Friday, October 28, 2011

Pumpkins and Homecoming

There are only a few things getting me through our neuro block with a dash of sanity. There are the usual substances: sugar, caffeine, study breaks. We learned about the Premack Principle in our Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Lecture (I'm just trying to sound smart) which is basically something everyone does. Using a desired behavior to reinforce a less desired one: i.e. "I can't take a coffee break until I finish this task". Somehow in medical school this gets warped into a scarier system. There is the more reward system, "I can't watch Grey's Anatomy until I finish this lecture", the normal "I can't make lunch until I finish this lecture", the strange "I can't pee until I finish this lecture", and the just plain scary "I can't clean my room until I finish this lecture". You know you hate studying when cleaning your apartment is more appealing than learning neuro. But there have been a few more rewarding things recently that have taken my mind off studying my brain.

1. Pinterest: If you aren't addicted yet, you might have a Y chromosome. I found this amazing baked potato soup recipe that warmed my soul. Recipe Here

And with Pinterest comes this fall's greateast obsession...

2. PUMPKIN: It's in everything. Seriously. People are carving them, eating them, painting them, roasting them, eating out of them, using them as vases.

Pumpkin Vase via my boyfriend
It's insane. If you haven't consumed pumpkin this fall you're either allergic, a recluse, or live outside the continental US. I recently made Pumpkin Stuff/Dump Cake/Goo.

This is truly fantastic and super easy. Just take 3 eggs, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, and 1 can Libby's pumpkin puree and mix until smooth. Poor into large, greased, glass pan. Sprinkle Spice Cake mix on top (sounds weird, I know, just do it!). Pour 2 sticks melted butter over the whole thing. Sprinkle on chopped pecans. Cook for 1 hour at 350 degrees. It smells so delicious, my mom says it feels like 3 hours. Top the with ice cream and devour! It is really rich. I went into a food coma after having this and the potato soup.

3. Homecoming: I went to Villanova, I'm a huge fan, and I love going back to see my old friends. It was a rather tumultuous weekend for other reasons but I really enjoyed being there, even if it meant spending the football game studying at my favorite coffee shop. Psh, I enjoyed sitting in a place with some character (The Gryphon is hipster heaven on Philly's mainline) and consuming a beautiful latte, even if it meant listening to MD/PhD's drone on about neuro.

it's beauteous

And on top of that, Villanova is freaking gorgeous.

It seems I just used my procrastination time efficiently this evening. Time to pretend to be productive!


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