Waiting…and waiting…and waiting some more…

Today was NOT a happy Thursday for me, let me tell you. (I’m putting the warning out at the beginning, this is kind of a rant post.)

 So today, I had a 1:00pm doctor’s appointment here in Birmingham. I work maybe 10 minutes from the doctor, so I knew I could dip out, go to the appointment, and make it back easily. During the work day, I don’t like to be gone for extended periods of time because oh, that’s right…I HAVE WORK. Anyways, I digress, back to the doctor’s appointment. So I get there the usually 20 minutes early, sign in, and sit down. And keep sitting. And come 1:00pm at my appointment time, I am still sitting. Come a ridiculous 40 minutes later, I am still sitting there. So finally, at 1:45pm, I was finally taken back by the nurse to see the doctor. And by that time, I was beyond surly. The first thing the nurse asked was “How are you doing?” I am pretty positive that she didn’t like my response, which was along the lines of “I was better 45 minutes ago when my appointment was supposed to start and now after waiting 55 minutes this appointment better be about something life threatening.” A tad rude, I am well aware, but I thought it was rude of them to keep me waiting that long. (I am well aware that two wrongs don’t make a right, but I am a little bit of a hothead, and that was very calm for my usual.)

 

So here’s my issue…is it acceptable for a doctor to make an appointment at a certain time and then expect you to wait on them for an excessive amount of time? I don’t think so. In my career (legal), clients cannot just be left waiting for appointments until the attorney is ready for them. In any other professional setting, appointment times are firm.  There is always lead way for someone to be a few minutes late in exigent circumstances, but 45 minutes is beyond excessive. There is a mutual respect between people that when an appointment is made, that slot is to be reserved for that person and that time is to be honored.  

 It is all over now, and my actual appointment was very short. But I left in a surly mood and really had my mood tainted for a few hours. Fortunately, there is nothing worth ruining an entire day over, so I am back in a good mood. Stay tuned for another post that will discuss WHAT the doctor told me, and what upcoming changes I will be making in my life because of it!

 So now you know what really ticks me off! What really really bothers you?

Quick Quiche!

Hi everyone 🙂 sorry again for the sporadic posting! Here’s a Monday Funday recipe for you tonight…a quick quiche! I love quiche, and I hope you like this recipe…

Start with your ingredients…three eggs, broccoli, milk, Pillsbury pre-made pie crust and shredded cheese.

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For a low cholesterol substitute, use one egg and 1/3 cup of egg whites.

Roll out the pie crust and put it in your 8″ or 9″ greased pie dish. Push it down to fit the plate. You can use a fork to make classic pie grooves on the edges for decoration!

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Chop up your broccoli into small pieces. The smaller the better, because it will mix in and bake better.

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Mix you eggs and milk together, and beat thoroughly. Then add your broccoli and cheese, and mix in well.

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Some people like a little bit of a crunch in their quiche, so you can add an onion topping or some bread crumbs.

Pour the mixture into the pie plate evenly. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 16 minutes, rotating it a quarter turn every 4 minutes to make sure it bakes evenly.

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Let it cool for a few minutes and you have yourself a delicious quiche!

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You can add other things to it, like ham, spinach, tomatoes, etc…customize however you like it! Happy eating 🙂

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I’m such a Daddy’s girl!

Happy Father’s Day everyone! Unfortunately, I was unable to spend the day with my Daddy today, as I live in Alabama and he is back in Texas. Usually on a Sunday, we would take our regular trip to HEB and then lay by the pool before cooking dinner for the family together. I miss him a lot and can’t wait to be home next month and spend some quality time with dear old Dad!

I know everyone says they have the best Das in the world, but I really so. Gary Horwitch, or G as I call him, is the best Daddy in the entire world! He’s so awesome, and has set a very high bar for any man in my future. Since I couldn’t be with him today, here’s some photos and memories of me and my awesome father!

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Happy Father’s Day Daddy! Love you!

Few weeks of Food!

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope y’all ha a fabulous day. Mine was terrific…went to Pure Barre class, ran a few miles, went to the pool, cooked dinner, had froyo with a girlfriend. Pretty typical Saturday!

Getting back in the kitchen is one reason I love weekends. Since it has been a few weeks from my last real post, I figured I’d give you an update of the things I have whipped up lately! Hope you’re hungry 😉

Little photo tour for ya:

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So that’s what I’m up to! If you have any questions as to what any of it is, let me know! Enjoy 🙂

Five Fab Friday Faves!

Hi everyone!

It has literally been forever since I have posted! I even came up with some good posts and then never ended up putting them up! Shame on me! But here I am, and I am back! I promise I will be more regular from now on…quick life update: made good grades, love my job, moving back to Texas in 3 weeks for another job, having an overall great summer.

So here we are for 5 Fab Friday Faves! (Not my original idea, but everyone else does it and it’s SO cute!) These are my current obsessions!

Mio Liquid Water Enhancer-I am sure you have seen the commercials for this, and they’re kind of catchy. It is like a dropper bottle of flavor to put in water! I am trying to drink more water lately, and this helps change things up some. I bought the mango-peach, peach tee and strawberry-watermelon. They cost like $3 at any grocery store, have a locking cap and are easily transportable in your purse! Follow them on Facebook and you can print off a coupon!

Pure Barre Technique classes-This is a ballet/pilates/grand jete workout class I have been doing. It is SO hard and really works every muscle in the body! The first few classes I just felt like I was going to collapse, but the more I did it and stronger I got, the easier it was. Every class is still challenging, but you can see muscle definition results quickly and you feel great! Check one out in your area if they have it! They are running a new member special, where you can get a whole month unlimited for $100, and compared to the $23/class price, thats an awesome deal!

Wet & Wild Mega Glo bronzing powder-I love bronzer. And I spend a ton of money on it. But I hate putting on expensive makeup to go to the pool and float the river, so I dipped into CVS to pick up a cheap bronzer, and now I love it! It covers so well, doesn’t look too shiny and stays on all day. For $3.50, it was a total steal and might be incorporated into my every day make-up routine soon!

Tilapia and nectarines-My current food loves! It is totally random too. There is this restaurant in Homewood, Al called Pinches and they make this delicious fish sandwich, so I figured I could make it myself! Breaded some fresh tilapia fillets, pan seared in some canola oil, put on a piece of toasted bread and viola…there it is! I also am on a nectarine kick, which I bought because they looked SO pretty at Publix.

Lilly Pulitzer accessories-I always love Lilly but I am OBSESSED with my new phone case! I don’t love prints on my phone, because sometimes I fear it looks unprofessional, but once I put my new case on I didn’t even care! And sure enough, everyone thinks it’s totally cute. It has personality and I just love it! Thanks to the Pink Door in Memphis, TX for that one!

So there you have it everyone, my Friday Favorites for this week! Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, and I’ll definitely be back tomorrow!

LJCC Memorial Day Triathlon 2011

This weekend was Memorial Day! First off, we only have a Memorial Day because of the wonderful men and women serving in our armed forces that sacrifice their time and lives for our freedom and safety. So thanks to all of them for their service!

This Memorial Day, I participated in the LJCC Triathlon.

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I spent the whole weekend getting everything ready. When I got off work on Friday early, I headed to pick up a tri belt at the store and to browse some clothing. I didn’t find a tri top or suit that I loved enough to buy unfortunately. I am looking for something fabulous. Because if I am wearing head to toe tighter-than-sin-spandex, it’s going to be fabulousssss! When I find it, I will make sure to post a picture. And a picture from far away, because spandex does nothing for the bod and really isn’t cute on anyone.

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Def NOT putting up a pic of me clad in spandex!

I also went to pick up my new ride for the weekend. Thanks for a good friend, I had a rack now so I could transport in style, and safety on the back of the Camaro. Bumble rocked the bike rack all weekend carrying the awesome tri bike Cahaba Cycles let me borrow. We loaded up the car for a test ride! Doesn’t he look good??

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On Saturday, after a quick trip to Academy and Dick’s Sporting Goods, I had a new strap for my goggles, a new pair of Nike shorts (completely unrelated, those stores are a trap!), and a new UnderArmoud headband. I usually don’t like headbands that aren’t plastic and for fashion (partially because they hurt the scar on my head and pull on my hair extensions, but also partially because they make my head look funny shaped.) I went on a bike ride when I got home…and fell. Hard. It was a pretty nasty fall on a concrete trail and definitely shook my confidence there for a while. Lets just say that switching your hands from aero bars back to normal handles mid-ride, isn’t as easy as the pros make it look. I’m thinking I will go without the aero bars until I get a little better at my balance switching back and forth. . No harm no foul though, and minimal blood, so it wasn’t anything I couldn’t recover from easily! I rode a few extra miles to try and shake that one off.

On Sunday, after a test ride and a run, I went to packet-pick-up and course tour. They had a really nice facility set up and it was good to see it before actually racing. I headed home to body mark myself with the TriTats (whoo #188) and get my bag packed!

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Monday morning came early, but I was amped up and very awake come 6am! We had to be set up and out of transition by 7:30am, but I always like to be early and have more time than I need. So had a race day breakfast of Chobani blueberry, a banana and a granola bar and headed off! I set my area up and was ready to go!

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The actual race was awesome! We had a individual wave pool start, where they start the swimmers sequentially by number. The swim is my favorite part, since I swam all through high school and college, and consider it to be my strongest leg. I didn’t disappoint and clocked a great swim time, passing up quite a few people along the way. Then I transitioned to bike and set on my way for leg 2. The bike leg was brutal, and it had uphill both ways. I was definitely happy to get some of the downhill spots for a breather. In the middle of the race, as we crossed back by the venue, this random runner decided NOT to follow the cones for the running area and ran right into a biker! The collision was only about 300 feet in front of me and was so scary. Fortunately, both the runner and biker were ok. I biked on my merry way and finished up. They were really strict about the drafting rules in this race, so I had to be really careful with distance behind bikers and passing protocol. After the bike, my legs were burning, but it was time to run. They handed us a Gu pack on the way out and that was a mistake. If you have never had the original flavored Gu, it tastes like burnt honey, and when it’s hot, it makes you want to hurl. So I ran, and got to the turn around and was so excited to be almost halfway there. Wrong. You then had to turn and run up this trail into the woods for a while and do this big whole loop things before you came down and ran back. How lovely, really killed my buzz there. But eventually, the finish line approached and I was done! Great to hear your name while crossing the finish line.

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After the race, we headed to the food area and grabbed some refreshments. Since it was a smaller race, they were able to do the awards ceremony after the last person finished. I actually finished 2nd in my age-group, Women 20-24. There weren’t a huge number of us, but I’ll take it! They even gave us a nice little plaque thing.

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Overall, it was a great day. I was exhausted afterwards and ready for a shower! I spent the rest of the day relaxing, until I woke up and made myself a treat…pizza! Basil tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, chevre goat cheese, feta cheese and ricotta cheese. It’s my favorite kind, but isn’t exactly healthy so I don’t eat it a lot, but I thought I deserved it! Bachelorette and pizza made for my kind of holiday night!

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So it was an overall great weekend. The Memorial Day tri means a lot to me, more for just feeling fit and accomplished. Last year was my first one, and it was exactly 9 months from the date of my brain surgery. It was the first big thing I did after being fully recovered, and really showed myself that not only was I alive, I was healthy and succeeding. I could do anything after making it through that. Being able to live my life to the fullest was all I could really ask for after everything I went through with that. So now, it’s a meaningful tradition to me. This Memorial Day was 18 months out from surgery, and just as meaningful of an accomplishment. There’s truly a difference between being alive, and living your life…and I am definitely living my life to the fullest!

Disclaimer!!

My blog is nor professional advice. I'm not a chef, a nutritionist, a certified sports medicine professional or a lawyer (yet.) I'm just a girl who tries to cook healthy for herself, coaches off personal playing experience, lives by the law she knows and understands and blogs for enttertainment. Seek out a professional if you need help is any of the above categories. Thanks for reading!