My self-proclaimed weekend off, because even though school seems like an all consuming, miserable beast at times, you have to remind yourself to stop, smile, and love the people around you
One of our best friends from undergrad, Aida, visited Indianapolis for Valentine's Day weekend. And the best part about her visit was that it was a surprise for our friend Amal! It was the hardest secret to keep. Amal isn't in medical school with us (she's on a rotation her for a few months doing speech and hearing!), and I swear, half our medical school class knew about the surprise. But the reaction when she opened the front door. Definitely surprised. Priceless.
It was a perfect weekend. Friday was full of local beer and good laughs with our medical school class as we celebrated the end of the first exam block of the semester. Saturday we took a diverse group out to Korean BBQ and taught our friends the glorious method of cooking your meat in front of you and eating it straight off the grill. With tons of itty bitty side dishes of pickled goodies. Some of us opted for veggie-rice-meat bowls (called bibimbap) in a hot stone pot. The egg on the top cooks as you mix the whole thing together, and the pot stays warm throughout the meal, making the rice crispy on the sides as it continues to cook in the pot. Sorta perfect.
Sunday we finished off with brunch at Hoaglin's To Go on Mass Ave. We nommed on benedicts, potatoes, lox, toast, pancakes, and quiche. We drank coffee, mimosas, bloody mary's, and french toast lattes. We talked politics, sports, and laughed and smiled. We told stories and relived memories.
Even though school requires us to be hard working and focused, it's good to have these weekends to remember to take care of yourself and be with the people you love. Aida, thanks for coming and spending time with all of us in Indianapolis.
Later, friends! - Erica
P.S. Photocredit for some of the shots above go to: Amal, Aava, and Aida. Thank you for the beautiful pictures!