Today I was thinking of all the things I've learned in the nearly 4 weeks that I've been here in Phoenix. The first I learned today...
*Grapefruit doesn't belong in a spinach drink.
*Fresh squeezed grapefruit from the tree in the backyard with lots of ice cubes is most refreshing for dinner, after my jog or just for an afternoon treat.
*My aunt or cousin Amy make 4 loaves of whole wheat bread which lasts us for about 2 weeks. They freeze it and it tastes just like it came from the oven, well close. The secret? 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Who would've thought?
*Indian rituals include carving two holes one on each side of the chest with a scalpel; crazy!
*I'm enjoying the wind chimes that give off sound almost constantly with the light wind that is often present.
*Smoked paprika makes everything taste better.
*I can go to bed early (like 9pm) and wake up early (6:15), well actually 5 when my bladder wakes me, and I actually can fall asleep and wake up early. I've never been much of an early morning person.
*Having a patient scheduled at 7:20, which is before I have to be at work; 7:30, means I'm never tempted to push snooze more than once. I'm not one to like to be behind at all on my schedule.
*If I leave at 7am I get to work a few minutes after 7:30. If I leave at 6:55 I usually get to work at least 5 minutes early. Amazing the difference of 5 minutes.
*It's hard to think of something for dinner more than a few times a week. I now know what it must be like to be a mom and have to think of something every night for dinner. Tonight's dinner: pulled pork sandwiches and potato salad.
*I can't go with out candy. I knew that, but I tried the first week I was here and did so well, until I went to Winco and their Easter candy was on sale. Don't tell, but I have a small stash in my bedroom drawer.
*I miss seeing my family on a regular basis, especially the days when Tristen and the girls come over to do practically nothing, even though before we knew it, it was time for them to go.
*It can actually be cool in Phoenix, like only in the 70's in the afternoon, like today it was only 73 and morning low of 59.
*I don't like driving a station wagon or anything remotely that looks like a mom car. The rental agency gave me a VW jetta wagon. I feel like a mom driving it. I do however like the new car smell.
*Sitting as much as I do kills my back. Which means I definitely sit to much at work.
*This is the easiest job I have had in the past 9 years or maybe I was over worked for the past 9 years. Either way, I am very much enjoying my job here.
*I'm missing the popcorn tree's that Spring brings in places where they actually have more than 1 season.
*It is much easier to be on a exercise routine, when it isn't cold outside and when you have a set time to do it every day; 6-7pm.
*I'm a fan of Downton Abbey, even though I started with the second season. Can't get enough of that awesome show and their English accents.
*I'm having so much fun living with my Aunt, Uncle and Cousin. Who knew they were so funny? I sure didn't until now.