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September 4, 2007

First Day of School!

Hey! It's the first day of school! This semester I'm looking forward to 4 hopefully great classes:

SAS Procedures & Data Analysis
Epidemiologic Methods III
Epidemiologic Methods IV
Decision Analysis for Healthcare

I looking forward to lots of application based instructuion which I am anticipating getting in the SAS procedures class, epi methods 4, and the decision analysis class. Hopefully this semester will mark alot of progress towards feeling like I will be ready for the work force come May.

I've got my big Dialogue for Action working meeting coming up next week, so I'm looking forward to that and the ideas that will come out of the meeting. Next wednesday I get to present the questionnaire I was working on the the Minnesota Department of Health to the CDC site visit team, so I'm looking forward to that as well.

Pretty much it's going to be a busy first two weeks of school, but busy in a good way.

This summer was pretty awesome. In the midst of taking 11 credits, working 20 hours a week, and doing my field experience 10 hours a week, I did manage to squeeze in a ton of fun activities. A few trips home to see Adam and my mom definitely made the summer go by quickly. My mom just finished her last dose of chemotherapy last week, so she's recovering from that. In a few weeks she'll get her port out and then probably start radiation therapy a few weeks after that. She's doing pretty well, though the side effects are pretty major and we're really excited that the end is in sight.

In other news, my comptuer got fried by one of the lightning storms a few weeks ago (yes I had a surge protector!, though obviously I need a new one). I've been spending alot of time lately trying to identify the broken hardware and get new hardware ordered and installed. Moral of the story... make sure you have a decent surge protector and unplug your computer during lightning storms!