The Siberian American

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Currently: September 2016

I decided to move the post I planned for today to next week because the lighting in my house is horrible today, so I thought I would do a currently post since it’s been a long time since I’ve done one.

Our trip to Tennessee and North Carolina! I’m so ready to spend a week exploring such a beautiful part of the country.

Excited Texas has had its first dose of fall! On Monday, it was in the 60s, and yesterday it was in the 70s. I’m not hopeful it will last, but I am hoping we won’t hit 100 again!

I just finished one of the worst books I’ve read this year, so I need to start something good today. I’m thinking of reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch since so many of you have liked it!

I am so excited all the fall shows are back! We haven’t watched any yet, but I know we have Quantic and The Blacklist on our DVR.

Lipsense. I had been invited to several Facebook groups and didn’t really expect to buy any, but I tried some at the conference this weekend and fell in love. I pretty much want all the colors now!

All the chips and salsa. I can’t get enough of Tex-Mex since we moved back. We definitely missed it.

About my health. That same area where it hurt when I had my stent in has started to hurt again, which makes me nervous. I’m not ready to press the panic button yet. I’m hoping it’s just my body adjusting to life without the stent.

Well, I left the vendor fair with a Lipsense starter kit (a gloss, a color, and Oops remover), and yesterday, I purchased four more colors and another gloss. (Yay for Mercari and getting things cheaper. If you don’t use it yet, it’s a great online marketplace! I like it better than Poshmark. Also, if you use the code DUSVZT, we both get $2 in credits!) I also got the dress from Lularoe I had mentioned on Snapchat. I seriously went from not buying anything for months to wanting to buy all the things. I’ve been wanting a few new tops for our trip, too, but I’m trying to be good.

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Weekend with Doctors’ Wives

For many reasons, intern year was hard. We were adjusting to a new city and residency at the same time. I was also getting used to working from home for the first time and missing hanging out with my coworkers. A few months into the year, I started looking for support and found Lives of Doctors’ Wives. It’s hard to describe what that group meant to me last year. It was a safe place to commiserate with others who know what you’re going through and to get advice on everything from maintaining a healthy relationship during residency to the perfect recipe to bring to Thanksgiving. In some ways, it reminds me a lot of the blogging community.

One of the reasons I wanted to go to the conference this weekend was to meet the wonderful girls behind the group. As many of us know as bloggers, you feel like you know people you have interacted with online, so it was a blast meeting them in real life!

On Friday, I wrote about about how going to the conference was out of my comfort zone, and I won’t lie—that first day was tough for me. A lot of people came with people they knew from their city or have already met people at the conference from previous years. But everyone was super welcoming, and we had a lot to talk about since we had medicine in common.

I know some of y’all might be curious what exactly you do at a conference for doctors’ wives. The biggest part of the conference was fellowship, so we had several activities centered around that: craft night, 80’s karaoke night, and late-night board games. There were also lots of speakers focused on major parts of our lives: how to stress less, how to better our marriages, financial planning, estate planning, and student loans. We also had a great vendor fair and several fun classes, such as a photography class. The best part of the conference was a two-hour panel put on by four wives full of amazing insight. I seriously could have had listened to those ladies talk forever.

Today, I am exhausted in the best way. I met so many amazing women and learned more than I could have ever expected. I am so glad I was able to get past my initial awkwardness and have a great time!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending!     

Friday, September 23, 2016

Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

Moving back to Texas has its advantages. I grew up in a suburb of Dallas, and we lived in Dallas and a different suburb while Christopher was in medical school. We also have friends and family who all mostly live an hour away from us. After living in Chicago for a year, our time in Dallas so far has felt comfortable.

Still, now that I am healthier, I have been trying to branch out. Most of the friends we have made in the past live in the suburbs, and if you know Dallas traffic, you know meeting up during the week is nearly impossible. Now that Chris is starting to work more nights and weekends again, I decided to reach out to some of the other doctors’ wives in the area and planned a get together.

Even though I was the one who planned the get together, I was so nervous. I’m super introverted at first when I don’t know anyone. It turned out way better than I expected. We already had a huge thing in common, and the conversation flowed easily. I stayed longer than I planned to that day and have spent time with them since then.

This weekend, I am doing something I never thought I would do in a million years. By the time you read this, I am going to be at a conference for doctors’ wives where I don’t know a single person. A bunch of people there are already friends, and the whole purpose of the conference is to make friends who know what you are going through. I feel like I’m the new kid in school again trying to get included in a circle.

All week I’ve been wondering what I was thinking when I signed up for it and coming up with ways to get out of it, but I’m going to go. I’m going to make friends, and I’m going to have fun. Here’s to getting out of my comfort zone!

If you want to know what a doctors' wives conference looks like, follow me on SnapChat! (SiberianOlya)

Do you ever struggle with getting out of your comfort zone? 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Nine Years

Nine years ago yesterday, I was having one of the biggest and most confusing conversations of my life. Our “defining the relationship” conversation started at around 11 p.m. and lasted till 3 a.m.

Freshman formal
It was all my fault. I didn’t come right out and say What are we? Instead, I began this long, convoluted story of how our college friends recently became official and asked Chris what he thought of that. I was so nervous to just come out and say it. Chris and I had both dated our best friends our senior year in high school, and the relationships had ended badly. We had gotten super close over the last month (you can read more about that here) and were both afraid to mess it up.

It’s the best risk we’ve ever taken. Before I met Christopher, I hadn’t even wanted a relationship, but I could quickly tell that this relationship was different from any I had been a part of in the past.

We said I love you quickly. We didn’t want to wait to get married until after college when we knew we were ready for marriage. (Such a bummer, though, because it meant we got married before Pinterest. ;)) One of these days, I will share about our wedding (I wanted to on our anniversary this year, but it turned out to be close to my surgery), but we got married the summer after our sophomore year in college.

Nine years ago, I had no idea what an adventure we were starting. If you had asked me then what I thought my life would be like today, the answer would be extremely different from reality. My life isn’t what I expected. It’s so much better, all thanks to that conversation nine years ago.

PS-I'm over on Ashley's blog today sharing five things you must do in one of my favorite cities in the world, Prague!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Lake Michigan Circle Tour: One of the Most Photographed Lighthouses in the United States?

On our way from Arcadia Inspiration Point to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, we saw a sign for the Point Betsie Light, and Chris decided to take a detour. In all the research I did before the trip, Point Betsie never came up as a suggestion, so we were surprised when we saw a sign for the lighthouse.

I was even more surprised to see the sign that called Point Betsie Lighthouse “one of the most photographed lighthouses in America,” mainly because of the location. I would have thought the lighthouses on the East Coast would be more photographed because they are easier to access (The Portland Head Light, which we saw on our fall foliage cruise, is thought to be the most photographed lighthouse in the world).

I could see why people would come to Northern Michigan to photograph the Point Betsie Lighthouse. It’s truly stunning. Right next to it is a small beach, which provides the best angles for photos.

Point Betsie Light began service in 1859, and a light saving station was built in 1875. It was the last manned lighthouse on Lake Michigan, becoming automated in 1983. The lighthouse is private property, but it is available for tours on certain days from May to October. You can even stay at the Keeper’s Quarters for a unique experience with a gorgeous view.

I could have spent hours watching the waves crash with the lighthouse in the background. Even on a trip where we saw so many amazing sights, the small detours are sometimes just as fun.

Catch up on our Lake Michigan Circle Tour Road Trip: