Friday, February 26, 2010
As I just mentioned, I have assisted in over 150 deliveries, in that the doctor delivers the baby and then hands it off to me. Well my first delivery last night was a tad bit different. Different in that I DELIVERED THE BABY! My patient was natural with no epidural. Poor thing was writhing in pain with each contraction. When I checked on her last night around 9pm, I noticed she was bearing down like she was trying to push the baby out. I checked her dilation and she was 9 centimeters. I proceeded to call both of our residents. One was in the OR, the other in the ER and said they could not make it to my room right away. Knowing that this patient could feel everything and was determined to get her baby out completely dilated or not, I decided to call the chief. While at the nurses station placing said call, the patient's sister ran out of the room asking for help. I ran to her room, lifted up the sheet, and saw a head full of hair working it's way out. I yelled for another nurse to call the doctor while I helped the baby work it's way out of it's mom. As I was clamping and cutting the cord, the doctor arrived just in time to deal with the placenta. While I had no choice but to deliver the baby, I refuse to deal with a placenta! I know this will not be my last solo delivery and I am actually pretty surprised it took so long for my first to happen. But it was a pretty exhilarating experience nonetheless. VABeau asked me this morning if I was nervous. I'm sure deep down I was, but I think the extreme amount of adrenaline definitely covered up any other emotions. While I often hate the unpredictability of each shift, I also thrive on it. Nothing beats bringing a new healthy life into this world no matter how it happens-with a doctor or without :)
Our Sunday night plans include the Closing Ceremonies(I cannot believe two weeks of winter sports have already passed!) and Mojito Night for VABeau and I. Enjoy your Sunday night!Yum...VABeau makes the best looking and best tasting Mojitos :)
Thursday, February 25, 2010
*A couple of weeks ago I announced our Valentine's Day gifts to each other. Well we finally got around to getting our rings engraved last weekend. I was not sure if I would be able to have mine engraved since the band was so thin but our jeweler said as long as I did less than 16 characters it would be fine. VABeau had my name and our wedding date engraved on his ring and I had his name and our wedding date engraved on my wedding band. The engraving process took less than an hour and we were both so happy with the results. It's like having a new ring! I keep asking VABeau to take his ring off so I can admire my name on it :) But I could tell he was pretty excited to see his name and our date on my ring too. I definitely recommend having your rings engraved. I know I am happy we did it. I would post a picture of the engraving but I'm pretty sure my photography skills do not include something that detailed.
I'm off to work for my last shift of the week. I'm hoping for a night filled with healthy babies and mommies!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
If you enjoyed that video, you will love the one Kathryn shared with me from her former city of Richmond. These guys are hilarious!
I guess creating rap videos depicting your hometown are the new thing...
Whole Foods carries it so I decided to pick some up last week. I was shocked to see that a jug of the powder cost almost $30. Luckily, they also had individual packets of the chocolate flavor for $1.69. I decided to give the packet a try before committing to a whole jug of drink powder. I would hate to spend $30 only to find out that it actually tasted like grass!
So after my 11 mile run last Friday morning I decided to try the chocolate drink powder. I put the packet of powder in the blender along with 1 cup of milk, 1/4 cup plain yogurt, and 1 small banana. The smoothie was delicious! Since I was starving after my long run, the plan was to have the smoothie and then still have cereal before leaving the house for the day. After downing the smoothie, cereal was definitely not needed. In fact, the smoothie held me over for over 4 hours. Not only was I not hungry, but I had tons of energy for the remainder of the day/night. Pretty impressive considering how much energy my long runs require. I had such a great first experience with Amazing Grass that I plan to return to Whole Foods asap to pick up a whole jug of the drink powder. I'll keep you posted on how daily use makes me feel.
The second amazing discovery came from Elefantitss Alegres. She described Wine Cube wine (aka the NEW box wine) in a post a few weeks ago. When I saw the post I immediately put the Wine Cube on my Target shopping list. So many recipes call for wine and I have been known to open a whole bottle when only 1 cup is needed for the food. As a result, I usually end up feeling the need to finish off said bottle that night or else it sits in our fridge all week wasting away. The cube is the perfect solution! I bought the Chardonnay Cube last week and keep it in the kitchen where it is designated for cooking only. I assumed Chardonnay was the most versatile cooking wine. Anyone have any suggestions for a better cooking wine variation? Even better, the wine lasts a whole month once opened unlike a bottle with a shelf life of only a few days. The box I got was 1.5 liters which is equivalent to 2 bottles of wine and it cost $11.99. Not bad for two bottles of wine and it actually tastes pretty good too (okay so I may have had a couple of sips while we made lamb ragu last week). VABeau loved the wine cube idea as well. We love to pair lamb and tomato pasta dishes with red wine. However, our lamb ragu called for 1 cup of dry white wine. Thanks to the wine cube, we only had to open one bottle that night, a delicious red. While perusing the Target wine shelves I discovered that the same company that makes the wine cube makes individual wine boxes. Are these not perfect for tailgating, concert, camping whatever?
Sunday, February 21, 2010
So back to the 21st! Even though we had a fabulous trip planned for the next weekend, VABeau still wanted to do a little something for our actual anniversary. He invited me over to his house. He had kicked his roommates out for the night (something he had never done before-should have been my first clue!) and purchased all of the ingredients for our favorite meal to cook together. I was so excited about spaghetti and meatballs that a potential ring was the last thing on my mind. We split a bottle of red wine, snacked on cheese, and set about cooking our favorite meal. Half way through our preparation I asked VABeau to go across the street to pick up a red bull for me. I was exhausted from my first real week of work! I was stirring the tomato sauce when I heard him come back into the kitchen. Behind my back he said "here you go" and I turned around expecting my energy boost in a can. What I got instead was better than I ever could have imagined-VABeau on one knee, holding a gorgeous diamond ring, asking me to marry him. A lot of squealing, crying, laughing, and dancing around the kitchen immediately ensued. We still ate our amazing spaghetti and meatball meal and even though I've had this meal many times, it never tasted as good as it did that night exactly one year ago.
(Turns out VABeau originally planned to propose during our weekend in Charlottesville to honor our history in the town. However, when my ring arrived Friday the 20th he claimed he could not wait a day longer to give it to me) Totally fine by me :)
Okay, enough with the sappy stuff. I'm just amazed when I realize that in 12 short months we got engaged, planned the wedding of my dreams, and have already experienced 4 amazing months of marriage. I am so happy we did things as quickly as we did. We knew we were ready to enter into marriage together and did not want to wait any longer than we had to. It was a very busy 8 months for sure but so worth it! I have already gotten to spend 4 wonderful months married to my amazing husband.
In honor of the anniversary of our engagement, I want to share the infamous Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe. I have tried several homemade meatball recipes and this one is definitely the best. Now it's not only a delicious meal, but also holds so much significance for us. Enjoy!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, smashed with some kosher salt to make a paste
- 2 (28-ounce) cans plum tomatoes and their juices, pureed in a blender
- 1 (16-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 small bunch Italian parsley
- 1 Cubano chile pepper, chopped
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 recipe Meatballs, recipe follows
- 1 recipe Spaghetti, recipe follows
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add pureed tomatoes with their juices, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 cup water, bay leaf, parsley, Cubano pepper, and bring to a boil. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and cook until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes. Add meatballs and let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and meatballs are tender. Remove the bay leaf.
Add enough sauce to the drained pasta (that has been returned to the pot) to coat and continue cooking briefly, just until pasta is well combined with sauce. Serve pasta with meatballs on top and garnished with fresh basil.
- 1/2 pound ground pork
- 1/2 pound ground veal
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped and sauteed
- 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley leaves
- 1 cup pure olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl, except olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls. Heat the oil in large saute pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, fry meatballs, in batches as needed, until golden brown, but not cooked through completely. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels.
- 12 cups water
- 1 pound spaghetti
- Freshly grated Parmesan
Bring salted water to a boil in a large pot. Add spaghetti and cook until al dente. Drain well in a colander, return to pot, and toss with sauce. Serve with meatballs and Parmesan on top.
It is definitely a time consuming recipe but so worth it in the end. It's fun to make and we usually end up with a lot of leftover meatballs. We usually freeze the leftover meatballs and add them to our next pasta dish for a quick meal.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
So preppy, I love it!
Kahiko Steps Mini
Looks like such a cool skirt but I definitely want to see it in person first. The design may be a little too much for me.
Love the cut of this dress. Just not so sure about the picture on the skirt?
Daily Gathering Dress
I have a shirt similar to this dress from last fall. It fits so well and is really flattering. I'm assuming the dress would be the same way. I just wish it came in more Spring-like colors.
Looks like such an easy, comfortable dress to throw on everyday.
Snow Covered Fields Dress
Love this dress! So Spring! But I already have an Anthro dress very similar to this so this beauty is probably out of the question.
Definitely would have to try this baby on. May be too dark for Spring/Summer?
Around The World Dress
I think this is my favorite Anthro dress which says a lot since I picked so many to post!
Sun Dot Dress
Love this dress too but definitely need to try it on. Not so sure how the wire cups up top will treat the girls.
Too cute! But is it too much ruffle?
Claret Cup ScoopneckBuds & Stripes Top
Love this shirt for a summer date night!
I can see this over my white jeans already.
Collected Leaves Tank-YellowSpotlights Tank
So I'm considering giving the jumper trend a try this Summer. Since I'm somewhat hesitant, I will definitely be picky with the one I start with. This may be the one! Green IS my favorite color :)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Me and the Parthenon
The few ancient sculptures still left in the temple.
Possibly my favorite ruin in Athens. Porch of the Caryatids on The Erechtheion. Statues of women were used instead of columns on this building.
The sacred olive tree that Greek mythology claims Athena planted (I may have been a little obsessed with Greek mythology in elementary school but it definitely made Athens even more exciting)
Theatre of Dionysos
More views of Athens. Kallimarmaro Stadium is in the distance. It is where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896.
The remains of The Temple of Zeus
Stray animals fighting on the Acropolis. We were pretty entertained by all of the stray dogs and cats wandering around Athens.
We took a long nap after our hike to and from the Parthenon. When we woke up we were ready for a night out in Athens. We wandered around the city and ended up in this popular square-Plateia Syntagmatos. The impressive Parliament building lit up the entire square that was full of people all night!
The Greeks love their ice cream and it is everywhere in Athens! We stopped at a patisserie on our way to dinner and couldn't resist these adorable homemade nutty buddy cones.