March 2017

My March TV Binge List

Anybody that knows me will tell you I LOVE watching TV. I don’t know if it has anything to do with me being a daydreamer and wanderluster but I just love anything that can help me escape to another part of the world, a new story, an exciting adventure…even if it takes place in a women’s prison L O L. I do admit it is a necessity to take time for yourself and truly disconnect from social media and electronics but for now I’ll appreciate having the time to self-indulge in this favorite pastime.

I am an avid TV watcher and ever since streaming became a thing, binging on TV shows and finding the next best show or movie has never been easier. But surfing the categories on all of these streaming services can be a bit overwhelming, especially when you probably have just a couple of hours, and if you don’t come in with an agenda, you will most likely spend 50% of the time you have to watch something just searching for what to watch. For that reason I decided that at least once a month I will do a quick recap of my favorite things available to stream. Enjoy and as always any recommendations for this TV junkie are more than welcome!

  • Big Little Lies – This show has received a lot of praise recently, it premiered in February and has already taken the world by storm. Based on the book Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, this women-drived limited series is focused on a murder that occurred in the small town of Monterey, California. We are quickly introduced to the lives of 3 doting mothers with apparent perfect lives and a not-so-perfect world behind closed doors. I personally love this show and if you haven’t seen it you are truly missing a masterpiece. The lives of these mothers have so many layers, some very relatable and some not-so-common. Just try to watch the pilot and I assure you, you will be hooked. Network: HBO
  • Wild – Another one based on a book, a book I have not read, Wild takes you through a women’s journey into rediscovering herself and heal from a recent loss. Based on the book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, takes you on Cheryl’s journey through this hike, which she takes with no prior experience. The movie is shown through a series of flashbacks of her childhood, memories of her mother, struggle with drugs, and marriage. Network: Available to rent through Amazon and Vudu
  • Desperate Housewives – I know, I know, I’m a little late to this party but if you are a bit like me, you will enjoy this gem at any moment. Desperate Housewives takes you through the lives of the housewives of Wisteria Lane. Enjoy all the murder, mystery, laughter, romance and candid seduction in this true soapy classic. Network: Hulu
  • Sing – This one is for everyone that still enjoys cartoon movies! I’ve started to think that cartoon movies get better as we age, you start to notice all the little nuances that aren’t THAT PG-rated haha. Anyways, this movie is pretty great. It has an awesome cast and soundtrack, as well as an engaging storyline. Obviously, keeping in tone with the female empowerment in this post, the movie shows us Rosita, a stay-at-home mom that finally finds the strength to embrace her talents and put the spotlight on her. You should definitely watch it on your next movie night. I promise you will be singing along throughout. Network: Available to rent through Amazon and Vudu

Enjoy! Leave your suggestions on the comments below!

-N

Why I Chose a Basset Hound

You have made the big decision to get a dog while in medical school, now which type will you get? As you may  already know from a previous my post, Basset hounds are my favorite breed. Also, I have more experience with them since I have only ever had Basset hounds as pets. So when faced with deciding what dog to get during medical school it was practically a no-brainer. Practically… I considered corgis for a while because their body habitus is somewhat similar to bassets and for some reason I am drawn to such dogs. Then after researching the breed I realized they were very active little crazies, and not all posh like the Queen’s… This realization brings me to the first point I want to make: do your RESEARCH.

Look into their energy level and exercise requirements. You will think you are getting a puppy as a gift to yourself, but remember they too have needs which have to be met so that they live the most joyful life that they can. Being a medical student, later on a resident, and so on, will limit you in what you can provide for the dog. I had to take into consideration my current lifestyle as well as my future. I had to think of my living arrangement and how that would bear a lot of weight into deciding what breed of dog to get. I would not be able to provide ample space for a dog to run and exercise as I will probably be living in an apartment for the next few years. I would need to look into dogs that don’t require much room and have somewhat a sedentary lifestyle. Emphasis on “somewhat” as Basset hounds need their fair share of exercising otherwise you will end up with an obese dog with various health problems. They do good with daily walks and otherwise just lounge all day. Something to consider when your schedule gets too hectic is a dog-walker.

Next think of the dog’s size as an adult. Chances are you do not want to end up living with a Malamute in a studio apartment, regardless of how gorgeous they look lol. I would recommend looking into dogs that will end up being small – medium in size if your living arrangement is like mine. A very important detail to factor in is the dog’s coat. A gorgeous coat can draw you in but think about the shedding. Basset hounds shed a lot, but not quite like a Siberian Husky or shepherds. This was the one thing I decided to look past because of how sold I am on their personalities and adorable looks. Luckily, my roommate has a Goldendoodle (Charlie), whose poodle genes make him a non-shedding dog, so I only have to deal with my basset’s shedding.

Lastly, something worth looking into is the dog’s personality. Basset’s have very unique personalities that will make you believe you are living with another human. They can be very stubborn, lazy, loving, and at times even have a bitchy personality. They will give you a judging look but still love you. I have to add that my adorable chubby puppy is quite the entitled brat. He will throw tantrums in his bed when he doesn’t get the toy he wanted to play with because Charlie has it. It is never a dull day with a basset in your home! Although his stubbornness will affect his training and housebreaking, once you use up all the patience you ever had with it, bassets will be very independent and a great addition to the family.

For a little background on the breed, watch this video!

 

Sunday Blues: Chronicles of Life as a Medical Student

On this beautiful Sunday morning, I can’t help but reminisce about everything that has led up to the events that follow this week. Medical school has been a roller coaster full of ups and downs, twists and turns, many steep highs and some tumultuous drops. For the past four years I have set out on the journey of becoming a physician and it has taught me a lot more than just medicine. I made some long-lasting friendships, went to places I had never been before, but most importantly I got to know myself a lot better than before. I truly believe that the hardships of life make you examine who you are and appreciate all you have, and this adventure through medical school was HARD but I feel very happy and accomplished of having gone through it. Medical school made me understand myself more, know what Im good at and what I hate. It allowed me to forge friendships that will last a lifetime and meet people from all around the world. I got to step foot into operating rooms and actually take part in procedures that help people get back their quality of life or even SAVE their lives. I had the opportunity to explore medicine and decide that what I want to do for the rest of my life is work in mental health. I sometimes think of how choosing a different career would have been way easier, a lot less stress and probably not as many sleepless nights but I am still very thankful for this path. It has brought with it many stories to tell : )

All the studying, sleepless nights, coffee binges, and even crying spells lead up to this…
Tomorrow is the beginning of a life-changing week. Tomorrow thousands of medical students, find out if we have matched into a residency program to continue our training, In my case it would allow me to go into a field I feel very passionate about which is Psychiatry. But the anxiety and nervousness does not end tomorrow. Thousands of medical students join me in waiting for four more days to find out WHERE exactly we will continue the rest of our lives.

Hopefully I’ll have good news for everyone by the end of this week.


And there you have it, just a glimpse of what medical students go through in the hopes of realizing their dreams of becoming physicians. It’s not easy, it’s not all glitz and glam, it takes a lot from us, but we keep going.
-N