Was all excited and looking forward to the new TVD episode tonight… then I remembered no new episode till next week :(
So I realize last night that I have been completely ignoring this blog. I am bad and I should feel bad. I have 2 other blogs that I post more of the funny stuff/fandom stuff/interesting stuff/random stuff that I post more regularly on, you can check them out here: http://sweet-rain-mairead.tumblr.com/ and here: http://maireadsnark.tumblr.com/
A brief recap of what has been happening in my life over the summer and fall/winter:
- During the summer I was working as a Health Care Aide at an Extended Care facility in my hometown. It work a lot of really long hours, and I had a tougher time with it this year than previously, one of the residents I had known for several years passed away and it really hit me hard emotionally. Additionally, I was doing a ton of fundraising for my Ecuador(!) trip for July, so aka I was verrrrrryy busy. I did go to Ecuador for 4 weeks in July, where I was doing a Pre-Med program with a group called Help, Learn, Discover (hereafter referred to as HLD). While I was there I did some pretty awesome stuff, we shadowed doctors in multiple wards in hospitals (Emergency, Intensive Care, Surgery, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Sports Medicine, Radiology). We also did some practical stuff, we did a suturing lab, practiced physical examinations on each other, drew blood from each other. I had an ultrasound of my uterus done (yay!). We also had a case project that we had to present to a board of, which was a lot more stressful than it sounds! Especially when you don’t know how to get the stupid hotel keyboard into the English setting and not Spanish. Aside from the Medical portion, we did a lot of touring around the country, which was AWESOME. We went white-water rafting/tubing, hiked in the Amazon, waterfall rappelled, learned how to surf, did an amazing race. I got a free massage at an all-inclusive. The third portion of the trip was a volunteer part, (which is what I was fundraising for) where we built houses in a small, poor village by the name of Camarones. Unfortunately I got reeeally sick during that portion, so I missed out on a couple days while I was trying not to throw up or go to the bathroom in a very small hotel where the water was not known to always run, in the boiling heat with bugs constantly biting me. But a couple of days and I was able to go down to the worksite and help build, which was good not only for me but for everyone else as well since I was apparently the only person who brought a first aid kit, which came in very handy when one of the team members hammered his finger and was bleeding underneath the nail. The kids at the worksite were absolutely amazing, and I loved them all! The community kids would walk up to the site and hang out with us, or help build sometimes. We actually commuted back and forth from the worksite to the hotel in the box of a truck, about 30 of us piled in to make the 15 minute drive.
Although the trip was awesome, at times it was very difficult for me to not be at home because my grandpa had been diagnosed with cancer before I left, and he had gone downhill very quickly in the weeks preceding my departure and eventually needed homecare. He was able to stay at home in a delivered hospital bed that was set up in the living room since my mom is a nurse, and we all took care of him. The day before I left was his 80th birthday, and it was very very difficult to leave since at the time, the doctors didn’t think he would still be alive when I got back. They were fortunately wrong, however, and I was able to see my grandpa again. A couple weeks after I started university, we went back to visit and he passed away later that evening, close to midnight. While I am glad he is no longer in the incredible pain that he was in, both mental and physical, I miss him terribly and the grief of him passing is still very difficult for me, although it has been more than 2 months now. My sister and I were able to sing at his memorial, and I actually had taken the picture that they used for the memorial. Both these things were very special and meaningful to me.
On another note, I’m nearing the end of the first semester of my second year of my BSc degree. I had midterms for 6 weeks straight, so up until last week! I have a bit of a break and then finals start (woo). This semester has been more difficult for me than others have been, I’m taking 2 chemistry courses, and those who know me will tell you that chemistry is the one subject I’m just not very good at. One course is Organic chemistry, which more or less makes me want to shove a pencil through my eye. I’m struggling through however, and after busting my butt studying for my (inorganic) chem midterm, I was pleased to find that I had scored the top mark in the class at a 99% average! I just have to get through finals, and then it’ll be Christmas break and I can go home again. I really miss the country, cities are just terrible. It may sound stupid/corny, but I really miss seeing the stars at night especially. Orion is my favourite constellation, and has a strong wintery-nostalgic feeling for me (oh those equatorial constellations!). Going home next weekend for the Grey Cup, it’s gonna be good.
That’s the briefest possible rundown on the last half a year of my life, hopefully I will have some more specific posts that I can ruminate a bit more on specific issues.
This is the aforementioned picture I had taken of my Grandpa, on the memorial service card. Not the greatest quality cause it was from my phone, but still.
It’s no one else’s fault that you aren’t that
I don’t get this shit
well if you can’t read music it’s only
that you don’t understand
I cant stop laughing
Ahahaha, the non-musical people are just dont even
collar bonesdry thinning hair??
a thigh gapdry peeling skin??
Ice cream or
hip bonesdull eyes??
a nice bodydeath??
Think before you
eatencourage others to throw their lives away by posting your pro-ana shit all over the internet where vulnerable naive teenagers can read and imitate your illness that you don’t even possess.
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A bit of an update regarding my blogs, because I’m making some changes to make things more clear.
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