November 10, 2009


I'm sitting in class right now, but all I can focus on is how tired I am from work and school. For those of you who are working full time and going to school with a family and other obligations, you're probably going to laugh at me for saying that.

I am working full time (80 hrs) and going to grad school all day on my only day off. Nursing is the type of job that is physically and emotionally exhausting even more so when you are orienting to a new unit and group of coworkers.

I had to mention to my PCC (patient care coordinator) yesterday about my preference to work (70 hrs) and was told that that is going to cause some problems with staffing, but she would talk about it with our manager. I don't understand how my cutting back on one day a week would greatly effect staffing if they have been working a nurse short before I came to the unit.

I really don't like to be made to feel guilty. I'm always tired, I haven't been going to the gym, I have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis since I've started working, and I have no free time to myself. I need that extra day off.

Lord, give me strength.


November 8, 2009


Back from yet another wedding. This wedding was that of Steve's friend and coworker in Annapolis. The reception was held at The Governor Calvert House an historic inn. It was the first wedding that I have been to that was very traditional and formal, the ceremony included a mass, there was a served sit down dinner, champagne toast, and a string quartet played during dinner. The theme was "Fall Harvest." It was a lovely night, the food was amazing, lots of dancing, and fun! Congrats Sarah & Dave :)

Roast lamb

Rockfish with crab imperial

Photos courtesy of Nate Cho.



Inspired by HowChow's "Best Of" posts, Steve and I have decided that we are going to try every sushi place in the Elkridge, Columbia, Ellicott City area. Our list to date includes, Sushi Sono, Katana, Niko, and Hanamura. So, Friday for dinner Steve and I decided to go to Sushi King in Columbia. He'd been there once before, but I hadn't.

I was surprised to see 5 sushi chefs behind the sushi bar, I took it as a good sign that they need that many hands making sushi in one night to keep up with the orders. There was one room with traditional Japanese seating (Chopstix in Perry Hall and Sushi Sono in Columbia have this too). Despite being busy, the service was very attentive and everyone was very friendly.

I ordered miso soup and we both ordered green salads. The miso soup is some of the best I've ever had, it wasn't too watery or salty and it had the perfect ratio of tofu to seaweed. We overheard someone else comment about how good the miso soup was. We ordered three different rolls to share: Veggie, Baltimore, and Smokey. We like to order the Baltimore roll, if it's on the menu, from every sushi place we go to. So far Steve and I agree that Chopstix has the best Baltimore roll thus far. Even so, I think that Sushi King delivered the best sushi I have ever had in regards to both quality and taste.

Veggie roll: tempura sweet potato, asparagus, red onion, cucumber, avocado, pickled squash, and the chef's special dipping sauce.

Smokey roll: there was so much going on with this roll, I forget exactly what was in it. All I know is that it had smoked salmon on the outside with something ever so slightly spicy sprinkled on top. It was out of this world delicious.

Baltimore roll: lump crabmeat, avocado, roe. This tasted like a crabcake with the mayo and all before you actually cook it. This didn't have Old Bay like the one at Chopstix has. If it had, this would have been the best Baltimore roll in my book.

Sushi King
6490 Dobbin Road, Ste. F
Columbia, MD

Sorry the pics are of such poor quality, I was using my Blackberry without the flash.