I am a closet-soppy [Book Review]

SOPPY is Philippa Rice’s collection of comics and illustrations based on real-life moments with her boyfriend. From grocery shopping to silly arguments and snuggling in front of the television, SOPPY captures the universal experience of sharing a life together, and celebrates the beauty of finding romance all around us.

I don’t know how I guessed that I would like this book/graphic novel/comic. I had never heard of Philippa Rice before (sorry) and nobody that knows me would describe me as a romantic. I have quite a cold exterior.

You can’t truly call Soppy a graphic novel. It really is more a collection of comics, of small skits of a young couple’s life together. The red-black-white colour scheme works so well for me, and I love the way that Philippa and Luke are portrayed, from their messy studies to the way she cocoons herself in a blanket (I do that too) and even their clothing and socks! Continue reading “I am a closet-soppy [Book Review]”

Semester at Sea in GIFs

Finding the words to describe a four-month around-the-world-on-a-floating-university experience is often hard. And also, expressing things in GIFs is so much fun, so here you go.

How you feel when the ship sets sail for the very first time:

(You’re going to have that song stuck in your head all day. You’re welcome.) Continue reading “Semester at Sea in GIFs”

Reviewing The Oatmeal’s Running Exposition

I’m a big fan of Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) – I mean, the guy has a cartoon about the correct use of apostrophes, thank you very much! So I was very excited to review  The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances, but I can’t explain that without explaining my own running journey.

I was never the kid who ran in school. At athletics days I always came last in my heats and although I had a suspicion that I would do well in long distance, I never got coaching for it, so I never even considered being “one of those” people that do running. I equated runners with super-fit, super-healthy, and super-attractive super-humans who, in addition, actually had time to do something like running. Continue reading “Reviewing The Oatmeal’s Running Exposition”

Forensics Study Break: Mellanby Effect

How is it that I perform better at Anaesthetics and Infectious Diseases than at Forensic Pathology? It was a short two-week module and by all accounts my class should have done well., but our average was dismal.

It must be the completely unappetising subject-matter. You’ll remember that I found the practical rotation rather difficult. Studying it requires many, many study breaks. Like this one.

One of my classmates shared this picture (which he made on 9GAG):

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Cranial Nerves and Dirty Minds

Cranial Nerves are little buggers. They’re one of those things that you need to study and study and study and repeat, and then actually have to recall when in a real-life patient situation. (GCS is also on of those things.)

Fortunately, there are many mnemonics to remind us of the cranial nerves and their functions.

Unfortunately, though…

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A Gift for Sending People to Sleep

This is week 2 of our theoretical Anaesthesia block. I’ll admit I haven’t been attending much class.

One reason is that I had a bad run-in with an Anaesthesia professor when dealing with student government business. And the other is that I’m really tired.

But mostly, it’s that when I attend class I fall asleep. Ironic, no?

The work is REALLY difficult, no matter what nonsense people spew about anaesthetists.  But it is rather boring. I’m having a really bad attitude regarding this, which is terrible. That’s why I forced myself to sit down and study and managed to finish a seventh of the work. If I carry on like this I’ll have an additional day to consolidate before my test.

It’s actually thanks to Mom that I had the energy to do ABC (Apply Bum to Chair).

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