Peds snapshot

After our double whammy this week of Anatomy midterm and Physiology quiz, today is a day to slow down and catch up!

Yesterday, between the exams, we had our Introduction to Clinical Medicine class in the Pediatrics clinic. The doctors we met there were so enthusiastic and had a short but interesting list of patients and points to show us.

One patient has a rare developmental respiratory disease called Ondine’s curse, or, less interestingly, congenital central hypoventilation syndrome. I was also interested to hear about therapeutic hypothermia, in which a patient’s core temperature is lowered to 34°C as a neuroprotective measure.

Spotted: Outside the Pediatrics Department yesterday, a picturesque Fall scene

Spotted: Outside the Pediatrics Department yesterday, a picturesque Fall scene

Today, I Remember September

Arkie summed up the state of things well in her last post when she said that life is happening, and it’s all-consuming. September was a stressful month, mostly because school has been a barrage of things to memorize. I’m starting to feel like less of a crazed worrier and more like myself now that there’s a routine and I know what to expect from the classes.

I saw this graffiti over the summer, and it's still humorously resonating with me.

I saw this graffiti over the summer, and it’s still humorously resonating with me.

Poster child for healthy living ... Rina and I shared some potato chips, cookies, and caffeine drinks (sugar free!) while reviewing before class.

Poster child for healthy living …
Rina and I shared some potato chips, cookies, and caffeine drinks (sugar free!) while reviewing before class.

The Basic Science Building is a bright place to study if there's a free table and not too many around.

The Basic Science Building is a nice, bright place to study if there’s a free table and not too many people around.














The autumnal chill is in the air, and I can’t say I share Jarkie’s enthusiasm for the season (summer ftw!), but I will concede that it’s nice to bundle up at home with a warm beverage and books.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
-L.M. Montgomery

(Any other Anne of Green Gables fans among you? Top 5 childhood classic right there!)

Today, I prepare for autumn a little early (Allure Fall Beauty Box 2013 Review)…

My Allure Fall 2013 Beauty Box arrived TODAY! So happy –

Let me just say that August is an awesome month! Every day this month, you can log on/sign up to win free things on Have any of y’all won anything before? This is my first time trying. I’ve heard that you don’t know if you win or not; the prizes just show up at your door 1-1.5 months later. I’ll definitely share if any goodies come my way. I’ve talked Markie into doing this too! She better give me something if she wins! 😛

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Yiippeeeee! Look what arrived! Comes with a little booklet of products.

This is also the first time I’ve purchased a beauty box. I tried to purchase the Summer 2013 one but completely forgot about the time (I think I was busy eating… of course) and logged on about 18 minutes late. It was sold out by the time I tried to purchase it. This time, for the fall box, I made sure to watch the clock.

Allure Fall Beauty Box 2013
Cost: $39.99 plus shipping & tax**
Value: Over $350 worth of products!
What: A collection of 23 of fall’s most essential products!
**Generally comes to around $50-$52

My thoughts? THIS WAS AN AWESOME BOX. I really don’t have any complaints. I mean… how can you complain about all these full size products? And the value of the box? It finally added up to $355.60 (this is of course calculated by me, Jarkie, to the best of my ability… but I can’t guarantee the value is EXACTLY that… )!!!! So happy. So much stuff to test out! Did you purchase a fall beauty box? What are you most excited to try out? Least excited to? Would love to hear your thoughts!


Take a look … take a look! So ecstatic! It’s like Christmas in… well, in August! ….

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Cetaphil® Daily Advance® Lotion Ultra Hydrating (8 oz / $11.99)
I used some on my legs… seems light and quick absorbing! Not really a scent here which is good. I like their cleanser so I’m also happy to give this lotion a try.

Neutrogena® Oil-Free Acne Wash (5 oz / $6.49)
I do need a cleanser! I’m not too picky when it comes to cleansers… as long as it can clean my face 😀

Simple® Hydrating Light Moisturizer (4.2 oz / $10.99)
I opened this to try it… First thoughts? Not much smell… very very light and quick absorbing. I just wish it had SPF … so that I could wear it during the day.

Neutrogena® Rapid Tone Repair Night Moisturizer (1 oz / $20.99)
I don’t have dark spots… so maybe I’ll gift this to my mom

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Goldwell® StyleSign® Magic Finish® Hairspray (8.7 oz / $17.99)
Apparently “enhances color brilliance” – I don’t really need this hairspray. So it’ll make a great gift or an addition to a future giveaway 🙂

KMS® California HAIRSTAY anti-humidity seal (4.1 oz / $17.99)
Shields hair from humidity and frizz? Hmmm, I’ll give this a try… maybe…

Redken satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion (5.4 oz / $18.00)
I sometimes use a straightener so this will be perfect to protect my hair against the heat.

GK Hair Serum (1.69 oz / $25.00)
I was suppose to get a Tibolli Hair Oil… ummm this product came out of nowhere…but I’m not upset. The value is around the same… and both products supposedly tame frizz. The scent is a little too strong for me … and the serum seems kind of heavy… but I’ll give it more of a chance… it seems to have pretty good reviews.

Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil (3 oz / $30.00)
Dry & Brittle hair?! This product was made for me. Definitely excited because I’ve never tried any Redken products.

Neutrogena® TRIPLE MOISTURE™ Deep Recovery Hair Mask (6 oz / $6.99)
AFFORDABLE HAIR MASK. I’ve seen pretty good reviews regarding this hair mask… and my hair certainly needs a mask!

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask (7 oz / $32.00)
Um my hair is damaged! This is needed! I’ve heard great things about Carol’s Daughter… so I’m excited to try. #monoimagic

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Pixi Eye Bright Liner ($17.00)
I’ve been using bright liners to make my eyes larger for a while now (well this is when I wear make-up … which is almost never) … a great addition to my slim collection of makeup

RoC® MULTI CORREXION® NOURISH Stress Repair Eye Cream (0.5 oz / $24.99)
Fights accelerated signs of aging caused by a stressful lifestyle? Yes, that’s me! Thanks!

Redermic® Eyes Dermatological AntI-Aging Eye Corrector – Intensive (~$41.00)??
This was a 2011 Allure Best of Beauty Award… the product combines pure retinol + caffeine to fight against crows-feet wrinkles and dark circles. Did someone say dark circles? Because I’ve got those! I’m a panda.

Burt’s Bees Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry & Dark Chocolate ($3.30)
Love Burt’s bees! And it smells great, I’d say I smell/taste more of the dark chocolate than the blueberry!

BONUS PRODUCT!! – ROC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream (0.05 oz/ $1.14) – SAMPLE PACKET
At first, I thought I had been cheated of my ROC eye cream… but upon second thought, I realized this was a nice present 🙂  

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Sally Hansen® Ouch-Relief™ Wax Strip Kit (32 wax strips / $10.99)
Oooo I am looking forward to trying this. If it works a-okay – then what a way to save money, right?! Salons are so expensive these days!

Sally Hansen® Airbrush Legs® in Medium ($12.99)
Hmmm has anyone used this before? I’m still not sure if I’ll try it or not.

Schick Hydro Silk® ($11.99)
I’ve gotten a sample one before and I like these alright. Razors cost a lot … and it’s great when I can get them in a box like this… or for free!

Skintimate® Skin Therapy Sensitive Skin (7 oz / $3.79)
Just in time! I need shaving cream.

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Sally Hansen® Salon Effects™ Real Nail Polish Strips in Laced Up ($9.99)
Mmmm it’s not that the design is ugly (it’s not pretty in my eyes either…but that’s only an opinion/preference)… rather it’s these designs just aren’t practical for me to be wearing around work. Seems like an interesting concept though.

Sally Hansen® Complete Salon Manicure™ Cuticle Eraser + Balm ($6.99)
I love using my Burt’s Bees cuticle balm… but I’ve run out so I’ll give this a try. It has a light scent of cucumbers. Such a pretty design, I hope it works as well. J

Sally Hansen® Complete Salon Manicure™* ($7.99)
This reminds me of the Deborah Lippmann nail polish I received (uhhh I’ve forgotten which box that was … memory problems). However, I’m not a fan of that polish… hopefully Sally Hansen will not disappoint me/us! Seven benefits in one! Supposedly like going to the salon!

SATION Wine-y Happy People ($5.00)
Dark Purple shade. Looks like a good shade for fall.

Seeing it all together makes me warm & fuzzy. I think I'm addicted. I need intervention :P

Seeing it all together makes me warm & fuzzy. I think I’m addicted. I need intervention 😛 (sorry for the blurry photo here)

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Today, the eagle has flown the nest!

And here I sit, with an open window, cup of coffee, anatomy notes, Born & Raised, and the anticipation of a Skype appointment with Markie later in the afternoon. This 4-day weekend has been quite the rejuvenator, but I know that its restorative effect will only last so long once classes start again tomorrow. But then, we wouldn’t appreciate the vacations if it weren’t for the work!

My neighbor across the way has just stepped onto his balcony garden for his routine inspection.  He reminds me of my grandpa, making sure that all is in order. The external wall of his apartment has these beautiful vines (?) of red, orange, yellow leaves. They’re the type that people would hang up as decoration, so it took me a while to realize that his are real.  It’s a little slice of autumn whenever I look out.

Jarkie is a sad panda lately, which has caused me to reflect on the nature of gut-wrenching, sleep-stealing sadness. I have yet to reach a meaningful conclusion.