It’s all coming back…

It’s all coming back to me nowwwww.

Hideous song.  I apologize.  But it’s how I feel now that I’m back at work.  I love it!  I can’t even tell you how awesome it feels to be nursing again.  I will write more about my job in the coming weeks but for now I am going to bust through the food.  *This post is old, so disregard any references to time.  My first day was actually last Thursday and I wrote this shortly thereafter but never got the post up.


Remember my pre-packed eats from yore?



This salad had 3 shafts of kale, 3/4 avocado, 1 apple, and dried cranberries.


Plus the “very berry” salad dressing recipe posted here.


Also in my lunchbox was Mrs. May’s Acai Strawberry Trio bar.


These were another Costco purchase and at first I wasn’t too into them, but they are growing on me.  They remind me of a cross between a Kind bar and a Boomi bar (both winners in my book).  I guess you just have to be in the mood for lots of nuts.  😛


As if I wouldn’t include hummus in my first work lunch.  (Duh)  I had the perfect amount of Mary’s Gone Crackers for the mini Sabra tub.  Clearly it was meant to be.


All packed up and ready to go 🙂

Other reasons I’m so stoked to be nursing again?  My parents gave me THE best birthday present ever!


So pretty!!!  A few people may recall how sad I was when my beautiful baby blue stethoscope was stolen (with only 3 shifts left).  This one is so much better!  First of all, it’s specialized for cardiology.  And second of all, it’s engraved with my (new) name.  Can you see it in the first picture?  Kinda?


First day coffee start!!!!!

I’m a nerd…but at least I didn’t have Kyle take a pic of me in my scrubs…yet.

I did take a photo of my hair today to show you how low maintenance sick I truly am.  I took my hospital ID photo looking like this today.  Not that I straighten or blow dry my hair for work (believe me I don’t), but I do try to put some effort into my appearance.


Gross.  I hadn’t showered in I’m-not-saying-how-long.  Why, exactly, am I admitting this?  No clue.  But I’ve been sick so that’s a legit excuse right?  It’s not like I’m exercising.  My heart rate hasn’t beat faster than 80 since last week.

That’s my mom’s camera that I’m “testing out” by the way.  I love it!!


Once I got home from work I slothed it up in my PJs…with an after-school (errr…work) snack of course.


I definitely took this PB&J tortilla in bed with me.  I was seriously struggling.  The peanut butter and jelly burrito helped a bit.


Embarrassingly enough, post snackage I face-planted into my pillow for a 2.5 hour nap (that’s not the embarrassing part…just wait for it).  When I woke up, I still felt so crappy I started sobbing.  Weak Elise, very weak.

Despite my non-existent appetite, I knew just the thing to help cheer me up.  By this, I mean Whole Foods of course.


I know you aren’t supposed to eat your feelings…but the prepared foods bar should be exempt.

This was the most packed I’ve EVER gotten one of the brown boxes.


There were about 15 different layers going on here.  Let me try to remember:

  • BBQ tofu
  • orange kale salad
  • spinach
  • bell peppers
  • carrots
  • grapes
  • pineapple
  • dried cranberries
  • water chestnuts


Of course it was so massive I had to transfer it into a mixing bowl.

And yet, there was still more leftover!  I think half this salad satisfied the next week’s veggie quota.


I soothed my fiber baby with fizzy mango Kombucha.


My mom got me a few of these (by Rejuvenation Company) back in August.  I have no clue where she found them since it was back when these delicious fermented beverages were removed from all stores.  Talk about the best surprise ever!!  I had the ginger flavor before my wedding 🙂

I feel like a traitor saying this, but I think I may like this brand more than Synergy.  They are fruity, but not too sweet, and the aftertaste isn’t as acidic as Synergy’s.  They do a higher kcal count, but I’m not too put off by that.  Every once in a while a girl needs some raw cultures.

P.S.  In case I didn’t already prove how awesome my mom is (see above story) she recently sent me this link and I have definitely spent more than an appropriate amount of time virtually carving a pumpkin.


I’ve gotta get a life.

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Comments (10)

  1. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine

    I’m loving how much you packed that box. What a pro. And I’m off to check of the pumpkin site right now…I’ll probably be pulled into it too…

  2. Jennifer Demartini

    That is a beautifully-packed WF Hot bar to-go box! I could never get it like that!

  3. rebecca lustig

    omg! my mom used to make us pb & j wraps for after school snacks! wow, just got a flood of memories 🙂

    isnt that the best?

  4. coffeeandthepaper

    Gosh I’m sorry you feel like crap. WF salad bar does make anything at least a bit better – I like the way you think ; )

  5. Katie

    My husband just brought me one of those Trio bars, but I haven’t tried it yet.

    Glad you’re enjoying being back at work!

  6. Katie

    Yay! Glad to hear you’re happy to be back at work – I’ve missed your pre-packed eats, actually. You always give me a ton of ideas for my lunchboxes.

  7. julie

    OH i love that you added pineapple to the mix! so unexpected yet probably added the best flavs.

    glad your birfday was awesome 🙂

  8. BroccoliHut

    Yay for the return of HHH packed meals!

  9. Ravenous Rowie

    Love your virtual pumpkin carving!!!

  10. Janetha G - meals & moves

    I love that you have one of those contigo mugs! I have about 7 of them. They. Are. The. Shit.

    Nice virtual pumpkin! Less messy 😉

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