Tales from Russia

Despite what you might have thought this post was going to be about due to the title, I have not made a impromptu trip to Russia, but I might as well have.

Since Valentine’s Day, I had been working at one of the local state run hospitals doing a pre-management rotation. I had a some time to kill, so my internship director gave me some time to get some exposure to what I would be doing in my two full management rotations. The first two days I was there, it was just myself and my preceptor, but after than my roommate Kelly joined me due to some ongoing complications with another facility. Kelly did clinical stuff and I was management. Let me tell you, it was great having someone to work with, because our preceptor is a little much for just one person to handle. As of December, she has been the only dietitian working so she is very stressed. She is also like 2nd generation Russian. She is quite a character. The first day I was at this hospital, I thought I was going to kill myself. She is very high strung, gets easily stressed out, her mind goes a thousand places at once and she talks like 120% of the time. I thought  I talked a mile a minute….she overshoots me by a lot. I have heard so many stories about Russia, its crazy. I also got to meet her mom, who speaks maybe 20 words in english, so trying to have a conversation with her was interesting in itself. She did try and attempt to teach me how to read Russian. Emphasis on tried. I’ll just stick to reading  english and spanish.

However, by the end of my time, things were actually quite pleasurable. I was able to get a lot of things done for her while knocking of several of my competencies. I think we finally eased her mind. I revamped the patient menus, I conducted an in-service to the staff about proper serving sizes while on tray line, I developed a post-gastrectomy, vegetarian and neutropenic diet for the facility, I helped cook some food for the cafeteria and did some product research.  So, I would say the last two weeks were successful.

In addition to all the stuff I did at this hospital, I have also started the job hunt. I am in the process of updating my resume and cover letter and once I get the A-Okay from the career center (who is reviewing my resumed), I can start sending my stuff out to companies. I am getting very excited for this next stage, and I have found some great facilities that I would be honored to work at!! Keep your fingers crossed.

So now I have a few days off in-between quarters before I start my final quarter as a dietetic intern!! It is crazy how fast time is flying. And with all of the things happening between now and graduation, I know it will be over in the blink of an eye.

Happy last day of February. Thank goodness for short months!!

XOXO, Danae

P.S. March is National Nutrition Month!! I hope to have some fun facts or recipes for you over the next month, so keep checking back!!

And the Oscar Goes To…..

Welcome to Part 3 of my Award Season Fashion Blog “Series”

(Read Part 1: The Academy Awards)

(Read Part 2: The SAG Awards)

This go around is for the 85th Oscars…the Award Show to end all Award Shows.  This is my Superbowl and the awards shows before this were just the Playoffs.

For this post, I am going to do comparisons of best and worst in various categories of my choosing. Let’s take a look!

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Dressed by Versace

BestHalle Berry. Not what I would pick out normally, but with her rocker hair and this metallic dress, I think she pulls the look together. 

In Versace.

In Versace.

Worst: Jane Fonda. I love yellow, but I don’t think I like this dress. I could do without the metallic strips. It ages it a little bit. It also kind of looks like a pant suit, but a dress.

In Versace.

In Versace.

Pretty in Pink

Best: Maria Menounos. Love the hair, love the dress. Simple elegance!

In Romona Keveza

In Romona Keveza

Worst: Fan Bingbing. Nope. I don’t like it. Maybe it is the bust area. or maybe it’s her name. (hope its a stage name)

In Marchesa.

In Marchesa.

The “Look Like an Oscar”

Best: Catherine Zeta-Jones. Glamour Queen. She looks awesome in gold!!!

In Zuhar Murat. (With Husband Michael Douglas)

In Zuhair Murad. (With Husband Michael Douglas)

Worst: Jessica Chastain. She looks pretty and I love her hair, but I am just not quite sure how I feel about the diamond pattern over the gold. I would have liked it more if it was just the plain gold.

In Armani.

In Armani.

“Heyyyyyy Sexxxy Lady!”

Best: Sandra Bullock. I love this lace dress with the peek-a-boo see through. She looks classy but sexy at the same time.

In Elie Saab.

In Elie Saab.

Worst: Brandi Glanville. 1) why are you here? You aren’t even married to an actor anymore 2) C”mon we know your sexy, but you don’t have to show your boobs to prove it. Choose 1, show off “the girls” or show off the legs. I love the bottom of the dress, but its “ehh”

In her own design (BranB)

In her own design (BrandB).

Floor Length

Best: Amy Adams. Gorgeous floor length. Love the princess bottom with all the ruffles!!

In Oscar de la Renta.

In Oscar de la Renta.

Worst: Melissa McCarthy. She looks beautiful, but her dress looks like one of those thin off-the-shoulder sweaters and stuffed a couple diamond brooches on it. The rooching is in the wrong places, which draws attention to the wrong places. This dress does not do anything for her.

In David Meister.

In David Meister.

Love Birds

Best: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. They look so glamorous. Jen’s hair looks the same from a previous award show, but I love color and the ruffles that go around the back onto the side.

Both In Gucci.

Both In Gucci.

Worst: Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton. No explanation needed.

In Vivienne Westwood (Helena)

In Vivienne Westwood (Helena)

Winter White

Best: Jennifer Lawrence. She knows how to hit the nail on the head, and she did it again at the Oscars. Absolutely breathtaking.

In Dior Haute Couture.

In Dior Haute Couture.

Worst: Charlize Theron. I hate the two piece dresses. It also is like a less blinged out version of what Anne Hathaway wore to the Academy Awards.

In Dior Haute Couture.

In Dior Haute Couture.

Bling

Best: Naomi Watts. Gahh…I am dying over this dress. I love anything that sparkles and this dress is no different.

In Armani.

In Armani.

Worst: Nicole Kidman. I would like this better if it was a different color scheme. Or maybe get rid of the swirls on the bottom. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it.

Nicole

In L’Wren Scott.

Male

Best: Eddie Redmayne. This one is for my sister, but I do think he looks great in this suit. I’m a sucker for a bowtie. I’m kind of diggin’ his shoes too. But they look like they wouldn’t be so good to wear in the rain.

In Alexander McQueen.

In Alexander McQueen.

Worst: Joseph Gordon-Levitt. This kid is boyishly handsome, but I don’t think his jacket and pants match, in color or infabric.

JGL

In Gucci.

Female

Best: Reese Witherspoon. I love this girl and she looks totally Hollywood glam!! I wish I could get my hair to look like that.

In Louis Vuitton.

In Louis Vuitton.

Worst: Sally Fields. I love the color red but this dress is very matronly and the bottom looks like a bed skirt  or something.

In Valentino.

In Valentino.

For the most part though, I thought the fashion was great and while I say some of these people are the “worst” I still think they look beautiful. I’m just jealous I wasn’t invited to attend…..

Hope you enjoyed the fashion!! Did any of your favorites win??

XOXO, Danae

1 more day until winter quarter is over!!

Hot for Teacher

This past Monday I taught a 100-level class at LA Tech on eating disorders and fad diets. The class contained 21 students, all from different grade levels as well as different majors.

I had the opportunity to teach this class because of a competency requirement. I had to complete a community education requirement, so this counted for that.

My zebralicious number I wore to teach my class.

My outfit I wore to teach.

I think everybody gets a little nervous when they are about to get up and talk to a group of people. I mean..public speaking is the number one fear in most people. I got a little bit nervous before hand, but I actually felt comfortable doing this presentation. I think my only complaint (at least from me) was that I talk fast. It is not even because I get nervous..I just talk fast. People may say its because I am from the north, where everything is fast paced, but I know I talk fast normally. However, this time around, I did a pretty good job. I feel like when I talk to a group of people I don’t know, I don’t get nervous, but when I talk to those I do know, I get nervous. It is like I don’t want them to think less of me after giving my talk. You would think I would be more nervous in front of people I didn’t know, because I would want them to have a good first impression of me. I don’t know…..maybe I’m backwards. I did get “talk fast” written on my evaluation form though….guess I just can’t shake it.

The talk discussed fad diets, like the Macrobiotic Diet, the Baby Food Diet, the Cabbage Diet, the raw food diet, the master  cleanse and much more!! I also had an activity that went along with this subject matter. Check out Everyday Diets for a huge compiled list of diets.

Weight in the eyes of an anorexic

Weight in the eyes of an anorexic

I then led into eating disorders, who is affected by them and described different eating disorders, like anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating. Signs were also talked about for each disorder. An activity where they had to spot signs of an eating disorder in three scenarios. I left the students with basic healthy weight management tips and guidelines for weight loss. Overall, I thought the class was successful and I really enjoyed the added experience.

I haven’t written of teaching as a career path, but I think it would be cool to teach college in the future. The possibilities for my career are endless.

XOXO, Danae

3 more days until the end of the quarter, then “Spring Break!”

Satisfying Dishes

As a dietitian (or a future one) I could not help put take this prompt for the Daily Post!!

I have eaten many an awesome dish and have enjoyed them for many different reasons. Many meals have satisfied me but I would have to say my MOST satisfying meal would have to be when I ate at Sergio’s in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.

Maybe it was the fact that I was starving to just angry at the traffic coming into the city and trying to find a decent place to eat, but when I got my Shrimp Po’Boy (with an ice cold beer), there was nothing better!!! Even though Sergio’s isn’t know for their po-boys (their Muffaletta is the grand supreme), it was a freakin’ good sandwich.

THe bread was this crunchy french bread, but it was still soft in the middle. The sandwich itself had had fried shrimp (gasp…I know…I ate something fried), lettuce and this awesome dressing stuff, probably some kind of mayo. Even though I don’t like mayo, this sandwich does need it. I have had a shrimp po-boy at another location in NOLA and it was super dry because of the fried shrimp and the french bread. I ate that sandwich so fast, I practically inhaled it.

Definitely one of my most satisfying meals.

XOXO, Danae

Challenge: TAG! You’re it!

So, I saw this post from rarasaur and because I had a half day from work today, I decided to do this questionnaire to pass the time!!

The Rules
1. Post the rules. (CHECK!)
2. Post a photo of yourself and eleven random facts about you.
3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post.
4. Create eleven new questions and tag new people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and let them know they have been tagged. (Ehh..lets skip it. If you read this and want to participate it, leave me a link to your post in the comments section or ‘ping” me back to it!)

Me in my favorite place...Seattle!

Me in my favorite place…Seattle!

Eleven facts about myself?  (1) I am the oldest of 3 children, (2) I took modeling classes when I was in 8th grade, (3) My greatest fear is falling on the concrete face first and breaking my two front teeth, (4) Coffee is my blood, (5) If I wasn’t going to be a dietitian, I would love to be Pediatrician….or be the next Giuliana Rancic and do celebrity news (6) I HATE spiders, (7) I hate when people chew their nails , (8) It is physically impossible for me to whistle. (believe me, I have tried) (9) I have over 90 pairs of shoes, (10) I don’t balance my checkbook (I like living life on the edge), (11) I want to move to Seattle within the next few years.

Rarasaur’s Questions for Me!

1. Name a smell you love, a smell you hate, and/or a smell you never really notice.

I love the smell of freshly brewed coffee and rain. I hate the smell of West Monroe, LA (smells like poop and sulfur). A smell I never really notice is the smell of my perfume. After I spritz it, I just don’t smell the smell anymore.

2. Name an interest or hobby you wish more of your friends shared with you.

A interest/hobby I wish more of my friends shared with me is eating sushi. I have like 3 close friends that will eat sushi with me. I wish more friends liked it. 

3. Name something you can teach, that you’d enjoy teaching.

An obvious thing I enjoying teaching is nutrition. But something else I would love to teach is Zumba. If I had time, I would to become a certified Zumba instructor. I feel like I get a great workout from it and it is so much fun!

4. What is something you’d really like to learn?

I would really love to learn how to film and edit my own videos. I think it could be a skill I could use in future endeavors. 

5. What do you do when you’re off-line?

When I am offline, I am doing homework or working for free at my internship! I also like to watch Grey’s Anatomy.

6. Do you sing in the shower? If so, what type of music?

Of course I sing in the shower!! I usually sing the most recent song I heard on the radio. Some faves of mine include Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. 

7. Would you rather be a raccoon or a fox? Why?

I would rather be a fox because I am a fox. 🙂 Also I don’t want to eat garbage.

8. If you had to choose between a million dollars and superpowers, which would you choose?

If I had to choose between a million dollars or superpowers, I would chose the million dollars. I know it sounds superficial, but I could do so much with the money like help this orphanage in Honduras, pay back school loans, finish my masters and give back to schools I have attended. I feel like I could do more with a million dollars than with superpowers. 

9. What’s your favorite day and why?

I would have to say April 25th. Because’s its not too hot and its not too cold. All you need is a light jacket! 🙂

10. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

The hardest thing I have ever done was write my research proposal back in the fall. It took so much brainpower and I hated it so much. But I did it and I felt successful. 

11. To whom would you (or to whom did you) dedicate your first book?

I would dedicate my first book to my family (like my parents, siblings  grandparents, aunts & uncles and cousins) as well as a few close friends that have supported my throughout my time in college and my internship. Also my second mom while in school, Dr. Anstrom. I couldn’t have done it without the support and encouragement of them all! 

My Questions for You!! Have fun!

  1. If you could live in any decade, which one would you choose?
  2. Bath or Shower?
  3. What is your favorite season?
  4. If you could have brunch with three people (dead or alive) who would it be? (I know…it’s cheesy)
  5. What is your favorite book and why?
  6. If you couldn’t be anything in the world (career-wise), what would you do?
  7. Describe your perfect first date.
  8. Are you more of a follower or a leader?
  9. What’s your sign?
  10. What outfit would you want to be buried in? (A little bit morbid, but I just watched a video on this subject)
  11. If you could change one thing about your life, what would you change and why?

TAG! You’re it!!! 

XOXO, Danae

Beads, Bums & Bars: My Mardi Gras Experience

What: Mardi Gras

Where: Bourbon Street in New Orleans, LA

When: February 9th-February 12th

Who: Myself, Gwen, Nate, Derrick, Gwen’s 2 college friends (Morgan & Leanne) and 6 other people

Why: When living in Louisiana, do as the New Orleanians do.

Wow. Mardi Gras. What an experience.  I think the easiest way to talk about my days in New Orleans is to break it up by day. So HERE WE GO…

Saturday

Music blaring and coffee in hand, I drove to A-town (AKA Alexandria) to Derrick’s apartment. From there he and I made the 3 1/2 hour drive to NOLA. After a failed attempt to use my ‘Mardi Gras Jam City’ playlist, we spent the tripping talking about life and trying to find a decent radio station. We only stopped once to get gas and get Starbucks, but due to poor city planning, we got back on the highway before making it to Starbucks. We hit major traffic getting into the New Orleans, but at least we got to  drive past the Super Dome (BEYONCE WAS HERE!)

Superdome!

We get into the city and we literally drive right up to a FREE and OPEN street parking spot that is a block from our hotel. Maybe this is a sign for a good weekend! Derrick and I are both starving, so we walk around and find a good place to eat. The streets are filled with Elephant Ear stands, Domino pizza carts and places to get frozen drinks. We feel like our luck is running out..We start wandering onto some of the side streets, turn a corner and what do we see? A man on the sidewalk, comatose. People were checking to see if he had a pulse. I don’t think he was breathing. We end up eating at Sergio’s, which was actually on Bobby Flay’s Throwdown where they tried to see who had the best Muffaletta. Even though Bobby Flay lost, we still got Shrimp Po-Boys and Bud Lights. We walk outside to a Mardi Gras Parade (one of many). We had a good time catching beads and watching the floats. A nice family even gave Derrick and I some jello shots.

We finally get into our hotel room and meet up with the rest of our group, as well as meet the other people we are staying in the room with. We had an awesome view of the street and parades from our hotel room. After spending some time in the room <drinking>, we made our way downstairs to a parade that was going on. Our group then tried to hang out Bourbon Street, but due to the immense crowds and craziness, we just hung out on canal street then got waffles at IHOP. We were up so late, we got to watch them clean the trash and beads from the street!! Crazy how much there was!

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Sunday

The next morning, Derrick and I got up and went to breakfast at The Ruby Slipper, which is near the Warehouse District. Since there was a 45 minute wait, we went and took a walk down by the Riverwalk. We walked down past the casino and took pictures in front of a lobster.

Crawfish Riverwalk

We made our way back to the restaurant and ate!! It was so good!! We both had peach bellinis then Derrick had shrimp & grits and I had a omelet with cheese, mushrooms and spinach with a side of grits. I was pleasantly surprised about the grits. They would have been better with cheese. The omelet was also really good. very fluffy, but filling.

The Ruby Slipper-Danae

Yum Yum Breakfast!

After breakfast, we met up with the rest of the group at the hotel and ran around. We spent sometime in Harrah’s. Leanne made 3 dollars, but the rest of us came out empty handed. We made our way back to Bourbon Street where I not only did we get Hand Grenades (a drink that we have no idea what is in it) at Tropical Isle, but I also got my picture taken with THE hand grenade. Although it was kind of groping me through is costume (that’s why I’m laughing). We went to a gay bar where I ran into guys that went to ULM and live currently in Chicago. Love running into people from home, even when I have no idea who they are. We also went to Pat O’ Brian’s to get their famous Hurricanes. The most exciting thing that happened that night was we went to Channing Tatum’s bar on Bourbon Street, Saints & Sinners. It looks pretty cute for having the name ‘Sinners’ in it. We even got on the balcony and through bead at people. A guy told us to come back the next night because they were taking pictures for the website…The night ended with seeing yet MORE passed out drunks and waffles at IHOP.

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Monday

On Monday it rained off and on all day! Leanne lost one of her contacts, so her, Gwen, Morgan and Nate ran to a local eye doctor. While they were gone, Derrick and I walked around in the rain trying to find coffee. After being “shooed” from a Starbucks, we wandered into a PJ’s coffee for some rain coverage and caffeine. While the coffee was bad, the company was good. We were hungry for lunch, but wanted to wait for the rest our group to eat lunch. We wandered into this little dive place and had some chicken gumbo. The work staff was…intense….but the food was good. When all met up again at Mother’s…a New Orleans must. The line was out the door, but we were entertained by the Commissioner of Tailgating himself, Mr. Joe Cahn. While we had no idea if his stories were true, we googled him and his story checked out. We even got a picture with him! He even does things for the Travel Channel. Check out his website here! We also walked down by the waterfront because there was the ZuLu music festival going on. We listened to this band at an outside cafe, we walked into an art gallery. Later that night, we thought we were going to go back to Saints & Sinners, but we looked rough after all the rain, so we decided to skip it. We also wandered to find this place called Mona Lisa Pizza. They ended up being closed, so that was a fail. We ended up eating at an overpriced pizza place. While bar hopping, we met up with 2 of Nate’s friends and went for a late night snack at Cafe Du Monde for beignets. Safe to say I was not being a dietitian this weekend…Also, we saw Nick Cannon on a parade float!! Pretty cool!

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Tuesday

Tuesday was our last night there. It rained off and on, but that didn’t stop us from spending our last day in NOLA outside on the streets. We tried to find place to eat lunch and went to Domenica’s inside The Roosevelt Hotel. I got this roasted eggplant pizza. SO GOOD!! After going back to the hotel and hanging out with people, we all went our separate ways. On our way out of town, Derrick and I got detoured due to the parade that was ongoing, but still managed to get on the highway. We went a different way then when we came. We actually went through Hammond, LA which is where the movie “The Lucky One” takes place.  We got Starbucks to tide us over until we got to Lafayette where we got the food we had been longing for since Saturday….JIMMY JOHNS! It was so good. By the time we got back to Alexandria, it was 8pm, then I still had a long (and lonely) drive back to Monroe. It was the first time I had been alone since the start of Mardi Gras. It felt soo go to be back in my own bed and unpack. Felt good to be clean again!

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Wednesday

Wednesday I was sore and tired. After sleeping the morning away, I awoke and joined Gwen, Nate, Morgan and Leanne to the Bierdharn Coke Museum and Gardens in Monroe. We got a history about the Biedharns, who moved to Monroe and bottled Coca-Cola. We even got cokes for a nickle in a glass bottle!! After the tour of the museum, we got a tour of Emmy-Lou Bierdharn’s home. She was the daughter of the man who started bottled Cokes in Monroe. She was a very wealthy woman and loved having nice things. She had a career as an opera singer in Europe but moved back to Monroe due to the war. I got to play on her grand piano!! (see picture below) We also walked around in the outside garden. If I was living in Monroe for the rest of my life, I would get married in this garden. It was gorgeous. Apparently they have concerts here in the spring and summer. I’m sure it is really pretty during that time.

I also planned on writing this blog entry, but that obviously, that did not happen. I could barely do my homework. I used Wednesday as a R&R day, and by R&R I mean rest and recover!

Overall, the weekend was great! Nobody got sick, nobody got hurt, nobody fought (at least with each other) and nobody got lost, raped or killed (except for that one guy that got shot on Bourbon)! Pretty successful for us! This time last week I was in New Orleans and a week later, I’m still recovering. Next week is a new week!

XOXO, Danae

P.S. I know I wrote a lot, but that is mainly for me, so I remember what I did!! 1000 brownie points for you if you actually read this whole thing!

Playing House

So, I spent this week working (and and living) in Shreveport. Shreveport is about a 90 minute drive west of Monroe. I wanted to spend some time working at a larger hospital and working with more critical care patients, like burns (which is what I originally came here for) and ICU patients. I worked at LSU Health, which is also a teaching hospital hooked up with Louisiana State University-Shreveport. And you know what teaching hospital means….cute med students!! I felt like I was in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy…except for all the hookin’ up in on-call rooms (at least, not that I saw..) I got to work with this awesome dietitian Karla who let me follow her around and work with some of her patients. She has the ICU floors (Neuro, Medical, Burn) as well as the surgical floors. Working at a Level 1 Trauma hospital, you get some pretty interesting cases. Below I have listed out some interesting things I ran into during my time.

1. A lady who was 5’5” and had a BMI of 136!!! For those of you who do not know the BMI equation, this means she was 816 pounds. We figuring it out. If you put the weights of the 4 dietitians plus myself and the other intern, Rhiannon, together on my body, it would be how much this lady weighed. We went to go and see her and it was truly pitiful. This lady couldn’t even move her head…This was the highest BMI I have ever seen.

2. A lady had schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and was pregnant. Enough said on that one.

3. I had a 20 year old female whose parents found her unconscious due to diabetic ketoacidosis. Upon ER admission, her glucose levels were over 1,000 mg/dL. (Normal is between 70 and 110).

4. A man got into an argument with his wife, so he drove his truck into the house and set all her stuff on fire, and himself in the process. He has 2nd degree burns on his body. At some point he thought this was a good idea. The po-po are coming to get him when he gets discharged.

5. High school girl who was at a bonfire when someone threw gasoline on the fire and it blew back into her. About 30% of her body is covered in 2nd degree burns and another 19% of her body has 3rd degree burns. She is the sweetest girl ever and was so brave amidst everything. It sucks when bad things happen to good people.

6.  Middle aged man (who has a history of PTSD and depression) wanted to burn his house down. He soaked a ball of clothes in gasoline. When he tried to light the clothes on fire, a fire ball shot out and burned about 34% of his body. He has 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his legs, buttocks, hands and arms.

Side note: For incidences #5 and #6, I got to watch these two patients at hydrotherapy, which is basically when they shower or get their burns washed. I got to dress up in the gown, face mask, gloves and hair cap. I could tell the young girl was in pain when getting washed down, but she was so brave. She was laughing as the nurses tried to keep her in good spirits. Seems like taking off the bandages is just as painful as getting the wounds washed. The older man was definitely a complainer and he was yelling and cussing up a storm. I am sure it is very painful but maybe next time don’t try and burn your house down with gasoline soaked clothes…It was interesting to see the comparison between the young girl and the older gentleman. 

With the young girl, I got to watch her work with the physical therapist. She got out of bed and walked down the hall and came back, all while smiling, laughing and chit-chatting. She is an incredible girl. She has come a long way, and I was there only 4 days!

7.  There was a schizophrenic who put garlic in her who-ha to keep away the witches. I wonder if that is bad for her lady parts.

8. A young girl had an abscess on her brain because they think oral herpes spread to her brain.

9. A 56 year old woman fell from her porch about 3 feet, and sadly was put on a ventilator and has become paralyzed.

10. A young gentleman who has been involved in crime and drugs was admitted due to a gunshot wound to the face. Apparently drugs were involved. His family was very demanding.

If this is all from 4 days of working, I can only imagine what other stuff these dietitians have seen. Karla has been here for almost 10 years, so she has seen some stuff. 

Shout out to Grey and Katelyn for letting me crash at their pad this week! I enjoyed playing house with them and being their pseudo third roommate while their other roommate is out of town. I loved not living in the ghetto and not having upstairs neighbors for 5 days.

Tomorrow I am going to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras with my friends. This will be a s*** show. Details later.

XOXO, Danae

1 day until Mardi Gras in NOLA!

Laissez les bons temps rouler

or “Let the Good Times Roll”

This phrase is a cajun saying often said around Mardi Gras time, which kicked off this weekend! It has been quite the eventful weekend so far.

First, Friday started off with my last day at the Dialysis center. I really enjoyed my time there and the dietitian I worked with was awesome! I learned a lot from her and am really sad I only go to spend 2 weeks there.

I also had to take a pre-RD exam. It was 100 questions modeled after sample RD exam questions. I did not have time to study for the exam due to competency stuff as well as school stuff. The test went well, but if I had studied, I felt like I would have known more. This test is not for a grade, for which I am thankful. I should get my psuedo-grade back soon!

Last night was the Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade in Monroe-West Monroe. People were starting to camp out in the early afternoon with their campers and grills and RVs. There were a lot of rednecks. Kelly, Jon and I went to the parade at 6pm. We didn’t see any of the floats until about 7:45pm. Once the parade started, it was crazy. Beads were flying, kids were running into the street and yelling and music was blaring. The floats were really cool and all lit up. There were also local marching bands and dance teams. There were even some Confederate there shooting off their gun. Then the night ended with a robbery at Walmart with about 10 cop cars. We witnessed it all. The Monroe police were busy last night. Overall, we had a great time. I got over 40 strands of beads…and didn’t even have to flash anybody! haha Below are pictures…

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And today of course is Super Bowl Sunday!! We are making tons of food and our friends from Shreveport and Alexandria are coming over to watch it with us! My roommate Kelly and I love entertaining and are having too much from cooking and getting ready for all of our friends to come over! Should be a fun time trying to squeeze everyone in into our tiny apartment.

After the party, I am driving over to Shreveport to spend 4 days at LSU Medical Center. I am excited for the switch-up!

XOXO, Danae

6 days until Mardi Gras in NOLA!

P.S. Have you checked out my recipe on College Lifestyles.com? Here’s the link –> http://collegelifestyles.org/2013/01/quick-easy-super-bowl-vegetarian-chili/

Also, changed my background. It isn’t the colors of Mardi Gras, but I though it looked New Orleans-ish.