Crossing the halfway point

August 7, 2013 § 7 Comments

Summer is seemingly flying by and I feel the need to remind myself that it is, in fact, only a few days past the halfway point. Somehow that makes it an easier pill to swallow. My last exam was on the 28th of June and since we spent the remaining days of June moving, I consider July 1st as the first day of my summer vacation. Since classes resume on the 9th of September, that left me with 70 days of summer to call my own.


In the last weeks of the semester, I kept myself sane by daydreaming about all the amazing things I was going to do over the summer. I had so many plans, so many tasks, that I was just itching to get started on. When that free-time finally rolled around, none of it went to any of those things I’d ached to do. Instead, I’ve spent countless free hours sleeping, watching movies and TV series on Netflix and playing CandyCrush (an annoyingly addicting iPad game that I am embarrassed to admit I’ve played).

On the other hand, I’ve done many other things I hadn’t planned, but am very grateful to have done. Since we are staying up in Bodø, we have had the opportunity to spend quality time with Skjalg’s family. It’s very hard for me to be so far away from my family and the pain of distance is less in the company of Skjalg’s. I feel so welcome and included and feel so lucky to share in this aspect of Skjalg’s life. There have been many brunches and lunches, teas and dinners, a cabin trip, a mountain climb, midnight fishing excursions, movie nights, picnics and heavy yard work – family style. It’s been an amazing summer, but as a new semester approaches, I find a sort of restlessness creeping in. We’ve heard that the first two years of med school are the most difficult and that, of those two, the second is the major challenge.

I spent an hour or so this afternoon tracking down the physiology website and downloading old lectures and notes. Then I caught myself. It’s so like me to do this. When I was in the middle of exam period, I couldn’t stop thinking about all the things I could do with free time. Now that I have the free time, I am stressing about exam periods. I need to exist now, to allow myself to take it easy and to do so without feeling guilty about it.  For the past 5 days I have been bed-ridden with the flu and this is my first day where I am finally feeling functional again – there is no need to tire myself out right away! Plus, tomorrow is a big day – Jannie is coming to visit from Sweden! She will be arriving in the afternoon and we will be leaving for the cabin in Halsa in the evening. The weekend will be spent talking, fishing, cooking and exploring. There is a time for relaxing and there is a time for cramming. Now is time for the former!

Speaking of living in the moment, here is a picture of one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen in my life. Skjalg and I saw in while riding our bikes home after a movie. The colors were unreal! The picture doesn’t do it justice.

Pink Sunset

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§ 7 Responses to Crossing the halfway point

  • Charkie says:

    You’ve verified my fear with numbers i didnt dare calculate that the summer days are indeed dwindling. Sigh.
    Sorry to hear that you had the flu!! I hope that your immune system has been strengthened for it!
    I thought about some anatomy things recently and drew a blank, so I’m trying to reread through the material we’ve covered. Hadn’t even considered physiology yet! Relaxed reviewing is ok for summer?! But you’re right, we’ve also got to enjoy the NOW because no matter how much we review during the break, the year will be stressful!

    Anyways, have fun with Jannie this weekend!! Hope you see things as beautiful as that sunset!!

    • Buda B says:

      Oh no! Didn’t mean to give a numerical value to your fear. I meant it to be more relieving…since I keep expecting that school is beginning next week and there is still so much that will be done before that. We’ve still got a lot of time!

      Feeling a lot better now. I’m still a little weak and stuffy, but better! Apparently, “summer flu” is a big thing in Norway.

      That’s so good that you are starting to read through old material! I’ve tried to go through some things but then get overwhelmed by it all. So yes! We should enjoy! When we’re in the middle of the chaos of the semester we’ll be wishing that we had fully relaxed when we had the chance.

      Thank you! I hope the weather is nice this weekend – everything is so much more beautiful when it is 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying Hong Kong!!

  • bibzee says:

    “Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
    ― Muhammad Ali

    • Buda B says:

      Great quote 🙂 Best of luck with keeping up with your blog! I wasn’t a journal person either – but I’m so glad I have it to look back on.

      • bibzee says:

        thanks, actually I was inspired to start blogging ’cause of your blog!! I’ll be in Budapest around 5th or 6th Sep, I’ll miss the opening ceremony but oh well. Can’t wait to see you after so long 🙂 If you have books or notes you’d like to sell, I’m here! 🙂

      • Buda B says:

        That’s awesome! And flattering 🙂 I don’t have any to sell since we need them to study for the cumulative exams, but I really, really recommend going to the book fair at school! We got so many books for a good price there. There are also some students that sell their notes.

      • bibzee says:

        No probs, I got some good deals at the fair last year too.

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