borax38: from <user name=iconzicons site=livejournal.com> (Elinor)
I hope everyone had great holidays. Welcome to all the new people!

Vacation was great–I went to Burgundy with all the family, and had a very nice Christmas. And for once, we had snow on Christmas day! I have been fantasizing about this since I was a kid, and I'm still extremely satisfied. The snow is melting now, unfortunately, just before I have to go back to work again.

Today is the epiphany, and in France at least, we have a special kind of cake, called "frangipane" in which a small figurine is hidden, and the person who has the slice with it the king or queen. This year, I was the queen!

Once the king/queen is crowned, the joke is to scream "le roi boit" (the king drinks) or "la reine boit" very loud and fast and over again when the king/queen is drinking, to try and get him to stop drinking. Now, my father gets startled easily, but this time jumped so much when the rest of the family started screaming, that I inhaled the water I was drinking. They won this time, I stopped. :)

Anyway, how was every one's holidays?
borax38: from <user name=roonzil site=livejournal.com> (Catherine and Henry)
Well, it's almost been two weeks now, but given my habit of procrastinating, I'm only posting now.

Since the beginning of August, I've started a new internship in infectious diseases, which is pretty interesting, with the doctors always asking us questions and explaining stuff to us. Hopefully, I'll master antibiotics by the end of it. On the downside, there's a lot of administrative work, because the patients need a lot of exams to try to figure out what they have, how their condition is evolving.

Back to the important (or at least, the most fun part): vacation! With my family, we went back to California for a month, visited family and friends. We stayed in the Bay Area, visited my father's uncle in Southern California, and finished in Lake Tahoe, the best place in the world (to me at least).

Photos are under the cut )
borax38: from <user name=iconzicons site=livejournal.com> (Elinor)
Seeing as I post so sporadically, I feel I almost don't need to say sorry for the late update, as you're probably not expecting anything sooner.

Anyway, this will just be a quick post because I really need to go to bed after staying up late last night.

First of all, my best friend got married yesterday! Everything was pretty wonderful: the mass, the reception, and of course, the bride and groom. I'm sooo happy but it also feels so strange to think that my friend is now a "Mrs."

I finished my exams last week, and my results will come out mid-July probably. I don't know if they went well or not, because usually, when I get out of an exam I have a feeling things went well until I speak about it with friends and then I believe I failed everything. To avoid useless stress, I don't discuss my exams any more to stay on my first impression, but it's not really representative of what I actually did.

And last, I'm going to the States in two days! Every two years, I go back there with my family, and I just can't wait! We'll be traveling across California for three and a half weeks (well, I'll come back home after three and a half weeks while the rest stay for a few days more). As a consequence, my updates will probably be even more sporadic, as I don't know when and where I'll have internet access.

I hope everyone is having a good time and can take vacations this summer!
borax38: from <user name=roonzil site=livejournal.com> (Catherine and Henry)
More than a month since my last post, actually. I haven't really been in the mood to post anything, though I have been looking at my friends page, so I sort of know what's happening for all of you.

The important news for me is my grandfather's passing at the end of March, after long years and particularly these past months of illness. I truly believe he's in a better place now, but it still was hard for us. My mother and grandmother are holding up okay, but we're still sort of wondering when or if they're going to break down. My grandmother, in particular, was exhausted after taking care of my grandfather for such a long time.

On less depressing news, I've just finished my internship in the ICU, and all in all, I'm really happy with those three months. It was sometimes very hard, because for the first time in my life I sort of identified some patients with people I knew and it was very disturbing, but it was really interesting and we all got along very well. I'll be starting pediatrics tomorrow and I wonder how that's going to go.

Other than that, my sister's Canadian exchange partner is going back home tomorrow, after three months here. It was great fun to have her, and she was really nice. It's going to be strange to have the house back to the family only.

I hope everyone is okay and had a nice spring break (it's around this time of the year, isn't it?).

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