Sunday, June 10, 2012

10 on 10: it's been awhile

Happy 10th of June!

i got a friendly text this am reminding 
me that it was the tenth of june.
thanks, kim. way to help me reach my blog potential.

this is not a trick.
went to the gas station this am, but couldn't get the pump
 to work for more than 5 seconds at a time.
so i pumped less than a gallon.
oh well.

headed to the clover next to meet up with some of my faves.
kim let's me put my feet near her stuff
and jason buys me venti iced waters.
win win if you ask me.

 such a beautiful, summer-like day in the bay!
glad i got to spend it worshiping with the Body of Christ!

 it was sudan sunday at hope
as we got to hear how the Lord used some of our local body
to minister and support the local body of sudan.
the resource table was sporting our global side today.

 the keys got locked in the van at church
which means clean up was delayed a bit.
no worries.
this lady and i enjoyed some sun and conversation.
always a pleasure.

 after church, took a few to veg.
a lunch of vegetables and watching other people be athletic on tv while the exercise ball stares us in the face.

 my one living grandparent celebrated her 
94th birthday this past week.
today, we celebrated her as a family.
happy birthday, gammy!

 people may wonder why i was always the fat kid.
one factor: my mom is a BOMB cook.
i'd be surprised if you're mouth is not watering.

 after dinner, i got a text from a coworker telling me 
i was scheduled to work tonight.
as you can see, this was not what i expected.
thankfully, there was enough staff and i didn't have to go in.
sadly, i had to use my sick leave.
maybe one day i'll learn to read the schedule.

 we came home after family dinner.
i've been exhausted much of the weekend i think in part to my excessive carbohydrate consumption.
thankfully, i had an ISA shake with my name on it!
it tasted super good and was a nice prep before cleansing tomorrow.

hope you enjoyed this sneak peak into my tenth of june!
and hey, i'm actually linking up this time!
ten on ten button

Friday, June 8, 2012

PinterTest Kitchen-June

is it really june?
i'm having a hard time believing it.

a new month means a new chance to put pinterst to the test.
my friend jessica hosts a link-up party on her blog for such an occasion.
check it out and join in on the fun!

this month, i'm trying to eat healthier,
so i decided to try out a fresh and healthy main course.
i like fish and it's packed with healthy goodness.
i know, i can hear the "boos" and "hisses" across the blogsphere.
but the good news is, i'm pretty sure this would work with chicken or pork too.

anyway, here's the original posting:

Grilled Salmon 
w/Avocado Salsa

delish, right?

here's what you'll need to season the fish/chicken/pork:
2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 pieces
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika powder
1 tsp black pepper

and for the salsa:
1 avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
3 mild hot peppers, seeded and deveined, diced or sliced
Juice from 2 limes
3 tbs olive oil
2 tbs finely chopped cilantro
Salt to taste

first things first:
mix the spices and olive oil.
coat both sides of the salmon fillets with the mixture

  refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

while that's chilling,
let's make the salsa.

i excluded the avocado until i put the salmon in the oven.
i also used 2 avocados because i'm an addict.
chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

heat the oven to 350 degrees.
 it's supposed to be grilled, but this single, apartment
living chick ain't got one.
 baking it is!
i put the salmon into a pyrex dish with some cooking spray.

cook for about 25 min

remove your cooked fish from the oven
and serve the avocado salsa on top.

my friend, angela came over for dinner and the giants game.
she approves.

this was a pinterest win!
i recommend this yummy combination of spices on the fish
and the salsa was ridiculously good.
try it out, yo!

linking up!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

the Great Physician!

well, i'm on the front side of a five-day stretch off of work. 
and let's just say, i'm pretty stoked.

i just worked a four day stretch and some overtime.
phew, i'm tired.
but a good tired.
a fulfilled tired.

it was the most consistently busy shifts i've had in a long time,
but it felt really good  to be so productive.

all of my patients were pretty sick.
it broke my heart to see them suffering 
despite my efforts to help them.

one of  my guys had fairly advanced lung cancer.
and pneumonia on top of that. 
and had hypoglycemia in the morning.
and an irregular heart rate that required some intervention.
and we were ruling out tuberculosis.
sick, yea?

a couple nights ago we were transfering him and 
i noticed a Bible in his room.
i said, huh, interesting, but didn't pursue it any farther.

well, every shift i worked with this man, his heart would go into this irregular rhythm.
his heart would go really, really fast and 
we had to get it to slow down.
every time this happened, i followed protocol to 
slow down his heart beat.

but this morning, something changed.
his heart rhythm kept changing from regular rhythm to this accelerated rhythm.
and even though i was following protocol, it wasn't working.

i was just sitting there talking with him,
(we were kinda bff after four shifts),
and i saw the Bible.
the Spirit impressed upon my heart to pray for this man.
to pray that the Lord would heal this irregular rhythm.

i tried to say no; the medication should be working, right?
why can't i just learn to be obedient?
the urging to pray for this man was too strong *thankfully*
and so i asked if i could pray for him.
he was ridiculously receptive.
as i was praying for him, his heart rate slowed down and returned to a normal rhythm. 
and it stayed there for the rest of my shift.

doesn't the Lord blow your mind?!
one simply act of obedience can do so much!
i am always amazed that the Lord uses me, his most stubborn child, to reveal Himself to others.
what a privilege!!

 "Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
   who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
   who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy"

Psalm 103:2-4