Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Work Mumbo Jumbo…and Cashew Chicken!

Here I am, blogging to you from the couch while watching PS I Love You with my roommate.  Glorious!  Except that I got cancelled again.  Work last night was TERRIBLE.  Who admits a patient with back and abdominal pain and then only prescribes Tylenol for them?  That doesn’t even make sense.  Then, the doctor on call is a bit tight with his pain meds (which is fine…until a patient is in pain and wants something NOW).  I called twice before another doctor came and ordered her what she had in the ER.  Luckily she was nice about it, unlike my patient on Friday who was ridiculous and the family was crazy.  Anyway.

In other news, I was told last night at work that my floor would be “closing indefinitely.”  We were told we would floated to other floors until our floor opens up again, but today I was told that my floor opened again and just had low census.  I’ve been getting cancelled once every week, which is a bit much.  I don’t know whether to start looking for a new job or just wait it out.  I only have about 3.5 months of experience, which isn’t much at all!  I would like to think I’d be better off this time around (versus having zero experience), but you never know.  By the time I get my resume out/apply for jobs, I’ll have around four months experience…so maybe six by the time I would start a new job (if I get one?)…ahh!  I don’t know what to do.  Find my dream job?  Get whatever is close to the Rocket Scientist?  Hold on for dear life at my current job until I figure out a life plan? 

I don’t know.  Any ideas?  I need a life coach.

I got off work at 1:30 last night, so I ended up sleeping until 10:30…oops!  I was still planning on going to work, and I had to squeeze in my twelve mile run.  Luckily it was pretty cool today so waiting until 11:30 to run wasn’t a big deal.  My back wasn’t too tight, but my legs felt a bit tired.  My pace was fine, but my legs weren’t happy with me at all.  It was just kind of a “getting in the miles” type of run, and I was just happy to have it be finished.

Tuesday, September 8
12.01 miles in 1:36:51, avg pace of 8:04

Before this post seems like a bit of mumbo jumbo, I’ll share with you one of my favorite dishes…Cashew Chicken Stir Fry!  My mom found it on the internet, and it’s one of the best stir frys I’ve had…and it’s easy to make!

Cashew Chicken Stir Fry

1 1/2 lb. boneless chicken breasts
3 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. cornstarch
3 tbsp. water
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. both walnuts & cashews
1/8-1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
2 tbsp. cooking oil
1 med. green pepper, cut into 3/4" pieces
3 green onions, bias sliced into 1" lengths
1 pkg. frozen pea pods

Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces and set aside. Combine in saucepan: soy sauce, cornstarch, water, sugar, salt and red pepper. Cook until it begins to thicken. Set aside.

Stir fry green peppers, green onions, pea pods. Remove them from wok. Stir fry walnuts. Remove walnuts. Stir fry 1/2 of the chicken; remove from wok. Do the rest of the chicken. Place all of the chicken in the wok. Add soy sauce mixture, cook until thick and bubbly. Add vegetables and cashews. Cook. Serve over rice.

I took a little liberties with the recipe (although you definitely don’t need to!), and I switched the green pepper for a red pepper and added mushrooms that I forgot to put in my baked ziti last week.  For the record, I never use walnuts and only use cashews.  Highly recommended!

090709 Cashew Chicken Yum yum!  Make enough to share!

Back to the movie!  Have a great night everyone!


  1. How about that tele floor you got pulled to a couple of times?

    Can't hurt to have a few resumes floating out there.

  2. Hm...I apparently don't know how nursing works. I didn't realize that floors were autonomous units, and I thought that nurses just worked wherever they were needed each shift. Whoops! This sounds complicated.

    I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to have some resumés out there. The worst that can happen is...nothing. Right?

  3. Sorry about the job issues. That would be really frustrating. On a happier note, I just finished reading a book by the author of PS I Love You, called Love, Rosie and it was AMAZING! Totally pick it up if you liked the movie. :)

  4. That movie is so sad! *sniff sniff* But whoa. Gerard Butler is a HOTTIE!

    I agree with everyone else - get the resumes out there, just in case :)

  5. This is a slow time for hospitals. It will start to pick up as falls rolls around and you'll will miss these days!

  6. I say go ahead and apply for jobs, you never know! It wouldn't hurt to have something more steady. I'm about to go visit a career counselor soon...I'm totally lost!

  7. What would your dream job be? I say dream big and go for whatever you want to do.

    Your stir fry looks so colorful and delish.

  8. that looks Way tasty! I would throw in the mushrooms too :) the more variety the better.

    apply for jobs! you've got nothing to lose, and you never know what will come around....

  9. HI!! been FOREVER i know :( i am sorry!! i cant comment on your blog at work so i have had to wait for the computer to be back.

    ahhh job stuff sounds crazy and stressful, hope you figure something out soon.

    your running is going GREAT!! keep up the awesome work, you are totally nailing the pfitz plan!

  10. It can't hurt to float your resume out there and see if anyone bites. You can look at new places where the Rocket Scientist is or places somewhere totally different. You might not get any bites, but then again you may. And if work keeps canceling you, I think that's plenty of reason for you to leave if you find something else!

  11. I'd start looking for another job. It never hurts to see what's out there. That dinner looks amazing too. I've been trying to find a good stirfry sauce recipe, and this sounds easy and delish.