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It’s a blob, it’s a lump…IT’S A SEA LION!!!!

Tons of them!!!  Pier 39 near Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco is home to a very happy clan of sea lions that get to while their days away in the California sun (and fog).  Apparently, the sea lions had left for several years but recently returned and re-took over the pier.  Welcome home, pinniped fishermen, welcome home.

Of course, this photo was taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  Stay tuned for more!  Fair warning:  I’m super busy right now enjoying post-graduation life, so it will probably be a couple of weeks until my next post.

That said, I would like to officially introduce you to “Elizabeth Iannone, M.D.”!!!!!  Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Graduated medical school on May 11th!  Finally, after only 22  years of school (hehe).  Watch out world, because here comes Dr. Shutterbug.


sailin’ off the dock of the bay…

 Ok, folks!  It is Match Day, the day in a medical student’s life where the big magic computer in the sky matches us with a residency program and we find out where we will spend the next 3+ years of our lives honing our skills as “real” doctors!  And….I MATCHED AT MY TOP CHOICE PROGRAM!!!!!!!!!!!!  I will be one of the newest Emergency Medicine residents at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center!  I am beyond excited right now and so thrilled to start on this next leg of my journey.  🙂  WOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!  And congratulations to all my med school buddies on their respective matches…we’ve all worked so hard for this and we rocked it!  Special shout-out to Dr. Dan and Dr. Heather…your programs are lucky to have you guys and the world is lucky that it is going to have such an amazing ER doc and pediatrician!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ok, with that said, on to the photo.  Golden Gate Bridge (mostly silhouetted) at sunset with a sailboat on the Bay (presumably headed out to sea, if I’m judging correctly from the direction of its sail).  And that’s about it for the photo!  Today is all about Match Day joy (the culmination of 8 years of hard work) with a nifty photo thrown in.

Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  Enjoy and stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!!!

finally back…

Hello again, world!  So, I’ve emerged from the depths of boards studying, sat for the 8-hour exam, and am now in the midst of my surgery rotation.  Yeah…I’m up at 4am to round on my patients by 5am and I usually get home around 7pm.  So, posts may be a bit sporadic (and have short blurbs) for the next 7 weeks, as I typically have 1-2 hours each evening to do all my stuff and still get a decent night sleep.  That said, how cool is it that I get to help with surgeries and get to have my own patients?  Third year of med school is definitely living up to what I had hoped it would be.  Its also amazing to be back on home-turf in Pittsburgh.  Close to family, friends, boyfriend, and a hospital stuck in a slightly safer section of town than Temple  😉

So, what would a bleary-eyed med student on a surgical rotation need, second only to air and water?  FUZZ!  So, world, here is the family cat, Sadie.  One lovely lady in a group of 5 (!) sweet kitties.  Oh, and I honestly can’t remember which camera I took this photo with, but I’m going to guess my now-stolen Olympus Stylus 820.

Alright.  That’s all.  Its 9:53 and that means it is 53 minutes past my bedtime.  By the way, this officially means that I am 24 years old and going to bed earlier than I did in middle school.  Sad.  So, so sad.

We’ll be right back after the break…

(Cue Mrs. Doubtfire voice) Heeellooooooo!  Just a quick post so that no one thought I perhaps fell off the face of the earth.  Well, I suppose that I have in a way…studying for 8-10 hours per day for the boards has turned me into a recluse.  A recluse who has been spending an ungodly number of hours with her cats.  Med-student-with-a-brain-that-is-quickly-reaching-its-exploding-point?  Check.  Crazy-cat-lady-in-the-making?  Check.  Kitties very happy to have a stay-at-home mommy for 3 weeks?  Check (don’t get used to it, my darling fuzzballs…once rotations start, I’m just going to be the seld0m-seen character that feeds you and seems to be warm to sleep by at night…and if I’m not warm at night, please call for help…I presume I will have been worked to death).

Help!  I’m trapped in my apartment and can’t get out…until May 7th!  Well, I have been patronizing Borders quite a bit.  And I’d really rather not attempt to tally up the number of sugar-free raspberry iced black teas that I’ve consumed in the past few weeks…mmmmmm…..

That said, May 7th from 9am-5pm (!) is the big day!  USMLE Step 1, better watch out, ‘cuz I’m gonna kick your tushie.  And 8pm to who-knows-when is going to be one fantastic night out in Center City with me and med school peeps who have all been cooped up for way longer than can possibly be deemed healthy by the medical profession.

So, I’ll be back with some photos after the most important test of my life…see you then!

technical difficulties…

“To err is human.  To really screw up, you need a computer.”

Yup.  The computer has been diagnosed with intractable Blue Screen of Death disease complete with symptomatology of random crashes and error messages.  Thank goodness for regular hard drive back-ups.

It’ll take me a week or so to rebuild this puppy…in the mean time I’m stuck using my new little netbook (which just can’t handle all my photos).  Sooooo, it will be a little while until a new post gets put up (sorry to anyone who is regularly following me!).  On the bright side, as med school is now more or less entirely digitized (as is most of my boards studying), I’m at least not overly stressed because I do have a fully-functional, albeit teensy weensy, computer-like-netbook-thingy.

See you all soon!

through the drinking glass…again…

So, once again, I was a thirsty med student trying to diligently study…but succeeding at getting distracted.  If it wasn’t the cats trying to play with me (Izzie always brings me toys so she can play fetch!), then it was my favorite blue-and-clear glass full of water.  I know, I know, you’re wondering why the heck I was spending so much time staring at my water glass.  Well, try studying gastrointestinal pathology and drugs for constipation and diarrhea and then let me know what percentage of your time was spent trying to picture anything but the inside of someone’s colon.  🙂

So, I whipped out the Canon G7 and shot away.  It was quite fun playing with the coloration of the glass and the water level.  And here we have it!  Contrast enhanced in Photoshop CS3.

Oh, and don’t worry.  I finished my studying.

playing on the “playa”…

Second in my series of people photography!!  Now, I know I said that the Mexico series was done with, but, surprise!  More Puerto Morelos pics!  Were these strategically saved for this series or did I just forget to put them with the other series?  You’ll never know.  Anyhoo, its fun to photograph kids doing their kid-ly things.  They always seem so completely absorbed in what they are doing and bring such a fun, carefree-because-they-don’t-have-bills-to-pay  feeling to the photo.  I find that looking at pictures like this always makes me remember how much I liked to do (blank) when I was (blank) years old, long before medical school sort of owned my soul.    🙂

So, this boy and girl were playing in the sand on the shore by the Puerto Morelos pier in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.  They are in front of the original lighthouse that was transformed into the Leaning Lighthouse of Puerto by Hurricane Wilma.  Since it’s more or less non-functional now, there is a new lighthouse a bit further back from the shore.  It is much taller and, personally, if I were a sailor, I’d be glad Wilma killed the old short lighthouse so that I could guide myself home with the more modern upgraded model.

The photo was taken with the Canon Powershot G7.  I used Adobe Photoshop CS3 to adjust the contrast a bit and to bring out the slightly sepia tones in the picture to help create a more nostalgic feel and to highlight the angle of the sun.