After I got married, I moved from this blog site over to this blog site:
Sorry to keep you all in the dark for the last 2 years. Our lives really aren't that exciting, but feel free to jump over and read about excerpts from our life in Michigan and in residency.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I bought produce for salsa yesterday.I purchased:
3 bunches of cilantro
7 tomatoes (roughly 3lbs)
1 medium onion
4 medium avocados
3 jalapeno peppers and 1 Serrano pepper
2 large oranges (not for the salsa but were on sale)
2 yams (also not for the salsa)
...and I feel like the hungry caterpillar...
Guess how much I spent??
If you guessed close to $15, then you are shopping at the wrong market.
My total came to $5.10.
Yes, that's right. Just in case you were wondering how I pulled it off--the avocados were on sale 4 for $.99, oranges were 6lbs for $.99, the 4 peppers came to $.14, the cilantro was 5 bunches for a $1, tomatoes were $.59 a lb and the limes, onions and yams were also significantly cheaper than any other local grocery store.
John you've got some competition. You are not the only frugal Dougall in Utah County.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Wednesday has been the best day by far. Jay, Lynda and I were assigned an orphanage we have not been to yet this week. There are over 100 kids at this location and a mixture of kids with disabilities and children who were malnourished and have ended up here for refeeding programs. I toured this orphanage once last year and was very impressed with all the leaders do for the children here as well as the programs in place-a fish hatchery, a chicken coup, rabbit cages, a garden, etc.
|He is deaf and mute but has a smile that melts your heart|
Last year the caregivers received all 26 lessons from our teaching manual. This year they requested we complete hands on teaching for all of the nannies of the disabled kids. The first assignment was to help with bathing. I opted to watch the kids while Jay and Lynda helped with the teaching. I hope I don't sound too graphic, but the biggest concern with bathing was teaching about cleaning an uncircumscribed penis, hence why Jay was assigned to help with bathing. Many of these children had never had their foreskins retracted and it was important for the caretakers to learn that this needs to be done every day.
|Jay walking one of the CP boys.|
|Schniedo had a laugh that would melt your heart! What an angel.|
|notice the kid in the red shirt...playing basketball with one leg and no crutches. What a stud!|
|Jay overseeing the caretakers lifting one of the kids into their bed properly|
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
|random photo I took while driving in the van. There is a lot of traffic and with miscommunication Jay and I spent 2 1/2 hrs the first day getting to the orphanage to teach.|
On Monday Jay and I taught the caregivers at Food for the Poor, an orphanage for disabled children and adults. The class participants learned and practice transferring patients using a blanket, appropriate lifting techniques of assisting their disabled patients up from the ground with a draw sheet and many other subjects. I was surprised their interest in massage. Thanks to Jay's D.O. schooling he was able to give them a few good tips regarding massage.
|Our students at Food for the Poor with Teachers Jay, Jordan, Marcus and me.|
|Jay and I under the mango tree|
Monday, February 27, 2012
|First Haitian meal-Goat Vertebrae. Don't beleive my face-I eat goat every year. It tastes good. Jay was giving us an anatomy lesson of vertebrae while we ate.|
|Dillon and Jay playing around Sunday afternoon at Healing Hands guest house|
|Here's the team. 3 pharmacists, 6 nurses, 1 nurse practitioner, a med students, a nutritionist, a pre med student a prenursing student, and Marcus, the comedian.|
|At church. I see this little girl ever year I come. She is getting so big|
|Some of the Haitians lives in houses and others are still living in tent cities. This is a view of one of hillsides.|
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
I had a spark of creativity this year for Christmas. Actually, it was less creativity and more of a wandering mind while attempting to study for finals that came upon a perfect idea. (finals are good for something!). I decided to give Jay an Around the World themed gift tying in my love of traveling and providing him with fun gifts to open each week until we get married. I think we are on week 6 of 22. So far he has been to Antarctica (a coupon good for sno cones this summer), the Far East (to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a package of spicy ramen noodles), Africa (a small donation to an organization that supports humanitarian work in Africa), Mexico (ingredients for Salsa), Europe (movie tickets to see Sherlock Holmes), and my favorite, and the first envelop he opened to kick off the Christmas gift, a tour around Utah the week of Christmas (plane ride in a 2 seater plane).
|If you look really close you can see a dot right in the middle. That is the plane.|
Perfect weather for flying and a fun way to celebrate Christmas
Birding is little bit more of a budget minded hobby and one that we will enjoy until we can afford the places we wish to go someday together.
Jay suggests that we can go birding in some of the countries we will some day travel. This will increase the expense of birding exponentially. I think we'll be staying but in Tucson for a while and enjoying the birds in a landlocked community.