Journal Entry #5

Dec. 07, 2002

    It's been a wonderful Saturday so far.  I do feel badly about only writing one journal entry for all of November.  Now that there's two weeks left of the term, I am finally getting to write another entry.  My weeks have been full of activities, mostly for the Glasgow University Veterinary Zoological Society.  We have had a talk about bears and another about rainforest birds.  Last Wednesday we had a field trip to Edinburgh Zoo.  A week from last Thursday it was Thanksgiving (celebrated by us Americans) and there were about 26 of us who got together for a big dinner at Murray's house.  Just this Thursday, I finally presented my "Feather Picking and Self-Mutilation in Psittacines" paper for the Governor's Prize competition...and did not even place.  On top of that, I have been sick with some nasty virus for the past week.  I get bouts of fever that are pretty terrible, making me not want to do anything but sleep.

    Two weeks left, that means one week until exams!  Our exam schedule: Monday, Dec. 11th we have the anatomy written exam from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.  Tuesday we have the gross anatomy practical from 1:30pm to 2:30pm.  Wednesday we have the physiology (most dreaded) exam from 10am to 12pm.  Thursday we have the animal husbandry exam from 9:30am to 11:30am and then the anatomy histology practical from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.  Friday (last day of the term) we have the biomolecular science exam from 9:30am to 11am.  We certainly will be busy, and studying between.

    Where am I in my studies?  Well I am all caught up with my notes except for animal husbandry (on the bottom of everyone's list of "to study").  I do worry about animal husbandry, but right now it's the least important subject because it's fairly easy to learn.  Tonight I am beginning to run through the stacks of flashcards that I have made over the past 8 weeks (wow, that's 2 months' worth of cards).  I make myself learn the material this way.  I also have old exams to study and practice answering the questions, and this will be another task to complete this week.  Meanwhile, we still have lectures all week.  Even Wednesday.  We have a ton of anatomy (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), a little more physiology, and a bit of biomolecular science and animal husbandry. 

    The house here is doing great.  We've kept warm and well-fed.  We recently purchased a Christmas tree (fake) and it adds a lot of warmth to the house.  Just yesterday our DVD-player arrived (we ordered it 3 weeks ago it seems).  So I have watched 2 DVDs already, a lot of good entertainment.  Amy and I have both baked over the last 8 weeks, my specialty being banana bread.  But I also made a batch of cookies and a batch of brownies.  Amy has made brownies, cookies, a cake, and a pumpkin pie.  All this stuff makes us feel more settled into our "home" (hehe, what an excuse to eat fattening food). 

    Not much else is new.  Perhaps it IS a good thing I haven't written in a while...because what would I have to say anyways?  :0)


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