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29 June 2009

It’s over…

My three weeks with Barb are now at an end.  She flew out of the Auckland airport a couple hours ago for Brisbane.  I'm sitting here waiting for my flight to Vancouver and then Edmonton. It was really great to be with Barb again even if it is only for a few weeks.

PS.  If you want to see the photos from the trip they are at .

21 June 2009

Almost done Australia

Only 1 1/2 days left is Oz.  Then it is off to New Zealand for 6 days and finally back "home" to Canada.  I really hope I can move here soon, but the Aussie government is still dragging their heals.

Today we were supposed to go whale watching, but the weather turn rough. There is a small possibility we might be able to go tomorrow if the weather at sea clears.  In the city it was just overcast with light rain.  We went up Mt Coot-tha instead and got a stunning look at the city.

18 June 2009

Back in Brissie

Well we are back in Brisbane after a few days traveling north to the Rockhampton and back.  All the pictures are up on the website. We went to Bundaberg to the ginger beer factory, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, drove north to the Tropic of Capricorn, went through Banana Shire where they don't grow bananas, and saw the Outback. Awesome trip!!

Tomorrow I plan to do a bit of job hunting for when I acually move here.  Wish me luck.


09 June 2009

I’m in a land down under…

Well, here I am in Australia again.  We have two weeks here,  one week in New Zealand and then back home to Canada to wait for my Australian visa.

The flight left Thursday afternoon and went through San Fransisco, Los Angeles and Auckland.  Arriving in Brisbane Saturday morning.  It was really great to see Barb again.

Saturday we basically recovered from jet lag.

Sunday we went to St John's Anglican Catherderal for church.Next was an afternoon nap, aahhhh.  Sunday night Barb organized a "Meet the Rob" party where several of her friends came to mee the this "Rob" guy she keeps talking about.  Mom came along and this was her first time ever at a pub.  It will also probably be here last time ever at a pub.  It was cool to actually meet the people I've seen pictures of and heard Barb talk about.

Monday  we went to Lone Pine Koala sanctuary and say, you guesses it, koalas.  We also saw kangaroos, walabes, crocodiles, and a whole bunch of other stuff.  I'll try to get some pictures online asap.

06 June 2009

No sense crying over every mistake, you just keep on trying ’till you run out of cake…

...And the science gets done, and you make a neat gun, for the people who are Still Alive....

WHEW! Mid year exam is over! We had a week to prepare, and prepare I did. And drank a lot of coffee.
And JUST because I bothered to memorize it AND it wasn't asked on the exam, I am going to spit out this equation for you:

PAO2= PiO2-PACO2/0.8.

Don't get it? Yah, I don't blame you. This is the lovely equation for the pressure of Oxygen at the alveoli of the lungs, which you then must compare with the aterial blood gas reading of PaO2. The norm is a ratio of less than 10mmHg. See? I DID study. Even better was a mention of Bare Lymphocyte Syndrome, an extremely rare immune condtion where no antibodies are produced. Glad I paid attention in Immin 452 during undergrad, even if I will NEVER see this in real life practice. I promise.
Rob is in the air somewhere as I type. It is currently 1 in the morning, and I am too excited to sleep. YAY!! Can't wait to see that man!!
The majority of the medical class ended up going to the bar afterwards. I went, but the Red Room (UQ's campus bar) is not my thing, and the service was the slowest on the planet. So a good friend of mine, Lynette and I headed for RE, a pub in Toowong. We then walked back into the city, and enjoyed an impromptu Latin dance party right outside the coffee shop where we were having desserts and tea. Sometimes i love this city!
The plane lands at 10:55 am, and I have no idea what happens after that. A lot depends on how beat Mom B and Rob are after 37 hours in airports and planes. Or they may be revved and ready to explore Brissie. Whatev.