Doctor recommendations, anyone?

Anyone in Portland have a doctor they want to recommend? I found one right quick when I hurt my back, but he doesn't really suit my style. I'm hoping for someone who's a good communicator--who takes the time to listen to my questions, who is willing to explain things to me, and who helps me make informed decisions about my health, rather than telling me what to do. My current doctor meets none of those criteria, and I'm kind of dreading the next time I get sick and have to go in to see him again.

Back to normal

As some of you know, I threw out my back in the middle of January. It was pretty bad--I couldn't do a lot of the stuff I enjoy for over a month.

But I seem to be muchly much better now. On Thursday I went for my first bike ride since the injury, and tonight I went back to roller skating again. My back seems to be fine with it. I'm so happy right now. Physical activity seems to be a necessary ingredient for Pauls when it comes to mood. Funny how much of life I went through before figuring that out.

Now, on to other backbone-requiring activities!

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From Mindset, The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck:

Even now, when something goes wrong or when something promising seems to be slipping away, I still have a passing feeling of powerlessness. Does that mean I haven't changed?

No, it means that change isn't like surgery. Even when you change, the old beliefs aren't just removed like a worn-out hip or knee and replaced with better ones. Instead, the new beliefs take their place alongside the old ones, and as they become stronger, they give you a different way to think, feel, and act.


Mmm, noodles

Last night a bunch of people came over to watch Tampopo and eat homemade ramen. Here's the recipe from the second batch (the first was too salty):

  • 1 lb Chukamen (raw Chinese noodles)
  • 1 clove finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Chopped negi (looks like a large green onion, about 2 feet long)
  • Nori (dried seaweed)

Heat sesame oil in a deep pan. Saute chopped ginger and garlic in the pan. Lower the heat. Add stock and bring to a boil. Add sugar, salt, sake, and soy sauce. In the meantime, boil water in a large pan. Add chukamen noodles in the boiling water and cook for a few minutes. Drain the noodles. Serve the noodles in individual bowls and ladle soup over them. Garnish with negi and nori.

Makes about 2 servings. We quadrupled it. Twice.

Adapted from here.

The party was lots of fun. I took a few pictures.