Monday, October 31, 2011

Breakfast Fail

Everyone, meet Graycie:


She’s a 7-month old Russian Blue Point kitty cat, and she’s the newest member of the Berg family Smile.

After we had to say goodbye to our previous cat, Ashley, a couple of weeks ago, my family was devastated. It was like there was there was this empty hole that nothing could fill, and we all knew that it wouldn’t be filled until we got another cat. My dad soon found himself searching through humane society ads and one day he stumbled upon a picture of this little gem, and a couple of days later my parents were on their way to pick her up and bring Graycie to her new home.


I’ve been dying to meet her all week, and yesterday we finally got a chance to get acquainted Smile.


She is such a doll. She absolutely loves to play, and while it takes her a little while to warm up to you, it’s not long before she’s crawling all over your lap begging for attention. We will always hold a special place in our hearts for Ash, but right now I’m thrilled to provide a loving home for this cute little furball. I can only hope for a long and happy life for her.













Breakfast this morning was just an epic fail. Since my new rotation doesn’t start until tomorrow and I have today off, I woke up excited to give crepes another try. Unfortunately, my mom doesn’t have any round, non-stick pans so I attempted to make them using a large griddle. Um, there’s a reason why you are supposed to use a round pan, and my griddle resulted in a crepe disaster.


Then I decided to try re-creating this amazing peanut butter smoothie I had gotten multiple times at a cafĂ© last week, but of course it didn’t taste the same. In fact, the odd taste of my protein powder kind of ruined it and I ended up throwing it away after only drinking about 1/4 of it. At this point I became extremely frustrated and didn’t want to try making anything else, so I ended up just heating up a vegan blueberry muffin that my mom picked up at Oryana yesterday.


It was good, and I should have just eaten that in the first place.


After spending the morning cleaning the kitchen that I managed to trash and catching up on blogs, I met my sister for lunch at The Dish. I got my usual T.C.’s Favorite salad with walnuts, dried cherries, gorgonzola and chicken:


Now I have to start getting my things together for my next rotation. It’s actually not here in Traverse City; it’s in Petoskey, which is about an hour and a half north from here. However, I’m looking forward to it because it’s something completely different from all of my other rotations: it’s a veterinary rotation! Ever since I was a P1 and saw it listed as a P4 elective rotation, I knew I wanted to do it. Before I decided to change my major to pharmacy, I actually used to want to go to vet school. I worked at a local veterinary hospital for about a year and a half before I got my job at the pharmacy.

me and beannie!

Rotation sites are pretty competitive and not everyone gets what they want, so I was stoked when I found out that I got this elective! However, the downside is that it’s all the way up in Petoskey and I don’t know anyone up there. I’m staying with a woman who lives near the vet and has a room that she rents out to Ferris pharmacy students and Michigan State veterinary students. My preceptor recommended her to me, and I’m glad I was able to find a place to stay for such a short period of time. However, I only plan on staying there during the week and I’ll be driving home every weekend either to work or just relax with my family. Hopefully this month will fly by!

Enjoy your afternoon and I’ll catch ya later Smile

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The End Of A Crazy Week

It’s been a busy, emotional, and very sick week around here. I wrapped up the final week of my academic rotation (which got pretty crazy at the end), enjoyed my last week in Grand Rapids, and continued to try to fight off this awful freaky-lump-inducing illness. With all that’s been going on, I just haven’t been in the mood to blog. Blogging is something I do because I love it, so I hate forcing it on myself when I don’t feel up to it because I think it negatively affects the quality of my posts. Things are settling down for a bit now though so hopefully I won’t be taking such long hiatuses anymore Smile.

Lets get to some updates!

Since we worked a lot with rapid diagnostic tests on this past rotation, I actually had Eric poke me and run a mono test on Wednesday.


The result was negative.

mono test

I had been feverish pretty much every morning and night for almost a week, so the next day I finally drove myself to the Urgent Care. I’m very reluctant to go to urgent care clinics because unless you have a urinary tract infection or strep throat, I don’t really think they can do much for you. However, my parents urged me to go after seeing how swollen my lymph node was so I humored them. The physician’s assistant tested me for strep throat (I told her I already tested myself for mono), and when the strep test came back negative she said it was probably viral but still sent me off with a prescription for an antibiotic. When I asked what she was treating, she couldn’t really answer but said it could be an infection in my lymph nodes. Hmmm, maybe that’s why the side of my neck has a lump the size of golf ball…

My appetite has been really wacky this week, and exercise has been sadly nonexistent due to both my schedule and illness. I haven’t felt very healthy and I’m not proud of a lot of the food choices I’ve made, but life happens. There has been lots of eating out:


And on Friday this happened:


We brought in two dozen Krispy Kremes on the last day of our rotation for our doughnut-obsessed preceptor and I ate far more than I care to disclose on this blog.

Friday night was also when I “celebrated” Halloween and went to a little party at a friend’s place.


I was a “South Seas Siren” and while I loved the costume, I didn’t get to stay dressed up for very long. A lot of our friends had studying to do, and the rest of them headed downtown after a couple hours and Eric and I were just not in the mood. We were both tired and I was still feeling pretty lousy. However, I still manage to have a good time while I was there.



Oh, and speaking of Eric, I thought I’d clear things up for all of you who have asked if I’m seeing him. I know that some of things I post may be misleading and make it appear that we’re “together,” but the truth is that Eric and I are just friends. We’ve always been, and always will be, incredibly close and he will always be my best friend. We made a great team over the last month and I’m really going to miss having someone cook for me him.

Check out this painting that he painted for me:


It’s a combination of four different album covers from our favorite bands that he combined into one piece of art. Isn’t he so talented?! I love it Open-mouthed smile.

Today has been pretty wonderful so far. I arrived back in Traverse City around 11:30 and my parents and I grabbed lunch at Oryana.


My mom and I split a chicken chipotle wrap and a vegan peanut butter brownie, and I also had small serving a spicy cashew noodle salad on the side.


I also finished reading Safe Haven this afternoon, which was SO good. I’ll be sure to write a review about it. I actually have three book reviews to write, so I’ll try to get those up this week.

After I get this post up, I’m planning on spending the rest of the afternoon updating some pages on the blog, doing laundry, writing a new workout routine, relaxing, and getting more acquainted with the newest member of the Berg family…who I’ll introduce to you tomorrow Winking smile.


Have a happy Sunday Smile

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sick Concert

Last month, a few friends and I purchased tickets to an Evanescence concert that I’ve been looking forward to ever since. The concert was last night, and even though I’ve been sick for the past few days, I really, really didn’t want to miss this concert (especially since I already paid for the ticket). So, I took some ibuprofen, got dressed, and was on the road by 3:00 with Drew and Eric heading for Royal Oak, MI.


Ibuprofen has been working wonders for me as I try to get through this illness. My main symptoms are muscle aches and weakness and I’m slightly feverish at times and so the ibuprofen takes care of all of it. About an hour after a hefty dose, I was feeling much better!


We entertained ourselves on the ride down with sing-a-longs accompanied by the respective You Tube videos, which we played on Eric’s phone. I actually got some pretty good video clips from our performance, but the guys made me delete them Sad smile. I also read this book for part of the way:


I’m only a few chapters in, but I’m loving it so far! I’m dying to find out what happened to Katie and made her come to Southport…

After a little over two hours in the car, we finally arrived in Royal Oak where we met up with three other friends who were joining us at the concert. Since it was a such a small venue and the artist requested no cameras, I had to leave mine in the car.

We snapped a quick group photo before walking down the street to grab a bite to eat:



We ended up going to Royal Oak Brewery for dinner. Unfortunately, I forgot my entire wallet at home so I had no ID or money. Eric picked up my dinner for me, but there was no drinking for this girl Sad smile. While everyone else enjoyed a beer with their food, I washed down this Mediterranean White Pizza with a glass of water.


The pizza had mozzarella, goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and basil and was delicious. I hardly even missed the beer Winking smile.

After we finished eating we walked down the venue. It was right around this time when my ibuprofen started wearing off, and I had left my bottle of it back at the car. I made it through the opening bands alright, but by the time Evanescence came on stage I was absolutely miserable. Every muscle in my body ached from standing and while everyone else was sweating from the hot crowded room, I couldn’t stop shivering. By the time Evanescence was done performing, it was almost 11:30 and all I wanted to do was pass out in the car. In fact, after we got back from the parking garage, that’s exactly what I did. I dozed off and on the whole ride home and promptly got in bed the second we walked in the door at about 2:00 am. Don’t get me wrong, it was an absolutely outstanding performance; I just couldn’t really enjoy it as much as I would have liked.

As if I already wasn’t doing everything I could do make it impossible to get over this virus, this morning we had a 6:45 am wake-up call. As part of this academic rotation, for the next two days we are assisting the third-year pharmacy student labs all day. Breakfast was an almond butter wafflewich on the road:


(My apologies for the craptastic photo, it was dark out and I had to use the flash in order to see it.)

And the boys and I grabbed sandwiches at Jimmy John’s for lunch. As much as I love the lower calorie Unwiches, today I was in the mood for bread.


California Beach Club, no mayo or tomatoes. Hit. the. spot.

Well, we’ve got one more lab to get through this afternoon and then I’m heading home and going to BED. This very well may mean that I’ll have lights out by 6:00, and I’m completely okay with that.


Enjoy your day!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Freaky Lump

If you have ever gotten a flu shot before, then you are familiar with the brief questionnaire that you have to fill out before you receiving your vaccine. As someone who is certified to give immunizations, I am quite familiar with this questionnaire. Well, one of the questions that the patient must answer is something along the lines of “Are you sick today?” and this is to ensure that the patient’s immune system is in good shape.

As a pharmacy student, it is required that we get a seasonal flu shot, just as it is for most health care workers. Of course, like most other things in my life, I’ve been putting it off until the last possible second. I was tired of procrastinating so yesterday I finally got it taken care of.


Unfortunately, I also haven’t been feeling the greatest for the past couple of days so getting a flu shot yesterday was probably not the smartest idea. I’ve had an on and off sore throat for a few weeks, Saturday night I woke up feverish with chills, and I have a severely swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck that is seriously freaking me out.


Why I decided that getting a flu shot when I’ve been feverish was a good idea, I don’t know. However, I do know that while the flu shot will not make you sick, it is certainly not helping me get better right now. While I highly recommend getting vaccinated, be a good patient and if you’re sick with a fever, then just wait.

Oh, and BTW, I’m a slight hypochondriac and I would really appreciate it if any medical students/doctors out there would tell me that the freaky lump (how’s that for a technical name?) on my neck is not a tumor or something and that it will go away soon. Thanks.


In an effort to put some nutrients in my body, yesterday’s lunch menu consisted of a spinach salad


with the usual toppings of dried cherries, feta, and sunflower seeds


Plus lots of toasted pumpkin seeds, which were munched on all afternoon.


To prepare the seeds, I rinsed all the “pumpkin guts” off, then tossed them in a little EVOO and garlic salt. Then I spread them out on a greased baking sheet and baked them at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, stirring them about halfway through.


You can also experiment with different seasonings and spices to make the seeds whatever flavor you want. Yesterday I read about someone making cinnamon sugar seeds – I’m definitely keeping that in mind for next year!


I don’t have much else to post in the food department. Since I haven’t been feeling too hot, my appetite has kind of been weird. I had a peanut butter wafflewich for dinner last night


And a pumpkin spice Frappuccino after an easy day at my rotation this morning.



Alright, my bed’s calling my name. See yaaaaaaaaaa!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My First Crepe Experience

As I eluded to yesterday, last night I spent my evening carving pumpkins with this crazy guy.


He’s quite artistic and draws his own design to carve every year, but I typically go with the pre-made pattern/stencil route. However, after spending way too long browsing the internet looking for a pattern I liked without success, I decided to actually draw my own this year.


My favorite part of carving pumpkins (next to toasting and eating the seeds, of course) is pulling out the pumpkin “guts.”



After cleaning out the pumpkins, it was time to get carving!


The finished products…


Ha ha ha, can you guess which one is mine? I never claimed to be a creative genius Winking smile.


My First Crepe Experience

This morning I awoke itching to try something new for breakfast. I always post the same old wafflewiches, bowls of oatmeal, and cereal and wanted to actually whip up something a little more creative and visually appealing. After tossing some ideas back and forth that I’ve seen on other blogs (Greek yogurt pancakes, baked oatmeal, grilled breakfast sandwiches, etc.), I finally decided on a recipe I’ve never made before: crepes! After tasting my not-so-good peanut butter pancakes that I made earlier this week, Eric had said that the texture almost reminded him of crepes (since it was kind of eggy) and that I should give those a try sometime. Well, today was the day!

I used this basic crepe recipe that I got from Gina's blog and it was fabulous. Here are the ingredients that I threw in the blender:

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • pinch of Stevia
  • pinch of salt

(FYI: these are the amounts needed for a single serving of crepes.)

As I started cooking the first crepe, I quickly encountered the problem that I was afraid I would run into: flipping them. They are too thin to flip with a spatula and fell apart when I tried to do that. Then, Eric suggested using a second pan to help me flip them and by golly, it worked!


The second crepe turned out much better, and the third one turned out so well that I could actually just pick it up out of the pan with my bare hands when it was done. However, I know that my “two-pan method” is probably not the “right” way to effectively flip crepes, so if anyone has any other suggestions, please let me know!

When my crepes were done cooking, I filled them with strawberry Greek yogurt and topped them with fresh blueberries and cinnamon.


Not sure if you can tell, but the middle one was the first one that I royally messed up while trying to flip it. I tried to hide it under the other two crepes Winking smile.


These crepes were absolutely delicious and I will definitely be making them again. The fillings that I used also made them very healthy. Here are the stats for the crepes, yogurt and fruit: 321 calories, 1 gram fat, 50 grams carbs, 28 grams protein, 3 grams fiber. Not too shabby!


Have you ever made crepes before? Got any other ideas for healthy fillings?


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