Monday, March 1, 2010

Sleds and skiing

Danny traded a gun for one sled and paid less than $2000 for the other. Though they are old, they run well and are a total kick in the pants. My first day sledding, I thought I wasn't catching on very well, but my second time I felt much more confident. The worst part is the thought that the sled might get too hot--and to prevent this you have to go FAST. This allows the track to throw snow on the engine and cool it down. Problem being, going fast decreases the amount of control you have over the sled, so it has to be on a long, flat, straight stretch of trail. Riding a snowmobile gives you muscles you never knew you had, by the way! The picture of me skiing was taken at Bogus Basin on the Lower Nugget (a black diamond run). It was super steep--just look at the trees! But I made it down in one piece and I am very proud of myself! It might be time to start tackling more black diamond runs, too.


When I was an undergrad, I once asked a pharmacist what to expect of pharmacy school. He said, "The first two years they try to scare you and the last two are easier." Well, he must have gone to a different school than me... This second semester of my third year of pharmacy school has been the most difficult semester of pharmacy school to date. I still think I've had harder semesters, but the thing is that this is the stuff I will use on a daily basis in my job. The pressure is on to learn--and learn well. On the schedule this semester are pharmacy law, CNS pharmacology, Capstone Pharmacology Recitation and Lab, and Capstone lectures. I have definitely decided that C's are a very good thing, since as long as I can keep getting C's I can remain in pharmacy school. I'm counting down to rotations which begin May 24th. Wondering when I can get some studying in for that, because the last thing I want to do is have that 'deer-in-headlights' look when asked what the mechanism of Byetta is.

We've done a lot of fun things this year already...Danny has purchased two snowmobiles on Craigslist and we've been out on them twice now. It is pretty fun to be out and about in the mountains where there is tons of snow. I love snow! We've been skiing a few times and we've also spent a weekend in Sun Valley with Phil and Donna. Danny is planning a caribou hunting trip in Alaska for the beginning of September...we are both really excited about that. With all our travelling and studying, I've been unable to spend as much time with my grandparents as I'd like. I hope moving home to our Caldwell house in May will allow me to hang out with them more. Mom is in Guam until April 17th and I'm looking forward to seeing her when she arrives in Boise! Our cat, Lexie, is doing great. She has been a trooper with all our weekend trips. Danny is thinking of getting a puppy and I've expressed my reservations on that score--we'll be moving soon, we already have a cat, I like my couch whole, etc... Despite that, I think this is going to be one of those times when I'll come home to a puppy, a sheepish husband and the phrase, "it's better to beg for forgiveness than ask permission"...