Monday, November 01, 2010

welcome to november

it's going to be quite a month

i can't believe 2010 is this close to over . . .

at least for me. october turned out to be fun and relaxing, for the most part. i had dedicated research time, and could even work from home most days! we traveled to two 'villes': louis + charlottes. i did take my boards (oddly enough i actually forgot about that already!), so i guess that's something. finally, i was only on call for 3 nights the entire month!

i also did a media cleanse and read 168 hours, both activities which convinced me that i need to focus better and spend less time on the internet.

and that brings us to november. i will be back on service and back to full days in the hospital. at the same time, i have to finish the majority of the rather monstrous NRSA application. josh will be taking a weeklong trip abroad (!), and we will be visiting both families for thanksgiving. in short, i think i am going to be very busy and that the days are going to fly by all too quickly. essentially . . .

this is going to be a month for kicking ass + taking names.

i hereby vow to
work on finding the best focus that i can -- after all, leo babauta says it's this easy:

make an effort to get enough rest amidst the madness

enjoy time with family + friends no matter what

have fun with it, the best that i can

after all, there is a satisfaction that comes with working hard (at least up to a point -- residency regularly pushed that boundary). i am ready to dig deep this month and will hopefully head into december still smiling.

journal J teaser
i made the transition! after all, for my month of kicking ass + taking names (to be abbreviated to KA+TN from this point on . . .), i need to be highly organized.

weekly view

standard weekly plans at the bottom of the opposite page

not sure how i will use the rest of this lovely real estate yet!

other odds + ends
1. thank you all for your extremely wise words on yesterday's post. i am taking your advice to heart and will try to stop micromanaging things that are beyond my control, while embracing the fact that i can still enjoy things like this:

just the thing to wash down my sashimi, lunch meat, and raw milk cheese sandwich. ha!

2. i wanted to share this awesome thrown-together fall salad i enjoyed after my long run yesterday:

mixed greens, apples, grape tomatoes, dried cranberries, pecans, and leftover roasted brussels with a maple-cider vinaigrette

3. josh and i were lazy and did not dress up for halloween, but we did hand out candy. for the first time in years, we were overrun with trick-or-treaters! in fact, within an hour, the fun-sized butterfingers and peanut butter m&ms that i bought were gone.

it worked out because we still got to hand out to the littlest + cutest kids who came early! next year i'll buy more.

4. public service announcement: don't forget to vote tomorrow!



workout: 10ish miles that were incredibly slow -- i think 9:35-9:45/mi pace!? (i need to recalibrate my footpod to get more exact times). i felt like i was plodding, but still enjoyed the workout.

real simple salmon: we enjoyed this very easy recipe for salmon with potato salad.



i used spinach rather than the fancy cress they recommended, and horseradish mustard instead of straight horseradish. their photo makes mine look like an eyesore, but taste-wise it still worked! now that i'm onto week four, i'm contemplating my next cooking endeavor. suggestions are welcome :)


  1. Anonymous7:50 AM

    i was so excited for trick or treaters! but i didn't get overrun. the one bag of candy i bought was plenty. bummer.

  2. Anonymous8:37 AM


    Good luck with the goals, and to-do's!!! I am right with you!

    And, dizzang! That salmon looks amazzzzzzzing! Have me over for dinner puleeeeeeeease! :)


  3. Part of the reason I love where we live is that we are guaranteed cute trick or treaters. I think we bought the perfect amount of candy- enough to have some but not too many leftovers for us to finish up.

  4. We had no trick or treaters this year :-( and apparently none of my work colleagues had any either. On the bright side our kitchen in the office is now full of mars bars, malteses and m&m's!

    Happy November everyone!

  5. Anonymous11:40 PM

    I really, really can't believe the year is this close to ending, either! I would like to tell you thank you again for all your comments on prioritizing and making the most of the time you have. I am still a wicked procrastinator, but you always make me feel comforted about the fact that when I have to, I can set my mind to it, and get done anything I need to. :-) Happy November!

  6. I slept really early last night (7pm) so I didn't get to see any trick-or-treaters. I wonder if my housemates treated them well, but I know for a fact they had no candies ready!

    I wish you all the best this November...hopefully even with the extra work and stress, you'll breeze through it even more peacefully than you did October!

    And THANK YOU for your sweet, wise words on my blog earlier. Very much appreciated, and I took each of them to heart. You're wonderful. I love you!!

  7. I voted!

    And wow, you have the neatest little handwriting!