Fry me to the moon

Did anyone else get up to watch the live images from NASA’s moon blast at 7:30am? I heard about it yesterday and, being the science nerd that I am, had my quaker oatmeal squares and earl grey tea ready in hand to watch this morning :)

Honestly, I was a little disappointed with the images. I was expected to see the rocket hit the surface, and this huge plume of moon dust/debris/miraculous H2O to fly up into the atmosphere, but no such luck. The satellite images just showed a regular moon-like cratered surface. So, no exciting science morning for me. But the folks at NASA are happy with the result, so all is well.

But what I am really excited about was last night’s wedding on The Office between Jim and Pam. Even though this season has had a rough start, earning minimal laughs from yours truly, this episode was wonderful. For anyone who missed it, this is all you need to see :) Hopefully The Boy doesn’t get any ideas. When that youtube video first hit it big, he was obsessed…

Today was a tiring day at work. I had my first chart audit by my regional manager. Two thumbs up for me; looks like I’m doing a good job with my patients. But the patients of the day were just not my pick of the crop. Here’s a sampling:

  • A man who “might have TB, or maybe hepatitis or HIV” so I tried to keep my distance and wear a mask. But really, if he does have TB, we’re all in trouble.
  • A terribly manic woman (stopped taking her lithium months ago) who I was supposed to educate about her newly diagnosed diabetes. Skip to the end: I gave her a sheet of high-sugar foods to avoid, she folded it up, jumped up and starting running around yelling “yeah, you can’t tell me what to eat, I’m going to eat all these sugary foods, yeah”.

So now I’m back at home, ready to wind down and enjoy this rainy weekend. Go dawgs for tomorrow!!


Saturday in the Music City

Good Saturday Morning everyone!

I had a fun night last night – Moe’s and Dave and Buster’s. Ended up winning in pacman and air hockey… still working on my race car driving skills. haha. But lots of fun. And I won a pack of Titans playing cards, so pretty good, right? :)

This morning was up early to hit GoodWill for their 50% off the entire store. It was so weird… maybe it’s because this month’s sale was postponed (due to 4th of July last Saturday), but it wasn’t crowded at all! I got a whole handful of summer tank tops and shirts, and some toys for the dogs, all for under $20. Can’t beat that! I tried to bring The Boy, but he decided he needed more sleep. I understand. We are a special breed who get up early to bargain hunt on Saturdays :)

My eyes are still killing me with allergies from my cool Purex complete 3-in-1 laundry sheets. I’ve washed everything with them – my clothes, my sheets, towels, etc. Oh it’s a mess. I guess I’m going to have to start re-washing everything with my old faithful – “All Free & Clear” detergent, for us freaks who can’t handle anything on our skin. haha.

Not sure what all is on the schedule for today. I need to review my infant and child nutrition, after not doing so hot on the quiz I took yesterday. And maybe I’ll pack a few more boxes of random junk I’m not going to need anytime soon. So hard to believe that in 3 weeks I’ll be out of this apartment! I wonder where I’ll be moving to? hmm.

dog toysDo you think the dogs will like their new play friends? haha We’ll find out in a week when I go home to see them!

Chasing the International Space Station

So I got pretty excited when I saw on the news today that the International Space Station (ISS) would be passing over Nashville tonight at 8:30pm. So after dinner, I started roaming the neighborhood streets behind me, in search of the ISS. First up, figuring out which direction to look in. I found the South direction without too much difficulty, after retrieving and viewing  a “google maps” image of Nashville in my head. Next up, what does the ISS look like? A saw an airplane and thought that was it, but I think it was an airplane afterall. After that point, every plane, bird, lightning bug even, sparked my attention. But finally I think I saw it. It had a light on it, kinda like an airplane, but seemed to be moving in more of an arc than the straight line you see with airplanes. So anyway, I think I saw the ISS tonight, and that makes me happy :)

Today’s been a fairly boring day. Spent a good chunk of it studying for the RD exam. Trying to memorize lab values, RDAs for micronutrients, cofactors for aerobic metabolism… oh so much fun. And then I got a call out of the blue from a job I applied for in Florida – working for some celebrity doctor in a weight loss clinic. Sounds intriguing, yes, but I don’t think it would be for me. First of all, it’s in a town/city in south florida that I’m pretty sure is 99% retirees from the north. No fun stuff for a youngster like myself. Second of all, the weight loss “program” that the patients follow is all written by the doctor – so the dietitians don’t seem to have a lot of flexibility in what they teach/counsel/recommend. I couldn’t work a job in which I was told what to say, especially if I didn’t agree! So anyway, they’re going to call me back towards the end of the week with more questions – we’ll see what happens.

But the big news is my interview tomorrow for a job here in Nashville doing Diabetes education (outpatient). I want it so badly. Fingers crossed the interview goes well. Hopefully my extreme enthusiasm and passion for diabetes can shine and they won’t want to pass me up. hahaha. My suit pants are out being altered (the legs were too short, what do you know? haha joke) and I am picking them up tomorrow. My power suit. haha.

Not much else exciting to report. I’ll keep you updated on the job search!

Things to get excited about

I’ve had a pretty happy day today. A cold (relatively, it is Houston afterall… so 40s has seemed frigid) and drizzly day, made for a good “stay home and get things done” day. I managed to conquer piles of dirty clothes and dishes and attack the ever growing t0-do list. My parents and I hit Walgreens, where we found great deals on Christmas stuff on clearance (can’t beat 75% off!) and other sale items. We’re pretty amazing when it comes to coupons and buy-one-get-one-free offers. haha

My sister had me drive her to both Barnes & Noble and Borders to find a birthday gift for one of her friends. I really love those stores and could spend all day wandering around them! I bought the January issue of Oprah’s magazine, hopefully to inspire myself to get my rear back in gear for the new year and stop gaining weight (!). Browsing a shelf of new books, my eyes lit up (and I’m pretty sure I let out a small scream) when I saw Mark Bittman’s name on a hardback non-cookbook. Yes, Bittman has written another book, this one is called “Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating”. It looks a lot like the lecture of his I watched that talked about food and agriculture’s role in global warming, and how we can change our diet to help the planet. I highly recommend watching the lecture – you’ll learn a lot! Anyway, I am a huge fan of Mark Bittman – his “How to Cook Everything” has become my food go-to authority (and I have the vegetarian edition too!), and I read his blog regularly. When I saw this book on the shelf I knew I had to have it. Plus, Santa so thoughtfully gave me a Borders gift card in my stocking, so how could I say no? I’ll give you an update when I finish the book. 

Postcrossing is my new exciting obsession. It’s a website that allows you to send and receive postcards from people all over the world. It’s free to join, and for every postcard that you send to someone, your address is sent out to another postcrosser around the world. So far, I have 2 addresses to write to: a young Swiss guy who lives in Finland, and a 26 year old woman in Ohio. I’m so excited to get these cards sent out so I can receive my own from someone. I don’t know that I’ve ever bought postcards here in my own hometown before though, where does one even go to get them? I may as well invest in bulk postcards, since I’ll be sending out a bunch overtime. My Finnish pal is #48 in Finland for the amount of postcards sent – he’s mailed out over 400! Interestingly enough, more postcards have been sent from Finland than any other country. I haven’t investigated this matter enough to know if the project started there, or if Finnish people are just really into postcard writing….

And my third thing to get excited about (I know… so much excitement for one post!) is In2Books, a group that allows adults to mentor elementary-school children through the internet as they read books together. Volunteering is definitely one of my goals for 2009 – that is, to do more volunteer projects than I have been doing lately, and this sounds like something I’d love. I’ve signed up and paid for my background check, and now have to wait until I am matched up with a pen pal. Then, I’ll be reading the book(s) that my pen pal is reading in school, and corresponding with him/her about the books. The classes that participate in the program said it really motivates the kids to read and increases their interest, knowing that they will be conversing with their mentor. We become somewhat of role models to them… how exciting :) Some little kid is going to have an RD2B as their mentor… maybe we’ll have a food book to read? haha. I can’t even remember too much about what I read in 3rd-5th grade, probably animal books, that was always popular. 

That’s all my exciting news for tonight! Now, back to my chai tea and kakuro puzzles :)