Monday, November 5, 2012

"Working for the Weekend"

That song has kind of become my life song.  Don't get my wrong, I love my work.  In fact, I don't think that I could be working at a better place... God is very much in control and it shows so well!  I work full-time, but do it in four days (four 10-hours day) which is incredible. I am able to use and continue to work towards my degree, but I also get to spend almost half of my days with my sweet princess.

I don't just have a clinic placement, but I get to work with several audiologists, which means I have that many people to learn from.  I have 2 direct supervisors and work at two different locations.  I work primarily with adults so far, but am getting some pediatric experience as well.  I'm doing just about everything - some VNG experience (videonystagmography - for people who are dizzy), hearing aid experience, hearing evaluations, and I have days where I am working primarily for the ENT doctors.  Since I am still a newbie, I have been mostly observing and writing the notes for the past two weeks with some testing sprinkled in here and there.  I think this week I'll really start doing more of the case history and testing on my own. 

The hardest part is going to be the hearing aid stuff.  Not only am I least experienced in hearing aids, but there are seven major manufacturers and several smaller ones.  It'll be difficult to learn the ins and outs of the different aids, as well as learning how to play with the different softwares, but I am starting with one brand at a time.  This week: Unitron.  I'm really very excited to get into the game.

But still, as much as I enjoy work, when it hits time to go home I zip outta there because I have a beautiful, smiley baby girl waiting for me who I can't wait to get my arms around. I guess the good that comes with it is that I am making more of an effort to really value the time that I get to spend with Sophia.  Fortunately, she is in the care of somebody that I truly trust, and I couldn't ask for a better situation than the one that we have worked out.

Curry Chicken Marinade

I have started having "Indian Food" night every Monday night.  I am trying new Indian recipes, and trying to really get very good at making Indian food.  Tonight, my recipe of choice was "Baingan Bharta" which is a big favorite of mine, and something that I usually order when I go to Indian restaurants.

It is a vegetarian dish, and Chris does not count something as a meal unless there is meat with it. I decided to marinade some chicken in some type of curry marinade so it went well with the Baingan Bharta.

Unfortunately, I could not find a recipe for a marinade that I liked on the internet, so I made one up, and it turned out to be very good! I am going to share:

Curry Chicken Marinade:

2 TBSP Garlic Powder
3 TBSP Curry
3 TBSP Soy Sauce
3 TBSP Honey
1 TBSP Rice Vinegar
1 TBSP Ginger
1 tsp tumeric

Mix everything all together, and let the chicken marinade in it before baking.

Tonight's dinner was my best Indian dinner so far! Granted, I haven't been doing it very long, so it isn't really hard to be the top, but the Baingan Bharta and the chicken were both excellent!