What Would Maddie Say?


Hi everyone! How are yoooouu?? (Slowly drawled in a Clark Howard voice.)

I knew I would be getting back from clinical late today, and I so wanted to enjoy this gosh darned nice weather, so I decided to take an early morning run. After sitting on my bottom in my car for 2.5 hours per day the last two days, I knew I needed to get the muscles going.

You know, the only aspect of daylight savings that I don’t like (besides, you know, the lost sleep and disruption of my groove and such) is the fact that it’s so DARK in the morning. If I had been running outside at 6:45 am last week, it would have been sunny. Even so, there’s something nice about moving around when the rest of the world is still asleep. The lake next to the bike path rested serenely under a drifting mist. No pic, of course.


Enjoyed while perusing … the competencies for my dietetics program? Not sure why that was there.

Today, my clinical group started our rotation at a new hospital. This hospital is TINY! I know it’s good to get experience at as many different hospitals as I can, but I do miss the electronic health records at the previous hospital 🙁 I’m not very good at interpreting chicken scratch. Overall, our first day at the new site went well – mentally exhausting, but I think I’m getting the hang of clinical.

Isn’t it nice that we have daylight until nearly 7 pm? I’ll gladly trade my early morning light for enough afternoon light to take a long walk with the doggies. Which we did upon my return from the hospital 🙂

I almost forgot to show you! Remember these sprouts?

Well, after returning from Utah on Sunday, this sight met our eyes:

It’s a jungle in there! Needless to say, we’ve been having a lot of salad all week. I don’t think I’ll grow lettuce in the Aerogarden again. Organic lettuce is $1.99 a head at Stop & Shop, and since I grew two head of lettuce, I saved … $3.98. I think next time I’ll devote Aerogarden space to a veggie more worthwhile, like organic red peppers – those things are PRICE-SAY in the supermarket. Once day, Nicole, I’ll have a garden just like yours! 🙂

Dinner was leftovers from this day, plus a couple of lamb chops Peter cooked sous-vide on Monday (I didn’t post that day). I’ll post about them at some point, because Peter set up the sous-vide himself and it’s impressive!

A little PB dipping action:

Plus a side of Stop & Shop organic lettuce with Annie’s Goddess:

For dessert, I had a mini version of today’s breakfast:

With my hand for scale so that you can see you small but very satisfying portion:

A little quiz for you guys! Can you come up with a caption for this picture?

What is Maddie thinking? I’d love to hear what you think!  Here’s one:

“What?  Oh, no, I don’t know her …” 🙂

I’ll share any captions you guys send in in my next post.  Maybe I’ll turn it into a contest – I haven’t decided yet 😉

Have a nice evening!


  1. I think Maddie’s thinking about sneakily slipping out that door as you open it!

    Way to go on the lettuce! That looks amazing – well done. I hope it tastes as good as it looks 🙂

  2. Hi! I wanted to stop by and say thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours looks great as well! That picture is too funny 😀 I would have to say Maddie is thinking “Please don’t step on me again!” since she is such a little doggy. 🙂

  3. Your lettuce is pretty cool! Amazing how big it got in such a short time too!

    I love the picture of you running with your dog by the way! Such a cute picture. 🙂

  4. To clarify, I’m talking about the picture in the sidebar!!

  5. I’m curious about sous-vide. I’ve always been told not to microwave food in plastic containers or plastic wrap because chemicals can be released into the food. Do you know if it is safer to boil food in a plastic bag?

    1. I’ll talk about it in the next post – thanks for the Q!

  6. It is always hard going from computer charting to paper. It is good that you will get experience with both. I liked paper charting also but I think there are pros and cons to both. Have a good time at clinical!

  7. I’ve been thinking about getting one of those aero gardens. I live in a small condo with no yard or direct sunlight. I think the aero garden would be a great way for us to grow some herbs and produce ourselves.

    1. It really is! Especially when you live in an apartment or condo with no land of your own (like we do, too).

  8. Yay for DST! Not so yay for dark mornings or spending 2.5 hours in a car. I really want an aero garden! I feel like I would save so much money on herbs if I had one. Sigh. One day.

  9. hmm i would say “this is my new dance, the running man” 🙂 cute pic!! mmm pb dipping sauce looks fab!

  10. Love this pic lol

    Maddie is turning up her nose at you and saying, “Please, I do it way better!”

  11. Oh I fall in love with that China plate!!! it’s sooo petty!
    I hate this day light saving time change too. I use 2 weeks to get myself ready for 6am wake up call — now I switch back to 7am again! :-p

    Have a great weekend!!

  12. Wow about the lettuce! I’m guessing Maddie is saying, “Please, you can’t fool me. I know we’re not really outside walking”. Teehee. Have a nice weekend.

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