Well, I’ve been back to school for a week and it’s already hectic! The first course this semester is Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and we have a test. every. single. Monday. I experienced burn out for the first time at the end of last semester, so I visited the school counselor before classes started last week to figure out to avoid burn out because this year is going to be tough. She suggested some study tips to help me study more efficiently so I have more time to relax. Adjusting to a new study schedule has been nerve-wracking because I won’t know if it’s working until I take my test today (wish me luck!).
Last week we learned all about how bacteria grow, activate our immune system, and how antibiotics work to fight infection over the course of 20 lectures, which is probably the most we have ever learned in one week. For the next two weeks we are going to be learning about specific bacteria and how they cause disease. Fortunately the first week had the most lectures, so I’m hoping that the next 6 weeks are at least a little bit less stressful. I also hope that I start enjoying this subject more, because right now learning about the microbes that are EVERYWHERE is making me feel icky.
I wore this outfit on the first day of school, and I have not looked as cute since. I’ve been admiring swing dresses on others for awhile, but I finally bought one during Old Navy’s Fourth of July sale. I love how it floats as I walk! I thought a swingy dress deserved a swingy tassel necklace, and I finished off the look with my Olivia Burton watch and Jack Rogers sandals because nothing says “put together” like matching accessories (at least, that’s what I tell myself when I’m rushing out the door!).
I received my watch as a Christmas gift, but it took me until last week to finally get a link taken out so I could wear it! It makes me feel like a serious med student. Olivia Burton’s watches are so beautiful! You’ll want them all:
On Sunday Jacob and I got back from a much-needed and relaxing family vacation in Okaloosa Island (near Destin, FL)! We’ve been to the beach several times with Jacob’s family, usually to Pensacola, FL or Orange Beach, AL. We heard that the water is prettier in Destin, which is part of Florida’s Emerald Coast, and it did not disappoint!
We started off the week with a surprise from Jacob’s mom: she made us all trip goodie bags! She gave us big cups with vinyl stickers on them (mine is a monogram flower, and Jake’s is a Captain America shield), snacks for the drive, and beach blankets. The long drive was definitely more enjoyable with the snacks! When we made it to our condo, we quickly unloaded everything and headed out to the beach. It was near sunset, the temperature was perfect, and we were relieved to put our toes in the sand for the first time on the trip.
On our first full day Jacob and his dad went on a fishing trip (and caught lots of white snapper!), and Jacob’s mom, sister, and I spent the morning at the beach. I spent a lot of time reading under a beach umbrella! That afternoon the girls went to get a massage, and it may have been my favorite part of the trip. I’ve never been so relaxed!
Friday we spent time at the beach all together and in the afternoon we went shopping. That evening we went to dinner to celebrate my birthday. I chose an Italian restaurant called Mimmo’s (after reading all about Destin’s restaurants on Trip Advisor). They had the best Ciabatta bread, and the blueberry and rosemary cocktail I had was amazing! We finished the evening with a yummy white chocolate raspberry cake from Publix (I wish Shreveport had one!). Jacob surprised me with a couple of necklaces from an antique store in Destin. It was such a great day, and I felt so loved!
The next morning we woke up early to go on a snorkeling adventure with Destin Snorkel. We started out at a jetty area with crystal clear water where we saw so many colorful fish! After an hour of snorkeling there they took us out on the water to look for dolphins, and we saw a group of three swimming together. Our last stop was a shallow area that had seashells, and we had fun collecting them and squealing when we found ones that still had hermit crabs in them. In the afternoon it was back to the beach one last time for more reading and relaxation!
We drove back Sunday, and I left feeling so content. It was so wonderful to have a week away unwinding with family. Now that I’m back, I’m refreshed and ready (okay, as ready as I can be) to start my second year of medical school!