Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday

This morning KelliJean & Tiah did their part for the American economy by joining the masses at 4:45am to begin their Christmas shopping. We sent Thursday afternoon, pouring over the ads, making lists, plotting strategy, and finally drawing our traditional Treasure Map of Savings.

It was cold and raining in Kennewick, but we made it to Kohls, Macy's, American Eagle, & Target all before 6:30am. At that time we picked our Mom & family friend April up before continuing on to Dutch Brother's Coffee, Walmart, Fred Meyer, & Craft Warehouse. By this time the trunk was full of purchases and we were exhausted. We had fun, managed to make a dent in the Christmas shopping, and saved quite a bit of money on door-buster sales.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Community Paediatrics

For my elective Placement I am in Fort William doing community peadiatrics. I have done one week and it is brilliant. I am getting to see a lot of different conditions and see a lot of this part of the contry. The physio here covers a very large spread of the highlands and so we go all over to see patients. Next week we are going to see patients on one of the islands that we cover so very excited for that. The physio's case load is very varried so I am getting the opportunity to word with a good variety of children with different condidtions and see how the same condition can present completly differently. Fort William is very rainy just now so pretty wet but I managed to get out walking yesterday for several hours along the Great Glen path.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Last Night

For our last night all together everyone came out to the house in Stonehaven for dinner. After a long day of packing and giving half of my things to charity it was great to have everyone gathered for a night of fun. We got real Champagne and celebrated in style. Dinner had a autum theme so for starter I made sweet potato apple bake, Rod brought cheese and crackers. For main Caryn made chili, David and Lauren made corn bread, and Saf made a traditional dessert. It was truely a great night although a bit sad knowing that we will not all be living in the same location ever again. The past two years have been really great thanks to the great firends that I have made. The six of us will be friends for a very long time even though we are not living in the same countries, we have already started planning holidays together, and we will be keeping in touch.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mark Your Calendars!!!!!

Just wanted to let everyone know that the day I have been working towards for the past four years is coming! Drum roll, please!....... Graduation is June 11, 2010 in Cheney, WA!!! I'm not excited or anything!!! So mark your calendars! I hope I see you all there!


Friday, November 13, 2009

Class Farewell

On Novemer 11 after our dissertations were due the university lectures hosted a reception for us. Caryn, Safina and I were late because the bus took forever to get into Aberdeen however it was very nice. Fiona, the couse leader was still off ill but sent an email to say a few words it was very nice. We stood around in the classroom drinking wine and beer and having finger food. It was good to see everyone again since I had not seen many of my classmates in a while so good to see them. After the reception at school we all headed to The Old School House (a pub) and we had food and drinks and lots of fun talking and spending time with each other. The farewell was a bit sad and I cried saying goodbye to some of my classmates. Overall though it was great. I am going to really miss my class, we have all grown very close over the two years. We got a photo of us all. We were only missing one girl who broke her arm last week and went home to recover.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Early Thanksgiving

Today, being Vetran's Day the university was closed with almost everyone from my Baja group having the day off. So we had an early Thanksgiving to celebrate the season and all that we have to be thankful for. I was put in charge of desserts, which I normally don't mind - I love to bake. However, I had never successfully made a pie before. I researched around and talked to people and finally I found two very different pie's that I figured would not be too hard.

I made a pumpkin pecan pie and a coconut impossible pie. The pumpkin pecan pie had a pumpkin pie with a pecan pie layered on top. The coconut impossible pie is where you mix all the ingredients into a bowl & pour into the pie pan and when it bakes it "magically" creates a crust on the bottom, custard in the middle and a coconut top. Both pies turned out really good, I was very proud of myself.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Hi guys, today was my first day of tutoring English Language Learners at Sheridan Elementary school in Spokane. I had been working very hard on getting my lesson plans set and it all paid off today. I was really nervous going in and meeting the two girls I am tutoring, but both girls were very well behaved and extremely chatty! We drew pictures and shared about our families, looked at my favorite wordless picture book called Wave by Suzie Lee, Read Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Williams, wrote summary statements, and read Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neil. Overall the lesson was extemely successful and I felt really good when we were done. Now I am looking forward to our tutoring session next week! Thats all for now!


Monday, November 9, 2009


I have officially finished my dissertation, the cds are burned and it has all been checked for plagerism. All I have to do is print it out tomorrow and turn it in! If you would like to read it just let me know and I can send it to you. But for now it is time to party!!!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween 2009

The third annual Green Gables Halloween party was an sucessful event. People came, food was ate, drinks were drunk, candy was given out, and a good time was had by all.

It was a very good night for Halloween. I was worried when earlier in the afternoon we had a downpour and the wind started blowing. But by 6pm the skies had cleared & the weather warmed. Most of our trick or treaters did not even wear coats.
People were good sports and I think almost everyone wore a costume. My favorite costume of the night was one of my roommates friends who dressed as "Flo" the Progressive Insurance spokeswoman.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Stonehaven has flooded tonight! We have had torental down pour all day and the river broke and streets have flooded. Was just out and the water seems to not be rising any longer but a lot of homes and businesses have flooded. We did not get any water at our house but the water did get close. And of course what you do when it floods is you take photos so we went out and got some.


Lost our minds

Question...What do you do when you lose your mind with less than two weeks till your dissertation is do? Well the answer of course is rent a car! Caryn and I decided that we wanted something fun to do this saturday since we are very nearly done with our disertations and going to be leaving Scotland soon. We got the car for the whole weekend cause it is a better deal that way. Friday afternoon after spending the morning staring at my work trying to think how to add a few more words we went on a drive down the coast a wee bit. We ended up finding this amazing beach in Catterline. The waves were great! Saturday we drove down south to the Scottish boarders and went to the four boarder abby ruins. They were incredible. The first was in Melrose. The architecture was absolutly amazing. Unfortunatly my camera stopped working so I didn't get any photos, but will be getting loads from Caryn. Here the heart of Robert the Bruce is burried. Bought some batteries and the camera started working again, lucky for me. Next stop was Drybrugh Abby. This abby was smaller but just as beautiful. This one is smaller but a bit further off the road so very peacefull. Here Sir Walter Scott is burried. Next we drove up to a view point called Scott's View, it is where Sir Walter Scott loved to look out at the hills rising out of the Tweed valley, and I can say that it was beautiful. Very easy to see why this was his favorite spot. The next abby was my favorite, Jedburgh Abby. The archs on this abby were my favorite. The whole abby was beautiful, there was a bit of construction on part of it but it was still great to see. Also in Jedburgh we went to Mary Queen of Scots house, it was a very nice moderate sized stone cottage. I am sure back in her day is was a very large house. There was tons of information about her there but we didn't really have much time to sit and read through it all so we just had a short tour of the house. The last abby was the Kelo Abby. Although all that is left of this abby is just a small portion, in it's day it was the largest of the four boarder abby's. Just by looking at what is left you can tell it was huge. This abby was very beautiful too even though just a small part is left. Before coming home we stoped at Smailholm Tower, since we had gotten a student pass that got us entrance into it. This is a 15th century boarder home that once belonged to the Pringle's. As a boy Sir Walter Scott went to this home because his grandfather owned it. It has lots of history, google it if you want to know more. Anyway it was a really great day, the weather was warm and sunny, warm for the last day of october. Sunday we after church we drove to Glen Esk, which was wonderful. However the rains were pouring down torentually and so we were a bit worried about flooding so we were not out for long. Over all it was a very good weekend. Best part was the no work, but monday back to it.

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