Category Archives: School

Welcome to the new year

Here we are at the beginning of a new year and it is probably the biggest year of my life!

Not only will I be getting married in 6 months, but I am also transitioning to a new role at Cerner and I am teaching a class at the community college. And in the Fall, to kind of join ranks with Jess, I will be starting an educational journey to get my Master’s in Public Health.

And you thought moving back to Ohio and getting engaged last year was a big deal?

Near the end of December I decided that I wanted to spend January preparing myself for the coming year and getting back in touch with God by doing a Daniel Fast. After extending the invite to Jess we decided to start our fast this past Monday and go for 21 days.

What we do is called a Daniel Fast because it is based on the fasting that Daniel did in the Old Testament. By refusing food blessed for false gods and eating only fruits and vegetables. Essentially, we eat vegan with more restrictions. No sweeteners, no leaven breads, only water to drink, nothing processed. If you can get it from a garden or produce section you can have it. (One exception I make is coffee. My caffeine addiction gives me a wicked headache when I don’t get it so I have to have a cup a day to stave that off!)

Now you might be scratching your head, asking yourself why we would do something so crazy. The truth of the matter is it forces us to focus on our relationship with God.

I am happy in making the sacrifice of forgoing a quick meal to honor Him. I make the conscious effort to make food that is wholesome and pure. I get to spend the mornings (that we both wake up in time) reading a devotional with Jess and grow closer to her and God.

I also find it to be the best way to get myself healthy fast. After all the holiday feasting, it’s like a month long detox to get me started on one of my New Year’s/Wedding resolutions. Even if I don’t lose any weight, I do feel far better just eliminating the processed crap.

This is the second time we have gone through The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory and it is a great book. If you have any interest in feeling better, eating better, and growing closer to God I recommend picking it up.

So thanks for reading and I hope you stick around for a lot more in the coming year!

Now that We are a Few Weeks in

So here we are a few weeks into medical school and I think I am getting into a rhythm with Jess and her schedule.

Monday night through Friday afternoon I lead this dreary existence filled with molting rabbits, dirty dishes, and inadequate amounts of sunlight. Loneliness consumes me while I wade through another seemingly endless week. My zest for life dwindles until I happen upon the glorious appearance of Friday night. As I painstakingly navigate the nauseating curves and tremendous hills on the country roads I steadily grow more jubilant. With the knowledge of what trophy awaits me how could I not? Who wouldn’t be overjoyed by a weekend full of the love of their life?!

“Full” could be the incorrect term here. Maybe, “A weekend in the company of the woman who is too busy ‘becoming a doctor’ to play Call of Duty with me.” That’s better. 🙂 In all honesty, it is interesting to see the degree that our relationship has changed. Essentially it has reverted to near identical way it was while I was in KC and she was studying for the MCAT. The convenience of weekends is a total blessing but the weeks are 15 minute talks here and there while she learns her life away. No real complaints here. Gives me time to focus on my goals.

One of which, before the ever increasing pressure from a certain unnamed fiance, was to get a Master’s degree (or Doctorate if she has her way). So I decided it was time to get my act together and after years of shoulda, woulda, coulda, I am taking the GRE and GMAT. I won’t be able to start the Master’s in Public Health program I found until at least next summer, but I have the months between to work on my applications to business school. Yay for that one!

On to the wedding stuff! I have started scheduling cake tastings for the end of the month! How awesome is that? You go eat cake. Really think about this. Someone makes cake for you to eat and has to listen to why you do or do not think it is good enough to be a part of a day that you will remember the rest of your life. I don’t even like cake that much and I am excited for this.

I think the biggest things left on my list are a limo and videographer and I am looking forward to booking neither one of them. I accidentally told my wallet how much the couple quotes I got were and I swear it let out a whimper. Maybe I will just write a phone app that lets everyone video the wedding and compiles the videos… And suddenly a position opened for an app developer at a startup I am founding.

Oh and groomsmen. I need to add them to the list of things to get too. If you know of any upstanding gentleman who like a good party and are free in just under a year let me know.

PostScript: A note on the rabbits I mentioned at the top – If you have any need for rabbit fur let me know. They are shedding and I have a very large amount of it sitting, floating, collecting around my place. Don’t tell Jess. She hates when the buns make a mess.