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Summertime in the Golden State

So either WordPress changed it’s website or I’m in some strange “new post” area that I’ve never been before…we’ll keep our fingers crossed that I can figure out how to publish this post without anything weird happening! 

I’ve been home for a little over a week now and I’ve had a few lazy days and a few jam packed days. After getting home last Monday I crashed on the couch in the summer heat and immediately Miss Ruby decided she needed to cuddle with me, because that’s what she does.

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Of course my mom had to sit and snap a bunch of pictures because Ruby was so determined not to fall off the couch and keep herself on my lap. She’s 50 lbs and doesn’t realize that she might be a little too big to crawl on top of people….

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She crawled on me the other day when I was trying to drink my coffee and read. Nothing like having a fur ball laying on top of you when it’s hot!

Anyways, my brother and I went to a San Francisco Giant’s game last Thursday and unfortunately had to watch our team lose. 

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I don’t even know when the last time was that I was at a baseball game in SF but I was SO excited to be back! One thing that did bother me was the cost of food. I know that food costs are going up nationally but it was actually ridiculous how much food cost! We spent almost $20 on lunch which consisted of a hotdog each and an order of garlic fries to split. Ballpark food has always been pretty expensive, but this was a whole new experience. 

I still had a lot of fun though!

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The weather was perfect that day! I was good about sunscreen and didn’t make my coast sunburn any worse! 

On the 4th of July the plan was for me to go on a long run early in the morning and then we were going to head off to the East side of the Sierra Nevada’s around 9:00. My long run was supposed to be 10 miles and a few miles in I knew I was going to be lucky to make it that far cuz I just was not feeling it at all. I stopped a few times to stretch because my legs felt tired (I took a Body Pump class last Tuesday and it killed my legs). I felt like I was pushing myself so much and my times were getting slower and slower, which was really frustrating.  Finally, I hit the 8 mile mark and thought if I could make it another mile that I would be good. I kept my route close to home so I had the option of cutting it short.  

I was tired and got a little sloppy and was running on a really uneven section of sidewalk that’s all broken up by tree roots. I mis-stepped and somehow twisted my leg, leaving my knee in pain. I tried to keep going but the pain wasn’t going away. I stopped and called my parents, both of who didn’t answer, so I had to keep pushing to get closer to home. Finally I got ahold of them when I was down the street from their house so I just sat down and waited for my dad. I was so upset and couldn’t stop crying. We had a day hike planned for the next day and I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen anymore. 

Luckily, after I showered and wrapped it there wasn’t too much pain and it didn’t swell at all. We were able to do the hike and I experienced minimal pain during the 7.7 miles that we ended up walking. 

The East side of the Sierras are absolutely beautiful!

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Ruby came with us and had a blast swimming in all the lakes we passed!

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Of course Margaritas and Mexican food were necessary after a day of hiking! 

I’ve not had any worsening knee pain and took 2 days off doing any kind of physical activity. I was going to go to Body Pump this morning and then do some cardio after, but when I woke up at 4:30 am (the class is at 5:00 am) I felt sick and decided to go back to sleep. I woke up again at 7:45 and decided to try a short run. My knee felt great but I still felt super sick and had to stop after a mile because I thought I was going to throw up. I was a mile away from home so I did a 2 mile run total and it felt horrible. 

Now I’m sitting in my room feeling like death. I have a headache and my stomach is upset. Honestly, I’m a little worried because I have about 30 mosquito bites since we forgot the bug spray on our hike and a few of them are really painful. Hopefully I don’t have West Nile! 

I got the email this morning saying I can schedule my RD exam. WHAT??????

I listened to my Inman’s Review lectures on my 10 hour drive home but I haven’t studied at all besides that. I have a lot of options for test dates so I think I’ll aim for mid- to late-August.

I can’t believe it’s really happening! I’m going to be a dietitian!!!!

I have orientation at my job starting next Monday. Maybe I’ll feel like posting before then…we’ll see. 

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Week 20 Recap

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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 10 Recap

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How is it already December?!?!

This week felt like it was two weeks put into one, probably because it was 3 days of work and then 4 days of fun.

My preceptor was gone Monday-Wednesday and I was super busy all three days trying to get all her work done for her.  It was a lot! I was mostly doing assessments and things I had done all last week too, but this time I had no one to bounce ideas off of or go to for advice.  I seriously got a taste of what it would be like to be a new hire in a facility and have to ask a million questions to get a sense of who you are working with and what there normal is, etc.  I had to put my big girl pants on a few times and go talk to nurses and CNAs about things in the charts I was unclear about.

I think I grew a lot in those 3 days having to take care of things and not being able to just go to my preceptor for answers.  The hardest part were the focus sessions I had to attend on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The focus sessions are a quarterly review for residents who are there long term. It’s a chance for the nurses, dietitian, chaplain, and activites coordinator to get together and discuss how the resident has been doing and any needs that need to be met in the future.  I actually felt completely unqualified to be making diagnoses for those few residents, especially since a few of them were a lot more complex than just saying “nutritionally stable.”  I am definitely going to have my preceptor triple check everything I did because I’m sure she could come up with something better than I did.

I’m kind of freaking out about my rotation this week, I feel like I have way too much to do in terms of projects and I know there are also a million assessments that need to be done. AHHHHHH! I can’t think about it right now.

Anyways, I kind of summed up my Thanksgiving in my TOTW post from yesterday, so I won’t go into much detail.  I worked as assistant dietary manager for 5 hours on Thanksgiving and then headed to Meghan’s house to celebrate with her family.  I was so grateful for their invitation again this year, I had a lot of fun!  I also worked assistant dietary manager all day on Friday.  It’s really amazing how much more comfortable I was going into resident’s rooms and talking to them. Like my boss told me, it’s good practice for my internship 🙂

On Thanksgiving, this goober celebrated her 1st birthday…

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She’s thrilled to be 1, can’t you tell?

So she promptly destroyed her new toy, Bad Kitty.

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And then acted like she didn’t do it with stuffing stuck to her face!  I miss this furball.

Last night I went out in downtown Portland for my friend Samantha’s birthday.  We went to my favorite bar, Jones, that plays all 80s and 90s music.  I haven’t been there since August and I had so much fun! Getting caught in a downpour while sprinting to the car at 1 am was not so fun though. Gotta love Oregon!

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I’ve got a recipe to share so I’ll be back later this week with that.

We might get snow this week! I’m so excited!