Wow. What a week it has been. The first week of our schooling at Mayo Med School. With every sentence spoken to me, and every moment walking around the Rochester campus of the Mayo Clinic, I am more excited to continue my education and career here. My classmates are AMAZING, diverse, interesting, and fun to be around. Plus, they are brilliant.
We have done all orientation activities this week, like configuring computers and VPNs and worrying about how our schedules will go, learning about parking rules, and the dress code ("Mayowear").
If you didn't notice already, we are business casual and occasionally professionally dressed. Whenever we interact with patients we are wearing full suits, professional wear. At Mayo, physicians (called "consultants" here) do not wear white coats so as not to create a barrier between the physician and the patient. Instead, we all dress professionally and expect that the staff around us does the same. We wear our badges to distinguish ourselves from patients and their families. We have separate elevators, stairways, and subway (underground walkways) passages so as not to congest patient areas and not to make them nervous by our presence. In a lot of ways, it makes a great deal of sense.
Today, our class was introduced (I should say entertained) by Dr. John Noseworthy, the CEO of Mayo Clinic. He is fabulous. Hilarious, hardworking, and handsome. The three H's. Having practiced for many years and conducted clinical research, he understands our position and that of the practicing physicians around him. Mayo Clinic states in its bylaws that the clinic must always be led by a physician, so the heart of medicine is not lost and the needs of the patient always come first.
I wasn't ballsy enough on the first day to wear my pink blazer, because 1) we had to dress professionally...and pink pant suits are questionably professional. 2) we had to take our ID pictures that will be haunting us for 5 years.
So. I Wore it the second day. ha! PLUS MATCHING LIPSTICK. Yep. I'm cool.
Today, our class also decided to take a group photo, as we haven't had one taken yet. Our real group photo will be taken at our Commitment to Human Values ceremony in August (white coat ceremony everywhere else...but remember? Mayo doesn't wear white coats).
I thought it turned out really well!! I'm in the second row middle.
Finally.....the REVEAL OF MY STUDY SPACE. I have posted my desk photo before, but the hardware (special ordered) finally came in. So here's the study space I have created for the long nights of biochemistry, histology, and anatomy. Complete with lamp, bookshelf, tons of drawers filled with sticky notes and pens, highlighters, a calendar white board and pictures of fun people.
In august I'll have an office chair coming from Michigan, but until then, it's one of the dining room chairs. Which I don't think looks too shabby.
All for now. More soon.
Ok guys! Tomorrow is our first day of MED SCHOOL!!!!!!!!. Can't believe it.
Last night we had a little get together with all the M1's and some M2's. First, Deeyar invited us over for a little wine time with just a few girls. It was a great time to meet and get to know some of the Mayo Women I will be getting to know the next four years. Then, we headed over to the party spot and met up with almost our whole class! It was a blast.
Are you ready for my first room reveal? My living room. Remember, I have limited space, and that makes this fairly short and sweet, but I'm including a cost analysis for you, so you can guestimate about how much I've spent on this living room. I would say that I am a bargain shopper, just judging from some other living room makeovers I have seen of friends and family.......
First of all, let's take a sweeping look at the space I have.
First lets start with the chair and couch.....
The chair was $40 to purchase, and about $50 to reupholster. You can see the transformation here. The ottoman was $5 at goodwill, and I used the leftover fabric from my chair to finish it.
The couch was...get ready for it....FREE. I talked the craigslist seller down from $100 if I could move it myself. She was desperate, ok? It's a pull out queen, so that is a bonus. After I replace the mattress (the old one smelled like straight pine tree...no me gusta.) it will be about $200 into this project, which in my opinion is not bad at all. Considering its in my style, and will be all brand new fabric and new tempurpedic (sp?) mattress... I still have to finish sewing two of the cushions...oops.
Major furniture: $300.
Next, the entertainment center. I REALLY LOVE IT. It's so chic.
I spent $40 on this piece. And let me tell you, it's SOLID. I got it on Craigslist from a PA at Mayo who was moving. The TV I had, so no cost there....
I saw these white dishes and fell in LOVE. Especially the way they match up with the wood. Wow. Love them.
I now have seven of them (see one more below and one in the dining room). I got them at both the Salvation army (for $1 a piece) and SAVERS (my savior) for $1.50-$3 depending on the size and pattern. I just LOVE THEM. Didn't have to paint them either, which was a plus. I put a little grassy tree ball in one ($5 TJ MAXX), and potpourri in the others that I got at TJ Maxx, $8 for a huge bag of cute smelly things including flowers and balls.
So, entertainment center apparatus is about $60 (I used the potpourri in the rest of the apartment too to make the closets smell yummy).
Picture wall...still growing. Painted frames from Savers and Salvation army, ranging from $1 - $1.50 a piece. White paint is same from desk, dresser, and wooden stand.
Just a few small items, I have an old apple crate ($20 at antique store---yeah, not happy about this price)., Lamp, another white piece from Savers, a potpourri pig from Kate. I originally got a different end table for $5, but wasn't happy with its color and its size (30' by 30' wow). So I sold it for $10. haha.
Got this gem at SAVERS (told you it was my savior). It was $10.99. The feet match my chair PERFECTLY.
My drapes I got at Savers again....$4 a panel. Washed them up and man they smell nice with those Downy Unstoppables. Yummy. Got the rod at Walmart...ugh.cost about $20 because I needed something around 100' long. I tied back my drapes with some sewn fabric pieces from my dining room chairs, just to add a little matching touch. Candelabra from Women's Resource Center Thrift shop in TC - $2!!!!!. Score.
Little things: around $80 for it all.
So, I am estimating that I spent about $470 on my living room....not including the TV....
Not bad, considering you can't put a sofa sleeper for under $650 right now.
After yesterday's failed attempt at the Habitat for humanity, where apparently you need to be waiting in line for when they open (I went about half hour after they opened and there were at least 50 people there, compared to the 0 people that are there in TC when I go). I was discouraged because in TC, the Restore is a goldmine. Here, not so much, or maybe only when they first open and you're a vulture.
So, I decided to hunker down and be a garage saler, which previously in my life I have not particularly done. I even bought the newspaper so I could circle the garage sales and map them all over Rochester. I ended up going to five.....That happened to be spread out all over town. I came home with some scores, and spent about $15 overall (not including gas of course). Two small trinkets, but the big score was a DRESSER. It was $10. Which is more than I wanted it to be, but whatever, I'll take it. It was a weird wood color (see below). Kind of stripey. But I had an idea. So I painted it antique white. Was going to leave the top a dark stained wood, but I was 1) too poor to buy polyurethane, 2) too lazy to buy polyurethane, 3) didn't want it to take as much time as poly takes....so...I compromised for the grey solid top. I covered the inside with pretty shelf paper. NON ADHESIVE. Do not put adhesives in your dresser drawers. Someone twenty years from now will hate you.
Second I got a little small white basic shelf for the bathroom ($2) because I don't have a lot of storage in there (no pic, imagine a basic walmart shelving unit that is three feet tall enclosed). And I got a rolley cart ($.50) which I decided to cover in shelf paper and make it prettier and stick it in the laundry room to hold my laundry stuff. It will probably hold my paints and varnishes too at some point just because it is so large....
Ok. Here are the pics.
What do you think?
Actually, the title of this post should really be where is all my furniture??? I really have kind of a sparse living room right now, just packed with all my stuff that hasn't found a home yet due to the lack of actual furniture like dressers and desks.
In my conquest to save the chair from yesterdays post, I did something that was actually really hard to do. I painted the beautiful dark wood. Now....there are half of you that will be really disappointed with me, and the other half waiting anxiously to see what it looks like now. Hopefully, after seeing the photo you are all happy with the decision I made.
Why did I decide to paint??
1) My chair did not match the finish of the table I am using. And no, I will not refinish both the chair and the table to be the same.
2) All of my chairs will be mismatched but in the same general style, so they will not be the same finish or the same architecture....So painting will make them seem united as a unit.
3) Its fun to paint things.
4) I'm a glutton for punishment to strip, sand, and paint in an apartment.
How I did it:
Lock Purkinje in the laundry/storage room with food and potty.
Giant tarp and two layers of drop cloth over TILE flooring.
No fume-inside safe orange stripper.
ALL windows open, all fans going.
Wear clothes you don't care about.
Wear socks that will stay on the mat no matter what. Do not walk off mat with socks on. When going back to tarp/mat, put socks back on. Saves your feet. and your shoes from chemicals.
Wear gloves. duh.
So here it is.
What do you think of it?? Leave a comment with your opinion. Personally, it turned out better than I had hoped for.
These two chairs are NEXT. MUAHAHAHAH.. (excuse my 80's kitchen and dishwasher)....
Also, I got a headboard for $5 today from the craigslist killer (more on that later)....
Wondering how or if I should fabric inlay it......
I have it behind my bed now and it looks good. Maybe I will keep as is until I need another project ;).
Do you think I should fabric inlay the inside with padding (more of an upholstered fabric look), or leave it how it is.....My bedroom is currently stocked with dark red sheets/duvet/etc. So the color does go nicely......
M3 at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine