Week of January 28th, 2019- Food Service Week 3 (I Got to Help with a Catering Event and Had My First Date from that Dating App I Joined)

Long post warning! I had to describe the whole date. I just had to! XD

Monday, January 28th– Time and Temperature Study

Woo hoo! We actually did something at the rotation today! This is the third week at this hospital for our food service rotation. …Is it bad that I’m excited we had something to do? Today we did a time and temperature study. Basically, Gia and I measured how hot or cold different food items were when the kitchen staff was making the food trays for patients. Then we took the temperatures again when they arrived at the room our fake patient was. Instead of throwing my tray away, I asked if I could eat it for lunch and discovered that just because something is safe to consume according to the time and temperature measurements Gia and I took, it’s not necessarily ideal. I’ll just say this: most things were the perfect temperature to enjoy, gelatin was cold, soup was warm, but others could have been better.

Gia had to leave early today. She had an appointment, so at mid-day she was gone, and I was left in the rotation. It was nice. I got all my work done for the day. Then I went to the kitchen to see if I could help in some way. They were pretty much done for the day though, so I just chatted with one of the cooks. It’s no one’s fault but my own, but the fact remains that I do better by myself. After the rotation, I got home, changed, and went exploring. Specifically, I went in search of a print shop so I wouldn’t have to rush the next morning. Usually I have no choice but to print in the morning since I take my work home with me, but since I’d finished at the rotation today, I figured why not?

Then I slept. Gosh, Axyl left the apartment to go play tennis and by the time he came back I was still sleeping. Even more tired than when I had fallen asleep! This internship… I hope I survive.

 

Tuesday, January 29th– Gia Made a New Friend

No rush in the morning. Not at all. I didn’t want to get up. Axyl woke me when he got home last night around 7 or 8pm, so I got up, ate toast, and stared at a blank computer screen until midnight when I went to sleep again. *Sigh* This internship is exhausting. I woke up about half an hour before I had to go. Axyl is so sweet. He can see how exhausted I am. He tries not to make too much noise in the morning or turn on the overhead light, so I won’t wake up. I thank him for being so considerate.

At the rotation, we haven’t really done much. I’m writing this at 1:45 pm. We were supposed to be back from lunch at 1:15 pm to do some inventory/accounting stuff so I’ve been sitting here waiting. Gia, however, seems to have befriended the intern from another internship. They got back from lunch not even five minutes ago.

At home I spent my time dreading working on assignments and procrastinating by talking to my matches from the dating app. It’s a bit strange. I have three matches at the moment. Only have a pending date with one, but they all seem like cool people. Who knows what will come of this? I’m just glad to have people to message with.

 

Wednesday, January 30th– They Fed Me till I Wanted to Puke! Helping with the Catering Event

Gia and her new friend seem happy. They went to lunch together while I stayed eating a sandwich in the office by myself. When the dietitian, who graciously shares her desk with us interns returned, I left to get a coffee so she could have her desk back. Our preceptor had left to buy some things for this special event the kitchen was in charge of catering for that night and wasn’t back by the time lunch was over. Gia and her friend weren’t back yet either, so I went to the kitchen and helped with the event preparation. That was super fun! I got to help one of the chefs make a chicken dip, decorative lime display, and mousse cups. In return, the kitchen staff gave me a taste of pretty much anything they could. Oof! I wish I hadn’t had that coffee. I was already full before they started feeding me.

After that I wandered back to the office and found the preceptor. We were about to go to the finance department to get some paperwork when the nice chef I’d been helping came in with another delicious sample. It was a “superfood” salad. Please don’t ask me about superfoods. There is no one food that solves all of a person’s health problems or prevents them. Diet variety is key. Moving on. But anyway, this salad was a grain and greens salad with chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, and other things in a balsamic dressing. It was so good! I felt like I was about to throw up though. I was so full! X)

Eventually the preceptor and I made it to the finance department. On the way back, she started reminiscing about her intern days, which was really sweet. It’s nice to be reminded that these dietitians that allow us to come into their workplace and try to teach us about their specialty went through the same thing. Nutrition internships are intense… Anyway, when we got back to the office Gia was back from helping her friend do an acceptability study. I helped the preceptor balance the invoices Gia and I need to work on  for this case study I suggested. (It’s about analyzing purchasing order errors. Like accounting. Kind of lame, but I thought it’d be interesting.) Still, the kitchen staff kept feeding me. Gia looked at me a bit jealous, but whatever.

 

Thursday, January 31st– Working on an Accounting Case Study

This morning I asked for my corrected menu assignment back. The preceptor had had it for about two weeks and still hadn’t gotten it back to me. She gave it back and I started working on it. Then she called me and Gia into her office and went over the pending assignments making a comment about how the time we have in the rotation should be used to work on group things not our individual assignments. Guess what Gia was doing all day yesterday while I was balancing invoices with the preceptor for our shared case study? She was working on her menu! Why? Because it was supposed to be a two-week menu and she somehow only turned in one week of it. How is that fair? Mhm ‘kay.

So Gia and I went through all of the invoices and extracted data. Before starting that, we went upstairs to buy some breakfast. So, by the time lunch came around neither of us were very hungry. Gia suggested just going to get some coffee, and I obliged. It was the cutest tiny coffee shop across the street. After drinking a cup of coffee Gia left and I bought some Doritos to make time. 30 minutes later I returned to the hospital where Gia and I kept going through invoices.

Back at home I got a new match on that dating app I joined. Let’s call him Chance. He’s a year younger than me. I don’t usually go for younger guys, but I’m all for benefit of the doubt.

 

Friday, February 1st– Renal Orientation and Amanda Chopped Off My Hair

I stayed up all night working on an important assignment. Gosh, that was some strong coffee! At 6:30 am I rode with some of my fellow interns (Sue, Amanda, and Axyl) to go to an orientation for our renal rotations. Renal is one of the few rotations that are individual. This means I don’t have to go with Gia for this one. This is good and bad. Good because being with one person for a year will drive anyone insane. Bad because- well this can also be good, but- no shared work. Everything will be up to me. Eh, I’ll survive. Renal is notorious for being the most difficult rotation though. That’s why they give all of the interns an orientation at once.

It was intense. Imagine four two-hour lectures back to back to back to back. Oh, and the topics are stats, anatomy, physiology, and medical nutrition therapy. All about kidneys. I took a ton of notes. Not just because notes are a good idea for long lectures, but more so I wouldn’t fall asleep!

After the orientation, Sue drove Axyl and me home. Amanda tagged along as she had promised to cut my hair and recently Axyl’s hair too. Axyl went first and he turned out okay. I told Amanda I wanted bangs and a trim but that I trusted her to decide how to do that. Welp. The trim part was lost in translation. I see her cutting my bangs, a little snippet to the side then a big snippet towards the back. Not in bang territory anymore. A big chunk of hair. I asked what she was doing and she replied she was giving me a new look. ….it was too late to salvage my long hair. A whole chunk was missing! So, I told her as much and she kept going.

I was growing out my hair. It was almost down to my hips. Maybe an inch or more to go. …Now it’s about an inch or two away from my shoulders. It looks great! But it wasn’t what I was expecting. I was in shock. Goodness. Oh well. It’s just hair. I told Amanda if I were another person she would have been in trouble. You have to make triple sure before you lob off a long-haired girl’s mane! That takes dedication! *sigh* Nothing left to do but embrace my new short look..

 

Saturday, February 2nd– First Date with a Match from the Dating App! …He Took Me to the Mall…. -_____-

Got a hot date! XD I need to write about my matches. It’ll probably be its own post. Haha, I sound like such a slut…. At least that’s what Axyl calls me. We get along a little too well now. X) The date was interesting… Let’s call this guy Jay. So, Jay was my first match on the dating app. He made me laugh right off the bat and seemed decent. He’s the geeky type who likes anime and video games, but from the conversation I’d had with him through the app, he still seemed capable of talking about other things. Which is important! That’s why I asked to meet up with him. He said yes and suggested going to the mall. -____- That was odd.

Okay, I know age is just a number, but I feel it necessary to say this guy is 29. And he suggested going to the mall. I still went. It was the most awkward thing at first. He didn’t seem to have a plan at all. I asked if we had an end destination or if he just wanted to walk around? He opted for walking. We ended up going inside a store where we stood awkwardly by the anime rack chatting. More like him talking about anime. I have nothing against anime. I like it. However! I haven’t watched many, so I can’t really have a good conversation about it.

Eventually we moved to a bench and just chatted there. That was the best part. The conversation started flowing and I started to relax. He complimented my hair and told me I looked pretty. Hee hee! At some point I remembered Axyl had asked me to text him sometime during the date to make sure Jay wasn’t some psycho. I did and that’s when we noticed we’d been talking for two and a half hours! I asked him what would happen then because I was hungry and he could come with or without me. He opted to come with and so I asked if we’d be going in his car since I got there by train to which he responded there was food at the mall. -____- When a girl says let’s get out of here…. Oh gosh. This boy needed a slap across the face.

So, we ate at the food court. He, the gentleman he is, gave me a coupon for free fries. That’s what I ate. I got anxious and didn’t order a sandwich. My explanation? “I like potatoes…. Not a lot! Just the normal amount! ….” *face palm* Why am I so awkward?! I joked that my friends had asked me if he was going to take me to the arcade since he’d suggested going to the mall. …so, we went to the arcade. I sucked at air hockey and pac man but completely crushed him at Mario Kart! So, it was okay. Then he suggested going to the bookstore. Alright. At this point I was ready to go. I gave him about ten more minutes before saying it was getting late and that I should be going.

He offered to drive me to the train stop and asked for my hand as we walked to his car. Holding hands was nice. He’d mentioned he liked to go slow on the whole physical thing. :/ I’m not anything close to a sexually liberated human being. But… a girl has needs. This boy just stood there awkwardly when we got to the train station as I said, “well, looks like this is goodbyeee….”. I was waiting for him to do something! Hug, kiss, a handshake even! Nothing! This boy just stood there!! So, I put my arms out for a hug. That was nice. Gosh. I don’t want to sleep with a ton of guys, but I am deficient in hugs. I just want some hugs! We agreed to hang out sometime and with that I went inside the train station.

 

Sunday, February 3rd– Errands with Axyl

Got up late. Axyl had told me to set an alarm early to go do laundry, but we both ended up waking up around 10am… oops. After laundry we tried going to Costco, but it seems that bus doesn’t run on weekends. Instead we went to a regular grocery store. Then I got irrationally sad and have been procrastinating since. Gosh, I have to finish a case study for tomorrow. :p

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QUESTION TIME!

Hi. ^-^ I know I’m super busy all the time, but I want to hear from you guys! Maybe I’ll make it big one day and not have time to respond to comments but for now I do have the attention span to go through the one comment a month that I get. Take advantage of that, guys! (I mean maybe I won’t make it big ever, but hey! No need to be so pessimistic!)

If you have a follow up question about something I mentioned like “so what happened with your new match?” (hint, something is happening with him), or if you have a comment like “I can’t believe he asked you out to the mall!”, or even a similar experience like “ooh! This last time I went to get my hair cut the lady ended up making my hair green! And I didn’t even schedule a dye that day!!”. Anything! I’d love to hear from you guys. Okay, well anything as long as it isn’t mean/bullying. That’s not cool. Other than that, have at it! Let me know what you think! 🙂

I want to try something. I hope it inspires some comments. I’ll leave you guys a question at the end of each weekly post… until I am convinced it won’t work, I guess. I’m curious,

How would you have reacted if someone drastically cut your hair without you explicitly agreeing to it?

 

Coming Up Next Week:

  • Accounting case study due
  • Date with Chance
  • Last week in food service rotation

It’s not much, but I can’t predict the future. Other exciting things could happen. Come back next Monday to find out! 😀

 

 

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