Sleepy September Gives Way to an Optimistic October

…leaves changing color…

Greetings from Michigan (where the Fall foliage is forming its formidable front)!! 

I’m trying my best to keep everyone updated on the goings on of the An family (whether there really IS news or not).  I give my self a deadline of the first of each month (easy to remember) in hopes that consistency will not allow me to give into laziness (even if only a handful of people are really interested in the first place).  Anyway, it’s keeps me occupied and makes me feel I’m staying connected on at least a minute scale.

There is a definite chill in the air as we are well into our Fall season.  September started out really warm (people were chillin’ at the pool all the way up through Labor Day), but once Labor Day hit, the temperature began to drop…in quite a tumultuous fashion, might I add.  We went from highs in the 80’s, dropping down to the upper50’s/low 60’s, shooting back up to the 70’s/80’s, and back down to the 50’s/60’s (where we happen to be at the moment).  Apparently, we have one more spell of warm weather coming up next week…but then, WHO KNOWS??

We have added some to our fall wardrobe (remember the shopping trip planned at the end of last month?), but winter wear has yet to hit stores.  We are hoping that they begin to grace the racks of our local retailers soon, because we are DEFINITELY not fashioned to bear through a cold Michigan winter. 

Despite the wishy-washy weather, one GREAT thing about the season going from Summer to Fall is the onslaught of sporting events that we have the ability to attend.  As baseball season moves to the postseason (without the Braves – WAAAAAHHH!!!), there’s lots of excitement here in Michigan (home of the AL Central Champs!!).  One of the highlights of September was going to see the Tigers play on September 11th with our friend Joon.  It wasn’t the most exciting game in the world (mostly defensive game…Tigers won 2 to 1), but definitely nice to be back in a baseball stadium (though, it definitely doesn’t feel like HOME – like Turner Stadium does) on SUCH a nice Sunday.

Here are a few photos (which a lot of you have already seen on Facebook)…

Entering Comerica (Tigers’) Stadium in Detroit, MI
Interns on their day off!

Just happy to be out of the hospital for a day…
The Tigers Three

In October, InChul and I going to the Wisconsin @ MSU game at Spartan Stadium (on October 22nd…which InChul has mentioned more than once is a VERY RARE NIGHT GAME played at this stadium), and maybe the Detroit Lions game against the visiting…wait for it…ATLANTA FALCONS (on October 23rd)!!  JOY!!

Being a family of sports fanatics, 
this season obviously keeps us occupied.

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So news from the family…
Snoozin’ after a LONG night…

InChul has started his fourth month of residency this week – Night Float!!  What this means is that his shift begins at 7:00pm and lasts until about 8:30am.  Whether or not he gets to sleep at the hospital (they have special sleep quarters for interns, residents, and attendings) depends on the workload that night…how many they happen to admit and/or get transferred in.  So far, he hasn’t been able to sleep much at all at night (waking up at least every two hours or not sleeping at all).  Obviously, it’s not the pleasantest month for him, but these are the dues he must pay to become a doctor.  He DOES get weekends off, though…otherwise, there would be no surviving this month.  So far (only five nights in), he’s hanging in there.

Stocked up for the winter!!

As for me, I am STILL unemployed, but there seems to be one job that still in limbo (still see possible signs of life)…so until that pans out (or doesn’t), I’m kind of holding my breath and sweating it out.  I’ve become a real homebody…as if there is much reason for me to leave the apartment, other than the occasional grocery trip (which the need for are getting fewer and farther between) or taking Hudson to the dog park.  I’m still keeping up with my couponing, but I’m not going as “extreme” as I’ve been before…first because the stores keep making it harder and harder to do so (thanks to TLC’s Extreme Couponing), but also because I don’t want to become one of those couponers who simply take things off the shelves because they’re great deals…I stick to things we’re REALLY going to use.  But without a doubt, it has cut down out grocery spending CONSIDERABLY and saved us a great deal while keeping us well stocked in food and other daily use items.  Hopefully, we won’t have to venture out into the frigidity TOO much this winter to buy our daily necessities.

We are both trying to spend what time we can getting to know more people here.  At this point, it consists mostly of InChul’s co-interns and residents.  They usually have a get-together once a month at least…and individuals try to make it a point to get together in between.  Now that we’re also slowly making decisions on what church to attend and such, we have a feeling we’ll be making strides to become more sociable (well, as much as we can, considering).

Where’d the ground go???

Hudson is also preparing for the winter, as he has begun to shed his summer coat for his winter one.  Were he not so cute, I would be a lot more annoyed at the AMAZING amount of shed fur that seems to have taken over the apartment.  But one look into those big, brown eyes, and I’m putty.  He’s a dog…and I suppose he can’t help what nature dictates.  Plus, he makes up for it by slowly becoming a calmer, better behaved dog.

I’m afraid I’m becoming more of a psycho dog parent because I find myself looking for online deals on winter gear for my canine baby.  But now that we are no longer enjoying the mild winters of the South, I’ve read on MANY online articles that short-haired dogs (like Hudson) really DO need extra protection from the frigid cold (if we’re going to exercise him AT ALL over the winter)…including extra paw care because of the ubiquitous ice and road salt (maybe I should just get him doggie shoes?  Haha!!  I don’t expect TOO much resistance from Hudson when it comes to clothing…since he HAS worn clothing before and is pretty tolerant of it.  I will post pictures as soon as I have them.

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With that, we say farewell to a sleepy, somewhat stressful September and move into October, where all of the activity and hope of myself finding work leaves us optimistic.  Maybe it’s the cooler air and the feelings of impending doom of our first Michigan winter that makes us want to enjoy what we have now as much as possible.  Whatever it is, and no matter what roadblocks we face, we start with a fresh month and hope for the best.

That’s all for now.  Hope everyone is enjoying the cooling temperatures and all that the Fall season has to offer.

Stay healthy and warm!

Lydia     =)

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