About a month ago I decide to make the name of every blog posting I made this month end in the word “it”. Because it seemed like the thing do do. And today, being the last day of September, marks my last “It!” posting!
I didn’t think I’d write that many postings this month, as I had a crazy amount of homework to get done, but, as it turned out, I blogged at least once a day right up until the 23rd, and then I really had to hunker down to get my many assignments and much studying done. But still, I managed 28 blog postings this month, including this one. Apparently having a title theme inspired me!
Now, October is going to be a super duper insanely crazy month, as the core part of my program is wrapping up, which means I have assignments to get done, 2 economics exams to prepare for, and then a take-home core final – not to mention eleventy billion things to get done at work, so I’m really not expecting to do that many blog postings… which, of course, sounds familiar. I guess we shall see how it goes!
Image credit: Posted on Flickr by I Like with a Creative Commons license.
Went to the dentist for a wee filling in one of my molars. I haven’t had very many filling in my life, but the few times I have, I tend to get all the way to the dentist’s office and into the chair before it really registers that they are going to give me a needle. And you know what I don’t like? If you guessed “needles”, you win
The needle gave me a wee bit of a panic, but I survived and the putting in the filling part was pretty simple and over quite quickly. And then, despite having benefits that “cover” fillings, I had to pay $50. Because apparently insurance companies only cover the cost of amalgam fillings, which no one has done since about 1998. So I had to pay the difference between what an amalgam filling would have cost if anyone actually still did them in this century and the cost of regular filling. You suck dental insurance company. You suck long time.
This is Dan rappelling in a cave. Wouldn’t you like to see him do this off the side of a 13 storey building?
My friend Dr. Dan wants to throw himself off the side of a building, but he needs your help.
More specifically, Dan is raising funds for Easter Seals, a charity that helps children with disabilities, and if he raises $1,500, he gets to rappel down the side of a large building. Rappelling, for the uninitiated, is where you hang from a rope and use it to descend down a long distance – usually a cave or a cliff. In this case, Dan will be rappelling down form the top of a 13 storey building! But only, as I mentioned, if he can raise the required sum of money for Easter Seals. And that’s where you come in. Will you consider making a donation to this fundraising effort?
Easter Seals (from their website):
Easter Seals is dedicated to fully enhancing the quality of life, self-esteem and self-determination of Canadians with disabilities.
As Canada’s largest local provider of programs, services, issues-leadership and development for the disability community, Easter Seals is dedicated to helping more than 100,000 Canadians with disabilities participate fully in society.
They do things like camps for kids with disabilities, as well as “year-round active living opportunities, as well as the provision of specialized mobility and access equipment such as mobility aids, assistive technology, adaptive computers, augmentative communication devices and adaptations to homes and vehicles for wheelchair accessibility.”
That sounds like a worthy cause, right?
Today I ran my last long run before the Victoria half marathon. It was 20 km, which required me to run from the New West Quay, which is near my place, all the way to Vancouver and back!
20 km is a lot of kms.
As you may recall, I decided back in June that I was sick of my rampant weight gain resulting from not doing any sort of physical activity whatsoever, and so I therefore decided that I would train for the Victoria half marathon. For me, races seem to be the only way to get me motivated to hit the pavement. If I’m just like “I should go for a run,” I rarely do. But if I have a race I’m training for and, more importantly, a training plan to tell me when to run and how far to run, I tend to get out there. I originally vowed “I will at least do all the long runs in my training program and at least another run or two per week.” The first part of that statement turned out to be true, but the second part – not so much. But no matter – deciding to do the Victoria half resulting in me doing 21 runs during which I ran 205 km since the time I made that decision. And that’s 21 runs and 205 km that I’m pretty sure I would not have run otherwise. And I’ve managed to keep up with my school work, because I really do think more clearly and work more efficiently when I’m well exercised! The bathroom scale remains stubbornly on the same number as it did before I started my training, but happily (a) I have at least halted the weight gain, and (b) I’m getting more toned.
Not wanting to lose the keeping-exercise-in-my-life momentum, I’m contemplating whether I should look for a fall race to train for or if I should activate the Groupon I got for the yoga place that is about a 30 second walk from my building. I also have the hockey seasons having started, so that will help keep me fit too!
Props again to Cath for coming up with this blog posting’s title!
Got my hair done by the amazing Jenny Lynn at Rain Hair Salon:
Spinach and gruyere quiche with a hashbrown crust. A crust made out of hashbrowns solves my like-quiche-but-dislike-pastry problem.
My managerial economics prof offered my class the option to have a math refresher evening to make sure we are up to speed on the math we need to understand to be able to do the work we need to do in managerial economics. So after spending the past three days at the health care priority setting conference, which was chalk full of health economics, I spent two hours this evening going over solving systems of equations and taking partial derivatives.
Needless to say, my brain is fried. Very glad I went though, because I feel much better about my ability to do my managerial economics assignments. Starting tomorrow.
Image Credit: Posted by Irregular Shed on Flickr.
Since the conference that I’ve been at this week is in Vancouver, I’ve been taking Skytrain. And I have to tell you, I so much prefer taking Skytrain to work instead of driving! I can read and drink my coffee and not have to worry about terrible drivers like I do when I’m driving!
Granted, it’s been beautiful and sunny these past two days, so it’s been great to walk between the Skytrain Station and the conference hotel – a little bit of exercise that fits nicely into my day! – and it wouldn’t be quite the same if it were cold and rainy. But still – better than driving. Also, the trip home this afternoon was in peak rush hour so I was sardined into the train so tightly I couldn’t even get my textbook out of my bag to read. But still – beats driving!
Tomorrow is the last day of the conference and since I have to go out to UBC afterwards, I’m driving instead of Skytraining it. Driving into Vancouver during morning rush hour is craptacular, so I’ll probably go in extra early to avoid the traffic and work at a coffee shop until the conference starts. Because if I have to be sitting around, I’d rather sit around a coffee shop and get work done than sit in traffic!
But never fear, I have to go to Vancouver both on Thursday night and on Saturday, so my transit pass will continue to get a workout
I am spending the next 3 days at Priorities 2012, the biennial conference of the International Society on Priorities in Health Care (ISPHC).
From the conference website:
The International Society on Priorities in Health Care was formed in 1996 to strengthen the theory and practice of priority setting in health care. It provides the leading international forum in which health researchers, clinicians and managers involved in priority setting come together to exchange ideas and experiences. We are proud to bring the Society’s 9th world congress to Vancouver this year.
The theme for Priorities 2012 is “Partnerships for Improving Health Systems” which will examine the interface between researchers, clinicians and managers, and how these key stakeholders can best work together to improve our health systems. The conference is a true international forum with strong participation from stakeholders from low- , middle- and high-income countries.
I’m super excited because this is a chance to meet people from all around the world who are working on similar things to what I do and to learn about some of the ground breaking work that is being done. I also foresee there being connections between what I’m learning in school and what I do for a living. I always find I come away from conferences chalk full of new ideas and totally re-energized about my work.
If you are interested in the goings on at the conference, you can follow the tweets at #priorities2012!