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January 29th, 2010

08:19 am - Little story...
Recently, Sonia learned how to lock and unlock doors. Not terribly surprising, since most kids do this at some point. She had locked herself in her room a few times and took a little while to coax her to unlock the door. So we flipped the lock so that the locking part was on the outside of her door. There's a little pinhole on one side, and a turning lock on the other side, but you can't pop the lock from the pinhole like you can with button lock doors. Anyway, my mom was taking care of Sonia this week. On Tuesday, Brent accidentally drove off with the extra car seat so mom was stranded at home. On Wednesday, mom told me they were going to go out and have fun. I went off to work, then went to the Dental School to get braces. I ended up coming home at 4:15 and hearing some really loud pounding on the door upstairs. I went upstairs, and my mom and Sonia were locked in Sonia's room. Sonia had come up behind my mom while my mom was looking for Sonia's socks, locked the door, and shut it. They had been locked in a 8x10 room for 8 hours, no toilet, no food! The first thing Sonia said was not about being locked in, but "What's on your teeth? Teeth purple!!!" Anyway, the moral of this story: Don't flip the lock on your kids room.

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June 11th, 2009

12:58 pm - Techno savvy
So, I think all of you know by now that I am crappy with cell phones. I didn't get one until the end of med school, then got a pay-as-you-go cell phone in 2004 which I'm still using. I let the phone lapse for years at a time. Lately, I've been using it more often, but I still tend to leave it off and forget to check for messages. The only thing I use it for really is to respond to pages while I'm on call and not at home. I have been thinking about entering the electronic age and getting a real cell phone with a plan that would encourage me to use it regularly. I find iPhones to be very shiny and pretty looking but I'm not sure if I want it because it's pretty or because I would actually find it functional and use it. The other option is to get a regular cell phone with a plan. Someday, I plan to get a real job and have some more money to support a cell phone with and would rather not have to transition phones in one more year. Any suggestions for cell phone? Wait another year until iPhones and other smartphones get successively cheaper? Get with the program now?

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June 9th, 2009

01:06 pm - Update stuff
So, it seems that I will be coming to Cleveland again in July for a second interview at the Cleveland Clinic. Yay, potential job! We are currently trying to arrange the schedule, so I don't know when it will happen just yet, but seemingly in the second half of the month. In other news, I'm getting a case report published, I'm working on another paper, and I've managed to finally recruit some kids for a study I'm doing. Yay again for the possibility of graduating in a year! Sonia just had her 2 year old checkup and she is 27 pounds, 14 ounces and 33 inches tall, and is perfectly healthy. I think I already knew that, but it's nice to have someone else confirm it. She's been talking more lately, and is generally a happy, funny kid. And slightly bossy. No school for the summer, so I've been able to come home at reasonable hours and not do homework at night, which is also good. Melissa finished up her freshman year at Brown and seems to be enjoying her life a little more. She's coming to visit this weekend, so we're going to try to go to the zoo in Asheboro. And maybe the neighborhood pool. How is everyone else?

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February 3rd, 2009

12:20 pm - Cleveland
It turns out I have an opportunity to go to Cleveland May 6-9 for a conference, and there is a gala on Thursday night at the Cleveland Zoo Rainforest. Brent may or may not be able to join me for this trip. Anyone interested in being my guest for the night?

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December 7th, 2008

11:37 am - We did it!
The Jingle Bell Run was yesterday, and we finished the whole 5K with a time of 45 minutes. :) Sonia got sick of the stroller half-way through, so I blame my time on a 25-pound weight lifting stint for about 1 mile! However, we made it, and made $185 for childhood arthritis, so thank you everyone for helping out!

In other news, I have finished my finals, so again, yay! Now to go buy Christmas gifts for people...

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December 2nd, 2008

11:10 am - The Jingle Bell run is this weekend!
Please help us raise money for childhood arthritis care and research! Sonia and I will be going again (hopefully she will stay in the stroller) and we did really well last year with help from everyone. I usually hate asking people for money, but this really is a cause that I believe in (otherwise, what am I doing with this 3 years of my life? :) ) Anyway, here's the link if you feel like helping.

Jingle Bell Run Raleigh

Happy holidays!

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October 23rd, 2008

10:23 am - Other news
School is going well, so is working at Duke. I'm much happier with things than I was last year. :) I'm going to the big rheumatology meeting this next week in San Francisco, so I'll be there from Friday to Wednesday and hopefully won't have too much trouble keeping up in the classes that I'm missing. Sonia is now 17 months old and getting more fun every day. I was dragging her around in the laundry basket recently, singing Row Your Boat last week. This week, she's dragging her bunny around in the laundry basket, saying "Row, Row, Row, Row". :) I think this is really cute. Plus, she knows now how to blow her nose, and that is clearly a good thing. :) Grandma and grandpa are still coming down every week from MD to take care of her. Anyway, it's been a while since I posted, so I figured I'd update.

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10:11 am - It's Jingle Bell time again!
Sonia and I are yet again entering the Jingle Bell Run in Raleigh, December 6, to raise money for childhood arthritis. Thank you, everyone, for all the help and support last year - we raised over $2000 for the Arthritis Foundation! If you are interested in helping out this year, my race website is up again:


We will most likely be walking, and hopefully Sonia will want to stay in the stroller for the whole 5K!

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September 30th, 2008

10:53 am - I am easily distractible
I find that in my classes, now with the availability of wireless websurfing in every classroom, I have a REALLY hard time concentrating on the class. I'm doing fine in all my classes, but I find this to be a bad thing. However, looking back on undergrad and med school, I was distractible then too, but spent a lot of time sleeping in classes. Which is better?

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August 21st, 2008

09:20 am - Going back to school
I am currently sitting in the UNC Health Sciences Library between classes. Foolishly (or not?) I am now enrolled as a full time student in epidemiology, getting an MPH at the school of public health. I am doing math again for the first time in several years, which is actually kind of fun. Luckily, this is being paid for out of my fellowship training grant, but I'm still having to put out for books and a new laptop which is my early 30th birthday present from Brent. The good news: I get to go home early on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The bad news: I have homework!!! I'm pretty happy about my classes, but every once in a while, I think to myself "WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?" Any thoughts? Wish me luck!

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