Monday, April 16, 2012

Belated Easter and Grandpa’s Birthday

Good morning!

It’s been quite the busy weekend over here! On Friday my day started off with a little meeting with the spin bike, where I did my 40 minute spinning workout.


I had to work in Traverse City on Saturday, so after rotation I headed straight home to my parent’s house. Per usual, my mom had just finished preparing a tasty home-cooked meal and my dad was slicing up the chicken as I walked in the door.


Chicken (smothered in BBQ sauce), roasted veggies and cheesy hash browns. Yum!


After dinner I found myself mindlessly snacking on prunes while I caught up on blogs, as I typically do when I’m at my parent’s house. My mom eats a few prunes and a small handful of dates every night after dinner, so whenever I’m home I always inevitably join her. However, I don’t stop at just a “few” prunes and always end up eating way too many, if you know what I mean. For those who aren’t catching my drift, think about what fiber does to your bowels and then maybe you’ll understand. Yeah…

So, now that I’ve painted that lovely picture in your head, let’s move onto the rest of the weekend Smile. As I said earlier, I spent all of Saturday working so there’s not too much to report there. After work I went over to my friend Rebecca’s where we spent a good three or four hours watching movies and catching up. She’s one of my few friends that still lives in Traverse City so I am excited to hang out more when I move back!

While hanging out with Rebecca was fun, the best part of my weekend was definitely Sunday, where we had a little family get together to celebrate Easter (since my aunt and uncle as well as myself were out of town last Sunday) and my grandpa’s upcoming 89th (!!) birthday.


We had quite the feast to enjoy!


Dishes included Jello salad, ham with a homemade cherry glaze, broccoli salad, fresh bread, and three different kinds of potatoes.


We had cheesy potatoes, potato salad, and sweet potato casserole (my favorite!). I piled my plate with a bit of everything and went back for seconds of the sweet potatoes.


For dessert, we enjoyed some of my mom’s homemade cheesecake with a pecan glaze. Of course, we had to light some candles for the birthday boy Smile.


89 years old and still blowin’ out those candles like a pro.


The cheesecake was absolutely outstanding. It was similar to the one that we had on my sister's birthday, but my mom switched up the ingredients a bit. Still just as delicious!


Right now I’m trying to mentally prepare myself for these next couple weeks. My last day of rotation is on Monday, April 30th but I have a lot to do between now and then, including a journal club, topic discussion, topic presentation, and another extra assignment about some anticoagulation guideline updates. On the last day I also have a final oral and written exam, so I’m definitely going to be keeping busy the rest of the month. Everything except the anticoagulation assignment is due by next Tuesday, and since I’m going out of town this weekend for a Kappa Psi conference I need to get as much as I can done this week. I’ve got my work cut out for me, that’s for sure!

Well, it’s time to get moving. Catch ya later!


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