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Factual Friday

Posted Oct 05 2012 10:08pm

Good evening and yay for Friday that is for sure!

Reading your responses to my What I Ate Wednesday post about childhood throwback foods… awesome. Many of you mentioned items I had actually forgotten about! Classic hostess cupcakes with the frosting in the middle and a white swirl on top? Oh yes. Fruit rollups and Gushers? Heck YES… Tye Dye was the absolute best flavor.

I don’t have anything too interesting planned for this weekend… time to catch up on reading and studying, venture into the doom of our attic and try and find my winter stuff (this may take several hours! eek), lounge around and perhaps go to the Topsfield Fair with Ma on Sunday! We went together last year and it was a fabulous time, fried foods, items on a stick, and sugary desserts FTW. Plus let’s not forget about the adorableness of an overload of baby animals :) We are only going to go if it’s not raining though, so we shall see!

I actually meant to have this post come out earlier this morning, but somehow I messed up the scheduled time thing… oopsie. Ahh well, you get a late-night Friday post instead. Although I doubt anyone will read this until the weekend or Monday, stepping away from the computer is always nice for a few off days :) I have a few “facts” to share with you at the end of this particularly busy week so let’s get to it!

Fact #1- Today was my first official day of Clinical! Because I am only in my first semester of Nursing school, I will only be at the hospital on Thursdays and Fridays from 7am – 11 am. It’s a good chunk of time but as my education continues, clinicals will be much longer days and more times per week. On that note, I think it’s a beneficial way to start as to not overwhelm students… I know the slower transition works for me!

So official in my newbie nursing outfit… slightly lacking in the fashion sense ;)

I am working on a Med-Surge floor, so I am sure I will be seeing a variety of illnesses, syndromes, cases and other ailments people are experiencing.

Overall the first day was a success! An assignment we had was to talk to a patient and use “therapeutic communication” we had previously learned in class. I was completely comfortable with this as I truly enjoy talking to people and don’t get shy/nervous.. the conversation went nicely and the man thanked me after for chatting with him, it helped with his boredom. I am certainly looking forward to next week- I will be assigned to a patient and do whatever he or she needs, can’t wait!

Fact #2- While I was walking through the halls after class one day, my iPhone slipped out of my pocket and landed with a crash on the floor, with a hard cover on it mind you. Sadly though, it must have hit the floor just right and the perfect amount of force because this happened:

I actually didn’t notice it until I sat down in my car, picked up my phone to make a call, and noticed that it made a “crunchy” sound when I grasped the phone with the case on it. I turned it over to inspect, “Hmm what was that sound? Is that a crack… ahhhh oh dear lord!” Yeah I nearly died when I saw the spider web of broken glass, especially because I treat my phone with tenderness and love. I assumed I had to get a new phone and made my way to the Apple Store on the way home.

Well hot dang, not only did I not have to get a phone, but they fixed it for free and it took about 4 minutes…. the only time I waited was for the Genius Bar. According to the guy helping me, cracking the back of the phone is the “best” place you can do this, the front is a different story though! Well phew, major crisis averted.

Fact #3- In honor of a semi-new phone, I felt compelled to buy a most beautiful case, one that I saw on Pinterest and simply could not resist.

I ordered the case yesterday and cannot wait until it arrives :)

Fact #4- Buying shoes is a pain and a half and something I just do not enjoy. I am tall and therefore have big feet… size 11. While I used to be horribly embarrassed by this fact when I was younger and make my mom tell the clerk the size, I have long gotten over this “shame” I experienced. The issue I run into now though is finding a store that has shoes I like and my size… often places only go up to a size 10! Boo. Oh and Marshall’s, the ones that have the “Shoe MegaStore” yeahhh those don’t carry above size 10!

The reason I am telling you all of this? Well I needed a pair of white shoes as part of my required uniform and while most other people bought clogs, I just couldn’t do it. Not my style and the bit of heel would make me over 6 feet tall, no.thank.you. As a result I spent much of my day yesterday searching high and low for a pair of shoes that were white, looked cute, comfortable (so important for this!) and were my size. After seven shoe stores, including Nordstrom Rack, Sports Authority, Dick’s and a few other places, I found the perfect pair at Sketchers!

Most importantly like I said, they are comfortable.

Fact #5- These cookies were GOOD. Here is one of the recipes from earlier this week, the more perfect one for the fall season:

Snicker Doodles Sandwiches with Pumpkin Cream Cheese (found here!)

Snicker Doodle Cookies- First up make the cookies, then the delicious inside.

  • 1 butter, softened
  • 1 and 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 and 3/4 c flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp cinnamon and 3 tsp white sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Stir dry ingredients together in separate bowl and add to creamed mixture. Chill for 20-30 min. Roll into Tablespoon size balls and then toss in the cinnamon/sugar mixture, coating the dough evenly. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned but soft.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese

  • 8-12 oz cream cheese, softened. The more cream cheese you have, the thicker the frosting will be… so it’s your personal preference.
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/8 c white sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Beat all ingredients in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Remove from the fridge and spread about 1 tsp on one cookie and grab another to complete this glorious sandwich. You might need more depending on how large your cookies are… I made them several different sizes (whoops), so many adjustments were made.

These are clearly very rich and one of these (fairly small) cookie-wiches actually goes a long way.. I felt satisfied after one :)

Fact #6- I shared with you last Friday that I FINALLY found some Quest Bars (my personal favorite protein bars) in a store near me. This was very exciting because I thought they could only be ordered and the quantity I would get was rather expensive… and I really only enjoy having one every once in a while.

Anyway, there are other bloggers out there that adore these blogs as I do, and many times now, I have seen it suggested that you microwave the bar for about 10 seconds to soften it a bit. Sounds like a good, simple idea right? Well leave it to me to mess something like this up:

Note to self, when other bloggers tell you 10 seconds is all you need, listen. Just for comparisons sake, I put the another half of one just to show what it should look like… yes I am aware of what this blob of melted food resembles and yes, I ate it anyway and the bar was still delicious!

Fact #7- I don’t know exactly what is going on right now, but I don’t feel very “excited” (not even sure if that is the right word) about food lately. Likeee, I am so busy with school during the day, I pack what is easiest (and good for me), and don’t want to put much else effort in. I guess this is an okay thing though… ? and I enjoy the items I eat, yet I am not too interested in trying out new recipes, or product hunting (Quest Bars are an exception) or anything. Maybe it’s just because my mind is a more elsewhere these days.

I would like to say it’s because I am all better and therefore no longer plagued with constant thoughts of food… but it’s not entirely the the case, though nothing like before. I don’t know I am just confused! For now though, I will keep eating what works for my body and just go with that.

Fact #8- Caleb is as adorable as ever, although I have come to the conclusion that I just cannot have him sleep with me. Between the nibbling/licking of my face and ears, jumping on my feet whenever I move them under the blanket, and running around my body and floor like a maniac, I have gotten very little sleep for the past week or so. Not okay my dear kitten, while Mommy loves you very much, I also love sleep.

My good boy did tolerate me putting in a harness and on a leash earlier today though, so he gets major points for that. He did enjoy being outside for a while, leaping around, smelling and spying on everything, a fierce little guy ;)

Well that’s it for today and I am off to bed to prepare for an early morning with plenty of fun stuff to do, Farmer’s Market included!

-What are some “facts” for you today?

-Have you ever or do you currently work in a hospital? Where? BTW I have NO idea what I want to do with nursing at this time, I change my mind so often.

-Can anyone relate to/understand my feelings of not being too “psyched” for food? Again, it’s hard to articulate how I am feeling…

-Have you ever had a foodie-related fiasco? I would not necessarily consider the melting Quest bar a fiasco, but it make me laugh ;)

-Please share your plans for the weekend!

Before I go, I want to say, GOOD LUCK to all of those running in the Chicago Marathon this Sunday, I am sure you will all succeed with your personal goals :) I hope to run that race someday, that is for sure.

Have a good night friends :)

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