Wednesday, December 31, 2014

WIAW: The End of 2014


What I Ate Wednesday!
Thanks as always to Jenn for hosting.

It's the final WIAW of the year. Whether you're planning to stay up and party for midnight or working like me or planning to be asleep by 9 PM, I hope you're having a great day and end of the year.

I've been having very snacky/small meals lately because I'm about half switched over to night shift schedule, but not completely. I'm never really hungry for a meal, but I'm kind of hungry more often. The first few nights my stomach is always upset if I eat in the middle of the night anyway so its a balance. 

Breakfast: Toast. One with Peanut Butter and one with Earth Balance. I forgot to take a picture but we have this good bread that was on sale. 

Lunch: Tomatoes, almonds, leftover pasta. Really this was spread out over a couple hours of eating a little bit at a time, but we'll just call it lunch. Also the second pic is recycled from a previous week. Technically this week's pasta shape is penne, but everything else is the same. 

Snack: Clif Bar

Dinner: Banana Pancakes. It just felt like a breakfast for dinner kind of night. I don't think anyone needs a reason to have breakfast for dinner - it's always a good idea. I used this recipe but mashed the banana, used brown sugar and left out the flax. I forgot to take a picture until I was packing up the leftovers, but they turned out pretty as pancakes go.

Hydration: This isn't a usual section on my WIAW but it is kind of important. I'm always underhydrated - I do have a hard time making it a priority. I started setting up infused water again and that has helped. I just throw a couple orange slices in a 32 oz. mason jar of water overnight and it makes it that much easier to drink because its something I look forward to doing. 

I hope you have a happy, healthy New Year's Eve.

Thanks for reading, see you soon [in 2015!]

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 in Review

It's almost the New Year. I hope you're still having a good holiday season. Last year around this time I wrote this post about the most significant moments in 2013.

I was getting ready to write a post for this year and rereading the one from a year ago and I was surprised at what I ended up thinking: that I had significantly fewer big moments in 2014 compared to the year before.

In 2013 I had all these major events: We moved to New Mexico, I got my M.D., I started residency, we adopted a dog.

This year I think the significant things must be smaller, because although there was loss and travel and plenty of new experiences, in the way of big life changes, 2014 was a relatively steady year.

So with that said

10 Significant Moments of 2014

1. A trip to Hawaii to see family and friends. At the end of January we went to Oahu. It was primarily vacation and we got to see both some friends and some of my family. It was a nice break.

2. Intern Retreat in Taos. In February all the interns get a few days off to go to Taos and regroup. It was a nice time with just a little official residency business and a fair amount of time in the snow. 

3. A visit from Emma and Nicola. On their Spring Break my two younger sisters drove here all the way from Chicago for a visit. It was really nice to have them here.

4. A visit to Ohio. In March I spent a week in Ohio with my sister Shannon. We visited the Air Force Museum and spent a lot of quality time just being sisters. And with her cute puppies.

5. Our summer house guest. Our summer was made infinitely better by the arrival of John's sister Kellie and her boyfriend Jason. They lived here in Albuquerque for the summer, and it was so nice to have more family around. Kellie also saved my skin several times with things around the house when I was stuck working. They're in Seattle now and we do miss them. 

6. California Trip and Tiffany's Wedding. My dear friend Tiffany got married this summer and we had a wonderful trip to California, from San Diego to Santa Barbara. 

7. Grandfather's Memorial Service. My Grandfather had a long battle with cancer and passed away this summer. He was born in 1926, was in the Navy, and he and my Grandmother were married for 64 years. It was really nice to hear all the stories and memories from everyone at his memorial.

8. La Luz Trail Hike. On labor day we took a hike with a group from our church up the La Luz trail.

9. Colorado Trip and Evan's Wedding. Our friend Evan got married in Colorado in September. We went up for the week to spend it with friends and I also fit in the final step of my USMLE boards - Step 3. It was a beautiful wedding and we had a great time. And I passed my test - all in all a successful adventure.

10. Christmas in Oregon. Just a couple days ago we got back from our Christmas trip to Oregon. We spent a night at the coast, and then at my parents' house. It was a quick trip, but so great to see family and we had all our usual traditions.

And that brings us to today. There are just 36 hours left of 2014. I'll be working at midnight tomorrow for the New Year transition, and in the meantime I'm trying to appreciate some quieter moments. 

I hope you get a chance to reflect on the significant moments of your year as well.

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Merry Christmas!

This week we took a hiatus from Friday Faves as I'm spending all my time with entirely too many favorites to count - both people and traditions - in honor of Christmas.

We'll resume regular programming next week and in the mean time, Merry Christmas and I hope you're having the kind of end of the year that makes you feel whole and loved and ready for 2015.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

WIAW: Christmas Travels

What I Ate Wednesday!
Thanks as always to Jenn for hosting.

Guess where I am?! I'll give you 2 hints.'



Ok that may not be enough information. I was hoping to highlight the gloomy skies and the now somewhat famous #pdxcarpet. It's Oregon!

After doing this on Monday night: 

I'm off for a break from work and John and I are home with my family for Christmas.  

So here's What I Ate Wednesday, a travel day.

Breakfast: An orange, Multigrain Cheerios, coffee. We were really on the remnants of food supplies, but the orange was still really good.

After breakfast we scraped the ice off the car and got on our way to the airport. 

Snack/Second Breakfast: Keva Juice. Knowing we'd be landing after lunch time, I got this Keva juice. I replace the sherbet with fresh banana. This one is guava.

Lunch: Pho Thein Vietnamese, Vegetable Pho. On our way out of Portland we stopped at a Pho place on Glisan, and got salad rolls and veggie Pho. Very good. 

Dinner: Family style Thai - salad rolls, Tom Kha soup, Tasty Mango Tofu, Mussaman Vegetable Curry. The best Thai food ever? I haven't been to Thailand yet so of course I can't say that, but this place in Newport, OR where we're hanging out at the beach is some of the best Thai I've ever had. 

And I also had some unpictured vegan Muddy Buddies (the chex mix with the peanut butter chocolate and powdered sugar) that my sister had made. Very good.

It was an awesome day of food.

And if anyone ever tries to tell you that you shouldn't have salad rolls twice in consecutive meals, well you just hit them with a salad roll and chastise them for their ignorance.

Today we'll be spending the morning at the coast and then heading back to my parent's house for the Christmas. My presents for my family are only half wrapped because I had to bring them in a suitcase, but at least they were all purchased a while ago. Here are all my sisters last night piled on the couch. It's good to be all together again.

I hope you have an excellent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day whether you celebrate it or not.

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Faves: 12/19/14

1. Things My Sisters Say

As I introduced a couple weeks ago, my sisters and I have a group text. Here's this week's highlight featuring Nicola being extra pretty:

2. Music

The Staves: Winter Trees

This is one of my favorite winter songs and this whole album is perfect cloudy day or work music.

3. Snack or Meal

Last weekend I was on crosscover nights and my dear friend Sruti brought me some dal and rice. It doesn't photograph very pretty, but it was great.

Also it snowed that night so we went to the playground usually reserved for children and here we are:

4. Style

When I can't actually walk into my favorite stores, my second favorite thing is to browse online. There are so many pretty sweaters on the Anthropologie website. All well out of my usual price range and mostly I just like looking.

This was a screenshot of course. 

5. Recipe: Vegan Latkes

In honor of the latke-off my friends are hosting tomorrow, here's a vegan latke recipe. I took screenshots but they weren't very easy to read. It's easier to read here at the Post Punk Kitchen. I haven't tried it, but it's from Veganomicon, my very favorite trusted cookbook. Maybe I'll put it in the contest tomorrow.

Happy weekend!

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WIAW: You Always Need More Greens

What I Ate Wednesday!
Thanks as always to Jenn for hosting.

Today was a much better day for vegetables.

In other news, I switched from my adolescent rotation to NICU yesterday. It's been a long time since I last rotated there and while I certainly like parts of it, it's always a steep learning curve remembering all the details there. My mind is tired.

There is one significant advantage to the NICU schedule - on our clinic days we just go to clinic instead of going in to the inpatient unit, so this morning I have a little extra time.

Breakfast: Kale Tofu Scramble. Orange. This is tofu, gold and russet potatoes, onions, kale and some seasonings. I filled this giant pan to totally overflowing with kale - and of course it practically disappears once cooked. You always need more greens than you think. Also an orange because this was leftover and there wasn't that much left.

Lunch: California Pizza Kitchen Roasted Vegetable Salad. The avocado is what really makes this awesome; it's my usual order if I go out to lunch while shopping or something. 

Dinner: Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Brussels. We've been buying the Costco bags of brussels sprouts lately and using them as a side for everything. John tried to say he didn't like them for a while, but he's finally given in. With Trader Joe's meatballs, nooch and marinara.

Look - vegetables in every meal!

I hope you all have a great day.

Thanks for reading, see you soon.