Friday, October 31, 2008

Home Again

Wow, the past two weeks have been crazy. I'm back from Vegas and I didn't lose any money! That might be because I didn't gamble any, but I still feel proud. :) Darrica and I had a great time. We met a lot of really awesome people from across the country. It was pretty cool to learn about all the other SAA organizations and steal ideas. :) Thankfully my house was still standing when I returned. Kody did a good job of taking care of Bailey and the house. He even put away his clean clothes! I know, I know...pinch me. It is so nice to be getting into a routine again. It was so hot in Vegas. They said it was about ten degrees above normal. The second day we were there I woke up early and went running along the strip. I loved seeing it without crowds. There were actually a lot of runners. I'm always surprised at how many are out that kind of people!

One thing I realized while in Vegas is that I have become a complete and total wuss. Darrica and I went to the OSU alumni reception at the top of the Stratosphere hotel one evening. There are three different rides you can ride at the observation deck. Darrica kept trying to get me to go and I kept semi freaking out. That is so unlike me! I love rides, I love scaring myself, but something about a ride that dangles 104 stories over the ground made me stop and think. Plus, the roller caster that Grissom rides on CSI is gone. I would have been on that in a second! I didn't see anyone famous, but I did get my picture taken with a wax figure of Nicholas Cage...pretty close to the real thing! I have a lot of pictures to post so hopefully I'll get to that soon!

I hope everyone has a happy Halloween. Kody dressed up as Clark Kent today. Today was his last day on his pediatric rotation and they all were in costume. He went to Wal-Mart last night and purchased a boy's size 4 superman shirt. I'm not exactly sure what the though process was there, but he made it work. I had to help him pull it on because t was so tight and it barely covered his chest! It was quite a site to see. I accidentally already opened my Halloween candy and started to eat it. I always do that. What a surprise!

Core starts on Monday. Core is the most "intense" part of the rotations for medical students at OSU. They do one month of OB/GYN, one month of surgery and two months of internal medicine. Kody starts on OB/GYN. It is going to be really exciting, but he'll be very busy. Hopefully during this time he'll get a better idea of what he wants to do. He's going to get to help deliver babies! Can you believe that? Seriously, I can't imagine doing that. Wish us luck, and by us I really mean Kody, but you can wish me luck too...I'll take whatever I can get!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Viva Las Vegas

I'm off to Vegas in about three hours. I have only been to Vegas once, but I loved it. Hopefully I will get to take Kody with me sometime. The Convention starts on Monday. Tonight we are having a SAA dinner at the Grand Luxe...sounds fancy! Hopefully I will take lots of pictures and have some good stories when I return. I'm staying at the Imperial Palace, but our convention is a The Venetian. All the SAA members are at our hotel. It should be fun to see some of the people from last year and meet some new ones. I told Kody I was going to win us a lot of money....he got scared...I have no clue how to actually gamble. I think I'll just stick to observing.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Yes, I am Complaining a Little Bit....

My last day at work was last Wednesday. I have to say that so far my "time off" has really felt like anything but time off. Thursday, Friday and Saturday I worked the Oktoberfest fundraiser for SAA. I'm the president this year, which I love, but of course that means I have to pick up the slack if we don't have enough volunteers. I had four FANTASTIC people offer to help out, but we did not have enough to cover all the shifts we needed to cover. I basically spent a good portion of all three days sitting under a tree taking money. All I could think about was how much I wanted to get done at home during this time, but I was unable to. I took at day and half and went to Edmond on Monday and Tuesday. I was planning on staying a little longer since I have so much "time off", but other things came up and plans change. I got to spend some time with my parents, which was fantastic. I also got to see some of my friends and catch up on good gossip. Yes, there is good least in my mind there is! :) I came back early on Tuesday because Kody's grandmother and great aunt were staying with us while they attended a convention here in Tulsa. Unfortunately, Kody didn't get much cleaning done while I was gone so I was a cleaning machine all of Tuesday evening. Finally the past two days I have been able to have a little "Ginny" time. Kody and I went to Pumpkin Town with Bailey. We think she likes to see the pumpkins. We also saw Eagle Eye. Such a good movie! Tonight we will be heading to Bartlesville to see Kody's family. I'm excited to go, but I leave Sunday morning for Las Vegas so the fact that I don't have my weekend to prepare stresses me out a little. This basically means today I am in full "get ready to get out of town" mode. I have to get all my laundry done, pack, make sure Kody has food in the house so he doesn't spend money we don't have while I am gone. Oh yeah, and tonight I am working at Spook-O-Ween at the medical school and then heading the Jenks/Bartlesville game and driving to B-ville after the game. Again, I'm not complaining, I'm just so busy!

I get back from Las Vegas on Tuesday night around 11PM. I am going with another girl whose husband is a third year with Kody. We are delegates for Oklahoma for the Osteopathic Convention. YAY! Wednesday morning at 7:45AM I have to be at orientation for my new job. This lasts for two whole days...until 5PM each day. So basically, I have Friday, Saturday and Sunday to myself before I start my new job on Monday. Yes, I am complaining a little bit, but my two and half weeks of vacation has turned from me spending time with friends, leisurely Christmas shopping and Utica Square, decorating the house for the holidays and getting into the best shape of my life into me trying to cram in a bunch of stuff I didn't really plan on doing. Ugh. Maybe I'll be ready to go back to work soon.

I feel better now.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Kasey

This post is dedicated to my fabulous brother-in-law, Kasey! Today is his birthday. Kody asked me to allow him to "write" my post today. Here is Kody's birthday post for Kasey!

Top Ten Reasons Why Kasey is Tied for "Best Brother Ever"

10. If you replace a nerf dart suction cup with a thumb tac and then shoot him with it accidentally, if you beg him not to tell your parents, he won't.
9. Any athletic record you set in your life he will break it.
8. SeaDoo
7. Even if he is taller than you, faster than you, more handsome than you, a better marcher/saluter than you, and more world traveled than you, he wont rub it in.
6. He can't pogo stick because mom says his legs are too long.
5. Shower games are not off limits, as long as swords don't cross.
4. He could never leave J.P., he's comin too.
3. He is the co-inventor of such games as "black snake" and "smack the winkie"
2. No matter how old he gets, or how much of a man he has become, he still lets me be his big brother.
1. Upper Deck baseball cards are exactly what we wanted. "Happy Birthday to me"

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Week Three Signs

So far Kody is 2-0 in the GameDay sign contest. I'm not out of it yet. There is a lot of season left to play. I live for the competition. VOTE.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Time for Some Campaignin'

Whether you consider yourself a republican, democrat or independent...
In honor of the third and final presidential debate tonight. Enjoy!

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Backyard Tailgate

Saturday was all about football. Kody worked all day and got home in time for the Florida/LSU game and the OSU/Missouri game. We had our weekly football gathering and watched the game at our "backyard tailgate". Here are a bunch of pictures for the day of fun. Don't forget to vote for your favorite GameDay sign! It is a close race this week!

Bailey, our little Gator cheerleader. She loves her Gator shirt that we made her. Isn't she adorable?

Erin and Cam (LSU fans) came over to watch the games with us. We gave them permission to be as rowdy as they wanted. We tried to be respectful. They brought Colt, Bailey's friend, and he sported a sweet LSU bandanna.

Our backyard tailgate. We had two TV's set up, but you can only see one. That TV had the OSU/Missiouri game. We had a flat screen with the Florida/LSU game on in the other corner. The chimenea was going so it kept us warm. Bailey slept under the table most of the evening.

OU/Texas brownies. They still tasted good despite the loss.

My Florida/LSU cake! I was very proud of this creation. Kody helped die the cake layers and he was responsible for the Tiger/Gator fight on top of the cake. As you can see the LSU side is yellow cake and the Florida side is orange. I'm so creative sometimes it scares me. Yes, the LSU side tasted just as good as the Florida was just eaten at a slower rate!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Rock the Vote

It's that time again. Everyone get your vote on and pick your favorite! Don't foget to use the poll on the sidebar to cast your vote. Kody says, "Boo-ya Truman". I'm not what he means either...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Hallo Hallo Ween Ya'll

Ever since we got Bailey I have wanted to dress her up as a little Florida Gators cheerleader for Halloween. I just think she would be the cutest and cheeriest cheerleader ever, and yes Bailey is a dog. I came up with a brilliant family costume idea in the car on the way to CrossFit a couple days ago. Kody loved it as well. I want Kody to dress up as Tim Tebow and I will be a Heisman Trophy. How fantastic would that be? I will just stand around and pose next to "Tim" all night. Bailey will be our cheerleader. I can see the Christmas card already. I really like family themed costumes. When I was 2 1/2 I was a monkey and my sister, who was barely a year old, and my mom were bananas. My dad was a gorilla. It was so sweet. I don't have kids yet, so I have to throw Bailey in the mix. Unfortunately, her cheerleader costume is going to be homemade. The upside is that since she is a dog she won't really care. She's not much into brand names.

A big shout out to my parents wishing them a happy 37th wedding anniversary today. WOW!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Baking Time

Apparently I am in a baking mood. Yesterday during lunch I went to the neighborhood Wal-Mart near my office to shop for my "dry items". I only needed a few things, but of course I came out with a full basket. That always happens to me. I can never stick to my list. I blame the weather. Yesterday it was cloudy, cold and definitely felt like fall. It made me want to have some cider and bake! I came out of the store with a couple bags of different flavored chocolate chips, baking m&m pieces, Bisquick, flour, cake mixes and brownie mix. If Kody and I both gain ten pounds over the next few weeks I'll just simply blame the weather. Cold weather makes you do funny things! Lucky for me and everyone else I plan on baking an OU/Texas and Florida/LSU cake this weekend. It is going to be pretty fantastic so be prepared to be jealous of my skills.

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Week of Change

Obviously we didn't get our signs posted. It seems kind of irrelevant to post them now after college football weekend. No fear, there will be more signs up at the end of the week! I was so ambitious when we started this competition! Oh yes, and Kody won the first sign contest.

Kody and I had a really busy week last week. Kody started a new rotation. He was working from 6AM to 6PM everyday. He hasn't put in many twelve hour days yet so this was a new experience. He handled it really well! I think he is enjoying this new rotation. He loves being at St. Francis. They just built a new pediatric ward. There is an Xbox in every room. That was the first thing he told me when I asked how the new rotation was. Go figure.

In other news, I have accepted a new position at a new organization. I'll post more about it later, but I start on November 3rd. Last week was really a roller coaster for me. I have never left a job for a new job without moving. This is going to be a great opportunity for me with a lot more responsibility, a shorter drive, a lot more money and really great benefits. All good things when you are supporting a medical student! Our families have both been very supportive of the move. I don't know what I would have done if it wasn't for Kody. He's been great. He is really good about encouraging me when it comes to my career. He knows how ambitious I am, but I worry so much about how other people view me or what they would think. He doesn't let me get in the way of me. :) I need that!

Saturday we traveled with my parents to Fayetteville, Arkansas for the Florida/Arkansas game. We had a great time. We were on the 5th row. Our entire section was filled with Florida fans. Albert and Alberta were both there. Albert was getting down when the band played. That gator has got some moves! I ate one of the best pretzels I have ever had and did the Gator Chomp a lot! I love being at those games. We got to see my Aunt and Uncle who flew up with some friends for Orlando. My uncle is running for re-election for the Florida State House. They took the day off from campaigning just to see us! The Arkansas fans are some of the nicest around, and I truly mean that. They all congratulated us on the win (like I had something to do with it!) and wished us a safe trip home. I'm not sure I would have been so gracious if my team had lost, but that's just me. I let myself get too emotionally involved when it comes to Florida football.

It is a wet, dreary day in Tulsa today. It's the kind of day that makes me want to curl up on the couch with hot chocolate and watch Lifetime movies.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Freedom of Speech

This was the quote from last night in response to yesterday's post:

"Ginny, you can't write things like that. My mother reads your blog".

Sorry Mr. King, there is not a filter on these fingers. Once they start going you can't stop them. I suggest you filter yourself, because there is no way I can do it for you. It's to fun to write about things you, you gave me premission. Lesson learned? I think so!

In other news, the VP debate is on tonight! Aren't you so excited? I love this stuff. I could sit and listen to people talk about politics for hours. I remember when I was younger and I would always ask my parents why they liked watching news about politics so much. I didn't get it. I thought it made them old and boring. I get it now and it in no way, shape or form makes you old and boring. It makes you awesome.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Three Down, Nineteen to Go

Kody started his fourth rotation today. I cannot believe how fast it is going by. Pretty soon we'll be retired and living at our lake house in Georgia. :) This month he is on pediatrics. Last month he was on family at a clinic in the downtown Tulsa area. Last night Kody was in a very talkative mood, which I loved. He was telling me all sorts of funny and somewhat inappropriate stories about his month in family medicine and the patients he saw. Don't worry, he didn't violate HIPAA at all! It is funny how after hearing him talk about it for so long certain things he says don't phase me at all. For instance, on this past rotation he got a lot of experience in the gynecological area. I think that is pretty special since he has no interest in OB/GYN at all. Too bad he gets to devote the entire month of November to that "area". I am severely lacking in the sympathy department. Anyway, as we are talking last night he says this to me:

Updated 10-14-08 Kody was incorrectly quoted by me. I regret my grievous error.
"I appreciate a hygienic "girl area". - MSIII Kody King

Yes, my dear, sweet innocent husband. Can you guess who made which GameDay sign yet? Funny thing is, being married to a medical student that comment seems like a completely normal statement. I just giggle to myself when I think about what other people would think if they were ever able to eavesdrop on our conversations. You could write a book...