Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Leaving on a jet plane...

So tonight's my last night in Hawai'i, and it
made me realize how badly I needed this vacation,
just to think about everything and nothing, and
to enjoy the company of friends, and remembering
the joy of being by myself. It's reminded me how
lucky I am to have friends from so many different
backgrounds, to give me perspectives on issues,
and also made me realize that sometimes, I just need
to shut up and listen to what people are telling me.

Considering that this was my second (and probably
last) pharmacy school interview, it now signals the
last major part of this process: waiting to hear
where I'll be for the next 4 years. I feel like I'm ready to
move on with this process, and regardless of whether
I stay in SF or move to Hilo, I'm ready. I honestly
don't know where I'll be, though I'd love to stay in SF.
But for now, it's not my decision to make.

I had a great time in Hawai'i, but I think I'm ready to
get back to SF. Time for bed!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Hi from Honolulu!

What I've been doing so far:

o The interview at Hawai'i-Hilo pharmacy went all right. Halfway through the interview,
I realized that the interview was closed file since everything I said was met with confused
looks as I assumed they had read my app. The weird thing was that apparently not even
half the people scheduled didn't show up for their interview. I hope that works out for me!

o Touristy things I did on the Big Island: Drove up north of Hilo to Tex Drive In for their incredibly good
and sugary malasadas. Drove to Volcano National Park and was amazed at the lava formations,
the amazing scenery and the incredible 20 mile drive to the ocean. Realized how big of a nerd
I was when driving back from the end of the drive back to the entrance and literally saw the
evolution of plants on earth. Went to Nori's Saimin and Snacks (the best restaurant on the Big
Island, supposedly), and Cafe 100, the apparent birthplace of loco moco.

o Finally recovered from my flu after eating a bowl of saimin and found myself soaked in sweat after
my fever broke during dinner.

o Still wrapping around the fact that it only takes an hour long drive to go from Tex Drive In to the
Volcano National Park, and it's only a 45 minute flight from Hilo to Honolulu.

o Amazed that everybody thinks I'm local.

o Shocked that it didn't rain at all in Hilo, and glad I escaped the storms in
SF.

o Happy that I'm really enjoying my first real vacation in 4 years.

o Looking forward to doing some hiking, whale watching and more hanging
out with friends. Bye for now!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Hello from Hilo!

I arrived into Hilo last night and getting ready for my interview. I can't say too much now as I have to get ready, but Hilo is gorgeous and warm.

Wish me luck on my interview, then i'm off to tex drive in for malasadas and souvenir shopping.

Too bad I don't have 3G here in Hilo. The network is so slow!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Of all the times to get sick...

Not now! I think I have the flu...3 days before my interview in Hilo AND 2 days before I fly out to Hawai'i. I'm achy, my nose is stuffed up and my throat's on fire.

Not cool. Argh!

Please send your well wishes my way...*sigh*

Friday, February 15, 2008

More random stuff...

o I bought a blue linen dress shirt for my interview in Hawaii-Hilo next Thursday from Thomas Pink today. It's the first time I've ever spent an insane amount of money on a piece of clothing, but this is my pre-birthday gift to myself/pre-congratulations (hopefully) for pharmacy school. And it looks really good on me. *sigh*

o I'm looking forward to going to Hawaii next week. I haven't been there since 2004, and it'll be fun exploring the Big Island (hopefully I'll get to get Kona coffee in Kona, and the husband specifically requested me taking pictures of the volcanoes there). I'm also going to Honolulu and spend it with good friends that I haven't seen in a long time. And I want a tan line. Is that too much to ask? I also should really start seeing if living on the Big Island is something that I can actually do...

o Hung out with the ex today as he had an interview in the East Bay. Considering that I hadn't seen him in a few years, it shocked me how much he had aged in such a short amount of time, and yet he seemed to be the same personality-wise, which....was just very odd to me. There's always been this simmering angry quality to him, which thankfully he has never used on me, but at the same time makes him very hard to understand. Guess that's why he's an ex.

o Wished the husband a happy Valentine's day and anniversary yesterday. I felt twinges of sadness when I realized that we weren't together, but considering that his life seems to be taking a turn for the better (getting a new job, and considering his future plans up in Seattle), it's nice to know that he's doing all right. I still miss him.

o I saw my dad earlier this week for the first time in a few months. It was a good visit, particularly since I hadn't had a chance to talk to him about things, and I got to see pictures of his kid, which is still a bit disconcerting, but I had to get over it.

I was telling him about going to pharmacy school and my concerns of having to move to Hawaii, he said, "Just go to UCSF. It shouldn't be that hard, should it?"

"...."

If only I had as much faith in me as he does!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

New College woes *ack!*

So I just read from the SF Chronicle that New College might lose its accreditation as early as next week.

While technically it doesn't affect me since I've already completed all my prereqs for UCSF Pharm, it comes across as a shock that the problems that have been affecting it still haven't been resolved (really, is it THAT hard to implement some kind of hierarchical structure to a university by jiggling the organizational chain?). I remember hearing when I had taken my microbio class through their Science Institute that the profs hadn't been paid for their time the previous month, so I'm wondering what's going to happen.

But in a moment of utter panic, I did order some transcripts just in case the college decides to close. I hope it finds some way to stay open, but if the culture within New College is that recalcitrant to change, then what else can be done?

Thursday, February 07, 2008

What I overheard after my UCSF interview was over...

As the door was closing...

"He did pretty well!"

I am SO psyched! :)

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Wish me luck tomorrow!

Tomorrow's my big interview with UCSF Pharm. I'm cautiously optimistic, but still slightly freaking out. I did all these things today to help me relax--like actually sleeping almost 10 hours, and swimming 2200 yards (it may not be relaxing to some folk, but it was a good mind diversion). I also did a little more preparing, trying to read about Medicare Part D and behind-the-counter drugs, but at this point, I'm just going to relax until tomorrow.