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Every Loaf Of Bread Is A Tragic Story {Fun Friday}

Happy Labor Day weekend! I am THRILLED it’s a three day weekend. This week was the most grueling week of work since I started. All of my patients this week were either very sick or had complex social situations. I worked late every single day and still didn’t get everything done. I am definitely thankful for a few days off to relax. Needless to say, my crazy week kept me from blogging as much as usual and explains why I’m a bit late with the Fun Friday post. Better late than never!


To start things off, I want to share an article from The Boston Globe.  The article is about a love story that spans more than 60 years. In 1950, Cynthia Riggs and Howard Attebery met working at marine geology lab in California. They were friends and even wrote to each other in code, but nothing became of the friendship beyond that summer. Both Riggs and Attebery married, had children, divorced, and changed careers. They led full lives and never crossed paths after that summer in 1950. That is, until 2012 when Riggs received a familiar coded letter. After more than 60 years Attebery tracked Riggs down and sent her a letter, which ended up being the very delayed beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Up next is a cute video of a dog named Mille helping her owners carry the groceries.

Her owners’ accents are just as entertaining as her skills. It took me a couple seconds to figure out that they were speaking English.

I also enjoyed the sign below.

I think I’ll start referring to beer as “success stories.”

Finally, since Derek and I have been watching Lord of the Rings lately, I want to share an older video of Dominic Monaghan prank interviewing Elijah Wood. I can’t imagine what Wood was thinking during the interview. He handles it much better than I would.

When will you wear wigs???

Have a great weekend!

LOTR, Back-to-School Shopping, and Luaus

This weekend was a relaxing one. Derek officially finished his OBGYN rotation after he took his exam on Friday, and I had a lot of tough cases last week. Needless to say, we were both excited for the weekend. We kicked things off with Mexican food after work followed by watching the first half of Lord of the Rings: Two Towers. When we watch some of our favorite movie series (i.e., Harry Potter, Star Wars, etc.), we like to look up drinking games and loosely play them. We don’t actually drink every time, but it’s a fun way to watch the movie. Below is the game we used on Friday.

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Source: geekytyrant.com

Please excuse the language on #8. It was a hilarious rule though, especially given Frodo’s propensity for bizarre facial expressions every time the ring’s power starts to overwhelm him. Also, because it takes 3+ hours to watch any LOTR movie and there are about a billion panoramic scenery shots, it would be impossible to play the game for real.

On Saturday morning we woke up and went for a long walk on the American Tobacco Trail, which is conveniently right next to our townhouse. The weather last week was amazing, and we wanted to get outside and enjoy it. After our walk we headed to Panera for lunch and then on to Target to do some shopping.

Derek “helped” me pick out sunglasses.

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So helpful.

We also picked out school supplies for a third-grader. Our church is collecting backpacks, school supplies, and food for kiddos who need it in our community.

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I’m a big nerd, and I always loved going back to school so shopping for this stuff was really fun. I hope our third-grader likes the backpack!

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The afternoon was spent reading with intermittent napping. It was the perfect afternoon. I finished reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. It wasn’t quite what I expected it to be, but I still enjoyed it. It is about a woman named Ursula who starts her life over again when she dies. The book starts in 1910 with Ursula’s birth and moves through time until she dies, with each iteration playing out differently based on her decisions. The concept itself is interesting, but the historical content, particularly for the WWII years, was my favorite part.

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On Saturday evening, we headed over to our friend Patrick’s apartment complex for a luau.

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Don’t we make the most stunning couple?

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I take it back. Derek and Patrick make an even more beautiful couple.

After hanging out at the luau for a bit, we went out in Chapel Hill for the night with some friends. We didn’t get home until 3:30AM. Yes, 3:30AM!! I haven’t been out that late in a long time. We had a blast, but I was exhausted by the time we got home.

Sunday primarily involved doing laundry, meal planning, and cleaning. I also picked up a new book at the library that one of my friends from grad school recommended. It’s called Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. It is apparently pretty popular and was published in 1966, but I didn’t hear about it until earlier this year.

I also completed my long run for the week. I don’t know if it was the heat or the lack of sleep from staying out so late the night before, but this was my toughest training run yet. I was definitely pumped when I finished it.

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It was SO nice to have a weekend that didn’t involve Derek or me driving 2.5 hours to see each other. I’m also glad he’s home just in time for us to celebrate his birthday this coming weekend! We’re planning on getting together with our friends for some late-night bowling. Should be fun!

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