Tuesday, April 12, 2011

my own mcdreamy

my other half
on sunday afternoon, an anonymous reader wrote in with this question:
Could you tell us more about Josh? How did he decide on medicine, and then later surgery? What are his techniques to staying organized with his busy lifestyle?
excited, i immediately shouted across our one-bedroom apartment: "babe!"

he took off his headphones [because he KNOWS i cannot tolerate the video game background music] and replied: "what?"

"someone wants to know your techniques for staying organized with your busy lifestyle!"

the answer was . . . silence. this is either because josh is very humble, or because he had already gone back to his video game.

so, i had to come up with my own josh-inspired tips based on my observations. one thing is for sure: he definitely seems to enjoy life in the face of enormous work-related challenges. and [honestly!] i have learned a lot from watching him relax and go with the flow.

do you see anything other than pure unbridled glee!??

the top 3 tips for living (and loving) your surgical lifestyle
tip #1: marry well
you know all of those nagging and time-consuming household chores like the laundry, shopping for groceries, cleaning the bathroom, and making dinner? well, they are much easier when your wife does them for you!

[i kid . . . sort of. the truth is that yes, i do most of these things, but i have a lot more time to do them in. josh will always chip in when i need his help and does do a mean vacuuming/floor cleaning job when he gets into the right mood! and on occasion when i don't feel like cooking/cleaning/etc, we get take-out and accept things as they are, and i have never heard any complaints.]

tip #2: don't sleep
seriously, y'all -- 5 hours a night is more than enough. going to bed early is great, because you can get SO much work done when you set our alarm for 3:00 AM to read about thyroid surgeries! and if you finish early, you get to snooze on the couch. WIN-WIN.

[okay, maybe he averages closer to 6 hours, but this is pretty much the real deal. if you thought i was an early riser, know that often josh has already left for work by the time i get up . . . at 5.]

tip #3: keep lists
but you don't need a fussy planner like sarah's! a simple index card will suffice.

extra bonus points if you're still carrying around a card that says, "weekend 3/18" and it's mid-april. if there is something on that list you don't really feel like doing, just procrastinate. if it was important, you'll find a way to get it done; if not, you probably won't.

bonus! healthy living tips:
tip #1: surgery counts as a workout! obviously. you try standing in one spot for 8 hours at a time! a weekend run and maybe a little time with the lovely jillian michaels will help round out the week's exercise regimen. yoga is great -- as a spectator sport.

tip #2: if you are in the OR, you might not have time to eat lunch. and that's okay, because that caloric deficit just means that you get to enjoy more of tip #3 without any visible consequences.

tip #3: eat the 4 Bs! no, not blueberries, broccoli, beans and brussels sprouts -- we're talking burgers, barbeque, bacon, and beer!

exhibit A

exhibit B

and . . . C. just this past weekend!

as for how he decided on medicine and later surgery -- well, i'd rather let him actually tell that story! hopefully it will find its way onto an index card someday soon

other questions for or about josh?? if you have them, they may inspire him to get in gear and write a real guest post of his own . . .



workout: 45 minutes at the gym -- half elliptical, half weights
20 minutes restorative lunar flow yoga in the evening

stretch it out
i love these packs of frozen ravioli from whole foods, but they can be skimpy, especially compared to, say, a giant barbeque burger. therefore, my mission is always to stretch a package out into a full meal for both of us.

last night's trick: a bed of spinach underneath; a whole bunch of frozen peas; some olive oil + romano.

it worked!

at least somewhat. josh may have followed his serving up with a burger some bread and cheese.

detox report: day 1 -- check! i am already feeling better rested this morning [and amazingly, the pager cooperated with my plans for sleep]. the only thing missing was the meditation. ahhh!