Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Things I've Learned In Phoenix...So Far

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.


  1. I like bullet points :).
    When are you going to cut your hair?!
    And I agree- you love candy. I remember going over to your house and there was candy in 3-4 corners of your house in glass jars. I was in heaven.
    And why are you watching downton from season 2?! You need to start with season one, silly!

  2. The hair, I have an appointment next Saturday, however I don't know if I have the courage to cut it all yet. Still trying to decide...Yes, I'm a list kind of person! I miss my candy house for sure. My aunt and uncle had already watched season 1 and were starting season 2. Maybe I will watch season 1 before watching season 3.