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Last thing before easter Me and Brianna arranged a Party to raise money for our class at Walkabout in the city centre. It was a success and we had about 200-300 people from the vet school there, I was dressed as one of the lions in lionking. Here are some pictures:


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Monday started off by being quite long, we went to lectures and then to the farm in the afternoon to practice lambing with last year’s dead lambs. It was all to simulate difficult situations and for us to practice getting twins and triplets out. The lecturer walked around to give us hard cases- he gave Brianna triplets and asked her to get them out without her knowing how many she had. When she had taken out 2 lambs she said- “im done” – we all laughed and Brianna learned an important lesson to ALWAYS check. Tuesday was “pancake Tuesday” in the UK so me and Brianna made pancakes. I had the pancakes with strawberry jam, but Brianna is from the USA so she had the pancakes with peanut butter and milk chocolate syrup and almost made herself sick. Thursday we had a suturing class and I volunteered to be a tutor.  So I got a private practical for an hour before hand and then on Thursday I got 3 groups of 3 people on each to teach how to suture up 3 dead cats. Then the teacher would come a couple of hours later to check that it was done properly. All my groups passed and I found it kind of fun=)

Friday my mum and my little sister Denise came to visit. In the evening we went to this really cozy restaurant near me called the tickly trout. They had amazing food and I really nice pub atmosphere.  Saturday  I showed them around the main university, the vet campus and went shopping. I certainly found it me and Denise is related because she seems to love shopping even more than me. In the evening we went out to this Italian restaurant in Bearden.  We were really lucky with the weather and had sun and blue sky all weekend, so Sunday we drove to Stirling which is about 1 hour away. In Stirling there is an amazing castle which lay on top of this hill overlooking the entire city.  So we went sightseeing around this before driving back. Monday morning I drove Denise and my mum to the airport at 4 am and didn’t get back until 6am with a 9am lecture.  It was therefore very nice that we ended the day at 12 so I could go back and sleep=)

Tuesday Kristin Lærkerød came from Norway to visit. Christin Rennie also lived in Glasgow but in the centre city so I went to stay with her so we could all live together. I had lectures both Wednesday and Thursday at the main campus so it all worked out.  Wednesday we went out to O’couture for headphone disco, which is where you get headphones with two different Dj’s that try and make you listen to their music. When you take of the headphones it is no music, only people singing to different music and dancing. I had an amazing night and it was so good to go out and dance with my friends from home.  We were meant to drive to another Scottish village but unfortunately the weather got very bad when Kristin came so it was no point so we went around Glasgow. I took Kristin and Christin to the vet campus, main uni and also to see where I lived. It was the Olympics this week so we watched the skiing which was amazing seeing Norway won almost all of it. It was especially fun seeing Northug getting silver after our boys fell back in 4×10 km relay cross country skiing.  We had a lot of catching up and it felt really good having my girls for a week. Thursday night I went home to do some reading before Fridays blood smear practical and histology lab. This day was really really interesting, although doing blood smears where kind of hard, looking at the different blood samples of cattle, dogs, horse and sheep was very interesting. We had to find and differentiate the white blood cells. After a long day I went back to Kristin & Christin  or a night out to Bamboo. We danced the night away and I had a lot of fun. Sunday Kristin went home and I went back to my books.

I was having a tutor lesson in Biomolec with this lady I found on a tutor website  which was suppose to be great. Well Sunday was my second appointment with the lady but I found out she was only copying things from Wikipedia. So I told her I didn’t lean anything to end the tutoring, I’m not about to pay 18£ an hour when I can read Wikipedia for free on my own. Not sure what to do about the tutoring now, but before I can think about that I have a very had physiology test next week.  So until that is over I can be found in the library=) Wish me luck, love you all. x

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So much has happened this past week.  On Tuesday we went to Cochno Farm to learn how to assess the housing environment for cattle and sheep. This involved measuring things like humidity and draught in the building to see that it was the right environment for that type of animal and look at how the different barns where built. Apparently we need to know this as vets as well, even though people do degrees in building management.

On Thursday we had an event called Mr Vet School. This is the funniest event I’ve seen in a long time. The guys put on a show for the girls of the vet school and they did many crazy things like strip dance, eat cow reticulum or chicken feet,  dance and make a fool of themselves, wear dresses and heals etc. you get the picture. I must say its very brave wearing and doing what they were doing in front of 400+ girls. In the end Rory won this year Mr Vet School.

Saturday was Vet Ball. The theme of this year was “A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS” with vet school Oscars, 3 course dining at the 5 star Hilton Hotel in Glasgow City Centre. (relax I didn’t ruin my budget it was only 40£). I had a dress that I got in Norway over Christmas.  Friday Bobby came from Nottingham to join me wearing a kilt. We were placed at the Marlon Brando table (from The Godfather) for the meal, followed by dancing Ceilidh (the Scottish traditionally dance that I told you about before).  Bobby loved wearing a kilt, and he kept telling me off for not telling him about how it is to wear a “skirt” before. He also informed me that he will be wearing a kilt in every situation he can from now on, so this can be interesting.

Today we went to Cochno farm again where we were thought how to pull out lambs from a ewe. This was done from a metal sheep with warm water inside and several dead lambs that had been frozen from last year. The lambs were placed inside the fake sheep in all kinds of aquard positions for us to learn how to untangle the lambs (if there were more than one) and get them out “alive”.  I did lambing in Aberystwyth, but still found it very useful because now I know how to help if the lambs are in rare wrong positions inside the ewe. I think it will come in handy for this year’s lambing practice, where I’m going to a farm with 2000 pregnant ewes.  My mum and Denise if coming to visit this weekend, so I’m looking forward to that. Talk soon. xx

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Dublin The weekend from the 5th  7th of February I and 18 American students from our class decided to go to Dublin for the weekend. We had been reading very hard the past weeks and decided we needed to have fun now that the Anatomy exam was done. The flights with Ryan-air were cheap and Brianna’s mum was kind enough to pay for our hotel in the centre on Dublin Temple bar area. We left late Friday night after lab and Saturday we took a bus tour around Dublin to see most of it. It was great because you could leave the bus whenever you found a stop you liked and them get back on the next bus, so this way we saw the whole of Dublin in a couple of hours. For lunch we stopped at an Irish pub where the rugby match of Ireland against Italia was on. It was such an amazing atmosphere and I must say that Irish guys are so nice. I mean we got a lot of compliments and they weren’t like normal sleazy comments, but genuinely nice, (that Irish dialect is quite charming as well, hehe).

In the evening we went to Arlington Hotel to eat and watch real live River Dancing, this is the dance that the Irish are known for where they step really really fast. It was amazing. After the dancing they also played a bit of Irish music and I had my first Irish coffee and Bailey’s coffee (you would like this one gran). We went out clubbing after the meal around our hotel which was the “hip” area of town and thought Christina, who never goes dancing, how to dance. We went home early Sunday morning, back to reading and missing Ireland. Hope I get to go back soon because I really love this city.

here is a link to Riverdancing shown at the Arlington hotel if you wanne see:

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Dissecting sheep brain


Today in the anatomy lab we dissected sheep brains, i just thought id put some pictures up for you guys from it now, because im heading toDublin with a bunch of people from the vet course for the weekend, will write when i get back=)

its also been snowing quite a bit, so this is some pictures i took from behind my flat:

have a good weekend


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Christmas Present?

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Back to Glasgow

I flew back to Glasgow on the 4th on January, when I moved to Scotland I was told it hardly snowed ever, but well when I landed it was completely white.  This caused complete chaos because most people never drove on snow before.  The 5th of January I was driving to the vet campus for my 9o’clock lecture. I knew about the snow so I left 20 minutes before I normally did. It takes me around 20-25 minutes to get to the vet campus during rush hour, but today was different. The roads were bare, but the sidewalks and fields around were covered in snow. This caused people to panic so even when taking short cuts I used 2 hours driving to the vet campus and missed my first lecture. I was not pleased.  The week went by quite quickly, Friday came and it was dissection day again. We were continuing on the Hindlimb of the dog for revision until our next anatomy exam.  Because Glasgow wasn’t used to the coldness it was quite cold in the dissection room. All the students were wearing wool hats and scarves during the dissection making it quite amusing.

I wanted to start the year off healthy, so during the weekend I started my vegetable soup diet. It included eating vegetables, fruit and vegetable soup for an entire week. It’s quite hard, and you get very tired of the soup, but I managed to keep it without cheating and lost 5kg in that week ( I gained about half again the week after, so all in all down 2.5kg, woho). Me and my class mate Brianna have signed up to the gym and is doing a class called muscle tone on Tuesdays and Pilates on Wednesday in addition to my football team practice. Working out will keep our energy up so that we can keep fit while we read. It’s quite good being two about it, because then we keep each other from skipping out.  I haven’t really done much else the past two weeks because we had an anatomy written and practical exam Friday the 22nd. Me and Brianna have been reading none stop, after every lecture, every night we have meet up and read for a couple of hours. I think the exam went pretty well, so let’s cross our fingers and see in 2-3 weeks when the results come out=)

This weekend we took a long deserved break, we went out with some of the UK students to cheesy pop in the Glasgow Student Union on the Friday to dance. Sunday I went and got some headphones  I’ve been drooling over since before Christmas, as a treat for staying focused and reading for anatomy.

My headphones ,aren’t they cute?
well that’s all for now, back to the books=) Miss you all at home

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