Lobster Night

BoatOur daily life here in Grenada is quite uneventful and predictable. We tend to eat all 3 meals within a half-hour of each other everyday, I methodically switch out my study hall scarf every three days to avoid looking like I wear the same thing everyday, and I haul around the same book everywhere I go. In fact, me and my First Aid have become joined at the hip. And it is slowly becoming lovingly color-coded to perfection! Usually the only variable in our day-to-day life is whether we will watch 1 episode of Big Bang or be crazy and watch two.

We tend to feel bad we don’t share more updates, but then we remember we don’t do much. No worries, this is not a sad thing so much as a reality thing. With exams less than a week away (gasp!) we are more hermit-like than usual. I have staked out my seat in the library (although someone clearly forgot that was my spot tonight and I am currently relegated to a corner I only travel to in last resort).

But, a couple weekends ago, we were cool and exciting. We decided that a night off from study halls, AC, and home-cooking was in order and we decided it was Lobster night. Lobster season here is a magical time and even the most pricey restaurants here are still quite affordable when compared to what you might spend in the US. And lobster is gluten free, Tyler’s major selling point. So we went to one of our favorite lesser-known restaurants for a sunset beach walk, some lobster and rum punch. And because ending the night at like 8:30 always causes a bit of a complex we even went and grabbed dessert at one of the big, fancy resort hotels and sat on the beach for a bit admiring the stars. Relaxation at its finest if you ask me.

In other news, Tyler’s parents and sister come a week from Friday so we will be getting to spend some time with them. And I think Tyler is hoping for a restock on the TJs gfree pasta he loves so much. We have picked out some of our favorite new dishes I make for a couple dinners in and are praying the grocery store might actually stock the ingredients I need. All-in-all it will be fun to see them and will hopefully give us an excuse to sit on the beach and get a little sunshine. Although I might have to invite Mr. First Aid – USMLE is less than 5 months away.

Here are some pictures, because we know they are way better than whatever I have to say. ¬†ūüôā






My incredibly colorful dessert.




Sir Barnaby Was Born!!

Sir Barnaby (Left) and his baby sister

Sir Barnaby (Left) and his baby sister

Jan 31st, 2013 was a big day in the little Paulson Home. We became kinda parents to our sponsored goat kid! We are so excited and think he is absolutely adorable.

Not sure what we are talking about? Well a while ago we posted about The Grenada Goat Diary¬†which was on Kickstarter. We were glad to support them when we heard about the program. Since the Goat Dairy is closely linked with one of my favorite places on the island, Belmont Estate, which we have written about many times and Tyler and I are also in love with the Goat Dairy’s cheese, we were very excited to see them expanding what they do. With my brand new food blog almost up and running I will even get to share some of my creations! But more on that later.

We are hoping that since we are living on the island that we might be able to go meet Barnaby. I am convinced that it would be way more fun to see him while he is still small. Hopefully soon!

So that is the newest “big” news over here in our tiny Caribbean paradise. We sponsored a baby goat kid. And yes, I totally picked out that name and think it is awesome!

Here are some more pictures!

Barnaby's mom, Cherry, and what we think is Barnaby's sister.

Barnaby’s mom, Cherry, and what we think is Barnaby’s sister.


Sir Barnaby getting ready to go to his new home.

Sir Barnaby getting ready to go to his new home. Isn’t he adorable!?!?!


We Need a Bush Bath

I think the world is out to get poor Tyler and I. It would appear that something does not want us to be productive and/or to feel well.

My eyes have been giving me a lot of trouble. I don’t know if my new prescription is just not correct or if it is a light thing or reading too much on the computer. It seems to be worse reading up close, but I have been noticing a lot of eye strain and things seeming very blurry. I am considering seeing if there is an¬†optometrist¬†here who could actually see me and be helpful. I have the opportunity to be able to order glasses online that could be brought down with Tyler’s parents in March if I can figure out what is wrong.

I have also been having a lot of migraine headaches Рlike I had one everyday for a week. This is another thing that I was not anticipating getting so much worse so suddenly and randomly. Lets hope this trend ends soon.

And poor Tyler’s tummy has been acting up recently. We think it is nothing more than maybe a normal stomach bug as we are fairly certain he has had no gluten, but we are always on the look-out for when the possibility of food contamination might actually turn into a thing that affects him. Lets hope it is just a garden variety stomach thing and will pass and won’t actually be anything important.

All in all, I have been saying a lot lately that “today is not my day.” My friend today told me I needed a bush bath to get the bad mojo out.

So, prayers for healing and protection would be greatly appreciated. While they are all minor things, they can really damper a day and a mood which makes leading busy lives all that much harder.


So I Suppose This is When Things Get Real

Alright, so this is one of those posts about school.

Mostly because I keep having the following thoughts like 5 million times a day….

“Holy Moly, I am in 5th term!”

“Wait, I actually survived 4th term?”

“Crap, I have to go to the hospital and know stuff” (p.s. I do know stuff, promise!)

“Oh, Boards…yea lets not think too hard about that one”

“Oh my gosh, we leave Grenada in like 4 months!”

Anyways, the point is Рtime is flying! It is hard to believe the classroom part of this whole adventure of med school is ending. We are quickly approaching all of the exciting hands-on learning. And in like a year from now I will be researching residency slots and filling out apps and starting to gear up for interviews! While the thought of another round of interviews and applications makes me slightly nauseous and our bank account weep a little, it is still crazy that we are flying through this life stage rapidly barreling towards the next.

The first wake-up call came in the form of an email greeting.

Um, Yea

Yep, that says Doctor. I mean, it is technically premature since I don’t exactly have a degree, but that is clearly not the point. Now this also represents the stupid application for my Board exam (USMLE Step 1) I take this summer which will only be THE most important exam I ever take in my life!!!! No pressure!

Anyways, all of that is to say that I think I am getting excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel showing its (while very dim) head reminding me that there is in fact an end.

This past Wednesday was my first rotation here in Grenada at the hospital. I landed myself in Orthopedics. We spent the morning with an orthopedic surgeon doing post-op visits and examinations. Not only was our first patient awesome (6 weeks post major vehicular trauma with some x-rays that even made my skin crawl) but it was great to be thrown in an exam room with a patient and left to put to good use all that we have been learning and practicing. We still have a lot to learn, but real patients are SO much better than fake patients and textbooks.

This should be an exciting term ahead. Hard, exhausting, but exciting. It is nice to be rounding the final stretch, the downhill coat to the finish line of what I am calling Med School, Part 1.

As always, be praying for us as we spend yet another few months being ridiculously busy and exhausted. But also be prayerful and thankful as we finish this life adventure and move on to a new one.