Saturday, March 08, 2008

Vacation day 1.. i.e. adventures in travel

I had to take a monster exam yesterday before leaving town. It's this completely baffling way of testing us med students by having us take a comprehensive exam every 4 months and then taking the best score from the 4 exams for our final grade. This of course means that at the beginning we are being tested on subjects that we haven't had yet. Don't try to make sense of it- it's medical education at it's finest, I'm sure...

So Thursday night I was packing and talking to Paulo about camp. When I told him I had an exam the next day he said- WHAT! You should be studying! Well, I don't do anything half assed. It's full bore, or full ass. This was going to be a full ass exam. I was too burned out and excited about the trip. And the exam went pretty much as planned. I think I did well on the OB/GYN portion of it, but by the time I got into my third hour I hit full-on exam fatigue. My bladder was also about to burst and I didn't want to deal with the hassle of leaving during a proctored exam. I was also grumpy because I was having a bad hair day and they made me take off my hat. If I had actually taken the time necessary to cheat by writing info on my hat brim I would have done much better on that exam. Well, another reason I had to get the hell out of Dodge was because the blizzard of the year was starting and I had to get on the road! So instead of having 3 hours to pack and get ready, I had to get OUT! So 45 minutes after my exam was done I was on the road. The very snowy road.

I left without getting gas because I was so intent on beating the worst part of the storm. Thankfully once I got to Sandusky OH the snow was gone and I filled up on gas. Well the rest of the ride was a game- could I make it all the way to Milwaukee after filling up the tank before Toledo? As I crossed the Wisconsin border with 1/8 of a tank I felt like Kramer in the Dealership episode of Seinfeld. Would I make it???? I stared at the gauge as it dropped. Lower. Lower. Finally with 15 miles to go I gave up when I pushed the accelerator and felt a little clunk. Game over. I pulled over to get gas while on the home stretch. In retrospect it was a pretty good idea. I put 16.2 gallons into my 15.9 gallon tank. But Maddie was pissed. She showed her complete disapproval of the situation by barfing in my cup holder.

But now I am home! And Cleveland is on par to get 20 inches of snow between yesterday and today. Can't say I'm missing that!

T-3 days to Las Cruces, NM!

11 comments:

Charlie said...

You are missing a great storm.
Maddie is creative.
Have a good camp.

Bob Almighty said...

Jodi,
I was initally going to rant on how the Northeast is going to be submerged for the next 3 days but upon hearing that you outraced a blizzard I keep my weather gripes silent.

Have a good camp, it's amazing what the warm weather can do for the spirit.

B Bop said...

Indeed, you just escaped one helluva storm. Perfect for my spring break in NE Ohio..snowshoeing.

Have a nice time in the desert!

Judy said...

Well, at least Maddie picked the cup holder and not the seat or rug, eh? LOL!! What a story!! See you soon!

Karen said...

How do you get Maddie barf out of the cup holder? Doesn't it kind of get stuck in the cracks?! eugh!

triguyjt said...

enjoy new mexico..

work hard, train right...

put med school in the rear view mirror..

laught alot

Carole Sharpless said...
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Carole Sharpless said...

Jodi ~

I stumbled upon your blog SOMEHOW and am very impressed! Keep fighting the good fight, sister!
I'll be keeping an eye out for you...

Train Smart ~
Sharpie

Wes said...

Jooooooooooodi! Have a pleasant vacation... Try not to wear yourself out this year ;-)

Rice said...

That is normally my first line of expressing any discontent, right in the old cup holder.. lol.

Cheers.

Rice.

TJ said...

Sounds like an epic trip.
Enjoy your camp!