Cuatro de Mayo

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Hope you’re enjoying a beautiful Sunday. Any Cinco de Mayo festivities on the agenda? As I mentioned yesterday, I spent most of Saturday at my sister’s place, where she and her roommates hosted a gathering.

There was plenty of food and drink and amusements. Sadly, I lost $1 in the Kentucky Derby bet—maybe I should stick to Roulette. On another note, I have no clue whose idea it was to put tampons in the piñata ; )

The addition of cotton balls, Adora calcium supplements, packets of Emergen-C, and a condom must have been the genius of an accomplice.

Have an awesome Sunday! I’m heading out soon to walk around and look at cherry blossoms in Brooklyn. It totally doesn’t feel like tomorrow is my first day at a new job, but true to my nerdy ways, I’ve already laid out my outfit, pre-made breakfast, and started filling my bag with the papers and stuff I’ll need.

What are you up to this Sunday? Do you celebrate Cinco do Mayo? 


Weekend Things

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In the past few weeks, there’s been a little too much work and not enough play. Way to not take my own advice! It finally clicked for me that I needed to make the latter a bit more of a priority. Balance, Jess, balance! Taking time to smell the rose(s) is so important—know what I’m sayin’?


So far my weekend (which mentally started on Friday morning) has included some live music, a gorgeous walk in the park, and a birthday celebration in Hoboken at the Pilsener Haus Biergarten, where I got to catch up with my sister and some other lovely folks.

Mini Guinness cupcakes—amazingness
Mini Guinness cupcakes—amazingness

IMG_1660 Tomorrow’s plans include yoga and lunch with my mom. Now that I have a little time to breathe, I need to actually do it!

Are you good about remembering to take breaks and enjoy yourself or do you need to be reminded?


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Yesterday, my sister and her roommates hosted “Friendsgiving.” Everybody brought stuff, and she and her roomies made a turkey, which they named Rita. Naturally, there were many crude jokes made at Rita’s expense, but it was all in good fun.

This picture cracks me up for some reason

Rita was, of course, delicious. You’d never have guessed this was the girls’ first time roasting a turkey! 

We had quite the spread. I contributed homemade cranberry sauce, garlicky greens (based on this recipe—thanks to Raechel of the Rebel Grrrl Kitchen for the inspiration), and a red lentil risotto with roasted butternut squash & dried cranberries. 

I also have to give a nod to the pumpkin mac & cheese my sister made—so freaking good! I remember some of the ingredients because I helped make the sauce, but I would love the recipe! Hint-hint…

I tried to study a bit for today’s exam, but it’s hard sometimes to focus when you really want to just kick back with the people around you. Hopefully all the prep work I did last week will get me through. I stopped pressuring myself to get straight-A’s years ago (especially in biochemistry), but I still work really hard to do my personal best.


I had to head home before dessert happened, but I’m told my mom’s apple pie made an appearance. Here’s the recipe—it’s seriously one of the easiest, most delicious apple pies ever.

With a nice weekend (complete with lots of yoga, a poetry reading, and to-do list ass-kicking) under my belt, I’m ready to take on the new week—and a new rotation. Today is my first day of Ambulatory Nutrition. It will be weird not to be working in the hospital every day, but I’m looking forward to trying something different.

Do you do “Friendsgiving?” What are you looking forward to this week?