Sunday, November 27, 2011

Career Closure

After a very long three days of work, it was awesome to come home to this tonight:


A lovely taco bar with all the toppings: ground chicken, lettuce, avocado, salsa, black olives, shredded cheese, and sour cream. The only thing missing was refried beans – that would have truly taken these tacos over the top.


They were still amazing though. Chicken, salsa, avocado, black olives, and lettuce on whole grain taco shells on mine.


This was the first time I’ve ever had tacos without cheese or sour cream on them. I’m really trying to make healthier choices and was very pleased – and surprised, I’m not gonna lie - with how delicious these tacos were. I actually didn’t even miss the extra toppings, and cut some calories as well. Win.

Other recent meals have included the standard oatmeal


(I might finally be oatmealed-out after five days in a row of the same breakfast)

And packed lunches full of leftovers.


Salad + Thanksgiving leftovers (turkey, zucchini, sweet potato casserole)


Salad + leftover pizza. This was a frozen California Kitchen Thin Crust White pizza, and it was awesome!

Oh, and I’ve also discovered the protein bar of my dreams.

oh yeah bar

Remember when I told you that the Cookie Caramel Crunch Oh Yeah! bars were the only protein bar I liked? Well, I tried the Almond Fudge Brownie flavor the other day and it blew Cookie Caramel Crunch out of the water. I’ve eaten one every day since. It has gooey, delicious chocolate in it, and I seriously would have guessed that it was just a candy bar if I didn’t know any better. Even if you are a die-hard protein bar hater, you should really give these a try. They will change your life Winking smile.

So tomorrow, I have to go back up to Petoskey in the morning to wrap up my veterinary rotation. I’ve got one more full day tomorrow, followed by a half day on Tuesday and a presentation to the staff (I’m doing mine on canine parvovirus). I talked about it a little in this post, but I used to want to be a veterinarian before I changed my mind to pharmacy. Well, I’ve always wondered if I would regret that decision because I kind of made it on a whim.

This rotation has not only taught me a ton about animal pharmacy, but it has also given me some closure on my career choice. I wasn’t expecting it, but being around animals again and observing the doctors made me so happy that I chose the career path that I did. Being a veterinarian is an amazing and rewarding career and I respect them a lot, but it is just not for me. Veterinarians are physicians, surgeons, ophthalmologists, dermatologists, radiologists, and pharmacists all rolled into one, and your patients can’t even talk! Plus, I get sad every time I watch an animal experience any discomfort what-so-ever because I love them so much. Pretty sure that would make me the worst vet on the planet.


I’ll stick to drugs for now Winking smile.

Well, it’s time to get myself organized and maybe do a little reading. I’m calling it an early night!


Have you always known what you wanted to be when you “grew up?”

I never even considered pharmacy until I started college. I realized my heart was not really in veterinary medicine, but I wanted to stay in the health field. I met my friend Elly in my biology class and when she told me that she wanted to go to pharmacy school, it spiked my interest and within a couple of months I was working as a technician at a local pharmacy. The career path just stuck!


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