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Working For the the Weekend + Good Bye Chief Year!

Alex and I literally worked for the the weekend, but only after a fantastic senior resident dinner, which officially marked the end of Alex’s Chief Resident year. I can’t believe it is over!

We spent our Thursday soaking up the last of our joint vacation days (and I got busy in the kitchen, as I mentioned on Friday). Friday morning, we had one very final hurrah by taking Ridley for a nice long walk together in the gorgeous morning before I had to head downtown for my first restaurant shift back in a week. And don’t you know, they changed several things (new specials, menu items, and new scheduling!) while I was gone! Because apparently, I can’t leave for a few days, lol. 

I had a pretty solid shift and luckily, I felt ok throughout the shift–after my medical emergency the week before, I was a little nervous that all the walking and lifting and such might cause some trouble. But all was well! And it was great to see my friends. 

Then I pulled a typical Suz and changed from my server uniform into my fancy dress + heels + new makeup in the staff room! Oh, and I brought the wrong bra, but luckily I made it work. I brought my hair straightener with me, but ultimately, I just didn’t want to deal with it in the confines of the small room (nor did I have the patience) so I headed out and hoped I looked presentable enough, lol.

I met Alex and the rest of the Chiefs + significant others and one of their advisors for drinks as the super swanky Peninsula Hotel bar, were Alex already had us set up with drinks (love an Old Fashioned with luxardo cherries!). I both love and hate when bars offer free nibbles. Love because obviously I love snacks, hate because I ate WAY to much of them and was completely full by the time we left. For dinner.

After a brief cocktail hour (half of which was taken over by staff pictures) in which we mingled and I got to meet and really speak with several of the doctors that Alex has worked closely with over the past year as well as will be working with one on one in fellowship, we headed in for the main banquet!

It was such a lovely ceremony, and I had all the feels. I remember so much the crazy feeling last year as we gathered for the last time with our friends, many of whom were leaving the next day for their new jobs. But this time was different. Yes, this graduation dinner is about the outgoing residents, but it is also so much about the Chief Residents. I can’t really describe it. The four chiefs have worked within literal arm’s reach of each other for the past year and have touched on every aspect of the residency program as well as throughout the hospital. They were responsible for “recruiting” (not actually recruiting, but you know, convincing the prospects to rank the hospital first) as well as hosting and putting together interview season. They deal with complaints from the residents as well as patients and patient families, negative outcomes, and scheduling crises. They work with residents who need a bit more help and work. They foster a positive work environment for the residents. 

In many ways, they have been parenting/teaching/mentoring/administrating etc for the past year, and this is their farewell as much as it is the senior residents’ farewell. 

The literal end of an era. 

The chiefs (and the significant others) have grown so close, and it is so, so crazy to think that two chiefs won’t be here in a month.

Congratulations to Alex and the chiefs. You all did an AMAZING job, as literally everyone told you. Your certainly have left a legacy!

After the dinner and speeches and all of that, they opened up the dance floor, but I was exhausted. So I shared an Uber with another chief and his wife (the wedding we just went to!) and unleashed Alex to party like the fool that he is for the last time with the residents. I know he needed to and wanted to, and I knew that I needed to get rest.

Well, let’s just say that he partied like a fool. And then had to work overnight for a moonlighting shift the next night. #stupidboy

Saturday, I went to coach Team Challenge, this time on the gorgeous 606 trail! I took Ridley to get her out of the house… but also because Alex fell asleep on the couch after his ::ahem:: arrival home, and I didn’t have much else I could do with her! She had a great time, though!

We stayed chill (I needed to rest, Alex needed to become human again) and then set up HBO Go again so that we could get back into Game of Thrones. And thus it has begun. Winter is coming in summer 😀

I worked the night and had a great shift–lots of my friends, great teamwork, and some great customers. Alex headed in and worked overnight! 

Sunday morning, Alex came home around 7:30. so I took Ridley for a long walk and talked to Mom (so necessary). Alex and I got in a few GOT episodes one he got up around noon, but we weren’t able to have our usual grocery shop and laundry Sunday (even in the afternoon) because I had to pick up a shift as part of a shift swap for when my parents come. So while we both had the week off, we both worked for the weekend!

This week, I am working a bunch, while Alex is… I honestly have no idea. I hope he gets some groceries for us!

What are you up to this week? Anything exciting?

Who else sometimes works the opposite schedule as everyone else?

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  • Reply Carla

    We love Alex. Now. Any chance he might could grab some groceries for me?
    I feel less and less as though I live a different schedule than the world now that the child is older and I’m not getting up at the crack crack crack to finish a freelance assignment. That rocked. But I swear at 8 PM I wanted bed when all of my friends were still readying to go out 🙂

    June 12, 2017 at 5:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is the story of my entire life

      June 19, 2017 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Allie

    What a wonderful night for you both!!!…and really for your husband 🙂 You looked great and you both look so happy! Here’s to your future!!!

    June 12, 2017 at 5:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I was so proud of him

      June 19, 2017 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Congrats to all! Sounds like a great celebration. I used to work some overnight shifts when I was in grad school. It was always nice to go grocery shopping when no one else was at the store!

    June 12, 2017 at 5:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha yes! And when things are freshly restocked

      June 19, 2017 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Me! I always work crazy weird hours. My husband has never gotten used to it–his job is 7-3:30 and that is it.

    Congrats to Alex! Our residents graduated this weekend too. I was asked to record a cameo to be played (along with some of the attendings) at the graduation. I was honored to be asked! And now, bring on the new residents…

    June 12, 2017 at 6:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is so exciting! And aren’t you so ready to get your claws into them 😀

      June 19, 2017 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups

    Congrats to Alex! I love the color and lace on your dress! I am so excited for GoT. I will be traveling when it starts. I was trying to convince the hubs to wait a day to watch it with me, we shall see if he can make it.

    June 12, 2017 at 7:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Threaten him with SOMETHING

      June 19, 2017 at 11:01 am
  • Reply Michelle

    Congrats to Alex, and to you as I know his long hours are rough. This week could be very interesting for me, life changing in fact. Please cross everything tomorrow at 2:30 for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 12, 2017 at 7:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      June 19, 2017 at 11:01 am
      • Reply Michelle

        Good stuff happening, but can’t say yet….

        June 20, 2017 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Jamie@TheMomGene

    Congrats to Alex!!! He deserved at least one crazy night to celebrate all that hard work. Also, I love your blue dress. You look gorgeous! No crazy shenanigans for me this week, although I AM going to get my hair done today so I can look human again.

    June 12, 2017 at 7:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Can I come too? i need my hair did

      June 19, 2017 at 11:01 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Congratulations to Alex! You got dressed in a bathroom and came out looking like that? Looking gorgeous and oh so happy 🙂

    June 12, 2017 at 7:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you and we were!

      June 19, 2017 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Cora

    Big big big congrats to Alex. I say he deserved all the silly late night partying he wanted. Just means he also deserved his struggles the next day 😉

    June 12, 2017 at 8:05 am
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    I am so thankful that God has so graciously put me in a country where there are doctors that are well trained and that are so good at dealing with medicine and emergencies and different health issues and problems. Thank you to Alex for his perseverance!

    Also, how did you get the job that you have now? 🙂 It sounds like you really love it. 🙂

    June 12, 2017 at 8:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I quite like it–it is giving me the consistency (and money) that I needed. But there are definitely ups and downs!

      June 19, 2017 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Evangeline

    That’s super exciting! Graduations are always fun occasions, but a graduation from Chief Resident year deserves extra celebrations and kudos. Also, free munchies are frustrating, especially really yummy free munchies. I understand the struggle.

    June 12, 2017 at 9:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The struggle is so freaking real.

      June 19, 2017 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Well, your weekend sounded busy but decent. I’m so glad you’re feeling better!

    June 12, 2017 at 10:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too! And it was a good but busy weekend. Fueled by the leftover cheese curds.

      June 19, 2017 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Congrats to the hubby! Sounds like a great weekend. I can’t complain about mine either now that I’m DONE WITH SCHOOL!

    June 12, 2017 at 11:29 am
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      June 19, 2017 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Congrats to Alex! It sounds like a great weekend. Ridley is so adorable taking her nap!

    June 12, 2017 at 3:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She naps like her mama–aka hot mess

      June 19, 2017 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Debbie

    Congrats to Alex! And you certainly pulled it together beautifully , with or without a hair straightener. You look so pretty!

    June 12, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Debbie!

      June 19, 2017 at 10:57 am
  • Reply San

    What an amazing celebration. Congrats to Alex again.

    June 12, 2017 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply Kat

    You pulled off that look all while in the confines of your tiny work changing space? Ummm #perfection Seriously Suz – you looked amazing!
    And congrats to your man. You must be so proud of him!

    June 12, 2017 at 5:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So so proud of him. He is a rockstar!

      June 19, 2017 at 10:56 am
  • Reply angela @ happy fit mama

    Congrats to Alex! Love the pic of you two.

    June 12, 2017 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    ha ha glad Alex got to party like it’s 1999 and you got to sleep!!!!

    June 12, 2017 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    I am cracking up at “I hope he gets some groceries” because I very often wish we had a grocery fairy. Just make food appear in my kitchen please.

    June 12, 2017 at 10:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love grocery shopping, but having food magically appear would be pretty sweet…

      June 19, 2017 at 10:55 am
  • Reply

    Shame you couldn’t have partied like Alex did, but then again you saved yourself from feeling like he did too! 😉

    June 13, 2017 at 2:18 am
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    True story: I make drink decision based on whether the bar has Luxardo cherries.

    Congratulations to Alex!!! I can’t even image going through everything it takes to be a doctor. I totally would have partied like a rock star too! With my cherries. 🙂

    June 13, 2017 at 8:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Damn straight. Luxardos are everything

      June 19, 2017 at 10:55 am
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    so beautiful! sounds like a wonderful celebration! And I’m with you on the nibbles. LOL! FULLNESS in effect!

    June 13, 2017 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    I worked opposite schedules as the Hubs for years and it is hard!!! Glad you guys had a good weekend.

    June 20, 2017 at 7:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really hope that we don’t have to go to opposite schedules again. That sucked!

      June 26, 2017 at 4:35 pm

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