London Life: Wine and Dance

-- October 26th, 2014, 2:19 pm

The thing I realize about living in London is that it’s an ENORMOUS city with a million different things to see, tons of restaurants to eat out at, and hundreds of ways to keep yourself entertained. I was in Soho one weekend drinking and dining with friends; in Wembley on another weekend to watch the NFL game that came to town; in Clapham Junction trying out their nightlife. Let me just say – what an immense city!

This weekend I met up with my husband in Southwark after he was done work. I passed by the Borough Market – I’ve seen it before and, unfortunately, everytime I’ve been by, it’s been so late in the day that everything was closed. Last night, there were a few restaurants and food joints still open, but the farmer’s market-like set-up was closed for the night.

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We also ended up walking down this sketchy alleyway, a shortcut my husband uses to get to the gym from work. During the day, it’s filled with food vendors apparently. The only things open at night were “The Nursery,” a pool hall, and Studio 68. Man, did I feel like I walked into a gang of dancers out of Step Up! If I ever feel like making a fool of myself and trying out some advanced dance class, this is defs where I’ll be going.

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Finally, while wandering around and looking for somewhere to eat, we stumbled upon Laithwaite’s Wines. Ok – so it wasn’t exactly food, but a store full of wine tempted us! We wandered about the lavish shop, which has a whiskey shop further down in the store, and some sort of wine-tasting vending dispensers even further back in the store. If we weren’t dressed like we just got out of the gym, we would have explored some more, but instead, we just bought our own bottle of wine and left.

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It’s Electrifying!

-- September 30th, 2014, 8:16 pm

About a week ago, my UK-to-US wall adapter got stuck in the outlet. After some feeble attempts to pull it out, I realized it was stuck for good and I wasn’t getting it out that way anytime soon.

I knew my only option was to unscrew the contraption and take a look at what was behind. My oh my! I didn’t think it was going to be so much work! I unscrewed the front plate and then noticed that the outlet was still attached to three wires going into the wall. So I proceeded to unscrew those – voila! I held a rather dusty outlet in my hand.

Of course, I tried to pull out the adapter once again. It wasn’t budging! And behind the plate, all the lovely plates for circuitry were stuck behind another black plastic covering. So I figured, “I’ll just unscrew the next part and hopefully I can pop the adapter out from the inside.”

So I unscrewed the black plastic…. And then everything fell apart….

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Everything. Fell. Apart. On the bright side, I saw that my adapter was being blocked by a piece of wiring, so I loosened that up and out came my adapter. But my new problem now was that pictured above.

Believe you me, I spent hours staring at this thing and trying to piece everything back together. I tried Google Image search for answers! I tried plain ol’ Google too! Nothing!

I kept brainstorming and came up with the easy way out – just buy a new outlet cover! There’s no way I would ever be able to piece this thing back together (and then screw on the black plastic covering without disrupting everything). Amazon did have fancy ones that included USB ports too (unavailable, however, otherwise I totally would have bought one)! I ended up finding one at Wilko’s for like £3.

I thought it was all going to be over. However, the tricky part now was fitting those wall wires into the right slots on the new outlet and trying not to electrocute myself. And these wires were short and stiff! But after a good half hour or so, I did it! Everything is good again. I’m such a great handy(wo)man :)

What to do?

-- September 7th, 2014, 8:14 pm

I’m currently supposed to be studying. For what? I’m not too sure… Meanwhile, I’ve been thinking about my blog. I have to admit that I haven’t been using it as often as I’d like to, so that’s my fault really.

I’ve had a layout in the works for months now! I started working on it probably in late May, and then took a hiatus from it since July. There are some PHP kinks I tried to work out to no avail. And so I kind of gave up. Ok… not really gave up. Life got in the way.

And while I’d like to work on my layout and finish it up, I can only foresee that life will continue to get in the way. This week I’ve got something big coming up, which I will hope to blog about eventually. For now, there’s this.

I would like to eventually write about work – the kind of work I do, the patient’s I see – but I have to figure out how I can do this in a HIPAA-friendly manner. Not sure what kinds of privacy exists in this country, but I’m obviously going to try my best to comply with keeping as patients are safe and anonymized as possible. Perhaps I will just blog about what I’ve learned over the week. I don’t know… But I do know I need to start writing again.

Work

-- August 25th, 2014, 10:15 pm

Since starting work earlier this month, I’ve been super busy. I’ve left home once again, moved into a new place, a new city, a new time zone – yet again. At least I’m not alone on this adventure.

It has had its ups and downs. The studying never seems to stop! Even now, I’ve decided to take a little break from my studying to write this.

Currently enjoyed my first long weekend – today was a holiday. Tomorrow is a full day in the AMU, followed by my regular psych shift on Wednesday, all-day training on Thursday, and back to psych on Friday before the weekend. At least it’s going to be a short week.

Swimming with Dolphins

-- August 7th, 2014, 8:00 am

After we got married, my husband and I had a day to clean up, and pack up for our honeymoon. We’ve had a long-time vacation tradition we started in our first year of dating. It involved Cuba. Every year, starting in 2004, we would take a week off from school and our jobs and relax. I can’t say how it compares to Mexico, Dominican, or Jamaica, because I’ve never been, but I love Cuba as a vacation spot. It’s friendly, safe, clean, and fun. And my husband and I have been to resorts all over the country.

This year, we went back to Cayo Santa Maria. We’ve only been once before, when the location was relatively new to receiving tourists and there was only 3 or 4 resorts on the island. But we fell in love with the white sand beach and crystal-clear water. This year, there are several more resorts on the island, and we stayed at one of the newer ones.

I also finally, finally, finally got to swim with dolphins! I’ve been wanting to do this since the first time we went away, and Hubby finally caved in. And all I can say about it was that it was an awesome experience and I would definitely do it again!

I also finally bought an underwater camera. And learned that both myself and the hubby are really bad at taking underwater selfies.

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