Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
When the SIL heard I was going to a Christmas market, she asked me to buy reindeer sausage. I didn't actually make it to the Christmas market in Gamla Stan (Old City), but there were some stalls at Centralstationen. I ended up buying one of each of the specialty sausages, namely bear, deer, moose, reindeer and wild boar.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Commuter cards with a photo of the crown princess and her prince were released around the time of the royal wedding last year. They supposedly sold out quickly, but I somehow got this when I purchased a new card at KS Solna a few weeks ago.
As The Big Niece and I waited at a dimly lit bus stop on Saturday evening, I showed her the card and figured we were going to talk princesses since she's at that age. Instead, she cut me off and declared "That's just Farmor!"
[Farmor means father's/paternal grandmother.]
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
We took the test in batches of 6, but to safeguard against cheating, we all had to come in at 0800 and then remain in the classroom until we were done. They supplied us with sandwiches and beverages in the meantime.
My start time was 1030, but got pushed back to 1045. I slept last night and didn't get much studying in, but I managed to skim through the examinations, interpretations and procedures sections of the OSCE book while waiting. At some point, I looked out the window and spotted a helicopter hovering for quite a while (yes, that's the speck encircled in the photo).
At the start of the OSCE, I was really terrified, but I got calmer with each station. May have been too calm by the 6th and last station actually.
Thought "Oh, crap!" the two times I entered a room/station to find that the examiner would be one of our regular teachers. Most lecturers pop into our lives for one or two lectures. The regulars, on the other hand, know your name and the course objectives. I really didn't want to make a fool of myself, but I need not have worried as they were quite supportive.
Anyway, I thought you would be done for the moment you gave a wrong answer, but that wasn't the case and it turned out to be a valuable learning experience. Had also expected it to be procedure-heavy and had been stressing out about that, but all the stations involved diagnosis and treatment recommendations instead.
After we were done, we received a cinnamon roll and a hot beverage.
A few hours later, I received an e-mail from the course secretary informing me that I'd passed. I'm so relieved to have that behind me and so grateful for the people that believe in me especially when I struggle with believing in myself.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tomorrow is OSCE day. I know now that OSCE stands for Objective Structured Clinical Examination. The thing is when I hear OSCE, it could just as well be "åske/åska". Åska is Swedish for thunder (or thunderstorm). That gets me thinking things should go fast, fast, fast --- lightning speed! And when you screw up, that's when the ominous thunderclap comes in. Do you get where I'm going with this?
I think I need to relax and breathe...and sleep, sleep would be good.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
A cake recipe inspired me to make these lemon cupcakes with blueberry frosting. When I tasted the frosting, which is cream cheese-based, I automatically thought blueberry cheesecake, so that's now on my to-make list.
The frosting turned out pretty dark since I'd decided to make a smaller batch and adjusted the ingredients accordingly, but somehow managed to forget that when it was time to add the blueberries.
Added the sprinkles for decoration, but I actually think it looks better without so you can see the swirl better.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Toast with caviar & sour cream and butter & fig marmelade for lunch.