Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Faves 6/26/15

I was working right through Friday last week so I missed favorites time, but this week here they are!

1. Things My Sisters Say
Shannon's dog Chakka has been living with her for a while but is ultimately Emma's and will be going to live with her soon. Look at this face.


2. Music
This is my summer country favorite at the moment: Blake Shelton, Sangria.


3. Snack or Meal
The other day what with my night schedule and poor eating habits I was really craving greens and got this salad from the bar at Whole Foods.


4. Lifestyle and Beauty
This soap is amazing. John bought it and I can't remember where - World Market maybe? It makes my hands feel awesome and smells amazing.


5. Recipe
Shredded Kale Salad from Oh She Glows

[Photo is mine - Tofu Scramble with kale from Flying Star. Oddly I cannot find a good kale salad picture anywhere in my archives, which means it's time to make a kale salad.]

Happy weekend!

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday Faves 6/12/15

Fridaaaay! That means it's favorites time and here they are.

1. Things My Sisters Say
My youngest sister Nicola has been rocking and rolling around Greece and just got back so I just thought I'd share this precious photo. I'm so jealous.

Look at this cutie.

2. Music
I couldn't get it to post the video right here, so I'll just share the link. It's so summery and pretty.
Isobel Anderson - Botanical Romance.

3. Snack or Meal
Whole Foods makes vegan pizzas, so the other day John and I got a half regular cheese/half Daiya cheese vegetable pizza. We put a lot of vegetables on it and the crust was great but I ended up preferring the pita ones we make ourselves.


4. Lifestyle and Beauty
I haven't actually purchased this product yet but I put it on every time I go to Sephora and it's first on my list to purchase when I have enough of my budget for truly frivolous purchases available. It's amazing.

5. Recipe
This one is just too gorgeous. Mango Curry Tofu on Choosing Raw.

[Photo is theirs]

Happy weekend!

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Friday Faves 6/5/15

It's Friday [okay it's Saturday but it's close] and you know what that means - Favorites time. Who missed Friday Faves? I know I did.

1. Things My Sisters Say
This one is just one of those great days when I wish I lived closer to my sisters so I could help them out. This one courtesy of Shannon:



She did eventually finish her paper. I'm so proud of her.

2. Music
The Acoustic Summer Spotify playlist is perfectly suited to my mood about 70% of the time these days. [The other 30% is a weird combination of country and Top 40]. This is Cherry Wine by Hozier, and it's just so good.



3. Snack or Meal
I've literally eaten basically nothing but Lara bars and avocado toast this week. I'm never hungry and when I am I'm working and it's all very confusing for my poor stomach. With that in mind I'm going to share this picture of delicious Panang Curry from Sala Thai that we got on one of our first nights back from South America.


4. Lifestyle and Beauty
I've had the hardest time the past few months finding a conditioner that strikes a balance between not too dry and not too much buildup. I really like this one from Organix.


5. Recipe
It's just about summer - seriously it's 90 degrees here - and that means peach season isn't too far away. In preparation, I'm looking ahead and here's a peach cobbler recipe I want to try from The Southern Vegan. Link here.

[Photo is hers]

Happy weekend!

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Up All Night for No Reason

Being on a night schedule is so weird.

A little over 3 weeks ago I started inpatient night shifts, and this week I switched to Emergency Room, but I mostly have 5 PM-2AM shifts so it's still kind of a night schedule.

Last night I slept from 3 AM to 7 AM, then I went to clinic in the afternoon and fell asleep when I got home from about 5 PM to 7 PM.

It's not really enough sleep but I think I've been on a night schedule for so long I can't go to sleep.

So now I'm watching Parenthood and sitting up writing this at 3 AM.

It feels like an equivalent number of hours pass more quickly at night than during the day. Even if I think really hard I have a tough time figuring out what I do all night.

Short answer?


Here is a list of my activities since arriving home from clinic:

- Nap
- Watch Bachelorette and have dinner with John
- Watch an episode of Pretty Little Liars
- Watch approximately 7 episodes of Parenthood
- Make a veggie burger
- Make single serving peanut butter cookie dough
- Watch some movie trailers
- Get lost in a YouTube hole
- Exhaust the extent of Tumblr content
- Play innumerable rounds of Candy Crush and Soda Crush Saga
- Play approx 3 games of Settlers of Catan on the iPad. Lose them all to the computer.

I'm looking at this list and wondering if it's really true that I did nothing, really really nothing productive. Technically I ate I guess. I also drank some water. Oh! Dishes! I washed like 6 dishes.

I do have some productive things I could do, but despite the fact that I feel very awake, it also still feels like the middle of the night and my natural tendency is definitely not to start any typical daytime tasks. Off course business hour things are off the table, I could go to the 24 hour Walmart but I don't really need anything.

But when you're up so late your Chrome plugin says "Good morning" it's sort of sad to reflect back on the night and its lack of productivity.


I have a shift the next 6 days (or nights, however you figure it) so we'll see how it goes. I'd love to get back on a sort-of day schedule, but we'll see. It may not happen for another month and if that's the case, it'll just have to be ok.

And those are my thoughts about nights.

Thanks for reading, see you soon.




Sunday, May 31, 2015

Peru Vacation: South America Part 5

All right I've been home for a whole month and I think it's finally time to finish my posts about my trip to South America.

After a very busy 4 weeks working during which I learned a lot and met all kinds of amazing patients, it was time to take a break and so here are some trip highlights.

Macchu Picchu

My parents were there for about half the time that John was with us, so we went to Macchu Picchu all together.

We left Coya at 5 AM to take a taxi to Ollantaytambo, where we caught the train to Aguas Calientes, and from there the bus up to Macchu Picchu.

Dad on the train.


We took a tour with a guide who sort of spoke English, though sometimes I ended up translating for the rest of the group when he couldn't figure out how to explain what he wanted to say. 



It rained like crazy and we got some fierce looking ponchos. Look how cute my parents are.



Fortunately the rain cleared a little after a couple hours and we got a clear view. 

At the Sun Gate.




Hiding out from the rain for a selfie on the walk to the Sun Gate









These clouds would roll in and completely obscure this view for a few minutes, then roll out again and we would have a couple minutes to try to take our pictures. There weren't very many people left because it had been raining for a while, so we were able to walk around pretty unhindered.

After that long day, we warmed up with dinner in Ollantaytambo. Not actually one of our best meals, but this was a pretty good quinoa soup.

Arequipa

After finishing work for the week, on Friday John and I took a night bus from Cuzco to Arequipa. We got in at 6 AM and while our hotel let us leave our bags, we couldn't check in until the afternoon. 

John wanted to selfie in the square and I was less than pleased.

When the Cathedral opened at 8 AM we walked through and it was really pretty.

It's called "The White City" because a lot of the historical construction is made from white volcanic rocks.


He finally convinced me to smile for a selfie.

We finally found a place open for breakfast. They didn't have a real coffee maker, but at least we had some instant Nescafe to tide us over.

We hiked up to a lookout over the city. 


After that we went to the Monastery. There are still nuns living and working there, and it was incredible how much of the historical artifacts were preserved. 



The square at night.


One of my favorite meals was also in Arequipa at ZigZag. I think we paid the equivalent of maybe $15 each for this whole four course meal?


The following day we took a guided tour to Colca Canyon. It's the second deepest in the world (the first deepest is also in Peru). It was gorgeous scenery from start to finish. 



The condors catch the jet streams in the canyon and use them to float. We got to see a lot of them and it was really beautiful.



We also got a stinkeye from a llama, so our day was complete.

Puno

After a couple nights in Arequipa we caught a bus to Puno, on Lake Titicaca. 

Unfortunately at this point in the journey the cough that John had caught from either myself or Dad had really started to cause a lot of congestion and a fever, so we weren't quite as active here. We pretty much just walked around town and went to visit the lake. 


Lake Titicaca




Cuzco

Before leaving, we took another bus back to Cuzco and spent a couple nights there. We stayed at the Palacio del Inka, which is a Starwood hotel. We used credit card points so our nights were free. 

It's definitely one of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed in. 

When we walked in they took our bags, led us to some couches, got us some tea and then someone came over to check us in.

The lobby. 

The first night we had appetizers at a rooftop bar with a gorgeous view. 


We hiked up to San Blas and San Cristobal. It was a gorgeous day with quite a view of the city.

The streets.

We also went to the big market. It was very cool to see all the raw ingredients displayed.

Book sale on the street.

The Temple of the Sun.


Behind John is the grass with the Condor, the Puma and the Serpent which represent the three supernatural worlds.

Walking around the Plaza.

From San Cristobal.

The streets are so cool because they're still constructed from the original Incan rocks. Also that scarf I'm wearing served me really well - it has a pocket that I used for passports and valuables. #pocketscarf


This cafe nearby had good food and more importantly wifi.

It all went by really quickly, and before we knew it we were flying home. By the end of my 5 weeks I had a list of things I missed about home, but there was also so much I loved about being there that I didn't want to end. 

I learned a great deal, and one of the best parts was getting the chance to leave town, see how it's done in other places and take a step back from the day to day of my program. 

Now I'm just about done with this month of wards - 2 nights left. After that I go to the Emergency Room, and after that it's 3rd year. 

I can't believe how fast it goes.

Hoping to write again soon.

Thanks for reading, see you soon.