We’re in Honolulu! Rosemarie and Natasha should arrive at our hotel any minute. I am iksidid!
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I quit my data entry job, kinda. Working 55+ hours a week at two jobs was really bumming me out, so after much deliberation I told my boss that I was too busy to work there any more. It was a hard decision because once my training at the hospital is done, my hours will drop off a lot. Thankfully he said if I want to come back later… I can! Great news!
Working at the hospital is going great. I am pretty much working full time until the new year. I am getting tons of training, and also covering some vacation. It’s been nice working on my own. Injections seem SO MUCH EASIER now that no one is watching me, haha! So far I have done a week on the MIBI cameras, and two weeks of hotlab training. Next week I will be doing cardio.
Skeleton last weekend was super fun. I was pretty nervous before the first session. I wasn’t sure what the coach was going to get us to do. Thankfully he suggested doing a few runs from Maple Leaf (curves 11-16) and then deciding if we want to move back up to Lower Ladies (curves 7-16). (Here is a little track map/infographic.)
I did three runs from Maple Leaf. The first one was crap because I was way too far forward on my sled. Then the second and third one were awesome, so I moved up to Lower Ladies. I did three more runs from there, beating all the boys, with a top speed of 117.51 km/hr. Then my neck was too tired so I skipped the last run.
The next day I started from Lower Ladies right away. I did four runs from there, beating all the boys again. The track was a little slower, so my top speed was only 116.09 km/hr. After four runs my neck was tired so I did the last three runs from leisurely Maple Leaf. Even though Maple Leaf seems so slow and boring I think it’s still worth doing because that is more track time for me. I can use those runs to think about things like making sure my heels are touching and what the corners look like.
I can’t wait until the next session because I am finally figuring out where I want to be in each corner (last year I was just along for the ride, haha!), and should be able to improve my times and speeds a bit. It’s been hard for us to get ice time though, because of those dang Olympics. Fingers crossed I get to go again by mid-December.
Morgan and I had a nice ladies night with wine and a fire and a movie and popcorn.
I finished a few more audiobooks since my last post.
- Paper Towns by John Green, a YA novel that was entertaining, but nothing remarkable.
- Allegiant by Veronica Roth, the third book in the Divergent series. I heard some people say they didn’t like it, but I thought it was fine.
- 1984 by George Orwell, which I enjoyed, once I figured out that this was NOT the book with animals.
- The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, a pretty boring book about small things that turned small things into BIG things.
- Steve Jobs – The Biography by Walter Isaacson, an interesting book that convinced me that I really do not like Steve Jobs. He was such a jerk to so many people!! And all those characteristics of Apple products that I strongly dislike (closed systems, glass screens, high prices etc. etc.) were pretty much all due to Steve Jobs himself. I would not have got along with him in real life.
Kevin asked me at work the other day how Scott was, and I replied “I have no idea.” because 1) I was only home for about 3 minutes in the last two weeks, and 2) he is growing some kind of horrific mustache and I refuse to look at him.
We have to clean out the pantry this weekend because we leave for Hawaii on Wednesday after work and then Rosemarie will be coming home with us! As far as I know she will stay with us in December and then find her own place for January. I’m looking forward to lots of sister time next month!!
Also HAWAII!!!! I can’t wait, I can’t wait!!!! (said Arthur)
The last fortnight was pretty unusual. Brett was visiting, and I started working at the hospital. Visitors and working so much meant eating a lot of meals away from home.
Scott picked this up for me on his way home from Seattle. TRU LUV.
So much sushi. The leftovers didn’t taste great… I’m kind of sick of sushi at the moment. O_O
Now THIS tasted great. I want to go back to this restaurant really bad!
This tasted a lot better than it looks. It was only burnt on the outside. The insides tasted delicious!
THIS IS THE MOST DELICIOUS PIZZA EVER!! Or at least one of the best things I have made in a while. I highly recommend this recipe! The sweet pomegranate tastes awesome with the salty garlic kale. I wasn’t sure it would (why it’s only on one quarter of the pizza in that picture), but it totally did. By the way I didn’t have pine nuts, parmesan or fontina as the recipe calls for, and it still tasted AMAZING. So you can save a little money by leaving out a few ingredients. We used naan bread as crust.
November 14th, 2013 I ate leftover sriracha mac and cheese and sausage at work but forgot to take a picture.
Pouring rain and didn’t feel like cooking so we ordered delivery for the first time ever. What luxury.
Lady dinner with Morgan up at Whistler. We watched The Way Way Back and stuffed our faces with popcorn and pinot grigio. Fun times!
After a long (short!) week of work I am off to Whistler for a skeleton weekend. It’s my first session of the season and I am excited and also scared. I wonder what we’re going to do this weekend and I wonder how it’s going to feel! I’ve got better clothing this year, so hopefully I stay a little warmer. I’m also stronger this year, so hopefully things are a little easier. We shall see!
How does this restaurant not have any reviews on Urbanspoon yet?? Well it looks really nice inside so maybe it’s new. Anyway, Sake Café rules!!! I ate there last Tuesday AND Wednesday, lol. It’s near VGH on Broadway.
So they have a special where you can order three items from a list for $8.95, and it also comes with miso soup and a salad. It says that is a lunch special on their menu but currently you can get the deal at any time of day. There are about 40 different things you can choose from including appetizer items, nigiri sushi, simple rolls and even some special rolls.
Lots of places have deals like this but the difference here is that they do not skimp on anything! Everything was really nicely made, large, and decent quality. They also have great service and the food arrives VERY quickly. Perfect!!
The free salad and miso. The salad is just iceberg lettuce, but the carrot ginger dressing is really tasty. The miso soup soothed my sore throat after a day of
yelling talking loudly at the hospital.
On Tuesday I chose 1) yam tempura, 2) salmon roll, and 3) spicy tuna roll. I was very satisfied with the spicy tuna roll! And the yam tempura was nicely crispy and light.
The whole feast. Not bad for $9!! My food arrived in like 5 minutes as well, which is awesome.
I raved about it so much Scott and Brett wanted to come try it the next afternoon.
This time I ordered 1) salmon sushi, 2) spicy tuna roll, and 3) spider roll. It came with the soup and salad again too. And it was all great.
Between Brett and Scott we also tried the spicy salmon roll, california roll, avocado roll, and the variety tempura. Everything was as good as we hoped.
Happy sushi brothers. Heehee.