Thursday, February 21, 2013

On Life Changing Discoveries

I woke up to sleet pounding at my window, thundersnow, and a terribly raw throat.  There was no way today would turn out to be anything but a disaster.  And then I hit snooze.  For a full nine minutes, I fought myself over my attitude.  Do I get up mopey feeling like crap or do I suck it up and make the best of it?  At 5AM, moping seemed to take more energy so I figured I'd get up happy.  Fake it til you make it.  :) 

That was a good choice ... as the rest of the day would show.  Expecting the roads to be bad, I left about 20 minutes early.  A complete lack of slickness allowed me time to grab a vanilla spice latte ... full of caffeine and nice and warm on my throat.  Throughout the day, my voice came and went.  My motivation came and went.  My attitude came and went.  My brain even went a few times.  I'm not sure it is all fully back yet.  Medicine head and all is a real thing!  However, I'd say that given how I initially woke up, today turned out to be much more fulfilling than I initially imagined.

It was a day full of life changing discoveries.  I'm sure some of you will think I am being overly melodramatic or what have you ... but I promise you the things I am about to share with you have the ability to completely rock your world! 

#1 Discovery: Peeling a Banana
I hate eating the tops and bottoms of bananas.  They are always mushy and gross me out. As I was struggling to open a banana, one of the residents gave me a little tip.  Did you know that you can pinch the bottom end of a banana to get it open?  You don't need a knife.  You don't have to mushify it.  It just works.  Apparently, its how monkeys do it.  It works.  Its awesome. 

#2 Discovery: Shoe Tying
Now, I don't normally have a problem tying my shoes, but I do have a very serious problem tying my scrub pants in a way that leaves them feeling secure.  In fact, some of you may have heard of the infamous pants on the ground episode in the Wesley parking garage last fall.  Yeah. That. So today one of the attendings showed this video ... and I kid you not, I did not have to retie my pants a single time.  That my friends, is pretty much the best gift a girl who wears scrubs every day can ask for.  I did not spend a single moment this afternoon wondering when my pants were going to fall.  :)

#3 Discovery: Cotton Candy Machine
This one really wasn't life changing, but it was pretty darn fun.  We made cotton candy out of jolly ranchers this afternoon.  And by we, I don't mean me.  I tried and I think I only succeeded in nearly breaking it.  Apparently it takes a little bit of practice.  I think I love cotton candy.  Apparently this machine is available at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  If you need a delivery address, let me know and we can work something out.  Hint hint.


  1. I'm sorry - how else do you peel a banana? That's the only way I've ever done it... I assumed that was how everyone did it. I'm perplexed. Do other people use a knife to slice down the side? Now I'm going to obsessively watch anyone I see with a banana!!

  2. I'm sorry that you were feeling unwell, but I completely agree about faking it till you make it :-) I have never heard that about peeling a banana, either!