Reading

Reading, reading, reading; My life consists of tons of reading. At any given moment during my work day I have atleast 4 internet explorer windows open. Why? You ask, because i’m a freakin’ reading-aholic. My job requires a lot of reading and research. I am constantl on the Medicare website to see if we can bill this, or bill that. Can the two be billed together, will this modifier go with that. Seriously, medical billing is a complicated matter, and it’s only getting more complicated as the months go on. 2011 is going to be a nasty year for the medical field I believe. I attend monthly luncheons, which entail more reading. These luncheons provide office managers & billers with details of what is going on the medical world of Medicare & Hipaa. It’s a scary world we live in.

I think for the most part your average person has no idea what goes on behind the scenes in a medical office. The hoops that Doctors have to jump through, the documentation that is needed to get paid a measly $70 for an office visit that took an hour. Yah, not kidding.

I spend a lot of time reading how to get my Dr paid. It’s a tricky game, and there is such a fine line its scary. I mean really. Google Medicare Audits, or just pay attention to your local news. See how many providers are being audited by Medicare. See how much money providers are having to pay back to Medicare because something wasn’t done right, ie: documentation, and now Medicare is taking back thousands, and thousands of dollars.

I am currently in school for Medical Billing & Coding. You know what sucks, I am learning things that are going to be totally irrelevant come 2013. Seriously, stupid. I’m spending money to learn codes that are going to go away in 3 years. Great, huh? We can kiss ICD-9 goodbye, and say hello to the ever so-complicated world of ICD-10 .. I know, for most of the people that read my blog you have no idea what I’m talking about. What it boils down to is that I’m spending money on training that isn’t going to do me any good by January 2013. There is nothing I can do however, for now I have to know these ICD-9 codes in order to get my certification. Stupid. It’s just stupid.

I have been sitting here since 12:30 researching guidelines, and documentation for various codes, and modifiers. It’s 3pm right now.  I’ve been in my current position for 3 months and it’s been a learning experience for sure. I have learned so much in the last 3 months it’s amazing. I feel like a sponge. I’m just absorbing as much as I can, and hoping my experience and knowledge will benefit me in the future.

Back to work. My day is not complete yet, I still have several patients to code out. Woohoo!

Advertisements

Embarrasing

Yesterdays scheduled run was 8 mi.. Hmph. We went to church yesterday morning to see my neice get baptized. Well, I wore a nice dress, and not so nice heels. Why didn’t I think it would be a bad idea to where heels all day on the same day I had a 8 miler scheduled. doh! When we got home from church/lunch my calves were killing me. They were tight, and sore. These weren’t new heels, and I wear them to work so I’m not quite sure what was going on w/ my calves but I pretty much knew right then that 8 miles wasn’t going to happen.

I attempted to run it though. I made it 4.5mi before I called it quits. My mind was psyching me out, my heart wasn’t in it. I just wanted to go home and lay on the couch. I am putting this run behind me and moving on.

__

I went to the dermatologist this morning. I have a spot on my face and I wanted to get it checked out. The Derm said it’s just a sun spot and to watch it and make sure it doesn’t spread. She said to use a SPF 30 moisturizer along w/ my make up and I should be good to go. Phew! Relief. I really wasn’t that worried about it, but it was a new spot and I felt I needed to get it checked.

I also have PT this week, joy. Can you feel the excitement?

__

Confession time:

I hate cleaning. I am not good at cleaning. I hate all aspects of it. I like how a clean house looks, but it’s all the work involved that kills me. There are so many other things I’d rather be doing. I’m thinking about creating a chore chart for myself. Yah, like I’m 12 years old. I think this will be a good way for me to get into the habit of cleaning more regularly. I am so not proud to admit this, but If I admit it then maybe it will help me realize this is an issue and it needs to get worked on. So there ya have it. I hate cleaning. Ugh.

Happy Monday!

Race Report & a confession.

I ran in a 5k this morning. It went well, but my morning did not start out so smoothly. I got up around 5:30, that was fine. Ate a banana, and drank some water. Checked out where I “though” the race was going to be, grabbed a granola bar and some more water and headed out. I left around 6:30, it was only a 30 min drive, and the race started @ 8. PLENTY of time to get parked, and get my number/shirt, I should be good. W-R-O-N-G! … So, the park that I “thought” it was at, wrong park. There was no address on the registration form or on active, it just says Mc_____ Lake Park. I googled it this morning but could only come up with this one Mc____ Park… Yah, not the right park. I went to mcdonalds they had no clue where this Lake was… great. just great. So i spent 20minutes sitting in the McDonald parking lot on my ipod touch trying to find out where the heck this lake was. .. I FINALLY found it but it was another 20 min drive. Yah, cuttin’ it kinda close.. After one wrong turn because I wasn’t really sure what road it was actually on, I just knew a road that was near by since the map i found wasn’t that great… I rolled in @ 7:45.. and it was PACKED.. great. I drove .5mile before I could find any parking… Then had to walk back up that .5mi to find where the numbers where.. yeah, its like 7:55 by now. THEN the lady says, Oh, your name isn’t on the list.

And this is where I lost it. I am SO embarrassed about how I acted to that lady but at this point I was SO over it.  I will not go into great detail bc I am really kind of disgusted with myself. I thought about it the whole run, and I’m still thinking about it. I did apologize to her, twice. I am not a rude person, and I don’t show my ass in public, but this morning… ugh. awful.  I was genuinely sorry, I i believe she knew that when I told her how sorry I was that I acted that way towards her.

So. Anyways. On to the race. I made it to the start line  @ 7:59, for 8am gun time. Awesome right? Uhm, I think every XC team from this county, and probably another county were running in this race. I signed up for this race wanting to place, then as I was driving to park I thought, “There is no way I’m going to place, look at all these people!”

I started sort of in the middle, I guess. It was crowded. My miles were pretty uneventful. Mile 1 I went out kinda fast, I slowed it down and held a pretty good pace. Mile 2 I slowed down just a tad. At one point I looked @ my watch and I had fallen to 9:50, mm no. That will not do, I stepped it back up to under 9:00. Mile 3 I picked it up again, I was ready to get done.

I am really happy with my time. I wasn’t sure if it was good enough to place. I had a hard time telling which women were in my age group, and which weren’t. It took forever for the awards to start. There were a lot of people, they also had to call an ambulance for on of the XC runners.. Not sure if that delayed it, possibly.

I ended up taking 2nd place in my Ag, yay! The 1st place in my AG is a XC coach, hmph. She finished @ 23:something. This was not a PR for me, but it was still a great race!

_______________

Tomorrow’s scheduled run is 8mi. I really hope it is an “enjoyable” 8 miles. Our morning is kind of busy. We are going to church, and then to see my niece get baptized. Hopefully we’ll be back by 3 or 4 so I can get my run kind of early. I hope the weather holds out, they are forecasting 50% chance of rain. Great. I honestly do not think there has been 1 single day in the last 3 weeks that it hasn’t rained. =/  Yuck.

_____________

After the race I went to a local farmers market, I have seriously been so excited about this farmers market all week. Well, I was a little disappointed @ how small it was, but I still got some good veggies!

$6.40 for the veggies, and $5 for the Hot Pepper Jelly. I thought it was a pretty good deal. Please look @ those zucchinis. Holy Moly!

Last night I had to get creative with dinner again. I wasn’t sure what I wanted and nothing really sounded great. Once again, for the 3rd time this week, I went to Publix when I got off and meandered around till I found something that looked yummy. I ended up getting some Italian Turkey Sausage & Shrimp. I didn’t use the shrimp last night, but I think that will be part of tonight’s dinner.

Last night I cut up the sausage into bite size pieces and cooked them in a pan with some sweet peppers. I used yellow, orange, and red peppers. They were little mini peppers that came together in this little carton. They were cute, and tasty.

I put the sausage on a flatbread, rolled it up and ate it like a taco. Yum! I also put some corn-on-the-cob in the oven for Chris. I soaked the corn in water all night Thursday night and all day Friday so it would be good and ..well whatever, Chris told me to do that, I had no idea. Then I put the oven on 375* and cooked them for about 20 minutes. Chris said they were perfect. I tried it, but EW, I hate corn. It’s SO gross.

Have a great weekend! I plan on doing nothing but reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest for the rest of the day!  I downloaded off of Barnes & Noble last night. I am all about supporting our local library, but it was going to be a very long time before I could get this book.

Can’t shake it.

I don’t know what is wrong with me but I am SO tired, like, barely able to function tired. So tired that I’m annoyed with myself. I skipped my run yesterday, 6 miles. Ha, there is no way I could have made it through that. I’m going to rest today as well. I have a 5k tomorrow and an 8miler on Sunday (which I’m dreading).

I went to bed @ 8:30 last night. Got up at 5:45, made Chris’ lunch, ate my own breakfast, then went back to bed @ 6:15 and slept till 7:15. I think I could honestly sleep all day today. Laying on the couch sounds like a grand plan. I know my day @ work will not be stressful or busy, but I just don’t want to go in & sit there. =/

Last night’s dinner was pretty good. My original plan was for Chris to grill chicken & corn on the cob. He wasn’t going to get home early enough for that so I had to come up with another idea. We had pineapple-y Chicken, fresh green beans, and sweet potato fries.

I am really not creative when it comes to cooking. I prefer to let someone come up with the ideas and then I’ll use them. Ha Ha!

Pineapple Chicken:

4 chicken breast
pineapple rings (i bought canned out of pure laziness, I didn’t feel like cutting up a fresh pineapple) Don’t drain the juice out of the can.
and whatever seasonings you think would go well w/ pineapple. I don’t remember what I used and I’m not getting up to go find out. See, I’m tired. My eyes are watering right now. Its 830am. It’s going to be a LONG day.

1. preheat over to 370*F. Put chicken in glass baking dish. Sprinkle your spices on. Put a pineapple ring on each chicken breast. Pour pineapple juice from the can around the chicken. (I think this would have been better if it could have marinated longer, it wasn’t very pineapple-y)

2. Cook chicken for 25 minutes.  I had my sweet potato fries in the over with my chicken. It worked out perfectly.

I hope everyone has a great Friday, and a great weekend! Good Luck to everyone that is racing this weekend! Can’t wait to read race reports!

September Challenge.

I am hoping that if I write this out, I will actually stick to it. I have 2 challenges for myself. The month of August has been ridiculous for grocery shopping, and grocery budgeting. Okay, actually, I don’t budget for groceries, but I do try to pay attention to how much things cost.

Challenges:

1. Meal plan every single week for the month of September. I can not tell you how many times I have been to the grocery store in the last 2 weeks. I haven’t been planning my meals out, and it’s crazy. I go atleast every 2 days, which is stupid. I have no excuse for not planning our meals except that I’ve just been plain lazy the last few Sundays.

2. Keep track of how much I actually spend on groceries. I don’t really have a budget for grocery shopping, and I don’t track how much I spend. I mean, I don’t go crazy, that I know of. The problem is, I go to the store so many times during the week I actually do not have a clue what I am spending. So that is part of why I want to track what I’m spending, to get a clue of how much I’m actually spending.

I started to go to this Farmer’s Market and their produce is cheaper then buying produce from Walmart, or from Publix. Saturday I am going to an outdoor Farmer’s Market in B-ville, after I run a 5k. Woohoo! I registered for a 5k today, I am really excited! I don’t know why, I just feel like I am going to do well at this race. Yah, I probably just jinxed myself. Oh well.

Tonight Chris is getting home from work kind of late so my original plans of chicken & corn on the cob cooked on the grill got scrapped. I don’t cook on the grill, that is his department. So I am concocting a new recipe in my head right now as I write. It should be interesting. I’ll let ya know how it goes. =/

The sun is finally shining. For now. It’s rained off and on for the last few hours.. Hours hell, the last few weeks. The water around our mailbox had finally receded by this morning but it’s probably back now. I even got water in my heels when I was walking to check the mail for work today. It was monsooning outside and the sidewalk was flooded. Fail.

Exhausted.

I can not find the motivation to do anything this week. I barely made it through my 4 mile run last night. Maybe it’s the weather. It has been raining here every day for 2 weeks, going on 3 weeks. Then there is the fact that I am not sleeping well at all. That really stinks. I like sleep, but it is not my friend lately.

Yesterday’s run: 4 mile, 10:00 pace, 40min. That was all I could, and I could barely stand the 10:00pace.. so lame.  Today I have 6miles scheduled, bahaha, that should be interesting. Hopefully it won’t be raining when I get home and I can run outside.

I made two new dishes this week, both were equally simple & delicious! Tuesday night I made Tilapia, and last night I made Enchiladas.

Tilapia was on sale at our grocery store this week so I thought I would give it a shot.

1lb Tilapa (equaled 2 filets)
old bay seasoning
lemon juice
butter

Preheat over to 400*F. Grease glass bakeware. Place filets in the baking dish and sprinkle old bay seasoning on them. I didn’t measure, it’s up to you how much you want on there. Then I spread a little piece of butter over each filet, sprinkled some lemon juice, VOILA, your prep is done.

Place filets in the over for 17 minutes and let those babies bake.

Then. Eat!

With the tilapia we had pasta with fresh tomato sauce, yum!

Last night we had Enchiladas, this was also my first experience with enchiladas so I was a little nervous about them.

Easy Beef Enchiladas

1 lb ground beef
1 pkg taco seasoning     (
i made my own out of cumin, chili pepper, and coriander, worked out great)
1 can refried beans
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soups (
i forgot to buy this, so I added a little milk, and some cheddar cheese, perfect)
1 medium onion
flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups of enchilada sauce
shredded cheddar cheese (
i didn’t have enough cheddar, so i used mozzerella)

1. Preheat over to 350*F. Cook the beef until browned. Pour off fat. Stir in seasoning mi, beans, and soup (this is where I poured in a little milk and added what cheddar cheese I had), add onion.

2. Divide the beef mixture among the tortillas and place seam-side down into a 3qt baking dish. Pour the enchilada sauce over the filled tortillas and sprinkle with cheese.

3. Bake for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbling

Remember, I’m not a food photographer, or any kind of photographer for that matter =/

Man, I wish today was Saturday, I can not find the motivation to do anything.

Lazy Cook.

Today is my off today, so I am taking full advantage and doing nothing. I was supposed to go to physical therapy today but I canceled. My legs are pretty sore from yesterdays run and I didn’t want to go to PT w/ sore legs so I rescheduled.  I weighed myself today, woohoo, my “goal” weight. Tomorrow I’ll probably be up a couple of pounds, my weight just fluctuates like that. Honestly, I don’t have a goal weight. I am happy with the number on the scale.

I have been in a dinner cooking rut. I just can’t think of anything that sounds good to eat. My other problem is, I am lazy. I don’t want to make a meal that is going to require 45 minutes of prep work. I have been browsing food blogs for quite some time, and while those meals look good, they are not practical for me. I am on the hunt for easy healthy meals. Is there such a thing?

Tonight we had meatloaf, mashed potatoes & baked zucchini. Meatloaf is Chris’ fave thing and I haven’t made it for him in a while, soooo, I thought I would make him some tasty meatloaf. Boy was it yummy! The only thing healthy about tonight’s dinner was the baked zucchini.

….I…Need….a…Vacation…..bad.

Passion.

What are you passionate about? At church this morning there was a couple and they were speaking about human trafficking. W-O-W. It was INTENSE! This guy was SO passionate, it was insane. Human trafficking really is a huge problem. Just last week in Central Florida they released a story about a girl who had been kidnapped in Orlando, and brought to Minneola (yah, Minneola, Wiki it and see what the population is..it’s not much) .. There is another story about a sex ring of 44 people busted in Polk County over the weekend.

The speaker said, “If you don’t see human trafficking, you aren’t looking” At first, I thought, well how am I going to see it. I mean, what am I looking for?  Read the news. It’s everywhere. Go to your local newspaper and in the search option type in “human trafficking” . I did. The results were sickening.  10 pages of results.  The New York Times has a whole section dedicated to Human Trafficking.

___

Anyways, let’s talk about my run today. I had 8 miles scheduled according to my Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon training plan.  The weather was questionable and I was debating to run outside or try and run on the treadmill. I was really doubting my ability to stay motivated for 8 miles on the treadmill. Some ladies from an  H&F board convinced me to go outside and run, even if it was in the rain.

Thankfully it did not rain, and the weather cooperated quite nicely. We (Chris road his bike) ran in the neighborhood and ventured down some streets we haven’t been down before. This kept my run interesting for a little while, it was nice to see new things. We saw quite a few amazing houses, and we had amazing views of the Gulf for a few minutes!

and yes, I am totally copying Shelby from Eat,Drink,Run – That whole screen capture thing is pretty tricky, and she has it all figured out. So, Thanks Shelby!

This week was kind of lazy. I don’t know what happened, but I took one to many few days off.

Monday : Off
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday : 3mi
Thursday:    5 mi
Friday:  Off
Saturday: Off
Sunday:  8mi …

Kay, so I might have taken 3 to many days off =/ Oops. Oh well.

Total mileage for the week was 16mi
Total miles for the year: 360.85

Good night!

Whew. I’m pooped!

I am keeping my niece this weekend.

She is in love with the treadmill. Her speed was @ 1.0. Don't yell at me for not making her wear shoes.

Have you spent the weekend with a 6yr old? Dear goodness, I am beat. She is go-go-go-go 100mph alllllll day long! She woke up @ 7am raring to go! We ate cereal for breakfast and she watched Wubbzy (google it). We went to the beach. We drove for 45 minutes in the rain on our way to the beach, I was seriously wondering how this beach trip was going to turn out. It wasn’t sunny by any means, but Kailyn had a blast playing in the waves!

Vanilla Icecream + homemade cookies = delish!

WHEW. Aunt Jena needs a nap.

Split Time Moving Time
1 0:10:02 0:09:58
2 0:09:59 0:09:54
3 0:09:56 0:09:54
4 0:09:59 0:09:52
5 0:10:14 0:10:13
6 0:10:24 0:10:26
7 0:10:15 0:10:06
8 0:10:04 0:10:04
9 0:00:03 0:00:03
Summary 1:21:01 1:20:30