Monday, April 27, 2009

A White Coat and a Wonderful Visit

Travis' white coat ceremony was very enjoyable event, and I know for him it was very rewarding. He is beginning to see his hard work pay off. Because I was a little rushed getting to the ceremony I did not grab my camera, but thanks to my dad we have documentation of the event:









We had such a wonderful visit with our parents and were glad to have them with us. We made sure to take them for deep dish stuffed pizza, a Chicago must. We mainly stayed around our area, visiting the huge outlet mall in Gurnee and scoping out the house used in Home Alone. The house is quite interesting. It's not like you expect. It is in anormal neighborhood with houses situated quite close on each side. The magic of Hollywood. The best part of the visit was the wonderful time of visiting. We were sad to see the weekend end, but we look forward to our seeing everyone again in June for Cody's (Travis' brother) wedding!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Oy!

I apologize for the lack of blogging; it wasn't intentianal. A week or so ago I was on the computer when a message popped up warning me that I had a virus on the computer. Well, fearing a viral infection I clicked to get it cleaned, knowing our computer security would zap it away. Apparently the message did not come from our security. It was actually one of those sneaky advertisements for some cheap virus scan. Because I clicked on it, it was downloaded to the computer. Even though we erased it from the computer, its ghost remained, blocking me from viewing certain sites, mainly my blog. It appears that today the computer has been exorcized, and I am able to catch people up on our lives.

* The big event this week is Travis' white coat celebration tomorrow afternoon! Both my parents and his parents are in town as we speak for the celebration. My manager and I worked it out so that I could get off early for the event--thank goodness.

* Work is going well. Each week I have a little more added on. This week I am sitting at another scheduler's desk and taking care of what needs to be done. For the first few days I sat in her spot and she told me what needed to be done. Today I sat in her spot and she moved to another area to work which allowed me to figure out for myself how and what to prioritize. Next week I will get my doctors and begin fully working as a scheduler.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Putting the Night Away

Last night Travis and I had a little date night. With his studying and my working we realized we need to find times to spend time together. We went to dinner at the Lone Star Steakhouse and then played glow-in-the-dark miniature golf. For some odd reason I have been wanting to go play miniature golf. I haven't played in years...and believe me, it showed. The golf course was inside the huge mall in Gurnee. Thank goodness it was indoors because it was way too cold to play outside. We had a lot of fun and a good time just being together! Here are some pictures:









Here is a video from the night. I enjoy it because it was Travis's first time recording a video with my camera. This is my first time putting a video up, so I hope it works.
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

So Proud

I am so proud of Travis for his amazing accomplishments in all of his classes. I also am very proud of his extra-curricular achievements. Travis is apart of the Honor Council which reviews education misconducts, such as cheating, and then makes decisions on what should happen. A couple of weeks ago he found out that he will be the co-chair for the Honor Council next year. During the orientation week in August Travis will serve as an orientation advisor, answering questions and showing new students around. Just this week he found out that he will be one of 9 Ambassadors for the school. He and the others will help out with recruitment.

With all he has to study I am truly amazed at his devotion to these other activities.

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Student and His Foot



The school issued a plastic foot and leg to each student to use for study practices. It has become apart of his being. When he goes to class, the foot is tucked in the outer pocket of his bag for all to see. In the evening when he is studying and I am reading, I will look and he is scratching his head with the foot or doing some other hilarious gesture. Last night he staged this pose, and I couldn't pass it up. The poor, tired, malnurished podiatry student!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The First Week

I apologize for the lack of blogging this week. I have felt very drained when I get home from work. My body is having to learn this schedule again. My first week has been a little boring, trying to take everything in. Another girl started the same day as me and is in the same position. The two of us have bonded pretty well. I knew my position title before I started, but I didn't know which field I would be in: Dentistry, Audiology, Podiatry, or Optometery. Ironically, I am a Podiatry Scheduler. Travis was excited about that!

My first three days were rather boring because I sat and observed one of the schedulers. The first day I was a little nervouse because of all that she was doing. I had no idea what was what or why she would do a certain task. On the second day I felt much better. I understood what was going on and could anticipate the next step. This job is quite different from what I am use to. A majority of time is spent working with a database system and there are many different reports which have to be filled in.

At the end of Wednesday we were taught how to do a couple of tasks and then spent the next two days completing these for the other four podiatry schedulers. Since there were two of us working on this we finished them quicker than one person and would then be stuck with nothing to do. We often times would walk to each other's cubicle to see if there was any work we could take.

We are learning the job bit by bit and then we will be given our own doctors to schedule and take care of. The people I have met so far are very nice and helpful. Hopeful they all remember what it was like on their first week.