Seeing a Male Gynecologist: A Do or a Don’t?

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So as a woman, one of the things I look least forward to is my annual exam with a gynecologist. Nothing like meeting a new doctor and then having their head near your lady parts a few minutes later.  UGH. Now that I’m living in a new town, again I have to meet a new gynecologist. As I made my appointment, I realized they scheduled me with a male doctor. Now, I didn’t want to make a big deal of it so I just let it go. But with my appointment next week, I’m really wondering if it will be massively more embarrassing or whether it really doesn’t matter who it is, it’s going to be an awkward experience no matter what gender the doctor is. I mean, at the U of M, I once had my first yearly exam by a lady dressed essentially in 1800s prairie clothing, long calico skirt and all. Which was a little strange since we were in Minneapolis in the summer and we weren’t traveling on the Oregon Trail together. She also tried to make weird jokes, which just made the whole thing bizarre. So hopefully at least Mr. Male Gynecologist doesn’t try to one up her in the doctor-appointments-I’d-rather-not-relive department.

Any other ladies out there see a male gynecologist? Or if you don’t, would you??


Ode to Caffeine

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am hopelessly addicted to caffeine. My coworkers know not to approach me until I have had at least 1 can of pop in my system (the first thing I do when I get to work is open one of those babies up!). When I go without caffeine, I am a mess. In college when Jamie and I ran out of pop one cold Sunday we just laid in bed and essentially napped all day. That is how important it is to me. It has the power to destroy me (there is a reason I call it the “elixir of life”). You can imagine how these last few days have been with me sick and living off little-to-no caffeine. My head hurts, I want to yell at everyone, and I feel on the verge of tears all the time. Anyone else as addicted to caffeine as I am? 

One of My Favorite “30 Rock” Quotes

At night, I always have to watch something light before going to bed or else I have intense dreams where I am running away from zombies with some kid I went to school with in the 4th grade. “Parks & Rec,” “30 Rock,” and “Arrested Development” are the usual shows I will rewatch, often for the 10th or 20th time (no, I’m not exaggerating). Rewatching early “30 Rock,” I was reminded of one of my favorite “30 Rock” moments from one of my top episodes, “Greenzo.” It’s so true. I wish I could have found a video of it but alas, I could only find the quote.

Jenna: The only reason men start taking care of themselves, is that they’re getting someone to have sex with them. If it wasn’t for that, they’d just sit at home in their own filth.
Frank: Hey Liz, we’re out of string cheese, so I think I’m going to take off.

Cooking for Two

I love that when I googled "cooking for two," I got this hilarious picture of one confused guy showing off his food to another. Let's say that's Old Kevin & I'm looking a little manly in my middle age.

I love that when I googled “cooking for two,” I got this hilarious picture of one confused guy showing off his food to another. Let’s say that’s Old Kevin & I’m looking a little manly in my middle age.

With Kevin and my long distance relationship FINALLY ending for good (YAY!!!), I’m going to have to start cooking for us and dazzling Kevin with my meals! When I lived alone for my year in grad school and for the two weeks here alone in Marshall, I’ve found cooking for one person really tough. I hate wasting food and many recipes are not tailored for one person. Luckily, this summer I had some practice cooking meals for Kevin and me. Overall, I think I’ve gotten good at cutting down large recipes to make it acceptable for 2 individuals. Also, thanks to Pinterest, I came across this awesome site called Reservations for Two. It has a ton of recipes that are Kevin-friendly (he’s a bit of a picky eater, though he has improved!) and made specifically for just two people. I also love that many of them involve not too many ingredients or too much time. That’s the one hard part about cooking–sometimes when you are just starting off at a house, you need to buy a bunch of basic ingredients and it can be hard if recipes have random stuff you know you won’t use again before it goes bad.  I’m looking forward to making this small chicken & rice casserole (or as those crazy Minnesotans call it, hot dish). Kevin loves comfort food like this and I like that I can sneak in some veggies to his diet! That plus a few other recipes as well as some packaged food from Trader Joe’s and we should be set!

Any tips for cooking for two people? I’m new to it!

Drunk Leslie Knope (aka Amy Poehler)

So obviously, I’m a HUGE “Parks & Rec” fan, as well as a super fan of Amy Poehler in general. Anything she does cracks me up. Her laugh has to be one of the best laughs ever. And when Amy Poehler is acting drunk, especially as Leslie Knope, well amazingness ensues. I could watch this collection of drunk Leslie Knope moments on a loop. I think anyone who has had a bad night with wine or various other beverages can see themselves in at least one of these scenes (or maybe all of them!).  I think I’m guilty of a few of them, in particular the crazed look she has after passing out at her desk from snake juice. After a night of one too many glasses of wine at home, I came downstairs looking like death (definitely not as good as Leslie) and my dad literally went “whoa!” and started laughing. Never a good sign.

On that note, have a lovely friday night! 

Weekend Roundup

Happy Labor Day weekend! We can officially say good riddance to summer (thank the heavens!) and welcome fall with open arms!  I am going to be in Wisconsin for the weekend although since I am still sick I may not enjoy it as much as I want. This weekend keep in mind…

From E:

Madewell’s new fall shoes! I will take them all, thank you. My feet want them. (I feel like I have featured boots in every weekend roundup…that shows where my heart lies)

If you have time, CNN has compiled some great information/editorials on the March on Washington’s 50th anniversary. I am glad that we are marking this anniversary by continuing to have an educated discourse on race and discrimination in America.

The Hollow Crown is now available to watch on Itunes and Amazon Instant Video. I have watched both Richard II and Henry IV Part I. Intellectual observation from an English Major: extremely well done, impeccable performances (Ben Whishaw truly is Richard II, it is that unnerving. His abdication scene moved me to tears. Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Irons, and Tom Hiddleston also give stellar performances–throw all the awards at this group of actors). Shallow observation: Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston? CAT SOUND!

From J: 

I can’t wait for a weekend where I can get out of the heat of my 90 degree classroom! YAY! I’m heading back to Minneapolis for the weekend. Kevin officially finishes working in ND on Saturday (YAY!!) and will be in Marshall for good after that. I’m seeing a good friend from my Amsterdam trip on Saturday and will chill at the gorgeous Lake Calhoun in uptown! Now my picks:

I love reading advice columns because I am so nosy and love to hear about other people’s business. One I go to daily is “Dear Wendy.” She answers questions on relationships and life daily online (except the weekend).  I love her honesty; she doesn’t sugar coat it & is always right with her advice.

Lately, my skin has not been its usual self. I’ve been breaking out more and my sensitive skin was just “off.” I’ve discovered Renee Rouleau’s line, which I will devote a longer blog entry to in the future. I’m Skin Type 4 and thanks to a few products, my skin is looking amazing! She also has an incredible blog section with a ton of skin advice.

I basically live in dresses, especially in the summer. As I slowly start to transition to fall, I think this anthropologie dress is gorgeous. I splurged on it and ordered it this last week. While it’s still too hot to wear, I love the mixed prints and slight Marianne Faithfull feel it has! It can totally be dressed up or down!


Pretenders: Perkin Warbeck


First of all, that name just sounds like it would be a Pretender! I mean, do you get any better than that? Our dear Perkin suffered a much worse fate than his predecessor, Lambert Simnel. Unlike Lambert too there still remains the question that Perkin was not a Pretender at all. Some scholars believe that Perkin was really in fact the younger of the Princes in the Tower, Prince Richard the Duke of York. Philippa Gregory’s novels The White Queen and The White Princess agree with this theory, concluding that the widowed Elizabeth Woodville sent a servant boy to the Tower instead while smuggling her real son abroad for protection. We may never know for sure, but we do know that Perkin Warbeck put a great strain on King Henry VII’s reign. He showed up first at the court in Burgundy in 1490. He was welcomed to various other European courts as well as the Duke of York, even being recognized by Margaret of York who was the Aunt of the Princes in the Tower (the sister of the late King Edward IV). During his European tour, Perkin married a relative of King James IV of Scotland, Lady Catherine Gordon, further cementing his claim as the Duke of York (Pretenders aren’t allowed to marry the relatives of royalty after all). Things went downhill from there for him. Perkin landed at Cornwall and eventually surrendered to King Henry’s forces. He was actually allowed at Court for some time under the watchful eye of the King, but the clemency granted to Lambert Simnel would not be repeated. After attempting to escape in 1498, Perkin was imprisoned in the Tower of London. He was hanged in 1499. So ended the life of a (maybe) Pretender.

Do you think that Perkin was really the Duke of York? I told you those pesky Princes in the Tower would bring trouble! 

Everybody Dance Now!

I fully understand that some people just don’t dance. That used to be me. Then somewhere around my 21st birthday I finally started showing my dance moves in public. Strange coincidence, huh? It is funny that there is no in-between…people either dance or they don’t. They don’t kinda dance (well, maybe they bob their head at concerts, but that doesn’t really qualify as dancing in my book). What camp do you fall into? You already know that I dance, even though I may be the worst dancer in the history of the modern (and possibly, the ancient) world. After all, my signature dance move is the maracas. 


Nothing like teaching in a 90 degree classroom…

Second week of school! I memorized all my students’ names by the third day, am slowly getting to know them, have survived my first Catholic mass at school….and oh yeah, it’s been in the mid 90s this last week. My students were actually good sports earlier in the week and even wanted to go outside to play 12 square (a crazy version on 4 square that I still haven’t figured out the rules to). But now, the three fans in my classroom are no match for the gross humidity. Luckily, school has been letting out at 1pm this week to help us get out of the heat after “only” 5 hours. Basically everyone is still miserable and covered in a thick layer of sweat by first hour. Well, I’m sure I’ll be missing this heat once the first snow storm hits. But right now, I’d love to come home from work one day without wanting to stay locked up inside my air conditioned oasis house. Every morning it is getting hard to leave the cool air! I’m nervous for mass tomorrow, where I guess students often pass out because of the heat on a normal day! Gulp.

Anyone have any good tips on surviving the heat? I am just dreaming of fall….

Whoso List to Hunt

AJGMPA King Henry VII Wives

On Throwback Thursday, how about a historical poem? This poem by Thomas Wyatt is perhaps best known for being a thinly veiled lament about losing his one-time lover Anne Boleyn to King Henry VIII.  It’s most famous line “Noli me tangere, for Caesar’s I am” translates into “touch me not, for Caesar’s I am.”  How beautiful. That line pops into my head a lot.

Whoso list to hunt, I know where is an hind,

But as for me, hélas, I may no more.

The vain travail hath wearied me so sore,

I am of them that farthest cometh behind.

Yet may I by no means my wearied mind

Draw from the deer, but as she fleeth afore

Fainting I follow. I leave off therefore,

Sithens in a net I seek to hold the wind.

Who list her hunt, I put him out of doubt,

As well as I may spend his time in vain.

And graven with diamonds in letters plain

There is written, her fair neck round about:

Noli me tangere, for Caesar’s I am,

And wild for to hold, though I seem tame.

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