just imagine . . .

February 16, 2010

breaking the addiction
i love keeping up with my favorite blogs, but admittedly it was getting a little hard to stay current with all of the subscriptions in my reader. who knew that letting the number hit an out-of-hand high was the key to just being okay with that?

i haven’t updated in a while re: my efforts to minimize multitasking (especially email, facebook, and the like) to get into a better daily flow and maximize productivity.

while i haven’t gone to a system as minimal as i might have planned, i have kept my automatic email-checking disabled since i posted and have learned to like the idea that i can decide when i want to see new things in my inbox rather than having them pop up there seconds after they are sent. i don’t think i’m quite down to 3-4x/day, but since i’ve been busy on the wards and clinics, i’m close to that.

in addition to minimizing distractions, i have to say it’s more fun to check email knowing that there’s likely to be a pile of things built up (like your comments!).

code BLUE
or something like that. just 2 weeks ago i had to facilitate a mock code; now i’m going to be the one leading it! definitely more nerve-racking, since the spotlight will be on me to be the calm and collected one taking control of the situation. luckily, we have very few codes in pediatrics . . . but the downside is that even as a third year, i don’t have a lot of experience in these kinds of situations.

while there is not much to do to prepare, i definitely whipped out my PALS card last night and ran through a few scenarios in my head.

it’s going to be exactly like this:

except not. not at all.

Q&A of the day
off to RUN! but first . . . a fun question from the anomymous inbox:

“i’ve always wondered . . . if you had a month off right now, what would you do with it?

assuming josh was off too, and the month was NOW, i think i would use the month as follows:

■ a few days at home, tying up loose ends related to work (what? getting things done will enable me to truly enjoy the rest of the month off!)

■ some time visiting family — and just hanging out + relaxing with them.

■ 2 weeks of traveling! i think josh and i would go to iceland, sweden, denmark. i’ve always wanted to go, and our one-week vacation blocks don’t seen quite sufficient. alternatively, we’d head back to hawaii (where we went on our honeymoon).

■ back at home to recover/relax/rejuvenate.

ahhhhhhhh, sounds heavenly. unrealistic, but heavenly. what would you do with a month off? trust me, it’s fun to think about. like a vacation in itself!



workout: 45 minutes elliptical + weights
– 2 x 12 pushups
– 2 x 12 squats with ball (10 lb weights)
– 2 x 10 pullups (50-60 lbs assist)
– 2 x 12 walking double lunges (8 lb weights)
– 2 x 15 bicycle crunches
– 2 x 12 tricep pushdowns (15 lbs mostly)

back to basics: spicy african peanut stew: i loved this recipe from the hilarious mom/healthy lifestyle blog hybrid peas and thank you. it basically involved dumping a bunch of canned (but healthy!) things into a pot, adding a few spices + garlic, and waiting while it simmers to a soft, comforting bowl of perfection. i scalded the roof of my mouth on this and STILL think it deserves a very favorable review! one change i made was to use a little brown sugar instead of stevia (i don’t do fake sugar).

served with pickled okra (what else?) and a hunk of matt’s great harvest bread from our freezer stash

reading: code prep, of course!


  • Reply Jessica @ JJsVinBlanc March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    I&#39m making this soup on Sunday, all because you shared it on your blog a couple days ago 😀

  • Reply martinidad March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    don&#39t forget to do a thorough examination of the patient. during my orals, there was always a knife in someone&#39s back that i couldn&#39t see unless i rolled them over!

  • Reply caryn March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Now I know what the ingredient that I was opposed to: stevia!!

  • Reply Mama Pea March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    SO glad you enjoyed the soup. I&#39m ready to make it again!!!

    I feel stevia is a great, all natural alternative to sugar. If there&#39s something I&#39m missing, please tell me! But in all honesty, the soup would still be great without it.

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