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And if this week is any indication, this year is going to go REALLY FAST.

The first week of classes was fun, and not too difficult. I suspect that this will change as the semester continues, but I'm grateful for the slower start, since I'm also sorting out the logistics of managing my life around the new hours.

The dog-walker seems ok, the dogs like her, and there are poops in the yard when I get home, so I know she's letting them out. I'm not sure she's playing with them out there, though, I don't think she likes getting her clothes dirty (and yeah, Jodah and frisbees and dirt, you'll get slimed). And she writes more in the communication book about the cat than the dogs. Don't get me wrong, the cat is social, but I'm paying her to hang with my dogs ;-)

Most of the first week has been review, but it's become obvious to me that I'm going to be harassing all my local friends (you are warned!) to let me measure and mark up their heads with china markers. Apparently measurement and electrode placement takes heaps of practice to get fast enough to work clinically. So they try to get us really good at that before and while we start looking at EEGs/waveforms. We don't even get into other neurophysiology until 3rd and 4th quarters.

I can tell already that I'm going to get really tired of eating in my car, and driving.

Date: 2014-10-03 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nosemovie.livejournal.com
Your sticking things to people's heads??? and marking on them?
Yeah, that's more than a friend... right there. ;)

I hate eating in the car. It goes completely AGAINST the whole jones I have for paying attention to my food. You just can't. I could eat a cardboard sandwich in the car... and probably not even notice.

Maybe you'll find time inbetween a class or two?

Date: 2014-10-03 02:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meecie.livejournal.com
This is a pretty good description of what they're teaching us to do so far: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfjRhoC2V0E#t=22 (long, but amusing for his use of "zed" rather than "zee" :-) )

I'm trying hard to plan out food, but honestly, with traffic battling, I just don't see a lot of time other than (lots of) driving time. Classes start at 6, the first break is usually about 8pm, and from lunch, if I'm trying to think/pay attention, I need something in my system before then.

Date: 2014-10-03 02:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nosemovie.livejournal.com
He's drawing all over that cartoon head! hahaha. Such intricate stuff.

Bummer on the drive and dine. I'm sure you'll get used to it. But yeah, I can totally see where you need to refuel to get all this done.

I hope your dog sitter warms up to playing with the pooches. I wish I could do it! We'd have SO MUCH FUN! and your neighbors would call the cops because of all the noise. ;)

Date: 2014-10-03 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penichops.livejournal.com
Zed is RIGHT!!! ;)

Wow I never knew there was so much in the placement! So interesting.

My name is Penny and I like eating in the car

Date: 2014-10-03 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dinahprincedaly.livejournal.com
My name is Dinah and I like eating in the car too. There are many reasons for this.
But wait--what are you studying to become???

Date: 2014-10-07 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meecie.livejournal.com
I'm studying to get certified to do EEGs and EMGs on humans (I sorta wish it was dogs). It's actually been really fun so far.

Date: 2014-10-07 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meecie.livejournal.com
hahahah! Now I can just hear you saying "zed" in the videos I've been watching instead of narrator-dude.

I don't mind eating in the car when I have to, but yeah, I think it will get old.

Date: 2014-10-03 02:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] biggmellon.livejournal.com
I'm sorry to laugh, but I can just imagine the pet sitter sitting and cuddling with your cat while the dogs are all "dude"...hopefully she just really likes talking about cats and is also playing with the pups too.

If I were local I'd let you draw on my head.

Date: 2014-10-03 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nosemovie.livejournal.com
oooh, or draw on Butters' head! That would take her a week!

Date: 2014-10-03 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meecie.livejournal.com
I'd SO MUCH rather practice on dogs than people it's not even funny. :-)

Date: 2014-10-03 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meecie.livejournal.com
To be fair, that cat's personality is FORCEFUL :-) But yeah, hopefully the dogs are demanding their fair share :-)

Date: 2014-10-03 05:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] melstav
Would you think it'd be creepy if I offered to help you set up a(nother) doggy nanny-cam?

Date: 2014-10-03 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meecie.livejournal.com
Hah. No. I should actually turn the one back on.

Date: 2014-10-03 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] biggmellon.livejournal.com
maybe the cat is writing the notes? :)

Date: 2014-10-03 04:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] melstav
On the plus side, at least your dine-n'-drive only ends at a classroom, and not an ICU.

Date: 2014-10-03 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meecie.livejournal.com
Yeah, you guys had to do that way too long. This, like all things, is temporary.

Date: 2014-10-03 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moodypdx.livejournal.com
Ha, you need one of these.

http://lisraygo.wordpress.com/2008/11/14/barbie-styling-head-barbie-primp-and-polish-styling-head/

Date: 2014-10-03 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nosemovie.livejournal.com
They STILL MAKE THOSE!!??? hahahahahahah

Date: 2014-10-03 05:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] melstav
Not only do they still make them, from skimming listings on amazon.com, depending on which model you get, you can end up paying > $500 for one.

Date: 2014-10-03 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nosemovie.livejournal.com
You should be able to get a REAL PERSON for $500! I'll do it. For $500 and a beer.

Date: 2014-10-03 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dinahprincedaly.livejournal.com
So creepy those

Date: 2014-10-03 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meecie.livejournal.com
Oh, YOU LAUGH! But they actually do have us practice on those. Before we practice on each other.

But the thing is, their round plastic heads just don't have the knobby bumpy weirdness of real humans, so there's that. :-)

Date: 2014-10-03 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meecie.livejournal.com
Well, ok, the ones we practice on aren't Barbies. But same idea ;-)

Date: 2014-10-03 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nosemovie.livejournal.com
My Dad has a very bald, very big head... and he could probably use a catscan (sp?) Too bad he's out here, I'd totally volunteer him to ya.

Date: 2014-10-03 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meecie.livejournal.com
One of my fellow students is a guy who's completely bald. Maybe shaved, I think, but I'm not sure. All the instructors keep looking at him and saying "Man, you're going to be REALLY POPULAR."

Date: 2014-10-03 06:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nosemovie.livejournal.com
Prolly for the first time EVER in his life. Poor guy. ;)

Date: 2014-10-03 09:38 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-10-04 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greyhat.livejournal.com
My bald (shaved head) pal got used in a demo for cranial massage once. She drew lines on his scalp, then did the cranial massage, and then the lines were all crooked. His skull plates actually moved around. Interesting stuff.

Date: 2014-10-07 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meecie.livejournal.com
ok, that's interesting. I can't really see how the bones could move (have you seen what the fused joints in the skull look like? They're like zippers with all sorts of notches and folds), but I do know that there's a lot of musculature under the scalp, and lots of connective tissue holding things one way or another. In any case, I bet that was really cool to see.

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