Sunday, November 14, 2010

karma / caramel

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.


  1. 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?

  2. Hi Sarah. I love the clean and organized feeling of your blog! I love the contents too! I did my undergrad in medicine in India and now I am doing my Masters in Genome sciences. I love reading about the clinical content, takes me back to my older days..full of wards, OPDs, emergency room postings and sleepless nights (Although not as intense as you). Looking forward to all your lovely posts!!

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

  4. I believe in karma and good attitude too - it really works. :) I can't wait to see your breakfast challenge. I am always looking for more breakfast ideas :)

  5. 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.

  6. Anonymous12:24 PM

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

    Check out Day Zero Project if you haven't already. I think it would be right up your alley. I'm going to start compiling my list today!

    Lisa M

  7. That's it - doing your breakfast challenge, and soon. So glad you went page-free last night!

  8. I want that loyo when I'm in town. I hope we can go this time! :) D

  9. astrid: we just chose our destination: scottsdale, AZ! i've never been there and we wanted a relaxing resort-y kind of trip :)

    priyanka: wow! thanks for saying hi - i'd 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'm there.

  10. Anonymous10:34 PM

    Hey, thanks for the shout-out! I've 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. :)