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Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes

I had a bag of baby Yukon gold potatoes that I’d gotten for 99 cents (yay for manager’s specials at Kroger!) that I needed to use up, so I rescued them from my apartment and brought them over to Linda’s so that we could use up the mountains of fresh dill she had. (We’re trying to clean out our respective refrigerators, so it’s somewhat of a joint process.)

I didn’t think to drizzle in some sriracha sauce until I’d already eaten most of it, but I’d recommend you try it with that! Gives it an extra kick! :D

Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes

253 calories, 49g CHO’s, 0g fat, 17g protein, 4g fiber, 90mg sodium!

Ingredients:
-10 baby Yukon gold potatoes
-1 cup Fage 0% Greek Yogurt (Plain)
-2 tbsp Homestead Creamery 2% milk
-1 tbsp garlic, minced
-sea salt, to taste
-freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
-fresh dill
-drizzle of sriracha sauce (not pictured)

Instructions:
1) Wash potatoes and peel skin.
2) Fill a pot with just enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil, then let simmer on medium heat for ~15 minutes, or however long it takes them to be tender enough to mash with a fork (or potato masher, if you happen to possess one).
3) Add greek yogurt and milk to the potatoes and mash to your desired consistency.
4) Add salt, pepper, dill and sriracha sauce until the flavor is to your liking.

(Please excuse the messy sides of the bowl. I decided to save bowls/water and just mashed em’ up in the bowls we’d be eating in.)


This week’s Spill It, Sundays theme is “5 Facts!” :]

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Five facts about…your family!

  1. I have one older brother! We were born 13 months apart and he’s one of my best friends.
  2. We used to beat each other up all the time, but when I was around 12, we made a pact to stop fighting and have actually kept the peace ever since then!
  3. My parents are awesome and I love em’. :D They are super chill, as far as Asian parenting goes. I’ve never had a curfew (although to be fair, I never did anything with my lack of curfew either, so that might be why).
  4. My dad has a somewhat twisted sense of humor though. When I injured my neck and couldn’t turn my head or look down, he’d drop money in front of me and laugh because I wouldn’t notice. :[ These days, he tells me I’m fat and I flex my biceps at him and tell him it’s not good to insult people who can beat him up.
  5. My mom is of the variety of human being who only eats it because she has to in order to live. This makes me sad, so I’m constantly trying to make awesome things when I’m home to change her mind.

Five facts about…your childhood!

  1. All my family friends my age were guys, so I grew up very much a tomboy and was really upset that I wasn’t allowed to do all the things that they could do (e.g. pee standing up, join boy scouts, etc.).
  2. I’m still a little sad that because I refused to do anything “girly” (see #1), I passed up gymnastics/singing/dance as a kid. Better late than never though, right?
  3. My parents didn’t know what we’d be interested in as kids, so they just had us try everything. I think this was an awesome philosophy, but unfortunately, I like everything, so I keep picking up new hobbies and keeping all the old ones. I want/need more hours in a day.
  4. I’m super grateful that my mom got me started on music when I was little. :] It’s still one of my favorite ways to de-stress and for a couple years, was also what paid for my livelihood through college.
  5. I wrote in paper journals for ages (regularly since 2000) and have had an online journal since 2001, but med school has not been conducive to my paper-journalling, so I switched over to exclusively blogging. I still miss the paper sometimes, but time will always be an issue.

Five facts about…you + school!

  1. I double-majored in Exercise Biology and Music Performance in undergrad. I had the most amazing professors on the face of the planet and was living with my best friends, so even though I was taking 8-12 classes per quarter (while doing a billion other things), it was an awesome experience, and my last two years there still remain as some of the best times of my life thus far.
  2. I am about 2 classes away from having an associate’s in Athletic Training (so close, yet so far!).
  3. I moved across the country for a year to do an accelerated master’s program at UMDNJ in Biomedical Sciences.
  4. I’m currently in medical school!
  5. I have, on more than one occasion, been called a degree slut. I promise I’m stopping after the med school degree?!

Five facts about…you + travel!

  1. My mom loves to travel, so I (very eagerly) get dragged along on her adventures when my schedule allows for it. This is actually how/why I ended up on a 12-day cruise through the Mediterranean a couple weeks before taking my MCAT. Perhaps not the best of ideas, but Greece was involved and I couldn’t turn it down. It turned out okay though, because hooray! I made it into med school.
  2. To date, my favorite places are Hong Kong, Greece, Thailand and Hawai’i.
  3. I’d also love to go on another medical service trip! I went to the Dominican Republic over spring break this year and it was awesome.
  4. I love to travel, but I’m not a very big fan of long plane rides. On the plus side, I can fall asleep anywhere and don’t get affected by jet lag, so it’s not as bad as it could be.
  5. Somewhere in South America, Tahiti, and Costa Rica are on my bucket list!

Five facts about…your eating style!

  1. This one throws people off, but I’ve never knowingly eaten bacon. (My friends like to refer to my church as the “no-bacon-church.”)
  2. I like durian, but no one likes to associate with me if I eat it. :[
  3. For the most part, I like to eat healthy, but I always designate a cheat meal/day for the week. This is usually Saturday, because my church makes amazing food.
  4. …but I’m also very gifted at packing down alarming quantities of food in one sitting, especially if it’s food that I really like. My friends can attest to this. :O
  5. I most likely have a missing or mutated acetaldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme (why hello, Asian glow, palpitations, nausea and terrible times!), so I can’t/don’t drink alcohol. This is perfectly fine with me though, because alcohol is expensive, and I would much rather eat good food instead. :]

We’ve been collaborating on flashcards and have been trying to keep each other motivated, so…Pixie stuck this on one of the cards. Thanks, High Expectations Asian Father!

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Spill It, Sundays

I’m aware that it’s not actually Sunday yet, but I have another post reserved for tomorrow and this doesn’t actually have to be done on Sunday, soooo…

I’m joining in on Spill It, Sundays, which is a weekly linkup to get to know more about different food/fitness/healthy lifestyle bloggers outside of those aforementioned parameters. Arman is a fellow Recipe ReDuxer, and you can find out more about Spill It, Sundays over here!

98% of the pictures on my phone are reserved for pictures of food (that I’ve made, others have made, etc…basically food that I’m eating), so I’m horrible with this whole selfie thing. I’m going to leave you instead with an adorable Toothless bank I found at Walmart. I want a pet dragon. I’m also including a disclaimer that most of the posts I write are written and scheduled into the future, so most of this was actually written halfway through the week. :x

The last….person you spoke to?

  • I pretty much live in my study room right now (see here for the fully mapped out picture of said study room), so I really only interact with my housemate (I really only see her on weekends because she’s always working and I’m always studying) and my friend Pixie, who studies in the room across the hall from me. We communicate by way of dry-erase markers on our respective windows, so as not to disturb each other’s study-progress.

I took a break over the weekend to study at home so I could tend to the billions of things I was cooking up to feed myself throughout the week, and this is what happened. :O

Mike has returned to the catacombs so he drew a pair of boobs on my window (…). When he angled himself in the right way, it’d look like they were on him. Pixie came by the morning after and transmuted them into amoeba-racers. I promise that we haven’t completely lost our minds, although we are getting close to that point.

The last…sweet food you ate?

  • Sasha bought this super fancy Congo Vanilla Nib 65% dark chocolate for Pixie, who gave most of it to me because she didn’t want to eat all of it. :O

The last…savoury food you ate?

  • I made a tuna salad to put on my bagel this morning. Recipe will follow in a couple weeks…(I schedule everything into the future, haha.)

The last…blog you visited?

  • Mommy’s Getting Strong. She’s on my GGSA team and had a recipe for grilled chicken and mango avocado salsa that looks absolutely amazing. <3

The last…blog you commented on?

  • Suzlyfe! She’s hilarious and I love her posts (and food pictures <3)!

The last…recipe you tried out?

  • I’m half-assuming that this means trying out a recipe that someone else made…so that would be Sweet & Spicy Dijon-Encrusted Salmon! (Made by another fellow Recipe ReDuxer!) It’s been a while! I’ve been branching out and coming up with my own stuff from scratch lately (:O!!!)!

The last…item you pinned on Pinterest?

The last…TV show you watched?

  • I am hopelessly behind on all the TV shows in the world, except perhaps Game of Thrones, because my friends and I make it a point to clear out an hour on Sunday evenings to gather around for dinner/the show before we get back to our respective study hovels. It’s super srs bsns in that we don’t allow any conversation to take place while it’s playing, hahaha. I haven’t seen the season finale yet since one friend couldn’t be there last weekend, so we are waiting on him to watch it together! (Our “Leave No (Wo)Man behind policy.)

The last…trip you took?

  • I went home in early May for Mother’s Day and to reassure my family/friends that I was in fact still alive. It was awesome to be back, but in retrospect, I really should’ve just stayed here to study. :[

The last…time you spent money and on what?

Groceries! That’s about the only thing I ever spend money on anymore. :O It’s also the only thing (other than things required for school) that I allow myself to splurge on, because student loans suck. This was my grocery haul from last night!

  • 1 Simple Truth container of organic mint
  • 1 Simple Truth Organic 50/50 blend of spring mix/baby spinach
  • 1 10 oz. tub Fresh Selections Baby Spring Mix
  • 1 Fresh Selections Southwest Chopped Salad kit
  • 3 10-oz. containers fresh blueberries
  • 1 Homestead Creamery orange milk
  • 1 Bear Naked Cranberry Almond bar
  • 5 Yoplait Greek yogurts (Black Cherry, Tropical, Peach, Strawberry, Mixed Berry)
  • 3 Kroger Greek yogurt (Peach, Pomegranate, Mixed Berry)

All for $21! :D

sublet interview

I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes, we get really bored of studying and find really unique/creative ways to deal with it. I’m somewhat proud to admit that throughout the last two years of med school, I have only really self-diagnosed myself with two things:

  • Narcolepsy
    I’m pretty sure I don’t actually have this (it’s more likely to be prolonged sleep deprivation), but I can fall asleep within 3 minutes anywhere/at any time and start having all kinds of crazy dreams. I also get hypnagogic & hypnopompic hallucinations whenever I fall asleep in the catacombs
  • Compulsive Eating Disorder
    I spend most of my day thinking about food/planning the next week’s worth of meals, and am very capable of stuffing down somewhat frightening amounts of food in one sitting. In all honesty, I probably don’t have this either (I just really, really like food), but it would explain my constant preoccupation with food. ._.

Anyway, my other favorite pastime study break (aside from food + the gym) is pranking other unsuspecting friends/students. Past examples have included supermanning past my friend’s study window. About a month ago, one of our classmates was discussing the possibility of subletting my friends’ apartment while they were in Ohio for the first couple months of rotations, so they thought it’d be hilarious to pretend to interview her. They took it a step further and asked me to be the secretary/scribe, and we all dressed up to make it more official/believable.

There’s a chance that we went slightly overboard with this, but we figured we might as well go all-out to make it convincing.

We even left a water bottle and a snack at her seat!

They started off by noting that she was late and asking her to sign in (while they posted an “Interview in Progress” sign on the window). They also asked for her resume, and looked at each other with a disapproving sigh when she said she didn’t have it with her.

The questions started out somewhat normally:

1)      How do you feel about pets and are you planning to have one?
2)     
Do you plan on having visitors over? Are you planning to have parties at the apartment?
3)     
Do you smoke? Drink? Use illicit drugs?

(This is where I chimed in so she’d know I was actually taking notes on her responses.)

4)      We understand you were the class secretary. Can you please describe your responsibilities?
5)     
Please describe 3 strengths and weaknesses.

I’d like to note that one of the strengths she listed was “great driver,” and my friend asked in all seriousness, “Are you referring to the time you almost ran over me and my at-the-time-fiance?”

6)      Which color of the rainbow would you be and why?
7)     
What time of the day do you usually start drinking?
8)     
Our administrative dean walks in here wearing a sombrero. What would he say and why is he here?
9)     
What song best describes your work ethic?
10)     
Say you invited us over for dinner. What would you serve us?
11)     How would you rate us as interviewers?

She gave them a 4 because she was completely unprepared for said “interview.” She thinks we are terrible people, but is glad that we had so much fun scaring the crap out of her.

supermanning

I apologize in advance for the terrible quality, but this is a screenshot of a video of a video (just let that digest for a moment). That’s why it’s so pixelated. Since our lives are so often just filled with studying, we often take study breaks to clear our minds. Last fall, it involved me supermanning past the window where my friend was studying.

That’s a pretty good shot of my brachioradialis. :O

In my spare time, I like to practice flying. :D

Ultimate Coffee Date – May

I noticed this linkup from Laura and found out more about it (hosted by other fellow GGS ambassadors–Nikki, Jill & Lynda); it seems like a really fun way to get to know other bloggers out there and for you to get to know a little more about me (if you so choose). :] I hope May has been treating everyone well and that you’ll join me for a cup of [virtual] coffee (or tea! I actually rarely drink coffee, which is apparently somewhat blasphemous for a medical student)! I’m a little late in the game in that it’s no longer morning, but better late than never!(?)

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If we were having coffee/tea this morning afternoon, I would tell you that I’ve been really happy lately because I got to spend yesterday with two of my closest friends on the planet and we’re getting together again later tonight to make a bunch of food for dinner. We only get to see each other a couple times a year, so I’m always grateful for the time that I get to spend with them. They are the reason why I believe that it’s the company you keep that’s the most important–it doesn’t matter where we are or what we’re doing. What matters to me is who I’m with, because we could be doing anything (or nothing) and would still find a way to have a blast. <3 Case in point, here’s us derping around in front of a whole lot of Star Wars paraphernalia.

Yoda Fountain! (They’ve apparently witnessed people dueling here at night with lightsabers.)

With Darth looming behind us.

We take our jobs seriously.

Why do you suddenly have a face!?

If we were having coffee/tea this morning afternoon, I would tell you that I took a cat on a [successful] walk for the first time yesterday, and it was awesome. I’ve tried taking my own cat out, but she is terrified of the world and would only army-crawl everywhere. I felt bad because she was having such a miserable time, so I brought her back home after only about 10 minutes outside. I also discovered yesterday that the fog in SF is so infamous, it has its own name (Karl) and following on instagram (karlthefog). The person behind karlthefog has a pretty hilarious sense of humor and I’ve been really enjoying reading the captions of “his” posts.

We took turns walking him around. :D He is adorable. Bus drivers would notice him and drive in super-stealth mode so as not to frighten him. It was really sweet.  :]

karlthefog

We took him (the cat, not the fog) to Baker Beach!

If we were having coffee/tea this morning afternoon, I would tell you that I recently found the best Thai restaurant ever (Amphawa Thai Noodle House) nestled on Geary St. in San Francisco. The four of us pigged out like no other last night (we hadn’t eaten pretty much all day), and I can safely say that everything we ordered (…7 different dishes) was super flavorful and delicious. I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite dish out of the seven because they were all so, so good. It’s basically become my favorite Thai restaurant of all time, and I hope we can go back again sometime. <3 I really want to learn to make all of this.

If we were having coffee/tea this morning afternoon, I would tell you that I am very much dreading the end of this month, and even more so, the end of next month. I’m signed up to take my boards soon and am fairly certain that no matter how much I study, I’m never going to feel ready. I’m trying to remain optimistic and to remind myself that I know more than I think I do, and that if I give it my all, that’s really all that I can do, so I should stop stressing and just do what I can…but seeing as how my entire future’s riding on it, I’m still really worried. I hope everything will turn out okay.
If we were having coffee/tea this morning afternoon, I would tell you that I really dislike long-distance running, but lately, I’ve seriously been considering incorporating it back into my life. Maybe “long-distance” is pushing it, but now that the weather is finally starting to get nice again (assuming that it decides to stick around), I think I may start doing interval training again outside. :] I’d get to enjoy a little sunlight and nature, which is always nice since I spend most of my time cooped up somewhere and studying. Maybe sometime this year, I’ll even sign up for a race or something! :O The first and only one I ever did was the Nike Women’s Marathon back in 2010, so…it’s really been a while.

If we were having coffee/tea this morning afternoon, I would tell you that I love and miss pole dancing, which used to be a huge part of my life back in 2011. (The past tense makes me really sad.) I actually stopped lifting weights for over half a year because of it (also partly because I no longer had a gym), since it was an absolutely amazing workout, and I wanted to save my strength for poling. Normally, you’d think that a dance studio filled with a whole ton of girls (and now some boys) would inevitably end up with drama, but everyone there is incredibly friendly, supportive and encouraging. I really think it has to do with the way Bel runs the studio, and the kind of example she sets for everyone that comes in. I miss being a fixture there (and all the people in it), and I’ve been at a standstill in terms of progression/improvement because I never get the chance to pole anymore (life, or more specifically, school) gets in the way of that. I’m a little sad that I have to keep this very separate from my school/professional life because although I’m in no way ashamed of it, I live in a fairly conservative area and don’t really want to deal with what could potentially happen if, say, my school (or some of the rather unsavory dudes there) were to find out about this.

I just came back from a workshop this morning and am all sorts of sore (but it’s a good kind of hurt, and one that I’m not liable to feel for another couple months [til I’m back here again], so bring it on! The post-workout chocolate berry protein smoothies make life better. :]

So there we have it! I really appreciate everyone that takes the time to come by and read my blog. :] Aside from my closest friends, I’ve never actually told anyone else I know about this “place,” which I consider to be my safe haven of sorts when I need a break from school. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the weekend!