three things Thursday

Happy Thursday! I’ve been flip flopping between nights and days thus week and it’s not the most fun.  I spent the last two days getting my PALS certication (pediatric advanced life support) 


so I’m so so happy tiday it’s going to hit 80 and hopefully no rain!  Aside from this spring weather, three things that are making me extra happy  are 

1. Springtime flowers 


My mom bought my sister and I both hyacinths for Easter and they’re blooming and making my apartment smell like spring! When we were little my grandfather used to give us these flowers at Easter in a “giveaway”(I thought it was me winning but obviously he’d say “this flower goes to the girl who traveled the furthest to get here” and I’d die with excitement)

2. Zoe


Obviously this is the best way to carry your toy, so you can’t see at all.  

3.  Sister workouts


 Three and four mile runs plus lots of hot yoga with this one have been awesome, I’m loving having her to chat with and keep me accountable :)

Is it spring-y where you are? What we you loving right now? 

and back to the dark side 

That’s right, I’m back on nights (for the next two weeks anyway).  I’m orienting to both days and nights, but will be on for days solely when I’m off so yay!  Seriously, I cannot believe I’ve been in the peds world for almost two months, it’s been a whirlwind.  Speaking of a whirlwind, this past week has been too.  Highlights include catching up with my friend Amy while visiting the rents, poor baby Zoe getting fixed,


Trying out some new gluten free discoveries,


Sharing some gluten full goodies from work,


Springtime runs, hot yoga,


 and our build your own taco bar :)


(The chicken was in the crockpot and obviously missing from the pic, but I promise it was there.)

How did your weekend go?  I’m hoping my return to nights won’t have me relapse into a ddp addict again! 

nola food

I think I mentioned some of the food from my New Orleans weekend, but three of the restaurants we went to were fabulous, and so so delicious!  And, they were both gluten free friendly so yay yay yay!

The first restaurant I want to share with y’all is Peche, a seafood grill.  We actually ate here the first night we were in New Orleans, and it was so cute!  Serena had heard this place was awesome for seafood, and I think everyone was pretty happy with their meals, but friend Julie and another girl got barbecue chicken and it was definitely the best choice.  Winner winner chicken dinner!


I had the royal red shrimp appetizer, but I can tell you people at our table basically tried every menu item and everyone loved their meals.  Plus, they had super fun cocktails which everyone loved as well!  Also, the waiter was pretty knowledgeable about gluten free options and told me essentially all menu items, except those that are breaded, could be made gluten free.  My food was delicious, but as weird as it sounds, the barbecue chicken was the best :)

Our second night, we ate dinner at a place called Bacchanal, which was a little ways outside of the main city, but definitely a little known gem.  It was really similar to Common Market in Charlotte, in that it was like a wine/beer store and then you order food at a counter and eat, but higher quality food.


LIke Peche, the staff was really informed on gluten free options, and gave me lots of things to choose from.  I started out with shaved brussels sprout salad, which was pretty delish.

IMG_5691Clearly, I had already eaten a lot of this salad before snapping a pic, but it was relish.  The whole menu was small plates, so I also ordered chicken confit which was good as well, but forgot to take a picture.  Fail.  I’d definitely recommend this place if you want to do something a little off the beaten path :)

Last, but definitely not least, is Commander’s Palace.  This place I was a little skeptical about because their menu did not gluten free friendly at all and there was a billboard for it in the airport, but let me tell you, the hype is well deserved.  It was seriously AMAZING.  It’s definitely a little pricey, but worth it.

IMG_5695It was in the beautiful garden district of New Orleans (the cemetery from Double Jeopardy and the houses from Benjamin Button and American Horror Story are both there!) and the atmosphere was so fun.  There were roaming jazz musicians singing in the restaurant and they paid multiple visits to the bride to be!

IMG_5696When I told the server about my Celiac’s he told me which items were gluten free friendly and even edited one dish so I’d like it better (shrimp for fish!).  I can’t remember what I ordered, but it was prixe fix menu, so my three courses were:

IMG_5698 IMG_5699 IMG_5700I do know my dessert was the praline dessert and it was HUGE!  Plus, their bellinis were so yummy!  Defintely a must eat at!  Then you can try to walk your food off in the neighborhood around it ;)

happy st patricks day!

Happy St. Patricks Day!  Hope you’re wearing green so you don’t get pinched ;)  

My Monday was a long day in a different way- I had class for 6 hpurs where we sat and learned but didn’t move much, then I worked on the floor for an additional 4 to make my hours work for the week.  I am NOT used to sitting still for that long, and by the time I got home, I was super antsy.  Plus, it was so so nice out today, so I knew I wanted to run outside.  Luckily, I was able to bully this one into going for a run with me :) 

Yay for sisters that run together!  For about 2 1/2 out of the 3.3 miles we did, we chatted.  I love running with people who want to talk!  Plus, it’s way safer to run in Charlotte at night (this is pretty much true anywhere, but it makes me feel safer).

Post run I was hungry and craving pizza (there was pizza at work, but obviously not gluten free, so it was on my mind) so I tried out a new recipe to me, using polenta as the crust… The jury’s still out on this one.  Parts of it were too raw and it was essentially just pizza grits.  Maybe I need to bake it more in the future?  We shall see.  

Any suggestions for polenta pizza?  Are you wearing green?  

And just because it’s St. Patricks- throwback to being in Dublin for it six years ago- 

st pats weekend

Hey guys!  So I haven’t posted since last weekend (blog mom fail) but it was pretty much just a full workweek that flew by.  It’s amazing me how much I’m learning everytime I go to work!  And I’m seriously loving it.  There’s a lot of different kids and learning about all of the syndromes and diagnoses is keeping me super busy on top of school!  School, btw, is also keeping me busy, I feel like mostly with busy work.  I’m not a huge fan, but am just working to check this box off. 

If we were recovering from New Orleans, we regressed this weekend and have to start all over- friend Julie (to differentiate from sister Julie) was celebrating her birthday, and we decided to do so by doing the HUGE St. Patricks Day bar crawl in Charlotte. Seriously, it was huge.  

I kicked off my day with a quick treadmill run (it was raining) and then startered off with brunch at friend Julie’s house- how cute is she? 

With our bellies full, we went to the bar crawl and had so. Much. Fun.  

Lots of dancing and fun later, we called it a night before  10 o’clock :) 

Sunday was spent recuperating at a bridal shower for Serena, which unfortunately, I have zero pictures  from.  Luckily for me, I have a education heavy week, aka my days are a little shorter and not quite so early so I can catch up on some zzz’s.

How was your weekend? Did you celebrate St. Patricks day? 

weekending: New Orleans style


Happy Monday!  Remember when this happened? Well, it’s getting close to wedding time and that also means bachelorette party time!  I even rocked my Essie Bachelorette Bash for the occasion.


We headed down on Thursday to max out our weekend (I worked all my days back to back last week to make it work!), and had such a great time. We rented a house on Orleans and Bourbon, so we were right in the middle of all of the action all weekend :)

IMG_5669We ate at lots of yummy restaurants (stay tuned for recaps!), and had many fun drinks- it’s a bachlorette so duh!


IMG_5704Our days were spent wandering around, and on Friday we happened to stumble on a practice St. Patrick’s parade which was so fun!

IMG_5682The only downside was it was a little chilly, and only brought my rain jacket- serious fail on my part.  The weekend was so fun overall and I cannot wait to celebrate my beautiful friend on her wedding day, it’s coming up soon!


humpday happenings

Yesterday was super busy, I had about 1736478 things on my to do list, but first, I had 8 hours of cardiology class.  The class was really interesting, it taught me A LOT about the heart kids we take care of, but it also made me aware of how much I still have to learn!  

Midway, some of the people I work with and I grabbed lunch from Zoë’s Kitchen.  I got the new quinoa salad and added grilled chicken.  Oh. My. Gosh. It was so good.  Try it, you’ll thank me.  

I rushed to run some errands afterwards before heading to NoDa run club with one of my favorite running buddies, Serena.  

(You can tell it’s an old picture because it’s March not summer and we wish we were this tan)

It was absolutely perfect running weather.  And then I ruined the run.  After we started, we were chatting for a bit then I started seeing spots a little bit, but I thought I could push through and would hit my groove and feel fine.  Serena looked at me and asked if I felt okay because she said I looked clammy.  I said I was fine and kept running, but my vision was blurry around the edges and I felt like I was on the verge of blacking out.  So, finally we stopped and tried walking, but then I felt super nauseous.  I thought I was going to throw up, so we decided to head back to the car.  And then, when I thought I was in the clear, I puked.  Great story, right?  I’m pretty sure it was just the combination of exhaustion (I had just worked a bunch of days in a row), I hadn’t eaten in about 7 hours, and maybe a touch of dehydration.  Fail.  

We headed back to my sisters after the run for dinner- she and her roommate were grilling for her roomie’s bday.  I didn’t feel like eating, but they made a feast of brats, Brussels and broccoli, and Thai coleslaw.  

This is Julie’s plate- she may have a slight affinity for condiments.  Dinner was topped of with the best ever dessert, King of Pops Popsicles!

I’m still not feeling 100%, still a little nauseous/headache-y/indigestion-y.  I’m really hoping it’s just the exhaustion, I have MAJOR plans for this weekend!

Has this ever happened to you?  What did you go?  Popsicles or ice cream?