Wednesday, February 29, 2012

An extra day of life, what will YOU do with it????

Today is Leap Year Day.  It’s our human attempt to fix things and make the calendar all neat and tidy.....although in reality, it is just a confusing day that comes around every four years.

But today, for one day only, you have an extra 24 hours. 
What are you going to do with it?

I will tell you what i am NOT going to do with this extra day.....

There is a tradition that Leap Year Day, women can propose to their boyfriends.  It is believed this tradition was started in 5th century Ireland when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for so long for a man to propose. According to legend, St. Patrick said the yearning females could propose on this one day in February during the leap year.......the rules of courtship are quite different these days (and much less strict)...thank goodness!

Anyway, today, February 29, 2012, i will not be proposing marriage to anyone!  lol.  i think i am pretty much done in that department.

Happy Leap Year Day!

Monday, February 27, 2012

And the award for the best dressed goes to.....

.........the couple who came into the ER last night wearing these t-shirts....i kid you not.  Instead of watching the Oscars and the beautifully dressed stars, i got to look at a couple (a young couple) wearing these shirts:

the guy was dressed fashionably wearing this 100% cotton t-shirt:

And the girl was wearing this attractive number:                                                                                     

Keep it classy folks.
Keep it classy.

Friday, February 24, 2012

A glimpse of what could have been....

I went through all of college and most of medical school thinking i was called to go into OB/GYN.  Partly because i liked the combination of medicine and surgery (i am a Lambert, after all), but mostly because of my own pregnancy at 17, i felt called to help girls who were going through what i had gone through.  I think i turned out pretty ok, so i thought i could be a good influence.
Despite my GYN research during medical school, which resulted in a publication (!), and a whole lot of loooong hours during my 4th year trying to impress the OB/GYN department, i sadly didn't get into the OB residency.  I was very blessed to have the support of an Internal Medicine physician at MUSC who knew my "single mom" situation and offered me a spot in the IM residency.....which allowed me to stay in Charleston, close to my family for three years...and then that led me to my Pulmonary Fellowship.  And really, i couldn't be happier.  I love what i do, love my patients, and couldn't imagine my life without the MICU, fun procedures, and complicated patients.

But yesterday, i was reminded of what could have been.  I found myself with a young patient in clinic, sitting on the bathroom floor with her, waiting for a pregnancy test result.  Without going into too much detail, this girl reminds me of taylor.....and me.....and my heart just broke for her....and as tears welled up in her eyes, i remembered how I had been in her situation.  So many years ago, the one and only time i took a pregnancy test, it was positive, and i thought my life was over.  Ohhh, i will never wish that feeling on anyone!

But sitting there, while this girl's world seemed to collapse around her, my desire to be an OB/GYN came back.  Of course, the desire to do pap smears, hysterectomies, etc is not thank you!  Give me sputum any day!!!  But..... Having walked in their shoes only a few short years ago, I can identify with their situations and can provide the girls with what they need most—a listening ear and an outpouring of love and support. 

So mind is spinning.  I can't get this girl out of my head and i am trying to figure out how i can blend my pulmonary/critical care training with this renewed desire to work with pregnant teenagers....hmmm.....thoughts?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

<3   Things i love   <3
-a tank full of gas
-a 10 million dollar excuse "Kim Kardashian will never, ever move to Minnesota...everyone knows that....except Kris Humphries."  -TMZ
-clean sheats
-watching movie trailers
-happy hour prices (especially pearlz)
-downward facing dog
-a shoe sale
-the first sip of a drink- whether it is champagne, wine, or diet dew
-when it is 70 degrees in january
-the truth: "Harry Potter is all about confronting fears, finding inner strength, and doing what is right in the face of adversity.  Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend."  -Stephen King
-good parking karma downtown
-an unasked hug from my teenager
-wearing flip flops....all the time!
-unconditional love from my puppies
-confidence "It is not your job to like me, it's mine." -Byron Katie
-a full vase of flowers
-the smell of laundry in the dryer
-walking into a room and hearing the "thump thump" of my dog's tail wagging at me
-diamonds:  "My mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked." Elizabeth Taylor

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Want to go on a WALK?????

This is my big baby- and this is a MILD reaction to going on a walk.  He loves to go on a walk and gets sooo excited when we tell him we are going on a walk!
Isn't he so cute?!?!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A flat (and not the note on the piano)

So i usually love mondays- mainly because i love my job and like going to work.  And because i love my co-workers (unless they are sleep deprived).  And because it gives you another opportunity to have a great week (or a redo if you need it).

Unfortunately, yesterday (Monday) wasn't so great.  It wasn't because i stayed up late watching the superbowl (really, who even played?) or because i had a busy weekend (very relaxing and fun).  It was because i was driving to pick up carpool and tay goes "your car sounds funny."  And it did.  Like it was struggling to go.  Luckily, the next carpool house was only .2 miles away and i traveled SLOWLY to the house, pulled up, and saw this:

A FLAT FLAT tire. 

Now, i have never had a flat tire before.  Nor have i run out of gas, or gotten into an accident, or never had real car trouble.  And now this- a flat tire.  I don't know how to deal with this?  I can't even change my oil...or really know when to do that.  Panic set it (this is me, of course) because i didn't want to be late to work, and had to drive carpool, and above all, tires are expensive!  Not to fear, the other parent in carpool agreed to drive and she nicely made her husband get up and pump my tire up so that i could get to a service station to get it fixed.

I decided to go to Gereld's Tires- mainly because of the tv commercials.  I half hoped that they would be filming that morning- i looked cute and if they fixed my car and got me to work quickly, i would sing their praises to the camera!  Of course, they weren't filming.  But they did fix my tire.....and then recommended i replace another tire that looked horrible.  So they got me- two tires- unforeseen expenses- but i was at work within 45 minutes of when i should have been.  Sweet!

And, despite the grumbling of starting off my week with this tragic start, i get in my car and see this:

Really, how can you be mad when you get a rose?!?!?!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

New necklace obsession

And the shopping continues....although i haven't bought it (yet).  How cute would a little "L" swirly necklace be?????
for those of you who adore it as much as i do, you can buy it at

eeeek!  <3 it!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Shopping is the best medicine!

I really do think that shopping is the best medicine!  However, if you ask an asthmatic, they might say that their inhaler is the best medicine.  Or ask the person with chronic pain and they will say that morphine is the best medicine!  Personally, i don't like to take pills (i only take two- one to keep me from getting pregnant and one to keep me happy), so when things get rough, tough or sad, i turn to my plastic.  And mind you, NOT my credit cards, which i am continuously paying down, just my debit card.

I remember after each exam in medical school, i would hit King Street.  It didn't matter if it was a 1/2 day of exams or all day- as soon as the test was over, i drove down to that beautiful, expensive store ridden street and purchased enough to make me forget all the questions i didn't know the answers to.  And the best part was that the sales women knew me- the ladies in Express, Nine West, Steve Madden, Luna, and Francesca's all knew my name.  I shopped til i dropped. I bought things i didn't need. But i left happy....until i got my grades back the next week.

Fast forward to now- it has been a bumpy start to 2012 but i have to say that things are looking up.  Partly because i am taking time for myself and am working on me and what I WANT, and partly because i am rewarding myself with clothes.  Beautiful clothes.  And maybe i am going overboard- i just placed my THIRD order in a week at this store in Georgia, Red Dress Boutique- they are amazing- they post things on is very smart...but dangerous.  New pictures are posted almost daily and i see things that i need....want....must have.  And then i get them.  And of course love them.  But it is dangerous.

I know i need to heal my heart but maybe need to save my wallet.  Until i find a healthy balance, this is my new saying:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Now just "LT." We went vegan.

Apparently we went vegan- currently minus the B (bacon).
I am not trying to make light of my situation but if you are reading this blog, that means that our old blog (BLT, not your typical lunch sandwich) is gone and this is its replacement.  This is MY blog, changed from OUR blog.

Unfortunately, there have been lots of changes over the past month- and i am not posting this to broadcast my life, my issues, my problems.  And I'm just sharing with my readers- all 5 of you- that i am not gone, just had to make some changes and a new blog.  So subscribe to my blog.  Continue to read about my adventures with my teenager, my job, my doofy bloodhound, and my addiction to diet mt dew! I will try to provide bi-weekly entertainment for the masses (all 5 of you).  LOL.

The most drastic change of the month:  Taylor's hair.  Isn't it AMAZING!

We have the best hairstylist ever- Jen Sample- although she is moving (waahhhhh!!!) to Chapel Hill (aka Chapel thrill) and won't be at our beckon call anymore.  Hehehe.  However, the word on the street is that she will be coming down to Charleston about once a month to do hair for her clients who just can't give her up.  YEA!!!!