Sunday, July 8, 2018

4th Year Medical School Adventures

If you follow me on Instagram or know me in real life, you may have heard the news that we moved! Kind of... we're actually homeless at the moment. We'd known about the move for a while but with my job at the dance studio, we kept it on the down low for as long as possible so I couldn't announce it to the public until it was actually happening. We have such an exciting year ahead of us and I can't wait to share about all of it!

#ButFirst (hey, Julie Chen), I just have to say how proud I am of Parker for all of his hard work throughout these last 3 years of school. It's crazy that he's now a fourth-year medical student! Where has the time gone?

Now a little background information on how this whole medical school thing works... at least at Parker's school. Medical school is 4 years. The first two years take place in the classroom, the third year is spent doing clinicals and rotations in all the different specialties at hospitals associated with the school, and then the fourth year is a lot more flexible with time to do electives in areas of interest. Students are able to go to other schools to do rotations and get a feels for other specialties and residency programs. Parker has 4 away rotations set up and each one is a month long so we decided it made the most sense to get rid of our apartment for this year and get temporary housing each month.

So many good memories in apartment 35 on Tallmadge Road <3.

So we officially moved out on Friday after Parker's last test of 3rd year. He's officially in his last year of medical school which is nuts! It's gone so fast! We put our furniture and things we won't use for the next year in storage and packed everything else in our car. We drove across the country and are currently staying at Parker's parent's house in Montana for the week. Then we'll go camping with my family next week. Then onto rotation #1.

I'll share an entire post about our drive across the country because it was super fun and it deserves to be documented! For now, I'll share our upcoming year plans because they are a little crazy and I've been asked so many times where we are moving that I thought it would be easier to put it all in one place ;).

Rotation # 1 - Portland, Oregon
Rotation #2 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Rotation #3 - Denver, Colorado
Rotation #4 - Charleston, South Carolina

I'm so excited about each rotation! All of these locations look incredible and we are really excited to explore. I am very blessed to be able to continue working throughout since I work from 'home' for Chatbooks.

After American Thanksgiving, we'll be back in Ohio until Christmas, then we'll spend Christmas with our families. We have after Christmas to the end of January blocked off for residency interview season and then we'll be in Ohio for February, March, and April. In March, we'll find out where we are going for residency on Match Day! I'll share more about how that works later, too!

Parker will graduate from medical school in May and then we'll be onto intern year/residency! Whaaaat?! It's all gone so fast and I've actually loved this entire process. We will miss our Ohio friends and family so much but we'll be back for a bit which makes leaving a bit easier. And we have such exciting things in store so we are really, really excited for what this next year will bring!

Thanks for all the memories, Ohio! We love you!

Wish us luck!
xoxo, Chelan

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

How We Wore It | Back to Basics

Going strooooooong with the How We Wore It series this year and I'm proud of us for it! For the month of June, we are sharing the most classic of all the outfits: white tee & denim. It really doesn't get more classic than that, right?
I was really excited about doing this outfit this month because when my mom was here, we went shopping at the Aurora Farms Outlets and I got the cutest white tee with a little ruffle detail on the sleeve from LOFT. It's adorable! This was the first time I'd ever set foot in LOFT and I was blown away. I always thought it was above me and out of my league, ya know? Like I couldn't afford such a luxurious store! But the outlet was full of beautiful clothing and we really scored in the clearance section which was even better! Since this top I'm wearing is from the clearance section of the outlet, I couldn't find it online. However, I've linked to some darling & affordable white tops that have special details to make them not just your standard white tee.

My favorite thing about this top is that it's simple, yet the ruffle detail on the sleeve makes it unique. As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed it. My mom got one, too! #twins

Be sure to check out my friend's posts, too! They are lovely, as usual :). I'm lucky to have such awesome friends to blog with and be inspired by! I love these ladies and this series we've created so much!

Here are a few other things that I am crushing on from LOFT. It's my new favorite store!

Hat (old but similar one here) & capris are from Target.

Thanks for stopping by, lovelies! You da best <3. 

xoxo, Chelan

Friday, June 22, 2018

Our Magical Trip to Harry Potter World in May 2018

Parker got to go to a dermatology conference in Florida in May and as soon as I heard that they booked out The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios for part of the conference I knew that I had to tag along. How could I not, right? My boss was gracious enough to give me time off to go with Parker because she knew how much I love HP and I am so grateful because our time at Harry Potter World was literally some of the happiest hours of my life and I'm not exaggerating at all.
As soon as we landed in Orlando, Parker got an email saying that food and an open bar would be included at the park which we were super surprised by. We were pretty skeptical thinking that there was no way that butterbeer would be included in that open bar because they had to make money somehow, right? Especially since our tickets to the event were so inexpensive at $25 a person. We were fully prepared to spend the rest of the money that we would have on tickets to Universal on butterbeer alone. After riding the free shuttle to the back entrance of the park we walked the little way left to the entrance of Hogsmeade and as soon as I heard the music I started to get emotional. It truly is a magical place!

First things first, butterbeer! There was a butterbeer cart near the entrance and we walked directly up to it to get in line behind another HP World goer. To our utter astonishment, they were handed their butterbeer and walked away without paying. IT WAS FREE! My eyes started watering some more because butterbeer was freaking free! I remember thinking over and over again, "Is this real life?"

We each had 6 butterbeers (enough to make ourselves sick but oh so worth it) and were able to pretty much walk onto the rides because the lines were nonexistent. The Hogwarts Express was also available to us all evening long so that was a fun attraction that we hadn't been able to do the first time we went to Universal back in 2015. Walking through all the shops was another highlight because the attention to detail in that place is absolutely incredible. It really is like you're transported into a different world. The included dinner was delicious and super filling (or maybe that was the multiple butterbeers I was chugging while simultaneously eating dinner). I had my wand with me and gosh I just can't stop smiling while typing this. I wish I could just relive those 3 hours over and over again.
We were both equally as exhausted as we were happy at the end of the night and fell asleep quickly with overfull bellies and smiles on our faces. What an adventure!

Have you been to Harry Potter World? If not, you need to put it on your bucketlist ASAP! And don't forget to try the butterbeer! We prefer it frozen!

xoxo, Chelan

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Current Favorite Workout

I don't like to know when I'm exercising. That's one of the many reasons I love dancing. It's a killer workout, but it's fun so you don't feel like you're actually working out. Creative Motion Studios, the studio I work at, has some adult dance and fitness classes and at the beginning of this year, they added a PiYo class into the schedule. I took that class every Tuesday night and it was honestly the highlight of my week. So what is PiYo you ask? It's a combination of pilates and yoga and even though it's a workout, it's super fun and keeps me engaged so I'm not in my head or checking the clock the whole time. The PiYo class has been replaced by Strengthen and Lengthen (heavily inspired by PiYo) and it's on Tuesdays at 7:30-8:30 if any of you people are in the Northeast Ohio area and want to join us! It's a blast and we have the BEST cooldown/stretch at the end of class, hence the 'lengthen' part of the name, that makes you feel like a million bucks. Come take your first class at the studio for free!

If you can't make it to CMS to take the class, you should try the YouTube video below at home. It's a pretty good representation of the PiYo/S & L class that we do each week. One of the things I love most about Strengthen and Lengthen is that I am always sore in all the right places the next day. It makes me feel like I worked really hard!

Another component that we added into the class that wasn't exactly in the PiYo curriculum were resistance bands. They add a whole new element and make you feel like your muscles are screaming... but in the best way! Pinterest has a bajillion band exercises for glutes. I personally love the lying clam raises and glute bridges. Feel. The. Burn!

And while we're at it, why not throw in some music that I'm currently loving for exercising. Pretty sure I got all of these from my mom and everyone else probably already knows them but just for fun:

Most Girls by Hailee Steinfeld
I Like Me Better by Lauv
Getting Closer by NEW CITY
All My Life by DallasK
Answerphone by Banx & Ranx, Ella Eyre, Yxng Bane
Alien by Sabrina Carpenter, Jonas Blue
More than Friends by James Hype, Kelli-Leigh
False Alarm by Matoma, Becky Hill (an older song but never gets old to me)
How To Love (Boombox Cartel Remix) by Cash Cash, Sofia Reyes

Do you have any songs I should add to my list? And what's your favorite workout right now? I've also been really loving just going on long walks since it's so nice outside these days.

Thanks for stopping by today, y'all! I really appreciate it so much!

xoxo, Chelan