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Egg-cellent!

There are many things that I am thankful for this year, and one of them is having the Google search engine. Some people joke that they can’t cook or even know how to boil water. I thought making hard boiled eggs was something everyone knew how to do except me! However, when I searched for […]

— Tea Nguyen

Be careful and protect your feet!

Believe it or not, just 5 minutes of walking in this freezing weather can be exceptionally dangerous for your feet if they are not well protected. Did you know that people who have itchy, burning, painful feet may actually not have oft-heard-of athlete’s foot but actually something called chilblains? After being in the cold for […]

— Tea Nguyen

And we’re back…

…with a few extra pounds from the holiday good eats. Feels like I ought to detox or something because, man, do my hips jiggle when I run. I think I’m going to do the protein shake thing for breakfast this week. Any suggestions on brands? I do like the chocolate Carnation Breakfast Essentials with soy […]

— Tea Nguyen

Budgeting

I don’t know about you, but around this season with sales and massive advertising, I can’t help but want to shop for myself. I was at the Goodwill store yesterday to drop off some donations (I’ve finally said good-bye to the deep fryer) and thought it would be fun to browse through the kitchen stuff. […]

— Tea Nguyen

OMG, Santa is real!

Ok, maybe not so much but my prayers have been answered and I am Kindle-ing! Best gift ever! Any recommendations on books I should read? I like humor, nonfiction and medically-related stories like Oliver Sacks stuff. On my queue is David Sedaris “Me Talk Pretty.” I’m also trying to catch up on oldies but goodies […]

— Tea Nguyen

Magic Bullet-approved salad dressing

Does freshly made honey basil salad dressing sound yummy to you? Wait until you try it! I got this recipe from attending the Holistic Medicine Club’s presentation, “Living Raw with Sheree Clark.” Although I can’t really say I’m all about the vegan diet, this dressing sure makes me want to give it a try. Check […]

— Tea Nguyen

Winter is comin’

Do you like to skate? I know I do. I use to pretend I was a professional ice skater in my rollerblades circling my garage until it made me hurl. And yet, I still have not figured out how to use the brake pads (so glad for walls to break my fall!) I’m excited to […]

— Tea Nguyen

Fourth-year rotations… check!

Well, for me anyway. I’ve always enjoyed going wherever the wind blows and making the most of new experiences. But the month of October was really tense when my applications were sent to various programs and the only thing I could do from then on is wait idly by my email waiting for a response. […]

— Tea Nguyen

Halloween or paw-lloween

I think Halloween is mostly to entertain the adults. I tried dressing up my guinea pig as a mummy, but I don’t think she appreciated the holiday as much as I did. (hehehe)

— Tea Nguyen

Like a Charlie-horse to my brain!

Medical school has a way of strengthening one side of the brain (the logical side). However, if you manifest this strength in physical terms, having a huge right arm for example, you’re going to be lopsided, which is how my brain currently feels. The creative side of my brain, the left arm, is slowly cramping […]

— Tea Nguyen

Ghoulish treats!

Oh this beautiful-breezy-fresh-air-cool-fall-pumpkin-spiced weather makes me want to bake pumpkin! I found this recipe at www.allrecipes.com and it is so easy to make. Although it’s called a cookie, it has more of the consistency of bread. Top off the fun with colored frosting and add some nuts if you fancy. I made a whole lot […]

— Tea Nguyen

Is anyone eBooking?

I wrote about Audio Booking before and that was sadly short lived. How about eBooking? I saw this interesting article regarding e-books and your brain. I personally still prefer used books at discount prices. Does anyone have a Amazon’s Kindle and just loves it?

— Tea Nguyen

Frantic…YES I AM!

Today is a special day for all of us third-year podiatry students. It is the day our clerkship applications open up and letters are being sent out to request a month for a clerkship of our choice. However, it’s not always our choice because many programs take only a few students so we worry about […]

— Tea Nguyen

Reorganizing academic priorities

It’s so easy to blow off an entire day after an exam… only to regret that I wished I had more time to study other things. Currently, my academic priorities include podiatric medicine, podiatric research and public health. What I know for certain is that my podiatric career comes before the other two. Sometimes I […]

— Tea Nguyen

Simple pleasures: chocolate milk!

Of course I can write a whole blog about chocolate milk. This one is particularly special because it covers my three basic needs of milk. 1) Affordable: I got this carton at Hy-Vee for $0.99 and if you go on a Wednesday, the health market items are an additional 10% off. 2) A milk alternative: […]

— Tea Nguyen

Healthcare, a buzz word

The hottest topic of recent debate is President Obama’s focus on some version of a universal health care system. There’s no doubt that the current health system needs a fix but the challenge is how do we fix it? I have no clue but fancy this idea: a paradigm shift in the American attitude towards […]

— Tea Nguyen

A post for a rainy day

What to do in this dreary weather? Bundle up with a good book, that’s what! My new book just came in! “Shattered Silence” is a true story about the daughter of a serial killer. It’s about her life and how she dealt with this horrendous past. I expect it to be an awe-inspiring book. Have […]

— Tea Nguyen

Current reads: Anne Frank’s Diary – The Secret Annex

Something on TV, not exactly sure what it was, prompted me to get my hands on this book. Knowing my reading pace, I wanted to buy the book instead of borrowing it at a public library. (I still haven’t gotten a public library card here.) Naturally, I couldn’t get myself to justify buying a leisure […]

— Tea Nguyen

Recipe: butternut squash pasta with bacon

The challenge: Trying a new food item = butternut squash in a main dish. This pasta will warm you right up during those cold winter nights in Iowa. If you’re into wedding gifts, here’s a recipe for the couple-to-be to prepare together. This is a great recipe because you hardly need to measure anything – […]

— Tea Nguyen

Corn, a new food… for me at least!

Before moving to Des Moines, I thought I could avoid eating corn. (Can’t say it’s on my favorite vegetable list.) But gee, corn really is everywhere and it has finally invaded my home! I mean, I like candied corn, popcorn and corn dogs, but not regular ‘ole corn on the cob. These Iowans really convinced […]

— Tea Nguyen