Monday, April 24, 2006

A view from behind the scenes: Now! In! Quiz-play-along-at-home! Format!

Before the quiz starts (get out your pencil and paper – there are no bubble grid sheets for this one) I want to bring this site to your attention. Watch the first 45 seconds – it’s well worth it.

Welcome back! Now then, time for a multiple choice quiz……. No cheating and looking at the answers first.

What did this med student do when she got the tuition statement for her 4th year of medical school?

A. Celebrate being over $200,000 in debt by buying a new car!
B. Go on a sock yarn buying binge because, when put in perspective, it seemed liked such a small price to pay?
C. Take stock in the frozen dinners and canned soups that will be getting her through the next several months?

a: 3 pts for knowing that my white SnAAB has needed more work then should be humanly possible in the three years I’ve owned it, and it is time for something a bit more reliable. (It should be mine by the end of the week….)
b. 2 pts for knowing my weakness in times of stress. (no picture because it didn’t come out. Close your eyes and imagine a counter of sock yarn…..)
c: 1 pt for the one thing I haven’t done yet. It’s a surprise when I get home at night, and sometimes I toss a coin to decide if I should peek in the freezer or the cupboard. Tomato soup or frozen fish sticks?
d: 4 pts for those of you who said that being $200,000 in debt is just craziness and I should run away to teach yoga in the woods now.

That wasn’t so bad, was it? Now that you’ve gotten the hang of it the rest of these should be easy..

Which of these books is NOT like the others?

A. Rudolph’s Pediatrics, because it’s hardcover.
B. The knitting book, because it’s the only one not for board review.
C. The surgery review book, because it’s smaller then the others.

a: 2 pts for amazing texture observation.
b: 1 pt because in reality, all of these can be studied
c: 3 pts because you are aware of size. I bet you swatch.
d: 4 pts for wondering what I’ll knit while I study this time around.

What was the final outcome of this sweater?

A. You still have that? Really? I thought it was carried away by the knitting gnomes…
B: it’s finished! Now show us a picture!
C: It’s been ripped into a pile of perfectly wound balls of cotton fleece.

a: 2 pts for a very realistic answer. (you weren’t the people that remembered I drove a troublesome sNaab, were you….)
b: 1 pt for thinking I’m that good. I’m honored, but the truth is that my knitting has been reduced to socks these days.
c: 3 pts for knowing that as much as I love the colors and idea of a striped raglan sweater, every time I wore it I’d think about the wings under my arms. I should have known this would happen because every time I’d pull it out to work on it I’d shake my head and convince myself that I needed more opinions and then put it back in the bag and leave it for the knitting gnomes to fix. They never showed up…. This sweater will be re-knit with a proper sized raglan.
d: 4 pts for screeching “What about Rogue?!?!” (see above – socks, socks and more socks.)

What happened to the green yarn that was wound around the house in previous post?
A. I wound back into a ball and then she ignored it.B. She carried it through several rooms again and can still be seen stalking it.
C. She and I have both ignored it, waiting for the knitting gnomes to come untangle it.

a. 1 pt for thinking I had time to untangle it. (wouldn’t you want to see if it grew?
b. 2 pts for the truth. It was left because she kept it going and I kept laughing.
c. 3 pts for believing in knitting gnomes.
d. 4 pts for those who thought I’d taunt her with another ball of yarn so the design could be two-toned.

Which of the following has actually happened on this pediatric rotation?
A. A four year old girl stopped what she was saying to count the red splotches on my face.
B. A 2 ½ year old who didn’t want to get her ears checked looked at me and said “All Done!!!!” and reached over to her coat and pulled her mom towards the door when we started to get our ear-checkers out.
C. My lightening quick reflexes kicked in and prevented me from being peed on.

a. 2 pts for suggesting yet another product/method/goop that I can try to lessen the breakouts on my face. (zero points for reminding me that I should be getting 8 hours of sleep at night, exercising, washing my face 3-4 times a day and stop eating chocolate and frozen fish sticks)
b. 3 pts for laughing at the cuteness of 2 ½ year old logic.
c. 1 pt for something that has happened to most everyone who has changed a diaper.
d. 4 pts for saying “where is the ‘all of the above’ option?”

What is the best part of cat-sitting in the house?
a. the antics of the cat – green yarn. Need I say more?
b. not being directly involved in the awful student housing politics for the past two months.
c. sharing a bed with the cat.

a. 1 pt for reading yesterday’s post and enjoying the art that she displayed for me.
b. 2 pts for guessing things are still AWFUL with that situation.
c. 3 pts for figuring I wake up next to this every morning.

d. 4 pts for those who exclaimed “wait, what about view over the beautiful lake AND the 9 person hot-tub?”

(the view from my current front door....)

I hope this has given you some insight into what life has been like. I’ve figuratively thrown everything for next year up into the air and am now waiting for things to fall down into place. It’s craziness. And I’m tired enough to finally be laughing at it.

(That must mean that it’s time to go sit in the hot-tub…………...)


Blogger Carole said...

I got them all right. Yup, indeedy I did. Love the cat photo!

7:59 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Me, too! Do I get a prize? Oh, wait. I already got a prize. Those Moon Pies are good, you know. Very good.

Just think - if it wasn't crazy, you might get bored!

8:18 AM  
Blogger Pumpkinmama said...

I got most right ;-). Hope all the pieces come down in ways that are good.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

It's that good, huh?

Farewell to Kennedy...hopefully her replacement will be much more reliable. (and so much for sock yarn counting...) ;)

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great post! You had me laughing all the way through. Life with kitties is constantly entertaining - one of our new kittens stalked and caught and growled at a piece of Toby's toast this morning. I caught up with her carrying her "pray" away in her mouth with fierce albeit tiny growls emanating from her...

Keep on walking foward as they say - they can't take your education away, however big the loans stack up...

9:23 AM  
Blogger margene said...

Unhappily I got them all right, too. May everything land safely and in the best way for you.

1:26 PM  
Blogger NeedleTart said...

But what about the quilt the Cutie is laying on? More pictures, please (of quilt and cutie:-)

6:31 PM  
Anonymous mamacate said...


Say it aint so! You know that in traditional fair isle knitting they actually PUT gussets under the arms?

Don't rip it (pleez?). Give it to me and I will buy you replacement yarn. Dagnabbit.

Hang in there sweetie. Buy more sock yarn. It's a rounding error when you're up at $200K. All worth it. Even that silly medical education.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

Well, this post was a little bipolar. ;) First, you make me cry with the Sarah McLachlan video. Then, you make me laugh with the quiz.

Thanks for the balance. :o)

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I thought I was DONE with multiple guess tests.

This one was fun. Wish I could tell you that $200K was unusual.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Kristin said...

I know the sticker shock of tuition. I've been out for 7 years, and it continues to grow. Hope your studying goes well, and that your decisions are very apparent.

10:20 PM  
Blogger J. said...

you had me fallin ut of my chair. I am glad you are well, enjoy that hot tub while you can.

7:47 AM  
Anonymous mia said...

Hey Kristen! How is 4th year planning going?? I'm mostly organzied, but every now and then have a panic of "Ohmygod, what if I'm choosing the wrong life??" I had a doc the other day give me the three reasons not to go into family med...gulp.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Philippa said...

Brilliant post! I'm so glad I've discovered your blog.

5:23 AM  

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