Monthly Archives: August 2014

Favorite Posts: August 2014

August was a bit of a roller coaster ride. Highlights include passing my clinical licensing exam, Derek returning from Wilmington to start his family medicine rotation in Chapel Hill, completing the first 5 weeks of half-marathon training, and celebrating Derek’s birthday. However, it has also been quite stressful at work for both of us this month, and we were heartbroken when things didn’t work out with Wink. (P.S. She has since been adopted!!)

Now I am getting really excited about September. Next weekend I’m flying to Kentucky to celebrate my grandpa’s 90th birthday! I haven’t seen my family since I graduated in May, and I am beyond excited to see them. I am also pumped for fall. It’s definitely my favorite season. I love the weather (though fall weather doesn’t really start until October in North Carolina); it’s perfect for running, tailgating, and enjoying the beautiful views when the leaves change color. Not to mention I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin. I’m sure I’ll be posting some delicious pumpkin recipes over the next few months.

Before I get ahead of myself with my love for fall, here are my favorite posts from August 2014:

How Lucky I Am

Even the Undertaker Will Be Sorry

5 Questions –  Part II

LOTR, Back-to-School Shopping, and Luaus

Happy Birthday Derek! {Fun Friday}

To Be Alive Is To Be Vulnerable 

Every Loaf Of Bread Is A Tragic Story {Fun Friday}

Happy Labor Day weekend! I am THRILLED it’s a three day weekend. This week was the most grueling week of work since I started. All of my patients this week were either very sick or had complex social situations. I worked late every single day and still didn’t get everything done. I am definitely thankful for a few days off to relax. Needless to say, my crazy week kept me from blogging as much as usual and explains why I’m a bit late with the Fun Friday post. Better late than never!


To start things off, I want to share an article from The Boston Globe.  The article is about a love story that spans more than 60 years. In 1950, Cynthia Riggs and Howard Attebery met working at marine geology lab in California. They were friends and even wrote to each other in code, but nothing became of the friendship beyond that summer. Both Riggs and Attebery married, had children, divorced, and changed careers. They led full lives and never crossed paths after that summer in 1950. That is, until 2012 when Riggs received a familiar coded letter. After more than 60 years Attebery tracked Riggs down and sent her a letter, which ended up being the very delayed beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Up next is a cute video of a dog named Mille helping her owners carry the groceries.

Her owners’ accents are just as entertaining as her skills. It took me a couple seconds to figure out that they were speaking English.

I also enjoyed the sign below.

I think I’ll start referring to beer as “success stories.”

Finally, since Derek and I have been watching Lord of the Rings lately, I want to share an older video of Dominic Monaghan prank interviewing Elijah Wood. I can’t imagine what Wood was thinking during the interview. He handles it much better than I would.

When will you wear wigs???

Have a great weekend!

To Be Alive Is To Be Vulnerable

Hope your week is off to a good start! This week’s quote focuses on vulnerability. Along with the quote, I am posting a TED talk by social worker Dr. Brené Brown called, “The Power of Vulnerability.” I’ve posted it on Brown is the New Pink in the past, but it’s worth posting again. Brown’s talk is approximately 20 minutes long, and I promise that it will be time well-spent to watch it.

Brown’s TED talk and Madeleine L’Engle’s quote below summarize the seemingly paradoxical truth that has been on my mind: vulnerability is what makes us stronger. Choosing to be our genuine, imperfect selves fosters better and more authentic connections with others and helps develop self-compassion. As I go through the numerous transitions of young adulthood I am continually learning how important it is to be myself, even if that means revealing my fears, doubts, and perceived inadequacies. To pretend like everything is perfect and certain is a disservice to myself and those around me. While I will certainly continue to practice gratitude and maintain a positive outlook, I also strive to own my vulnerability. I want to show my true self to others and to contribute to the message that everyone is worthy of love and belonging despite our imperfections.

“When we were children, we used to think that when we grew up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability, to be alive is to be vulnerable.” – Madeleine L’Engle

4 Bridges Training {Week 5} + Meal Plan

Another week of training down! I can’t believe how fast time is flying. The race on October 19th will be here before I know it.  I completed all of the runs for Week 4, but I didn’t do any strength training or cross training last week. Whomp, whomp. I’m definitely more of a cardio person when it comes to exercising, whereas Derek prefers strength training. I’m hoping he can help get me motivated to complete my strength and cross training this week. Maybe I’ll get him out for a run this week too.

If you’re interested in my training posts/meal plans from previous weeks please see the following links: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4. On to week 5!


4 Bridges Half-Marathon Training – Week 5

Monday: Strength + stretch

Tuesday: 4 miles

Wednesday: 2 miles

Thursday: 4 miles + strength

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-train for 40 minutes

Sunday: 6 miles

Meal Plan- Week of 8/25/14

Monday: Trader Joe’s Curry Simmer Sauce Chicken + Naan + Green Beans

Tuesday: Quinoa “Fried” Rice

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Meatball Subs

Thursday: Chicken Fajitas + Black Beans

Friday: Dinner Out

Saturday: Beef Kabobs + Brown Rice

Sunday: Leftovers/Wing It

Happy Birthday Derek! {Fun Friday}

Happy Friday! We made it! And it’s not just any Friday here at the Pinkerton household; it’s Derek’s birthday! Happy 24th birthday to my amazing husband! I’m so excited to celebrate with him and our friends this weekend. I also cannot wait to give Derek his present.

Side note: I am the absolute worst about presents. If the present is for me, I do everything I can to find out what it is, and if the present is for someone else, it’s hard for me to keep it a surprise. I pride myself on being thoughtful about gifts, and I get more way more excited about giving them than receiving them. I’ve threatened to give Derek his gift all week, and he keeps making me wait until his actual birthday. What a party pooper.


Now let’s kick off what I’m sure will be a fun-filled weekend with some images, videos, and stories that made me smile or laugh this week . . .

Earlier this week I sent out a Facebook event invite to let people know that we’re going bowling for Derek’s birthday. In the process of putting it together, I found the perfect E-card for the invite:

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Since Derek is turning 24, I feel the need to share the video below. One of my friends from grad school showed this in our adult development class, and it cracked me up. Enjoy!

The line about Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s is so true.

I’m a little late to the party with this next video, but it is quite funny. It’s a little long and slow at the beginning, but it gets better and better as it goes on.

Who is champ?

To wrap things up I’ll share a clip from one of my other favorite TV shows- New Girl.  I can’t wait for the fall TV premiers that start in September!

I feel like every household should have its own douchebag jar. 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

LOTR, Back-to-School Shopping, and Luaus

This weekend was a relaxing one. Derek officially finished his OBGYN rotation after he took his exam on Friday, and I had a lot of tough cases last week. Needless to say, we were both excited for the weekend. We kicked things off with Mexican food after work followed by watching the first half of Lord of the Rings: Two Towers. When we watch some of our favorite movie series (i.e., Harry Potter, Star Wars, etc.), we like to look up drinking games and loosely play them. We don’t actually drink every time, but it’s a fun way to watch the movie. Below is the game we used on Friday.

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Source: geekytyrant.com

Please excuse the language on #8. It was a hilarious rule though, especially given Frodo’s propensity for bizarre facial expressions every time the ring’s power starts to overwhelm him. Also, because it takes 3+ hours to watch any LOTR movie and there are about a billion panoramic scenery shots, it would be impossible to play the game for real.

On Saturday morning we woke up and went for a long walk on the American Tobacco Trail, which is conveniently right next to our townhouse. The weather last week was amazing, and we wanted to get outside and enjoy it. After our walk we headed to Panera for lunch and then on to Target to do some shopping.

Derek “helped” me pick out sunglasses.

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So helpful.

We also picked out school supplies for a third-grader. Our church is collecting backpacks, school supplies, and food for kiddos who need it in our community.

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I’m a big nerd, and I always loved going back to school so shopping for this stuff was really fun. I hope our third-grader likes the backpack!

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The afternoon was spent reading with intermittent napping. It was the perfect afternoon. I finished reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. It wasn’t quite what I expected it to be, but I still enjoyed it. It is about a woman named Ursula who starts her life over again when she dies. The book starts in 1910 with Ursula’s birth and moves through time until she dies, with each iteration playing out differently based on her decisions. The concept itself is interesting, but the historical content, particularly for the WWII years, was my favorite part.

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On Saturday evening, we headed over to our friend Patrick’s apartment complex for a luau.

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Don’t we make the most stunning couple?

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I take it back. Derek and Patrick make an even more beautiful couple.

After hanging out at the luau for a bit, we went out in Chapel Hill for the night with some friends. We didn’t get home until 3:30AM. Yes, 3:30AM!! I haven’t been out that late in a long time. We had a blast, but I was exhausted by the time we got home.

Sunday primarily involved doing laundry, meal planning, and cleaning. I also picked up a new book at the library that one of my friends from grad school recommended. It’s called Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. It is apparently pretty popular and was published in 1966, but I didn’t hear about it until earlier this year.

I also completed my long run for the week. I don’t know if it was the heat or the lack of sleep from staying out so late the night before, but this was my toughest training run yet. I was definitely pumped when I finished it.

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It was SO nice to have a weekend that didn’t involve Derek or me driving 2.5 hours to see each other. I’m also glad he’s home just in time for us to celebrate his birthday this coming weekend! We’re planning on getting together with our friends for some late-night bowling. Should be fun!

4 Bridges Training {Week 4} + Meal Plan

Another week of training down! I completed all of my runs last week, though I had to shift them around a bit due to weather. In typical North Carolina fashion, the weather changed from burning hot and sunny to severe thunderstorms in a matter of minutes last Tuesday. I opted not to run during the monsoon. I also stuck to the meal plan pretty well. The only meal I shifted over to this week was Saturday’s steak and asparagus stir-fry because we ended up eating snacks for dinner instead. Overall a pretty good week!


4 Bridges Half-Marathon Training – Week 4

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 3.5 miles + strength

Wednesday: 2 miles

Thursday: 3.5 miles + strength

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-train for 40 minutes

Sunday: 5 miles

Meal Plan- Week of 8/18/14

Monday: Steak and Asparagus Stir-Fry + Rice Noodles (carried over from last week)

Tuesday: Sweet Chili Soy Salmon + Brown Rice + Broccoli

Wednesday: Fiesta Chicken Enchiladas (look for the recipe on Thursday)

Thursday: Homemade Veggie Pizza

Friday: Dinner Out

Saturday: Lasagna (Derek’s birthday request)

Sunday: Leftovers/Wing It

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