Advanced Practice Physical Therapy - June 2020

JUNE 2020 | 406-770-3171


Summer is finally here, and even with the threat of the coronavirus hanging over all of our heads, I plan to enjoy it to the fullest! This is one of my favorite seasons, partly because it brings so many delicious snacks and partly because there are all kinds of new ways to spend time outdoors. On the snack front, I was pretty pleased to find out last month that June 5 is National Doughnut Day. Dawn was the one who filled me and the rest of the team in on the holiday when one of our coworkers brought in a box of doughnuts. Dawn asked the group, “Did any of you know that National Doughnut Day is coming up?”

not to pull into the parking lot and get one of those chocolate beauties! Usually, though, I can restrain myself until Saturday morning, when I like to stop by before I head out to the yard sales. A cake doughnut is a great staple to keep my energy up while I hunt for treasures. As you heard from Dawn last month, Advanced Practice PT has stayed open through all of this pandemic chaos, so I haven’t had much downtime at home. However, now that yard sale season is here, I plan to take full advantage of the cleaning sprees everyone else in town went on this spring. I’m looking forward to shopping social-distance style and pouncing on the treasures people have unearthed. I think the extra dose of spring-cleaning will really force me to step up my yard sale game. Apart from yard sales, my favorite way to enjoy the summer weather is working in my own yard. Mowing the lawn is my zen: No one tries to talk to me over the roar of the lawnmower, so I get lots of time to think, and my obsessive brain loves it when I manage to get the mower lines perfectly straight. Best of all, I can take a break now and then to compete with my blue-nosed pit bull, Blu, for the first juicy tomatoes of the season. I keep a salt shaker in the garage so that I can just snag a little tomato off the vine, walk in to rinse it off, shake on some salt, and pop it in my mouth. Nothing tastes more like summer than a fresh tomato!

Last but not least, I plan to spend some time experimenting in the kitchen this summer. I haven’t had a chance to bake hundreds of loaves of sourdough and banana bread like so many people seem to have done during self-isolation, but I have made a few coffee cakes. A few weeks ago, I made a really good one, and my husband, Clint, and I each had a piece. When I told him he could go ahead and have some more, he scarfed the whole thing! My next endeavor is going to be tres leches cake, so if you come into the office in the next few weeks, make sure you ask me how it turned out. I hope you’re all staying healthy and safe and enjoying your summer as much as I am! –Leslie Larsen

I was midbite when I replied, “I didn’t, but I’m practicing right now!”

To be honest, I don’t need a national holiday as an excuse to enjoy a good doughnut. I love cake doughnuts and cake doughnuts only. The raised ones feel like they keep rising in my stomach, if you know what I mean! Any kind of cake doughnut will do, but sprinkles up the ante and make everything better. If I had to choose, I’d say my all-time favorite doughnut is the old-fashioned cake doughnut with chocolate frosting from Hempl’s Bakery here in town. I try to make stopping by Hempl’s a special treat, but unfortunately, I have to drive past it every day on my way to and from work. Every morning, it’s like a mental arm-wrestling match

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