Sunday, September 26, 2010

sunday musings

letting it go
this weekend has not been a productive one thus far, and i have more things that i "should" do today than will truly fit within the allotted time span. i have some really fun things planned, too: a birthday brunch with my sister (somewhere fun that i will be excited to write about tomorrow!), and friends coming over for what is becoming somewhat of a ritual sunday dinner.

because i feel like i'm running out of time, i found myself actually having negative thoughts about these social engagements -- even though they are both with people i love and do not see enough of!

maybe my lists should sometimes look more like this one . . .

but then i got to thinking: what is truly essential? and what is the end result of "getting everything done" that is so important? by the time i reach that destination (glimmering in the distance like some sort of mirage at this point . . .), there will be new things to do anyway, and i will be chugging along once again.

i am not saying that i'm going to stop making to-do lists (it'll be a cold day in chapel hill hell before that happens!). but i am going to try to let go of the idea that everything has to get done before some sort of deadline. especially if the aforementioned 'deadline' is one that i made up out of the clear blue in the first place.

because this is it -- this is life! it's not a game where you get a prize at the end if you've checked off all of your boxes. today is as important as tomorrow. perhaps even more so.

hmm, i had no intention of getting this deep on a sunday morning! onto a few lighter things . . .

a blue devil day
yesterday's activities were in honor of josh! he really wanted to go to the duke football game (it was homecoming weekend, after all), and i obliged.

his college roommate was tailgating right outside of the stadium with some friends.

here they are: class of '96! (josh is 6 years my senior).

before the game, we headed to the apparel shop to get suited up (tee for me; polo for josh -- fancy!).

i snapped this photo entirely because the middle hat made me think of caroline!

we then headed to the game. there was a pretty good turnout! i was impressed.

i played with my camera, trying to capture some action.

i had no idea what was going on, however. i am missing the chip in my brain that allows one to understand (or appreciate) football. josh tried his best to explain things, but it took me forever just to find the BALL at the beginning of each play, and then it just looked like a crazy mush of people running in every which direction. i feel mentally impaired sometimes when i try to watch sports (or understand certain movies, for that matter).

in the end, we lost (by a lot). the nice thing about not appreciating football is that this didn't bother me too much.

i do, however, have a healthy appreciation for high-quality frozen treats.

this mojito-flavored locopop truly hit the spot after hours in the hot sun

thank you for the advice
on my dietary post from yesterday! i will summarize your suggestions in a later post (as miss mm requested), so if you have anything to add please do so!



workout: 45 minutes elliptical (intervals). i've slacked on the weights this week. because i dislike it, strength training is always the first thing to go! oh well.

durham restaurant review: pop's
we had a family friend unexpectedly come into town (his plane was actually en route to boston and had to make an emergency landing in durham!), so josh and i decided to take him for a casual italian meal downtown. without reservations, i think pop's was a good choice.

this restaurant has been around for years -- before 'downtown durham' is what it is today! their fare is simple and comforting, with a gourmet edge. we sat at the bar for about 30 minutes (saturday night, no reservation -- not so bad), and were then whisked off to a table.

josh enjoyed some sangiovese (i sipped) and i drank sparkling water with lime.

disclaimer: while i am not pregnant (at least that i know of) yet, i have decided to cut down on alcohol while we are actively trying. it hurts my heart a little, but i think it's a good idea.

we were served huge cube-shaped hunks of bread with olive oil for dipping. thinking about my diabetic patients, i tried to imagine just how many carbs this three dimensional bread structure contained.

my estimate: 10 million, give or take a few. rev up your insulin pump . . .

upon perusal of the menu, one item called out to me:

pizza topped with granny smith apples, brie, fresh ricotta spread and truffle cream

how could i NOT order that!?!?

we first shared this vegetarian appetizer plate, which featured house-made hummus and roasted vegetables.

it was tasty, but i was trying to hold out for the pizza! finally, the pies arrived, fresh from the oven . . .

josh's choice: prosciutto & egg pizza -- complete with runny yolk in the center.

unfortunately, in my excitement, i forgot to capture the apple/brie/ricotta/truffle cream pie on film! this is actually okay, because i am pretty sure the image would not have captured how truly delicious this combination was.

i enjoyed a slice of each, and was full (thank you, giant cube o' carbs). however, our fridge is now filled with the promise of some great leftovers.

overall, i really liked this meal, and i would recommend pop's for a casual dinner with good food, especially if you are reservationless on a saturday night like we were! next time, i might aim to eat less of the bread cube (delicious as it was) and would like to try a salad in addition to the pizzas for a little more balance.

board prep: oh no -- backsliding again! i am still confident that i will catch up eventually.


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i stumbled across your blog somehow, and i've really enjoyed it! i'm a nicu fellow and can totally relate to love of pens, lists and the difficulty of balancing love, life and work.

i just spent 30min last night debating between getting this rhodia planner ( or your exacompta space 17. i think im going with the rhodia since i like the graph paper note section, and it gives me an excuse to order more pens! my faves for work and writing lots of info on our tiny signout spaces are the uniball signo 0.38mm gel pens (lots of pretty colors) and the uniball jetstream 0.5mm for a ballpoint pen that doesn't bleed through thin paper.

the upcoming peds boards scare the sh*t out of me, and if it makes you feel better, i don't think any of us are exactly caught up with our study plans.

best of luck with everything. sorry for such a long comment! i'll keep using your blog as a welcomed distraction from board studying and my unfortunate 30hr calls.


ps: my husband and i are in the same boat as wanting to start a family. it can be a lot of pressure, and you can think about it way too much, especially if you're around babies all the time like we are. we haven't really told a lot of people that we are trying because the inevitable, "are you pregnant?" question always arises. i think maybe you should post a disclaimer that you will announce when/if you're pregnant on your blog when you're ready so that you don't keep getting asked about it. just a thought... happy sunday!

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i do the exact same thing with social engagements! start to feel like they are an obligation instead of fun... it's an issue i'm trying to work on. i also have been thinking a lot about the "to do list" any maybe chilling out on the scheduling a little, because i overschedule and then wind up exhausted and behind... or is that what your last year of a doctoral program is supposed to feel like?!?

anyway, i enjoy that we are often on the same page :)

have a great rest of your sunday!

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I do the same thing with social events. I'm supposed to go to a friend's house tonight to watch Dexter and am thinking that if I go, I won't be able to get the laundry done!

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More than having to give up alcohol, I fear having to give up caffeine before I try to get pregnant. Tentatively thinking about Thanksgiving weekend...*shudder*. Glad you had a fun weekend. There are so many boring ones that are much better suited for getting all the chores done.

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send that pizza combo to aaron it might end up on his menu. you look great in duke blue and I did spy the wrist band (I'm old enough to get a beer) Even with the moderation, a sip or two at dinner won't hurt. It does my heart good to see u and josh going to a game. Sorry about the results

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last night i put on a sleep mask and woke up this morning at 9:45 a.m.! i normally never sleep past 7:30 and spent the first 1/3 of the day proclaiming how i'd wasted so much of my w/e and when i first looked up it was 3 o'clock! yikes! i finally turned the corner and looked at all i'd accomplished instead of perceived time lost. turns out, i've really kicked butt today---and sat on the couch watching a lot of football. :) too bad i wasted as much time as i did lamenting the extra rest. ?? your posts remind me the importance of perspective and how much choice we have in framing (or re-framing) our whole day. thanks for your commitment to blog; i enjoy reading it a lot!!

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