Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Patiently waiting for the light to change... & for the call-back about that job.

My peer interview yesterday went well despite the harder-than-usual clinical questions that were thrown at me from one of the nurses because, as she put it, I've worked in the well-known and somewhat famous Emergency Department at Massachusetts General. Even one of the other nurses in the interview said she was nervous for me as the questions were being asked!

But I survived.

Shortly after my interview I received a call that I was being offered the job. I haven't taken it yet as there was something that I felt needing negotiating and now I am waiting to hear what the outcome is of that negotiation.

I have so much more to say about applying for a job in a field dominated by women and what that means when trying to negotiate things like salary and benefits but I think that post is best saved for another day.

Best saved for after I receive that call-back regarding my hopefully successful negotiation, of course.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekend + Pfeifferhorn.

Views from our hike. If you look closely at the 3rd picture down, you can see the knife edge and a man wearing a bright yellow jacket, to help put the size of the mountain into perspective.

Judging by the overload of hiking pictures I've posted today, the highlight of my weekend was obviously summiting the Pfeifferhorn on Saturday. It was unreal out there! I dropped Alice off at my mom's house early Saturday morning so that I could meet my friends and be on the trail just as it was getting light. We chose to hike the Pfeifferhorn from the more popular Red Pine approach but, because it was late October and the temperature was just above freezing, we didn't see anyone as we made our way to the lakes.

I had talked to a few friends and had done enough research that I was adequately freaked out by what is known as the "knife edge" portion of summiting Pfeifferhorn. One of the people hiking with us didn't help my anxiety at all when he told me that he had tried to do this hike earlier in the summer and had stopped at the knife edge out of total fear.

So I basically spent the three or so miles to that section in a cold sweat.

As we gained the ridge leading to the summit, though, two spry teenage boys came bounding down the trail and assured us that there was no snow or ice on the knife edge and that the gusting wind hadn't been a problem as they crossed it. After they continued on their way my friend and I joked that we should probably take what two 17-year olds say with a huge grain of salt since, because of their young age, they are probably completely fearless.

The knife edge turned out to be scary but not as bad as I thought it would be. We took it slow, planned our route and made it across the approximate 400-meter section of granite boulders without any problems.

The ascent up the chute wasn't nearly as daunting as it looked and, after making it up the short scramble to the 11,320-foot summit, we were treated to beautiful 360-degree views of the Wasatch mountains, Utah Lake, and the Salt Lake Valley. As we rested on the summit, enjoying a snack while trying not to get blown off the mountain, I kept saying, "We live in the coolest place ever!"

We really do.

On Saturday night Lee and I stayed out late at a friend's house drinking and eating while watching the Utah vs USC football game (go Utes!) and then on Sunday we met up with another couple and their kids for an afternoon trip to the Planetarium.

And now it's time for me to buckle down and focus on that peer interview I have tomorrow. Eek!

How was your weekend?

Weekend Workouts: Saturday - Hike to the Pfeifferhorn! 10.4 miles/3:15/3,909 ft elev gain. Sunday - Rest day! And also a bit hung over.

Naturally I came home and drank this beer immediately after that hike...

Friday, October 24, 2014


This week in iPhone photos: The new Federal Courthouse & a gorgeous (and huge!) praying mantis.

Currently... relieved that my interview went well yesterday but now I'm a little nervous for Tuesday's peer interview with five ER nurses and me! I'll be brushing up on emergency nursing stuff this weekend, for sure.

Currently... giddy over the hike that I am doing tomorrow. I've had serious peak-fever since our trip to British Columbia and that run we did to the Lake of the Hanging Glacier. So tomorrow I'm doing the Pfeifferhorn! And I'm taking my big camera to capture what I hear are phenomenal views over the 9 miles and 3,700+ feet of elevation gain.

Currently... sad to see our downtown farmers market coming to an end tomorrow. Although it will be good for me to sever my Saturday morning addiction of a morning bun from Tuile.

And currently... ready for a Friday afternoon beer. Epic's Pumpkin Stout with a cinnamon sugar rim is calling my name!

Happy weekend! What are you currently doing?

Weekly Workouts: Monday - Crossfit! 1RM shoulder press (ugh, I could only do 95lbs when my previous 1RM is 100!), then Diane! 21-15-9 deadlifts (145) + HSPU (2 ab mats). Tuesday - Crossfit! 3x20 of heaviest possible walking front rack lunges (65, 75, 85... ouch), then 3 RFT of wall balls (14) + 400m run. Wednesday - So sore from those walking lunges so rest day. Thursday - Easy family run to buy beer. 2.5 miles. Friday - Crossfit! 1RM clean + jerk (ugh. I squat cleaned 120 but couldn't jerk it so 115 for today), then 7 min AMRAP 10 T2B + 10 C&J (75) = 53 reps.

Perfect fall leaf. // Until the weather turns cold, the bums rule the park.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


We've had perfect fall weather the past two weeks.

It feels like it should be Friday already with all that I've done in the last few days. Coffee with a potential grad school reference (she said yes!). Dinner with a friend who is currently in the DNP program (she says it is tough!). And an interview for a job in the Emergency Department tomorrow.

Yes. I am nervous. Wish me luck!

Monday, October 20, 2014


The sun sets on the Oquirrhs.

Saturday morning I received a text that I had been anticipating for weeks. The text was from the husband of one of my best friends, letting me know that his wife was in labor! I'd been anticipating this moment for more than just wanting to congratulate my friend on her newest child but because she had asked me a few weeks ago if I'd be willing to photograph her labor and the birth of her daughter.

I left Alice and Lee to do our usual Saturday morning routine of wandering the farmers market and I quickly drove to their home where my friend was laboring under the watchful eye of her skilled midwife. Having seen a few women in labor before (and having been in labor myself), I was amazed at how calm and collected she seemed despite being just a few hours away from delivering a baby.

The whole experience was surreal and I was brought to tears more than once as I watched her endure and then overcome the pain of a contraction while her husband rubbed her back or held her hand. She was a pillar of strength and I was awestruck by her resolve but also by the ability of the human body to persevere through what is probably one of the most painful experiences a healthy woman will ever go through.

Watching her labor and then deliver a perfectly healthy baby girl brought up feelings I didn't anticipate, though. As I watched her in the birthing tub, her husband giving support at her side, tears sprung to my eyes as I realized I will never again experience the anticipation, the pain, and then the joy of meeting your child for the first time. In that moment of unexpected emotion, I was grateful for the lens of my camera to hide my tears as I didn't want the moment to be colored by the grief I was feeling.

But as she held her seconds-old baby in her arms, I felt that grief dissipate and I was immediately flooded with joy at having witnessed such a miraculous event. And I felt honored to have helped welcome a new life onto this planet.

Weekend Workouts: Saturday & Sunday - None! After having watched the birth of a baby, I felt completely exhausted and totally out of it for the rest of the day. And Sunday was no better! Back at it this week.

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