Back in the Music City

Happy Monday everyone!

I drove back to Nashville yesterday. A long 12 hour drive on my own. But it wasn’t too terrible.

Breakfast: Driving up I-59, I discovered that East Texas small towns love their little donut shacks, complete with drive-thru’s of course. I stopped at “Billy’s Donuts” in Livingstone, around 9am. Billy’s sells Shipley’s donuts, some of our favorites! I had a big cinnamon twist and a medium cup of coffee. I discovered on the drive to Houston a week ago that I needed some morning caffeine being on the road that early. So, did this cup of coffee do the trick? Well, it burned my tongue pretty bad (sorry Kathy and Elena, I still can’t figure out the straw in coffee thing) but once I let it cool down, it was good. Oh, and I got sugar all over my clothes and car from the cinnamon twist. But a good breakfast :)

Entertainment: No exciting stops during this trip. I have found that borrowing audiobooks from your local library is a great way to pass the time. This trip I listened to Jeanne Ray’s “Eat Cake” … of course, anything with a title like that will appeal to me! I also liked the fact that it was the author who read/recorded the book. I feel like that way you get a more authentic feel for the characters and such. Although I do have to say, Jeanne Ray’s voice wasn’t the most exciting. Oh well….

Exciting News from Matrix: Yes, this is a category in itself. My car would like to share a few fun facts from his journey:

  • I filled up with gas in Hope, Arkansas – the home of the world’s largest watermelon and the birthplace of Bill Clinton!
  • After putting in a clean engine air filter (the first time we’ve done this in 48,000 miles) I got record-high gas mileage on the drive back. Averaging 36 miles to the gallon!! Beat that you big dumb SUVs!! Even with a full car and dirty engine filter, we were still getting 32-33mpg, but really – 36?! wow :)

Moral of the story – keep your tires properly inflated and a change out your engine air filter regularly!


On to new, non-driving topics.

It is quite hard to believe that in less than 48 hours I am taking the RD exam. I basically did little to none studying while at home, and was probably more prepared to take this thing 10 days ago than I am now. Uh oh. haha. I promise I will get some studying done this afternoon (although it’s hard with my mile high to-do list), and definitely all day tomorrow. I’m meeting another intern/graduate/RD2B at Starbucks tomorrow for a study session, so that should get me back in the groove.

Oh, speaking of Starbucks- I went in today (after checking out Nashville’s lastest cupcake shop.. but that’s another post) and bought myself one of their big city mugs as a souvenir before I move away from Nashville. I’ve always admired them, I think they sell them in most cities. Anyway, it’s a nice big NASHVILLE mug, and I think it will be wonderful for my morning cup of tea… which I did have this morning, and could tell a difference without that teaspoon (or less!) of heavy cream. Oh, the life of someon who is moving in 4 days and trying to clean out their kitchen. I have so little left. The boyfriend was amazed yesterday to see that my freezer inventory seems to be completely made of bags of frozen peas now. Not sure why I have so many bags of peas, but I do. What can you do with large quantities of frozen peas?

OK, better get to some actually studying now. Yeah right… hahaha


Today’s Studying

After yesterday’s high level of productivity, I decided to return to the library today. I was up, showered, dressed, fed and out the door by 10am with all my goodies. As I drive into the parking lot, I’m wondering… “where are all the cars?”. Oh but of course, the library is closed on Fridays. Ugh I hate that! I feel like I have run into this wall at least a half dozen times, and yet I still forget. If it were a Sunday, that I could remember, but why is it closed on Friday?

So anyway, I headed to downtown Nashville and my favorite library in the world. I would come here for my usual studying, except that you have to pay to park in the underground garage. 3 hours and $5 later… I felt like I studied well. Probably could’ve stayed a few more hours, but I was getting dehydrated, cold, and a litle freaked out. So, of course being downtown, the clientele at this library is significantly different from the suburban library I usually frequent. Many more homeless and low-income patrons. Which is fine, of course, the library is for us all :) But when this guy comes and sits at your table, right across from you, (when there are clearly other empty tables!) and stares at you for a good 45 minutes…. it’s weird. I don’t understand what was going on with him. He picked up a book, came and sat down, but I don’t think ever opened the book. He mostly rotated between: looking at the ceiling, looking at me, or sitting back in his chair and sighing. I google chatted with the boyfriend about my concern. He didn’t seem worried. Said that it would “be hard to kill someone in a public library”. Thanks for the support. Eventually I packed up and left, and was able to find a private study room, which was great aside from the fact that it was 30 degrees colder in there.

So studying went well. Then it was off to Germantown’s Cupcake Collection for my reward :) They had just been wiped out by a bunch of Green Hills moms, but luckily had a whole tray of my favorite – the Blackout cupcake. I can’t even describe how good those things are. Chocolate cupcakes, with chocolate ganache filling, chocolate buttercream frosting, and dipped in some type of chocolate crumbs. With a glass of milk, it’s pretty much heaven. Thank you Cupcake Collection.

Maybe I could be a dietitian for Cupcake Collection? mmm, I could offer my services and calculate nutrition information for them? Do cupcake customers really want to know the fat and calories in their ltitle treats? Yeah, probably not. Oh well. It’s such an adorable little establishment, completely run by the family (teenage kids man the cash register). Love it.

OK, better get back to studying. One of my fellow graduates/interns introduced me to online pacman, which may or may not cause problems in the future. I’m just saying…..

Today’s Random Conversation

Today’s random conversation took place in my building’s elevator with the doorman. He had seen me several times today already, doing some laundry.

Doorman: “Don’t you have to work during the day?”

Me: “Actually, I just finished my program at Vanderbilt. So, right now I’m in the job-hunting phase.”

Doorman: “Oh, sorry.”

<awkward silence>

Doorman: “What are you trying to be?”

Me: “A dietitian. That’s the plan.”

Doorman: “Sorry you’re having to do this. Good luck!”

I’m assuming his apologies were for me being unemployed, not being a future dietitian. haha. Things aren’t completely bleak though – I have an interview here in Nashville next week to be an outpatient diabetes counselor (pretty much my dream job) and hopefully will have an interview up in Louisville, Kentucky, sometime in the future with a new child weight management clinic through the U. of Louisville School of Med. I would love either of them!! So, fingers crossed :)

In the mean time, I have started studying for the RD exam today. I printed a July calendar, and filled in what I plan to study each day. The hope is I can get all my studying done this month, and then take the exam by the beginning of August. I have no idea where I’lll be living August 1st, so things could be fun :). hahaha