Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ronald McDonald House - Service Project

Our first service project is coming up! Mandi Enz has provided this information:

What: Dinner at the Ronald McDonald House
When: October 11th, 4:30-7:00 pm
Where: The Ronald McDonald House, 935 East South Temple, Salt Lake City - meet in the parking lot

** We need around 10 people to come and help prepare food for the families at the Ronald McDonald House.  Everyone needs to be healthy, and no children are allowed.  Thanks!

Book Club/Cooking Club - Sept 29th (directions updated)

Lynnae has put together a book club/cooking club activity for next week. Everyone is invited!
Here is all the info:

We will be combining the first meeting so we can get everything organized for the year.  It will be on Thursday, September 29th at 7:00pm at my house (Lynnae).  My address is 3 Medical Plaza, which is across the street from the medical school (where we had our opening social) and in between the Medical Towers to the west.

If you are coming from the south, head north on Foothill and turn right on Mario Cappechi Dr.  If you are coming from the west (downtown), turn left on Mario Cappechi Dr.   From there, you will go through a traffic light and under the pedestrian bridge.  Then take your next right (S. Medical Drive).  Take the second right (1900 E.) through the construction zone of the new Skaggs Hall Building.  Take your second right again into a parking lot below the Medical Towers (there is a little red sign next to the speed limit sign that says Townhouses). As you enter the parking lot, if you drove straight ahead, you would run into the back of my house, which is right in between the Medical Towers.  Park anywhere that isn't a reserved spot and enter in through a black gate into a courtyard of townhouses.  Mine is the first one on the left.

Cooking Club:  We will be picking the themes and hostesses for the school year.  The theme for this time is Appetizers.  Make your favorite appetizer and bring some to share with everyone.  Please email me a copy of your recipe (  I will compile them into a pdf file and email them out to the Cooking Club so we can all have a copy.  My plan is to have each night be a "chapter" in a cook book.  At the end of the year, we'll send out a master pdf cookbook.  I will also put them into an actual cookbook on that you can order a hard copy of if you would like at the end of the year.  We'll be taking pictures at the events to include in the cookbook.  Feel free to email me your own picture of your recipe if you'd like.  There is always plenty of food, so even if you don't have time to make something, still feel free to come!

Book Club:  We will be picking the books, the hostesses, and the discussion leaders for this school year.  Bring your ideas if there is a book you want to read.  Here is also a list of possible books to choose from:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak

The Ladies Auxiliary by Tovas Mirvis

My Name is Asher Lev by Chiam Potok

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

Still Alice  by Lisa Genova

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

The Constant Princess by Philipa Gregory

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I'm really excited about the Book Club and Cooking Club. It's such a great way to get to know other MSA members and to have fun together.  Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

We Love MSA

Tonight's Opening Social was a huge success. So many people came - more new people than those who were already part of MSA and I met some very cool people.

On a personal note...I was just thinking about when I decided to join MSA. It was during my husband's second year - and we were still only dating,  but somehow I just knew that the following year we would be a married couple. Melinda Frandsen and I were chatting at her house one night, talking about the upcoming Festival of Trees, and she invited me to one of their tree decorating events. I think Konrad and I were engaged a week later and the next year, I headed up the Festival of Trees and it was a lot of fun. It took just one person to invite me to join, and I wanted to be involved somehow in the med school life that sometimes evades those who aren't in the classes. It has been such a fun experience! I live in Bountiful so it has been different for me than many in respect to the whole social ongoing aspect of MSA where most people live by each other, but I love the friends I have made and the things I have learned from talking with those who are supporting a spouse in medical school. You don't have to have children to enjoy MSA (I don't have any but will in January!), and you will get as much out of it as what you put in.

Thanks for coming! This is going to be a fun year :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Zoo Playgroup

Jocelyn Knott is putting together a Zoo Playgroup for the month of September. It will be on the 27th from 10-Noon. Meet at the fountain and call her cell at 801-699-5451 with any questions.

It should be a lot of fun! It will be great bonding time for both moms and kids. See you then :)

PIG Opening Social and Barbecue

Tonight is the Pediatrics Interest Group (PIG) Barbecue ! I want to know all about it and get any pictures to post on our blog. :)

Opening Social!!!

Don't forget! Our Opening Social is September 13th.

5th Floor HSEB @ 6 pm with a yummy catered dinner.

Spouses are welcome and babysitting will be provided.

This is an excellent opportunity to start the year off right and get to know a bunch of new people. :)

See you then!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Thank You!

Thank you to all who helped come and recruit at the barbecue! We are looking forward to a great Opening Social NEXT WEEK. See you then!