Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

and its especially happy today since I found the yellow anthropologie dress on ebay and its already on its way! I love the internet.
I've spent the day so far drinking coffee and watching movies on HBO while half-heartedly cleaning... but I am about to dust the life out of the office area of our apartment. I love the way a room looks after its dusted.... and for that reason you'd think I'd do it more often, but hey, what can I say - I like dramatic results. I've also completed my first new year's resolution, (I like the kind that you can check off and complete, versus ones you have to sustain... way more satisfying,) which was to eat the lemon meringue pie my grandma sent home with us after Christmas before January 1st. Done!
My other resolutions include a continued committment to good hair care and skin moisturization... and well, a couple of other ones with about the same degree of importance.
Honestly, I just hope this new year is as wonderful as the last. I am so lucky to have a great family and to be married to Joey. I got to go home to Texas for my dad's 60th birthday, then have a great 30th birthday week with Joey a few weeks later. I have understanding employers and coworkers who encouraged me along the way of the application and interview process for residency, and I got to travel all over to different interviews and learn a lot about different residency programs... and be in Texas for Thanksgiving and spend it with my sister and parents, and Joey of course. Then I had a fantastic Christmas with my extended family in Connecticut last weekend. We all know how much I love spending time with my grandma.
In any event, I'm looking forward to the new year and everything it brings with it. Cheers everyone, and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Get ready, 'cause its coming!

That title probably won't mean anything to anyone who hasn't done P90X.

alrighty then, moving on.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to everyone! What's that you say, you're worried about the post-holiday blues? The let-down that follows so much celebration? Well never fear, because my birthday is (almost) here! I know!

So wait, you're (Joey) not sure what to get me? Oh, in my infinitely giving nature, will share with you some of my hopes and desires for my birthday... I like to just lay it all out on the table, its easier and better that way. Oh, this sounds just a tiche greedy after such a great Christmas, you say? Oh, well, then you must not have your birthday following the couple of weeks after Christmas, when everyone is broke and tired of shopping. Congratulations about that.

Anywho, on to more important matters.. the following gifts are just delightful... and would be great for me or anyone else who has a birthday in these cold, forgotten weeks.

Frozen Globes Necklace
Isn't it beautiful? And its on sale!

Firewarmed Shift
And so is this lovely dress!

I think they'd look cute together.  Furthermore, if anyone can find me this dress:

Will be my most favorite person. Which is really win-win. However, I do fear that the cap sleeves will just pinch my arm fat unattractively, and the bow will probably struggle to lay flat across my chestal region, but I'll worry about that when it arrives in the mail.

Alright then, next:

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This really works, and I need it... its for my health/to prevent eye-wrinkles.

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And for that same/similar reason, I need this, and

Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, , large
obviously also this, because I'm a dentist.

I other news I just looked up available employment opportunities at anthropologie, do you think they'd hire me? I would totes work there PT... but I don't know if I have the rustic beauty that is necessary for the position... seriously though, it would be cool.

Alrighty then, I hope everyone is having a great day. I'll spare you all the details about how the light is broken in the back parking lot where I work in THE GHETTO and the woman who claims to be in charge of getting it fixed lacks motivation in the work ethic department... here's to hoping no one tries to break into my beautiful new outback or rob me for my lunch money when I leave later tonight!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


if I were a nicer person, I would:

* Tell the dental assisting student (who is assisting another dentist) to put the amalgam carpule (filling material carpule) in the holder thing within the amalgamator, (kind of like a paint mixer that mixes up your filling,) but I kind of like the excitement.

* Not complain about how much this Christmas party at my office is costing me. Its just that we don't have lots of money right now. Its just well... $25 for gift cards was a great idea, but now its also $20 for food, plus a $5-$10 yankee swap gift, plus bringing a dessert? And most of the assistants don't even show up to work on time. And how do they have money for this? they're (supposedly) more poor than I am.

* Refrain from inserting a (supposedly) in the above statement.

* Made my husband try to pick me up in the worst traffic fiasco Huntington Ave has ever seen.

Well, that's it for today. I guess otherwise I'm an alright level kind of nice. Happy Tuesday everyone!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Curse you office homemade holiday cheeseball ...

..and your cheesy deliciousness. you are throwing a big wrench in my efforts to be less fat.

this morning's declarations were made when I was not hungry, which is when I make all of my dietary declarations.

McFatty Monday

Its about time I got on this bandwagon.

Since I've been interviewing the past couple of months I've been eating a lot of dinners with the residents the night before the interviews, and well, not only that, but eating airport food, all kinds of comfort food, and multiple McDonald's meals. Now it seems that all of my clothes have shrunk at the same time, even clothes at the mall that I haven't purchased yet.

Joey has been really good, and doing something every night in the realm of exercise... I always have a good excuse about why I can't join him, usually related to cleaning the house/moving piles of clutter from the coffee table to the dining room table.

I really have gained a lot of weight, and I guess my worry is that the older I get the less likely I am to lose it. Those are just the biological facts. And it is really nice of you, those friends and family, who insist I look fine. I really don't, and I can't button once loose blazers and cardigans, let alone pants.I don't really weigh myself, but I am up one pants/dress size, and can't button a particular blouse, so that will be my frame of reference.

I've been slowly eating better and eating less. Tonight I'm making vegetarian paella, and now I'm accountable to work out at least a little bit. Joey and I are both happier when we eat healthier and exercise, and we get better sleep. Now I just have to DO it. Ugh, the do-ing is so bo-ring.

All of that being said, and to change the subject... I just put my rank order list in the match. I can still change it, but it feels really good! I remember stuffing all of those envelopes and writing my essay, and hoping that programs would offer me interviews. I'm looking forward to match day at the end of January... and getting to that point minus a few extra lbs!

Have a great Monday everyone.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A good cause

So some of you might know that one of my areas of interest in pediatric dentistry is oral healthcare protocol and treatment of patients who have cancer, specifically long-term inpatients, and those who are post-treatment for their disease. During my residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, part of my day was dedicated to examinations for adults with leukemia or lymphoma prior to their bone marrow transplants. We made sure that they did not have any current or forseeable odontogenic source of infection, because something like a dental abscess can kill a BMT patient post-transplant. As it is, around 30% of patients don't survive bone marrow transplants.
In any event, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has a special place in my heart, and one of my best friends, Caitlin, is running a half-marathon in support of their cause. She's trying to raise around $3000, and if you can, it would make a huge difference if you could donate. She also has a hilarious blog that chronicles her endeavors as she trains for the race.

Here is the link:

Thanks for your support.

On my mind this Thursday morning...

1. I'm done with interviews! and it feels so good
2. Its nice to be back at work
3. I hope if I send out a present tomorrow that I can still send it Priority Mail so that it gets to California in time for Christmas
4. I hope my next patient knows she's getting an impression for an occlusal guard
5. Christmas cookies at work are delicious and fun
6. I should probably work out when I get home
7. But I won't because I'll be too tired
8. I'm so glad I'm not getting on another plane anytime soon
9. I wonder if my afternoon patient is really a limited exam or if its an impression for her implant crown
10. I think I want to have a birthday brunch instead of birthday dinner.
11. Because I'm really more of a morning person.
12. I wonder where we'll live next year
13. I love Christmastime
14. I'm glad our Halloween decorations are finally put away
15. That's a good step forward in getting our house more festive for the appropriate holiday
16. I can't wait to see my grandma next week
17. I hope this post office isn't a zoo at lunchtime
18. But it will be
19. How come it seems everyone else is mailing crazy stuff that takes forever?
20. Its probably good to stop at 20, thats a nice even number.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Almost Done

I've been super MIA from the blog lately because I've been travelling a lot. I haven't even been at work in one of my offices since November 16th... hopefully they'll let me back in the building next week when I'm done interviewing.
The whole experience has been exciting, but tiring. At first it was exhausting because I would get SO nervous before each interview, so after the interview I would be completely worn out from getting myself so worked up beforehand, getting up crazy early, and reviewing everything I could about the program. Now its not so much that, but now I'm tired because I'm tired of travelling and ready to be back to my routine. I'm glad to be almost done, and SO glad that I had this many interviews. I know I was just complaining, but this tired feeling is a good one. I feel proud that I had a good number of interviews, and no matter what happens, I know that I did the best job I could... well, so far at least. One program left to go...
During my travels I had lots of time to sit and think, mostly while sitting in the airport at my gate, as I enjoy getting there extremely early. I've come up with a few observations that I hope the airport people will consider in order to make travelling even more enjoyable:

1. A bar and a bathroom near the gate area is a blessing
2. Bathroom doors should always open outward
3. It is unnecessary to remind boarding passengers how full the flight is, it just makes us even more crazy, shoving people down to get on the plane to assure a spot for our overhead carry-on. Ususally it isn't even that bad.
4. You can go ahead and graciously offer that older folks board ahead of you, (they rarely have large carry-ons.)
5. Ordering wine on the plane is generally a good idea, and I love when I'm reminded that its an option.

Well, that's all for now. I realize that most of this relates to alcohol and bathrooms, but well, aren't those the most pertinent aspects of travelling?

I'll be back on Wednesday, by the grace of God. Hopefully it stops pouring here so that I can get to KC. Cheers to Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Joey's Birthday Week

So as I mentioned, this handsome guy turned 30 a couple of weeks ago... so we had a week long celebration full of gag gifts and rang the week in with a party at our house. It was so fun.

SMU cups

Boxers and socks

Joey's awesome blazer from Mary and John

Bath stopper (its a fish)

What's this?

Oh, a crotched bearded beanie! Perfect for a cold winter.

Joey could open a new birthday week present each day... and he wanted to open them first thing in the morning, because I mean, who wouldn't? That's why he's in his bathrobe for some of the pictures.

I only got a few pictures of Joey's party, but it was a blast.


Leon loves Dr. Mehta.

Anywho, it was a great week, we had a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who came over to celebrate!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Joey's Birthday Berkshires Adventure

.... was two weeks ago, but hey, better late than never I always say.

Joe turned the big 3-0, so we celebrated all week long... its always a party at the Laborde house.

We started out with a trip out west to the Berkshires, and stopped through Northampton first. I love that town.  We had lunch at this diner, its probably where Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon get homemade pies and broasted chicken. Delicious.

And we soaked in the town.  It was extra beautiful on account of the foliage.

 Northampton has a really cool bohemian vibe, and the people are really friendly. There are a lot of cool bands that go through there.  Sometimes the whole boho scene can be irritating, lets just call a spade a spade. I lot of creativity and not a lot of worky worky, if you know what I mean, but its not like that there. At least from what I could tell from spending approximately two and a half hours there.

We stopped by Smith College, where my two best aunts, Nancy and Barbara went to college. Thus we went through the campus and I of course, wondered what it would have been like if I'd gone there instead of its bitter rival, Wellesley College. OK not really, at least about the rivalry. Womens' Colleges aren't really like that.

Smith is beautiful.

I'm sure there's some kind of message behind this that I don't fully understand.

At Smith the students live in houses, not dorms. I'm not sure if this is one of them or not, but I like to think it is. Its such a cool way to live at college... I lived in different dorms all through college, and I liked living on campus, and this sort of takes it to another kind of home-y-er level.

So later in the afternoon we arrived at Elm Court in Lenox, Massachusetts. Its an old Vanderbilt estate, and its amazing.

It was left vacant for about 50 years, and now one of Emily Vanderbilt Sloane's great nephews and his wife are renovating it. They've completed a lot of rooms already in the main wing, where we stayed.

Our room

I super loved this kitchen.

I sort of look fat in this picture but I don't know why. Is it the scarf? Is it because my bangs are weird? Is it an actual weight issue? I don't know, but I do like the background... so just focus on that part.

I didn't want to leave. I really loved it out there. I felt a tremendous sense of peace surrounded by all of that beauty. But anyway, since this was supposed to be a trip for Joey, I hope he liked it too.

So then we decided to take a drive down a beautiful country road on the estate... 

Well OK, it wasn't that one... more like this one.
Les, the manager of the inn, came down to help us dig her on out. BTW, isn't our new car a beaute?

He was so incredibly nice. He even offered/tried to insist we take his car out to dinner and he would wait for roadside assistance... we couldn't do that, especially since he recommended we walk this road, not drive it.
The more the guys dug, the more it sank. Eventually a tow truck came and pulled it out with a wench. Then, um, well... the tow truck got stuck.  Les gave the tow truck driver and his poor wife, who just came along for the ride and wasn't even wearing shoes... a ride back to town. Because nothing says "hey! we're the jerks from Boston!" like driving our 3 month old Outback down a mountain road and getting stuck... then sticking it to the guy who helps us. Literally. We felt so horrible. Ugh.

So then we went to the Lion's Den for drinks and dinner.

So that helped us get over it a little. I hope the tow truck guy had a similar place to forget his troubles/us.

The next morning after an extra delicious breakfast we were off... and then we heard this horrible screeching sound coming from our right front tire. We squealed into a car wash and went through three times... sprayed the undercarriage, and it was gone. For about 11 minutes. So then we screeched into a tire place, and the tire place guy lifted the car up on the car lifty thing and washed it with a power hose. A lot of little rocks came out, and we were off again.
Then it came back, and at this point, I got worried. As we creaked through a beautiful neighborhood, we pulled over and gave the right front tire a long look. A compassionate woman and fellow Subaru owner came out of her house and recommended a garage around the corner. So we screeched in, and saw three tow trucks with the same name of the one that pulled out out the night before. Oh. crap.
So as we pull in the attendant comes out and says "sounds like you got a rock in your rotor."
and I was all, "yeah, that could be it," as if I knew anything about anything.  And so he comes over and reaches into the wheel and pulls out a little rock. And I was all "awesome! thanks!" and he was all, "no problem." And then we started to drive away and it kept making that sound.
So he had us pull in and he put our car up on a jack and took the wheel off. Then he got out tons of rocks. And he was like, "how did this happen."
And so I tried to discreetly say "ohh, we... we got stuck, got stuck in mud."
And after a little more back and forth he said, "ohhh, so you're the reason I had to pull my boss out of the mud this morning at 6 am."
Oh. my. god.
I told him that we felt really bad, and we apologized profusely. He stopped giving us a hard time and got all of the rocks out. Soooo, that really came full circle.
And with that, we satisfied the karmic cycle and it was time to return to Boston.

I have to say, I would go back there in a second. I loved Elm Court and Les the manager was the bomb diggity. If you want to have a peaceful weekend in a beautiful place, you should stay there. Especially if you have ever gone on the tours of the mansions in Newport and wondered what it was like to live as the upper eschelon of society in the Golden Age. I can't believe this place is open to the public as a bed and breakfast. Yeah sure, we got our car stuck, but that's us... just don't be all driving around in the back of the estate and you'll be fine.  The rooms were amazingly beautiful with so much attention to period detail, the beds were so comfortable and warm, and I mean, really and truly I can't wait to go back.

I'm going to post the rest of Joey's birthday week celebration later on this week, I'm just going to cut it off here since well, everyone probably stopped reading halfway down anyhow.
I hope you all had a great weekend!