Sunday, August 12, 2012

we're real adults now?

Matthew is officially done with school, which I guess means that we are real adults now, if you don't count that he doesn't have a full time job (he does have a part time job though) and that I am technically a student now in the internship. But whatever. We're totally grown ups.
And, just in case you were wondering, the first week at the hospital went really well.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


The stars have aligned this week to make available all the fixings for one of my favorite super healthy summer lunches. The cherry tomatoes have just started turning red in the garden and the zucchinis are mass producing, and this week asparagus was on sale. Add in some whole wheat pasta and a little shredded parmesan cheese, and a small piece of heaven is just around the corner. 

About two loose handfuls of dried pasta shapes, whole wheat if possible is best
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Zucchini, about 1/3-1/2 cup, chopped into bite sized pieces (whatever that means to you)
Cherry tomatoes, about 10, sliced in half
Asparagus, about 7 stalks, the woody bases cut off and then cut in half (or in thirds)
Parmesan cheese (I prefer shredded to grated in this case)
Fresh basil, if desired

Cook pasta until done. Brush zucchini and asparagus with a little olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Roast in oven for 5-10 minutes. I usually pull the zucchini off before the asparagus when it is still firm-ish, because there is nothing worse in life than mushy zucchini. Slice the tomatoes in half. Throw the vegetables and pasta into a bowl or on a plate. I drizzle just a tiny extra bit of olive oil (about a tsp?) so that nothing is sticky. Pesto also works well here. Or just fresh basil. Salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese. Devour. I love this lunch because it is simple, easy and quick to make, and it has a high proportion of vegetables to pasta, making it very healthy. 

I really love using the garden cherry tomatoes for this because I they are just so juicy and flavorful. And the reason that this is exclusively a lunch thing (not a dinner thing) for me is because Matthew doesn't like tomatoes or asparagus, and he will eat zucchini mixed with other things, but if it is mixed with something that he already doesn't like, there is no way. And he doesn't like parmesan cheese. So yeah, he wouldn't touch this :)

the calm(?) before the storm

Whelp, my internship starts in less than a week. Seriously, how is this possible? I don't know what other internships do, but USU gives you a bunch of review stuff to do before hand. It doesn't feel too busywork-ish-y, and I actually am apprecating the review. During all of this, I keep going back and forth between two frames of thinking. Sometimes I'm all like "oh yeah, I'm totally going to be okay. They aren't going to expect me to know everything. Duh" and then sometimes its like "Oh My Gosh. I don't know anything." Okay, who am I kidding, it really is like "OHMYGOSHIDON'TKNOWANYTHINGNOTONESINGLETHING!!!!" And even though I've sat through many lectures before and realized and appreciated the fact that one day I would need to remember and actually apply all sorts of things, now there is this panic of I must remember E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. now. immediately. Brain, stop forgetting stuff! 

I sound like I'm stressed. And panicked. I'm really not. Only like 8% of the time. That's practically negligable. 

Also, perhaps on a related note, I can't stop working. I have it in my brain that there are several things that much be done in the next week and that is really all I want to do is work on accomplishing my list. It might be a problem, but honestly, I'd rather that I am sometimes (way too?) on top of things and a little bit trying to be an overachiever instead of procrastinating. Don't ask me for many details. I'm kind of embarrassed, but just to give you a teaser, one day I found myself scrubbing on the backsplash behind the sink. At 11:30pm. Who does that? Its like nesting instinct, except not with a baby.

One last thing. I was getting so good at exercising almost every day. I would go on walks almost daily, and go for runs 3-4 times a week. I was getting to the point of almost being able to run 2.5-3 miles, which probably sounds like nothing to most of you, but to me was really, really good. And then I got back from my trip to Minnesota, and I just didn't want to run. Ever. I think I've run like 5 times in the past month. And walks? Probably about the same amount. Part of the problem is that it is so dang hot out here and walks just aren't enjoyable. And there is no way that I am waking up at the crack of dawn to exercise. I need my sleep. And I don't know what the deal is with the running. I want to love to run. I really, really, really want to love running. But I guess we have a more on again-off again kind of relationship. I bet a contributing factor is that when I got back from Minnesota I realized that "OHMYGOSHSOMUCHTODO" (see above) and taking the time to exercise when I'm not super mentally into it just became less of a priority. Lame. 

Do I sound like I'm a little whacked out? Well, I still read my scriptures just about every day, and we still eat really good meals just about every day as well, and I think for me those are good indicators of sanity, so you know what, I'm actually doing really good. Except for the 8% of the time that there is a moment of panic, and then I start scrubbing something compulsively and eat a cookie (definition of emotional eating right there). And then soon all is right with the world again.