Saturday Happenings

Good evening!

We’ve had a good Saturday so far. I was quite surprised to sleep until 9am this morning! The Knoxville Farmers Market opened at 9, but by the time we got ready, out the door and drove into knoxville (~30-40 minutes) it was a little after 11.

The market was actually very quiet today – probably due to the cool weather (60ish) and the mass quantities of people making their way to Neyland Stadium for the game that was about the start. I only had $5 in cash, so we weren’t able to pick up much:

  • crown of broccoli
  • a few heirloom tomatoes
  • a couple of yellow squash

There were some really interesting looking stalls: homemade soaps, dog treats/food, a cupcake stand (will be back for a review!!), and one from a local bakery. Still haven’t been able to find super low prices at farmers markets, but we press on. The market here runs through Thanksgiving, so hopefully I can make another trip at some point.

Next was a trip to Sam’s Club, which I haven’t visited in at least a year. I stocked up on a few of my food staples in bulk: Arnold’s Sandwich Thins, Stacy’s Pita Chips, Mini Babybells, Quaker Oatmeal Squares. I also finally gave into the hype and bought the 2010 edition of “Eat This, Not That.


I guess every RD should have a copy in her arsenal. If it will fit in my lab coat pocket, I might use it with patients. Visuals certainly are more effective than just listening to my voice say “No fried foods…. eat plenty of fruits and vegetables… try to get rid of sugary drinks”. I must sound like a broken record sometimes!

I really do wish that Mr Zinczenko found an RD to work with him on this book, especially after it’s become so popular and he’s written so many books to follow it. He means well, and it’s a simple, easy-to-read book, but I can’t agree with everything he says.

This lunch was a plate of baked scoops with salsa and leftover refried beans. Yum yum. Dinner for tonight will be some more of our favorite mock crab cakes, with a side of seasoned black beans/corn salsa. Yum!

I also picked up a pair of slippers from Target this afternoon. Priced at $5.99, I was ecstatic when they rang up $1.48!! Gotta love Target.

Pretty pumped about getting the coupons tomorrow. Super nerd, I know. I’m also hoping to get up early and a workout in at the gym before the rest of the day gets away from me. AND…. we signed up for Dish TV today, so Monday will bring me 100 channels (92 more than we have now!) and a DVR!!! :)


I met Mrs Claus

Greetings blog readers. Hope this evening finds you all well. I’m excited that it’s already Wednesday night – just 2 more days until the weekend! My weeks seem to go by quickly, which I suppose is a good thing, right? No big plans for this weekend though. I’m sure Knoxville will all be a buzz Saturday, for the home game against my Georgia Bulldogs – go dawgs! No, I’m not going. Tried to get my college roommate to come up for a visit and watch the game, but to no avail. I’d like to try out the Knoxville Farmers Market Saturday morning – but avoiding downtown Knoxville may be smarter. Plus, rain is in the forecast… so we’ll see what happens.

I will say, however, that I need to buy new slippers. I’m really starting to miss my boxes of winter clothes that are sitting lonely in my Texas garage – all my beloved scarves, sweaters, slippers and long-sleeved shirts. Our weather has still been really nice and fall-like, but we’ve had some evenings down in the 40s, and my little footsies get a little chilly.

I manage to stay warm enough in the hospital, though, thanks to the trusty lab coat. It seems slightly amusing to me that the dietitian (me) is the only person in the hospital to wear a lab coat. I think I confuse the patients. Haha. It certainly comes in handy though to a) keep you warm, b) hold pens, highlighters, calculator, lip balm, cell phone, name badge, etc, and c) let me get away with wearing t-shirts to work. The latter was always our favorite part of clinical rotations at Vanderbilt. Well, I guess not our favorite, but certainly rewarding J

I know, I know, you’re just reading this because you want to hear the latest crazy story from my patients. Hmmm, let’s see. We have a woman who believes she’s married to Santa Claus. She says she lives in the North Pole with him, but complains that because of his large belly he’s not very sexy. Always a problem when you’re not attracted to your spouse! I had a really rude guy yesterday who refused to listen to me about eating better, claimed that nothing is wrong with his diet (even though his cholesterol/lipids are horrible and he has diabetes). He’s bipolar, very manic right now, and wouldn’t shut up, so I just got up and walked away. Today, he approached me to apologize for being rude. I was stunned! But as soon as he apologized, he just went back to rambling about how ridiculous I was to try to change his diet….. oh well, guess you can’t have it all.

A big concern for a lot of my patients is the finances of eating healthy – many are on disability, living on ~$700 a month, or depending on food stamps. One woman today said her electric bill was $400, so there wasn’t much money for food, and she depends on a senior program that delivers one meal a day (and that’s all she claims she eats!), and yet she’s about 100pounds overweight. Sometimes things just don’t add up…. However, I was impressed with her ability to eat any food with no teeth. Wait, that sounds wrong. The woman has no teeth; I didn’t mean she avoids food that have teeth.. that’s silly. I offered to order a soft diet for her, but she proudly stated that she can gum anything, even an apple. Wow. Seems like a workout right there!

Speaking of working out, I joined a gym here in Maryville and have been stopping by on my way home from work. It’s a fairly big/nice place – the normal cardio and weight machines, as well as a nice group fitness classes schedule and lots of personal trainers available. It’s been sad how long I’ve gone without any real workouts, so I’ve been taking it slow to get back into the swing of things. Today the plan was for a 30minute interval workout on the elliptical, but I only made it 25 minutes. Better than nothing right?! I signed up for 3 personal trainer sessions (only because it was a special deal if I bought them when I joined), so I’m hoping to have someone help me with a strength training routine – I always feel like a complete idiot in that area of the gym. I have no idea what I’m doing. But some of the trainers in that gym look scary. Maybe I should have requested a nice trainer. I’m not a fan of boot-camp-style training. If I get stuck with someone who yells, tells me “no pain, no gain” and makes me do push-ups, I’m asking for a refund.

Hope everyone is staying healthy this flu-season. I got my flu-shot at the hospital during my first week, and will jump on the opportunity to get the H1N1 vaccine ASAP. No flu for me! My sister, sophomore at the University of Texas, reported that the flu shots on campus are in short supply – her friend showed up 20 minutes after they started giving them out yesterday and was already behind 700 people in line! I guess that’s what happens when you go to the same school as 60,000+ other people. Haha. Hopefully she can get one tomorrow.

OK, better get ready for GLEE tonight! Tomorrow is the day for internet (I know, I’ve said that a million times, but I really think the installation will happen tomorrow) followed by a celebratory dinner after work. Not sure what Maryville hot spot we haven’t tried yet, so we’ll see. I wouldn’t mind returning to The Tomato Head. You can’t go wrong there…. J

Yeast and Tweets

Good Saturday morning to you all!

My mom and I stopped by the Maryville Farmers Market this morning, and spent a small fortune on fresh produce and bread. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite from my $2 croissant, as my way of paying homage to the late Julia Child, after seeing the film Julie & Julia yesterday.

After farmers market, we came back, filled up the fridge, and got back to our household activities. I finally decided to suck it up and join twitter, so any of you who actually read me and want to follow my tweets are welcome to stalk me @lizbridge.

Back to folding laundry, mailing wedding presents (yay krystle and jill for your big day today!!), finishing my book on the hammock, and scrapbooking. Happy Saturday to you all!

Spring is here!

So happy that spring is here. No more random beautiful days in the 70s, only to be exchanged for waking up to mid-30s. No, I think spring is finally here to stay. The flowers are out, my tree outside my bedroom is in full bloom, and it’s all lovely.

Other signs that spring is here?

  • The allergies have started and the Nasonex prescripion is waiting at my neighborhood CVS for me. I’ve been anxious about living through a Nashville spring, just as far as my head/breathing ability is concerned. But really, can it be any worse than Georgia? During my time down in Athens while in college, I went through years of allergy shots (8 a week!) and gradually built up immunity. It’s been quite amazing to only buy boxes of kleenex every few months instead of weeks. And yet, after my crazy hospital incident 2 summers ago that left me on a host of old-people heart medications, I haven’t been able to get the shots anymore. So… fingers are crossed that all the antibodies I finally made against my allergens are still floating around my body, ready to attack against the Nashville spring. What am I allergic to, you may ask? Don’t get me started. Almost every grass, weed, tree, flower that you can be tested for. Oh and a collection of animals too – dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs (but fortunately I’m fine with cattle?). Let’s just say there’s a reason I was getting 8 shots a week…
  • I finally washed and put away my flannel sheets. I have loved this new set – I got them dirt cheap at Kohl’s the day after thanksgiving, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my snowman sheets for the last 4 months. But now, it’s time to switch the soft cozy sheets for my crisp, white cotton. 
  • The little farmers markets across town are setting up!! yay yay yay yay local food!! While running errands in the Green Hills area this morning, I saw two of the mainstays already had their tents up, and were getting ready to open up shop. I’m so excited about this. I really feel like I wasn’t as good of a local foodie this past summer/fall after moving to Nashville; I didn’t frequent the farmers markets near as often as I had hoped to. But, times have changed and I’m ready. Probably even more passionate about local, sustainable food than I was 6 months ago! Of course, what I’d really love is to join a CSA for the upcoming season, but with not knowing for sure where I’ll be living, I’m not able to make that commitment yet. 
  • Spring thunderstorms have been making plenty of appearances. Today’s looks particular disturbing, with the potential for many a tornado and hail storm. Hopefully, it can hold out until I get back from my exciting Green Business and Living Expo over at Lipscomb – I’m pretty pumped about it today and hearing the keynote speaker, Gary Hirshberg! Gary is the CEO (or as he says, CE-Yo) of Stonyfield Farms, an organic yogurt producer, and wrote a brilliant book on how green/sustainable business practices is the best strategy for both making money and saving the planet – always what we want to hear! 

So, that’s my little shpiel on springtime. I’m going to reheat some of last night’s spaghetti for a quick lunch and then out for a beautiful walk before the storms set in!