Having extra days off is a rare commodity in residency, so I was pretty lucky to have off on 12/25. Although I considered it, I decided against driving 12 hours to see my family for a the day (I also have a fear of driving long distances in my car now that I hit >180k miles). So, instead I accompanied Ben to celebrate with his family on the 24th (after work) and the 25th. It was nice and relaxing. We did lots of eating, chatting, and wine-ing. And after some wine-ing we played Cards Against Humanity. I’ve played this game quite a few times now and it has been fun each time, regardless of the crowd. If you haven’t heard of it… and aren’t easily offended… definitely give it a look!
I remember how I felt when I first started using eBay back in high school. I was nervous… and a bit overwhelmed. But I was so excited about potentially being able to buy items that I couldn’t otherwise afford with my $6/hr cashier job. I made a purchase or two every month. Some worked out… some didn’t. Over time I got more and more competent at buying pre-owned. Now-a-days I’d I can find deals on just about anything I’m looking for (if there are deals to be had).
December. The holidays. While this is a favorite time of year for many, its not the best time to be a resident. Winter time is dreary to begin with (well, at least in Minnesota), which makes the long days (or nights) at work seem even longer. But what makes it so much more depressing is knowing people are out enjoying “normal people” things. Things I wish I was doing. Decorating, cooking, getting dressed up, visiting with family and friends… that type of stuff. There are reminders everywhere of what we’re missing out on.