❶ graduation regalia hanging in our otherwise empty closet ❶
This week has been occupied by all things “graduation.” These included shipping our stuff to Boston, preparative mani-pedis with my mom and brother’s girlfriend, amazingly relaxing Swedish massage with Jeffrey, senior banquet with my classmates, and of course…. GRADUATION! This will be a short post, as I am not ready, and graduation is in 2 hours. Yikes!
❷ nothing like quality girl time with mom and Melissa at the nail spa… PLUS fresh summer colors to kick off the season on a good note! ❷
❸ 80 minute Swedish massage therapy… Jeffrey and I deserved it, ok?! ❸
❹ ridiculously large headpiece I wore to our senior banquet; pieces like these make people say: “Wow!! I wish I could pull that off!” To which I always reply: “If you pretend like you can pull it off, people believe it.” My favorite style trick! ❹
❺ hot androgenous new hairstyle… bring on my tiny summer break! ❺
Aaaaaand off to get dressed. Graduation approaches! Wheeeeeee!!!!!
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The absolute best part about my family is that no excuse is ever too small to come together and CELEBRATE! Jeffrey and I’s upcoming med school graduation was no exception, and fifty people showed up to my parents’ “small gathering before the kids move to Boston.”
Flores cousins hanging out with grandpa
with our little bros and some of my oldest friends
Garza's galore... Tio Jorge made the trip all the way from Guadalajara!
Nani y Viejo / Tita y Tito / Welita y Welito (depending on which of their 38 grandkids you ask)
The second best thing about my family: Their obsession with helping out, with anything and everything possible, no matter how busy they might be that day. Example #1: My Tia Christina (possibly THE busiest woman alive with her own printing business and 3 very extra-curricularly-active kids) swings by my parents’ house to feed my 20-year-old turtle (whose name is MacGyver and lives in the master bathtub) every night when my parents are out of town. Example #2: My cousin Sebastian cut all the fruit for Jeffrey and I’s party this weekend. Example #3: My Tia Roxanna jumped on the opportunity to make me the perfect bright orange garter for my wedding when the one I found online was too expensive. Example #4: My Tio Jorge practically travels with a karaoke in hand, and provides impromptu entertainment at gatherings when things “start to get quiet.” Example #5: Over Christmas and New Year’s, my Tia Lucia’s bake shop gets SUPER busy, so my grandma and all my aunts take turns at her house–mixing, powdering, baking, packaging…
my mom and I with Tia Lucia and the awesome desserts she baked for our party!
BFF Ita feasting on chile-covered dried fruit, courtesy and graduation present from Tia Sara... it's how Mexicans eat fruit (and ruin their tooth enamel)
Tia Martha and Sebastian, fruit-chopper and party-planner extraordinaire
Tia Cristina and kids, enjoying the swing
Tia Roxanna, couture orange garter designer
...what Mexican party is EVER complete without a taco and salsa stand?
And the third best thing about my family is that they are my BIGGEST cheerleaders. Thank you all for your love and support, for being excited about my accomplishments, and for being a constant, ACTIVE part of my life!
And for those of you reading who don’t know them, that’s my family, and I like to show them off.
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❶ orange converse shoes spice up my otherwise prosaic daily hospital attire (and match my stethoscope!) ❶
Among the MANY advantages of my patients being kids instead of adults is the beautiful unspoken right to pair such ridiculous articles of clothing as those shown above with slacks and collared button-down shirts. Likewise, a purple monkey hangs from my stethoscope, and sticking my tongue out at patients produces bouts of hysterical laughter.
❷ pedi patients’ collaborative artwork for sculpture project at MD Anderson ❷
I asked my attending if I could spend part of the month exploring “the non-medical aspects of healing in children.” He loved my idea, and I’ve spent the week working with the resident artist, covered in glitter and paint, and having a blast with my patients instead of acknowledging cancer. It’s amazing how much I learn from these interactions, and I’m really glad I sought out this incredibly fun opportunity.
❸ breakfast for dinner… mmm mmm delicious… ❸
❹ 600 square feet of bubble-wrap, tightly packed around our belongings and ready for the 30-hour roadtrip to Boston ❹
❺ MY pediatrician’s white coat ❺
My residency coordinator contacted me this week to ask for my white coat size. I can’t believe that in less than 3 weeks I’ll be walking down the halls of a hospital in a long white coat and M.D. badge. When people call me “doctor,” I don’t have to give them the tiring “well actually, I am only a medical student” speech. All this made me think of my grandpa, Hone–my first and only pediatrician–and about how lucky I am to have inherited one of his own white coats. I don’t think he wore orange converse shoes to the work, but he had one hell of a sense of humor and I’m positive he would’ve appreciated my hospital attire choices.
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Jeffrey’s grandma recently decided to move into a smaller home, and we subsequently inherited two granny-licious old nightstands. As we are soon to be moving to a larger home in Boston ourselves, and as I am a BIG supporter of living GREEN, we welcomed the opportunity to recycle her furniture. So this is what we started with…
I’d never done anything like this before, but it was EASY. You should try it too instead of purchasing generic semi-cheap furniture of a semi-acceptable quality that has absolutely no character and which you will donate to Goodwill in 3 years because it’s boring-looking.
You will need (click to see pictures of each item):
- Piece of old furniture in decent shape: free!
- A couple of medium/coarse grit sheets of sandpaper: $5/4 sheets
- Stainable wood filler: $4
- Small paint roller $4
- Small paint tray: $0.50
- Paint brush measuring about 1″ in width, with an angled tip: $2
- Your paint of choice (employees at Lowe’s and Home Depot will give you an idea of how much you need based on the size of your furniture; so far, half a gallon has been enough for me to paint two nightstands, a tall chest of drawers, and a large dresser with a mirror)
- Paint primer (I preferred the slightly more expensive/way more lazy option of buying paint with primer already in it; at Lowe’s this will be the Valspar paint, while at Home Depot it will be the Behr paint): $32/gallon of paint + primer in one
- Fun decorative hardware (I have a soft spot for the fabulous, albeit expensive, hardware offered by Anthropologie, but you can find simple and affordable options at Lowe’s and Home Depot as well)
Easy breezy steps:
- Remove any hardware (knobs, pulls, etc.) with a screwdriver
- Sand down entire surface of piece of furniture; you do not need to remove previous paint completely, but you do need to roughen up the surface so that the new paint will stick; sand in the direction of the wood grain, and do all sanding OUTSIDE!
- Cover up old hardware holes and defects in the wood with stainable wood filler; be generous and fill holes completely (all the way through to the other side); after it dries, sand off the excess to create a smooth, even surface
- Paint entire surface of piece; use roller for large areas, and paintbrush for small areas and details; do not worry too much about the look of your first coat of paint, as the color will even out with subsequent coats; use at least two coats of paint, waiting at least 4 hours between coats; I chose a color that matches my current headboard
- Place new hardware with a drill; for a more dramatic effect, use a piece of unfinished wood in the shape of your choice from a place like Hobby Lobby ($1/2 pieces) to “frame” your hardware; make sure you use special wood glue, and that it dries completely before you place the hardware; this trick also helps hide holes and wood damage caused by previous hardware!
- At the end, lightly and carefully go over a few of the edges and corners of your piece with sandpaper again; this will partially remove the paint and give your piece a distressed, cozy, and worn-in feel, because brand new and perfect-looking = BORING!
And the big reveal………………………..
After: Distressed contemporary chic
TA-DAAA!!! Imperfectly impeccable. Using the same principles, I redid our chest of drawers and our dresser…. YAY! All the furniture in our new master bedroom is going to match!!! So get inspired, live green, and do it yourself (DIY)!
For specific questions, message me and I’ll do my best to offer helpful tips.
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Introduciiiiiing……… HIGH FIVE FRIDAY!!! ::baroom-boom-bsh::
❶ eclectic knobs from Anthropologie to spice up vintage furniture ❶
My husband recently stressed the importance of posts that vary in length. “To keep things different and interesting,” he said. “They don’t all have to be stories.” Alright. I like. So here’s my brilliant idea: Every Friday (I know, I’m thinking wishfully), I will post pictures of the top 5 things that made my week. These will represent things that made me happy, or otherwise had some sort of impact on me. Hopefully, they will represent an even mix of my yin and my yang.
❷ amazingly luxurious-looking lace blouse from Talbots (on clearance, of course!), inpired by Emily here ❷
❸ official promo poster for “Anywhere, TX,” directed by my brother, and starring my other brother! ❸
My fam is super excited about this, and plan on joining in on the fun at the Hoboken International Film Festival on June 8th. Check out the trailer here, and ticket info here.
❹ successful spinal tap on pedi patient + a dose of chemotherapy ❹
I am ending medical school with a month of pediatric oncology. People think spending all day at a cancer hospital must be very sad, but I find it an exciting opportunity to witness life-changing treatments, every day. Today, my attending let me perform a spinal tap. I collected 5 mL of cerebrospinal fluid for examination from her lower back, and administered a dose of chemo to her spine. As I pushed the bright yellow fluid through the syringe, I felt the privilege of being allowed such an intimate part into the lives of these tiny patients–of helping them reach their cure.
❺ soft lighting + “The Count of Monte Cristo” + black chamomile aromatherapy lotion from B&BW = my perfect nightstand ❺
And THAT is this week’s recap. Have a great weekend, everyone!
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A cappuccino with a view
Today I decided to have lunch at The Garden Underground. I’ve been here for 2 hours at least… the day is absolutely beautiful! The weather is perfect. I chose a table overlooking the valley, and ordered both an ice-cold cappuccino and a fresh Greek salad. I proceeded in short intervals–interchanging between sipping coffee; digging through lettuce, feta cheese, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes; looking over the valley; and reading “A Room with a View.”
It’s the materialization of the Tuscan fantasy I have been fabricating and perfecting for years. Even after 5 months, the reality around me seems surreal–the epitome of a perfect dream. When I go back, I go back to the beginning of a successful professional life, training for a career that I will love and can not wait to engage in. I will prepare myself for a future that will one day allow me to come back here, to this very spot, overlooking the valley in the presence of a perfect cappuccino… with a bank account that reads + something instead of -$4,000.
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