She’s Got Legs

Tonight was the last night of the conference, when they always put on a big show and party. When you have 20,000+ attendees, even when many of them go home, the party can be incredibly large. I heard there were about 6000 there tonight. I was excited to wear my new slinky dress and high heels. I just don’t get many opportunities to dress up here on the islands. It was cold out, but I knew that I would be taking the shuttle bus over to Mardi Gras World and then going inside. I spiffed myself up, then headed down with only a small cardigan and my purse. When I got to the waiting area for the shuttle, I knew I stuck out, and walking onto the bus was hilarious. Everyone was bundled up in long coats, beanies, scarves, gloves, etc. In walks the girl from Maui with a slinky dress and bare legs. Oh well. I felt good and was ready to dance!

When we got to Mardi Gras World, there was a line outside, again of overly bundled folks. Once inside, I was greeted by numerous giant faces. I didn’t realize we would be walking through the area where they make and store the floats for Mardi Gras. It was certainly cold, and we had to keep moving, but I shot some decent pics. I danced the whole time, and even had the lead singer Rockin’ Dopsie Jr (David Rubin) come down and dance with me at two points. Fun, Fun!

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Roll With It

Sometimes, life pushes you in a certain direction, and if you just go with it and do your best, even when you feel like you could drown soon, it turns out great. Example: I was invited to speak at a conference recently for the Critical Access Hospitals Quarterly Meeting. I hadn’t drawn a consensus on what to do it on, and when I realized it was on Oahu, I called to tell the guy that we didn’t have the funds. His response was to buy me a plane ticket. I was committed, and I didn’t have much time left. Somehow, it all came together, but I was burning the candle at both ends. The day of the presentation, I was supposed to catch the first flight out (6:09am). Well, I woke up at 5:50am. Boy, was I glad I had packed everything! Thanks to the corporate nature of the reservation, I was able to catch the next flight out. When I parked at the airport, there was a full rainbow in front of me, and I knew it was going to be a good day. I made it to the hotel on time, thanks to a new friend (let’s call him M&M), and the presentation went well. In fact, I was offered a job at two places and asked to speak at a national conference next year. Wow! That gave me a real boost.

I met my new friend M&M for a bit afterward, then met with a friend of mine from Oahu later. He is a photographer and wanted to check out a new underwater casing for his camera, so he asked if I wanted to be his underwater model. I have been wanting to do that for some time, and how fun is that?! It was a blast, and a great way to end a very stressful few days. We watched the sunset from a peak afterward, then caught dinner and drinks. It was a one-day event, and a very long night. I crawled out of the bed the next morning, prepping for a day of meetings. My day again started with a large rainbow. The last meeting of the day was with a possible preceptor for the residency who works with the Department of Health. I think it’s going to be an amazing experience, and I left very excited about the opportunities available to us.

Last night, I must have washed up to shore, because I slept a long 12 hours. I just didn’t seem to want to get out of bed. The stage had been set for something very exciting. I am so glad I went through with the presentation, as uncomfortable as I was, and I am so glad I pushed the meeting the next day to happen. Sometimes, you just have to roll with it, and you don’t realize the value until you are done being tossed around. You just have to trust in the process.

“No Time!” said the White Rabbit

Today was the Match, and tomorrow I leave for Seattle for the APhA Annual Meeting, as well as some much needed time with my beau, whom I haven’t seen in nearly 3 months. I haven’t started packing, and there is a lot to pack! Suits, night on the town clothes, running clothes, cycling kit + shoes + pedals + helmet, hiking gear, casual clothes for walking around Seattle…. and the main problem is that it’s COLD there! Clothes take up more space when it’s cold out… and then there’s the heels, running shoes, slippers, hiking shoes, cycling shoes….

Oh my, No Time! Gotta get a move on!

Mounting my trusty steed again

Highlights of my day:

  • I rode my bike into work with my new mobile office on board
  • Sheena and I got our rough drafts together for our Western States project
  • I was able to avoid getting caught up in the stress at work and remained calm, cool and collected
  • I rode back home from work and didn’t bonk or crash
  • I was able to fit into my old short-shorts for the first time in a LONG time
  • Nick seemed excited to plan things for us to do in Seattle
  • I made spring rolls for the first time, and they were good!!