bears and moose in the hospital oh my!

So there hasn’t been much happening since the camping trip really. I got kind of sick and took Saturday to rest some and relax. I did start exploring the trails behind my condo that night though. There are so many! Still haven’t seen a moose or a bear yet though. Sunday I went to a meetup group at the cemetery. Yes you read that right cemetery. It was really cool actually. They actresses and actors playing the parts of the people who are buried there. They had the first police chief, the only civil war vet, a story of a mining disaster, and so many more. It was really quite interesting.

Monday was the start of HR orientation for the hospital, and the same happened today. Yesterday was boring except for learning about some of the cool benefits we get through providence. Today was maybe more interesting. They talked about how in the past bears and moose have come into the hospital and that in order to coax them out we must get federal permission because it is their native habitat. We also got to hear the harpist that plays for the patients. She was amazing!

Tomorrow starts my work in the FMC, but mainly it will be more orientation this week. I can start calling and reviewing patient charts from transfers on Friday. Then next week it will be a full week of FMC, and then!!!!!! FRIDAY I FLY AND SEE JASON!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe it has almost been two months since we said goodbye. I really wish he were here with me. AK would be so much more fun with him. Okay that’s all for now. Hopefully my life gets more exciting this weekend, and Pavel can go on some more adventures.

the actor playing the first police chief

the actor playing the first police chief

the civil war vet in the cemetary

the civil war vet in the cemetary

the actor talking about the mining disaster

the actor talking about the mining disaster

the actress playing a woman who was part native part Swedish

the actress playing a woman who was part native part Swedish

Jordan sent this to me

Jordan sent this to me

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I wasn’t mauled by a bear!

So the big trip is over. Wow! That pretty much sums it up for me. I was terrified this entire week would leave me feeling sleepy and grumpy and hungry without my usual gym routine and my usual foods to eat. I can’t say that is really what happened though. I definitely left to meet people with a pretty negative attitude. When I got to the residency to meet the people from Anchorage who were all driving together, Dr. Dewane and Dr. Parett were very welcoming. I rode to the restaurant with Vang, Ginny, and Ginny’s husband. Then everyone slowly got in from their respective placements. There are five of us in Anchorage (3 at the FMC including me) 2 in Fairbanks, and 2 in Nome. The first night was kind of overwhelming, and I have to say it was the first night since I got to Texas that I cried about missing Jason. That first week after I said goodbye I was constantly randomly breaking into tears. Since then I miss him tons and might get choked up, but haven’t cried. It’s weird it would be the first night of camping that would cause this reaction, but I figure he is the person who manages to center me and make me see the big picture. I really kind of needed that at the moment. I went to bed a little sad, and woke up to rain. The first day was filled with paperwork, but I immediately seemed to bond with Jordan who will also be working at the FMC with me. We started talking and came up with the idea to have a prom when Jason comes up in the fall since neither Jordan nor Jason has been to prom. We’ve invited jenn and the other interns and even have a logo. It should be fun, and also a little silly of course.

The rain did let up, and I got a chance to walk with Hailey who will be the leader of our process group from Fairbanks. That was great, and then I jumped rope and did some abs. That immediately made me perk up. I found ways each day to get in some exercise from walking miles, to jumping jacks, and lunges. I stayed more alert that way. I also wasn’t eating very much. I ended up eating egg white omelets I made for myself almost every day. I initially loved them, but now I can’t eat another.

I have to say the week was surprisingly good. The other interns are amazing, and we seemed to bond. I was scared about that. I know I am a bit more quiet especially around new people and new situations. Eventually we just kind of bonded. It will be fun to see how we each grow over the year and hear about the different things going on at our different sites,

I did not see any bears or moose! I want to. I think everyone else has now. I am not sure I am cut out for long camping trips. It was okay the first day or two, but I really wanted my bed and shower and gym. The shower was kind of gross and it was cold. I also really hated waking up at night and having to walk to go to the restroom. Anyway, we got back today at 11. I have the weekend to relax some, and then it is HR orientation at 7:30 am Monday whooo fun, not. I have it again on Tuesday, and then I will finally be in the clinic on Wednesday.

Other than that there is not too much to say, Pavel has been nominated as our mascot this year. Jason and I will be seeing each other in thirteen days in Seattle. Then only three weeks and he will be with me in Anchorage. All I have to say is I am so excited to sleep in my nice big bed tonight!

pavel was ready to get home

pavel was ready to get home

meier lake at 11 pm

meier lake at 11 pm

Hailey Jackie and me the last night (yeah its after ten and still sunny)

Hailey Jackie and me the last night (yeah its after ten and still sunny)

camp fire bonding

camp fire bonding

Pavel roasting a marshmallow for his smore

Pavel roasting a marshmallow for his smore

pavel playing life guard at the lake

pavel playing life guard at the lake

pavel about to go for a swim

pavel about to go for a swim

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we are having prom when Jason comes up, Jordan made the logo for us

we are having prom when Jason comes up, Jordan made the logo for us

finally exploring AK!!!!

So Pavel has had an exciting few days in Anchorage so far. He didn’t get to go with me to my health screening though. That was an experience. My mom didn’t keep my shot records, so they had to take what seemed like all my blood so they can test it for what I’m immune for. Then they injected me with the TB test, and of course I started feeling nauseous and almost passed out. The nurse was amazing though, and she let me sit there and drink a few liters of water. I also had my drug test and TOBACCO test. Yes, the campus and staff must be tobacco free. Glad I was never a smoker. After that I thought I deserved a treat and took myself to the dimond mall. HAHAHAHa that is no mall! There was an old navy, an American eagle, a hot topic, and torrid, and a forever 21! I got very depressed.

The past couple of days I have spent some time with Jenn! I am so glad I already had a friend here. Two days ago we went to one of her coworkers places, and we got to meet some mushing dogs. Very cute, but kind of disturbing. They are kept on rope that is only a few feet long all year round. They get food twice a day during winter, but only once the rest of the year. They are super energetic though. Then we went to Palmer where we ate at a restaurant or rather Jenn’s coworker and her mom (she is visiting this week) ate and Jenn and I were picky as usual, but I did have some amazing tea. From there we went to Hatcher’s Pass which is absolutely breathtaking. It was in the 30s though when we got into the mountains, so I was freezing. I can’t wait to go back and try some of the hiking trails though.

Yesterday was the fourth, and Jenn’s boyfriend suggested we go downtown to a fair, but it turned out to be more for kids. This gave a chance to explore downtown though. I was freezing! It was raining, and already so cold and its only July! I am now freaking out about my camping orientation trip that starts Sunday and goes through Friday! I have been marathon shopping for warmer clothes. The good news is everyone here is super friendly and always willing to help. The bad news is most places aren’t carrying winter clothes right now. I was able to scramble to put together a few things, and then some people I have met here have helped me find cheaper sites to start ordering things from. That’s the other thing, things here are expensive!

Other than that there hasn’t been too much excitement. I probably won’t be posting till I get home from camping (especially since tomorrow night is another long distance date with Jason), but yes that will be an experience. One I hope doesn’t get me on the wrong foot with the internship. I just have three weeks till I meet Jason in Seattle. So excited to see him. I can’t believe how easy things are with him. (SHALL I CALL YOU OUT ON BLUSHING AGAIN JASON?) When we talk about the future it sounds so amazing especially since we will both be finishing our training so close in time. We figured out tonight we have talked every day for almost a full three months (and most days for multiple hours) How the heck do we still have more to say to each other? Okay it’s time for bed soon, but its still daylight. I won’t complain I’m sure I’ll miss it come winter.

Pavel visiting a mushing dog in Chugiak

Pavel visiting a mushing dog in Chugiak

Pavel sitting on a mushing dog house (where they sleep all year)

Pavel sitting on a mushing dog house (where they sleep all year)

Pavel drinking tea in Palmer at Red Turkey

Pavel drinking tea in Palmer at Red Turkey

pavel and i half way up Hatcher's Pass

pavel and i half way up Hatcher’s Pass

Jenn, Pavel and I at a lodge near the top of hatcher's pass

Jenn, Pavel and I at a lodge near the top of hatcher’s pass

Pavel and I at a creek towards the bottomg of hatcher's pass

Pavel and I at a creek towards the bottomg of hatcher’s pass

Pavel and i FREEZING in the middle of downtown

Pavel and i FREEZING in the middle of downtown

uh oh we were caught by a moose

uh oh we were caught by a moose

Pavel and I got attacked by a bear

Pavel and I got attacked by a bear

fighting dogs and missing the bf

So Jason has informed me that I have been calling Pavel Pavolov in recent blogs. Yes that would be psychologist Shannon switching any name that is close to Pavlov to that. Anyway, PAVEL is here! He arrived in the mail today, and he came bearing gifts from Jason. My favorite protein bars , gum, an evil marker that I had given him that gets all over your hands no matter how careful you are, and a sweet note. He is really just amazing (haha I hope you are turning red if you are reading this Jason! I love blushing Jason).

Anyway, yesterday my mom left. Afterward I talked to Jason for like three hours. It’s funny how we can talk for so long so often and never run out of things to say. It looks like we will be meeting up in Seattle in just a few weeks. It’ll just be a weekend, but I miss him so much. It’s so hard to be apart from him. I feel terrible I kept him up so long though,. By the time we hung up it was 4 am there, and he had to be at the hospital by 6. It’s selfish. (GET MORE SLEEP JASON!)

Anyway, I woke up this morning to a dog attacking and killing my neighbors dog. I initially thought it was my other neighbor’s dog attacking it. I went over there later this afternoon to check on her, and she said it was just some random dog. It was so sad though. It made me sick. The police showed up and took the other dog away.

Other than that today has been uneventful. I finished hanging up clothes, did some grocery shopping, and the bike store called to say they had finished putting my bike together, so I went and picked it up. I need to meet people here. I can’t stay home this much without going insane. Tomorrow I may go out on my bike and explore, but I also have to do my health screening for the hospital oh and goody, since my mom didn’t save my shot record they can take my blood to see what I was given (oh thank you so much mom for this enjoyable experience!).

mountains from condo surrounded by clouds

mountains from condo surrounded by clouds

more mountains

more mountains

pavel is here!

pavel is here!