Category Archives: Tulsa

winter not so wonderland

IMG_9966All of this snow and cold weather that Oklahoma and the rest of the nation seem to be getting is a significant amount of snow, sleet, ice, and just freezing cold temperatures. Is it really that different than any other winter. Last year Oklahoma had a warmer than usual winter, but then the summer was a bit milder than normal also. We have not had a significantly cold winter in quite a few years. This has caused so many schools to be closed, businesses to be closed, and things to be rescheduled. I do not remember ever getting out of school for snow, rain, or cold temperatures. Am I just imagining this?

IMG_9939Even with all this complaining that I am doing I still like winter. It gives me a reason to wear warm cozy clothing. It has made me second guess training for a spring marathon. Oh runners problems.  Hopefully this moisture will stop by this afternoon because running seven miles on a treadmill does not sound to exciting to me. I can put on all my winter running gear and hit the trail. That is one thing that is definitely a priority here in Tulsa. The trails are always cleared. As I was pulling into my neighborhood the Tulsa Trails workers were out clearing the trails, pushing the ice and snow off to the side. They were also clearing the damage to a pole and tree in the middle of a trail from a car that decided it looked like a good place to park this morning.

 

IMG_9993I wish I were on a ski slope somewhere. Seven weeks left of rotations, maybe I can get a ski trip in at the end of rotations? Maybe, maybe not. One can only wish. Six more weeks of winter, according to that groundhog.

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Run

Starting my marathon training this week has reminded me about how much I use to love to run. I wish I wouldn’t have stopped running every day of the week.
Running by myself is kind of boring at times, but also very peaceful and just time to be by myself.
I downloaded Hal Higdon’s Marathon training app to help me keep track of my progress and stay on track.
Today is just an easy three miles, but the last three miles I will ever run in a pair of glasses!
It’s a little rainy and cloudy out, but I think it will be a beautiful run.

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Is spring here?

March 1st, in Oklahoma we never know if it will be sunny, windy, snowy, cloudy, or rainy.
This year it has been a very mild winter. I think we might have a crazy spring storm season. (pending aviation weather being correct!;))
Post test/pre-studying afternoon was a wonderful spring day.

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Time with the husband.
Time outside.
Clean car.
Dinner cooked on the grill.
Not a bad day, for being completely exhausted.

pretend

Sometimes it is fun to pretend that I could be an aerial photographer. Tulsa is so pretty at night.  Maybe next time I should take my Cannon instead of just my little iPhone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

h&p


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HI! I’m student doctor Duroy and I will be examining you today.

Writing my first H&P:  what is an H&P? How long is this going to take? How many questions do I have to ask? What all do I have to examine?  what does that word mean? Oh, good thing this is just on a family member.

Second year H&P 3 week of fall semester: oh! I think I remember that I did one of these at some point during the spring semester. I have an hour and a half, that’s a really long time! Surely I won’t need to use it all. Well that was a wrong assumption to make.  Maybe I should practice with this stuff a little more.

Second year H&P spring semester: I know what word means. Maxwell’s is my friend. Scunt Monkey is pretty cool.

CC:HPI:PHM:PSH:Allergies:Social Hx: Meds: ROS: does this need to be focused or all-inclusive? Physical exam: Did I forget anything? Oh, I even did some extra test. These patients aren’t as scary as I remember them being. I am not sweating as much as I remember. I know how to use these tools.

Dang it, I knew I forgot something. Definitely need more practice. Let’s see what I can come up with.

Maybe one day this will come as second nature?

Scotch

Most of the time when you are reading the review of drinks, I think it is mostly different types of wine. Well instead of having a wine tasting party, the men of the Loud family had a Scotch tasting. There are many kinds of scotch and many that are really old. In scotch years, the older you are the more money you cost. It was interesting to listen to the descriptions of the different types of scotch: smooth going down but rough after taste, has a hint of caramel, this one smells like brown sugar, this one has a rustic smell. Here’s the next question: do you drink the scotch on the rocks, with water, or straight? What should you use to cleanse the palate between the different types of scotch? Celery and bread seemed to work well. I think the guys had a good time exploring scotch, maybe since the women of our family like to try different wines, maybe the men will keep up the new tradition of exploring different types of scotch or whiskey? I wonder if you can go to a distillery to tour and have your own tasting?

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Adventure through Arkansas


Spending the long weekend on the motorcycle was a great getaway. Mike, myself, and my parents spent the weekend riding through Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. It was beautiful and was some much needed time spent with my husband. “I think the best investment we have made is our motorcycle” (Michael). I would have to agree with him. There is nothing like spending hours on a motorcycle together. It is just the two of you, the road, and nature around you. When you have spent so much time apart, even if you are just in other rooms, sitting on the motorcycle together was great quality time.  Some of the beautiful places through Arkansas:

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are lots of  beautiful hills, trees, and the sunshine was wonderful. The only bad part about riding in Arkansas are the chicken farms. They do not smell very good at all.  The curves are fun, even though you don’t want to be behind my dad on some of the hills because he makes sure he goes the speed limit, if not slower. You can tell by looking at the tires on our motorcycle that Mike likes to go around curves. Sometimes you can hear the pipes scrape the pavement, check out the chicken stipes on the tires.

Arkansas also has some beautiful parks, old civil war camps, and corp of engineer training camps. It was neat when we stopped at one of these camps, you could hear the wind blowing through the trees. The wind blowing through the trees was a soft hum that actually took us awhile to figure out what the noise was.

As always southeastern Oklahoma is beautiful. We made our way through the Talahina Drive to come back home.

After we finished the drive, we ended our day at Roseanna’s in Krebs, Oklahoma. It was so very delicious Italian food, might quite possibly be some of the best Italian food that I have ever eaten. If you are ever around the McCalister, Oklahoma area you should really stop by there and the Choc Beer Brewery. I don’t think you can go wrong with those decisions.

It was a great getaway. After putting 1,000 miles on the motorcycle and our butts, I was pretty glad to see Tulsa, but I am so glad that I got to spend an amazing weekend with the husband and the parents.  Now just a few more hours to relax and enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend before we have to go back to Tulsa, and back to the real world of work-study, dissection, and life. There will be more good adventures ahead this summer.

So far we have planned a float trip down the Illinois River, we shall see what else comes up.