Ha, ha. I cannot grow a mustache. Thank god. But even if I could (and again, thank goodness no), I would not participate in the ridiculousness of Movember (Mustache+November). For many, many, many people, mustaches are not a good look. Definitely all ladies and lots of men. Especially men in the Navy that have to follow uniform grooming standards so they have these truncated little mustaches. Blech.
But what, do you ask, has happened in November for me? Thank you for asking! Part of my honeymoon extended into November (yay!) and now I'm back, hard at work. Work, speaking of, has been pretty great. I had 5 cases on Thursday, was done at 1430 and had really good outcomes for all the patients. It was a highly satisfying day. I wish there were more of them but, eh, I'll take what I can get!
This week is, of course, THANKSGIVING! I love the food and I am going to THREE Thanksgiving dinners- yeah! Go me! On Thursday, I will go to Rose and Doug's for linner than Adam and Jen for dupper (supper + dinner). At Adam and Jen's, I will eat Kosher turkey so maybe being more pure leads to fewer calories? Here's hoping!
On Friday, I have my nerd alert Thanksgiving potluck that Jenn is throwing and all of our favorite surgeons and sig o's (except SMS *sad face*) will be there. The texts were flying last week and I suspect that dinner may actually be the best!
I have also organized the apartment a little more. All of my textbooks are now at work and I disposed of a bag and a half of sentimental memories (read: crap). It was borderline cathartic to get rid of stuff and the guest room is much cleaner, although still a total bomb. I'm on track to be done before SMS arrives, which will be nice. I really want to welcome him to a nice home, not a flat with a decidedly transient air.
Finally, I have read TWO books this weekend! I'm going on a little fiction binge before reading ENT again in preparation for the oral boards. I read The Magicians by Lev Grossman and The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling.
The Magicians was described to me as a "Harry Potter in College," which is sort of true. The Harry Potter-ish parts were cool as I'm a sucker for imaginative stories about magic. The College part was not- it reminded me a lot of The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides, which features three insufferable, inwardly myopic early 20-somethings that feel parroting post-Modernist philosophers to be the height of intellectual sophistication. BTW, this may have been me circa 2000 but med school beat so much of my liberal arts sophistication out of me. MEMORIZE THE KREBS CYCLE! NOW! BETTER YET, YESTERDAY!!!
The Casual Vacancy was quite good. JK Rowling is a very talented story-teller. The main plot line sort of flashed to a brilliant, although sad, conclusion at the very end. It was a bit of a bait-and-switch since there was a seemingly more obvious storyline, but a key event at the end had one storyline jump out, apart from the rest. But the weird thing is, there is still so much that needs to play out although the book has ended. It wasn't a cliff-hanger, but so many lives and family dynamics were described that would still continue to play out even after the conclusion of the one plot line. It's amazing how the families were brought to life. While I don't need to know exactly what happens, it's fun that characters were so well-developed that I can think about what would happen after the small glimpse that the book allows. So, while this book is not in the Parthenon of my favorite books, it's well done and I would recommend it.