3/27/2009

How doctors should be.

First, let me say - I dislike going to the doctor. I normally walk in the office, wait with a bunch of sick people, see the doctor for 10 minutes, get his/her advice, & then get a prescription for whatever s/he thinks is the problem (which may not be the actual problem).

Lame.

Now, I've luckily found a doctor that A) I like & B) is excellent. Here's how it goes down:

1. I walk into the office, talk to the receptionist, & pay my deductible.
2. I am given a pee cup, which I take care of.
3. I wait for 5 minutes in the waiting room.
4. The phlebotomist calls me, & I take care of filling a few vials of blood samples.
5. I wait in the waiting room again.
6. I get interviewed by the nurse, who takes my blood pressure, weight, & temperature.
7. I wait for a little longer.
8. I finally see the doctor, who has all the results of my bloodwork & urine. She knows what's wrong & we figure out a plan of attack.

Wouldn't you prefer the doctor's office to work that way?


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Training may start again in April. I'm hoping for the first or second week. Woohoo!!

3/23/2009

Update.

I've been sick - as you know. It seems that the infection is finally gone (*crosses-fingers*), but time will tell. I've felt better since day 2 of the 2nd round of antibiotics.

My plan is to start running in 2 weeks or so. I've got to ensure that my infection is gone for good. It sucks having an internal organ be sick.

Since I can't run/bike/swim, I've been cooking & spending a lot of time with the new boyfriend, who thinks my foodstuffs walk on water. (I've decided to keep him.) This weekend, I made a trial burger recipe that will be entered into a cookoff when I finish it, tacos, & a meatloaf. I had plans for a strawberry rhubarb "something", but I ran out of time.

The good doctor says that I lost 6 pounds during the month of sickness. As you can see from above, I'm trying to regain that 6 pounds in a weekend of eating.

The boyfriend is also worried about his impending weight gain due to my voracious cooking & baking habits. (He's also decided to keep me.) As my number 1 taste tester, the boyfriend says that we need a plan to keep him from gaining weight from all my quality kitchen time. My answer was "running." His answer was "no."

Well, a girl can dream, can't she?

3/11/2009

Yer out.

What a bummer.

I've been decommissioned from the Cherry Blossom 10-miler. Apparently, my strep infection never went away - even though I was antibiotics for 10 days. This time, I'm to refill the antibiotics if I continue feeling icky.

No running. Therefore, no racing.

It's time for this infection to go. SERIOUSLY!!

3/03/2009

Homemade popcorn.

My apologies for the lack of postings. I've been sick. AGAIN. With a fever. AGAIN. I thought fevers were so 1980s?

This weekend, I only had a chance to run about 1.8 miles until I had no energy, wondered what was going on, & then ... BOOM! sick!

Just before I got sick this last time (AGAIN!), I made a really fun flavored popcorn at home. Today, I saw a Chile Lime Tequila Popcorn recipe at 101 Cookbooks, & it reminded me to post this.

Smoky Sweet Popcorn

small dash of chipolte chili pepper
a few good shakes of smoked paprika
about 3 teaspoons (or more) of sea salt
a good drizzle of honey
1/2 cup of unpopped popcorn
enough oil to coat the bottom of a good pot
(& every good pot needs a lid)

So, I don't have a microwave. I do this the stove top way - which is to throw the oil into a big pot (with a good lid) & turn stove up to high/medium high. Drop 3 kernels of unpopped popcorn into the pot & close pot with lid.

When all 3 have popped, the pot is ready! Throw the popcorn into the pot & close with the lid. Lower heat. Shake back & forth periodically until popping has stopped/mostly stopped. Kill the heat. Throw in the seasonings (except the honey & remember - you can always add more but you can't add LESS), put the lid on the pot, & shake to cover all the popcorn.

Taste. Add more whatevs if you need. The popcorn should be smoky flavored & a little spicy. Drizzle with honey to complete the flavor & enjoy!!

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See? I told you I could do low-cal. :)