karma / caramel

November 14, 2010

good karma?!
i enjoyed a page-free night last night! 8+ blissful hours of uninterrupted sleep — definitely a reason to smile this morning. perhaps it was a reward for having a good attitude about work yesterday.

or perhaps it was this delicious magical LoYo brownie-topped creation of fabulousness that i enjoyed before going to bed.

coffee yogurt with homemade brownie crumbles & caramel sauce
just as likely! while i am not particularly superstitious, i think there might be something to the idea of creating your own karma. yesterday i approached the day with a good attitude, and the day loved me right back.

situation #1: receiving a consult on friday afternoon at 4:30

bad karmic method of dealing with this ➜ try to avoid it, dread it, sulk over it, put it off, and let it ruin your day.

good karmic method of dealing with this ➜ accept it, plan it into the day, enjoy doing something for others and the accomplished feeling that comes with a job done right.

situation #2: a page shrilly cuts through the silence as you were busy doing [laundry, your weekly long run, a non-REM sleep cycle, etc]

bad karmic method of dealing with this ➜ allow the sound to jar you to your core; think, “how dare they bother me!”. the moment is ruined.

good karmic method of dealing with this ➜ take the time needed to switch between tasks, respond with a calm voice (often, parents are freaking out on the other end of the line), and focus on addressing the needs of the patient.

same tasks; totally different impact, shaping a different kind of day. and as our lives are made up of days, this matters!

(i realize i’m getting a little out there for a sunday. exactly what was in those brownies!?)

link love: weekend reading
i’ve been remodeling my google reader lately. i divided the sites i follow into categories and created a separate denotation for my own personal ‘A-list’ — the blogs i read every day.

does anyone else do this!? it really does make it easier to find what you’re looking for, especially when the unread posts total reaches that >1000 point.

in case anyone else is looking for some new reads, here are a few newfound favorites of mine:

eat, drink, run is exactly what is sounds like – but what you can’t tell from the title is that blogger shelby is also a great writer and is often hilarious. a raleigh local, i hope to hang out with her in person some day!

life after bagels is written by HLS co-speaker morgan. it may not seem possible, but i think morgan is at least as list-obsessed as i am. i enjoy reading about her strategies for keeping her busy and multi-faceted life together.

♥ woah, i’m late to this party. who knew there existed a blog devoted entirely to planners!?!? i love this site for obvious reasons.

ginger snap‘s fashion blog is not new to my reader, but i am extra intrigued by it lately because the petite, preppy, and extremely well-put-together princess is pregnant. i am fascinated by how she is managing to dress her bump so stylishly, and looking forward to seeing what she finds to wear as it grows!

on tap for today
☑ 8 mile run
☑ brunch somewhere with josh
☑ meal planning/groceries
☑ draft of ‘activities planned’ section for grant
☑ on page
☑ billz
☑ planning our vacation for jan/feb!
☑ baking project? we’ll see . . .



workout: 45 minutes elliptical + upper body weights
– 2 x 11 pushups
– 2 x 12 lat pull-downs (55 lbs)
– 2 x 12 seated rows (40 lbs)
– 2 x 10 tricep push-downs (15 lbs)
– 2 x 15 bicycle crunches
– 2 x 12 lateral/forward raises

the kitchen was quiescent — but i’m getting supercharged for next week’s breakfast challenge, which begins tomorrow.


  • Reply Astrid March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I believe in karma, too. If I change the way I feel about a certain task, it feels completely different. But for some reason this is really hard to do some days. I think part of me enjoys the feeling of dread. Vacation planning sounds fun! Any ideas where you are going?

  • Reply lee March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Mine is organized like this: favorites, health and fitness, health non-blog, other. I guess I could expand on the "other".

  • Reply Valerie @ City|Life|Eats March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    I believe in karma and good attitude too – it really works. 🙂 I can&#39t wait to see your breakfast challenge. I am always looking for more breakfast ideas 🙂

  • Reply stevo March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    anyone that wants to be happy as an MD needs to learn to interact productively with pager calls. (my inner response to hearing the pager as well as how i treat the person on the other line) this may sound a bit overwrought, but remaining calm while being paged has almost become a type of spiritual practice for me.

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Two things…
    Can you share your "A-List" with us?

    Check out Day Zero Project if you haven&#39t already. I think it would be right up your alley. I&#39m going to start compiling my list today!

    Lisa M

  • Reply Engineer Baker March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    That&#39s it – doing your breakfast challenge, and soon. So glad you went page-free last night!

  • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    astrid: we just chose our destination: scottsdale, AZ! i&#39ve never been there and we wanted a relaxing resort-y kind of trip 🙂

    priyanka: wow! thanks for saying hi – i&#39d love to know how things are different in clinical training where you were!

    stevo: NOT overwrought at all. i know 100% what you mean!

    lisa: email me and i will send you my a-list! and that project zero site has so many fun ideas, thanks for pointing it out!

    diana: i&#39m there.

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Hey, thanks for the shout-out! I&#39ve added the others you mentioned to my reader, too!

    We definitely need a meet-up soon. Running date or dinner date with husbands maybe?

    Also, I love the word quiescent. 🙂

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