Monday, September 29, 2014

Day two hundred seventy two

I feel like this is becoming a theme with me... the light on my laptop screen quit! I can still shine a flashlight or lamp on the screen and see it, but the light no longer works. This happened on my first laptop too. Luckily we have an extra monitor. Not that I really EVER use my laptop (a few times a month, tops) but it's nice to be able to. And my USB keyboard for my laptop also quit working (it was 8 years old, after all) so I still have to have the laptop open so I can type while looking sideways at the monitor. Not super ergonomic, but oh well...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Day two hundred seventy one

What does one do with 40 pounds of fresh-picked apples? Well, we're mostly making apple chips in the dehydrator, but I also made a batch of applesauce in the slow cooker. The color on this photo isn't right, no matter what setting I did it wasn't accurate.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day two hundred seventy

Apple picking in Emmett.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Day two hundred sixty nine

Homemade Nutella!

Also, does anyone else have a major transient hiccup problem? I will go several weeks without hiccups, then get them 9 times in the same day. And yes, today is that day. And they're not cute little hiccups, they're "holy monsters my stomach is exploding with each hiccup" hiccups. So fun. Especially talking on the phone at work.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day two hundred sixty eight

I am now referred to as, "the one with the foot" when we donate plasma. It's the only squishy "ball" I have. They don't have squishy balls at the plasma place (for sanitary reasons, maybe?) so I bring my own.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Day two hundred sixty six

Yeah, buddy! I finished this puzzle today. It took a ton of patience but I finally did it. Not bad, considering I started less than a month ago.

Better Breakfast Month

On my 101 Things page, I have a goal of eating something different for breakfast every day for two weeks. This stems partially from my (recovering) cereal addiction and partially from feeling like I eat the same two things EVERY.SINGLE.DAY for breakfast. So when I heard that September is Better Breakfast Month, officially celebrated today, September 23rd, I decided to complete this goal now. For the past two weeks, I have eaten something different for breakfast every day and here's my proof.

September 10th, Swedish oats:

September 11th, smoothie (subbed flax meal for protein powder):

 September 12th, strawberry quinoa bowl:

September 13th, eggs benedict using this Hollandaise:

September 14th, waffles:

September 15th, Steel cut oats:

September 16th, parfait with this granola:

September 17th, peanut butter muffin + hardboiled egg + orange:

September 18th, breakfast burrito:

September 19th, pancakes (had some issues with how hot the griddle was!):

September 20th, frittata:

 September 21st, french toast:

September 22nd, homemade bagel with cream cheese & banana:

September 23rd, toast and scrambled eggs:

I tried to make most of the breakfasts somewhat healthy (no cinnamon rolls, donuts, scones; I used part whole wheat flour in everything I baked; I tried to keep prepackaged foods to a minimum; etc.) but when you have to come up with 14 different breakfasts and only a few could take longer than a couple minutes to make in the morning, it gets challenging. But, I didn't eat any cereal at all. Overall, I'm very pleased with the results of this challenge, and I'm also very happy it's over! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Day two hundred sixty five

I FINALLY got my VA-issued scrubs on Friday. It's a little different here than in Seattle; in Seattle there's just a cabinet in the linen room where you grab however many scrubs you want. The scrubs are light blue and marked "Consolidated Hospital Laundry" in big, dark letters so you really can't wear them anywhere else. You're expected to turn them in whenever you need a fresh set. Here in Boise, however, they measure you and order in scrubs for you. They're navy blue and they sew tags in with your name on them, and they will tailor them to fit. I get to wear them for a year, then turn them in and get a new set. So they're just for me! The material is so much nicer too. Anyway, today was the first day I got to wear them and tried to take a pic, but we don't have a full-length mirror so this was all I could do.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day two hundred sixty four

Kevin and I hiked up to Table Rock today. Mayhaps not the BEST choice after being a bit sore from running/walking a 5k yesterday, but it looked fun. And the weather was great (low 80s and overcast!).

View from the top:

And for a little perspective, here's the view from the parking lot:

It's about 1.55 miles to the top with about 800 feet of elevation gain. So we did the equivalent of a 5k today too! It just took well over twice as long as yesterday. And now my quads are really sore.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Day two hundred sixty three

FitOne 5k!

Official finish time: 40:32. We had planned on just walking because we're not in shape, but we're both kind of competitive. We started out speed walking, but my shins got tired, so I broke into a light jog (so much better!) and then Kevin started jogging. We ended up running over maybe half? (not that it was a fast run, but you know). So I was not trying to better my previous 5k times, but overall we did better than I expected.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Day two hundred sixty two

New shoes for work. So comfortable! And I can pretend they pass as business casual shoes (let's be real, everyone else wears Keens and Merrells too) and I can wear them with scrubs. Win-win-win.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Day two hundred sixty one

Well, I got a sign for my office! Even though I don't have an office yet, hmmm...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day two hundred sixty

I've had to sit at a different desk this week (it's still not MY desk, just a different one) and it's in the front lobby of Prosthetics at the VA. And at least 5 people, maybe even more, have commented on this heating/cooling unit on the wall. Everybody is enthralled with it. I don't get it.

Also, isn't this cool? I love it.

Today I had to take a "Soft Skills" course (required to get scheduling keys) and it's pretty much customer service 101. Mostly discussions and the like. One of the things we talked about were life stressors, and I laughed out loud when somebody said "traffic and parking" and THE WHOLE REST OF THE CLASS instantly got in an uproar about how terrible traffic is in Boise. I just laughed, seriously. If these people think Boise has traffic, try Seattle, or Atlanta. Then, today I hit some surprisingly heavy traffic on my way home from work. But it's hard to complain when I only get home two minutes later when there's traffic. I consistently (>80% of the time) shut off the car at 4:19. Today was 4:21. I'm not sure that really counts as traffic.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day two hundred fifty nine

This is my all-time favorite illustration. I laughed for about ten minutes this morning (everyone must think I'm crazy) and I still giggle each time I look at it. Oh, a prosthetist's humor...