Friday, July 21, 2006
On Tuesday, July 18, Sapna and Vidhya joined forces to cook a huge Indian feast for our class - it was absolutely amazing - I think our classmates will talk about it for years!
We had quite a turn out - at least 30 classmates - I love how everyone just grabs a spot on the carpet, and all the mingling and chatting with everyone never seems to get old - this dinner party lasted from 7:30 - 11!
Sapna and I in our kitchen during the Indian food extravaganza
On July 19, a group of us went to see Paul Simon at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre, which was just amazing - you can just barely see the rest of the amphitheatre behind us, before the concert started.
That evening I had dinner with my "ashram" and we watched a movie called Earth, about the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, that was deeply compelling, and it was fascinating to watch with them - 4 people from very different parts of India, and how they responded. Sapna's grandfather came back to Lahore (now in Pakistan) after being a prisoner of war of the Germans in WWII to face the events of the partition, so it was especially poignant.
On July 16, more than half of us went white water rafting on the Ocoee, back up in Tennessee. This is Doug Hamilton, director of the EIS, aka, "Oh Captain, My Captain", and he who is responsible for putting me in my dream job.
I had just bought a waterproof camera, and this was its maiden voyage - I think it performed very well!
A raft of classmates heading toward us
In the water - I have no idea what Shua is trying to do!
A couple of dragonflies on the edge of the raft - not only is my new camera waterproof, but it takes fabulous close ups!
The group of EIS officers after the rafting trip - I'm in the upper left corner.
Out for Korean BBQ with a group of EIS classmates - We end up doing something social pretty much every night - trying all kinds of fun ethnic cuisine .... Bangladeshi, Korean, Thai, Ethiopian... It has been so much fun to get to know people - I am continually astounded by what incredible backgrounds people have. It has been a lot of fun to get to know and appreciate the skill mix of my classmates - epidemiology PhDs, veterinarians, MDs. We have so much to learn from each other, and it has been fun to work on teams together.
Several times a week, different folks invite everyone over. This is at Danielle's party - Cindy, Italia, me, Vidhya, and Heather.
Adam, Ingrid, me, and Christine
Melissa, her sister, and Danielle (serving jello shots)
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Phil, Nick, Sapna, Kate, Danielle, and Michael
Christine (from Belgium - we had a great time speaking French), April, Italia, Cindy, and Adam in the kitchen
Nick, me, and Jim
me sitting on the "make out couch" with Vidhya
overhead party shot into the kitchen
Samir and his wife Vidhya, Nandini (and when he arrives from India, her husband), Sapna, and I all decided to live in the same complex. We have been jokingly calling it our ashram. The first few days, we used Samir's GPS to explore dinner and dessert options. This was after particularly yummy ice cream (Samir, me, and Sapna). Samir is in diarrheal diseases and just finished a med-peds residency, and Sapna is in refugee health and just finished an infectious disease fellowship. Nandini (not pictured here) has an epidemiology PhD and is in STDs.
One of our classmates got in and settled early, so had a party the Saturday night before classes started. He's got a gorgeous place! Below are my roommate Sapna, Italia, me, and Samir.
The first week of EIS has been pretty much all administrative stuff - basically, working for the government 101. The director of the CDC spoke to us on Thursday, which was interesting. Friday, we did a team building day, which was an incredible opportunity to get to know each other (and ourselves) better.One aspect was the climbing wall - I have always assumed I couldn't climb, but this wall had some ropes and some of the holds had a slight lip - I got all the way to the top, which absolutely astounded me, so I did it two more times! In the picture above, I'm the one in red.
Out to dinner with several EIS classmates - these are Phil and Nick.
All my stuff on the moving van, and on its way to Atlanta - I had a total of 116 items - yikes, I have accumulated in the past four years!
The last thing I did on my way out of Nashville was go to the zoo - I had to see the new Masai giraffes.
I fed the lorikeets one more time
And the three new Masai giraffes
Sherstin, Beth, and I went out to eat for our "un-goodbye" - hot wings and cold beer. These two women have been the hugest blessing, and have kept me sane, encouraged, challenged, and loved these four years. So grateful for your friendship! I am truly blessed!
Hung Do: physical therapist extraordinaire, work out king, and connaisseur of fine food....
Ms. Frith - the first patient I saw in my clinic, and almost the last - have gotten to see her every other month, and have just fallen for her - she is the spunkiest, most delightful almost nonagenarian (is that a word?) I have ever met and I'll miss her!
Me with Sandi Moutsios, my clinic attending, med/peds program director, and personal idol. I stayed at Vanderbilt in part because I wanted to be like Sandi, and have concluded that that would be impossible as she is super-human. It has been such a treat to learn from her!
Robert in his "thinking" chair - has done a terrific job being a big brother to all the estrogen that has congregated in his house, and manged to sleep through a lot of it!