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Hey everyone, I am Cathryn. I am going into my 5th year of pharmacy at Butler University. I am also working toward a minor in Science, Technology & Society! In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and writing. I've been working on NaNoWriMo and am hoping to be published at some point in the near future as well. Most of the time you can catch me studying in the library or browsing the Internet. Oh, and did I mention that I got married last summer?

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Archive: November 2010

10 Reasons I’m not doing Black Friday

First of all, it’s my brother’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JONATHAN!

Second of all, I just realized when I do these blitzkrieg posts, I utterly SPAM the gobutleru Twitter with my drivel. I’m oddly proud.

Right, top 10 why I’m not doing Black Friday.

10. I need my sleep.

9. I have no money.

8. It’s snowing, I think. And if it’s snowing, that means the 3 inches of rain we just got are making the roads ice-skating rinks.

7. Wal-Mart had a Ronco knife set on sale, online only, from 5am to 11am this morning. It was $20. That beats getting in my car and fighting people to get a knife set, which I guess would actually be pretty cool. So that was my Black Friday purchase this morning… on Thanksgiving.

6. Tryptophan. I am not wrestling a soccer mom for BOGO juniors sweaters at Macy’s after a 1,000 calorie meal. Not enough coffee in the world could motivate me for sweaters at 4 AM.

5. Getting trampled. I don’t want to get trampled.

4. Clusters are next week and I can’t sustain a head injury.

3. I haven’t put together my Christmas gift list for people. No point in buying things if I don’t know what I’m buying.

2. I can’t be bothered getting dressed and going out in–oh–an hour and a half from now.

1. Mom and I are going to work out at the rec center tomorrow. I’m going to run so far and so fast that I’ll get immediately (and illegally) drafted into the Bengals. Because they play like girls. EYOH!!

I love you, crazy Target lady!

Sooo yeah. Not doing Black Friday. Never have done it, and I’m not starting this year. I just heard a car going up the street and I bet they’re going to Target.

The Home Stretch

Let me break down the last 3 weeks of the semester for you.

Monday, November 29th. PAWS has its last meeting with Noodles and Co.. Wednesday-Friday are clusters. I will be sobbing quietly in a corner during this week.

Tuesday, December 7th. I have a lab final. Weeping from the previous week will continue.

A small reprieve follows where I avoid the idea of studying for finals, at least until Thursday. December 10th is a blogger party. December 11th, Quidditch Tryouts on the Butler Bowl.

Digression: COME TO QUIDDITCH TRYOUTS ON THE BUTLER BOWL! December 11th, a Saturday, at 2:30 PM. If you can’t make it, there will be a FB page created with info.

Anywho, the last week of the semester follows with 5 days of finals fun. I will have 4 finals, which will likely be spread throughout these days, keeping me on campus for the longest possible amount of time. After which, we have a 4 week break. EEE!!

I will likely be half tearing my hair out, half setting up Christmas decorations in the apartment, half plotting Christmas gifts, and half rocking back and forth under my desk muttering incoherently about prostaglandins. I know I just threw a lot of halves at you, but trust me, I’m a scientist. I know what I’m talking about.

I love Hyperbole and a Half. I do.

Christmas Tunes Selections

Hi, everyone. I’m sure you’re all thrilled to realize that half of your city’s radio stations have switched to playing Christmas music 24/7, like undying beacons of perpetual holiday cheer. Most of you probably have a high tolerance for holiday music, maybe even have favorite songs. But there’s nothing like beating the dead horse of Christmas by having multiple radio stations blare “Santa Baby” like their lives depended on it.

I try to take Christmas music slow. I wait until Thanksgiving, and NO SOONER, with the intent of stretching my tolerance for jingle bells as long as possible. Around now, I’ve created a sort of frenzy, like the Nintendo Wii in Christmas ’07, or the McRib. All I want to do is listen to Christmas music. If I could effectively listen to Christmas music by playing it simultaneously on multiple mediums while also plucking out tunes on the piano, I would.

But I refrain.

Here are some of my favorites:

Sleigh Ride. In general. The Boston Pops and Ella Fitzgerald versions come to mind as my favorites. I must say that this is probably my favorite holiday-neutral song. (Note: I’m so tired that I typed in “Slay ride” for my Youtube video search.)

The Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack. Anything on it is fabulous. I love me some jazz tunes.

Sugar Rum Cherry. I played this song when I was a horrible 3rd trombone in the audition jazz band in school. It stuck with me when I bought it on Martha Stewart’s Jazz for the Holidays.

Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Oh, you had to see this coming. I don’t like it because I like the song, but because I like the Boss. And this rendition makes the song bearable, if not enjoyable. I approve.

Those are a few of my favorite Christmas songs. By the way, my favorite Christmas movie? Elf. We watched it tonight. *checks off list of things to do*

I thought for sure a Google image search would award me a goofier picture. Alas.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know, I’m way too late for this post. It’s already Friday. BLACK Friday. But Happy Thanksgiving anyway!! I hope you all had a wonderful time!

We had a normal menu this year, although I convinced my mom to increase the sweet potato casserole by 50%. I must say that I hate the term “casserole” because it sounds like something nasty. These sweet potatoes are DELICIOUS. You all have probably had something similar–it’s sweet potato goop topped with brown sugar and pecans. Some varieties include marshmallows. It’s almost too sinfully dessert-like to include on a dinner plate.

This year, I piled my first plate with so much food that I couldn’t fit corn or cranberry sauce (we use the gelatin kind because it is delicious). It was tragic.

I also jumped on board making a second dessert because mom’s pumpkin cheesecake pie turned out dodgy. I wanted to do another pumpkin thing because we had extra pumpkin anyway, and I actually had an intense pumpkin bar recipe from Ashley that got mysteriously left on the desk in my Indianapolis apartment. Drat. Some Internet searching discovered several recipes that reported a cake-like result. I finally settled on Paula Deen’s pumpkin bar recipe.

I kid you not, there is NO BUTTER IN IT. Well, there is some in the icing mix, but I didn’t make the icing. Why make icing when it’s on sale for $1.49 at Kroger? Yeah, right.

They turned out exactly like in the picture, and they tasted great! They were still very cake-like, though a little more dense, and perhaps manageable to eat with your hands. But forks are much more clean.

Breakfast tomorrow? Probably.

(That’s the picture from the Food Network site, by the way. I don’t want to have another storm confusion moment.)

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with friends and family! :)

Dancing with the Stars (oh, and baseball)

I’m humoring my mom with this post (sort of).

I haven’t been keeping up intensely with Dancing with the Stars, but I’ve heard through vigorous complaints from my mom that Bristol Palin was continually being voted to stay on the show, all the way up to today’s final.

SPOILER ALERT. Bristol gets third place.

I have a lot of respect for the stars that get put on this show. It’s a lot of hard work. The people that tend to win are those who have had previous dance training. It seems only natural that people would cling to a contestant who has had no previous training.

The only problem with doing that is if this person has no ounce of talent.

It’s one thing to look like a robot on your first show, then improve to looking like an android by the fifth show. But seriously? A lot of talented and, granted, previously trained contestants were voted off before Palin. Politically charged influx of voters for this show? Possibly. That’s the cynical view my mom and I have decided on. :P

I guess it’s sort of entertaining to watch someone with very little talent (but with improvement since the first try) dance. Like when Justin Bieber forgets facial expressions.

Because, let’s face it, Asimo is a better dancer than Palin, and he’s a robot who could barely walk without falling over a year ago. At least the person who won Dancing with the Stars was very deserving of the title. I won’t spoil that.

In other award-winning news, Cincinnati Reds’s very own Joey Votto won the National League Most Valuable Player!

CONGRATS VOTTO!

College So Far: Part III

And now, the exciting conclusions to my college career–SO FAR. (Because I still have 2.5 more years.)

JUNIOR YEAR!

Kass and Ashley left me for London during fall semester. Actually, I guess I went with them.

The girls and me at Edinburgh Castle!

Me at Stone Henge!

That photo may or may not have blown out of Ashley’s hands just after that picture was caught. I am forever at the historic landmark!

So while they were off traveling Europe and barely going to classes (ADMIT IT!!), I was taking these:

Pathophysiology: Ow. Just. Ow. A lot of disease information in a short amount of time with some pretty detailed questions. I got through it okay.

Clinical Biochemistry: I like to call this Biochemistry Lite. There was no lab, nothing about plants or fungi, just body metabolism and DNA things. I actually kind of liked it, but it was pretty intense.

Drug Information: This class teaches us how to use medical databases. And the Internet.

Intro to Pharmaceutical Care: This may not be the actual title. We’re introduced to pharmacy concepts here, like DEA numbers and what suppositories are.

Immunology: A really interesting class that I juuust couldn’t do well in. Since it’s actually a not-COPHS class, it wasn’t scheduled with clusters (oh, clusters, I’ll get there soon), and that meant it got the short end of the stick when it came to studying. I’m sorry, immunology. :(

As I briefly mentioned a second ago, this was my first year experiencing clusters. For those of you pre-pharms or perspective pre-pharms, clusters are how the college of pharmacy slowly suck your soul out of bendy straws 3 times a semester. All of our tests are scheduled during a 3-day period where we have no classes, just exams.

For you non-pharmacy people who think that’s a sweet deal, just stop. Stop right now.

The only possible way you can prepare for clusters, especially at this point in the game when we have 4 information-heavy classes, is by studying every day as if the test was tomorrow. Take a bite off of that lack of procrastination and chew it.

(I’m only saying this because some weird whiny site had someone complaining about how pharmacy people had it easy because we have clusters. Seriously? Seriously. That’s like saying astronauts have it easy because all they have to do is fly to space.)

Anyway, fall semester was my first taste of clusters! I remember during my very first cluster set, I was studying for pathophysiology, which was at 8 AM. I decided to be hardcore like everyone else and study until 3 AM, then wake up early and take it. I woke up with horrible stomach upset and the shakes, then after the test I slept from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Didn’t do that again.

Spring Semester! (This is when pharmacy school gets REAL).

Intro to Principles of Drug Action: Ever heard a pharmacy student complaining about PDA? Here’s what it’s all about: this is the class we take for the rest of our professional school career. It is a combination of pathophysiology, toxicology, pharmacology, and medicinal chemistry. That’s why we complain about it.

Intro to PharmCare 2: Math! Calculations! How not to kill patients!

Delivery of Health Care: Not my favorite topic, this was a class that focused on health insurance. And I’m still clueless.

Biotechnology: This is the class where we learn about how mouse molecules are made into autoimmune disease drugs. Intense!

So, that’s my really long entry about junior year. By the way: in spring semester, I turned 21 and got engaged in the same week. :)

Crying and making high-pitched noises? Simultaneously.

Twitter!

Last year, the bloggers had Twitter accounts. Mine was mostly sad and neglected, save for when I wanted to communicate with our mascot, Blue 2, and when we made it to the NCAA Championships.

Apparently, Twitter is not the way to reach the masses. Despite this, I still use my personal account a lot. My last name was trending the other night and I got excited. It wasn’t about me, though. sigh.

Recently, two of the campus’s more successful bloggers, Levester Johnson and Blue 2, got some recognition for being AWESOME.

LJ made it onto the list of 25 College Presidents You Should Follow on bachelorsdegree.com. He’s not even a college president. That means he’s in the top 25 Twitter accounts and he beat out other accounts despite not being a president. Rock. Awesome.

Blue2 should win every award ever for being adorable, but specifically, he made it onto a top ten list of university Twitter accounts to learn from, created by a social media expert.

Point being, if you’re on Twitter and you’re not following either of those gentlemen, YOU NEED TO. Tell all of your friends. Blue 2 posts adorable pictures about 100 times a day, and LJ takes a Butler gnome across the country and safely buckles him in when driving.

Ready to go!

In case anyone had an extra Butler gnome, please deliver it to my apartment. I want one badly.

Tom’s Shoes!

I got Tom’s Shoes this past weekend for Christmas. Don’t understand how that works? Well, first you go to Nordstrom’s to try on a pair and know what size to put on your list for Santa to get. But then the employee in the shoe department gives you sad puppy eyes and wants you to buy them so she can get commission. Then your mom goes “OKAY” and then you ask to just go ahead and wear them (with sad puppy eyes) because they will be rendered useless at Christmas when there’s snow on the ground.

Then you get a Christmas present in November and you’re not allowed to pout when there aren’t more presents under the tree on Christmas.

Anyway.

I see a lot of Tom’s Shoes on campus. I think it’s really great that such a charitable article of clothing has become stylish. If you didn’t already know, when you buy a pair of Tom’s Shoes, you’re actually buying a pair for yourself, and a pair of shoes for someone in need in Africa. HOW. COOL. IS THAT?

It just makes you want to buy tons of pairs! And they’re so, so comfortable. I’m glad that consumer Americans can actually do some good by over-indulging in shoes. Like me!

Here’s Kass modeling her Tom’s Shoes!

Oh, and that old scooter we got her for her birthday that she only mildly enjoys by riding it around the apartment.

So in case any of you were on the fence about getting Tom’s Shoes, I highly recommend them! Super comfy, and you can make a difference in somebody’s life by getting them. The only group I haven’t seen wearing them a lot are guys. Come on, dudes. They’re slip-on. You don’t have to tie your shoes anymore. What more could you ask for?

College So Far: Part II

Let’s get ready for SOPH.MORE.YEAR. (I couldn’t fit the ‘o’ in, deal.)

Ashley did this to me while I was innocently trying to study.

FALL CLASSES!

Ochem I: I took this over the summer at Xavier University. I cried a lot.

Anatomy: Physiology not included. This is taught by Dr. Hatcher, who’s a crazy awesome dude (that’s right, I just called an ER doctor and Vietnam War veteran a “dude”). I was really glad I took anatomy in high school so I was familiar with this class. It was not a cake walk.

Intro to Creative Writing: This turned into a primarily poetry class despite the course description saying it would have prose in it. Ugh. I hate poetry. I did, however, learn a lot about the writing process and how to edit. So that was good.

19th Century Europe: I took AP Euro in high school. 40% of it was this era in history in Europe. I destroyed this class with my mad European history skills.

East Asian Interactions (GHS): You have to take two Global and Historical Studies (GHS) classes to graduate. I chose this because I love Asia. I learned about samurai and ancient China. I actually really enjoyed it!

Lifetime Fitness activity and class: I took Strength and Conditioning as my activity, so I ran on a treadmill every day like a pro. In November I got a cough that wouldn’t go away and running made my chest hurt, sooo that made strength and conditioning hard.

Healthcare Ethics: Iiiit was interesting. That’s all I’m going to say. Requirement you have to do, the end.

SPRING SEMESTER!

Pathogenic Microbiology: Taught by Martin Sheen as Robert E. Lee in Gettysburg, aka Dr. Shellhaas. I loved this class so hard. I have a thing for bacteria. This class had a lab where we got to practice staining techniques and look at squirmy bacteria under a microscope. We also got to play with bunsen burners. Woo!

Modernizing and Contemporary Europe (GHS): It just wasn’t fair to Europe classes at this point. This class started at exactly where 19th Century Europe did. I, again, tore it apart. We did get to watch a BBC rendition of Charles Dickens’s Hard Times, as well as All Quiet on the Western Front. I loved both.

Ochem 2: I cried more.

Symphonic Band: SO FUN! I missed playing tuba! I had a great time in the band, but could no longer fit it in my schedule. :(

Physiology: A nightmare. But I got through it. Anatomy was a lot better because it was “This thing goes here.” Physiology was “this thing goes here and does this and this and this and this and–” yeah.

PX200: Same ol’. Had to do a learning service project, and that’s when I joined PAWS! HOORAY!

YEAH-YUH!

ACTIVITIES!

I didn’t do a whole lot of activities sophomore year. In fact, I did none. But a group of crazies decided to start up a game of Humans vs Zombies, and I was up for a late evening patrol of campus looking for zombies to pelt with Nerf missiles. This is also the year the game was banned from campus.

I remember winter being particularly cold that year. Like, freeze your snot two feet out the door cold. We still lived in Schwitzer so the commute to class was hardly bothersome. That would all change when we moved to the apartment village. DUN DUN DUN!

This project is getting overly ambitious for 1:21 AM. My ‘u’ key is now rebelling, whereas my ‘s’ key is behaving. Is something living in my keyboard?

College So Far: An Epic Tale, Part I

Listen, I have a lot of things going on, but I thought right now would be a good time to break it down for you and tell you about my experiences here at Butler. Year by year. This is going to require a lot of digging on Facebook to find the proper pictures.

PART I: FRESHMAN YEAR

Move-in day!!

My shirt does, in fact, say TEAM AWESOME. This is the first day I met my roomies!! Move-in was crazy, and it was hot, and our room was very crowded and awkward because we set up the beds to be three in a row. No one manned up to take a bunk. Ashley eventually did, though. So here’s a picture of our dorm, circa December in Schwitzer Hall!

My side of our redesigned room!

We probably had the coolest dorm in the Lower Level. Let’s not lie.

Let’s discuss the classes I took as a pre-pharmacy freshman.

FALL SEMESTER

Calculus: Didn’t jive so well with the teacher and withdrew sometime in September after the first test. Happens.

General Chemistry: With Dr. Kirsch, still one of my favorites! He’s so funny. I think his teaching style was also the reason I did so well in that class.

PX100: I’m not sure if the pharmacy program still does it this way, but this was an “intro to pharmacy” class I took once a week that required a job shadow and a bunch of videos and reflection papers.

Music: A Living Language: I thought this class was sort of a joke, but only because I had played in my high school band for seven years and I had a pretty good appreciation for music. It was easy and we got to watch movies, and I saw a young Yo-Yo Ma!

Man, I really slacked fall semester once I dropped calculus. In my defense, chemistry was 5 days a week plus a lab. So there.

SPRING SEMESTER!

Calculus: Second time’s a charm? I got a great prof who was really good at teaching us math, and I did decently in the class. YAY!

GenChem 2: Same gen chem. Different course title. Still with Dr. Kirsch and it was fun! I think this was the semester he told us about alcohol metabolism in the liver.

Cell Biology: This was our pharmacy biology requirement, or at least it was when I was a freshman. I liked it because it was very specific for things we needed to know, like the in-depth ways ATP is made and how DNA is synthesized. Very useful for microbio and clinical biochemistry later!

Intro to Psychology: SO. FUN. I actually learned a lot of things about eyes and brains and neurons and sleep that came in handy for down the road. I would highly recommend taking psych for this division requirement for any pre-health people. :) We watched a lot of videos and I always thought my prof looked like Severus Snape. In a good way.

ACTIVITIES!

I joined Butler’s Shotokan Karate Club! It was a really awesome experience, especially with my background and interest in Japanese culture. Shotokan is a national league of karate-ness (I should be their spokesperson) that is raw, un-Americanized karate! I got to punch the air and yell in Hinkle’s west gym. That was practice every other day. Awesome.

While freshman year was awkward in many, MANY ways, Kass and Ashley and I had a lot of fun navigating college and figuring out that 8 AM classes are to be avoided at all costs, no matter how early we had gotten up in high school.