I Resolve To…

-- January 7th, 2015, 2:09 pm

It’s that wonderful time of New Year’s Resolutions.

And I realize that this has fallen around the time when I finally have time to hunt for a gym because I’m on annual leave (aka, vacation) this week. I have to admit that walking into a gym and asking about memberships and such makes me feel like one of those people who:

  • have made a resolution to start working out this year;
  • are looking into joining a gym; and
  • will stop working out within a month from now because that seems to be the natural order of things for most people.

It really makes me feel self-conscious about it, especially considering that I’ve been putting on weight ever since I’ve moved away from home, and I haven’t been inside an actual gym in a good 5 months now. Just to clarify, I am looking for a gym again, only because my existence requires me to attend a gym regularly. Without it, I feel like … Well, I feel different. I have no resolution to start working out this year because working out is just a natural way of life – there’s no need to resolve to start something you’ve already been doing.

So if we get back to New Year’s Resolutions – what are mine, you ask? Reflecting back on the last year, I have to admit that there are a few things I would like to change/maintain this year.

  • iPhone: less gaming, more social media. It’s time for me to resist the urge to play Candy Crush and Bubble Witch, and get back into the habit of checking Twitter and Instagram once again.
  • Designerskin: as always, I’d love to get back into the habit of blogging on a regular basis. I’m not making this a “new year’s” resolution, but more of a life goal (if there’s a difference between the two).
  • Debt: nothing new here, but to maintain repaying my debt with $1000/month, and a bit more here and there if I have the funds for it.
  • Food: healthier snacking and less eating. I blame moving to a new country for this one. It has been much easier (and cheaper sometimes) to go buy a greasy meal from the chicken shop on the corner than to walk to the grocery store for some fruit and veg. Stores here close early too. But both Vince and I have slowly adjusted to the way of life here, and we’re able to budget ourselves without overspending, so this is becoming more manageable.
  • Book club: maintain my monthly book club with my friends and continue with reading at least a book a month.
  • Zumba: become an instructor (there is a beginner’s class at the end of January, but I think I’ll try to save some money and perhaps do the class mid-February or March instead). No rush, but this is something I really want to do.

I guess that’s the short-list. Actually, that’s pretty much all of it. What are some of the things you’re hoping to start up or maintain this year?


Vacationing Already

-- January 6th, 2015, 5:08 pm

It’s completely weird, but I feel like it’s much deserved – I’m on vacation this week.

I’ve only recently started in surgery, and I have to say that it feels good to be able to take a break away from work already. Mind you, my leave was fixed in my schedule and I just didn’t feel the need to change it to another time.

Bearing that in mind, I’ve been off for four days now. I hate to say that I wish I had accomplished more in those four days. So what have I been up to?


I ordered (and received – quite quickly!) a cat scratch post for our newest family member, Londyn. It arrived Monday, so I spent the morning putting that together for her. And she loves it!

fitness first

Vince and I took advantage of a free entry pass and went to the gym. Fitness First. For £40, it would definitely not be worth it. It was a really small gym, and they didn’t have too great a selection of equipment. But it did feel good to run inside again.

Vince and I also started exploring other gyms in the area. He was actually signed up with a really great gym in the city, but that was close to his old work, and it’s inconvenient for us to go there now.

For the rest of the week, I need to find my old supervisor and have a chat with him this week, while I have the free time to do so. It would also be great if I could sit down and work on this new theme I feel I’ve been working on for years. I also need to do some research for a journal club I’m going to be presenting for in a few weeks time.


Christmas Time

-- December 25th, 2014, 7:37 pm


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

In With the New

-- December 8th, 2014, 5:00 pm

I was really nervous about leaving the comforting walls of psychiatry and venturing off into general surgery, but I was pleasantly surprised when I took a morning off from psych to shadow the doctors I would be taking over for.

My day involved a free coffee from one doctor, another free drink from a consultant, and a fresh panettone that was bought in Milan the night before from another doctor that came back from vacation.

Everyone was pleasant.

I was able to pay attention enough so that I understood the process of things. After all, it’s not the medicine and the theory that scares me – it’s the process of how the team functions and runs on a day to day basis.

I did get overwhelmed with a whole load of information, hopefully most of which I will be able to recall when I need it. But there are two others that will be starting with me as well. So at least we’ll have each other to rely on.

With that, it’s officially goodbye to psych and hello to surgery!

From YYZ to LHR

-- November 24th, 2014, 3:38 pm

A week swept by in a flash and I am finding myself back in London. I had turned off all my heat before I left, so I came back to an igloo! Currently warming up the place and tidying up. Back to work on Friday so I get to enjoy a little bit of time off still.