Thursday, December 26, 2013

ho. ho. ho. woo. hoo.

Did you all enjoy your holiday? Mine started a little sluggish...

If you follow me on Facebook, you know I, begrudgingly, attended Doc H's Christmas party.



After the last minute rush to get ready, which included shaving my *DRY* legs (talk about the subconscious mind working against you!), stuffing myself into my Spanx (and forgetting to pee BEFORE I put them on), putting on more makeup than usual (only to wipe it off, to keep from looking too ho-Ho-Ho-ish), and wrestling with myself to buckle the tiniest little buckles on the straps of my 2011 season Bagley Mischka 4 inch platform sandals (note to self: shoes before pencil skirt), Doc H and I found ourselves sitting in the car listening to Christmas carols trying to get into the spirit of the season.

I made a mental note to make sure Doc H takes our pre-med daughter as his plus one to next year's party. She would benefit and enjoy immersing herself into the hospital culture.

As we drove, I found myself leaning against my car door with my head melding against the window. I'm sure passerbys thought I was quite a sorry sap. My gaze dropped down to my shoes, and I realized I had to focus on the positives.

I am fortunate to be living my life. Doc H's job provides us a very nice life. Unlike many others, we have a roof over our head, organic foods in our belly, our bills are paid, our children are receiving wonderful educations, and despite a few aches and pains, Doc H and I still dress up pretty good and, moreover, we and our extended family are enjoying good health.

So, I strapped on my Doctor Wife armor, and soldiered on through the party. I smiled, shook hands, spoke to colleagues I really didn't care to talk to. I spoke to newly minted Doctors' Second Wives. I buffered them from the loyal friends of the First Wives. I made small talk. When asked, I doled out updates of the kids. And, when other Doc Wives rolled their eyes and asked, "How are YOU doing", I fought the urge to unroll my bitch list, and pulled out some of our classic, and funny, family holiday stories.

It made them laugh. It made me laugh. And, on the ride home, I realized I felt better.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

You Know You're a Surgeon's Wife When... {Vol. 8}

You know you're a surgeon's wife when
you come home late from volunteering at 
your kid's school fundraiser, 
only to find a school project drawn with a surgical skin marker.

Click here to see previous volumes of

Friday, December 13, 2013

Dear Santa,

Dear Santa,

I have been a pretty good lady, wife, and mother this year. While our bank account could be doing better (thanks to our lovely contractor who's apparently mistaken us for you and the lovely Mrs. Claus), I wouldn't go through the trouble of asking the elves to stitch together a pair of designer jeans for me or go mining for any precious gemstones this year. My wardrobe is pretty well-rounded at the moment and my jewelry box is full enough (for now-- let's revisit this again next year, because I am a girl who likes to shine!).

Instead, I'm hoping you could gift me the following:

The gift of sleep. I'm tired of being chronically tired. This gift would include eliminating Doc H's habit of snoring during deep sleep, re-training my dog to sleep anywhere else, but the master bedroom, the enlargment of both my bladder and Doc H's bladder, and of course, throwing the pager under the tire of an oncoming UPS truck. You know what? Nix the that last pager request. I'll like to take care of that myself.

The gift of high school acceptance. Our youngest son is applying to college preparatory high schools. We have done our part. He is studying hard for the entrance exam and has been diligent with his tutoring. Acceptance would be a great gift.

Extraordinary SAT scores. Our high school junior will begin her college application process this January with an SAT prep class, and SATs in March. If you could guarantee me some fantastic scores, I could relax a bit. I'm sure that would be as much a gift to her, as me.

A's. I'm not talking the baseball team (although perhaps I should rethink this-- no, no.  I'll stay on track). I'm talking grades. For all our kids. We have a fair share of them, but more would be great. Then my frustration could subside.

Health. Our family is currently pretty healthy. We have one daughter who could use some help with her knees, but other than that, I would appreciate if we could keep the status quo around here. That includes our children, ourselves, our parents, siblings and their respective families.

A continued sense of humor. I don't think I could survive motherhood or second wife-hood without it. I need to be able to laugh at the daily absurdity.

A continued sense of compassion for patients. Because of this life of medicine, I need it. Without it, I would most like rip into Doc H every night. That would slowly eat away at the life we've built.

Continued love and warmth of our home. What can I say? I love my husband, I love our family, I love our life.

That's it, Santa. That's all I want. Am I asking too much? Looking back over my list, I realize a pair of earrings might be simpler.

Kind regards to you, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and Rudolph,

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I Have 12 Days Til Christmas

As of yesterday afternoon, my in-laws have left my home. My Thanksgiving holiday has officially come to a close.

What does that mean?

I have exactly 12 days to pull Christmas together.


That’s right. If you were to pull up to my home at this very second, you would find...

I have NO Christmas lights strung outside.
I have NO Christmas wreaths hanging on my doors.
I have NO Christmas trees up, nor decorated.
I have NO Christmas presents waiting to be wrapped.
I have NO Christmas cards on order.
I have NO stockings hung.
I have NO gingerbread house.
I have NO baked goods, nor do I have any dough waiting in the freezer.

I have NOTHING to wear to this weekend’s hospital holiday party.
I have NOTHING for any of the four gift exchanges I find myself signed up for.
I have NOTHING for any of the coaches.
I have NOTHING...
I have NOTHING...


Excuse me, please. I must go to the mall. STAT!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Medical Monday {December, Vol. 2}

Oh, my friends!

I am still recovering from Thanksgiving! You, too?

I love every single item on the Thanksgiving menu, but after three days of leftovers, I can turkey no more.

Like every Thanksgiving since my mother's cancer diagnosis (she's 8 years cured, thank God!), I hosted the holiday. I brined, roasted, baked, whisked, cooked, cooked, cooked, and cooked. Then, I cooked some more. I cleaned, ironed, decorated, and smiled while doing it all for my in-laws enjoyment. I love my in-laws, but, thanks to a terrible bought of insomnia, I was beyond tired.

This Thanksgiving Doc H was "off". Yet, he sat at his computer for three hours to return study results to patients. I hope his patients realize he was "OFF" and realize the email was sent on a holiday. I hope they fully appreciate his dedication. I hope they send a bottle of wine and label it, "TO: DOC H'S WIFE". That would be the bomb, and THAT would be appreciated!

You all know what day it is, so let's start the party!!

Medical Monday Link-Up and BlogHop

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Are you a nursing student? Medical student?
Intern? Resident? Fellow?

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Gearing up for Medical Monday!

It's Sunday, December 1.

You know what that means, right?

Tonight at midnight the Medical Monday grid opens for your submissions! Join Jane and myself, by linking up your post for others to enjoy. We want to hear what you've been up to!

See you on the grid!
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