Monday, June 4, 2012

Blessings in my life: Summer, Internship, House

I know this blog is a little abandoned by me. I've only been posting about once per month, but trust me, the life of a pharmacy student isn't easy. I promise I will WRITE MORE over the summer. That's one of my major goals. And hopefully, once I get back into the swing of blogging, I will hopefully continue on even during the school year. Although PS-2 year supposedly is pretty tough, as you finally start the sequence of pharmacotherapeutics, as well as medicinal chemistry. Plus, I'll be doing wedding planning in between. Well, let this BLOG be my therapy for my crazy life in the upcoming year or so.


Anyways,

 

Here are some highlights of the past few weeks of my life:
(God has been so wonderful to us!)

Highlight #1: I am now officially done with my first year of pharmacy school!

All the worries, stress, hard work, sleepless nights have paid off because I finished like a champion! 4.0 GPA for all three quarters of my 1st year! Boo-yah pharmacy school! I have conquered you this year! :-)


Highlight #2: We bought a house!

Yes we did! And I am sooo thrilled to "brag" about this! God has blessed us with a perfect house, at the perfect location, at the perfect price! Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating. It is nowhere near our dream house, but it's more than what we could have ever asked for, for our first house. It's actually a foreclosure and it needs AAAALOT of work, but let me tell you why that's 'perfect for us' and exactly what we've been hoping for:



    1. Foreclosure + fixer upper = Good price
    2. Greg is very handy and very willing to put in all the hard work and TLC that the house needs to make it "our home." In fact, he can do most of the work himself, which saves a ton of money
    3. Another reason for a fixer upper, in addition to saving some $, is that we can renovate that house in our own style and make it very personal to us. We can shop together for the tiles, wood floors, cabinets, countertops, even toilets. This should also be fun =)
    4. Also, the fixing/remodeling will take a while (since there's a lot of work to be done, but also since it's mostly Greg and maybe his friend or dad working on all of this by themselves)--but this slowness is also good for us, since our wedding is still a little over a year away, giving us plenty of time to get everything done and ready for us to move in come August 2013. I'm afraid that if we got a house that's ready to move in this early, I would be pressured by family and friends to move in together before our wedding--which is completely out of the question for me. (But most of my family and friends, even though they're cradle Catholics, don't understand and/or care about what Our Church teaches and most of them have lived or are living "in sin." This is a little off topic, but I had to be honest.) So, I actually hope that this big project gets completed very slowly and doesn't get done until next summer, so I don't have to deal with the stress of people saying "why don't you move in with him?" "what's wrong with you?" "why are you so old-school?" blah blah blah-- in addition to all the stress I have from pharm school etc. But, let God's will be done, not mine. If the house gets done early, I WILL FIGHT THEM. I will not worry about what people think of me or say about me. I am not living my life for them, but for God. And I am not going to offend God just because I'm afraid of what people say or think.
    5. Also, the fact that we have over a year to complete this project lets us be more relaxed, not just from the timing aspect, but from a money aspect. We can keep working our jobs and slowly but surly put what's leftover from our checks into all the remodeling. If this was not the case, we would be in a hurry and probably stressed about both timing as well as money.



Highlight #3: I started a pharmacy internship today!
My district manager was able to find me a position as a pharmacy intern. So, starting today, I am no longer a pharmacy technician but a student pharmacist! yay! That makes me feel so special. I did not even have to apply or interview for this position. I'm telling you, God sent it straight from heaven! He's so amazing. Anyways, I was a little bit nervous about my first day, since I was transferred to a new location (in the same company). I met the new pharmacy manager today, and he is a very nice man. He's very reserved, but has been very helpful. The other pharmacist that came as well as all of the technicians were also very nice to me. The new pharmacy I was transferred to is a lot less busy and thus it's a lot less stressful to work. However, I am very thankful for the ~2 years that I worked at my old location, because even though I had to run around like a chicken with its head chopped off every time I worked, I gained some invaluable experience and met some amazing people there. But God has decided that it's time to move on..and so here I am God - at Your service :-)




Oh how can I ever repay You Lord, for all You have done for me???



And now to finish off, here's a nice little surprise. My aunt's cat had 4 kittens about 2 weeks ago, and I am getting one of them! My kitty has been missing for about 3 months now, so I have no one to look after.
"I'm only 2 weeks old!"



Another little miracle for me to care for and look after. I am so happy!






I visited my aunt last week. She lives an hour away--away from the craziness of Chicago. She promised she will give me a kitty soon! :-) I am already in love!