Sunday, July 20, 2014

Checking in!

Well, I knew blogging during intern year would be a bit more difficult than medical school... However, I did not think that aiming for at least a bi-weekly post would be a feat.

I have never worked this hard in my life.

The Gyn-Oncology service is so busy and my team and I are hustling ALL. DAY. LONG. Last week Natey sweetly asked me if I felt like I lived at the hospital :tear: Yes, yes I do...

Despite the exhaustion, despite still getting used to this "Dr. Johnson" thing, taking care of patients has been awesome. Being called to the bedside of a critically ill patient is humbling to say the least. I have a wonderful team and co-residents to lean on, and every day I feel more capable and confident than the next. In addition to being the so-lovingly-called "onc intern", I've completed two rounds of my very own OBGYN continuity clinic. And I've delivered four babies on my call shifts - two vaginal deliveries and two c-sections. The learning curve has been steep and I know God has been with me every challenging step of the way. 

In Johnson fam news...

Thursday our baby girl turned 1!!! I was forewarned that Thursday would also be a late day for our team, so we decided to celebrate early. I had planned to do this adorable pinterest-style princess party with our friends this weekend, but it was a crazy week, and by the time I got off on Friday night, nothing had been planned so it didn't work out. I was OK with that in the moment - hopefully my mommy guilt lets me live in peace with that decision :sigh:

I cannot believe Isabelle has been in our lives for a whole year. She stole our hearts from day one and it is a joy to watch her continue to blossom into a beautiful little lady.

Natey is savoring the last month of his summer doing big kid things like learning to ride without training wheels, hanging out at the pool with dad, and his usual "ninja training"...LOL I cannot believe it is almost back to school time, this summer has flown by. Kindergarten in less than a month!

The hubs is kicking butt at managing work and primary kid-duty. I had no doubts. I try and contribute as much as I can. So far it means having croc-pot meals waiting on them when they get home, and swooping in just in time to handle baths and bedtime. I'm determined to master the mom-tern life (Mom + Intern = Mom-tern. Yes, I just made that a fetch, right?) And even though we haven't had any official date nights, he and I are doing a great job of being cognizant of each other's love tanks. 

Life is busier than its ever been. It is not easy, but it's doable. I am so thankful for the beautiful grace He's given us to make it through each day.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

It's Showtime!!!

The gorgeous ceiling in the lobby of the Women's Hospital

Hey Ya'll!!! (In case you were wondering, I'm a Carolina southern belle now...)

The last week and a half have been a whirlwind!

Pause. I'm still in awe at the fact that I am on a residency composite picture!!!
If you follow me on Instagram, you are probably up to speed on the most recent events. To summarize, my co-interns and I are now finished with our EPIC training, week-long OBGYN orientation, and tomorrow is the first day of "Buddy Week"!!!  Buddy week is like the best thing ever, because it allows the newbies to shadow the current interns on their last week as interns in order to see how things are done. Each one of us will be starting on different rotations/teams, and I am starting on Gynecologic Oncology. Even though I am super nervous, I am so excited to get started. My team already has reached out to me and they seem great!

This weekend flew by...per usual.  Friday evening was Chief Roast - when the residents honor the graduating class by recounting their years in the program with jokes/skits/great stories. It was a great event :-) Then Saturday evening was the program-wide graduation banquet. Although the fourth years and graduating fellows were the guests-of-honor, the new interns were recognized multiple times and were even presented with gifts (including our adorable new surgeon caps made by one of the second year's mom)! It was so sweet... I love my new intern class and the program as a whole is filled with great people I can't wait to get to know. It's going to be an awesome first year!

Me and my new boos!!!!!

Our new scrub caps!!!
My fine date and I ;-) 
This has been a busy weekend inside the Johnson home too! On Friday morning, Natey was feeling under the weather with a pretty high fever. I joke about how the kids seem to get sick usually when there are a million things going on at school for me - like this time... and this. But thankfully, it happened when we had some reinforcements. Nate's mom has been in town since Thursday and she will be with us until Tuesday. His aunt surprised us all when she flew in from Michigan on Saturday! Of course, we promptly took them to our favorite spot for lunch - i.e. chicken and waffles LOL...

Today has been some much needed chill time. Going to round it out with eating tons of Nate's delicious BBQ and soccer watching and a good night's sleep ;-)

Sidenote...this just happened!!!! Ahhhh!!!

Hope you all are having a great weekend! Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Last Official Day of Pre-Intern Year Vacation...

So my last week of vacation pretty much flew by exponentially...

Last Tuesday, my dad drove up from Indiana and visited with us until Saturday. He was a BIG help watching the kids while I completed my advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) certification for intern year. It was also restaurant week in the Triangle, so we had a a blast trying out new places to eat, and took him to a couple of our favorites so far... :cough: Dame's Chicken & Waffles :cough:

Groceries with Grampy
Lounging around
On Monday, we began our morning routine "practice run". This meant that Isabelle and Nate started daycare and summer camp. I feel so rusty with getting us dressed and out the door before 9AM, so this practice was definitely just as much for me as it was for the kids. Some mommy-guilt induced sadness surfaced on Sunday because it was settling in that our extended time together is coming to an end. But thankfully, it has been a great transition into the kids' new schedules and they both seem happy with the daycare/camp that we chose. The coolest part is that Nate is at the same place as his sister for the summer, so he regularly "checks on her". I am sure Isabelle loves seeing his face throughout the day too. 

Today, my goal was to tie up any urgent loose ends as far as the house and family stuff - i.e. paying bills, errands, phone calls, etc...etc... (it feels like it never ends). However, my more important other goal was to treat-mah-self. I wanted to finally get to the mall because I have been daydreaming about meandering through the stores of my choice, on no one's schedule but my own, to buy things that I not only needed, but wanted just because. Not only did I manage to gift myself a few additions to the wardrobe for work, I scored some great sales on kids' and hubby stuff too, so everyone received goodies today :-)

The last big to-do of the day was an appointment at my first Durham salon! I found a place that specialized in natural hair - it was very similar to my salon in Indy. The stylist did a great job and I am excited to experiment with more natural styles to combat all the North Carolina heat and humidity. What do you think?!

:yawn: Alright, I am off to bed so I can be nice and refreshed for tomorrow... We are kicking off orientation with electronic medical records (EMR) training. Talk to you soon!

P.S. Totally had to laugh at this again..."It's the best day of the year!" hahaha

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Chatting about the Residency Application Process with

Hey Guys!

Recently, I did a follow-up interview with about my experiences applying and interviewing for residency. I can't believe that it has already been almost one year ago I was just starting to apply...You can read it HERE.

Please pass it on to any medical student/future medical students you know :-)

Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Settling into Our New Digs...

Eight days until orientation! We're all play around here...

Last weekend, our goal was to find the best deals and fill some of these empty rooms, so we ventured to the famous "Furnitureland South" in High Point, North Carolina.

Honestly, I had never heard of Furnitureland before my mom (beautiful furniture expert - among other things) informed me that it's kind of a big deal. Did you know North Carolina is where a lot of the big furniture companies have their factories? So the prices are much cheaper than the big chain stores in other states.

It's about an hour drive from our place in Durham.  Oh, I forgot to mention, Furnitureland is 1.2 million square feet of showrooms. Here's a video of us driving up because a picture just couldn't capture the huge-ness of this place...


As soon as we arrived, the Nates stumbled upon the fish tank we saw designed on one of our favorite TV shows Tanked!

Fish tank headboard anyone? 

Everything in that place was pretty gorgeous, and unfortunately, not as functional as we had hoped for a family with young kids. Izzy would have all those tabletop designer touches on the floor...haha

Testing out a showroom couch...
On the hunt for a nice statement mirror...

It was a fun adventure, and although we didn't walk away with furniture, we did get some design inspiration. Fortunately, over Memorial day weekend, we did some exploring in Raleigh (about 15 minutes from home) and discovered there are miles and miles of furniture stores.

In the end, we decided to stick to our original favorites, that ironically, were very close to home.

Dining room table? Check! Couch? Check! 

Hooray for no more standing in the kitchen!

Next up, baby-proofing because this is happening:

And this: 



Where do you go for design inspiration? I would love to hear about your own design projects!

Friday, May 30, 2014

"Moooovin' on Up..."

Our closing was scheduled for the Wednesday afternoon after graduation, and so we *planned* to be on the road to North Carolina by Tuesday evening (Yes, 48 hours after all our guests left our house) at the latest.

26ft Truck + Car Trailer + Car = A Long Ride 
Have you ever tried to host guests at your house while simultaneously trying to pack for your cross-country move? In hindsight this probably wasn't good planning but...YOGO (You Only Graduate Once. No? Oh ok.)  In all seriousness, even though it was a stressful process to say the least, we actually made a ton of great memories :-)

In the pre-move planning stages, we realized that movers was ridiculously expensive, so we decided to do it ourselves. Nate rented a 26 foot truck - HUGE! And we thought, "Surely we won't even fill this thing, especially since we filled a 20 foot dumpster with all our junk a week ago..." HA. Long story short, we filled the truck with our stuff, and filled my little brother's 12 foot truck with things that just would not fit (i.e. things for his college apartment).

He thought he was so cool in the truck
At 2AM on Wednesday morning, we were all set to hit the road (still determined to make closing), but Nate realized that the truck's trailer lights were shorted out -_- Honestly, I think it was divine intervention because we were exhausted and it was probably safest that we just went to sleep...

After some much needed rest, we pulled out of the driveway home for the last time, and said goodbye to Indianapolis. It was a rainy morning, which set the tone for continuing the crying outbursts I had been having throughout the evening prior as I listened to Miranda Lambert "The House That Built Me" on repeat. I know, I know...but I'm really, really good at being dramatic. Sure this wasn't my childhood home, but it had so many memories, and the bigger picture here is that I was moving the furthest away I've ever been from my parents' home. Don't judge me.

The drive was LONG. Normally it takes about 10 hours by car. However, by car following a 26 foot Penske truck towing a car, going 50 miles an hour (or less) the whole way, it takes about....16 hours.

We obviously did not make the closing. Fortunately, we prepared for this by having a power of attorney ready to sign in our stead. What we were not prepared for was that when we got to Virginia the lights in the truck would short out again - causing us to have to check into a hotel and finish the last 3 hours of the trip in the morning. This was seriously thee most anti-climactic trip ever.
So close!

Finally, on Thursday morning we made it! When Nate was packing up the truck in Indy, I helped a little with the really heavy stuff because I am so strong, he told me that he looked into having a moving company help us unload when we got to our place. I assumed that was the plan. However, when we got there, it was just us...


My mom came along for the ride and stayed with us for a week. This was immensely helpful because she was able to keep the kids while we unloaded and ran around town for Home Depot & Lowe's errands. She also unpacked our kitchen, helped me clean, and pretty much did anything I was too overwhelmed or stressed out to do.
Dame's Chicken & Waffles with my mom

Doing grown up things (i.e. trimming our bushes) 
We have been Durham residents for almost two weeks and we absolutely love it! The area is beautiful and everyone is so friendly. Not long after moving in we discovered that we live next door to another 5 year old boy. Couldn't have planned this any better if I tried! Nate started his new job the Monday after we arrived. It seems like a great fit so far and I'm so excited for him :-)

Residency orientation starts June 12th. Needless-to-say, I am in "try and get everything done while you can" and "try and do something nice for yourself too" modes until showtime.

Over the last year we have added Johnson child number two, got two new jobs, graduated, moved approximated 700 miles, and bought a house! I told the hubby we aren't allowed any more big changes for a while... Nothing wrong with some good ole' monotony ;-) 

Home Sweet Home!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Docta J: Graduation Weekend Recap **Warning: Awesome Picture Overload**

Over the next couple of days I am going to catch you up on everything that has been going on in the Johnson world. The first update being....drumroll please....

Ya girl is hooded!

Hood Status: Achieved. 
It is still surreal.

Graduation weekend was epic!

Friday night, our family and friends came into town from all over. I'm so blessed to have had so much unwavering support throughout this journey, and friends that didn't let me fall out of touch even though I am not the best at reaching out. The whole weekend was filled with so much love. I can't begin to tell you how good it felt to have so many people (who have been there with us every step of the way) come to celebrate with us.

Friday was also senior banquet. Nate and I got all dressed up like we were headed to prom and attended the event at the Indiana Rooftop Ballroom downtown. It was a beautiful evening in honor of our graduating class.

Saturday was the big day!!! One of my besties from U of M, Victoria, is a makeup artist in LA, and she hooked me up all weekend with awesomeness. She is so talented! If you need a MUA in the LA area, you can check her out here: V. Aje Artistry

Team Johnson!!

Grammy xoxo
The Parentals

My U Mich Girls!
Sis-in-law & Mom-in-law
Michigan friend-family

My plastic surgeon boo. She's kind of a big deal ;-) 


My GenSurg Love Ashley

After being hooded (whoot whoot!), we went back to our house, and hosted a BBQ for our guests. It was perfect because it seemed like the entire city of Indianapolis graduated that day, so it would have been so crazy trying to find a restaurant that could host our ginormous party of 30+.

Post BBQ we hit the town with my girls and brothers which was so much fun!!

My classmate Ty and his beautiful wife Sherron, our Indy couple friends 

Celebrating with the legal Ransone boys

Sunday, was brunch at one of my favorite restaurants close to our home. The food was delicious and the view from our party room was amazing. Before we cut the amazing cake Nate had made, I said a few words to everyone about how much it meant to me to have their support and how amazing it was to be living in that moment. You already know...ugly cry. I was so sad when the weekend ended because it was phenomenal.

The Ransone-McConico-Johnson Clan 

The McGraw-Johnson Clan
My Godmom & Godbrother :-) 

College Roomie Bestie/Newly-minted J.D.

Mommy looking HOT at brunch

Cutting the yummy cake (I was crying a little during my speech)
Sidenote, for the weekend I decided to try Rent the Runway for the first time! My banquet dress (red) was Halston Heritage and my graduation dress (blue) was Monique Lhuillier. I will definitely be a repeat customer! If you want to try RTR for yourself, use my invite and we both will get a $20 rental credit! Click Here
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