This or That

10 Fri, 2010 § 4 Comments

Sometimes misery loves company — sorry in advance — I’ve had this stuck in my head since yesterday afternoon.

Eh.  One of the woes of our reintroduction to television over the last couple months.

In general, we’re not going to miss it…but I have come to enjoy the Food Network & Cooking Channel not to mention Top Chef…& I really don’t want to mention my guilty pleasure…but Millionaire Matchmaker is like a bad car accident:

I know I shouldn’t look…I really don’t want to see it…

but I can’t seem to tear myself away. 😛

I’m not proud of it, & it’s not something I make a point of watching; but if I happen to see it’s on…well…now you know.

Between the little things I have to do today like packing up a few of our belongings before the big move [that’s tomorrow by the way] & trying not to watch anything other than this week’s Top Chef, I have a rather big matter on my agenda.


Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Education

Or That?

Physical Therapist (PT) Education

I want to work in Physical Therapy — that much I know — I just have to decide which route I’m going to take.  I thought I had made my decision, but there’s not a PTA program near by.

Today my “assignment” is to outline each choice, determining prerequisites, costs, etc & devise a time line, ending in what I can start doing today [actually Monday if we’re going to be nit picky].  This should help narrow my decision.  Any input or advice is appreciated!

I know I’ve talked a lot about following your intuition.  I still believe this, but it’s also important to be well-informed.  I just don’t know enough of the specifics of these programs to make the best choice yet; by the end of the day, I should — at least that’s my goal.


Another goal:

Start spicing it up in the kitchen again.  Not wanting to grocery shop too heavily the week of our move, meals have been simple [not in the good way but in the half-hazard way] & borderline “naughty”.

I was absolutely craving nachos the other night.  I generally don’t eat cheese, but knew plain beans & corn chips was not going to cut it.  I was desperate to satisfy my craving & use up what we had on hand.

Don’t be turned off by the poor evening/indoor lighting & strange appearance; this was soooo gooood & will probably be my new nacho go-to.

Truffl`d Nachos

I sauteed half-moon slices of leek until soft, added fresh thyme, quartered mushrooms & a splash of white wine & cooked until the mushrooms were browned slightly, then stirred in black beans to warm.

Once I removed from heat, I drizzled a touch of truffle oil over the mix, tossed & garnished with toasted sunflower seeds.  I scooped this up with organic blue corn chips from Trader Joe’s [aw…I wish there was a Trader Joe’s nearby].  It definitely hit the spot.

Happy Friday!


How do you make the big decisions like choosing a career/school?

Do you have tv?  Dave & I haven’t for about the last 5 years, & it’ll probably be that way again after the move.  If we could chose just a couple choice channels — discovery, food/cooking, history, amc, espn — we’d definitely consider it.

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§ 4 Responses to This or That

  • Natalie says:

    I think you should go for the PT program. I’ve worked with some PTAs and they all wished that they just went into PT from the start. On the flip side, a PTA program would ensure you like the field before you commit to a longer program! It seems like you can’t go wrong here.

    I agree with you about intuition. If you just follow your intuition, what you really feel in your heart, you can’t go wrong.

    We have a TV but didn’t have cable for a few years. When we moved it was all included in one package and although we don’t watch it much, it is kind of nice to have!

    • Allie says:

      uhoh — just found out cable includes food network & bravo [which hosts Top Chef] as well as discovery…we might be setting up cable after all… 😉

  • I love that commercial too! Thanks for posting. Have you considered OT? (Occupational Therapy?) One of my best friends is an OT and loves her job.

    If you have your heart set on PT, could you do the PTA and then at your professional licensing later?

    • Allie says:

      I’ve looked into OT a little, because it seems great; but I think I have my heart set on PT. The unfortunate & silly thing is that most PTA trainings do not set you up to transition to PT. But I have recently discovered that NAU has a BS in PTA [most are associate level], which would fulfill the undergrad requirement for PT school, then I would just need the prereqs…but there are other BS degrees that would help me reach the prereqs & PT school more quickly/less expensively…I’m still not sure…waiting to meet with an adviser…
      Thanks for the input! 🙂

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