How Do Working People Do It? And Edamame Pesto.

Hello and Happy Sunday!!

It’s hard to start a post without mentioning the sadness in Connecticut.  Hug your loved ones.  Life is precious.  Heather has a beautiful post about this.

Since I’ve been on this pediatrics rotation, Sundays have felt like Mondays because Saturday is my only day off and I go back to the hospital Sunday morning.  Just like last week, I had to make the most of my one day off and get everything done!

I woke up around 6:30am and went straight to Walmart to get a few groceries.  I’m leaving to go to my mom’s house on Friday so I don’t need a ton of groceries, but I had to get some staples!  Plus, I needed a few random Christmas presents and I knew Walmart would have all those things.  Don’t judge me for going to Walmart.  I only go there sometimes.

As soon as I got home, laundry was sorted and a huge load was put into the washer.  (I ended up doing 4 loads yesterday!  Good gracious!!)  I wrapped the last of my dad’s Christmas presents and booked it to the post office to get them sent off before they closed.

For all of first and second year of medical school, I had tons of free time to do what I wished.  Granted, I spent about 90% of that free time studying and watching lectures, but I never went to class during the day.  So if I had an appointment at 1pm, or needed to go to the bank, or post office, it wasn’t a problem.

But now, I am at the hospital from 7am-5pm and there is literally NO WAY to do anything.  How’s a girl supposed to make it to the post office???   I know there are millions of people out there with full time jobs so let me ask you- how do you do it!?!?!  How do you schedule dentist appointments or things like that??

The rest of Saturday was spent finishing laundry, cleaning my room, vacuuming the living room, and making food for the upcoming week.

I’ve been withholding this yummy recipe from you; I ate it all last week and now it’s gone and I am sad.


Edamame and Basil Pesto



1 cup fresh basil

2 cloves garlic chopped

1 package frozen edamame thawed

juice of 1 lemon

2 TBS olive oil (add more if it’s too thick)

1 TBS nutritional yeast (optional)

1 TBS dried thyme

1-2 cups baby bella mushrooms

1/2 red onion sliced.

Pasta of your choice (optional)


Put basil, garlic and lemon juice in food processor.  Blend..


Add Edamame and olive oil and blend until creamy.  Add more olive oil if you think it’s too dry.  Add nutritional yeast and ***I added some red pepper flakes but you don’t have to***


Meanwhile, sauté your sliced red onion and mushrooms over medium heat.  Sprinkle thyme over mushrooms and onions and continue to sauté until onions are soft and translucent.


Add pesto to your pan and mix in the mushrooms and onions.  If you want to serve this with pasta, you can add just boiled, drained pasta to the pan and mix until coated with pesto.  I mixed in pasta for 1 serving and had the rest each day on top of broccoli slaw.






How do you working people do it?  How do you fit things in if you’re at work during normal business hours?


  1. says

    First of all that pesto looks bomb. Thanks for sharing. Secondly….I get no sleep. It’s awful. I’m gone from 8 to 5:30 every day. When I get home there’s dinner to be prepped, then I go to CrossFit, then come home and eat, and then try to do one other thing before I sleep and I wind up going to bed way too late. If I have an appointment I can use personal time at work to leave early or come in late. Sometimes I draft blog posts on my lunch break or run errands. My work also lets us use our shipping department to mail stuff so I don’t have to go to the post office. Sometimes I skip CrossFit (but that’s harder now that I’m in training to be a coach). ANYWAY – more than you wanted to know I’m sure…but I’m not saying it is a good thing to do. In fact, I’m planning a rebellion against this schedule. :-)

    • aawenzel says

      You are a machine girl!!! That is a LOT of stuff. Remember to get some sleep okay? P.S. I loved your pics on IG today!!

  2. says

    I plan plan plan like a mad woman. Given, I do have more flexibility working from home…but with 2 kids and full time hours and training and life, it does take lots of careful planning. That’s the best I got unfortunately. I also get up at 4 am to fit it all in (but do manage to be in bed by 9 pm at the latest almost every night).

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