Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone's been enjoying the holidays and is ready for 2013!

I've been blissfully lazing around during my winter break after wrapping up my ob-gyn clerkship. After seeing all these deliveries and scrubbing in on the C-sections, I have extreme respect for mothers. Mad respect.

As one of the many perks of being a lowly medical student, one of our duties is usually gathering the general history of the patient in triage. So when a woman in labor is busy breathing her way through a contraction and squeezing the threads out of the sheets, hey - you get a medical student hovering over you, asking about your chief complaint ("What do you think? I'm in freaking labor!"), past medical/surgical history, your previous deliveries ("Can't you pull up the information from my medical charts? I've been here before!"), current medications, allergies, STDs, abnormal pap smears ("No, no, no, NO."), etc. Believe me, we're very sorry, but we enjoy the process as much as you enjoy resisting the urge to throw something at our heads.

So ob-gyn was fun, in that mildly traumatizing way.

Anyway, a friend gave me this snow globe for Christmas and at first glance, I was like, "Aw, this is super adorable. It even plays music while I watch the snow fall. I'm going to treasure this forever!"

And then, the other day, I take a closer look:

Be happy, indeed. A bear gleefully prepared to trample a tiny turtle beneath its huge paw. Or caught right in that magical moment before he sends a flying kick at the turtle's head.

Am I to assume this is a subconscious manifestation of my friend's real feelings for me?

Am I a puny turtle, idiotically grinning away, while the shadow of a foot looms over my head?


When the moment comes ...

I shall be the bear.


  1. Hey Maeven!

    Happy New Year! :D So are you ready to be like one of those mothers someday? I mean, it's bound to happen...eventually. :)

    My friends once gave me an inappropriate present. Like the sexual innuendos were screaming to be seen. I hope it wasn't their subconscious feelings toward me?

    Anyway! Sorry for the ramblings! I haven't totally freaked out you with my weirdness, have I?

    P.S. Thanks for the e-mail! I don't really have a FictionPress account so I can't really leave reviews or PM you directly. Heh. :)

  2. Hey Maeven,

    I'm a new reader to your FP works and I think they're fab! Just wondering, what does Tristan actually look like? I'm having trouble imagining him, because your rough draft only describes him as blonde and blue eyed. What sort of hair does he have - I always imagine it as quite short but then it doesn;t make sense when strands fall into his eyes.... Sorry for the superlong question haha

    1. Blonde and blue eyed ... yep, that's pretty much it.

      Haha, Tristan doesn't have a super short crew cut, but he doesn't have long shaggy hair either. Call it somewhere in the middle. Check the Character Pics. The ones where the guys have some hair falling across foreheads are around the general idea.

  3. I absolutely love your school posts; I'm strongly considering going pre-med and am living vicariously through you right now. I've started to look forward to them more than I do for the chapters to your story! (Don't get me wrong, Through Me is utterly amazing and I die of excitement a little bit every time I get an update, but your med posts are seriously aiding in my desire to devote myself to a medical career). Thanks for being an inspirational writer and student!

    1. Aw, thanks for the lovely comments! You made my day! :)