

Very interesting. I actually had a question about this on my quiz last week. The uterus forms from the embryological structures called the paramesonephric ducts. They are supposed to fuse to make the uterus. In males with a Y chromosome the presence of the SRY gene causes mullerian inhibiting factor production. This hormone causes the degeneration of the paramesonephric ducts so that men don't have a uterus. 

I bet you didn't know that.

...Or when you are at the pool.

All alone.

Because it's -20 outside. In MAY. And no one in their right mind goes to the pool when it's -20. (It was 65 and sunny. Just a bit breezy...)

And so your husband comes to sit with you so you aren't the weirdo at the pool by herself, and he brings his books so that he can study:

White legs. Give us grace. Summer's only just beginning.

.... Or when your husband forgets how to smile because all happiness is zapped from his days.

Naaa, I kid.

He's not smiling because his wife is wearing a UVA lacrosse sweatshirt.

But let's be honest -- Duke won the lacrosse national championship today. I was there three years ago the last time Duke won, incredibly proud of a guy who played in that game -- and I wasn't even dating him yet! Oh man, but I knew. I watched #29 and thought "Yesiree, that's the one for me." .... Or something along those lines.

Also, it was a total false statement about all happiness being zapped out of Michael's days. That would be terribly sad. It is a joy for me to watch my man do something that he is MADE to do. He's not necessarily made to study, but I definitely know that Michael is made to be a doctor. And it's a long haul to get there. Studying for this exam is a big piece of it, and he seems to like it most of the time. (He's nuts!)

I so want it to be done so that we can relax together and go to the beach and Michael can rest! But I know that these are important days and special days and days not to be rushed. And days that are in His hands and full of little gifts. Like taking a stroll and discovering a new street in your neighborhood that you have never walked down. We did this tonight and then got ice cream. It was perfect. Will wonders never cease.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Nearly Royalty

Michael and I are in the midst of our 2nd spring together as a married couple in DC, and we marked that anniversary by making our 2nd annual pilgrimage through the woods (literally through Rock Creek Park) to Embassy Day. Where we saw Winstuuuunn!

Winston Churchill 2012:

Winston Churchill 2013:

He ages so well.

Winston is the statue that I see most in DC. He presides over a large portion of Mass Ave where I often go for runs, and he actually has become a pretty regular goal-marker for me. Typically in this way: "If I can just get to Winston, then I can walk." (Or breathe, if I haven't run in a while...) It's worth noting that the #1 statue I see in the capital city of a nation that rebelled from its mother country is a statue of a man from that mother country. My my, how far we have come!

And -- that the prince from that mother country comes to visit his former subjects.....

Lord knows I would have been in that crowd snapping a pic of Prince Harry last week if I worked on the Hill, but the closet I came to him was visiting the British Embassy two days after Harry had dinner there. I talked to the head chef of the Embassy who cooked for Harry...

He is saying "Wowww! Harry ate a ton of summer pudding!"

What's summer pudding??

I don't really know, but Harry ate it!

In this room!

and that's all I've got! 

I mean not really -- I've got a lot. For starters, Prince Harry doesn't have this blue-tongue cutie to hang out with during Girls on the Run:

And he doesn't have an adorable sister-in-law like Lolo:

Oh wait, maybe he does.....

Ahhhhh whatever.

Spring has sprung in DC! Or maybe now it's summer? FINALLY. Yesterday was the first day I have gone outside in the evening and not needed a sweater. Now that is cause to celebrate.


Friday, May 3, 2013

My heart

Michael's last exam of the classroom part of medical school is...............MONDAY!!!!!!

I'm so proud of my man. This was taken earlier this week while I dutifully played the sick patient and he practiced doing a physical diagnosis exam on me.

The verdict??

I'm living life! And he is by my side. Or I am by his side. Or both. Always both.

I love him.

That's all.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


I should have posted this yesterday, April 30th, because then I would have blasted 'NSync's "It's gonna be May" through the roof (on the blog. The blog roof. Of course.) Because as we all know, JT is not singing "It's gonna be ME."  I mean why would he when it's April and "it's gonna be MAY."

I don't make these things up. Watch the music video. Watch the full thing if you want to relive the year 2000 (who doesn't?), but for the sake of welcoming the month of May, fast forward to about 3:14.

Guess what?? (Guess what?) It's gonna be May!


There is so much! There is just so much. There is so much excitement because summer is around the corner. I do this all the time, and I think it's not necessarily a good thing, but I always look forward to the NEXT BIG THING. And the next big thing after that, and after that, and so on. But that's totally not how we are supposed to live. Max Lucado said (I think it was he who said this but really I first heard it from my friend Dargan) that God gives us grace for the moment. (Do not worry about tomorrow...) So we really shouldn't be so forward-thinking as much as we seem to be. It's hard to do this because it is a great thing to anticipate all that we have planned, but it can sometimes take away from the here and now if we focus too much of our attention on the future.



So to put a spin on it, I have some pictures to share from another MAGNIFICENT friend reunion from a few weekends ago that I had been really looking forward to..... in....... TEXAS! Oh my sweet state. To which I am not a native but to which I ascribe my allegiance for rearing me from age 6 to 18. What formative years! (Like your entire childhood, basically.) Oh how I love thee, Texas. And Virginia.... can't forget her. But a house divided will not stand, so I guess I have to choose Texas. Yikes but it's hard. But really it's not hard when you're there where the stars at night are big and bright. And your with these kiddos:

And these two love nuggets:

It's true. The chicas of DC circa 2010 were reunited. Come one, come all. These girls at one point or another have all lived in DC (most of us in the same house until we got lie) and have been praying for each other in various Bible studies, small groups, fireside chats (just kidding, but I wish,) poolside layouts, stranger makeouts (just kidding... I think,) weddings, laughters, tears, WHAT-DO-WE-DO-WITH-OURSELVES-AFTER-COLLEGE thoughts, breakups, makeups, dating, falling in love, surviving Snowmaggedon 2010....I could go on. That's a lot of things to be praying about with these lovelies. But it was so worth it! Still is.

We had a great time at Palo Verde ranch. There were some cows involved.

Farm boy, fetch me that pitcher cow. 

As you wish.

Farm boy, fetch me that other cow. 

Princess Buttercup looking good
As you wish. 

Farm boy, make the cows come closer.

As you wish. 

Well, we found the cow whisperer.

These friendships are just so sweet to the soul (I think I said that in the previous post) but I mean, it's true. Believe it or not, I think of myself as not that "girly" in the sense of needing to be with girlfriends all the time. In fact, I seriously get just as excited as to rush home to sit on the sofa and read a book as I do to take a walk with a friend. Mmmmm actually, that's definitely an overstatement. I'd pick being with a friend over a book, but sometimes you just need some downtime, you know? So as much as I think I'm fine not seeing these soulmates of mine for a long time, the second I do see them, it's like a hot knife through the butter of my erroneous assumptions that I am doing JUST FINE, and I am wonderfully reminded that we need each other. We need people, especially our girlfriends, in our lives. Thank goodness for them. 

Don't act surprised.

Everything's bigger in Texas. 

Goodnight, yall!