The past couple of days I have started to feel a little nostalgic and very reflective.

Tomorrow will be my last day working at Yale Medical Group + Yale University. A last day that I’ve been waiting to have for a while now. It has finally arrived. I have been so excited for this, for the future. For Tuesday, when I get to go to my new office and work with the amazing people I’ve gotten to know over the past year and a half.

What has hit me in the last day or two though is a new feeling. A feeling that I think my mom has been feeling since I gave my notice. A perfect combination of happy and sad. I am definitely learning the meaning of the word bittersweet.

See, my mom, has worked at Yale for 25 years. I’m 29. Amidst all of my life aspirations, something always had me wanting to work at Yale like her. I mean, I was great on Saturday mornings in her office stapling and filing all that paperwork.

When I turned 18 in the fall of 2002, I found that was just what God had planned. I was planning on transferring to Franciscan University, but there wasn’t room. So I started working around my existing school schedule and then full time when I decided to take a semester off. While all of my friends were off at school, learning and partying it up, I was working full time. I did go off to Ohio for a year, but worked at Yale when I came home for breaks and immediately again after I withdrew.

Some people have a hard time understanding why I complain about not wanting to work. Don’t get me wrong, I understand it’s just part of life, but I feel like because I didn’t do the traditional 4 years of college at once, I have been working full time, Monday through Friday, a lot longer than most of my friends. In 2007, not only was I working full time at Yale, but I also went back to school at night. Full time. Full time work, full time school. My co-workers saw me through some of the craziest times in life and some of the highest joys. Becoming an auntie and graduating from Albertus. Relationships. Dating.

At Yale, I’ve gained work sisters and even a work mom. I had the blessing of being able to work alongside my mom as a peer, which was pretty awesome. When I started working at Yale, people would say “Oh, are you Marie’s daughter? We love her!” And as I leave Yale, people meet my mom and say “Oh, are you Kristina’s mom? We love her!”

It is safe to say that Yale Medical Group has become my comfort zone, my Cheers, where everybody knows my name. Thankfully, a lot of people at my new job know me too. I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given. I would not be the woman I am if it weren’t for everything I’ve experienced at work in the last 11.5 years. I mean, other than education, it’s the longest thing I’ve ever done in my life and the only place I’ve worked as an adult.

I’ll end with some of the things I have survived in my 11.5 years:

-Being a non union member working while the union was on strike (Spring/Summer 03 I think).

-Almost completely opening a stool sample when it was my turn to open the mail. (Thankfully, another receptionist jumped up and yelled STOP)

-Many scary drug seeking patients.

-My mom as my boss (temporarily).

-Missing a connecting flight and driving 7.5 hours from Cincinnati, OH to Verona, WI with a co-worker.

-Epic implementation.

It’s been real Yale Medical Group. One more day!


Cleanse Week 1: Done!

As today brings the end of the first week of the 21 day cleanse that I started, I felt it a good time to write about it.

Days 1-3 were so hard. I craved everything under the sun. Healthy, not healthy, you name it. I didn’t like hardly any of the food, including the smoothies. I was so bummed about the food. I was tired, sore, achy, and convinced I was crazy for doing this. But, since I had spent all this money on organic produce, I wasn’t about to give in.

Day 4, I felt better. The cravings mostly went away except for my desire for steak. I felt much better all around though. I did cheat a little bit but was able to get right back on course.

Day 5, I was feeling great. I had the day off, I had lost 4 lbs all week, and felt pretty. (Yes, I said pretty!) I had to go into work to have my PPD test read by the nurse and got to see some people I know and it was so nice to encounter them with this new confidence I feel after being able to lose weight and commit to this new plan. I cheated for dinner in a major way, but how can you order a salad when a restaurant has a chicken with lobster meat on the menu? Seriously?

Day 6 and today, Day 7, I’m back on track and feel great. Overall, the past few nights I’ve had issues with sleeping, keep waking up, totally unsure why.

Today, I was able to get all of my food right in my town at a local market and a few items at the larger grocery store. Last week, I went 20 minutes away to a Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. It’s nice to support my local businesses. In the middle of the trip to the market, the cashier came and found me with a cart because he saw I could hardly carry the basket anymore. I’ve made 4 meals in one pot (soup) and 3 snacks worth of granola. Before I go to bed tonight, I’ll make another 2 meals in one of roasted veggies!

Knowing I had so many issues with the food last week, I did some major meal planning/adjusting for this week so I know I’ll like everything. I’d love to keep up the weight loss, but if I don’t, that’s okay. I’m hoping the snow will take a break so I can get to Yoga now that I should continue having more energy. My new found love of herbal teas is fantastic. Dandelion Root, Dandelion Leaf and Nettles Teas are pretty awesome. I’ve had them all today!

I look forward to this week. Even if it means I spend more time in my kitchen and at my kitchen sink than anywhere else. I’ll be glad to get back to slow cooker meals after this cleanse is over!


I come with an interruption. I know most of my blog has been about spirituality, faith, my struggles with that. I’m going to interrupt that (not forever). Rather than set up a second blog, I figured I’d keep it all right here. Today, I started a 21 day cleanse. (Check it out)

I want to track my journey and share how I’m feeling, what I’m eating, etc. I won’t be too explicit on what I’m eating/recipes because the material is something you have to purchase to get, but I’ll share the basics.

So far today, I’ve had a morning drink (kinda like a homemade tea of sorts), then on my way to work I had one serving of a green smoothie (that was actually red because it had blackberries), I’m just now having my first snack of trail mix. I have a spinach salad with fruit for lunch and blueberries for an afternoon snack. Then I will have a loaded sweet potato for dinner. It also includes this warm Almond Milk drink ever night before bed. I had it last night to give it a whirl. YUMMY!

The  hardest part is keeping up with drinking lots of water. I need to drink close to 100 ounces/day. I’ve had 16 so far! The trail mix is dry so I’m sure I’ll drink another 16 just trying to eat that!

There’s still time to get on the cleanse if you are interested, lots of people in the group had to delay start until next week!! (Yes, I’m getting to know other people doing it because there’s a private Facebook group for participants!) Here’s to the journey!!