my little poni

August 23, 2010

call week, take 3
this week marks my third week on 24/7 pager call as endocrine fellow. the first time around, it was scary; by the second, my anxiety level was already downgraded to mildly tweaked. perhaps this will be the week i learn to relax a bit more and take parent and outside hospital phone calls as a matter of routine, as minor additions to the day’s activities rather than a dominating force.

it’s a bit optimistic, but there has been a STEEP learning curve thus far and i already feel better equipped to answer most questions and manage certain scenarios (it helps that approximately half the after-hours calls seem to involve a malfunctioning insulin pump):

dealing with a renegade pump: the KISS pnemonic
K – Check for Ketones
I – Give Insulin by Injection (using an insulin pen or syringe – not through the pump)
S – Change the infusion Set
S – Check blood Sugar

maybe i’ll save myself some time and just direct callers to this post this time around . . .

the balance
i have to say this was a lovely weekend! between saturday’s leisure activities and yesterday’s focus on the List, i feel pretty rested + ready to take on a new week!

one thing josh and i have been enjoying as of late is hosting a casual dinner get-together for sunday evenings to sort of bridge the gap between weekEND and week. last night, we had two of our foodiest friends over . . . and an impromptu mediterranean feast took shape.

i created a tzaziki-like dip loosely based on this recipe:

adjustments: parseley, feta, and extra spices were added and low fat plain yogurt was used.
our guests brought over a rather special bottle of burgandy. it was sunday, after all!
this real simple moussaka recipe was a serious crowd favorite.
but this part won my heart! angus barn chocolate chess pie with bourbon sauce, a la mode . . .
a lovely meal with lovelier company (even if they seemed camera-shy) = a fabulous end to the week.

yes, really
anthro, you know i love you. my credit card company knows it, too! but . . . just . . . . wow.

no, it’s not a hoax.

and in the poni’s defense, i could sort of imagine my grandmother-in-law rocking it and really pulling it off. but it’s hard to imagine in any other context!



workout: 9 miles at what felt like a snail’s pace (something around 9:30/mi). it was hot and my legs just did NOT want to move. i think i’m ready for just a hint of fall . . .

cuisine corner: see above! and i’m back on my meal-planning/shopping game (and i even managed to update my sidebar).

board prep: i accompished 85% of what i set out to do last week, study-wise. hopefully i can make up for a bit of lost time today!


  • Reply Anonymous August 23, 2010 at 11:11 am

    hahha to that poni cardigan! and your dinner looks fabulous. want to fly up to new england and make it for me? 😉 definitely a great meal to end the weekend on

  • Reply lee August 23, 2010 at 11:53 am

    OMG that sweater is awesome.

  • Reply stevo August 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    that moussaka looks delicious. will have to make it sometime soon. and that decanter of bordeaux. yum.

    local blogger gathering sounds great. liv (of faking it for real) and i would love to come. (did you realize we were together?) hopefully it will fall on one of my nights off.

    i think inertia was in the air yesterday. i could barely get up enough energy to get out the door for my run last night.

  • Reply Becky August 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    That cardigan – oh my! I love the idea of a casual Sunday gathering. It's the perfect way to end the weekend.

  • Reply atilla August 23, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Love the yogurt dip I'll have to try it minus the heavy garlic load

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