I’m finally free of my stitches, and even though the scar looks pretty crazy right now, I’m just happy it’s not cancer, honestly. I’m still a little self-conscious about it, but whatever—there are people with real problems.

Oh this? Tiger fight.

After seeing a friend’s play last night, I got up early and went to a pilates class with one of my favorite instructors. It was a nice treat. The rest of my Saturday was a mix of work and play. I finished my nutrition support assignment (lots of tube feeds)… 

Eventually, I met up with some of my fellow dietetic interns at Bare Burger on the east side, where burgers and beer were enjoyed by all.

Me pretending to drink Michelle’s giant beer; Abby looking like she’s up to something

I ended up ordering the #4 (blue cheese, bacon, smoked onions, mushrooms, apple chutney) with a bison burger in a lettuce wrap. Since I don’t eat meat too often, I figured the place to do it would be at a restaurant that specializes in organic, grass-fed varieties. And why not bison?  

It was everything I could have hoped for. I was intrigued by the whole lettuce wrap thing. At first I was worried it would suck, but the waiter was right that it did allow you to experience the flavors of the meat and toppings much more extensively than if they’d been sandwiched in a bun. And besides, I still got my carbs in (via a pint of beer)—haha totally a balanced meal.

More importantly, we had a great time. I’ve seriously been blessed to have such awesome classmates. It’s also crazy to be more than halfway done. A new class of interns is starting on Monday—the whole concept of being the “old” class who supposedly knows what the heck they’re doing is insane and yet not at the same time. Working with people you can laugh with is so valuable, especially if the long weeks you’re laughing off sometimes involve getting up close and personal with life-and-death stuff. If I’d known what an amazing experience I was in for back when I was crying over not feeling good enough a few years ago, I’d have told myself to calm down and just have confidence that it was all going to work out just fine. It always does.

What have you been up to this weekend? How do you balance work with play? 

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