So, instead of boring you with the humdrum days of the PICU, I am only writing when something interesting happens... like this weekend. My husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary, and he surprised me with a trip to South Central Pennsylvania. He made arrangements at the Olde Fogie Farm Bed and Breakfast in Marietta. It's a real working organic farm full of animals.
We had been talking for a while about "life after residency," and I have been talking about having chickens and some small livestock. So he wanted to show me what it might be like. The B&B organizes "chores" for the guests, so I spent my mornings feeding the animals, collecting eggs, and generally absorbing everything. I think I could get used to the lifestyle.
The other part of our trip involved going to Gettysburg. I think I learned more about the Civil War than I ever imagined I would. It was also interesting being that my husband was raised in the South, so he brought a different perspective to everything. We spent some time at the American Civil War Museum looking at the wax figures and animations. We drove around to see the monuments, mostly those from the South.
We bought a tour book and followed a part of the driving tour and somehow ended up at the brand new Gettysburg National Military Park: Museum and Visitor's Center. It had just opened last weekend, and it was awesome. There is so much to see just in the museum part that we spent several hours looking at the exhibits. There are also some multimedia and film options with admission, but we arrived later in the afternoon and just had time to walk through the museum.
The next day we drove through Lancaster County. Unfortunately, it was Sunday, so almost all of the stores were closed. Which was a bummer since I was shopping for quilts and some good dry goods to replace my stores. We did drive through some beautiful countryside and up across a part of the Appalachian trail. It was really hard coming home knowing that I would be on overnight call the next day, but I felt so relaxed and re-inspired. Sometimes, you just need that little time away.