Daily Dose 3/29

First week of rotation down!  To be honest, it was one of the worst and most stressful weeks I can remember.  I am used to having a bad couple of days, but not an entire week.  I’m hoping to get to relax Saturday, as I have to work on Easter Sunday.  Most of the shots below are from last Friday afternoon (after last week’s post) and Saturday.  No shots from the week, that’s how bad it was.


We paint nails in bars.



It still being Friday, we went to a diner and I went with my meatless cravings…. Onion Rings and Apple Pie a la Mode



Got to hang out with my favorite Kappa boys and girls for the first time in a long time.  Not to be confused with Kappa Kappa Gamma. I was not greek in undergrad.



Picked up my cap, gown, and hood! 42 days until doctorate!



It snowed. At the end of March. A week before Easter. What is this sorcery??


The System is Down

I have been so embarrassingly late at posting this week! My new rotation has begun and the hours are later than normal, so my schedule is totally off!   Thursday had been incredibly trying at rotation because the computers had gone down for almost 4 hours and it was absolute chaos during those times.

That being said, this #TBT was stuck in my head.  As always, my coworkers had never heard of it, so they thought I was crazy.  Again.

Happy Holy Thursday, and here is the last of the recipes for this Lent:

Salmon cakes

16 oz fresh or canned salmon

¼ onion, finely diced

1 celery stalk, finely diced

¼ cup mayo

1 egg

Approximately ½ cup almond flour

Sea salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp olive oil

Mix all ingredients except almond flour.  Add almond flour until mixture begins to stick together.  Form patties by taking a handful of the mixture and pressing it together with your hands.  You want the patties to be approximately 1 inch thick.  Heat olive oil in pan/skillet over medium-high heat.  Place patties in pan, and cook until golden brown.  Flip, and repeat the process with the other side.  Serve with dilly-mayo recipe below:

Dilly mayo:

Fresh dill, chopped

½ cup paleo mayo

Lemon juice

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and serve with salmon cakes

The Lovely Bones

I have a new obsession of necklaces lately, thanks in most part to GroopDealz.  The necklace I am featuring today is actually from Fornash, one of my favorite jewelry brands.  Not only is it perfectly preppy and bright, the owner is a Virginia Tech Alum.  Anything to support my fellow Hokies!

I recently discovered that their store moved into a small mall nearby my parent’s house, so I step in there quite frequently to check out their {clearance} selection.  A particular necklace is a chunky pearl necklace that transcends the normal strand.  It is traditional enough to be professional, but edgy enough to be different.



With its clearance price, this beauty came to $20!  I wore this while babysitting once, and one of my cousins asked me what my necklace was.  I told her it was the bones of misbehaving children.  That got her to quiet down really quickly.

Rotation 8 Reflection

I can’t believe another 5 weeks flew by! Today is the beginning of my LAST ROTATION.  5 more weeks stand between me and my doctorate. Un. Real.

I really enjoyed my community rotation because it was at Kaiser, where the pharmacy IS the insurance company and we work very closely with the doctors to optimize health care for the patients.  It was much less stressful than working at my normal store because the patients were just so much nicer!

Here are some snapshots of my 5 weeks:


The namesake of my blog! A pharmacist who worked there told me I was “practicing a long tradition in pharmacy when I was working on this particular compound.  Note: most of these powders smell terrible.


For this ointment, I had to squeeze the material from inside a pill into the middle.  This is also used for hemorrhoids.


It became a running joke that I had to make Tamiflu suspension at the end of each day.  It’s the end of March, yall! No one should still be getting the flu!


I am still very amused by the cool colors and shapes that drugs come in.  Love it!


Another medication that requires me opening some pills.  These came in pellets that I had to grind up.


Teaching one of the pharmacists some new words.  Can’t wait to be working full time and not being able to keep up with trends and slang words.




My pocket full of hard candies.

My next rotation will also be at a community pharmacy.  Since I will be working as a community pharmacist (in under 2 months!!!!), I figured it would be wise for me to have more experience in the community, where the patients may not be as nice as before.

Daily Dose 3/22

It’s another end of a rotation and I am back in Richmond for a campus day and class meeting.  Mixed feelings about that one, actually.  The last week was both exciting and dragging, as the end of a rotation is always welcomed.  20130322-071840.jpg


Neon. Unicorn. Pillowpet.  Three of my most favorite things.




A welcome surprise of a purchase I had totally forgotten about



Donuts for my preceptor, who called out sick on my last day.  They were delicious.



Playing my namesake on words with friends.  Decent point rack.



A delicious breakfast.  If it’s from Whole Foods, it’s healthy, right?

Have a great weekend!


It’s Falls Church restaurant week! I find it rather amusing that my little town tries to one-up the big cities that surround it.  That being said, Falls Church is known to have some pretty amazing food!

One new spot that I tried last week was a South American place (note: NOT Mexican, as my boyfriend had pointed out) that was attached to a motel near my mom’s work.  Oh yeah! Boyfriend was home for spring break and I finally got to see him for the first time since Valentine’s Day!


La Caraquena was featured on Diner’s Drive-ins and Dives, our FAVORITE show!  BF has actually made it his goal in life to eat at every Triple-D place in Virginia. That’s cute. Let me tell you though, the food is THE BOMB DOT COM. I don’t say that a lot.  Actually, I avoid using such phrases, but it was SO GOOD.  We had never had Venezuelan food before, and this was an amazing introduction.  I can’t even describe the food–just that it was flavorful and cooked to perfection.  Any other description would not do it justice.

We had the plantains appetizer first–I’m used to eating this as a dessert, but this was served with pico de gallo, guacamole, and some of the best fresh mozzarella you will ever have.  I then ordered their main dish that had rice, beans, pulled beef, avocado, sweet plantains, and an egg.  Mouthgasm.

Below is the segment I found on youtube.  Pretty poor quality, and I am sure it is a local who shot it while watching the episode on TV…I tried.

Now that you’re all hungry… here is this week’s meatless recipe for Friday:


gingered carrots with mahi mahi

4 carrots, sliced

3 tbsp coconut oil

5 green onions, diced

½ tsp fresh grated ginger

1 tsp crushed garlic

1 lb mahi mahi pieces or other white fish of your choice

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

½ cup chicken broth

1 tbsp coconut aminos or ½ tsp of wheat free tamari

Fresh ground black pepper and sea salt to taste

Sauté carrots in 2 tbsp of coconut oil over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until the carrots start to brown.  While the carrots are cooking, mix the chicken broth, coconut aminos or tamari and black pepper together in a bowl and set aside.  Add green onions to the carrots and cook for another minute.  Add the lemon juice, ginger, and garlic to the pan and sauté just until the veggies are coated with the ginger and garlic.  Sprinkle with a little sea salt, stir again, and remove the carrot mixture from the pan and set aside.  Add the remaining tablespoon of coconut oil to the same pan over medium heat.  Add the fish pieces and cook for 1 minute on each side.  Now, pour the chicken broth mixture that you made earlier over the fish, cover and cook for another 1-2 minutes or until the fish and tender and flakes apart easily.  Do not overcook!  Serve the fish over the gingered carrots.  Serves 2-3 adults.

First Day of Spring OOTD

It’s Spring! Despite what my weather app might say…
I love the bright florals and pastels of spring, and today, I have an excuse to wear them! Below are some of the affordable picks from my closet and I plan to blast my coworkers with all the pastels in the world!

Target Polka dot top / J.Crew Peacoat / Target Pencil skirt / Topshop flat shoes / Kohl’s Printed tote bag / Lilly Pulitzer bracelet / J.Crew bracelet

Unfortunately the weather requires that heavy wool coat from J. Crew today, but at least it comes in spring hues.  Happy spring! Treat yourself to a hot pink passion tea lemonade today!

Werth-y of Distraction


Working in a pharmacy can be tough on the mind sometimes.  The constant standing and the monotony of counting pills over and over again can easily put your brain to sleep.  Early on in this rotation, I learned that the key to keeping myself awake at work is to have a few hard candies in my pocket.

20130320-074327.jpgWhile known as “grandpa candy” I absolutely love Werther’s.  I have no idea why, I just like the way I taste.  Maybe I really am a grandmother at heart.  They also have this new flavor of caramel apple, where there is this mysterious apple syrup (think gusher-like) inside a caramel candy shell.  Weird, but I love weird.

This is how most cavities start out… good thing I have a sister who is a dentist.



One of my favorite things about Spring is getting to wear sandals.  It’s a small transition to summer that won’t punish you too harshly if the temperatures dip when it’s dark out. They also look great with whatever outfit you choose to wear, and depending on the cut, make your legs look long and lean. +1!

Vince Camuto peep toe heels / Vince Camuto platform wedge sandals / Kelsi Dagger shoes / GUESS / KG Kurt Geiger t strap flat sandals / Fabio Rusconi strappy shoes / Steve Madden t strap sandals / Jack Rogers shoes / Fergalicious summer wedge
I am really liking white, mint, and nude for this spring’s and summer’s sandals.  They go great with your spring-toned pastels, and your pink and navy for the summer.  I like the different “cuts” at the straps and toes.  You really have to get a feel for what your feet look great in and what you should avoid.  For example, I tend to stay away from the long toe-straps, because it makes my long toes look finger-like…it’s not cute.  Since I have shorter legs and thicker calves, I like anything that doesn’t have a strap around the ankle or has a little bit of a heel so I have the illusion of leaner legs.
Speaking of Spring, it’s supposed to snow this evening. Holler at Mid Atlantic weather patterns!

Daily Dose 3/15

It’s been a pretty nice week that went by quite quickly.  The weekend was beautiful and I got to enjoy some pieces of town that I had neglected for years.  The week actually turned out pretty fantastic.


We had guests in town and took them to the far more superior Cupcakerie in DC



On another good-eating binge, I took boyfriend to a local dive that featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, our favorite show!



A complimentary clutch from Marley Lilly and Sumpto landed on my doorstep.  IN LOVE!



For some reason, I kept getting prescriptions for a compound like 10 minutes before I was supposed to leave.  Now I am an expert!



I found this little gem in one of the pharmacist’s pockets, a list of terms that she felt important for her to learn and recall. Yup.

Have a great weekend!