Tuesday, February 16, 2010

just imagine . . .

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!


  1. ATILLA6:48 AM

    house of god rule "when u go to a code take your own pulse first'

  2. Oh, I wish you would get a month off and come to Sweden! You should know that we have horrible amounts of snow right now though. (Lets just say I have been treadmilling it for the past few weeks - yes, THAT much snow!) Maybe you'd rather wait until June? ;)

  3. Three weeks in Europe, definitely, with half a week on each side for rest/prep/etc.

  4. I'm making this soup on Sunday, all because you shared it on your blog a couple days ago :D

  5. don't forget to do a thorough examination of the patient. during my orals, there was always a knife in someone's back that i couldn't see unless i rolled them over!

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

  7. SO glad you enjoyed the soup. I'm ready to make it again!!!

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

  8. WOW! You're ability to delay email gratification amazes me! I need to learn that...I'm always compulsively checking my iphone...

  9. I'm obviously catching up on my Google Reader too!