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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: September 2012

No aprons were harmed in the making of this post

I was trying to come up with our “couple name” and I realized we don’t have one. Curthryn? Cartis? These are terrible options. Vote in the comments for your favorite.

Our schedules are awful this semester, and we never ever see each other. I leave in the mornings and stay in class all day, and Curtis has night classes until 9-9:30 every night. We try to eat a late dinner together for some semblance of normalcy, but neither of us want to be cooking at 9:30, so that means we want something ready to eat when he gets home.

So in an attempt for readiness, we pre-made a pasta bake on Sunday. The only thing is, we didn’t have anything off of either of these recipes so we had to … make due.


Our pantry may look stocked, but I guarantee the canned goods are mostly black beans and diced tomatoes. Only one of which went into this dish.

I want to be in a Better Homes and Gardens spread real bad.

TADA! For every ingredient we didn’t have, we replaced it with cheese. I swear we used a fourth of a can of grated parmesan in it. A whole container of ricotta, and a whole container of feta, too. It was … ill-advised. But! I made my own tomato sauce using plain sauce and my own spices, and that turned out great! I’m a real descendant of a real Italian now!


This semester, we’re studying infectious disease, which is awesome. Definitely high up on one of my favorite subjects. No idea why though. Our professor ever-so-lovingly has referred to his lectures as Bugs and Drugs (hence my title). Yesterday, we sat through a 2.5 hour lecture yesterday and it was occurring to me that dealing with these cases is not unlike a real-time strategy role-playing game.

If you don’t know what that is … then good on you. But taking the example of my faaavorite, Fire Emblem, you command an army of people with different skill sets (and trust me, there are enough antimicrobials to fill up a Fire Emblem army), and then depending on each fighter’s skills, they may have strengths or weaknesses against enemies. This is exactly how infectious disease cases work–figuring out the enemy’s weaknesses and picking your strongest fighter(s) to go into battle.

Which brings me to my next point: I’m about 90% certain I’m going to apply for a pharmacy residency next year, and there’s a good chance I want to work with infectious disease. This is a big life decision for me! And I’m terrified! YAY!

To commemorate, I wanted to share the New Guy at the Pond: an Egret named Dolan.

Curtis walked RIGHT UP TO HIM for that picture!


Blowing everything off

My whole student career here, I’ve watched my friends get email after email saying that their classes have been canceled for one reason or another. In the science departments, it hardly ever happens. I’m not sure why. I remember for a whole week of organic chemistry, my professor taught with strep throat. It was insanity.

When it would snow a few inches, some professors would decide not to come to class. I remember one of my professors would come to campus from his farm in the boonies at 5 in the morning and never ever cancel class regardless of road conditions. And I’d be sitting in class all day seeing things on Facebook like:

“My class was canceled! Time for Starbucks lol!”

or even worse:

[updated at 2pm on a Tuesday] “Just woke up for my first class of the day lol”

Okay there might be an inaccurate overuse of “lol” but you get the idea.

Here’s my complex. Every time the mere suggestion of doing anything but schoolwork comes up, I get all indignant. And I act like this.

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But the truth is, even when I have cluster exams, I really do want to get milkshakes and cheese fries at Steak n Shake. Like real bad.

And this semester, my last year of classes here, I have had around 4 classes canceled. It’s not even fall break yet. Am I being Punk’d?! Now I have to camp out until my evening class and since it’s post-clusters I have nothing to do. Except watch more Community, I guess.

The only other pop culture I subscribe to!


No but seriously. If you try to talk to me about Breaking Bad (that’s popular right?), Game of Thrones (are these things only popular to a certain sect of people and aren’t actually popular?), anything reality TV, The Office, Modern Family, uhm… right, anything not Downton Abbey or Parks and Rec, I’m clueless. Unless they’re made into gifs and put on Tumblr. Then I might know what they are. Like I can give you a synopsis of Sherlock and Supernatural because I’ve seen so many graphics made out of those shows.

But anyway, Downton Abbey season 3 just premiered in the UK this past weekend and I am dying because everyone streamed it online except me because I had cluster exams this week. Tumblr was absolutely crawling with episode spoilers Monday morning and now I know a bunch of things I wish I didn’t. :(

Then my other favorite TV show Parks and Rec had its season 5 premiere today!

I. love. Parks and Rec. I was laughing so hard during the part where they were discussing the Employment Enjoyment Summerslam Grill Jam.

I don’t really plan to start watching this show, but I’m just gonna leave this right here: Philosophical Honey Boo Boo.

New Music Month

The next month is just FILLED with all my favorite bands coming out with new albums!

Tuesday, The Killers came out with Battle Born! I knew their new album was due out before the end of the year, but I had nooo idea it was coming out so soon. I heard on the radio on Monday that it was coming out the following day and I was like AWWW YEAH (in the Kool Aid Man voice). I got it right away because I’m desperate for music to listen to while studying, and it’s awesome.

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The single off of it is called Runaways. There’s something reminiscent to Sam’s Town about this album, but it definitely stands alone with its own sound. (Sam’s Town is still my favorite of theirs, I think.)

The Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons have their new albums this month too! It’s just TOO MUCH. Definitely been a good year for albums for my favorite bands. Springsteen, Avett Brothers, The Killers, gawsh. All I need is Ke$ha and I would have a complete set of my favorite things.

What? I freakin’ love Ke$ha!

Exams are heeere

And they’re back with a vengeance.

Miraculously, we only have three tests this week, which I’m eternally grateful for. One of our classes (biostatistics, actually) decided not to give tests this year, so we only have 3 tests every round of clusters.

Which, if you’re just tuning in, cluster exams are how Butler Pharmacy does tests in the program: all of our tests are scheduled over three days three times a semester. During those three days we don’t have any pharmacy classes. We just come in for tests. If you’re me and you’re taking a non-pharmacy class, you still have to go to it. Which I will be doing tomorrow in the evening when I have an 8am the following day. Woe is me, right?

Soooo I am glued to my computer and going through the natural phases of “I can’t find a comfortable spot to sit in my entire apartment.” But it’ll aaaall be over soon. I’m just hoping these last two will go smoothly! Then it can be the WEEKEND. And I won’t have to look at Hogwarts-themed drug tables.










I must talk about this every year.

Fall is my faaavorite time of year. I know it’s only been September for 14 days, but the minute school starts I’m ready for it to be 60 degrees (or colder! I can do colder!) so I can wear boots and sweaters and scarves and always have a hot beverage in my hand.

(I was about to say “I wish I could share tumblr photosets!” and then I was like … wait, YES I CAN. But I decided not to share the whole thing for credit reasons!)

The leaves aren’t turning quite yet but once they do I will take my real camera to school (not my potato camera phone–which if you don’t know what that is, that’s when you have a really blurry camera that is worthless and might as well be a potato and not a camera).

Today, it’s rainy and it’s only going to be a high of 70. So I am wearing a sweatshirt and boots because 2/3 of my classes are canceled and I don’t care. Ha! Happy Friday, my friends.

Sinus Epidemic ’12

It all started the morning of September 9th.

Well, probably earlier than that, but let’s go with the 9th. I had a sore throat. I knew where this was going. Nowhere good. I started with a kettle full of water, put it on the stove. Set the burner to high. Herbal tea with lemon juice and honey could be my savior.

But it was already too late. The infection had taken its hold in millions of host cells. THE PARASITE HAD WON.

The morning of the 10th my sinuses had filled with muck and I was breathing like Darth Vader. I made it through all my classes on Monday, managed to ace a medicinal chemistry quiz (SOMEHOW), and I went home with the innocent but misguided thought that I could get some homework done.

Instead I conked out on the couch watching Ghost Hunters International. In fact, I fell asleep when one of the investigators was calling out to spirits in a solitary confinement cell in a haunted jail in Ireland.

What’s creepy about my illness was that everyone has it. We’re sharing this infectious organism and I didn’t even realize it until around Wednesday. Gross, gross, gross. Yucky. Stay away. :(

Now instead of germs I’m going to share with you this hilarious entry from my favorite, highly specific Tumblr gif set blog about pharmacy school.

When a doctor writes for Amoxicillin 200mg/5ml susp take 250 mg qd x14 days #qs

(answer: For that dose of 250mg, for a suspension of 250mg in 5mL, the dose would be… 5mL. Doctor. Who went to medschool.)

Consolation prize

If I got a nickel for every time I was up late on a Thursday night doing a blog entry… I would have SO MANY NICKELS.

At least it’s Friday now. It’s past midnight. I made it home, finally. It looked like it was going to storm when I was driving home but I guess it was all for show. It rained a little bit and maybe some areas of Indy got more than we did in Fishers, but who knows! Weather does whatever it wants around here, I don’t try to understand it. :(

I had a nutritious meal and I’m trying to get some last minute studying in before I finally finally get some sleep. I caught a cold and I guess if I was going to get one, I might as well have gotten it right at the end of the week so it can hit me over the weekend. Sigh. College kid problems, for real.

I hope everyone has fun at BUTLERPALOOZA this weekend!! I will not be attending because I… gosh I don’t even have a good reason other than I will probably making like a bulldog and doing this:

and studying beta-lactams. :[ So glam.

Real Estate

At the rate this semester is going, I think I should purchase some real estate here on campus, because I basically live here. During the week, I spend way more time here than I do at my house, and that’s not even including travel time.

I got here for my 10AM class and it is now 8:30PM. It has been. a long. day.

Oh, and the worst case scenario Commuter Thing happened: I forgot a bunch of stuff in Fishers. And by a “bunch of stuff” I mean my wallet, which has money in it, which I planned on using for lunch. Luckily I had a friend to lend me some cash to get a snack (AWW YEEAHH), but that has always been my biggest commuter fear: forgetting my wallet! At least I’ve gone over an entire year of commuting without forgetting it. Still made me feel like an exile or something, though.

Anyway, I’m trying to figure out which spot of real estate I want to purchase. I’m not thinking the pharmacy lounge.












Too green. And… abandoned. Has a fridge, though!