Curly Strands Strikes Again!


Anyone remember this guy?


That dashing gentleman is Schemer from Shining Time Station, a late 80s/early 90s kids’ show featuring Thomas the Tank Engine. Have I just dated myself? Anyway, if you did watch the show growing up, I’ll bet you never though you would ever see the devious Schemer again.


When I was younger, my hair would always curl around my forehead whenever it was humid outside. This stunning quality earned me the nickname “Curly Strands” from my younger sister. While my hair has calmed down considerably since I was a wee one, the curly strands still appear after an intense workout. What now, C, what what??

Clinical was low-key today. We learned how to calculate TPN formulas and saw one last patient before we wrapped up our rotation at this hospital. In a few weeks, we’ll begin a rotation at another hospital upstate. I’m going to miss this hospital 🙁

The girls and I had an interesting discussion at lunch about how best to approach Community Nutrition. So far we’ve been handing out nutrition information to mostly uninterested people in the community as part of our internship experience. If this method of education isn’t all that effective, what is? Our convo reminded me of Darryn‘s post about meeting Robert Kenner, director of the movie Food Inc.. Check out her post for an great discussion of the power behind change in the food industry.

Back to the day’s events: check out the herbs that Peter sprouted from herb cuttings!





Not an herb, but a gorgeous jade plant nonetheless:

Dinner was leftovers from this day and this day.

Doesn’t this look like a lot of food? I eat my meals on an 8-inch plate because my eyes are bigger than my stomach. I tend to clean my plate, so I use small plates and bowls to keep portions small. This trick really works!

With salad:

Look at those tangy cheese crumbles! A lot of flavor in a little bit of cheese. Yum.

Maddie checking me out as I eat:

Have a wonderful day!

Q: Have you ever tried to talk to someone and felt you weren’t getting through? What did you do?


  1. I think it is so difficult to talk about healthy living with someone who is not interested. Or worse, someone who gets very defensive about it. It’s hard when you’re genuinely trying to help someone but they just want nothing to do with it.

  2. smart about the plate sizes!!
    its so hard when u arent getting through-sometimes u gota stop pushing and pray they will understand it eventually

  3. Haha, I used to watch Shining Time Station! Good show 🙂

    I think it’s important to connect with the other person’s values – what’s important to them? what do they value enough to motivate them to make changes? what is relevant to them?

    When I was doing nutritional consultations, a lot of women focused on losing weight and it was super important to get to the underlying values – do they want to have more energy? be able to chase their kids around all day? There’s so much conflicting and misleading information out there about ‘nutrition’ and ‘leading a healthy lifestyle’…I think if we can help people to figure out what makes them feel good, what’s important to them and then show them small steps they can take to achieve their goals, that’s a step in the right direction.

    Not sure if that made any sense as I’ve been in class all day and my brain is a bit frazzled 🙂 Those herbs look gorgeous!

    1. That totally makes sense! One of the best skills to have in counseling is to help clients find out what their “motivation” is – what they want and need to succeed. Not an easy skill to have, however!

  4. Love your herbs! I can’t wait to grow my own, especially the rosemary.

    Love the curl too. I had one just like it. Right in the middle of my forehead (like the nursery rhyme!).

    Regarding the question you asked, I usually just walk away and wait for a better time to talk, if I don’t feel like I am getting through to someone, or that they aren’t listening. I don’t waste my time, I’m impatient (not a quality I am proud of).

    Regarding the comment you made on my blog, why do vegetables give you tummy problems? Which ones, and what type of problems, if you don’t mind me asking?

    1. It’s hard not to be impatient, I understand that!

  5. Hey, you! Thanks for stopping by my blog. My puppy says “How YOU doin’?” to Maddie. 🙂

    1. Maddie says “ARF ARF YAP YAP ARF!” (She’s a loud one 😛 )

  6. Aww, thanks for the link Jessie! I am so flattered! I’m glad you liked what I wrote about it.

    It’s a tough thing when you feel like you can’t get through to someone. I feel that often with GPs….they seem to look through the way you perceive your symptoms, and try and tell you what you’re feeling. It can be exhausting. I think the most you can do it is just be patient with them – sometimes reasons beyond what we might think are holding their attention temporarily. I guess one could also try saying the same thing in a number of different ways…haha.

  7. The herbs look so great!! I can’t wait to grow some in the summer.
    I have the same curly strand- NO JOKE!!! :-0

  8. your plants look great! I can’t seem to keep them alive more than a week! 🙂

  9. I actually don’t handle those types of situations very well. I hate feeling misunderstood and it leaves me feeling frustrated.

    Love the herbs! I have only ever grown basil.

  10. Oh my! the herb looks awesome , and you have so many of them!! I have been thinking of growing my own herbs, for a long long time, but didn’t put it into practice yet!! guess that would add lots of fun for the cooking!

    1. They sure taste great in cooking!

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