Tony’s Nurse . . . words from the one and only TONY!

I must admit one develops and close relationship with a lady whose fingers are buried 5 inches deep into ones stomach cavity. A certain amount of trust and closeness are required for such a harsh treatment. We meet three times per week. During the treatment I lay on the couch helpless as a baby lamb.

It is as it happens the only way that this wound will heal. While it seems counterintuitive to me; apparently opening and draining fluids from me through a black sponge stuffed into a surgical opening will hasten my recovery.

With all of the above said my nurse and I have plenty of time to discuss our lives and histories. She does however confuse me, and makes no excuses for doing so.

My first point:

The Philippines are a bunch of islands, kind of thrown into the South China Sea with Malaysia to its southeast. It is in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by water. My able and talented nurse cannot swim and hates the water.


Based on all of the programs where guys travel everywhere in the exotic Philippine climate to eat native cuisine, there is common element; fruit. It seems that plantains and pineapples grow from every roof. My classically trained nurse hates fruit.


When is asked if her family was effected by the tsunami she laughed at me and said โ€œIโ€™m not from Japan!โ€ seems fishy to me.

There is much more I have to learn about her. She hates yogurt (Biz gave her some Greek yogurt and she said she ate it, but hated every bite), on that point we agree. She became engaged in Venice while backpacking through Italy. She loves very spicy food (eww), and has two lovely children.

I have several months to get to know more about the Philippine enigma, I will update you as more abnormalities surface.

Tony (that is my only name!)

Thanks for the lovely guest post honey! ๐Ÿ˜€

I have a lot of food to make this week, so I will make this short and sweet.ย  I also have to deep clean my pantry today.ย  The other day I spilled A WHOLE container (like 3 cups!) of sesame seeds and it was raining sesame seeds all over. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I love canned potatoes.ย  They are cheap and delicious – Aldi sells this brand for .59 cents a can.

I cooked them in some Pam, salt and pepper, then scrambled an egg with them.ย  I had some leftover steak that I needed to cook up, so I topped my potato mixture with 2.5 ounces of steak.ย  No cheese was even needed!ย  Breakfast comes in at 7 points.

I went to the grocery store (spent $93) and then got my eyebrows threaded – I got a woman who literally did it in like 60 seconds so the pain was minimal. ๐Ÿ˜€

Tony asked if I brought home anything for lunch.ย  It’s funny, because that used to be our routine, I’d be out and about, text him to ask what he wanted and bring home a cheezy beef or gyros.ย  He hasn’t eaten real food for so long, that it never even crossed my mind!

So I made hot dogs.ย  His with relish, mustard and celery salt (and tomato if I had any) and I just had yellow mustard and spicy pickles.ย  Can you tell I was hungry, my one and only shot of my dog came out blurry.ย  But in case you are wondering, that’s not too much mustard. ๐Ÿ˜€

My Mom got me these pickles Austin when she was visiting my brother and his family.ย ย Since I am her favorite child, its only natural that she thinks of buying me shit when with my sibling. ๐Ÿ˜€ ย And they are amazingly delicious – super thin, tangy and spicy all at the same time.ย  Lunch came in at 7 points.

As I was meal planning with Tony, I mentioned steak and baked potatoes and he said yes, but he wanted the steak to be thin.

I decided to make a chimichurri sauce for my steak – it really wakes up a steak and slaps it in the face.

Chimichurri Sauce (makes 1/2 cup – 1 tablespoon is a serving for 2 points)

  • 1 cupย packed cilantro
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 gloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed redย pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoonย ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

I put this in my mini food processor – my regular food processor was too big.ย  Just chop until all the leaves and garlic are chopped.

My dinner:ย  5 ounce of thin steak (5), tablespoon of sauce (2) and a 7 ounce baked potato with light margarine (5).ย  Dinner is 12 delicious points.

Hannah and I went to the gym yesterday too!ย  I ran 2.5 miles in 25 minutes!!ย  I am still trying to build up my speed and stamina in running.ย  If I were to keep that pace up, that means I can run 5 miles in 50 minutes – which would shave 8 minutes off my previous best time!

Thanks again Tony for your wonderful story!ย  Hugs!


22 thoughts on “Tony’s Nurse . . . words from the one and only TONY!

  1. I totally forgot about those potatoes, I had got a bunch at big lots and my husband loves them. I need to pick them up next time I shop.

    I love Tony’s guest post, my grandfather fought in the Philippines but I am sad to say I don’t know much about it.

  2. I heart mustard and pickles! And Tony’s guest post! However, I’m a little scared to try threading my brows … I go for the pain involved in waxing … maybe someday!

  3. That nurse seems like good medicine for Tony.. gives him something to think about to make the time pass! I hope all is well for him (It’s a good sign that he’s getting his appetite back!).
    I love our addictions to vinegary things.. mustard, pickles, MMM. you can never have too much! I have been loving pickled jalapenos lately. Vinegary AND hot!
    Great job on the running. I’m 19 and you could easily out-run me, so definitely be proud of yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Tony, you crack me up,I can’t wait to hear more abnormalities!! (since I have so many myself, my name being one of them!!) ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ve never had Chimichurri sauce, it looks good! But I hate cilantro, probably have to use parsley. I use those potatoes a lot too, they get so crispy when you bake them!
    Yea on the run, you are doing great!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have been tempted to have my eyebrows threaded, but keep having them waxed. I’d have to go to the mall for threading, and it’s 20 miles from me!

  5. I love ya’ Tony, but now I am queasy. Ewww and please get well soon. Nice trivia on your lovely nurse tho’. Bravo for her.

    Those canned potatoes didn’t help either – no offense Biz, but I find them to have a very metallic taste and won’t buy them. Perhaps I should try again?

    Are you sure you didn’t have a mustard with a side of hot dog? Dang girl – that is some serious condiment love. heehee ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Fun observations from Tony. We made a lot of friends from the Philippines when we lived in Italy. I have a killer recipe for lumpia (awesome little fried egg rolls) that, unfortunately, need to wait until I reach goal to be occasionally included in my diet again.
    Thatza some spicy/mustardy hotdog! All except 1 of my four grandkids loathe mustard; 9 yr old Ben would be happy to have his hotdog loaded with mustard.

  7. Nurses are wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚ She sounds very sweet.

    I was cracking up reading Tony’s guest post. My in-laws are from Mozambique which is home to some of the most delicious tropical fruit as well. Last year when we were visiting I made a fruit salad with fresh mango, papaya, coconut and pineapple for everyone and my mother-in-law wouldn’t go near the bowl with a 10 foot pole. She turned her nose up in disgust and said she wouldn’t eat it. The others looked at it like it was a bowl of dead insects. Some ate it and loved it, but the rest just wanted meat?! Oh well more for me!!

    Awesome run Biz. Are you enjoying the running?

  8. Chimichurri on steak! Be still my heart.

    Hope Tony starts feeling better asap.

  9. Tony- I hope I’m near Chicago someday soon so I can meet you and Biz. You are hilarious. Who doesn’t like fruit??

    Biz- delicious eats, as always. I had no idea they made canned potatoes. Isn’t that funny? I’ve starred at the canned vegetable section many a times and never even seen them?! What a beautiful dinner. Not much better than a baked potato

  10. Sounds like Tony and his nurse have a great relationship. That’s awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t think I’ve ever had canned potatoes. I will have to try them!

  11. Tony definitely sounds like he’s getting better and his amazing sense of humour makes for a great read ๐Ÿ™‚

    Believe it or not I’ve never tried Chimichurri sauce!!

  12. Fickle Pickles are my favorite! There is nothing fickle about my feelings for them. I’ve been rationing them out slowly since we bought them on that trip. It’s all I can do to not stick a fork in the jar and just finish it off in a sitting.

    Canned potatoes? Really?

  13. Glad Tony is getting better – great guest post. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never tried canned potatoes.

  14. I bet Tony is that nurses’ favorite patient! He cracks me up – I look forward to another update on her abnormalities, LOLOL!

  15. Loved Tony’s guest post.

    And that steak looks sooooooooooo good!

  16. i loved tony’s post! i remember having very in depth conversations with my nurses. when you have an encounter with someone at your most vulnerable, you can’t help but get a bit deep.

    such a bummer about the sesame seeds! i love the chimmichurri though, i’ve only had it once and it was amazing!

  17. Poor Tony – all his Filipino stereotypes have been dashed! Can’t wait to hear more about her abnormalities…. maybe she should write a guest post about Tony’s abnormalities LOLOL!

  18. Haha Tony really cracks me up!! I can’t wait for his future guest posts!

  19. Great little geography/history lesson. I am amazed at how many people don’t know how to swim. My family spends half our life at the pool or beach so it’s a huge part of our lives.

    When I first moved here to Temecula I didn’t know anyone and took Emry and Lila to the pool almost everyday. I would hold Lila who was 9 months and push Emry who was 2 1/2 back and forth to the steps, teaching her to swim (I am no expert). We did this for hours upon hours. By the age of 3 all my kids swam like fish.

    It was great for me because it meant they always slept well!

  20. Loved Tony’s guest post (and is that really just a stage name? I feel so betrayed. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )! His nurse sounds like quite a character but I’m sure he amuses her as much as she amuses him. I can’t imagine having someone’s hand in my guts-ew. That’s rough. Power to you, Tony.

    I’ve never done the chimchurri sauce thing-maybe I should try it!

  21. Tony you’re so damn funny ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. Speaking of pickles….. I was in Whole Foods & saw Bubbies pickles – thought you of…more like your boss’ father & bought them. I had them that night, they’re a little on the spicy side…Rich ate the rest. ๐Ÿ˜€

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