still glowing

May 23, 2010

basking in it
i’m still filled with joy about NOT having to take any more overnight in-hospital call. no matter how much i tried to reframe things and pump myself up for the 30 hour shifts, i never could get over the 2 AM hump when a call from the ER just feels like slow motion misery.

i am thankful that i was able to rise to the occasion and take care of sick patients when needed, but even more so to be passing the torch. i am amazed and so grateful that there are others that CAN do this and not seem to mind it all that much!

i’m also thankful that we’ve never gone on ‘lockdown’ like on the grey’s finale, which i watched last night. talk about heart-pounding — i think i had several cardiac events during the 90 minute episode.

cooking life
over the past 2 months, i have barely cooked at all, at least compared to normal. sure, i’ve whipped up so-called ‘dinners’, but with a heavy reliance on quick pre-prepared items (thank god for amy and her kitchen!).

i think last night’s post-call pizza was the last straw — i’m ready to cook, serve, and eat REAL food again. i have truly missed the rituals of weekly menu planning, grocery shopping, and nightly dinner prep — not to mention the appreciative ‘mmmmmms’ that josh bestows upon even everyday creations.

and . . . what better way to kick-start myself than a dinner party? i decided to have my team (intern + his wife + my attending, who is one of the chief residents) over for dinner to celebrate a month that was fun (in some ways), productive, and OVER!

it’s been so long since i’ve turned to this little moleskine notebook i filled with recipe favorites back in 2006! but i wanted to find a specific greek salad recipe, and there it was.

the lemony menu
✰ giada’s sweet pea and mint crostini
the aforementioned rachael ray greek salad
roasted salmon with lemon relish (by martha! oh, i’ve missed her!)
pine nut and lemon orzo from cooking light

it should be a fun evening. but for now — off to my LAST weekend day on the wards as a resident.



workout: 5 miles on the TM at 8:57/mi while reading real simple. i really LOVE that mag!

happiness project note: my weekly goal to “delight in the mundane” is going pretty well. in some ways, i made the best of my last call night — trying to focus on the positives of taking responsibility for patients overnight and enjoying the fun of working as a team. but much easier was the simple pleasure taken in my night in, alone (josh was on call) with grey’s and a glass of wine. that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but in the past i might have sulked that i wasn’t doing anything more exciting; last night i just enjoyed the peace.


  • Reply Susannah May 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    I'm sorry, but while that menu looks delicious, there is something missing…dessert! If you are hunting for good recipes, I can highly recommend the "archetypal brownie" recipe on (you could even make them days in advance and freeze them, they freeze beautifully) or the "winning hearts and minds" cake from the same website (I like mine topped with raspberry sauce…thaw frozen raspberries, add a little sugar, and puree). Geez..can you tell I get excited about dinner parties, even when they're not mine?:)

  • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 23, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    susannah: that's because one of the guests is bringing a cake 🙂 i was just posting the parts i am making – but don't worry there will be mouthwatering dessert pix to prove it! clearly, you need to come over for dinner when you come to this area!!

  • Reply Allie (Live Laugh Eat) May 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Woooooohooooo!!!!! I have to watch all episodes in order so I didn't see Grey's (I'm about 2 seasons behind) but my mom was watching it and she was hollering and squealing the entire time. At one point I had to fan her because she was sweating so much!

  • Reply sarah May 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Oh…I really, really like the idea of delighting in the mundane. Mind if I take it from you this week? I too have a down week between craziness, and I am curious to see how much pleasure can be taken from really simple things.

    Congratulations on your last call! What an accomplishment.

  • Reply Run Sarah May 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    congrats on your last call shift, that is awesome! I was on the edge of my seat during grey's too, what an intense episode! your dinner party menu sounds fabulous, I cant wait to see how it turns out.

  • Reply Susannah May 24, 2010 at 1:50 am

    phew, so glad dessert was indeed planned:) I am intrigued by the pea/mint crostini..looking forward to photos!

  • Reply atilla May 24, 2010 at 2:41 am

    just love the public display of going postal in the hospital…didn't see the episode but the residents from the other hospital were like extras in star trek

  • Reply sophia May 24, 2010 at 6:09 am

    YAY! Congrats on your last call shift!

    And boy, the menu sounds sooo tantalizing… roasted salmon with lemon relish ?! Wow. I have not been cooking for a long time too, and am starting to miss the kitchen!

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