The month of May has flown by and so much has happened since I last updated! So I'll cover the highlights...
- Chimichanga is a boy chinchilla. He still doesn't let me perform a full exam, but he's definitely a boy. I'm just glad I didn't find out by adding another "female" chinchilla to the cage. :)
- Chase and I found a house to purchase! It's a cute little starter home with 1 more bedroom than we have here in the apartment. My favorite room is the bonus/family/sun room. It's got lots of good lighting and laminate flooring...so it's going to be the craft room/office/pet room. I can't wait to have an easy to clean area around the chinchilla! That bonus room really frees us to use all 3 bedrooms as bedrooms...now we just need inhabitants for the other 2 bedrooms! My 2 dogs are going to love the back yard (and so are we).
- I won some awards! I'm one of Mizzou's 3 internal medicine award recipients (ie...I'm an internal medicine nerd). That one comes with a year subscription to a journal that I can wait to read! I also received a cash prize for small animal community medicine. I'm super excited about the cash...since we're a touch (ie...completely and utterly) on the broke side. My dream job didn't come cheap...8 years of college....150K of educational debt. AND we just bought a house...so money is a big issue in my brain right now.
- I graduated, and I am licensed and ready to start my new job on Friday. I just have a couple more loose ends to take care of.
We just got back from another epic family vacation... 2 weeks of exploring the west. We visited the Black Hills, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons... Here are some photos
Mammoth Site (in the Black Hills) - this is a paleontological dig site that is available for tours. It was a sink hole with sides too steep for mammoths to get out...once they stumbled in for a drink of water. Over time it filled in and HUNDREDS of mammoths were preserved. It was awesome! Some of them are still laying in the position they died in - trying to escape the pool. Even though this wasn't a national park...it was well worth seeing. We'll definitely go back someday. They've only dug about 20 feet...and have 60 feet to go. How many more mammoths will they unearth?