Monday, May 9, 2011

Picture of The Day

This is a picture of the wife and I during my "photo shoot".  We went to the Redlands airport with Richie to take a few shots for my graduation.  It actually took a lot longer then I was expecting, but my wife and Richie seemed like it was perfectly normal to spend an hour and a half taking pictures of a very non photogenic person.  We got some good pictures, and this is one of my favorites

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Thank You: Mom

My mom had always told me that I was "smart" but I am not sure she actually believed that I was smart until after I started Pharmacy School.  But not matter what she thought she has supported me every step of the way (Even if sometimes I took the wrong step). I have always respected my mom, but it was not until after I had kids and going to school full time and working as much as possible that I realized the sacrifice and hard work that my mom did to survive.  I had my amazing wife to lean on, but my mom had nobody, just me, my brother, and herself.  She was able to work full time while completing her AA degree and becoming an RN.  Every time I would get frustrated and feel like giving up I would think back to those times and realize that my mom had it much harder then I.  Over the past eight years she had been there every time we needed her even when she was going through some hard times of her own.  Probably the most help has been, then babysitting.  She would drive down from Angelus Oaks every morning and pick up Ava.  Then in the evening she would drive down to drop her off.  She would/does watch both the kids on weekends so that Posrha and I can go out for some adult time.  Of course my mom has always been there to help however she can financially as well.  Helping me get loans for school or giving me an extra $20 here and there to "Go have a nice time".  Thank you mom without your love and support I do not think that I would have made it this far. 

P.S. could a borrow a $20...I pay you back ASAP

Thank You: Dr. Travis Grimes

I had two friends in undergrad at CSUSB, my wife and Travis.  When and where we meet is lost in an undergrad haze.  I know that we started having classes together doing our sophomore year.  Eventually we started studying together for Organic Chemistry.  There was a lot of smart people in that class but Travis and I would get the top, or near top grades in the class.  We always had a friendly competition with the scores on the quizzes and tests but our scores were always close.  Since we were two of only about 10 Chemistry Majors for our year we had basically all our classes together from then on.  As the quarters rolled on and the classes became harder and harder (Physical Chemistry and Linear Algebra were by far the hardest classes I have ever had) I started to depend on Travis.  He was/is very focused on what ever task is at hand.  He would often be at the library hours before I showed up studying.  I of course would show up about an hour before a big test, having not studied at all.  He would then go up to the chalk board and go through everything that I needed to know.  Sometimes (not often) I would actually score better then him because his review was so good (he would get a little mad about that).  There is not doubt in my mind that I would not have received that grades that I did and passed the classes that I did without Dr. Travis Grimes pushing me to the limits of my intelligence and providing me with a solid work ethic.  Through out the years anytime we would see each other in the morning for the first time we would call each other Doctor (Good Morning Dr. Grimes).  We would chuckle and dream about the future.  After undergrad I went to Pharmacy school and he went to Washington University (the one in Pullman) to get a PH.D.  So in a few weeks we will actually get to call each other Doctor, for real!!! Thank you Travis and good luck with everything that you do.

Thankful: This is Me

I am only three weeks away from the end of pharmacy school.  It has been a journey, rough at times, stressful, boring, exciting, heartbreaking.  There are many adjectives that I could use to describe the experience of pharmacy school.  Right know I feel extremely happy and profoundly thankful.  So I would like to spends the next few weeks and post my thanks to specific people that, without there help and support I would not be 3 weeks away from a doctorate degree.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

MIxed Emotions: This is Me

I can't believe that the Lakers lost last night.  Kobe had a good game but did not get an assist, Pau played better but still not to his usual standard.  The "Killer Bees" what a joke, I'm really missing Farmar, Ariza and Sash right know (And so are the Lakers). 

On a more exciting note, I am just 1.5 days from finishing up my rotations.  36 weeks of  &*$%  well not 36 more like 24 weeks, bookended with two great rotations.  This is going  to be a crazy month.  The wife and I leave for NYC in two weeks then when we get back it's all about graduation.  I have a week and a half of review in class and I also want to take the kids to an airshow, and don't forget about Mothers Day.