"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Monday, June 25, 2007

Mayo Madness

I'm now halfway done with the two week orientation process. Last week was both very exciting and very boring at times, and I find myself torn between wishing the orientation would end today and hoping it continues forever--thus postponing the inevitable day when I greet some poor unfortuate soul as Dr. Gassin. My real duties begin on Saturday the 30th, and my first call night will be the 4th of July. Freedom is a wonderful thing, but if my patients and I survive until the 5th, that will be cause for real celebration.


While enjoying a BBQ dinner with Dave & Claudette Prybilla (Dave & I are in the anesthesia program together), we were treated with some very close hot air balloon fly-byes. We just happened to be right beneath the path of the great balloon race which was part of the week-long festivities celebrating the city of Rochester.

Our House is a very, very, very fine house...

Although we miss "the culdesac," we love being homeowners. Here are a few pictures of the move & makeover.


Help Please!!!

Many of our friends have some pretty impressive blogs! You've inspired us, but as you can see, there's quite a difference between yours & ours. How do you do all that fancy stuff? Since we are new to the blogging bandwagon, please feel free to share insights, tips, suggestions, criticisms, etc. Thanks.