Hooray Friday! This has been a looonng week for me. Here’s a snapshot of what pretty much every day consisted of for me.
Looks fun right?! If carboxypeptidase and anthoxanthins sound like a good time to you…you may be a dietitian. I have been x-core studying for the RD exam since there is only 2 weeks left of my internship! 2 weeks! A fortnight! If you couldn’t tell I’m a bit excited and still a little shocked that I have pretty much completed my dietetic internship. Since there is still a 3 month work commitment after the internship is done, I plan on taking the exam before i leave Alabama to have the RD certification under my giant horseshoe belt buckle.
If you have been reading SN for a while, you may be wondering why I am blogging on a Friday. Well it’s my blog and I’ll blog if I want to (blog if I want to, blog if I want to). : ) I am yet again changing my blogging schedule since I have SOO much I want to write about that quite frankly isn’t gunna cut it with just two days. Here’s the new and ultra-improved schedule that you can look forward to reading 3x a week. Get exicted.
Monday Meals- These posts will be all about food! I will be highlighting new recipes, products, meal plans, and any other food-related ramblings I care to share.
Workout Wednesdays- As the name implies, Wednesdays will be about fitness. This includes new workouts, thoughts, and tips on workin’ on ya fitness. Get ready to sweat y’all!
Fabulous Fridays- As if Fridays weren’t fabulous enough, there will be 10x more fab to the -ulous over at the SN party. I will post on…well anything/anyone I find to be fabulous, fantastic, or any other fan-tabulous word I can think of.
Which leads me to my first addition, which I have long been meaning to post on, and is finally getting the attention deserved. Last month, I spent the best 4 weeks of my internship in Athens, AL. This was the CNP director rotation, where I would be working alongside a Food service Director of a particular school district. I had been looking forward to the rotation for pretty much the entire internship, which was only amplified by getting to work with the best director in the
state South, Tandy Norris. (Can’t say the country, since I’ll be the best in the North ; ). I first met Tandy at a conference in the Fall, but didn’t talk to her as much as I probably would have liked to. My first day of the rotation, Tandy and I really seemed to hit it off, and I immediately felt like I had known here for years. We seemed to share the same sense of humor, philosophy on child nutrition, and overall personality that I knew this rotation would be one I would not be looking forward to ending.
Tandy shared my easy-going personality as long as the rest of the staff at the office including the Chief Financial Officer Barry, his secretary Jamie, the Payroll Coordinator Serena, and Financial Clerk Lisa. The staff was so welcoming that I felt as if I was already working there. I was able to learn a lot from Tandy, and she made sure to introduce me to every aspect of the department and job. After working with her for 4 weeks, I honestly left feeling that I could work as a CNP director, and she re-established that this is the field I want to work in.
My last day at the office was every meaning of the word bittersweet. As I said, I felt as if I had known Tandy for years, and could really talk to her about anything. I thought it was funny when one of the students actually thought I was her daughter! I knew I wanted to get her a small token of my appreciation, but I knew flowers were not true “Tandy-style”. Instead, I opted for a dozen diet-cokes. Haha, I guess she will only appreciate the humor and understanding of that, as well as my 6 cent card humor.
The staff had a lunch party to celebrate the month’s birthdays and a bit of a farewell for me. I suggested doing a baked potato bar (for vain and selfish reasons of my inner foodie) which really seemed to go over well. Obviously I loaded mine with every fixin’ possible, including Tandy’s homemade chili (meat-free just for me!), and ending with a slice of ohmygosh delicious key lime cheesecake, homemade by one of the staff members, Bob.
Before i left, the staff gave my a generous gift which I was not expecting. They understood my
love obsession with food, and bought me a local Southern Cookbook, Apron, and book of Alabama so I will never forget my new Southern roots. Tandy made it even better, by writing a little note in to cookbook which I truly appreciated since my mom always does that with ever book she gets me for Christmas. I know Tandy and I must be related somehow.
The warmth and welcoming I felt with all of the staff in Athens made it all the more difficult to leave. I can’t lie, I got a little misty-eyed as I made the drive back to Montgomery, knowing I may never see these wonderful people again. I have kept in contact with Tandy and truly appreciate everything she has taught me about life, nutrition, and more. Thank you Tandy. You will forever be my mentor and friend!
What’s in store for your Fabulous Friday?
Do you have a mentor/ someone you look up to?