This week started with this delicious breakfast…which included a small piece of marionberry pie, because last Sunday was my birthday! I turned the big 2-4, meaning in less than a year I will be 25. It actually does not seem possible to me that I’m at this point in my life. Sometimes I feel like the years are passing so quickly and I’m not getting anything done, but then I realize I’ve got a bachelor’s degree, a heck of a lot of work experience under my belt, and I’m about 6 months away from becoming an RDN. So actually, I have done quite a lot!
My parents came last weekend to see me and they brought Miss Ruby with them. She is such a petite little thing! Only 47 lbs and she’s over a year old…and a golden retriever, so you would expect her to be a little bigger by now!
This little goober has a scar on her nose from getting into the mandarin tree at my parents house. Silly girl!
For my birthday my parents got me some clip in cycling shoes to use for spin classes and they were on like super super sale at REI so we ended up spending much less than we anticipated! So because of that, I also got some padded bike shorts and some running lights for when I run at night. Plus I had a few good meals and my brother sent them up with some of his home brew, which was really tasty! He just needs to figure out how to get it carbonated next time…
I’m feeling better about my rotation this week. I think I’ve become more comfortable with the fact that I’ll be working on a million things at once and then all of a sudden at the end they’ll all come together and I’ll be finished.
I started off the week working wait staff most of Monday which I really enjoyed! It gave me the opportunity to interact with the residents and get my name and face out there so they know who I am. The residents there are so great, they really love the dietetic interns and it makes the environment so welcoming. I also got to work with the baker and the dishwashers. I learned a TON from the baker, she is so amazing.
I got one huge thing out of the way this week, I set the menu for my theme meal. I’m doing Mardi Gras dinner, which I’m super excited about, but it took me a while to get a menu together for it. After getting it approved on Thursday I was able to enter my recipes in the menu program on Friday (with the help of my preceptor) so next week when the production records and menus get printed for the following week my meal will be on there and ready to go! I’m really excited, it’s a huge step in the right direction for that project!
After I finished at my rotation on Friday I headed straight up to Portland instead of going back to Corvallis. In my sorority in college there were 5 girls in my pledge class, including me, who all had February birthdays. We made it a tradition to celebrate it together every year and those girls became some of my closest friends in college.
I had so many fun times with them!
Friday was Meghan’s birthday, so she invited me to come up to Portland and go out with her and then spend the night at her house. Since my rotation is already on the way to Portland, of course I said yes! We had a fun night and it was so good to see some of my friends who I love and miss so much. I need to move back to Portland to be close to them. Sometimes I consider moving somewhere else, but I think I would be happiest in Portland.
It really hit me how much we have all grown up. We went to a bar in downtown Portland and because of our large group, we had trouble finding a table in the bar area that would fit all of us. A nice waitress suggested we go into the upstairs area because there were empty tables up there in the back. Well, apparently, this bar has a night club in it upstairs on Friday night. Two years ago, we would have most likely downed some drinks and then gotten out on the dance floor to dance. In fact I know we would have because that is exactly how I celebrated my 22nd birthday. It’s just not our thing anymore though. I would have much rather just sat in the bar, had a few drinks, and catch up with my friends.
Eventually that’s what’s happened and we all laughed about our experience upstairs.
It’s crazy to see our lives changing in front of our eyes! I’ve known these friends since I was 19 years old. It’s so nice to have them by my side still as my life continues to change and as theirs do as well. I hope that I’ll have them by my side for a very long time in the future!