Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Rewind x 2!

Hello internet!  Its been a while.  These past two weeks have been pretty crazy, and I've just been doing my best to enjoy as much free time as I can before the studying really sets in.  A highlight reel of what I have been up to:

Finished up with my primary care clinic shadowing.  As I mentioned in my last update, I really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the patients, and see some real "medicine in action." :)

Drank a ton green smoothies and counter-acted the health benefits with brunch and lots of other delicious snacks.

Attended a beautiful funeral and raised a toast for a high school teacher, mentor, and friend who will be dearly missed.

Went to my first country concert and caught up with an old friend.

Started classes and proceeded to celebrate (or mourn) the end of summer with plenty of alcohol...RIP my liver :P

Spent the weekend on the beach with BF and my family, enjoying my last days of summer.

And now time to get down to work!  MS2 is going to be killer, but they seem to be easing us into it so far.  Tell me about the start of your school year/work/life! How do you stay motivated?


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Thoughts on Food and Grocery Haul

If you've read any of my other posts you've probably caught on to the fact that I love food, but cooking not so much.  I mean, I like the idea of cooking.  If I have all the ingredients on hand and its quick to put together I don't mind.  I'm just not very good at planning ahead, making grocery lists, and blocking out time in my schedule.  Also, usually by the time I think about cooking I'm starving and need to eat NOW...resulting in me just eating the first thing I can find (frozen meals, cereal, toast, etc).  When I do make a full meal (about once a week) its typically something very simple and a variation of something I've made before.  This year is going to be even more busy than the last, but I'm hoping to have time to try a few new recipes.  I know myself though...we'll see how it goes ;)

Since I don't do a lot of planning before going to the grocery store, I usually just pick up a few kitchen staples and premade meals to get me through the week.  I don't shop at Trader Joe's every week, but I like to go there every once and a while to stock up on their frozen foods (cheap, relatively healthy, and super yummy!).  They also carry some organic and local produce, and have a few specialty items that are hard to find anywhere else. 

Here is my list:
Arugula & Parmigiano Reggiano Ravioli
Porcini Mushroom & Truffle Triangoli
Unexpected Cheddar Cheese
Fat Free Milk
Mediterranean Hummus Snack Pack with Pita Chips
Raisin Rosemary Crisps
Creamy Salted Peanut Butter
Personal Canteloupe
Fage Greek Yogurt
Baby Spinach
Light Cream Cheese
Smoked Salmon
And from the frozen section:
Vegetable Panang Curry
Vegetable Pad Thai
Organic Pesto Pizza with Tomatoes and Broccoli
Kale Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Pizza
French Onion Soup
Cha Siu Bao
Sweet Potatoe Gnocchi
Mac & Cheese
Shells with Brie and Asparagus
BBQ Chicken Teriyaki
Mushroom Risotto
French Green Beans

This is only a glimpse into my diet, and I'll be the first to admit I'm not perfect.  But I am real!  And I'm curious to see what other real (not unrealistically trendy food/lifestyle bloggers) eat.  So what do you buy at the grocery store, and what do you like from Trader Joe's?  Any tips or favorite recipes to motivate me to cook more?

Hope everyone is having a good week!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Monday Rewind

Another week gone!  I'm halfway through my two-week shadowing rotation, and I'm really enjoying it so far! I didn't get a chance to explain too much about it in my last post, but I'm taking some elective credits that allow me to get some early exposure to primary care specialties. I don't really have many clinical skills yet (starting second year next week!) so it's just a lot of watching so far, but I'm definitely learning a lot.  The physician I work with is an internist that mostly treats patients from a tight knit, strongly religious community.  It's been a really immersive experience getting to know these people.  This physician has been seeing some of the same patients for over thirty years and know every detail of their lives, even unrelated to medicine.  Beneath the disease, and even beneath the constructs of their religion, there is so much complexity, uniqueness, and humanity.  We are all similar, yet so so different.  I'm not sure yet if primary care is for me, but if anything this experience has made me sure I made the right decision to pursue medical school! (Sorry no white coat pics this week)

As for other updates, I've hardly done any cooking and I've been eating all sorts of bad for me things (which isn't anything new haha).  One meal I did manage to make and photograph was pan-cooked shrimp and crispy brussel sprouts over Trader Joe's frozen butternut squash risotto.  Didn't involve toooo much cooking obviously, but more effort than I usually put in haha. I also made a few green smoothies, which are super yummy and make me feel at least a little healthier.  Otherwise, I've been picking up food (sushi picnic on the living room floor!) and going out a lot....not very healthy, but delicious! I should hopefully get back on a better schedule when classes start.
 This weekend I took a road trip to visit a friend in New England. I had a blast, but spent wayyy too many hours in the car. New York traffic is the worst!  Treated myself to a yummy cappuccino when we finally got there.  Even though it was stressful and I wasn't able to spend too much time there, I'm glad I was able to make the trip before I start getting busy with school again.
We have a required equipment list for school this year, and my blood pressure cuff and otoscope/ophthalmoscope set finally came in the mail a few days ago. I'm driving my family up the wall practicing on them.  Still having trouble seeing the back of the eye, but I've successfully taken a few blood pressures now! Baby steps ;)
 Even though step 1 is a way long ways away, I'm starting to think about what study aids I want to buy and use during second year.  I've ordered First Aid and I'm already subscribed to Picmonic (really only used it for biochem so far though) but I'm not sure what else to get and use along with my class materials. Any other med school bloggers/readers have suggestions?

I'm hoping to get at least one other post in this week, besides my weekly update. Anything that you guys would like to see?  Tell me how you have been wrapping up your summer!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday Rewind

I can't believe another week is over!  I've probably said it ten times, but summer is going SO fast.  These past few days have been busier than usual.  I've been wrapping up my research for the summer, and as I mentioned in my last post, I had to give a presentation about it at a research conference last Friday.  I absolutely hate giving presentations.  Even in front of people I know, my voice shakes and I talk so fast that no one can even understand me.  I was especially nervous because I knew my research mentor was going to be there to watch, and I was worried about saying something wrong.  I practiced about a million times for my sister over Skype though, and I think it went well overall.  I'm pretty sure I still talked a mile a minute, but people seemed really interested and asked a lot of questions, so I must have been somewhat comprehensible (haha). 

Friday night I went out with some friends, and the next morning I headed home to hang out for a bit with my family.  This was probably one of my last weekends home for a while.  I'm going to miss snuggling with my puppies and having someone cook for me!

Saturday I helped my mom make dinner.  Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies!

My sister and I did some late night baking, and then had these lemon squares for breakfast the next morning (very healthy haha). 
....followed by half a cantaloupe, each.  Based on my pictures, I spend most of my time at home eating.  Which is mostly true ;) 

On my way back to school I stopped at Loft and made a bunch of returns that have been piling up.  Even though the summer season is almost over, I couldn't resist picking up these cute little shorts off the sale rack!  They are SO comfy, I'm going to be living in them for the rest of this month.  I can't seem to find this color on the website, but they have them in grey right now for 50% off $45 if you want to grab them!    

But its back to the real world for me today.  I'm doing two weeks of shadowing in an internal medicine clinic before school starts.  Hopefully it will help switch my brain back into the "learning" mode!  I also need to figure out some good things to pack for lunch.  If I were a more organized and motivated person I would have meal prepped over the weekend...but I didn't so today I'm winging it!  Any suggestions?  What have you guys been up to this week?