Thursday, November 3, 2011

Why do you build me up...?

It seems like it is a weekly if not daily battle of highs and lows at work. I'll walk in with the attitude of "today will be great!" just to be knocked down. So I should have been ready to be knocked off my "high" when I found out that I was going to be off the Thursday through Sunday of Thanksgiving. But I was so completely unprepared when my immediate supervisor sent me an email telling me that I had to take call those four days. Needless to say I was irate! At the moment one of the wonderful ladies that I work with may be willing to take the call, but it's the principle of the situation...

In the end I can't get out of this place fast enough. Where to they get off treating people like they don't matter. And when this was brought up to her supervisors their response was that I had to find someone willing to take my call now that I am scheduled for it.

Irate? I'm not even sure that covers this feeling...

Update: Someone may cover my call for me. We'll just have to wait and see.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Things change...

As this semester wears on and the year comes to an end all of my priorities twist and change. But I still sleep a little to late. I still don't seem to make the time to work out much at all or clean house much at all. School is still priority 1, but I cannot wait for this semester to be over! Work gets more tedious and less fun every day. I hate that there is so much down time it makes the day drag.

I kinda feel like life is at standstill and I'm just waiting.... Waiting for December, and waiting for June. I can only hope that June lives up to my expectations, but I'm sure it will. I have such plans!

But the more things change the more they stay the same. People still disappoint you. They still do the exact opposite of what is best for them, or rather what you know is best for them. Maybe they do the opposite just to show me that I'm wrong, but I'm not. I guess people really don't change and I should be less surprised when they don't change for the better even though I wish and pray they would.

All in all life is good and as a whole I wouldn't change a thing, but of course there are little things that I would love to tweak to make life all around amazing.

I just have to remember that I can change my life, but even if our lives intersect I cannot really change yours unless you let me in and listen and take my suggestions to heart.

I'm looking forward to this weekend. Why? Because I have the weekend off and I'm spending a great part of the weekend with some of my favorite people and finish up some school work!

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, October 21, 2011

I'm a meanie!

This evening I got called a nasty name by my older sister...

I have been insanely busy and have had no time to blog and this post will be short because in reality I don't have time to blog now... School isn't slowing down and neither is life. We are barreling towards December when we will start some big changes in our house! In the past two weeks my husband has been working very hard to get the master bath back to a bathroom and well past demo mode. There is paint on the walls and I cam home today and he started tiling! I can't wait to see and use the finished product especially since we have been down to one bathroom for over a year! I can not wait!

December... I would love to tell you why I am so excited about December and what it will bring, but that is going to have to wait. I actually started a blog post to break the big news but it's pending and sitting in the scheduled folder waiting for the day it gets to be posted on my blog and waiting for the finishing touches!

Also pending are some lovely posts about weekends with the nieces and nephew but I have been having trouble loading pictures. :(  Hopefully I will be able to get those posted fairly soon!

Any way... Why was my sister calling me nasty names, you asked?

She is finally home and feeling so much better which is awesome! Her home health physical therapist kicked her butt today in her first PT session. Right now she has strict rules to bear no weight on her busted left hip until after her next set of x-rays and the surgeon is certain that her hip has healed properly. (I posted about the accident here and here.) Until she can she has to work both legs but cannot stand on the bad leg.

This evening I was visiting and it was about time for her pain medicine and what did I do? I grabbed the bottle and said that she had to do a lap around the kitchen (with her walker, and yes, it's the old lady kind) before I would give her the meds. And I wasn't kidding I grabbed the bottle and told her that I'd run out the house with them if she didn't get up and do a lap! She looked around for sympathy, but there was none. So she got up and did one more lap and was rewarded by her pain meds. She'll thank me later for being extra hard on her. And if the roles were reversed I would hope that she would push me too!

Source: Pinterest

Only one day off this weekend so I'm going to try to make the best of it!
Good night!

Monday, October 3, 2011

It hasn't even been a week...

...But it kinda seems like an eternity since Thursday.

The past few days have blown by but that day seems like forever ago. On Friday I cried on and off all morning and trudged through school work that I could hardly concentrate or focus enough to give it enough attention. When I got to work I informed my boss what was going on just so that she would understand where my head was at if it didn't seem to be at work. At first I didn't think that I would be able to make it through work, but a few hours in I was fine.

Saturday was Lacie's surgery and we were up at 5 and on the way to the hospital by 6. The surgery went very well and the surgeon was able to repair 60% of the damage in about 3.5 hours, which was better than expected. Supposedly this one was the long surgery and the next one should be shorter, but we'll see. Tye and I left the hospital and I went to work and he went to Dallas for a friend's wedding. Work was busy for a Saturday and the day went by fairly quickly. And I stopped in to see Lacie before heading home. When I got home I did some school work and watched some TV and ended up going to bed around midnight.

Sunday I went over to check on the kids to see how their bruises were healing, since I hadn't seen them since Thursday. And they are almost completely gone! Little Man has a few scratches that will likely be gone in a day or two, and Bug has a little bit of bruising, but soon that will disappear as well. I finished up a quiz and then it was off to work, yet again. The day dragged, but Lacie was moved out of SICU, which is good. But now she is in a shared room and the nurses area a lot less attentive and the food is still nasty.

Today I was able to bring Little Man to see his Mommy, and he was thrilled, but unprepared for her to be in a hospital bed. Unfortunately there is no way to explain to a 2 year old what to expect to see in the hospital. On the ride over I did tell him that Mommy was sick, but all he heard was MOMMY! He recovered quickly once Lacie started eating the yogurt I brought her and shared it with him. When we were leaving he was running down the hall repeating "MOMMY!" I think that Lillian will be really excited to see Lacie because she will be able to see that Lacie is getting better.

The next surgery should be either tomorrow or Wednesday. She has made huge improvements! She is down to one IV (she had 3 at one point) and no more arterial line. This does mean that she will get stuck probably multiple times a day and it may not seem like it's really important, but it definitely shows that she is making improvements!

Other news: I have posts just about ready from Bug's birthday party and our last trip home, but my power cable for my laptop is busted so my computer is dead for now.

Have a great week! Mine gets better by the day! And my husband comes home today! And I'm off tomorrow!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Someone puts on the breaks and your whole world changes...

Take a minute and imagine... You're 6 riding with your mommy and little brother to school. You're probably singing along to music. Mommy hits the breaks and moments later the car is forcibly moving sideways. It rolls and lands back on the wheels. Just when you think that everything just might be okay the car starts spinning in circles. Mommy is screaming for help and then she "takes a nap." Some men help you out of the car. Mommy gets put in a helicopter. Daddy's there and so is one of Daddy's friends. You get strapped to a board and taken to the hospital with your little brother and Daddy's friend.

This is how Bug started her day on Thursday.

Mine started with a phone call and rushing to the hospital to take care of Bug and Little Man. I got to the ER before the kids (My sister was taken to the far more advaned hospital in the area). And waited, probably a little impatiently, for the kids to arrive. All the time telling myself that if they're coming to the hospital I work at, then their injuries can't be too bad.

The nurse tells me they're in room 3. I turn the corner and see Bug on a board and Little Man (being held by a friend) staring at her as if trying to understand it all. That is a picture I will never get out of my head.
I all but ran, grabbed Little Man, who was still in a daze, and rushed to the side of the bed to answer questions like name and birthday. Kinda glad that there was another adult there because while I was able to rattle off Bug's info, I had a moment of trouble remembering in what year Little Man was born. Thankfully neither of them were hurt more than tiny nicks from glass and bruises from seatbelts and harnesses. And Little Man was back to his wild and crazy self minutes after ariving at the hospital. The three if us spent the rest of the day recouperating at their home.

But that's only a fraction of the story. My day was filled with icing Bug's neck, trying to piece together the events of th accident, and trying to understand my sister's injuries, which seemed to get worse throughout the day, from a far without actually seeing the scan or x-rays. And putting all of that into terms that would inform but not scare a six year old. All while keeping a watchful eye on the almost 1 year old.

The explaining part was all done by feel. I figured that I not only had enough experience with Bug to know what she could handle, but also enough experience with kids in the hospital to know that they can usually handle more than adults think they can(depending on how you approach the given situation.) And when it came time to talk about Mommy staying in the hospital for a while she was prepared, because she knew and understood that it was important since Mommy was hurt pretty badly.

Later that afternoon by brother-in-law and I took Bug to see Lacie in SICU before we went in I had another little chat with her to let her know what to expect to see. I had never entered this particular SICU but they are essentially all the same. Lots of wires, tubes, and bags all attached to sleeping people. And that there were a lot of people in there who are more hurt and sick than Mommy. Some are intubated but I didn't think it was necessary to explain or tell her about that unless she asked. I also let her know that she could ask whatever question she wanted. Nothing was off limits. After a really good visit with Lacie I was putting Bug back in the car and I asked her if I prepared her well for the hospital, and she said, "Yes, it was not scary." Mission accomplished! And did she actually ask any questions? Yep, she asked Lacie why she took a nap and Lacie told her that she had to close her eyes because she was hurting and her head was spinning. I had discussed with Bug that when you are really really hurting your brain makes you "take a nap" so that you can handle the pain better.

How is Lacie? The left half of her hip is in pieces and there is a crack in the right side. There may be some damage to the head and neck of the left femur but we're still unsure. And that's it. Now don't misunderstand me it's certainly enough, but without side curtain airbags her head would have hit the glass and with an impact at approximately 80 mph we'd be dealing with something that two surgeries could not fix. And I have no clue how you explain that to a child. But it should be two surgeries plus months & months of recovery and I think she'll be just about perfect! But we're taking it one day at a time.

It's been a crazy few days and they have been the longest days (but then again when you're up at 5am and still up at almost midnight, then it is a long day. I'll probably pass out any moment.)

Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Saturday Part One!

Saturday was Bug's birthday party and I had offered my creativity and help to make it awesome and kinda unique! We (the hubby and I) had a full day with two birthday parties going. One party was Bug's and the other was our friend Marc's. And since it was all in the same neighborhood he dropped me off so that he could run some errands while I helped get the party ready. But there was a little hitch in our plans...

At around 10:30, I think, a runaway or stray appeared at the house with no collar. He was a very big pitbull mix (I'm guessing he's a mix but he could be all pit) and so sweat that I could not let him continue to wonder so I took him around to some of the houses to see if he belonged to anyone, but not only were there no takers no one had seen this big guy either. So I went back in the house to help with the cup cakes and wondered where this guy came from.

Lacie and I were talking and we came to the conclusion that we needed to take him to the vet to see if he was micro-chipped. But first we had to check his socialization with other dogs before we brought him to PetSmart. And he did great with Lacie's over eager border collie, german shepherd mix. So we loaded him up told the guys we'd be back and headed to PetSmart and by people's reactions when we got there you'd have thought he would go from tongue hanging out happiness to ripping out people's throats any second. He was probably better behaved than most dogs there. We probably spent too much getting him examined (which was not the original plan) heart worm tested and a rabies vaccine, but we felt better knowing that he was healthy.

We couldn't imagine how anyone could abandon this guy since he was such a sweetie. So when we got home we scrambled to finish up for the party and put the dog, named Meathead by my husband, in a crate in the garage and had the party. After the party we printed out and went out to post flyers so that Meathead's owners could find him if they were looking and on the way to the entrance to the neighborhood the owners spotted us. The kids seemed like they couldn't have cared less if he had been found and Meathead seemed just fine with hanging out with us and not going back home. But home he went and part of me wished that I could have kept him...

But as Tye pointed out there would have come a day when I would look at that face and wished that he was a Doberman.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Who's Been Lazy?

Ummm.... Yeah, that would be me...  I have been a bum this week. I could blame it all day on trying to catch up on sleep from this weekend, but the reality is that I've been sleeping in and just plain lazy! And the worst part? My grades are suffering. I've gotten 2C's and a B this week. This is not my idea of fun!
Along with being lazy about school I also haven't wired out at all this week!  And deep down I know that lack of exercise = lack of energy and motivation.
I'm beginning to realize just how crazy my life is right now. And my house is a mess again! Which makes focusing nearly impossible! All I can think about is what I can and need to accomplish this weekend. But I will really only have Sunday since I am practically co-hosting my niece's 6th birthday party. Don't get me wrong I'm not complaining. I have to have a creative outlet and since I have no little ones of my own I use hers! And what little girl wouldn't love to attend a cupcake party? (I should have pictures and such next week.)
Also Saturday is a birthday party for a friend of ours pretty much right after Bug's. So it will be quite a busy day!
Therefore all school work and house cleaning will be smashed into Sunday. And who knows maybe I'll be able to smash it all in there. I just have to prioritize! And keep away from all of those pesky procrastination tools. Like say.... blogging? And Facebook maybe?
I hope everyone is having a great week. Maybe I'll sneak in a post a about last weekend's activities!

I'm a planner!

Whether I like it or not I'm a planner. I like to know what is going to happen and when. I like to map things out so that I can know what to expect. I don't get all stressed out when things don't go according to plan (example the wedding: the DJ totally flubbed the music and I was all to willing to walk down the isle to the song for out first dance if I had to.) So we're planning on a new house (some time in the not so distant future) and I'm planning on new puppy shortly after (the husband knows that the puppy is on the list, as pets were conditions upon which we decided on marriage. He had to have the fish, while I had to have the Doberman. We just have some minor details to hammer out.) But here's the dilemma and where the planning comes into play.

1) Good Doberman breeders only have litters a few times of year and while I have a few that I like that limits the number of options to get a puppy in a given year.

2) The puppy applications. Yes, we will have to apply and be chosen to purchase one of these breeders special little puppies. it may sound ridiculous, but when it comes to such an Alpha breed it makes me feel better knowing that they care so much about their dogs that they won't just sell them to anyone. They want to make sure that the family that they place their puppies with will give them everything that they need. I think that I will end up applying with a few different breeders and then take my pick of the breeder with the best looking pups. The dilemma here is when do I fill out the application. I know that our future house will have a fenced in back yard with a 6 foot high wooden fence (our house now has a four foot high chain linked fence, and not Doberman friendly as he/she will likely jump it with ease.) I have plans for how to introduce Sophie to the puppy even though I know that it will take her a while to warm up, but there is nothing I can do to change that. I know that in time she will at least learn to tolerate her likely boisterous new roommate. And I think that for her it would be best for her to get settled in her new space for a bit before tossing in this rough and tumble little ball of energy (and attention getter). I see some jealousy happening at the new house... :) But if I wait until after we are settled to fill out the application I wonder if we'll have to wait another year or two before we can get a puppy.

3) The timing... The best bet would be to get a puppy during a summer when I am not taking classes on campus and possible working part time (I don't think that I could ever just not work.) And that's an easy one. But then it gets tricky... Let's say that we do decide to have children (neither of us is 100% sure about this one). We would need the Doberman to be at least 2 and out of the bouncy puppy stage before a baby could be around. The last thing that I want is to feel like I needed to give away a dog that I put so much time, effort, money, and love into because I had a kid (you can see where my priorities lie, right? Haha!) And who wants to be mid thirties popping out their first kid, not me (maybe second, but not first).

4) The puppy has to fit into my main plan and goal too... Getting my BSN and NP. There's no way around it my priority 1 is becoming a NP and plans and roads lead to that, which is why a summertime puppy would be preferred, because I could spend lots of time training the puppy without taking all the attention away from my very attention hungry cat. A cat that I'm sure will become even more angry and bitter if she doesn't feel like she's getting her fair share of attention. But there will be rules in place to help with that, like couches being for cats and humans, but not puppies and the puppy will get plenty of outside time (but I cannot let the cropped ears be ruined my an unsupervised romp in the back yard.)

There are a lot of things that need to be decided before we make this move, and when will it be you ask? Well you'll just have to wait and see! But I can tell you that our current house isn't even on the market yet, so we have quite a while to go.

I'll leave you with a video and a few pics from random sources on the web!

A grey cat and a red Dobe. I can see this happening on the floor of our future home! But Sophie would be hissing and spitting, but always wanting more!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

What a DAY.....

I left for work this morning with high hopes and lots of post work plans on my to do list. And I must say that prior to work I got quite a bit accomplished, including a nice 30 minute workout and some school work. As I'm leaving my hubby asks me if I want to have friends over tonight for some dinner. My mind swirls and I'm thinking about the dirty house and my massive to d list filled with things that must be done before I go to work on Friday! I smile and say sure, thinking that there will be time for all of it. As the work day gets under way it all goes to hell in a hurry, and what went from a normal Thursday just dragged into what felt like weeks!

Later, I get a text from my husband letting me know that our guests will be arriving around 6:30. I panic!!!! I get off at 6:30 and there is no way that I will have time to get everything taken care of that I want and need to do!!!! So I let go of the idea of going across town to pick up some stuff for wrapping a basket and think that maybe I'll have time after dinner or I'll get it tomorrow and wrap it before work or at my parent's house on Saturday. And then I panicked because I knew in what horrific state the house was in when I walked out the door and I was petrified that it would look just the same when I returned home!

Of course, I panicked over nothing as the house was clean and the dinner with friends was very nice and very much needed. No, I did not get the stuff for wrapping, and I have not started packing and still have a bunch of school work to finish tomorrow. But I did complete the test that I needed to tonight, even if I did make a B on it.

And my burritos were a hit! I'll have to post the recipe soon now that I know that it isn't just me and the hubs who enjoy this dish (I think we could eat it every day, to be honest!)

Now that the kitchen is straightened and the test is done I'm going to take a few notes and then head to bed. I have to get up really early so that I can finish up my school work, pack, and get the stuff for wrapping the gift basket all before work at one! A huge plus is that since I have unintentionally stayed 15 minutes late two days this week I think that I'll jet out 30 minutes early tomorrow so that we can get a bit of a jump on this drive we have ahead of us tomorrow! (Going to visit my parents for our family reunion this weekend with my older sister, younger brother, and niece and nephew. The husbands will remain in Shreveport to do manly things like work, play computer games, and continue with home renovations.)

I hope you have a lovely weekend! I should have pictures to post later!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


A few weeks ago I went down to visit my family for my grandma's 80th birthday. While I got no pictures of the actual party or the birthday girl I snagged some rather nice shots of my two beautiful nieces playing with bubbles. I'm sure my nephew would have felt quite left out but he had no clue since he was taking a much needed nap.

So here's some pictures of Bug and Roo playing with bubbles, which actually came from my wedding! And I will be going down again this weekend and should have some more lovely pics to share and maybe I'll actually get a pic on here of the Little Man!

I love Roo's little smile here! Having such a blast with her cousin!

I wish I had gotten some action shots, because they were running back and forth at one point to catch the bubbles. Oh the fun of being so little!

(On a side note I would like to point out that my sisters are not completely crazy naming their children such odd names they are their names for blogging purposes only. The idea of putting them completely out there is a little weird the last thing that I need is some psycho reading this figuring out who they are or where they live and earning their trust momentarily by using their name from this blog.)

Monday, September 12, 2011

On call weekends

Thankfully I spent most of my on call weekend catching up on sleep and getting ahead in my school work. In the end, however, I am not a fan! I don't like knowing that at any minute I could get called to work at a hospital that I have never stepped foot in before or don't even know where it's located! I also don't like the fact that I could get woken up by a call saying that I have to come into work immediately I wondered how they would react to me saying "Ummm, I'm in the middle of a test and haven't showered yet today (that would have been on Saturday, since I'm pretty sure that I didn't shower until after noon).... It may be at least an hour before I can even leave the house...." No one wants a smelly phlebotomist, right? In reality none of this is a big deal, but I just like knowing when I'm working, where, and for how long. I'm just not a spontaneous kinda girl, I'm a planner.

Plus I really needed this weekend to study since I am going out of town next weekend. And my weekend trip for the family reunion will likely and unfortunately limit my study time a bit. I know that realistically if I buckled down and worked toward getting it done it likely would, but on the other hand my 2 nieces and nephew will be there along with my younger sister whom I haven't seen in about 2 years (hoping for a happy reunion!) and I just don't see the motivation for school work kicking in.

Here's to what I know will be a great and productive week!
(And no more sleeping with my cell in the bed room!)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A crafty little day with my niece!

It was nearing the end of summer for the both of us and little Miss Bug was going to be spending the day with me while her mama was getting her classroom ready. So what better to do than a little crafting, right?!? So the weekend prior I took my lovely little niece to Micheal's and Hobby Lobby looking for something for a completely different project, but unfortunately they didn't have everything I needed for it so I'll have to make another trip to find the missing pieces (sorry for being cryptic, but I hope to post about this project later, I just have to get all of the pieces first!) In the end I got some fake orchids as a centerpiece (you can see it buried beneath the class work and breakfast in this post) and a few things for a little craft, which won me another best aunt ever award (pink glitter will win it every time). So that day we set up a table in the living room,  laid out some paper and went to town. We painted a wooden L in pink and then added some pink glitter with a pink and green ribbon (that I didn't get a picture of) and viola! A simple craft project with minimal mess. However I wouldn't have used the glitter if she was younger, since I'm not sure that my husband would have liked pink glitter all over the living room!

Notice the pink paint that she managed to get on her knee. Thankfully it easily washed off! And I did not tell her to strike a pose. She just a Diva like that and I actually had to ask her to tone down the Diva.

After this project and a little lunch we were so worn out that neither of us heard my phone ringing or my husband walk in. And then she crashed in the car about 5 minutes from her house! Love that girl!

Friday, September 9, 2011

I've been a busy little bee!

I've been staying on schedule in most of my classes and slightly ahead in a few. So I am feeling pretty good, but I've let a few things slide...My work space is turning into a mountain around her and my house is not nearly as clean as I would like. And getting up early and doing stuff after work is not in the cards right now because I'm so darn tired! I know that the tiredness is due in part from the minor cold that I have been fighting (notice the tissues in the pic below), and partly to lack of exercise. I have attempted to get my sweat on a few times this week and I guess that twice is far better than none at all, right? And this week has been far better than the previous, since I have successfully tackled the mountain of dishes in the kitchen (the dishwasher is half full of dirties right now, can't make myself run it when it's not full. I've been using a lot of tupper-ware recently so the top half is full so it just might get run the way it is or the dishes will pile up again!

My cluttered mess of a work space. On the to do list for the weekend.
Yesterday I got my first B of the semester :(  And the worst part is that I shouldn't have, since I apparently missed about 5 questions. I guess I was in far to much of a hurry to get it done so that I could hop in the shower and head to work. I'm still a little bummed, but I know that I'll be able to bring it up  after a little calculating I just realized that I still have an A in the class. So no worries!

Not to thrilled about this weekend, since I am on call... I'm hoping that I just get paid $2 every hour for sleeping doing school work and cleaning house, but I'm certainly prepared for the worse, at least I think I am.

Off to get cleaned up and then go stick people for 8 hours! Be on the look out for a little craft project that me and Bug did before school started. It should be up this weekend!

Have a great one!

Monday, August 29, 2011


My week has been pretty much school work, school work, and more school work. And I've been quite good at keeping the distractions to a minimum. However, that last couple days have been tricky.
Yesterday I was sitting in the kitchen when some dogs started barking and I noticed a white American Bulldog in the yard behind our running around with out a collar stirring up the dogs that live there who are pinned up outside. Through all of this ruckus I try to pay attention to my work and not the runaway outside. This dog was clearly determined to have some fun and wasn't in to partying alone. Not long after he showed up he was attempting to help the other two dogs escape as well. Thankfully he did not succeed in his efforts (other than digging a big enough whole to stick most of his head through.) And then I can only assume that he heard his owner as he stopped perked his ears and slowly trotted away.

Then today Sophie decides that no one is paying her anywhere near enough attention and comes to hang out on the window sill to chew on the cord for the blinds. With me doing school work and Tye cleaning up the limb that fell down in the storm we had Wednesday (which actually brought the temperature down to 75) we were a little busy.  But you can't explain that to a cat. And she is making up for it now with some extra cuddle time!

The limb that fell Wednesday (an all of that greenery is just more branches)

Friday, August 26, 2011

What a week!

Classes started this week, which is great, but I feel like I'm up to my eyeballs already! This is partially due to one class not having it's syllabus up until today. And yes, class starters Monday. So I'm feeling a teeny bit behind. In reality I'm probably not at all behind, but I want to be ahead or atleast feel like I'm right on schedule. Also I likely won't feel completely comfortable until I've taken the first test and know that what I'm doing is good enough to make A's.

So this weekend will be filled with a ton of school work and a bit of yoga, since I have discovered that when I'm getting bored or loosing focus a bit-o-yoga does just the trick to get me back on track!

And did I mention that I'm taking 15 hours and that's all online! My theory is that I could make my own schedule and not have to factor in drive time, which is true, but I do worry about the classes that don't provide notes (since it probably takes me a bit longer to read the chapter picking out the important parts than it does to read the chapter on my own and copy notes as the professor talks or runs a powerpoint.)

In all of this I have realized that when it comes time for clonicals I will likely not have the time to work full time. But then again this is only the first week and I may be fully prepared to ace all of my quizes today (but I highly doubt that and am thankfull that I have all weekend to prep for and complete them.)

All in all I am taking it day by day and working as hard and as diligently as I can, and trying not to let things fall by the wayside. Next week my goal is to add a bit of exercise to my days (other than just the occasional refocusing yoga sesh.) And then I'll add in some house cleaning other than just washing flightsuits, black shirts, and scrubs when we run out of work clothes. On that note I actually bought a third pair of scrubs so that I can get away with washing two times a week instead of three or more. (It might sound bad but in reality once I start doing my on call weekends I will need this extra pair. But here's hoping that I get paid all weekend to sit around my house and do school work.)

It's been a super slow day at work and I'm hoping that it picks up a tad so that the day will finish up fairly quickly!

Have a great weekend! I know I will catching up on school work and hanging out with friends. Oh and spending time with my husband of course!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hello BSN, here I come!

The fall semester is getting close (starts on Monday) and I'm super excited! I'm taking 15 hours all online which is a bit scary since I will have to teach my self everything, but oddly enough I'm really not scared or worried.

What had me worried was the idea that I might not be able to get into school this semester, due to my poor performance in the first year of my college education. I didn't allow myself to get too excited about the future and I had a back up plan so that this semester wouldn't be a complete waste. But all of that is over now. I'm officially a student at NSU! And my course load is pretty hefty!

While at community college last year none of the classes were challenging. I could make an A with very little effort. I'm actually excited to have to put forth effort to make A's (I know I'm such a nerd.) It was also pretty exciting to walk around the hospital knowing that one day I will be a nurse! (I'm thinking L&D or maybe Ped's, but we don't really have much of a pediatric department in my hospital. It's only about 4 rooms that are rarely used by children.)

On another note... I have some cleaning that I need to finish before school starts. I really want this house to be spotless so that I will be able to focus on school work and not on a messy house. Then I'll be able to spend a short amount of time each day to maintain.

I'm so excited to get this part of my life underway.
Hello school, goodbye social life. :)

Friday, August 5, 2011

We live in a scary world...

Let me preface this by saying that I am not a parent and while I do know and understand the struggles of being a parent, I do not live it day in and day out. I am also not a psychiatrist or therapist and my views are strictly that of someone who has observed, was concerned, and did a tad of research. And if you happen to know what family I am referring to here please keep that to yourself. I am in no way trying to out their business to the world, but this is a topic that is close to home. And if I am ever one day blessed with a baby girl I will likely have to deal with theses situations too.

I grew up in a world where my biggest worry in Kindergarten was about getting (honestly... not getting) chicken pox (because I wanted to have them like everyone else, sad I know). And while first grade was a rather rough year, because my teacher was horribly mean and made me cry almost every day, and I was sick a lot due to hating school (probably stress) and my asthma; my biggest concern was loosing teeth, and school work. If only life was as simple for girls today. When I was six I wasn't worried about what I looked like in the mirror, I hid bad grades under a chair in the dining room so that my parent's wouldn't find them, which they did and I was in so much trouble. (I would stuff papers under a wicker chair when I was supposed to be doing homework, but we all do things like that, right?)

Unfortunately, girls today have other worries too. They worry about their body image. Nothing makes me sadder than seeing a six-year-old stand in front of a mirror skinny as can be and say, "I ate a lot, my belly is fat." This is especially unsettling when they child did not by any stretch of the imagination have a "fat belly" or "eat a lot".

It's easy to point fingers and play the blame game. It's the medias fault. No the parent's. No societies. The list could go on! And in reality it is all of that! It's our need to be "thin" to be "healthy". The way the media portrays thin people and heavier people. The way we react to everything that children say or see or other adults see. It is our focus on appearance as a measure of worth.

I should mention that in this particular house their is definitely a focus on intelligence and being smart and appearance is not their only or even main focus (but they have some cute kids! And they are smart too!) And maybe there isn't such a huge focus on how smart this little girl is because she can't seem to sit still in class and is constantly reprimanded for that at school, but some how she manages to snag top marks in school. What is a parent to do when a kid gets a "Needs Improvement" in behavior and an "Excellent" in most everything else?

And what does a parent person do to change the way their child views the world and people and bodies (whether it is their own or someone else's?) How much can we limit the type of TV that our children watch? And what they see in the world? When I was a child those kids that didn't watch much TV or certain shows were "weird", but on occasion I was one of those "weird" kids because their were things that my parent's didn't allow me to see.

I'm sorry but I can offer no solutions here. I can tell you to research. Do your homework! (Unlike the 6-year-old me I am now very fond of "homework" haha) Be aware! (The situation above was hopefully caught way early and things are changing to protect her from feeling this way in the future and from this getting worse.) And while parents cannot watch over their children every second of the day you have to be there enough to see the signs of body image issues (don't know if that's the right word or right way to say this) and help to correct them. But just the same you have to be there and aware when BOYS come into the picture as well.

BOYS.... I'm so not ready for this kid as a teenager... ;)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Time changes everything! Well a lot of things...

Here's a little story (super summarized)...

Five years ago (and a couple days) I had planned a trip to visit my sister and my lovely niece for the weekend, but it was her anniversary weekend and they had planned a dinner at home. Well of course they couldn't tell me to not come up for a visit so instead they sent me out on a date with this rather good looking guy who I had met a few times prior. So 5 years ago today I picked out an outfit, went to class, drove about 5 hours, hung out with my family, then went on a date with this guy. I never would have guess that we would now be married!!!!

But then again, I probably wouldn't have guessed that a year ago either!

A year ago I never would have guessed that he would deploy to Afghanistan propose to me days before leaving, find out that he was leaving maybe a week before that, plan and have a wedding, start a new job, and finish and intend to start school again! Ooh or that I would get my little sister back as my good friend!

It's certainly been a crazy year and this one is looking like it could be just as crazy (in a good was!) And I'm hoping that it will be quite crazy! And then again how can it not be crazy, since I'll be working and going to school full-time while hopefully making A's.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

And so it ends...

This year was a great Tour year. It was exciting and a great year to watch. But I think this year I had so much going on that I'm kinda glad that it's over. (Did I just say that?!? That may be cycling blasphemy...) I think it all boils down to attempting to get things done! And that doesn't happen during the Tour. I wake up, watch the Tour, get ready, go to work, get home, and clean? So not my ideal!

Thankfully, the Tour in all its glory only lasts for 3 weeks. Now I can get my act together and get this house clean before I start school right? Maybe...? I don't know what happened to my motivation! But there's always tomorrow. Plus going into work early kinda kicked my butt too...

Here's to the rest of the week and having the weekend off!
Source: Pinterest
Source: Pinterest

Now I need to find my planner so that I can jot down my little to do list for tomorrow.... Just 6 little things that I need/want to accomplish tomorrow! Now what happened to it?

Good night all!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Recipes: Chicken Stir Fry

This is one of my favorite dishes to make! I love it!

Before I start I should inform you that I rarely use measuring cups when I cook. Unless it is something from another recipe. So if some of the measurements don't work I apologize in advance, but for this recipe measurements aren't super important.

2-3 boneless skinless Chicken breasts, cubed
2 Broccoli crowns, stems removes
1 Zucchini, chopped
1 Yellow Squash, chopped
1.5 cups Mushrooms, chopped (I use baby bellas)
1 cup Edamame, shelled
1 cup Carrots, chopped
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 heaping teaspoon cornstarch in just enough water (or broth) to dissolve
Splash Soy sauce (until desired taste is achieved)
dash cayenne
dash paprika

Also cook some rice (we use brown rice and cook large batched to use throughout the week)

1) Chop up all vegetables and chicken beforehand. You want all of the pieces to be bite sized.
2) Season chicken with cayenne and paprika
3) Heat half of the oil in wok over medium head. Add chicken and stir until cooked through.
4)Remove chicken from wok. Add remainder of oil. Add carrots and cook for about 3 minutes. Add broccoli and cook for an addition 2 minutes. Add zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, and edamame. Cook for aprox 5 more minutes. (Continue to stir while these items cook to keep everything evenly cooked)
5) Add chicken broth and chicken. Allow broth to come to a boil, while continuing to stir. Add cornstarch mixture and stir. (More cornstarch and/or broth can be added to reach desired thickness and amount of starch)
6) Add soy sauce to taste.
7)Continue to cook until thoroughly cooked. (Vegetables should not be soggy)

*I add the veggies in at different times so that the carrots are cooked, but the squash and zucchini aren't soggy.

Serve over rice and enjoy.

Yields: aprox 6 servings

To make it even tastier, but a little less healthy you can replace the soy sauce for Huli-Huli Sauce. It's quite tasty, but since it's made with sugar among other things.

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do! (I think I love this one more that my husband, but oh well) :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

What a day!!!

Thank goodness for rest days! And I'm not talking rest about a rest day for me, but a Tour de France rest day! Today they weren't racing so there was nothing to watch! Plus it was my holiday day today (I worked the 4th so I was able to get today off in it's place). And what a productive day it was!

I got up around 7am and was at Firestone before 8am to get my oil changed. Unfortunately, I spent about 2 hours there just waiting and reading (thank goodness for my Kindle). Then I went back home and worked out a bit, and a shower later I was back out shopping for groceries and a cook book (one of those you fill in yourself. It's going to come in so handy for recipes we love that I know but my husband doesn't, or ones that I have found on line that are amazing, but hate having to bring my laptop into the kitchen.)

When I got back home and started cooking dinner for the entire week. I have wanted to attempt this since I started working the evening shift. And we'll see how it goes. I ended cooking for about two hours, which really isn't bad. I also ended up sweating profusely, but what else can you expect when you have the oven and stove going for two hours...

On top of that I cleaned the fridge (scrubbed and trashed the gross and old things) and finished off the laundry that had collected for over a week.

I'm pretty darn proud of myself. I wish everyday could be this productive, but not until next week. And hopefully Andy Schleck will be in Yellow by the end of this week!

It's days like today that I go to bed satisfied feeling like it was a great day. Not days when I sit around being lazy. Here's to many more days like today!

And I should have some recipes to come!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Tour: I LOVE Mountain Stages!!!

I LOVE cycling, but more than that I LOVE watching Tour de France Mountain stages and today's stage did not disappoint. This year just like last year I am rooting for Andy and Frank Schleck, and man did they kick some butt today! They really showed who was on form and who wasn't and surprise, surprise Contador doesn't seem to be on form, or maybe his best is just not good enough (he won last year due to a mechanical malfunction that Andy Schleck had up a climb.)

I'm excited to see what tomorrow's stage brings!

My Own Kind of Paradise!

We had a bit of a whirlwind mini vacation. On Friday I got off work at 2:30 and we were on the road by 3 (which is quite an accomplishment for us!) We madeit to Crestview, FL in about 8 hours. And we were both very tired and ready to hit the hay, but somehow the hotel lost our reservation (I know, perfect....) The hotel had only one room left and it had no toilet, because the original was being in the process of being replaced. Our options: Take the toilet-less room or get a room at another hotel and the hotel where we had reservations was covering the cost regardless which we chose. Obviously we picked a room with double beds and a toilet over the the King with out, right? Well we would have if we hadn't felt like our lives would be in danger by staying there. (Yep it was that scary) As Tye was inside considering checking in I was searching for the nearest Starbucks, since I was going to hang out at the hotel while he had a meeting.  Needless to say we ended up picking the room without the toilet (there was a toilet in the lobby that we were able to use.)

The next morning I hung out at Starbucks anyway while Tye went to his meeting. I had forgotten my wallet in the car so they gave me my coffee for free (I had only ordered a Grade Coffee anyway.) Then we had lunch and met my parents in Destin for a little beach time! We thoroughly enjoyed our two days even if we were thwarted by seaweed and algae as always seems to be the case when we go to the beach. I can only hope that we can change this trend.

We headed back home on Sunday and had some trouble finding a restaurant for lunch since the ones we wanted to try were closed (one was closed until August, which is just crazy!) We got back home at about 11pm and then I got up for work at 4.

It was quite the weekend but it didn't feel too short, thankfully. And I was glad that I got to see my parent and brothers! 

Hope your weekend was great!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

How do I look?

After a bit of research I have figured out how to fix my little issue with the title. I'm not sure that I just love it. It's cure but maybe to "baby". I definitely like it looks better than before. I guess we'll see how long this lasts. It will at least stay up until I find something that I like better!

Hope you're having a great day! I had an amazing weekend and will post about that very soon, promise!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A few little changes

I quite like the idea of this new template but I want the header in the middle. But I'm out of time and have to get ready for work. I didn't even exercise this morning or really watch the Tour, because I was trying to make this blog look better. Now it just looks weird. Another attempt tonight after the work and the gym.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

My terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week...

This week was a Notebook week. By that I mean that (as it does happen on occasion) I needed a good cry and should have turned to my favorite "cry it out" movie to do the job. But the next best thing is to hold an infant. I mean what can make a person feel better than holding a newborn. Not much in my book!

Friday, June 24, 2011

My Birthday!

My birthday celebrations began last week on Friday when the team that I was working with threw me a little birthday celebration. They brought Mexican and even had some Greek yogurt for me. They had been very sneaky and would randomly ask me what kind of food I ate. They usually bring junk food, but catered to my healthy lifestyle and brought something somewhat healthy that I would enjoy eating. It was so very thoughtful! I just could not get over how amazing it was that they cared. Especially since I have only worked there for a few months.

On Saturday the Hubby took me out to dinner with some friends where I enjoyed some pretty good boiled crawfish. Then we went to my sisters house to have some cake and ice cream. It was a lovely weekend!

On my actual birthday I enjoyed a relaxing first part of the day at home and then went to work and had a not so great day :( Then as I was leaving I got a text from my sister informing me that I should go back inside because a friend of ours (the one who had the baby shower a few weeks ago) seemed to be in labor! Unfortunately it was a false alarm too early and her baby girl was just not ready (Spoiler: She had the little one at 6:02 on June 24th! I can't wait to get to work so I can see her!)

As Birthday celebrations go I cannot complain and what about presents you ask? Clearly you did not read my letter to Belize. On our day in Belize during our honeymoon I got a lovely diamond tennis bracelet that was my early birthday present. It's lovely!

Happy Weekend! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It was just another Manic Monday and Tuesday

I have been so busy at work the past couple days that I have probably burnt so many calories that it's not even funny! On Monday I worked on the 3rd and 4th floor and there was a good solid hour when I needed to restroom break and was unable to take one. I would be with one patient and then get paged to stick another. It was just crazy. Then yesterday I was in the ER and it was the busiest that I have ever seen it. Until about 8pm there were so many people in the ER that they had them in beds in the hall and there were about 15 waiting. I think it only calmed down for me because they were waiting on beds on the floors for some of the patients. It was just pure craziness!

I thought that I was going to blow a gasket when I got a ticket for a very difficult to stick patient that we barely got enough blood on and they ordered more tests!. Thankfully when I got to the room the nurse informed me that they started a central line and had already pulled the blood I needed. But man, was I in a panic for a bit!

But today should be easier, since I should be in out patient. But with my luck, I'll be running around like a crazy person on another floor or OP will be so busy I won't be able to breath.

One plus about a busy day? They go by so fast!
Plus it's Wednesday and the week is halfway over!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Baby Shower Gifts (plus a little crafting!)

This weekend I had a baby shower to go to for a friend and I love baby things. Well, to be completely honest I love babies (part of the reason why I have such a hard time sticking them at work, because I don't want to hurt their tiny little feet, hands, and arms.) And I went a wee bit over board with all the things I got her little girl. I got them a Boppy with cover, a super soft blanket (one of my favorite baby things, hell one of my favorite things for me is a supper soft blanket), some binkies, newborn socks and mittens (so the little one doesn't scratch her face), and some books (as I posted previously we brought books to the shower instead of cards and I bought quite a few and could have bought more, but there has to be a limit some where right?)

I wonder if I even looked at the screen when I took this picture.

I think that I am a pretty creative person and think it's about time to get a little crafty! I really don't like sticking gifts in bags. I feel like it's so impersonal, but when I do I stuff the bags with so much paper it's crazy. I really wanted to wrap this present, but the Boppy posed a problem since it is large, so not rectangular, and I didn't have a box that would fit it. So I was forced to bag it. I knew that everyone would be using the baby bags and gift wrap and wanted something a little different. So I found a bag that was very cute but needed a little work.
It just wasn't right for a baby. So what did I do?

I picked up these from Target and left the green ribbon alone. Might use it another time, but I couldn't find any other pink ribbon there.
I snipped the original ribbon and added the pink. I had for a second considered twisting the green and pink together, but I'm glad that I didn't because the hole was too small and I don't think that it would have looked as good.
This was taken with my phone and the colors are not as vibrant.
I then cut out some letters from card stock (I had to trace from a stencil, since I have not so great handwriting) and glued them to the bag. Filled the bag with pink and green tissue paper. In hindsight I should have gone for the 6" letters and then the name would have popped. But the end result was cute and so much better than the option for baby bags large enough to accommodate the Boppy.