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First off – Merry Christmas!! HO HO HO…I reeeeally heart the holidays.

Last night after I finished the blog, I totes finished off the dried edamame.
Then Kyle called me and told me Santa had come to the apartment!!! SANTA!!
I was confused, but then he told me to go look behind his laptop and whoa! Santa HAD come šŸ™‚
Check out the stocking that Kyle (er, Santa) left for me…so sweet. I’m a pretty simple girl – crosswords, fitness mag, starbucks card, and gum…yep, that’s me!!

I also got a package from K’s parents with (among other things) 3 homemade jam preserves!!!

From left to right, apricot, strawberry, and plum. YUM!!!!!

I look forward to these jams all year, no joke.

Here’s the lunch I packed up for the work day (I don’t know how much I’ll end up eating since everyone is bringing in food). Still, gotta be prepared, I don’t wanna end up without any veggie options…

These are my Blossom leftovers (scalloped potatoes and seitan).

I also packed up a few things to share with others who are working on Christmas, too.

I decided to bring in vegetable hummus…

…as well as a few things to dip (sesame sticks and veggies).
Celery, red peppers, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and cucumbers.

Empty unit much?

Okay, before I get ahead of myself, let me back up to the AM food-ing. I managed to find a little market that was open on my way to work. Thank goodness, otherwise I’d be without the very necessary coffee loading (duh)!! So the day started with loads of water (as per my new routine) followed by my coffee. A bit later someone brought in dunkin donuts coffee and donuts for everyone. I had another coffee (no donuts)…buzzinggggggg with caffeine. Woot woot! Not that it was really needed, I was so bored, since the hospital was dead (ok, poor choice of words), let’s just say it was a slowwww day.
Lunch-y snack time.

People brought in lots of stuff: cookies, toffee, fudge, etc.

Above was my personal fave, an eggplant dish, which I then sandwiched between 2 pieces of bread (I made 2 of these delish sandos). Granted the eggplant was fried in EVOO, so it was pretty greasy (not usually my thing), but I had to try it since the girl who made it was SO sweet to make a vegan dish especially for me. Only a few people at work know about my dietary habits, so this was a really nice thing for her to do. There were a few made with mayo and a few without (mine), so all of mine are the ones not pictured (eaten), but you get the idea.
I also had a few of these sesame sticks with hummus…and veggies with hummus…and maybe some pieces of bread with hummus…

Smorgasbord of food…my tummy was a little freaked out at this point. So much new food, so many different types, in such a short amount of time. Grrr…
The rest of the day could NOT have been slower. I was agonizing trying to create things to do all day. I organized the stock room for Christ’s sake (no pun intended). I don’t know what’s better, running back and forth without a second to spare or twiddling my thumbs while watching the monutes tick by…if only the days could be in between.
I got off work right on time, and was home by 8, cooking a dinner feast (not really).

I had the Blossom leftovers (seitan and potatoes) and steamed veggies. Then I went a little crazy with mini meals.

First I had the rest of the box of whole wheat sesame sticks with veggie hummus.

Then, baby carrots with the rest of the hummus (did I mention I really like hummus).

Then edamame (so fresh and so green green).

Dessert!! Pineapple rings and dates.

Sweet tooth satisfied.
Merry merry Christmas.
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
-Dr. Seuss

verdadamente verde

MERRY X-MAS EVE!!!!!!!!!

As of this morning, today was looking like a near disaster…but wouldn’t you know it, the day quickly turned absolutely AMAZING!
Somehow I managed to hit snooze without realizing it, so when I looked at the clock and it said 6:33 am, I FREAKED out! My shift starts at 7. That’s kinda a problem. I called the unit to give them a heads up that I was running a bit late (understatement much?) and then hauled ass to get my butt on the subway.
I was trying not to stress, since there wasn’t much I could do at that point, but I was looking at my watch literally every 15 seconds.
Anyways, by the time I got to work, I was only 20 minutes late! Plus, the night nurse who was giving me her patients loves me, so she was pretty cool since I felt horrible and kept apologizing.
The funny part is I am always the first one to arrive at work, it’s a running joke that “late” for me is only 15 minutes early. What can I say, I like being prepared, I like being punctual, and I don’t like starting the day off behind. So I got to work and there were 8 (yes, EIGHT) nurses there (for only 10 patients). I guess they totally overbook staff on the holidays as a present to us, since it sucks to be running around like a psycho when everyone else is home opening presents. Plus there are hardly any patients on the unit anyways (who wants open heart or lung surgery on Christmas)?
Thus: excess staff + patient shortage = fabulously stress-free shift
I only had 2 patients (easy, nice ones too) and I was working with 2 of my lovely girlies.
Obviously, running so late, I didn’t have time to make coffee or stop on the way to work, so I had to suffer without coffee for the first few hours of work (my poor patients, morning elise can be rough). At 9, I ran outside and got coffee and a HUGE water. I’m so proud of myself for my water consumption lately. It wasn’t snowing, in fact it wasn’t too cold.
I had a late lunch (3 pm). See below.
Last night when I was making my sando I didn’t realize I was out of smart deli meat until I had spread mustard and chobani on each slice…improvise!!!
It ended up turning into a (s)BLT: soy bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Not too shabby, but by lunch time, the bread was pretty soggy from all the tomatoes. Still tasty!

I also had a veggie tray (the kitchen brought up a veg meal for a non-existent patient) – score for me! The tuna scoop in the middle was even mayo free šŸ™‚
Cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, brocc, and cauliflower…talk about catching up on my greens. Oh happy day!
I got another coffee for the rest of the shift, and by the time I got back from my lunch, the day was nearly over. As a Christmas present, my coworkers took over my patients for the last hour, so I could leave early…since I’m working tomorrow šŸ™
So sweet. I was out of the hospital by 6 pm. Arrive late, leave early, best shift ever!?!
Once I got home I snacked on some corn nuts from whole foods. I don’t think these are healthy, but they are too freakin’ good for me to care.
I called Kyle and my fam to pretend I was there…then I got to work making dinner.
Salad with romaine, grape tomatoes, edamame, and raisins.

I also threw a GN veggie burger on top for good measure. Food and christmas music, the best.

Dessert was the rest of the edamame that I had thawed. Now I gotta get ready for bed, so I don’t sleep though tomorrow’s shift, too!
Happy holidays!!!!!!

where the veggies at?

I realized over the last few days my meals have been really lacking in the green department! Hmmm…looks like I’ll have to get on that. Maybe later. For now, I need warmth. I woke up because I was shivering, so it looks like I will be getting the down blanket out of the closet for the rest of the winter…it’s f-ing COLD.

At least I finally got a day off work so I could sleep in. I def drank my coffee in bed. My slippers are also on their very last legs (no pun intended), so I rocked these fleece socks with rubber tread on the bottom. Maybe I’ll get some new slippers for x-mas??

Today was the first day it actually hit me – how close to the holidays it is, it’s nearly Christmas!!! I reeeeeeally wish I could be home now! I’m alone here in NYC since Kyle went home already (sad). I’m pretty jealous of all the people who have jobs that actually have breaks over the holidays…maybe I’ll go back to school again, just so I can get a break. I have to work on the 24th, 25th AND 26th. Boo!

Okay, enough whining. I had a pretty not normal breakfast. It was more like a snack with my coffee(s).

I craved salty and sweet, so I mixed together raisins and soy nuts. PERfect šŸ™‚

A while later, I decided to make a real breakfast – although it was more of a lunch since it was past noon at this point. Def still in my PJs btw!

(blurry photo) of ingreds for my b-fast sando: egg beater, chobani, and home-made jam
…and the most important ingred of all EZEKIEL English Muffins!!

This shiz is divine.

Beyond explicable. No words can describe how great this chewy carb-a-licious muffin is!

Mmmm…warm and yummy in my tummy.

I followed up with a nice steamy mug of tea. I am obsessed with this green tea. I am obsessed with all things pomegranate lately, too.

I was trying to get my energy up for the gym, so I had a plate of medjool dates.

Sugar load – check!
At the gym I was hyper aware that this was both my first workout since 3 days, AND my last workout for the next 3 days. Oy ve! So much pressure to get in a good sesh and with such horrible weather conditions outside. I just wanted to stay wrapped in my blankie. But, I’m a good gym rat, and so I layered on clothes like I was heading out to the polar ice caps, and got my ass to the gym (step one). I started on the elliptical for 30 minutes, and the new Lady GaGa cd was keeping me pumped up, so I switched to the tread mill for another 30 mins. After that, I was still going strong so I decided to just finish up my Self mag on the elliptical, but next thing I know another 30 mins has gone by, and I wasn’t even fatigued! I finished off the cardio with a 5 minute walk on the tread mill, and then headed over to the mat for stretching, abs and arms.
Wow. That was a serious freakin’ gym sesh!

This can’t be healthy! I’m ashamed that I bought it, but it was a pomegranate flava!

I also got some vegan parm for my dindin.

Spag squash that I thawed (I made a mother load before so I still have the rest in the freezer).

Add in the sauce and parm…

And that’s dinner.

(haha, yeah right)
Here’s round 2. On this serving, I added the rest of the Italian seasoned tofu from last week.

I’m cleaning out the fridge! Leftovers much?

So yummy.
I still wanted more greens though, so I steamed some yellow squash and zucch, that I also topped off with tomato sauce and vegan parm.

And yet, after laundry and packing and doing other crap around the apt, I was STILL hungry. So I went for leftover dish #2…this was the curry tofu dish from last week (I ate all the tofu first, and the rest was only so-so).

Dessert was dried edamame. Salt, salt, salt. I heart salt.

Ok, work again tomorrow šŸ™ = bed time.

candle day #1

AKA the 1st day of Hanukkah. Why are there 4 different ways to spell that?

Well, since I work at a (technically) Jewish hospital, I know more than I ever thought I would about the kosher ways of the world. So, my blog title is in celebration of the festival of lights! Good thing my lunch didn’t have meat and dairy on the same plate…oh wait, I don’t eat meat OR dairy, so looks like I’m perma-kosher by default.

I had to DRAG myself out of bed this morning. My alarm went off at 5 and I couldn’t even believe it. I seriously JUST went to bed. A huge ugh for work day #3 in a row. An even HUGER ugh for the weather being freezing. I’m over snow.

Here’s my lunch that I made the night before.

Layer one: chobani

Layer two: egg beater
Layer three: soy bacon

Now that’s a breakfast sando done right!

Since it was Monday, the subway was actually running correctly (when I work weekend I have to add an extra 30 mins for transit alone). Today, though, the express trains were as zippy as ever, thus cutting my commuting time in half, allowing me to arrive at Bruno’s with enough time to grab a coffee. Shockingly, I didn’t drink it until almost 10. First, I drank 2 liters of water (hooray for being healthy). I had my odwalla Berries GoMega bar around noon since I knew I wasn’t going to get to go on my lunch break until pretty late in the afternoon.

Sure enough, 2;30 rolled around and I finally got a free moment to step off the unit to grub. After my sando, I snacked on edamame that I threw in my bag before I left in the morning (a brilliant last minute call if I do say so myself).

Before I headed back to work, I got coffee #2 to give me the BEYOND necessary lift to make it through the rest of my shift.
The rest of the day was smooth sailing…I got home by 7:30!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can’t even remember the last time I was done giving report by that time, so to be in my apartment, all toasty, dry and warm. Happy happy joy joy šŸ™‚
For dinner, I decided to make a big veggie burger sando.

I was super excited to try these babies. Since I love all “Food for Life” and “Ezekiel” products, I knew I would enjoy this, but (as usual) I completely underestimated the degree of awesome-ness.

O-M-G. Ezek 1:9 sprouted grain english muffins are truly in their own category of heavenly delicious foods.
So I layered on some veganaise…

AND…mustard, grape tomatoes, and a GN veggie burger (I’m still willing to test out other burgers, but these are SO good, it’s hard to stray).

They practically crumble in your mouth since they are fresh and not frozen. They come individually packaged, so I’m sure other brands are way cheaper. Def something to look into.

This was a messy one to eat – way too much goodness to be stuffed in that Ezek muffin.
Obvi that wasn’t enough to fill me up. Soooo…while I planned out my next course, I snacked of a slab of baked ‘fu.

I baked these a week ago and totes forgot about them – oops! With only 2 slabs left post snacking, I decided I better make something with them stat.

The Ezek muffins were OUTTA control yummy, so I had to have another…these are DEF a new obsession. On this one I put Chobani greek yog, soy bacon, and the last 2 tofu slabs.

Check out that fattie.

It tastes even BETTER than it looks šŸ™‚

I finished the night off with a glass of tea and 5 glasses of water. No, that’s no typo, I had 5 glasses of H2O.

I may be up all night peeing.
And now a quote for the road (since I bashed the snow earlier): “Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.”
~Kin Hubbard

like a black hole

I swear, I have been trying to get out of the C pod for a solid month! It’s loaded with chronic patients and I am slowly dying a bit more each day just being over there…so today I successfully made the transition.

Here’s how it works. Both pods (B and C) are part of the cardiac critical care unit, but pod C has 9 rooms and B only has 8. So, since there are 2 nurses per side splitting the patient load, if you are stuck in hell (aka pod C) you may have 5 patients, but if you are in B you are guaranteed NO MORE THAN 4 patients. Saaweeeet! The difference may not sound significant, but trust me 4 vs 5 is HUGE in the CPCU. I mean come on, an ICU setting is no place to compromise patients’ lives by overloading nurses with such acutely ill post-op fresh hearts. Here’s how you get sucked into a black hole: by being a nice, flexible person (simple, right?). Since we encourage continuity of patient care, once you get a patient, you basically keep the same patient every day you are working…not so great if the patient is there, oh, say, post op day 96 (room 8). Fo real!

Pod B – finally! SO EXCITED! Here’s how you know you’ve been somewhere too long: random doctors who hardly even know your name comment on how rare it is that you’re in pod B. Um, since when do random GI consults know that I’ve been sucked into the black hole that is pod C….oh right, since I’ve been there a month.

Ok, enough.

Food-ing. Check out my latest shopping trip. I’m set for the next few shifts at least.

Todays lunch: smart deli sando

PLUS Brunos’ vegan soup of the day (carrot ginger)

Warmth all through my body…also, the snow subsided by 11, so it wasn’t too bad by the time I made it out for lunch (2:30 pm). I was good busy, not crazy chaotic annoying busy.

Sando ZOOMed in šŸ™‚

On the way home I sat next to a crazy person on the subway (throwing his bags and chicken bones all over and under the seat), never a dull commute in NYC.
Started grilling within 10 minutes of walking in the door. Hungry, yes ma’am.

For some reason the eggs were sticking to the pan, so I burned them a bit. I also heated up half of the remaining tofu from last night (bbq, sweet and sour, and baked)…like I said before, eggs and tofu = winning combo (especially warm tofu).

The chunks of tofu should have been smaller, when they are so big, I don’t realize how much I am eating. That’s really a massive plate ‘o FU (yep, that’s short for tofu, hehe).
I tried to guzzle water to fill me up so I wouldn’t have seconds…but the problem is, I knew there was more…so I wanted it. BTW, don’t freak out thinking I’m drinking a new smartwater each time I mention it or show a pic of my bottle (I am just refilling the same bottle). I’m a hippie remember?! Reduce, reuse recycle. Same ziplock baggies for lunch, same tin foil for lunch, and everything else that I can possibly use more than once. The Earth is in nobody else’s hands but ours!!!

See my name written on it, so it doesn’t get thrown out at work šŸ™‚

Ok, here’s my second helping. This time I was successful in keeping the egg beater in one big piece (my fave self made top chef quick challenge). I’m a dork, love it.
The big (fake) eggy slab with the rest of the tofu.

Killer TOFU!!!

(Did I just quote Doug?!?)

I’m getting punchy, time for bed!
Yup, polished the plate!