I’m switching to a new productivity system as I try to balance life with work. Damn. I needed this.
never have i ever
gotten a concussion
gotten a c+
before vet school. C+ for concussion.
never will i ever.
So how did I get here?
Yeah, I ended up in Vet School,
but its not how I imagined it to be.
Im not focusing on small animals,
and not even really focusing on active medicine,
but rather taking active interest in how things work.
i’m a fundraising chair for a non profit organization,
a symposium coordinator for a One Health club,
and a vice president for the the Caduceus club that puts on all the school wide events on campus. and vying hard to change it for the more sustainable.
and im doing research this summer..?
and my mentor is the man who coordinates PhD programs for post grads..?
Restored Faith in Humanity of the Day: New Zealand Legislators Serenade Gay Marriage Amendment
Yesterday, New Zealand became the thirteenth country to legalize gay marriage after the Parliament voted 77 to 44 on an amendment to their 1955 marriage laws. Upon the formal announcement, many people in the crowd as well as a few lawmakers spontaneously burst into singing the traditional Māori love song “Pokarekare Ana.”
i almost cry every time i hear about this
Last weekend three baby Maras were born at Amsterdam’s Artis Royal Zoo. Maras mate for life and usually have one to three babies every year. Newborns are so well developed they can begin to graze within a day.
Maras (Dolichotis patagonum) are the fourth largest rodent in the world, after capybaras, beavers, and porcupines, reaching about 18 inches (45 cm ) tall. In the wild, Maras live in dry, grassy areas in South America. With their long, thin legs and tall ears they seem much like a hare, but the Maras are actually a subfamily of the guinea pig. They can make jumps of 2 meters.
Photo Credit: Artis Royal Zoo (via Trio of Big-Eyed Baby Maras Born at Artis Zoo - ZooBorns)
Maureen’s on a Mission: A Marathon for Mercer
So I normally don’t do this, considering the fact that I normally dont post at all anymore. BUT this is really important to me, like really REALLY important to me. So I would love it if you could help me out!
Mercer Veterinary Clinic is a unique non-profit organization put on exclusively by UC Davis veterinary students, whose goal is to provide veterinary care for the underserved and impoverished communities of Sacramento. The clinic operates once a month out of a Loaves and Fishes warehouse in Sacramento, and runs exclusively on donations and profits made from fundraising events. Veterinary students and veterinary assistants (pre-veterinary students, for the most part) carry out physical exams, give vaccinations and flea/tick/heartworm preventatives, do diagnostic tests and bloodwork, and even spay/neuter any unfixed patients to assist in reducing pet overpopulation in the area. Despite limited resources, we manage to treat somewhere around 150 patients and fix anywhere between 12-15 animals per clinic, as well as provide information to owners about proper pet handling and management. It is both a worthwhile educational experience for local owners and a great hands-on experience for veterinary students.
Mercer as an organization further requires that all clients coming through the clinic are utilizing other Loaves and Fishes services, such as food provision programs, medical health screenings, and sheltering opportunities, to ensure an integrative One Health Clinic in the area. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the integrative clinic, and we are still booked full every month, so it is fair to say that we are making a pretty significant impact on the underserved community.
I have been lucky enough to secure a position as fundraising coordinator for the upcoming year, and this is where I am coming from to ask for your assistance! The Loaves and Fishes location that we are currently using is going to be completely torn down by July 1, 2013. We knew that it was projected to shut down in the next couple of years, but it is only recent news to us that it will be completely lost to us in such a short time period. Since the spring of last year, we have raised about 70,000$ to try and move into a more permanent, standalone unit, but the bids we have received so far for the interior remodel stand at 125,000$. We are trying to raise about 60,000$ before June to get the clinic up and running at the absolutely most basic level.
At this time, I am proposing a couple different levels of involvement that you can commit to. Firstly, we have set up a short term fundraising account with youcaring.com that will allow you to donate any monetary amount to the cause directly: This is an awesome way to make a no-commitment donation to the cause – one time and you’re done!
Secondly, we are officially a nonprofit organization supported by the Nugget and Food-4-Less conglomeration. These markets provide ‘Scrip Cards’ to customers, which allow you to donate as you shop! So long as you sign up to support Mercer Veterinary Clinic, up to 4% of your total purchase will be donated to us directly. This is a great way to continue to donate to the cause without any inconveniences! As you would be spending the money anyway, why not spend it on animals in need?
Thirdly, I have decided to run a marathon for sponsorship! I have signed up to run at the Avenue of the Giants on May 5, 2013. I have been preparing for this race for the past couple of months, but it should be just about the biggest mental and physical challenge I have taken on to date. Any and all profits that come out of me running this race will be directly donated to Mercer, and I have a personal goal of raising 1000$. If you could donate a flat amount, a number of dollars per mile (spoiler alert – there will be 26!), or any other innovative sum of money to the cause (hourly rate? Price per protein bar consumed? Get creative!), it would be greatly appreciated!!
if youre looking to sponsor me………. message me and i’ll give you an address to send any checks/cash/pure gold to but im not ready to release that information on the net yet
just yesterday, i was thinking that spring had better come because every morning that i go to my closet and have to put on pants, i get angrier. because pants suck, and i’m worn out on tights, and i want to just wear a regular skirt or some shorts or something, already.
but today i went to H&M…
story of my life?!
Tar Sands Blockade published new videos today (4/7) showing oil from the Arkansas pipeline rupture diverted from a residential neighborhood into a wetland area to keep it out sight and, most importantly, out of the media & public view.
April 7, 2013
While it’s not clear if the oil was intentionally moved into the wetland, the company says it is cleaning pavement with power washing devices, which could cause some of the oil to be pushed off neighborhood streets and into other areas.
Activists also interviewed a local resident who claimed the oil has continued “flowing” into Lake Conway since the spill happened.
“I don’t have allergies,” the man said. “But now my sinuses are bothering me. My throat’s bothering me. My eyes water constantly. But Exxon acts like nothing’s wrong. They don’t have to live here, we do. And we’re not moving just because of them.”
The activists noted that they were turned away from the area several times before by police and Exxon spill cleanup workers, but they returned on Saturday just before sundown and managed to sneak in to capture footage of the oiled wetlands. In two separate videos, nearby residents say they’ve been made sick by the spill, which has tremendously affected their air quality.
This footage has largely remained out of the media due to the lockdown that’s descended upon Mayflower nearly a week since the spill. Reporters touring the damage with Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel were allegedly turned away by Exxon workers. One journalist, Inside Climate News’s Susan White, was even threatened with arrest when she asked a question of Exxon’s “public affairs” desk inside the spill cleanup command center. The company has also secured a no-fly zone over the spill area.
Video of Lake Conway’s wetlands shows thousands of what Exxon called “absorbent pads” — which appear to be nothing more than paper towels — littering the blackened landscape as thick, soupy crude bubbles across the water’s surface. The company insists that air quality in the affected region is being measured by the Environmental Protection Agency, and that tests show “levels that are either non-detect or that are below any necessary action levels.” Exxon also says that the area’s drinking water remains unaffected.
A phone number given by Exxon to reach the company’s “downstream media relations” team did not appear to be correct, and a spokesperson was not available for comment.
Don’t let Exxon sweep this thing under the rug! Share this now, far & wide, with everybody you know! We cannot allow these corporate-committed environmental tragedies to continue to claim people, land & our future as victims in the wealth-owning, corporate elite’s illogical profit-making endeavors.
this is absurd
“We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter:
‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’ They pay for their order, take the two and leave.
I ask my friend: “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?”
My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.”
Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers - three for them and four ‘suspended’. While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks
‘Do you have a suspended coffee ?’
It’s simple - people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have such cafés or even grocery stores in every town where the less fortunate will find hope and support? If you own a business why don’t you offer it to your clients… I am sure many of them will like it. (via Mind Boggling Stories)