Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday Whimsy

Happy humpday everyone! This last week has totally gotten away from me. There are only a few weekends left until school starts, so I've been cramming in as many fun things as possible while I still can!  Unfortunately it means I also have a lot of research work to catch up on before the end of the summer. :(  A big pile of textbooks/step 1 books just came in the mail for me yesterday, and I am NOT excited to open them.  Can it just be summer forever?

I don't have too much else to report, but I thought I would share a few things that I've been loving lately!

First are these oh-so-soft jogger pants (pictured above) that I ordered from Loft last week.  Its like wearing pajamas, but in your real life!  They were a steal at $18 during a 70% off sale, but I think they are still 50% off now.  Unfortunately I didn't end up liking anything else in the order, so back it goes.

 I got one of these water bottles in a gift bag for a lecture I attended last week.  I always thought fruit infused water was kind of a gimmick, but after trying it I do have to say that its really good!  Definitely helps me to drink more water during the day.  I've been using lemon and strawberries because that's what I typically have in my fridge, but I'm looking forward to trying some different combinations after I pick up some more things at the grocery store.

Bought some donut peaches at the farmer's market yesterday, and they might be one of the cutest things I've seen in my life.  Like little squashed peach pumpkins.  And so sweet! 

Someone in my class posted this article to facebook, and I thought it would be a great read for incoming first year medical students (or anyone in medical school!).  After experiencing anatomy dissection last year, I agree that it can be difficult to hold on to the "personhood" of your cadaver.  In terms of my education, my donor's death had meaning.  I would have liked to meet his family and learn about the meaning he gave his life, though.  Our anatomy cadavers are really our first patients, and thinking of our patients as human and not just as a disease is what makes good doctors.

What are your favorite things in life and on the internet right now?  I'll tell you what is not my favorite thing: public speaking.  I have to present my research at a conference on Friday and I'm so nervous.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Unicorn Eggs

They way you cook your eggs is a very personal thing for a lot of people.  The BF likes his scrambled, on the dry side.  Every time he orders eggs benedict with with his eggs SCRAMBLED and the waiter gives him a weird look I moan again in disbelief about how he can possibly enjoy his eggs without those glorious, velvety, soft, runny, yellow yolks!?!?!?! RUNNY YOLKS 4 LYFE.

I was converted to a runny yolk believer by my dad, who used to make us breakfast on Saturday mornings when I was a kid.  To this day, his preferred egg type is sunny-side-up with crispy edges and runny centers (perfect for toast dipping).

While sunny side up eggs are still near the top of my list, I am not an egg purist, and I enjoy my eggs many different forms when the occasion calls for it.  And today, the occasion called for poached eggs.  Poached eggs are a special thing.  The unicorn of eggs, if you will.  Because (for me, at least), they are one of the damn hardest things to cook.  In fact, every time (okay, the two times) I've tried to make them I end up with less than spectacular results.

But today was different than those other days (I told myself), and I wanted a unicorn.  So, after doing some extensive research on the subject (i.e. pinterest), I decided to attempt Julia Child's trick for poached eggs during my lunch break. 

The directions were essentially this:
Poke a tiny hole in your egg with a pin.

Boil for 10 seconds.

Remove and crack into individual small bowls (...cups is all I had)

Slide eggs into simmering, swirling water and cook for 3-4 minutes. 

And the end result was .........(insert drumroll here)

...slightly overcooked.  3-4 minutes was definitely too long.  Still pretty yummy with some brussel sprouts (left over from last nights dinner) and a piece of Ezekiel toast, but disappointing nonetheless.  Thus, the unicorn remains elusive.  I'll just have to give it some more practice!

I hope whoever is reading this (if anyone is reading this haha) doesn't mind if I write about foodie stuff now and then.  I don't have much experience cooking, but one of my goals for this year is to cook more of my own (somewhat healthy) meals!  What are your favorite things to cook, and how do you like your eggs?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello Again!

Its been a while!  To be honest, after my first post I still wasn't sure if blogging was something I wanted to pursue.  Then life got in the way, and writing another blog post got pushed further and further down my to do list until I forgot about it entirely.  But yesterday, when checking up on some of the other blogs I follow (check out franish, a little bit of lacquer, and a doctor in the house!), I got the itch.  The blogging itch! So here I am with blog post #2 :) 

Since I've been a little MIA and you don't even know much about me yet, I figured I'd start by sharing a little about what I've been up to this summer.  At my school, the 12 weeks between MS1 and MS2 is the ONLY summer break we get during our four years here.  Like most of my classmates, I've been spending a lot of this time working on a research project.  My responsibilities involve recruiting patients from a nearby hospital's ophthalmology clinic.  During the first year of medical school we didn't get to interact much with patients, so my white coat didn't get much use. But this summer I am with patients in the clinic almost every day, so I always have to dress up and wear my white coat.  

Even though I've been working a lot, I have a lot more free time now than I did during the year when I had to study all the time.  Most weekends I hang out with my classmates in the city, visit friends from college, spend time with the BF (boyfriend ;P), or go to my parents house.  This past weekend the BF and I found an awesome brunch spot and then went home to cuddle with my mom's new puppy.  Doesn't she have the cutest yawn? :) 

 I try my best to stay active and healthy (especially after learning what happens to you when you don't!), but it's definitely been a challenge with the summer heat and all the social happy hours and eating out I have been doing.  I've never been much of a runner, but I ran my first 5k last October and I'm trying to get back in shape to run another one this fall.  I did a short 2-mile run by the water last week but then I caught a cold, and its been really rainy, and I'm just full of excuses ;)  I'm going to try and get back into it this week! (.....I always say.  But actually this time!!).  
Also, since I've been out of the house so much, I've done hardly any cooking and only the bare minimum of grocery shopping.  Last week my pantry was pretty empty and most of my breakfasts were just a bowl of cheerios.  Not very nutritious or filling!  I was hungry halfway through the morning.  When I have time to do shopping, though, I try to stock up on all the summer fruits! Peaches are my favorite, paired with a cup of peach green tea (for my cold).

Summer is going so fast.  School starts again next month!  I'm already getting anxious about all the reading I need to do before classes start (but not anxious enough to crack open a book yet ;) ). What have you been up to this summer? 

Until next time!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Down the Rabbit Hole

Hello! I'm Hannah :) I am a 23 year old, soon-to-be second year medical student (MS2, we call it) at a school in a fairly large city on the East Coast.  Welcome to my little corner of the internet. 

I think I've written this first post about 5 times over, and each time I haven't been able to bring myself to publish it.  I've always had a hard time writing about myself.  And though I actually really enjoy writing, I haven't done much of it since high school.  Letting people I know read things I've written is scary.  Putting myself out there for the whole internet to read is down right terrifying.  But this is something I've been wanting to do for a long time (blogging, I mean).  I want to be able to look back on my experiences (in life and medical school!) and remember what I was feeling in the moment. I want to hold myself accountable for goals I set, small and large.  I want to have a safe place to share my hopes and dreams and the more mundane things in life. I want to connect with and learn from other people in the world doing similar and entirely different things.  

So here we go, down the rabbit hole and into the unknown!  I'm not going to start off by telling you my whole life story, because what's the fun in that?  I'll let you figure it out along the way.  After all, I'm still figuring it out myself. 

Until next time!