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Archive for June, 2010

 One of my professors briefly discussed our food and water supplies Monday night. Sure, I thought I knew about growth aids in meat and pharmaceuticals in water, but I had no idea… I’m NOT the ‘munchy, crunchy, gotta be organic’ kind of girl; however, I don’t like the idea of taking in excessive amounts of antibiotics and growth hormones, or any of the rest of the population’s medications. Though I know some people could stand to benefit from the Prozac in our drinking supply (It’s a joke people!), it is scary to think of all the drugs we’re taking in. 

Photo credited to: e-MagineArt.com

 Yes, they’re in minute concentrations. Yes, they decay. But to think about the long-term implications of taking in these organic products over years, or even decades, is difficult to comprehend. I drink a lot of water, and I don’t pay $2.00 for a 16 oz bottle either. My family uses a filtered pitcher that sits in our refrigerator. It is cheap, and effective. The charcoal removes what the water company does not, and the water tastes better too.

What I cannot simply filter out is another story altogether. Though my daughter would prefer me to be a vegetarian for various reasons, I am omnivorous. I enjoy sitting down to a tender, juicy, rare steak, and couldn’t bear the thought of giving up BBQ! With that said, I left class Monday night planning to purchase a freezer and find a small local farmer from which to purchase our meat. Though they’re more difficult to locate these days, I am lucky to have access to a reputable butcher just down the street – Archer’s, in Old Towne Greenwood. Nobody tell my daughter that I chose my own cow, pig, and chickens though – she does very well depersonalizing it by thinking only of the packaged product!

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Quick Update

Time for a quick update – I completed my spring semester a few weeks ago, and moved right into summer classes. Not much of a break for me! And, for better or worse, I was not accepted into IU School of Medicine’s MD program. No worries… I’m okay with that result. After much consideration, and looking back at those classes I’ve most enjoyed, I’ve gone back to the department of public health to complete my MPH. While I may struggle with biochemistry, epidemiology and biostatistics seem much more natural to me. With a career as an epidemiologist, I’ll still be practicing medicine. I’ll end up practicing community medicine rather than clinical. I’ll complete the last of my MPH classes next May, will spend next summer completing my internship, and will complete my research and graduate in December 2011. I’m unsure what I’ll do then. The department offers a PhD in epidemiology, and I’ve considered applying for that program. It would add a few years to my education; however, it would open many doors in my future. I have plenty of time to think through that decision though, and I’m not going to worry about it right now!

Staying on the subject of education, Misty graduated from high school two weeks ago! As if I haven’t said it before, I’m very proud of her! She is taking the summer off from school, and will be securing part-time employment to earn a little cash. Then, she is back in school beginning with the fall semester. She has been accepted into Harrison College’s veterinarian technician program. She will earn an associate of applied science degree and become a Registered Veterinarian Technician (RVT). If she chooses to pursue a higher degree, she can proceed to Purdue University (Lafayette, IN) to earn a BS in the field, as well as certification in a specialty area. She has always enjoyed working with and around animals, so I believe that she will enjoy this line of work. Congratulations on reaching the next big step in your life, Misty!

Given the above changes, Misty and I have a lot more time to spend at home. I’m absolutely certain that Dave enjoys that fact! The three of us have come together to form our own little paradise out back. We have pears, grapes, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, and blueberries. I love fruit and simply can’t wait ’till fall! We also have an awesome vegetable garden, complete with carrots, peas, broccoli, sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, and peppers. We’ll be eating our own peas this weekend – yummy!

I have a lot more to say about recent events. I’ll save some of that for later though, and am calling it a night. Goodnight!

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