Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Travel and Babies and Life, Oh My!

BABIES! So this semester at school has been uber-busy and uber-exciting. I am just finishing up my pediatrics and maternity rotations. What is is about babies that make every woman a baby-loving, clock-ticking crazy lady? I find it impossible to hold a newborn and not feel immense love towards it (not in a creepy, I am going to take your baby way, but rather more of a oh my god, this is so amazing feeling).

Before the start of the semester I was able to go home to visit my family over the holidays, then visited my boyfriend's family in the Dominican Republic. I had already met most of them, but had not spent much time with his father or that side of the family. So Carlos, the caring boyfriend that he is, throws me in the front of their SUV with his serious-seeming, bad ass corporate lawyer father (I do not really have a concept of what that entails, it just sounds important, you know?) . Luckily, my fears abated when his father popped in the sound track to Mamma Mia and started singing.

Summing up the trip: lots of Spanish, saw a baseball/pelota game-go Escogido!-, went to Playa Rincon and played in the waves, saw a roasted whole pig, ate a lot and celebrated New Year's.

Then in February my friends Bethany and Tony got married. Zipped home (by that I mean flew) for a quick Valentine's weekend wedding. Saw friends, parents, ate some good Thai. (You can read more about that here.

Probably the most amazing group of women you could hope to know! I could tell you more, but I might start crying or sound annoying 'cuz I do tend to brag about my friends.

I also went to Las Vegas over my spring break! To answer you
r question, no I didn't get married! Although I am sad to say that I was unable to convince strangers to get married so that I may stand up at their wedding, nor did I meet high rollers while in a cute cocktail dress, blow on their dice only to have them win thousands and give me a $1,000 chip. Isn't that supposed to happen if you go to Vegas? So disappointing.

What could have been the perfect culinary trip turned into a random ass
ortment of tacos, hot dogs....yeah, you get the picture. Went to the Hoover Dam (cue lots of corny jokes with "damn" as a some sort of adjective), saw Red Rock Canyon-beautiful, Madam Toussaint's wax museum, the Bellagio Fountains, the Great Salt Lake, played some slots, won some money, lost more money and had a romantically wonderful time.

On a scary ledge at Red Rock Canyon. Where we may have seen a squirrel eating another animal (what can I saw-it's the Wild Wild West).

Tacos in old Las Vegas-north of the strip.

Unbelievably done-up midnight snacks at Pink's Hot Dogs outside of Planet Hollywood Las Vegas.

And that pretty much sums up the last three months :)


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