At the Still Point of the Turning World
Residency is over, NOW what? (While I'm waiting for the answer, I'll get some spinning done....)

Friday, April 25, 2003


1. Attends a lot of Bloody Awful Meetings
2. Listens to all the residents' gripes about the program and the attendings
3. Listens to all the attendings' gripes about the program and the residents
4. Passes news between attendings and residents, deleting gripes as necessary
5. Attends a lot of Bloody Awful Meetings
6. Is asked to "look into" a lot of piddly little problems, and find solutions
7. Makes a To-Do list every day
8. Adds to the To-Do list every day
9. Attends a lot of Bloody Awful Meetings
10. Passes along news and updates discovered during Bloody Awful Meetings
11. Promotes peace and goodwill among residents and attendings
12. Advocates for residents when disputes arise
13. Is privy to academic and behavioral problems among the residents, which are confidential
14. Must walk a fine line between knowing about the problems in #13, and not letting everyone else know
15. Organizes major residency events, such as the annual retreat and--graduation! (Counting the days until June 2004)
16. Attends a lot of Bloody Awful Meetings
17. Listens attentively during the Bloody Awful Meetings (Brent), or knits socks (Theresa)

Question: How many socks can a Chief Resident make during her year of service? Assume average knitting speed and 8-10 hours of Bloody Awful Meetings per month, plus some odd knitting time during the Morning Report and on call. Give me your best guess. At the end of my term, I'll count up the socks and whoever had the closest guess gets a Top Secret Grand Bazoo Award (TBA).

Sunday, April 20, 2003


Look who managed to be born without my help:

This is Marius Alexander Jackson Bannwart, the newly-born son of one of my fellow residents, Phillipp, and his wonderful wife, Sarah. He's also my newest patient, since I took care of Sarah during her prenatal care. He was born at 9:16am on April 19th, while I was soundly asleep in my bed, dead to the world and to my pager, which was set on silent alert. So much for putting all my birthday and vacation plans on hold to be present at his birth--clearly he outsmarted me.

I would like to hold it against him, but he's just so darned cute.

Sunday, April 13, 2003


Inspired by Nannette B's recent posts, I started (and finished) a Spontaneous Scarf using four different spindle-spun yarns. The basic concept for making these scarves can be found in an article in the Winter 2002 Spin-Off. Basically, you knit the scarf longwise using a reversible stitch pattern, changing colors every row and leaving a long tail at either end to incorporate into the fringe. I used one of the first spindle-spun yarns I ever made, an underspun, puffy, 2-ply dark plum merino heather, as well as three other yarns--a pink/purple heathered multi, a sequential colorway in burgundy/gold/grey/purple, and a purple/grey heather. The pink/purple multi and the sequential colorway are the lighter valued colors that "pop" out against a background of dark plum merino and purple/grey heather. Here's a closer look at the yarns used in the scarf, knotted into fringe.

This is a great project for using up those single skeins leftover from other knitting or spinning projects, or those single skeins made from 1- or 2-oz oddments of fiber. The knitting went by quickly because I got swept up in the interplay of the different colors, yarn thicknesses and textures.

The result is a classic Big Wooly Scarf, the kind you loop around your neck before reaching for your coat. Even here on the Central Coast of California, we have days when such a scarf can be useful.

Friday, April 11, 2003


Okay, okay. Here are a couple of mini-snaps of me and the newly-elected co-chief (there are always two), Brent Van Andel:

These were the photos we used for our residency applications. Notice how nicely-dressed and groomed Brent looks in his photo. Mine is a picnic snap from 1995. I'm wearing an inside-out sweatshirt and enjoying the beach at sunset.

At least I got my big head through the collar.

Monday, April 07, 2003


If you've been wondering why I've been so quiet lately, it's because I've been plugging away at the following semi-major projects that have nothing to do with fiber arts:

Number One: Apply for a California medical license. This entailed rounding up original transcripts to every school I ever attended, a certified copy of my medical school diploma, a notarized signature/photo card, a set of electronic fingerprints, a statement from my medical school that I did indeed attend, a statement from my residency that I am indeed in attendence there, a notarized application for reduced licesure fee, and a check for $805. Status: DONE!

Number Two: Taxes! After wimping out for many years and having a CPA do my taxes, this year I tackled Turbo Tax and did my own (very simple) return. I feel like a real grown-up at last. Status: DONE! To be mailed out tomorrow.

Number Three: Figure out the rotation schedule for the residents in my class for the upcoming year. Rotations are the residency equivalent of individual classes, and each of the seven members of my class have to complete rotations in Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Cardiology, Dermatology, Neurology, Gynecology, and Emergency Medicine next year. Addtionally, we have to do two months of Night Float and, in return for these services, we get four months of elective. Somehow, over the course of two years, I have found myself the official Scheduling Genie for my class, since I struggle with the monthly on-call schedules all the time, so the rotation schedule has somehow become mine as well. I have gathered everyone's preferences for vacations, electives, and night float blocks, and now have to put it all together into a rotatiion grid. Status: Information gathered, now I just have to sit down and DO IT!

Number Four: Open a retirement account. Certain of my List buddies have already heard me whining about how I am in my mid-thirties and have no retirement savings. Not one red cent. But I do have a paycheck and a monthly budget that is (sort of) working, so I am determined to get started. Status: Old account active at a discount brokerage, just need to fund an IRA.

Number Five: Get my car serviced. She's a 1995 Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan named Tildy, and she needs an oil change, brake check, and general tonifying. You have no idea what a pain it is to get your car serviced when you're a resident living alone, and have to be at work at 6am every day. Status: I need to get on the phone with the garage and schedule old Tildy with the Subaru doctor on the first day of my upcoming VACATION!

Number Six: Working too much. Too much call, too many weekends rounding, getting grumpier and grumpier. Status: Residency--it is what it is.

Isn't that enthralling?