October was somewhat of a break from the social media world for me (other than a few days in Chicago). October always flies by, in major part due to midterm tests falling smack in the middle of it, but pile seeing patients three to five days a week on top - plus beginning to prep for National Boards ... I just felt like I needed a break to enjoy the free moments I had. It is nice though because in Third Year there are less weekly tests so now that it is November all that stands between me and finals (AKA Christmas Break) are a few minor hurdles (in comparison to the past few years where a week with only one test seemed like a miracle, literally). To break up the monotony of school this year, I was able to make quick trips to both Chicago and Branson in October, taking up the two weekends that fell in the middle of the month. It was exciting to get to do a bit of traveling during school - but it really makes for a busy time when you get home!
There are two "big" national Optometric meetings each year, Optometry's Meeting (it was in D.C. this summer... SO MUCH FUN), and the American Academy of Optometry meeting, which was in Chicago! I had never been to Chicago, so I was all for getting to explore a tiny bit of a new city while getting some killer CE (Continuing Education for non-medical folks). Due to our limited time there (we left on a Monday and came back Friday), we were only able to do the more touristy things... including visiting Cloud Gate aka "The Bean" twice haha. We found that if you go early in the morning you have it all to yourself... same goes for Navy Pier, however; I am positive it would have been better should we have visited later in the day when more people were out and about to people watc. We were able to try out two of the more famous Deep Dish Chicago Style Pizza places, Lou Malnati's and Giordano's. Lou Malnati's got my vote... but they were both so good man. The one thing I was bummed about is that we missed Chicago in it's Fall glory. The tips of the trees were starting to turn, but most everything was still pretty green. I would love to visit in the heart of Fall!
The rest of October flew by with tests, a quick trip to Branson to visit with family, and weekend National Boards review classes. Now I am just going to enjoy the rest of November as much as I can and look forward to a relaxing Christmas Break! Carousel on through this little slide show of pictures below if you want to stroll through my October!