Monday, July 06, 2009

the opposite of complaining

no complaints: day 1
starting a week of complaint-free living on a call day is going to be difficult. despite that, i'm pumping myself up for the challenge! i don't expect to be 100% in accordance with this new regime on my first try, but at the very last i believe it will make me more aware, realizing that choosing to complain is just that -- a choice. i think will help me to cut down on the negativity and go through the day more . . . yes, wait for it . . .

mindfully. you know i had to throw that in somewhere!

so here i go into call #2. instead of listing reasons why i hate it (doesn't that sound like something the non-complaint-free-me might have done?), i am going to start today with a list of things i am grateful for. because even on a call day, i don't have it all that bad.

reasons not to complain
i feel decently well-rested this morning
i am looking forward to my AM run
i get a day off in just a few days
the weather forecast for this week looks pretty nice
i have an awesome lunch packed for today
the apartment is decently clean

obviously, there are bigger, more obvious reasons to be grateful as well (josh, family, etc), but i wanted to focus on the little things this morning. i will try to bring them to mind at more trying times, such as midnight tonight.



workout: 9 mile long run. i started this run outside but it started raining and i was afraid my iPod wouldn't do so well, so i headed to treadmill to finish up. i did a little experiment by keeping my footpod on, and it was actually pretty accurate on the treadmill (off about 0.06 miles in the 7.4 miles that i did indoors).

overall average pace was about 9:00/mi.

doin' time: may i present the pork chops with rhubarb and cherry sauce . . . the last spring recipe from the great food fast cookbook! you can find a link to the recipe on the sidebar.

my rhubarb adventure was a success! simmered with dried cherries, balsamic vinegar, red onion, and some sugar, the sauce was sweet-tart and a great complement to the (local, step 4) pork loin chop, which i think i cooked pretty well despite setting off the fire alarm. in case you were wondering, no i was not able to finish off that hunk o' meat (which was even bigger than it looks. there are leftovers packed in my lunch for today that i am already kind of excited about.

reading: 15 minutes on hypothyroidism and a few minute refresher on the VACTERL association.


  1. I can't seem to get this PHC jingle out of my head now...
    Mama's little baby loves rhubarb, rhubarb,
    Beebopareebop Rhubarb Pie.
    Mama's little baby loves rhubarb, rhubarb,
    Beebopareebop Rhubarb Pie. now it's in YOUR head :)
    L, da

  2. atilla7:13 AM

    just wondering about yesterday's you think men and women shop differently in the supermarket (and maybe the opposite of the way they shop differently for clothes) ? Is it conceivable that men are more "adventurous" in the grocery store or is that a genetic trait?

  3. A clean apartment is definitely something to be thankful for! I feel more at ease when things are clean.

  4. I want to be complaint free! Dinner looks very impressive.

  5. Anonymous1:45 PM

    wow. awesome that youre trying to be complaint free. too bad they don't have a magic pill for it, but i'd prolly od on it so its just as well as there isnt.

    p.s. thanks for adding me to the blogroll :) and i'm thinking of taking a day long course on a saturday sometime soon but i'm not sure. i think the best thing for me to do is just take practice exam after practice exam until i'm comfortable with the format. i just get nervous and rush! whew, sorry for such a long comment!

  6. I try to be complaint-free as much as possible, too. But, they sneak in there!

    I once heard a speaker talk about how when you complain all the time, your life becomes a catalog of complaints. I did not want that to be me! So, I'm trying. I think it is great that you are trying! Way to go!

  7. Hope your call goes's my thankful call list: got to attempt my first LP (unsuccessful but the upper level was as well and the attending had a hard time), only got called ONCE after 2am, and got to sleep about 4 hours. Now I have to go read...pertussis, FTT, and leukopenia with neutropenia DDx...I'm the resident on the team tomorrow so I guess I should be ready to teach!

    I've never had rhubarb but it makes me nervous b/c of all the mixed reviews that are out there!

  8. Atilla--I think the reason most men grocery shop the way they do--grabbing random items like ice cream and candy off the shelves--is that we're all essentially overgrown children!
    Alex (aka da)

  9. rebecca1:08 PM

    atilla-- i don't think it's genetic, but maybe the result of stereotypical (learned) gender roles: the woman more typically does the grocery shopping, and so those "adventurous" items don't seem all so adventurous (they will be there the next grocery trip).

  10. Jenny N1:32 PM

    I love to grocery shop in foreign countries. I get unresaonbly excited whenever there is a grocery store close to my hotel and I can literally spend hours (and half my traveling budget!)wandering around there.
    At home I am the most "adventurous" a la Josh when I am hungry - because then anything looks good, particularly ice cream and chocolate. Was Josh hungry when you shopped?