It’s BERday!!!

What a wonderful weekend it has been thus far! Thank you all for the happy wishes and calls I received. I just wanted to share several links to businesses that offer FREEBIES just for being born!!! I discovered a few of these deals years ago and people are always asking me to give them a list. So here it goes:

No purchase necessary but you will need to sign up for a rewards account at least 30 days before your birthday. Your reward is any free item so make it count. Can I get a VENTI please?

You get a free beverage just for enrolling. The other terms of their rewards program are quite convoluted as not all DD locations participate (a good amount). The week of your birthday you will receive an email with a beverage coupon for redemption. It worked last year so I’ll try it again this year. No purchase necessary.

A free sub and drink each year. I signed up for this one the day before and got it the next day. No purchase necessary.

Free quest dip upon sign up and a free burrito on birthday. No purchase necessary for their new rewards program. Must download app on mobile phone.

I scream, you scream, we all scream… ICE CREAM! But only one free small scoop. I usually get an email every year weeks before my birthday but nothing this year. Hmmm???

Free cup cake after sign up and on BD. No purchase required.

Any regular (7″) Wich free and a free beverage with sign up. It’s okay to redeem on the same day. No purchase necessary.

Sign up for rewards card and earn a makeup related birthday gift. Usually some kind of small travel item. This year I received a mini lip gloss/ blush duo…love it!

Now this site is already magical on any regular day. Have you heard of Ebates? It is an awesome place to score some cash back on your purchases. Online shopping is one of my preferred ways to shop. For three main reasons, I usually find better deals than in store, larger inventory options, and free shipping to my door. Plus you earn an additional 15% back on every purchase during the ENTIRE WEEK of your BD.

Go ahead and try it out here! You’ll earn $10 after your first purchase of $25 or more. I mean you were gonna spend it anyways. So just go for it.

Although some of these deals expire a day or two after your birthday, most of them last the whole month. I recommend spacing your freebies out so you can maximize your celebratory time.


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As I sit here contemplating ways to get out of these two exams I have tomorrow, I can’t help but to feel a little pissed off. Many people do not fully understand the whole concept of being a pre-health professional student. There are so many flippin hoops to jump through it just makes you sick! I know I will be a doctor one day but how much longer? I can’t see myself doing anything else. Not that I won’t be good at another career but I simply won’t be satisfied knowing that I am wasting my potential. Having to work at least 35 hours/week, volunteer, and attend advance classes part-time is starting to take a toll on me. My colleagues share my sentiments of general irritation with the whole process. I have given a great part of the last 4 years towards my dream and I want it to pay off. I miss having a social life and this has been a very lonely process.

On the other hand, there are moments where I understand I’m exactly where I need to be. I was teaching a patient how to remove and insert hard contact lenses last week. She became very frustrated with the process and started to cry. Although, I had a study group session planned within the next 20 minutes, I decide to be there for her. I took her aside into a private room and just held her while she cried. Afterwards, we got back to the process and she was able to get the hang of it right away. And it’s moments like those that I realize I will be a phenomenal doctor.

Okay my rant is over for now. Back to the chamber of insomnia.

Seattle Visit: Part Four- A Different World (05/06/2016-05/07/2016)

Alas the final reflection of my time in Seattle. Throughout my life, I have observed the importance of seeing a world outside of my own. It puts things into perspective and helps me not to freak out about the unimportant stuff. The timing of this post seems appropriate considering all of the recent events in the US. It was nice to have a break from my “world.”

Ivar’s Salmon House

This is a local seafood place famous for it’s “fish and chips” varieties. My little cousins enjoyed the salmon version while I preferred the traditional cod. Caught a glimpse of the draw bridge in action.

Discovery Park


Richmond Beach

It was a beautiful sunny day with lots of dead crabs along the rocky shoreline. There was too much glare from the sun to take many pictures. I would love to own a house off the coast one day.

Seattle Tacoma International Airport aka SEATAC

I spent about 2.5 hours here; roaming about the artistically savvy airport. Beautiful artwork, live music and good food. My little cousin had her first communion scheduled that morning and I opted to head to the airport early rather than inconvenience my family.


Here is an excerpt from my traveling journal:

[4:30PM] the flight arrived in Denver, CO on time yet the connecting flight is delayed until 6:00PM. the ride was kind of uncomfortable because a ton of school aged kids were flying together but rather than doing group boarding or ANYTHING that ensure they sat together. The kids got on near last and wanted to sit in pairs….Not happening. unfortunately for my row the two boys asked were given aisle seats with two big ass adults squished on the interior seats. we made it, a little sore, but we made it. [7:30PM] After a turbulent takeoff and an hour into the flight, I sense an eagerness to get home. The patter of little feet dance on the back of my seat accompanied by little hands often making their way onto the top of my head. Parents, I say, control thy kid.

Welp that’s all folks! I’m really excited to share details from my Chicago trip three weeks ago. It will only be one post since this series took entirely too long. I have also been busy studying for the OAT and applying for Optometry school.