Monday, May 28

Ecological Footprint

I was out to dinner this evening at a friends, and being relatively enviromentally minded, we were chatting about environmental impacts, whether or not money is good or evil, sustainability and how it is that Costa Rica has no army. In relation to the environmental impact, I was reminded of the ecological footprint quiz - so when I was avoiding study when I got home I had a look. Sadly, it everyone lived like me, you'd need three planets. Although, I fudged a few figures - like how big my house is, and how fuel efficient my car is - not to be naughty, but because I don't know these things! Mind you, if I undertake the travel I intend to this year, it may go beyond the amount I selected. But I did see STA travel has environmental offset stuff - I should look into it!

FOOD 2.2




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Sunday, May 27

Live Music

I was going to go see a friend's band last week - but sadly it got changed to a later time and I piked. But I was talking to Matt today and he mentioned their myspace page with some clips and video. Looks like it would have been fun!

The Ramshacklers

Tonight I'm going to Kaos for dinner (roast deal on I believe) and another band Tracksuit are playing. Should be good.

Am ignoring the fact my first exam is a fortnight tomorrow (not including my OSCE which is a practical assessment of clinical skills in swat vac). Lots to learn!

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Wednesday, May 23

Photos/evidence of procrastinating!

After a fun evening of learning mediastinal anatomy (don't ask - I didn't learn much) I found my camera and some newly charged batteries in one of the drawers in my desk. I'd already rearranged parts of my room earlier (lamp, heater, stuff on a few shelves/surfaces),
made 2 cups of tea, and stuck some photos up, replied to some Impact committee emails and found some different CDs to listen to before starting studying... So much to learn, so many ways to procrastinate!

Not only can I gaze out the window at the city lights, but I can take photos and play with the reflections of my room!

Monday, May 21

Lemony Snicket

In one of my study breaks today I combined eating (classy.. baked beans on toast!) with watching this even classier movie! It's great - and the credits alone are worth watching. I'd recommend it to kids young and old :)

Architecture in Helsinki Film Clip

A friend of mine told me about this film clip.. it is quite funny! And its an Australian Band. I liked what I heard of their previous album on triple J and I think they have a newer album just recently.

Wednesday, May 16

Out and about

I'm doing my best to make myself stay home and work. That is apart from having seen 2 movies this week (dvd and at movies), going to aquatic centre with youth group, having coffee at Oomph twice, Lazenbys once.... but tonight I'm working hard. Or I was until I discovered the wireless network router has had settings changed (Kate took it to school to get them to try to make her computer laptop work with it) and now neither of us can connect - before only I could! So... no luck there.

The movies were interesting - 28 weeks later. Not really my kind of movie in some ways, and I did shut my eyes for bits. The previous movie (that I watched on dvd that day before) was more thriller - on the edge of seat but not just gross. The second was a little more graphic and I just didn't want to watch as they shot lots of people! Anyway-it was cheap tuesday so all good.

Not just else to report for now...

Thursday, May 10


We really did go to Agfest - and I can prove it. Didn't get around to many other pics for rural week - but they would either have been of boring/confidential hospital stuff or med students embarrassing themselves, so its probably for the best. The first is actually on the way to Longford in the dark - you can't really tell but there were 4 separate laptop viewings of DVDs. Toshi did not participate as Toshi didn't make it past the showgrounds from town. Ah well - I am happy so long as there is a power cord around.

The rest are Agfest - Jack caught a fish (we also patted a dead shark, saw some frozen fish, admired anenomes in tanks, guessed how much water to feed sheep/cows/pigs/broccoli or apples...; very agricultural!)

Jack was keen to buy an akubra - maybe he wanted more friends?

Ruth and I inspected irrigators (my Boat Harbour friend Tom said he was keen to see the irrigators so I thought I should have a look too). By this point we'd had free eye checks, free stress ball and stress cow, and admired various ways of water disposal and solar/wind electricity. There were some good ideas but I'm not sure what my neighbours would think of a large turbine on my roof, or waste water collecting tank in my garden!

I must be studying...

I must be studying.. there's everything I need... laptop, textbook (a good one 'at a glance' and a nasty one 'Rang', pharmacology log book (which I'm trying to write), cup of tea, with refills in the pot. There's good light (2 lamps), a view out the window, music - all sorts including sufjan stevens, Iron and Wine, Coldplay, U2, and the list goes on. The only problem is its 11:21 and I've done next to nothing, and here I am playing with my camera! I left Bible Study only a little after 9:30.. what happened to the time!

Tuesday, May 8

'Rural Week'

Last week, after what felt like quite a long Tuesday of normal classes, my whole year group at uni were put on buses (the 'little bus' and the 'big bus') and sent of on an ADVENTURE! We trundled off to Longford where we stopped and had dinner with 2 of the local GPs in the RSL. It was very sweet of them to have us, and they made an effort to get around and say hi to us all and do a little promo for the rural doctor life! Driving further on the buses at one point, there was this eerie mist lying over everything, and we could see only mistyness everywhere there was any light outside the windows!

Anyway by about 10:30pm we arrived at Camp Clayton where a couple of the GPs/Burnie clinical school folk met us, briefed us a little and so on. We got some really quite nice accommodation (admittedly girls was nicer than boys) with rooms with en suites under one roof with a little kitchen area and meals over at the main dining hall. The next 2 days were spent going over to Burnie and the clinical school there where we had some lectures and tutorials. Highlights included a tutorial with some 5th years on emergency medicine: acute severe asthma. This was good because it was interesting, and because we could answer nearly as many questions as the 5th years! We also enjoyed playing in the skills lab - they have a manikin that they program so we could listen to varying lung sounds, you can also take its blood pressure, ask if it has chest pain or intubate with varying degrees of swollen tongue! We had an industry visit to give us in idea of occupational health and safety - so now I know more about pyrethrum refining! We were also 'lucky' enough to be present when the prime minister of Australia came to give an announcement about some extra funding to mental health in the NW. This is good, although by the sounds of it, the North East and East of Tasmania may need it more... not sure whether they live in a marginal electorate though! But I was on the news (twice in 2 years worth of rural weeks!)

On the Thursday evening those of us who felt like it went into Devonport for a look around. Actually it was raining and we only got dropped off at a pub and stayed there except for the people who went to Spider Man 3 and then the pub. It was a pleasant evening - for my part I enjoyed chatting with people and returned home about 9:30. Others partied hard until the second bus left, and then by the sounds of it partied hard after they were back at camp. We'll just say, some weren't so keen on... anything the next day.

Friday was an even earlier start than the previous days - on the buses by 8 which was harsh considering I can usually manage to get up after that time - but we managed. We made it to Launceston where we had a couple more lectures, a tour of the hospital (and in my tour group's case, the nearby coffee shop - Aroma's, I can recommend it!) While I can't say I have a complete grip of what is where, the Launceston hospital seemed to have been planned a little better than the Royal here in Hobart which has wings all over the place and I never know how to get from where I am to where I should be! We had a session with a patient (mine only had 1 lung!) to practice some stuff we'd learned earlier on and with some patients in Burnie. A planned walk through the gorge was shortened to a stroll from the gate around and back to the Basin Cafe for a 'function'. Sadly we'd been told it would be open bar - but then they modified it to 'open bar at your expense'. None the less, there were plenty of nibbles and a glass of wine at my expense went down very nicely. From there we were billeted out - although many went to family, myself included. Jack, Ruth and I headed off to my grandparents house where we had a delicious meal (wishing we hadn't had quite so many nibbles!), watched some interesting footage of their last time working in Africa in about 1992. Papa also showed some impressive footage of a mega amount of pus from a guy with tropical pyomyositis... it kinda looked like cream. 3 Litres of cream from his back! Gross!! After keeping him up late talking about infectious diseases, Africa, and all sorts of other things we crashed - well and truly ready for sleep.

Another early morning and before we knew it we were up and off to Agfest (we had breakfast at that coffee shop again as my grandparents were off to a prayer breakfast early). I'd never actually been to Agfest - it was quite similar to what I'd expected in that there were lots of rurals, tractors, irrigaters, and all sorts of other stalls - from police, emergency services, mental health to food and dairy, animals and craft. I got a free eye scan from the optometrists association, a stress cow from the mental health association tent, an apple from the calvary hospital stall and glasses cleaner cloth from the other optometry stall. Oh and some pens!

Anyway, we made it home tired and happy after another rural week.

Now its back into uni and normal things. I had the second last 'Submerge' (Margate Church Youth Group) on Monday. Although there weren't masses of kids, it was good to have dinner and chat with them all. Tonight I had the 'handover' dinner for IMPACT - from the old committee to the new committee which includes me! It is a society that mainly does fundraising and awareness stuff for overseas medical work in developing countries. Should be a good group I reckon. And probably because this was the week I intended to start studying properly, I also have tomorrow and the next evening out! Tomorrow is Med Christian Group - a bunch of us who meet every 3 weeks for a meal and chat about stuff. I reckon we're a pretty diverse bunch but its good to have enough in common to share some of our thoughts and experience related to being up and coming medlets. Thursday I think I have hardly any classes which will be nice - am hoping to catch up with my aunt and plan some things for Mum and Hamish's wedding... maybe a surprise or two for it... just have to think of something good. Any ideas... give me a hoy! (But don't let them know!). And biblestudy on Thursday night... Good thing I like being busy!

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Saturday, May 5

A note from Mozilla

Does this work? Mozilla has a new gadget (or maybe I just noticed it!) to post from a little window that appears... a good distraction. I survived rural week and it was actually quite fun, but I have an assignment on evidence based medicine which I'm not enjoying but must do. After that you may hear all about our adventures in the bush.

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