Old Navy is stepping it up!

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Old Navy currently has a sale on all their dresses. I haven’t been to an Old Navy in years, but I was out with a friend Saturday and we decided to check it out. There was a line out the door and it brought me back to my college clubbing days in Boston. “Hey, what’s the cover charge!?”

Anyway, I found a few pieces I really liked! The material felt like it would last too. I don’t like buying clothing that just pills or shrinks after a single wash and dry on a line (not in the dryer). Let’s not create more garbage in those landfills. If you currently do have clothes that pill a lot, I recommend this fabric shaver. It’ll save your clothes, sofa and carpets.

Old Navy also faired decently well on this site: Good on You: Old Navy which tells us how ethical the store is based on its environmental impact, labor conditions, and animal welfare. The reason I hadn’t shopped there for so long was because I felt the materials they used were super flimsy and wouldn’t last. This time around, I feel like they have definitely stepped up their game.

I bought the T-shirt above in grey in a size small for a bit of a looser and more comfortable fit. It’s funny how I used to wear skin tight tops in high school and college….but maybe that’s how I landed the hubby 😆. Just kidding. The T-shirt comes in multiple colors and a few colored striped patterns. I definitely didn’t realize that Old Navy has regular sizes in stores and tall and petite sizing in addition online so *mind blown*.

So you know how mirrors in stores can be extremely deceptive? Well, I wasn’t sure if I loved this dress or if it fit how it should. I decided to take it home and see if my husband thought it looked nice. I really thought I might not be able to pull off a tiered swing dress because they often hit my hips and pear-shaped body at the wrong place but this one was perfect after all! I can’t wait to wear it this summer!

I debated about this dress as well. I wasn’t sure if the small or x-small was a better fit. I ended up going with the small to allow myself a larger range of motion. I really like the midi length of this dress – good for the days you don’t want to shave above your knees. This dress does come in several other patterns.

All in all, everything I bought was 50% off when I shopped this weekend so it was very affordable. Old Navy is one of those places that always has a sale. If the stock is low on these pieces, I would expect a restock and a sale again. But alsooooo maybe don’t wait too long if you really like something because they may run out and eventually not restock the item.

Check out this Krazy Coupon Lady post about how to get the best deals at Old Navy.

XOXO,

Relatable Roni

A Doctor’s Spouse’s Life: Residency Year Two

(Residency Year One post is here: A Doctor’s Spouse’s Life: Residency Year One)

I know my blog is called Relatable Roni and that’s because I enjoy finding common ground with others. At most times, I feel like the average person, but this topic is probably only relatable to a few. 

In most other medical and surgical residencies, intern year (first year) of residency is the most difficult. In neurosurgery, it’s year two and seven (yes, neurosurgery is a 7 year-long residency). During first year, my husband and I went to the movies with two of his co-residents. They said, “He will be the busiest person in the whole hospital next year.” I just smiled. Later, I said to him, “What did they mean?” I didn’t know it could get worse! And I didn’t believe it could get worse until it actually happened *gasp*.

Intern year (first year) I did at least see him because I was unemployed and he was consistently off on Tuesdays. Each of the neurosurgical residents have 4 days off per month compared to the 8 days off “normal” people have. Now that I’m actually employed and his schedule is inconsistent and even worse, I’ve counted the hours we’ve seen each other in a particular week: 14 hours. Spouses tend to see each other for 14 hours in a single day on the weekend. This was our total for a whole week including any days off. It doesn’t help that in my field, I work varying shifts including on the weekends. There are days when I am leaving the house at 7am and he is leaving work to come home at 7am. There are days when he comes home at 12:30 pm and I have to leave for work at 1:30pm. He showers and we eat lunch and that’s it. If he has an extended amount of free time, it is well spent catching up on some much-needed sleep (See examples below).

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Sleeping in an Uber in Washington, D.C.

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Sleeping in an Uber in Montreal, Quebec

If we don’t communicate effectively or even have the time to communicate, I’ve neglected to request weekends off so they may coincide with one another. Communication has been so difficult I’ve resorted to emailing my husband to finish conversations we’ve started. And of course, I’m always the one that has to work around his schedule since his is inflexible. But you know what feels great?! Seeing him understand what I’ve been dealing with.

What do I mean by “dealing with?” Well, I spend a lot of time at home by myself waiting for him to come home. I’m essentially waiting for no reason. Eventually and hopefully, I decide to stop waiting, get off the couch, and fill those hours with cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, workouts, gaining a social life and just being productive. So this past weekend, I ended up working and he was off. In other words, the roles were reversed, and he finally experienced being the one home alone for a whole weekend. What did he think about it? He was bummed, just as I can get at times. We want to spend our free time together, not apart. Residency life is hard and it’s no one’s fault. It’s the nature of the field.

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How we attend weddings together. “Raj on a stick” has been to 5 weddings this year. Real Raj has been to 1.

Because of our lack of time with one another, we are looking forward to a nice and quiet Christmas break at our home in Vermont. No packing. No traveling. No rushing around. Just going to take it all in (TWSS) and try to enjoy each other’s company. Let’s hope we still like each other by the end of it.

^ What I do when he’s asleep by 7pm. I can’t believe that dinosaur walking all over him didn’t wake him up!