go out in style

August 29, 2008


No thank you no thank you no thank you no thank you
I ain’t about to to die like this
I couldn’t afford chemo like I couldn’t afford a limo
And besides this shit is making me tired
It’s making me tired
It’s making me tired
You know I plan to retire some day,
And I’m gonna go out in style
Go out in style
This shit it’s making me tired
It’s making me tired
It’s making me tired
I’m-a gonna go out in style go out in style

yesterday was excellent. i was on ‘short’ for the first time in 2 weeks and actually left at noon — hooray for duty hours! i came home, took a 90-minute nap (pretty much my nap minimum), did an interval run, and then rocked out to regina spektor while making spinach calzones. nothing like scream-singing about how “This Shit Is Making Me Tired!” to really relieve stress and cap off a less-than-ideal month.

and, as a bonus, the calzones were fun to make and turned out fabulously! a photo-montage . . .

the filling

the (half-whole wheat, half white flour) dough

layer of mozzerella

layer of spinach-ricotta-tomato goodness

fresh from the oven

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and on another food-related note, my equally-overworked husband came home yesterday and started inhaling various contents of the pantry despite the fact that the above calzones were in the process of being plated. as is fairly routine for him, he had gone the entire day without eating lunch. personally, if i had to do that, I. WOULD. DIE. i have offered to make him lunch 8 trajillion times but he won’t let me.

not only do i pretty much always find time to eat at work (honestly, my body does not let me forget), but i bring all of my own food, even for 30-hour shifts. the funny thing is that there are actually free lunches (usually some local restaurant such as chinese, chick-fil-a, burritos, or some lackluster sandwiches) offered every day AND i have money to spend in the cafeteria at night, but the quality and healthiness of this food, as a whole, SUCKS. not to mention the fact that while in the PICU, there is no time allotted to actually procure the lunch or attend the mid-day conference that goes with it. normally, i just go to the conferences with my own packed lunch. i get a few confused look from fellow residents but i’m happier with my own choices and so far it hasn’t put us into the poorhouse, so that’s how i roll.

30 hours of food:

health valley lentil soup, a clif mojo bar (for the next-day breakfast), bottle of water, amy’s indian spinach wrap, yogurt with kiwi slices, mix of pretzels/raisins/nuts (late-night snack to munch with coffee), string cheese, kashi crackers, and some carrots with hummus. SO much better than what our cafeteria has. trust me.

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8.28.08

run: 7 mile interval run, 0.5% incline.
– 2 mile warmup @ 8:57/mi
– 2 x 800m @ 7:13/mi pace with 400m recovery running in between
– 2 x 400m @ 7:13/mi pace with 200m recovery running in between
– 4 x 200m @ 7:13/mi pace with 100m recovery running in between
– 2 mile cooldown @ 8:57/mi

cooking: the end result of the calzone project:

this recipe (both for the dough and the overall calzone) was from sara moulton’s sara’s secrets for weeknight meals. i definitely plan on using the dough recipe again and experimenting with different fillings.