I meant to post the rest of my Jamaica pictures sooner. But residency took over… Again.
Spending 14-15 hours per night in the medical intensive care unit this past block was ridiculously draining. I quickly went from completely relaxed to not eating, not sleeping, and always on edge. But its over! Last week was my final 100+ hour work week (of residency). How crazy is that? Almost done!! These last three months of PGY-3 year will be much more laid back. I’m so ready.
I’m feeling a bit burnt out, so I’ll post a lot of pictures but not a lot of words! Just to summarize, the pictures are all in Negril, Jamaica. We stayed at Idle Awhile and Hide Awhile and would recommend both of these places (just note they had adorable cats and dogs running around, so if you’re not a pet person you might not appreciate that!). We ate at some great restaurants (per Trip Advisor reviews) – Just Natural, Ivan’s Bar & Restaurant, Murphy’s West End, Rockhouse, Best in the West and a few others I can’t remember. We didn’t do much else, just relaxed on the beach (favorite bikini ever). Hope you enjoy the pictures!
I knew it would be a challenge to come back to work after a whole week of vacation. It always is, right? Maybe its because I completely ignored everything medicine-y, but coming back after this vacation was especially difficult. I felt like all of my skills had dissapeared! My brain was painfully slow and forgetful (I even forgot my ID the first day, which has never happened). And everything I did took twice as long as usual (perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, but not much). I’m just getting back into the swing of things. I have a few posts planned to share some pictures from Jamaica. Jamaica is such a great place to travel, I definitely recommend it. We spent the entire time in Negril in the beaches and cliffs areas. Both are so beautiful. The beaches are more active (loads of tourists sunning themselves, Jamaicans walking up and down the beach trying to sell this or that, lots of local music and strolling musicians, etc). Its peaceful, but lively at the same time! The cliffs were more secluded and relaxing and had more interesting food to try nearby, and we made a pretty good effort to try a new restaurant every day while there. It was well worth it! Jerk chicken. Yum.Like I said in my previous post, I made picture taking somewhat of a priority this trip. I kind of envy full time bloggers in their beautiful expensive clothes looking amazing in their vacation photos. I know my pictures will never look like that, and that’s ok. Blogging isn’t my job and doesn’t make nearly enough money to justify such spending. I actually had a pretty tight budget for my pre-vacation shopping and opted for a few pre-owned dresses and accessories, and a few new pairs of sandals. Works for me!
All of the dresses in these pictures are pre-owned, bought in the past few months. More often than not, this white crochet dress was what I threw on (the cheap alternative to my favorite Melissa Odabash dress :)). As for the other stuff, I picked up the Celine Cabas Tote on eBay a while back for an amazing price, and decided to make it my vacation bag (and now my every day bag, its lovely)! For sunglasses, I bought an old scratched up pair of Tom Fords (also on eBay fairly recently), which are probably too large on my head and make me look like an insect. But that’s ok. I otherwise brought a scarf that was a gift this past Christmas (it reminds me of a LV scarf, but has a bit more character), and some jewelry from my tiny collection (I wore the same two rings, bracelet and necklace the whole trip). The only things I bought specifically for the trip were sandals and swim suits. I’m super picky about my sandals because I tend to blister easily. It took a whole lot of review reading to finally decide, but I ended up with Volcom’s Forever sandal (in the top pics) and All Day Long sandal (in the last pic). They’re both cheap in the 20-something dollar range. And they are amazing. Seriously, you need them. I had no soreness, no blisters, nothing. I’m going to grab their Tipsy sandal when it gets closer to summer. I think I’ll talk about swim stuff in the next post. Gosh do I hate swim suit shopping. I’m completely off this weekend (yay!!!) and am looking forward to spending some time finishing up the must do things on the to do list (taxes, cleaning up the house, emails, gardening…). Maybe I’ll start blogging my next post, we’ll see. I hope you have a good St. Patty’s Day weekend. Sorry for such a long post!
The winter wasn’t that bad this year. I know this. The fall went on and on and it wasn’t until December that winter took over. But the combination of suddenly frigid sub zero temperatures, permanent overcast and working only nights for months really took a toll on my mood. I talk a lot about what I prioritize in residency, because trying to “do it all” will burn you out faster than you knew possible. These past few months took that to an extreme. Nearly everything was put on hold. I would do a “life in the day” post for how life is during nights, but it would be super boring. This sums it up:
3:30pm: wake up, put on yoga clothes, drive over to the studio
4:00pm: yoga! change and drive home
5:15pm: shower and get ready for work. make oatmeal, a smoothie and coffee (yeah, the same thing. every. single. day.)
6:15pm: drive to work
6:40pm: work. eat breakfast, look up what happened to the patients i admitted the previous night
6:55pm: get signouts, start making to-do lists, pull up the “awaiting admissions” list, start admitting patients, gets 32835 pages and try to reply to most of them, run to a “code blue” and hope its a fake, eat and drink coffee when able, try to get a 10 minute nap in but get paged the minute i close my eyes
7:00am: start signing out to the day teams, go to the cafeteria to grab food for the following night, pack up and go home
7:45am: home. clean up a bit. feed, water and clean up after the animals. get ready for bed
If that doesn’t sound like a great time, then I don’t know what does.
Burberry Brit Coat (prefer the fit of double breasted versions like the Daylesmoores), J. Crew Tights (wish they were more subtle like these, but they were like $4), Stuart Weitzman Boots (60% off in the saddle color here), Fendi Bag
So after not seeing much of each other for a few months, Ben and I thought a do-nothing vacation was a good idea. We never have an easy time choosing a place to go for vacation (we have serious indecision problems in most areas of life, actually). Last year we eventually decided on the Cayman Islands and had a great time. But we both wanted to try something new. So, after a ton of procrastination and a good amount of Trip Advisor browsing, we ended up booking a trip to Jamaica. It was a good choice.
I’m writing this post on the last day of vacation. If I’d had more time I would have felt compelled to better prepare for the trip. But I’m glad I didn’t. We’ve spent the past week with no itinerary. No plans whatsoever. We wake up without an alarm, eat when we’re hungry, sit beside the ocean when we want some sun, read in the shade when we get bored (or are too burnt to handle more sun…) and go to bed when we’re sleepy, even if its 9pm. Its perfect. Maybe on future vacations, when we’re less burned out, we’ll make extensive plans and do cool things… maybe. For this trip, one thing I was better about than usual was taking pictures. The scenery is beautiful and the culture here is so unique. I have lots of photos to go through and edit (and eventually post)! I unfortunately didn’t have a ton of extra spending money to get bunches of beautiful new clothes for the pics. I’m totally obsessed with crochet dresses on tropical vacations (probably thanks to bloggers much more fashionable than I am). Melissa Odabash dresses (like the Alexis and Tiffany dresses) are so incredibly stunning, but unfortunately out of the budget for now. But, I did successfully find a $30 knockoff on eBay (similar to this one), which I wore again and again. So if you wonder if I really wore the same thing over and over this trip, the answer is yes, lol.