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I’ll Be Home for Christmas

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  I know I was beyond thankful to be home this year.  I drove home on Monday and the ten hour drive seemed to take forever because I was so anxious to get home!

I got greeted by a happy puppy as usual and I made it home in time for dinner so I got to have a chicken tostada from my favorite Mexican restaurant almost immediately.  I was a happy happy girl!  If there is one thing I really miss about my home town it’s the authentic Mexican food that is so easy to find.  I love Mexican food, I could live off of it.

After a full day of driving and a full belly of food I ended up going to bed fairly early.  I was exhausted!  Before I went to bed my dad told me he would be going to Body Pump at the gym at 5 AM and asked if I wanted to join him.  My first thought was no way because of how early it was, but then I thought about how much I love Body Pump so I told my dad I would set my alarm and then see how I felt in the morning.

At the ungodly hour of 4:30 AM, my alarm went off and I got up.  I threw on some workout clothes, pulled my hair up, and cut up a pear for my dad and I to eat on the way to the gym.  I was definitely glad that I forced myself to get up once I got there.  Body Pump is such a great class!  It totally kicks my butt but it helped me lose weight fast after college so I can testify that it really will change your body if you stick with it.  I love the challenge of it.  When it starts to get easy all you have to do is increase your weight and the challenge is back!

The instructor that taught Body Pump also teaches spin classes, so even though there wasn’t a class being offered at 6 AM, she told us if we wanted we could “congregate” in the spin room and she would put on music.  So my dad and I went and did a makeshift spin class after Body Pump.  Holy cow, I thought I was going to die!  My legs were on fire!

After a morning of working out I spent the rest of the morning relaxing.

Someone thought I could use a cuddle buddy, apparently…

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She’s not supposed to get on the couch.  She listens so well…

My mom put me to work picking lettuce from the garden so I picked a ton!  We’ll have plenty for the rest of the time I’m home.

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So much lettuce!

The Beavers played in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve night so we made a quick meal of leftover frozen lasagna and then watched the Beavers win! It was great to relax and watch a football game with my dad.

Christmas morning started early, I got up a little after 7 and we ended up starting presents around 8:30.  We had quiche for breakfast, as usual, and then all sat down to unwrap presents.  My grandma came over around 9:15 to join us.  I think the best part of the day was watching Ruby unwrap her presents and prance around with them.  She is just too cute sometimes!

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She got so spoiled.

I got a ton of chocolate like I usually do, not complaining at all about that!

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My parents are totally feeding my chocolate obsession haha.

Once presents were done I got going on some gingerbread cookies.  My dad had some dough that he bought so all I had to do was roll it out, cut out the cookies, and bake them.

I’m not the best at decorating cookies, they all looked  a little bit silly…

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They tasted good though!

After we stuffed ourselves with Christmas dinner, complete with ham, scalloped potatoes, peas, rolls, jello, pear crisp, vanilla ice cream, wine and coffee, it was time to do a million dishes and then crash on the couch for the rest of the day.

I’ve been eating leftovers for the last two days so I’m really excited to go out to dinner tonight!  I’m a little tired of ham and potatoes….

 

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Week 6 Recap

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Can we talk about the fact that it’s already NOVEMBER.

Halloween totally snuck up on me this year.  I pulled my costume together on Halloween.  Thankfully being in a sorority in college means I have a ridiculous amount of costume stuff left over from years of theme functions and fraternity dances.  So this year I was a flapper because it was easy and I own quite a few black dresses.  And a sparkly headband.  And Michael’s will forever have a never ending supply of boas.

I got to see a few of my sorority sisters on Halloween and I had soooo so so much fun with them! I have been missing college so much lately and definitely am taking advantage of still having younger friends that I can hang out with.  I think at this point I’m just living vicariously through them.  I’m in such a weird spot this year.  I love being an intern.  I also love being independent and working.  I loved college more than any other part of my life.  Being an intern I’m stuck with the responsibility of a full time job, but not the satisfaction of making my own money and supporting myself.  I’m also in a college town surrounded by fun, but I can’t just be irresponsible and have fun all the time like I used to.  It’s such an awkward spot and I’m having an increasingly hard time balancing it all.

All that aside, I did have a really good week at my rotations. FINALLY! Being in a hospital is definitely more my thing.  I got to see my first patient on Friday.  Leading up to that my preceptor had been letting me help decide what to do with patients, she would give me her input, we would mutually decide a plan of action, and I would shadow her for the consults.

By the time I got my patient for Friday I was ready for it.  I was nervous but I was also really excited because it was going to be my starting point and after the first one I was going to start building my skills and really start feeling like a dietitian.  I will admit, my first patient was about the easiest one I could have ever asked for.  I got extremely lucky and it really did help boost my confidence.  I’m being realistic though, it’s not always going to be that easy.

I get to see two patients tomorrow and I’m curious to see how those go.  I’m hoping for a bit of a challenge, but nothing that I can’t handle of course.  My preceptor will be there so if anything gets sticky she is there to jump in.

On Friday we had a didactic day.  I was a little, scratch that, a lot, tired from Halloween so luckily it was pretty low key.  We got to start our employee wellness sessions and I was able to see one woman.  I have two appointments the next time and I’m going to follow up this one by email hopefully by Friday.  No surprise, we have bitten off a bit more than we can chew, but it’s going to be an interesting learning experience.  Plus it’s just added counseling practice and I know everyone can benefit from that.

After class we had some bonding over margaritas.  I am really starting to become very fond of the other interns.  They remind me of my crazy pledge class from my sorority.  It’s so much fun when you get to know people well and they let their guard down.  I knew those girls had to have a little crazy in them and they definitely do 🙂

Once I was two margaritas deep I headed off to meet up with my great grand little Kelsie since we were going to the football game together.  We lost but it was still a ton of fun to hang out with her.  I don’t see her enough!

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It was also awesome to be back in the student section.  The energy in there is incredible.  We scored two back to back touchdowns and everyone went WILD!  With as much as I’ve been struggling with the balance lately it was wonderful to be able to revert back to student status for a bit and just enjoy a football game.

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I’m also going to be running on a continuous sugar high until I can get rid of all this Halloween candy! I have such a huge sweet tooth.  I literally cannot say no.

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See’s foil candy will always be my favorite.  It’s one thing I can always count on getting for holiday’s from my daddy 🙂

I can’t believe tomorrow starts week 7.  It is starting to fly by!

 

 

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Week 5 Recap

So I have how ridiculous it is going to be when I get to the end of this whole internship and I’m on like Week 35 Recap.

Oh well.

Fingers crossed I keep up with blogging for that long!

So this week, as I mentioned in my last post, I finished my time at the preschool! I really am going to miss all the great people there that I got the chance to work side by side with but I was definitely eager to finish things up.  Like a productive little intern I had all my competencies complete on Wednesday night and did a quick overview of them on Thursday and handed over the flashdrive with all my work on it.  Space was pretty limited where I was (if I was working on the computer it was common to find me in a classroom observation room doing my work) but I had a designated intern laptop that I could use while I was there and on the days that my preceptor was gone I was able to use her office and her computer.  Having the flashdrive was vital since we couldn’t email anything with student names on it and I was working off of multiple computers.

So to add on to my poorly written scatter brained post on challenges in community nutrition: space.

Or maybe I mentioned that?

Haha I can’t even keep up with my life anymore.

SO. My last big hoorah at the preschool was to take heights and weights for all the little kiddos.  On Wednesday I went to each of the morning classes with on of the family services interns and we successfully got heights and weights for almost 60 kids. The other intern and I have had to tag team a lot of little projects throughout my time there so I knew her pretty well by the end.  She is very nice but SUPER quiet so I was forced to be the one on the ground with the kids getting them into the right position for accurate measurements.

I used to really hate kids but now I think I’ve softened my view towards them.  I had a feeling this rotation was going to do that for me and I’m glad it did. I also learned pretty quickly that all I had to do was basically challenge them to stand as still as possible and I was golden for getting their heights quickly.

In the afternoon I was on my own, which was a bit of a challenge, but I made it through!

On Thursday I went back and got kids who had been absent on Wednesday and by the end of the day Thursday I was able to proudly report to my preceptor that there were only 3 kids missing. Out of 118.

So that was kind of a satisfying end to my time there.

This weekend was homecoming and there were SO MANY of my friends in town! I didn’t get to see nearly as many as I would have liked but I saw the ones who came from farther away.  I can see those Portlanders anytime…

Meghan let me sit in her parents seats with her which meant I didn’t have to scrounge for a ticket like I normally do.  It was a night game so we got all bundled up and watched our Beavers play! Unfortunately we lost, but it was a good game for the most part.

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Before the game we went to this gluten free restaurant because Kayla is gluten and soy free.  I had been feeling sick that morning and hadn’t really eaten anything except for breakfast.  I got pulled chicken tacos and they were really good! I feel like I didn’t get to fully appreciate them because my tummy was still feeling weird so I guess that means I’ll just have to go back!

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I also got a free chocolate chip cookie since it was my first time there.  It was so good! Why are gluten free desserts so delicious???

Last night I ended up getting suckered into going out after I had decided I wasn’t going to.  Oh the things I do for my friends.  So I went to the bars sober but I still had an absolute blast.  I just have some pretty fun friends 🙂

I also had to document the stamps, it’s been a while!

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I start my new rotation at the rural hospital tomorrow. I have my study guide finished, I’m about to make some overnight oats, and I get free lunch there so I won’t have to hassle with that for 3 weeks!

Meghan inspired me to make some pretty tasty chicken today, so I’ll share that soon.

Also, I finished this really good book last week and I feel like I wanted to do some kind of short book review.  We shall see.

Ready to start week 6!

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Week 1 Recap + Cashew Chicken

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I was slacking a little earlier this weekend and just couldn’t get myself to post.  Yesterday was a Beaver game and it started at noon, so naturally we were tailgating by 10 am and that caught up to me by late afternoon.  Too many mimosas.  I also think I ate about a dozen cookies over the course of tailgating, along with a hot dog, half a hamburger, and a few baby twix bars, so I think I’m good on my junk food intake for a while…

It was also a rainy rainy game.  I had an overflow student ticket for some random section on the old side of the stadium but luckily my awesome friend Samantha, who I always tailgate with, had me sit with her since her dad had more interest in hanging out in the parking lot and drinking beer.  So we had covered seats and a great view on the 40 yard line.  I love watching football with Samantha because she loves it as much as I do and knows the game really well so it’s just a lot of fun.  We used to camp out for tickets for games together when we were in undergrad and then sit in the student section together so it just felt right to be back in Reser watching the Beavs play with her.

Thursday and Friday of my internship were pretty laid back.  My preceptor and I spent a lot of time going through emergency contact forms and compiling a binder of information for all the kids that have food allergies, including if they need to have medication at school in the case that they accidentally get food they are allergic to (which would not be ideal!).

I also spent a period of time, about half the on Thursday, combining the breakfast and lunch menus from the school district and then updating the spreadsheet that goes in the kitchen to tell the student workers what kids need substitutions for what foods based on what the menu for the day is.  Nothing complicated, but pretty tedious.

I’m also done with a draft of my  picky eating handout! I was alone on Friday because my preceptor typically works at a WIC clinic on Monday and Friday so I had a lot of time to work independently.  There were literally about 3 other people in the building so I spent some time wandering and meeting them.  I did a lot of chatting on Friday but it was nice to be able to roam the building with minimal people there.  I also left at around 3pm because it had been so quiet that I got a ton done in a short period of time.

Tomorrow the OSU students start so it will be exciting to be on campus with all of them.  I’ll undoubtedly get sentimental…

Now to share a recipe with you that I made last week….

Spicy Cashew Chicken

Original recipe from Iowa Girl Eats

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 Tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • black pepper
  • 2/3 cup fat-free, reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons sambal oleke chili sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced thinly on the bias
  • 1 large carrot, sliced thinly on the bias
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 cups snap peas (or snow peas)
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 8oz cup sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 15oz chopped canned baby corn
  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 2 cup uncooked brown rice, cooked according to package directions

Directions

  1. Toss together chicken, 1 Tablespoon soy sauce, plus a couple grinds of black pepper in a bowl then set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine remaining soy sauce, broth, brown sugar, chili sauce, and garlic. Microwave for 20 seconds in the microwave, then stir and set aside.
  3. Heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a lark wok or skillet over high heat. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink on the outside, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add celery, carrot, broccoli, snow peas, onion, and remaining oil if needed, then stir fry for 5-6 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add water chestnuts and baby corn, then stir to combine.
  5. Add the sauce and cashews to the the wok, then let sauce bubble for 2 minutes. Serve over cooked rice.

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I’m not going to lie, I hate carrots and I have NO idea why I included them.  I will omit them if I make this again, they were just not worth the color.  Maybe sub them with some red bell peppers?

Anyways, this was spicy and delicious! I over cooked some of my veggies (well, I burnt them) but other than that they were great!  The leftovers also held nicely.  I always divide my leftovers evenly and then put rice on the top so it’s all in one tupperware when I’m ready to eat them.

Tomorrow starts week 2! I’m anxious to see what it has in store for me 🙂