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Weekly Eats #8

Weekly Eats #8

Work routine=less exciting foods BUT still nourishing and enough to sustain my recovery. The other thing(s) that are really cool about food these days are that I’m less rigid with where I eat and what I eat, and I’m only buying the food I need […]

Outfits Round 3

Outfits Round 3

Another round-up of what I’ve been wearing lately! Top is from Piper and Scoot from last year; Pants are black faux-suede leggings I got at a random store in the mall 2 or 3 years ago, and these shoes Top and bottoms are both from […]

Easter Weekend 2018

Easter Weekend 2018

This weekend was so busy, not a lot of photos got taken!


Friday was the end of my clinical staffing rotation at the hospital. After I finished my vancomycin dosing consults, I headed to the office for resident rounds. We discussed our 5 strengths from Strengths Finder and how we can implement them into our work performance. One of my strengths is input, and I intend to ask co-workers and supervisors for their opinions and ideas more going forward. Other strengths I have are empathy and connectedness-which I realize I do not utilize fully in rotations where I am not providing direct patient care. As I seek permanent positions post-residency, I aim to utilize this knowledge and purposely apply for positions in which I will frequently engage with my patients.

After a full day of working, providing clinical consultation, and engaging in resident rounds, I was ready to unwind after work. The weather was beautiful on Friday, so I took Hope for a long walk and then hit up the midtown dog park so she could socialize with other dogs. Her dog walker said she appeared to have cabin fever, so I felt bad!

When we got home, I made myself a burger and fries, watched some of the Armstrong Lie on Netflix, and then spontaneously grabbed a drink at Guyute’s. I was in bed by around midnight to rest up for my Saturday morning bike ride.


Saturday started with week 5 of pillows to pedals. We went over how to change a flat before completing 17 miles out and back along the river trail. The wind was rough going west, but we had the wind at our backs coming back to the shop, and I was able to carry on a fun conversation with my new friend Lauren.

After the ride, I took Hope for a walk and my parents came in to town for the Easter weekend.

My dad wanted to take me to look for a road bike and had researched some local shops. We found luck at our first stop, and I am now the proud owner of a white 54 cm Fuji road bike 🙂

My dad wanted to see some Hope action at the dog park, so we picked her up at my apartment for an early evening play date at Lake Hefner.

I stopped at Sprout’s on the way home and did a quick grocery run while my dad hung out with Hope outside. I got lots of goodies for the week: bacon, salmon, and whole milk yogurt among them 🙂

We were more than ready for dinner when we got back and unloaded the groceries, so we picked up my mom from their hotel and had a quick dinner at Cultivar.

The KU-Villanova game was on, so we casually watched that while we ate, but we were disappointed with the outcome. I crashed shortly after returning from dinner and having some M and M’s.


We had a rude cold front come in early Sunday morning, so Hope and I took a quick walk before breakfast, and then had a slower morning getting ready for church. My dad went with me to the Vine, which was fun!

At the end of the service, I received some disappointing news and became slightly ill; fortunately, my dad was able to support me. Once I felt better, we were able to go back to my apartment, and reconvene with my mom who had attended Catholic mass.

While my spirits were dampened, I was able to find gratitude in the guidance and comfort of my parents. I acknowledge that my relationship with them is transparent, vulnerable, and unique from that of most adults; and for that, I treasure them. A key takeaway from our conversations is the “non-negotiables” of life: remaining in community, remaining fueled by nourishing food, and continuing to progress despite moments of sadness.

We ended their visit with a trip to Panera Bread, where I tried the Ancient Grains Arugula salad for the first time. It was good, but I probably won’t get it again. Baguette on the side.

My mom wanted to get some Trader Joe’s items before returning to Bartlesville, so I tagged along and picked out some pretty flowers to brighten up my apartment.

I ended my weekend with a much needed yoga session, lengthy phone call with a dear friend, salmon for dinner, and the rest of the Lance Armstrong documentary.

New rotation tomorrow!


What I’m Looking Forward to in April

What I’m Looking Forward to in April

Time for some intention setting for a wonderful month ahead! Setting my own schedule: this month, I’m on research rotation for my residency. There will be a lot of projects, deadlines, and work involved, but it also comes with some flexibility to my schedule. I’m […]

March 2018 Highs and Lows

March 2018 was a roller coaster for Hope and me—but a good rollercoaster. Looking back, here is what I found joy in, what I grew from, and what I will take forward in my future. High: Moving home I moved to OKC in 2013, and I […]

Friday Favorites #12

Friday Favorites #12

Good Friday and Easter weekend is upon us! I’m looking forward to resting and seeing my parents this weekend—they’re coming for the Easter holiday and to see Hope! My plans include my usual Saturday morning bike ride, taking Hope up to the dog park with my parents, and celebrating Easter at the Vine on Sunday. Should be a good one! What do you have planned?

My favorites this week are on the simple side of the spectrum. And to be 100% honest, I think now that I’m working again, most of my favorites will be simple. Most of my energy is spent towards my patients care, so when I’m not working, my favorite activities are being goofy with Hope and spending time outside. It’s such a beautiful change from the season when my life revolved around my job, my exercise, and my food.


How beautiful are these spring blooms? Monday after work, I took Hope for a long ride. The skies were overcast, and many trees and flowers were blooming. The lighting was perfect for this picture.

“Birthday” Hope

Hope’s birthday is September 10, but I know another special puppy that had a birthday last week. We celebrated with hats and puppy treats. Hope is so cute in this hat; but the reality of the situation is that she loved eating it and my apartment was covered with paper remnants. Worth it! 🙂

“Action” Hope

I love watching Hope romp around with other dogs. She is so fast, playful, and joyful! I snapped this photo at the Lake Hefner dog park last weekend, and I think it is the perfect action shot 🙂

Same place, different day. Yes I am obsessed with my dog.

Dress Up Week at kickball

This week at kickball, we had an “old” theme. Dress up days=flash back to high school. I found out about the theme last minute, but I sported a plaid jacket and my new friend had some fun hair spray–she was full on “gray” and I was in the “going gray” phase. We also discussed who our Golden Girl character would be—I’ve never watched it (have you?) but after hearing a description of the characters, we decided I’d be Rose.

Friends, what are you loving this week?

#DinnerforOne: Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli and Parmesan Cheese

#DinnerforOne: Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli and Parmesan Cheese

Friends, life is busy these days. I’m at the hospital by 7 AM everyday, and when I get home, I take Hope for walks, see friends, and go to any one of the activities I’ve recently joined. Many individuals in this type of season can easily […]

Weekly Eats #7

Weekly Eats #7

Breakfasts Ezekiel toast with mixed berries, eggs, and whole milk yogurt the last day before I went back to work. Overnight oats loaded with almonds, almond milk, whole milk yogurt, blueberries, and cinnamon. No the prettiest, but easy eating at the hospital! More traditional oats […]

Outfits: Round 2

I’m still deciding if my outfits will become a regular fixture on the blog, but for now, here is a second round of what I’ve been wearing lately!

Booties, Sweater from Piper and Scoot last year, jeans from Anthropologie from 3 or 4 years ago

Really old Free People top, jeans, Seychelles mules

But from the cloth jacket, Seychelle’s bodies, Lush dress

Top and pants are both from Target, grey suede wedges

Top, Pants, Mules

Cardigan, Top, Pants, Booties

And now I realize how much pink I wear!

A weekend of friends, biking, and the great outdoors

Another fun weekend in OKC in the books! Friday After work, I took Hope to the midtown dog park. The park was bustling with activity—everyone was excited about the weekend and the weather was gorgeous! Hope made friends with an adorable 3-month old charcoal lab. […]