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My parents came to visit over the weekend and we drove up to the Sandhills. It's amazing how beautiful they are, and how I lived in Nebraska for 7.5 years thinking that it is an incredibly ugly state. Well, the southeastern part is. The northwestern, on the other hand, is lovely. We are going to come back in late May, when the prairie is in bloom, and drive further into the hills, and maybe even go up to Mount Rushmore (though I don't really care to see it if it takes too much effort). I am not a fan of 13-hour drives in a day.

The owners of the pharmacy where I spent the last month had the farewell dinner for me last night (Ann & Becky had to leave today for Denver for an auction of some kind). It was lovely, and the food was great. It was definitely one of my favorite rotations, with all the people being so nice and fun. I can see why this rotation is so popular. It is hard to believe four weeks are almost up.

My presentation at the Fire Hall was OK. It is virtually impossible to make a good, well-flowing presentation about ALL the psychotropic medications used in children, covering everything from conditions and s symptoms to side effects and forms of abuse into 15 minutes. I managed to squeeze into 20 minutes + good 15 minutes of Q&A. Still, it feels so good to do a presentation for a real audience, who care to hear what you have to say, instead of a stupid presentation that only your preceptor(s) attends, because he has to grade you.

Tomorrow afternoon I will return to Omaha, and get my thoughts organized and see what business I have to take care of since I have been relaxing far away from the world for a month. I don't even want to think about it. The next trips: Kansas City (for the Gem & Mineral Expo) & St. Louis (to visit a cousin) the weekend of March 10&11, and Atlanta (APhA National Meeting) March 16-20. After that and though graduation I should be in Omaha. At least, that's what I think at the moment. I am excited and a little scared that I will finally graduate in May.

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Ooh, pretty country! I think all of Nebraska has its own beauty, but of course I grew up in the semi-desert area of West Texas. But really, I can't think of any of the parts of Nebraska that I've seen (other than big cities, which I dislike anyway) that I haven't thought to be lovely. I had great-grandparents and their siblings who lived in Cortland and Lincoln, and I remember Cortland as a pretty town, and Lincoln as impressive (architecture, capitol building, etc.). Other parts of the state where I've visited, whether huge wheat and corn fields or small towns, have all got their own attractiveness.

I've thought about you in your little Nebraska town; I'm so glad you've enjoyed your rotation there. And I wish you all the best in your studies and travels!

And I know it was good to be with your folks, after all that scare with your dad's health. There's nothing like that personal touch!

*hugs and brownies*

Oh, and we have relatives in St. Louis too! If you haven't been to the Gateway Arch, you might enjoy going through its museum. The zoo and Shaw's Gardens are very nice to visit as well.

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