I'm definitely a planner person.....having had one as long as I can remember. Todo lists, checkboxes, I can't get enough. I'm the person that endlessly spends time gazing at school supplies, sometimes not buying anything but hanging in the aisles for up to an hour. I'm insane, but I know that a lot of you do this too!!
One thing I always struggle with is my planner. For five years, I've used the moleskine 12 month weekly planner. But, I was getting bored. The organization is awesome, but it's bland colors left me unexcited and unwilling to pull it out when I needed it most!
I shopped around a LOT. Deciding how to organize your life for a year seems daunting to me sometimes, and of course I have serious FOMO about picking the wrong one. Here are the top contenders, in no particular order:
GOSH! How do I choose? They are all pretty, most are customizable in some way, but my soul desires brute organization and flexibility.
So......I went with the plum paper Horizontal 1: Notes & Days format (though there are a million formats for you to pick the most optimal for you!
and omg. I LOVE IT. Here are some reasons why:
My planners never look PRETTY. Like, I don't have the patience or the time frankly to do a hand drawn bullet journal, or make fancy drawings, etc. I just need effective, organized, built in pretty that I don't have to work hard at. ;)
Here is what my end result looks like.
***If you follow @plumpaper on insta, you can win your planner for FREE, using the hashtag #winplumpaper . Plus, they are always having sales advertised there (I bought mine on black friday for a BIG DISCOUNT + got a cute little notebook to go along with it!).
Do you have a planner brand you ABSOLUTELY LOVE? I'd love to hear about it!
What's UP!??!?! Just home on Christmas break (three weeks of selective time - remind me to write a post about Mayo Medical School selectives!) I thought I'd update you on some holiday shenanigans and also some day to day things at Mayo.
For Thanksgiving, I was lucky enough to come home on selective time and hang out with my family. I ended up spending most of Thanksgiving Day with Jeff's family, which entails most of the photos to follow. We caught a Piston's game with great seats (Thanks Terri Jo!!!!) and even got some birthday cake from the nice waitress there (it was not our birthdays!). The game was pretty interesting, but mostly I was shocked at how TALL the players were. If I had been next to them I would have looked so little!
We had a great time at Jeff's stepbrothers house with all of Jeff's family and we got to hang out with the cute-as-ever Linley. Of course I was feeling the winter weather and rocked a beanie, though not the most professional I would say. Sometimes you need to mix it up - especially with all that Mayowear! Enjoy the photos! What did you do for Thanksgiving?? I hope it was great and filled with family fun like mine!
Ok people. I'm not meaning to brag or anything, but lately I have been really impressed with the food I can somehow procure in the kitchen. I have taken a few photos, and one step-by-step for my cooking-impaired friends, because all of these recipes are REALLY EASY. Which is what I like, and need for med school. All can be made in healthy renditions, and most of mine are the healthy version - except sometimes excess cheese is involved.
Ok, first up we have stuffed peppers. Easy to make. Step by step here, people. They say beef is not that good for you, so I used lean ground turkey. Simply fry it up, no added oil, just a bit of steak seasoning and some garlic powder. Throw in some onions too! While your turkey burger is cooking, throw some brown rice or wild rice is what I prefer, in the rice cooker. Put some steak seasoning in there too. Next, cook your peppers a tiny bit in your pampered chef deep covered baker. Just add a bit of water and let them steam for 10 minutes.
By now, your rice should be done. Pile it into each halved pepper, add some lean turkey meat, spread some salsa, sprinkle with cheese. Bake for another 15-20 minutes in DCB. YUM.
Here's a before and after:
Next, I made some steaks. I was hungry for a big slab of meat, and thats exactly what I got.
Marinate with garlic, onion, a twist of lemon, steak seasoning for 12 hours in a bag in the fridge.
Pan sear so that all sides are browned. Meanwhile, let peppers and onions steam in your DCB ( i set oven to 450). Stick in your steak and cook until you like it. I like mine medium, probably took about 10-12 minutes..
Though I don't have a picture (will take one next time) ...I made the MOST DELICIOUS coconut chicken curry. Here's the ingredients:
1 can of coconut milk.
a bit of chicken stock.
lots of curry
red pepper flakes (for spice)
a little butter if that's what you're into, otherwise omit for health reasons.
What you do is set your rice a-cooking in the rice cooker. Add some curry and cumin to flavor it up.
Marinate chicken in curry and chicken broth for 12 hours (or you can do like 6 and it will be fine, hey maybe just skip the marinating)
Sautee chicken in pan, use pampered chef meat cutter to cut into little bite size pieces. Works really well.
To make your curry:
a bit of oil in the pan, sauté the onions and garlic for a few minutes. Add all your curry. I'm talking a lot of curry, more than you would think to add. Let it sizzle for about 30-45 seconds. Add in your coconut milk and chicken broth. Let it simmer. Add rest of spices and turn on low to simmer for a bit. Keep stirring it!!
Taste a few times and add additional spices to taste.
Add chicken. Sizzle for a bit.
Pour over hot rice.
Last but not least is my pizza. Healthy Pizza.
Saute onions and garlic and spinach in a pan.
While that is going on, create a little bit of an oil mixture: Garlic powder, a tiny bit of butter, pizza seasoning, oregano, parsley, parm cheese if you have it, sesame seeds if you have them.
Rub over whole wheat pizza crust (I bought mine....so good and easy to just rip out of the package).
Add some pizza sauce (just put some tomatoes and a tiny bit of milk and spices in the blender).
Put down all your toppings.
I used pepperoni, four types of cheese, and my sauteed garlic, onion, and spinach. If I had green pepper It would have gone on as well. No olive for me!!!! yuck
Overall, it was DELICIOUS. Sweet D came over to eat it with me. woohoo.
I also made some pretty stellar protein balls, but I'll post the recipe next week. I'll have to pay attention to how much I add of everything, because I have been whipping them up by taste.
Last weekend we also had a series of get togethers with our class. Though I didn't attend every one, a particular party was really fun! It was a backyard get together with slow roasted pork tacos, fruit, and sangria. Delicious! Here's a panoramic photo of the backyard space, which was just beautiful! You can see my classmate, Richmond smiling big! ;)
At school, we have had a nice, easy, but informative week. Breaking up into different groups we have been doing several interesting activities. One afternoon is spent shadowing all of the individuals in a clinic physician's office, understanding the different roles of every individual and how they contribute to the patients' experience. Another afternoon is spent doing an aging activity, where we were immersed in an activity that gave us a glimpse of how difficult it is to go through the aging process. This included cataracts goggles, wheelchairs and walkers, garden gloves for a lack of senses, ear plugs to simulate loss of hearing, etc. It was great fun, but also devastatingly realistic. It helped us understand some of the challenges of aging like isolation, depression, belittlement, etc. Shocking for a lot of us.
We also had an etiquette lunch, where we learned the proper etiquette skills of a meal. It was a lot of fun, and we took a group photo at the end. This is where we will celebrate our match day (where we match into a residency program) in four years! How exciting! We will definitely take another photo then.
M3 at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine