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 . . .
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.
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:
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 :)