It has been a productive month. With proficiencies over and behind us, this month has flown by, and finals are quickly approaching. Before we are able to get too stressed about finals, we were given a much needed break for Thanksgiving! With the 5 day break, many people went back home with their families to celebrate the holiday, and of course, eat lots of turkey and pumpkin pie! I went back to Rochester, NY, and spent the holiday with my family. Luckily, I wasn’t too badly affected by the snowstorm, and my flight was only delayed for about an hour! It was so nice to have a home cooked meal and to enjoy some much needed dessert! I remember last year when I came home, we had just gotten all of our new equipment and everyone insisted on bringing it home with them. Besides the hassle at the airport (and being that person that had to have a bag search because their optometry equipment looked too suspicious), my entire family assumed that I knew how to use all of the equipment, when in all honesty, all I knew how to do was look at the eyes with the o’scope and take a pretty iffy guess to see if the reflections looked similar. If they didn’t look similar, well…I wasn’t too sure what that meant at the time, but I still was able to impress my family (or at least I thought I was quite impressive). This year was a little different, and may have resulted from the overwhelming amount of notes I brought home that allowed no room for anything else in my bag. I would have loved to have brought home my equipment and practice my skills (now that I know how to properly use my retinoscope and o’scope), but I didn’t have any room in my bags! Instead of testing out all of my equipment and playing with all of it, this year was spent studying for pharmacology and PPO. And let me tell you, it is very hard trying to study in a house with a 2 year old and lots of people talking!

Even though not as much studying was done over break, it was a much needed relaxing break from school. On Thanksgiving morning, my sister and I braved the cold weather and participated in the local “Turkey Trot,” which was a 4 mile run, ending in a local park. The day before, a pretty big snow storm had come through, so needless to say, I could not see any grass and it was a bit cold outside! I had told myself that I would make sure to train for this run while in Boston, but of course, it is cold in Boston, too, and I would often find myself deciding it was too cold to run! The morning of the race, it was a whopping 19 degrees out, and there was a nice “refreshing” breeze from Lake Ontario. Nothing like a nice, cool breeze to cool you down! My sister and I met up with some friends and we definitely contemplated whether we wanted to go through with the long run or if we should just take the turn on the race course and run the short course instead. We conquered our fears and decided to run the whole course and it was a nice feeling when we finished! When we crossed the finish line, we turned to each other and said, “Now I can have 2 pieces of pie?!”

For Thanksgiving dinner, I was in charge of making a vegetable tray. Instead of going with a traditional, boring veggie tray, I decided to get creative. I made a veggie tray in the shape of a turkey and, of course, the turkey was wearing glasses (made out of celery)! I couldn’t celebrate an entire Thanksgiving without incorporating my NECO side ! The turkey tray was a hit and everyone loved the glasses (see, wearing glasses is in style again)! I think I will have to make a special veggie tray for Christmas now, maybe one shaped like reindeer (and of course, they will have glasses on too)!

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