Med school Thanksgiving, take 2

So, to all the Canadian’s out there, Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

20151011_212031The turkey says hi 😉

Thanksgiving – or Turkey Day 😉 – is the time where we stop to give thanks to the things that are in our lives.  It’s always funny for me to read the post I made last year about Thanksgiving, because I feel like that one was a bit…overly schmaltzy.  I hadn’t been through enough of medical school yet to really get what it was all about.  I still am utterly thankful for medical school, and for being able to have this opportunity to be what I’ve always wanted to be.  But the shine – that utter boundless enthusiasm – has certainly worn off, and so my post this year is going to be a bit more…level, shall we say.

This year, I’m thankful for being able to be with my family.  I didn’t go home last year, because of an exam, and because I didn’t think I needed it, but this year I had the opportunity, and I took it, now knowing how important family support is in medical school.  I landed home Friday night and I’m here until Tuesday, and it’s been so wonderful to be able to be home with my mom and my sister.

20151009_211607 copyNicest welcome I could ever get 🙂

Yesterday we went to see The Martian in the theatre – which really is a fantastic movie, just FYI – and then we traveled back through Kentville, where they have the “Pumpkin People” each year.

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The whole town comes together and creates this pumpkin people in funny scenarios, and this year one of them was, topically enough, the Martian! 😉

20151010_181342Mars does things to you…Matt Damon has seen better days 😉

After that we went to Jonny’s Cookhouse for dinner again, for the previously mentioned amazing burgers, beer battered fries and onion rings, so needless to say no one went hungry that night!

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We did Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, so that we can have hot turkey sandwiches today and Tuesday, and it looked and tasted utterly amazing 🙂


All compliments to my mother, the amazing chef 🙂

Today and Tuesday we’re just going to chill, and maybe do some shopping in the city before I take off back to St. John’s, but I’m so thankful to be able to have this break and this time with my family 🙂

Other things I’m thankful for, in no particular order:

  • I’m thankful that the lawyers were successful and my friend’s sister Hannah G was released from Munson Hospital into her sister’s guardianship and that now she’s able to go back to her life 🙂


  • I’m thankful for my friends in medical school, who go out to dinner at places like The Keg with me for steak and obligatory free desert (because of them under cooking my friends meal…she has terrible restaurant luck!)

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  • I’m thankful for my friends elsewhere, like the one I ran into at the Halifax airport that I hadn’t seen since undergrad 🙂
  • I’m thankful for the ability to travel and see the world
  • I’m thankful for having my Crohn’s managed better, so that I can return to doing the things I like from before, for example working out and not being incredibly tired 🙂
  • I’m thankful for having my own apartment where I can learn to cook
  • I’m thankful for medical school, no matter how much of a roller-coaster it can be

Mostly, I’m just very thankful 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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