Saturday, June 23, 2012

Project 52! Twenty Five (Lost & Found)

Life is about Losing
and finding it again!

I get home this morning at about 1:30 and I'm greeted by Sophie. She's preening and stretching and for about 2 minutes I think nothing of it. But then there's no Ivan. I call for him and there's no answer. I go hunting through the living room finding nothing, and then take my search to the bed room and spare bathroom and still nothing. I pull out the treat bag, still certain that he is just hiding somewhere that i can't see, but still nothing. At this point I start panicking and crying while Sophie is all smug asking for water. I grab some sandals and a flashlight and head out side, certain at this point that he must be outside. Still no sign (however, if he escaped I doubt we'd find him)  then I text my husband. Tye helps me run through some places he might be hiding, but I'd already checked those and still rechecked them. We hang up with me apologizing and saying that I'll do whatever I can to get him back in the morning, because the option of putting up fliers and contacting shelters and vets were out of the question at 2am. I finally resign myself to the fact that I would be unable to find him tonight and took a shower. When I got out all was quiet and I heard the faintest meow, but I just couldn't place it at first. And for a moment I thought he was outside the bedroom window and would have to toss on some clothes and head out to find him. Alas, he was in the spare bedroom where he obviously decided to sneak in while I was grabbing a pair of shoes. 

He may be a pain in my ass most of the time but clearly he's solidified a little piece of my heart. I sat on the floor of the hall letting him rub all of his dander into my face and lick me like crazy, all while I pet him. At least until I was itching so badly that I couldn't really take it much more. (Have I mentioned that I am somewhat allergic to cat dander, wonderful right?)

And I was so mad at Sophie for being so freaking smug! She could not have been happier to be free of Ivan and was less than pleased that I found him. (We did have some lovely cuddle time today before I went out to run errands, so things are getting better.)

Tye, on the other hand, was so glad that I found him (not that that's surprising). His response to my poorly typed text informing him that Ivan was found and not roaming the neighborhood was, "Thank God!!!"

In other news these kitties will without a doubt be micro-chipped next week. Anything to make their return easier, should they actually get out, will definitely be needed for our peace of mind.

Now time for bed and hopefully the noise outside of my bedroom door will subside. Ivan's being needy and Sophie is being bitchy, and it is just as it should be.

Old picture from the end of January, but he just wouldn't be still for a pic once he was found.

I got the idea for my Project 52 from Styleberry!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Last night out

It's my last night out with my girls in LA! And my wonderful husband will likely be home this weekend and won't have to go back to Arkansas except to visit family, of course. So here's to the end of this ridiculous "deployment"!

I'm off to have a blast with my girls!

Love these sleeves!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

My Birthday!

It may have had a rough start but it ended quite nicely! Woke up this morning at 6am to what I thought was a stomach bug but was apparently just dinner not sitting well... Rushed over to my sister's house to watch the wee ones. I ended up falling back to sleep on the couch (though not a very deep sleep). And it ended with a grocery trip some cake and ice cream and their oven breaking sometime after baking the cake and before attempting to cook the pizza.

On the plus side I think that whatever I did to my shoulder is healing itself, thank goodness. Just when I was thinking that I'd have to go to the doctor about it, it starts feeling better. Go figure... By the way, even though I am in the medical field I hate going to the doctor.

I would have loved to spend some time with my wonderful husband but it was just not in the cards this year. But he may be home for good (or as close to "good" as you can get when in the military) as of Tuesday! I'm super excited, and so tired of only getting to see him a few days a week if that!

Now for a little reading and then off to bed. So much to do tomorrow and I just realized that I left my phone at my sister's house (it isn't the first time).

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I'm a BUM!

I pretty much watched TV all day! And how do I feel about that? Well I look around and see all the things that I could have done instead and wish that I had done something productive other than taking a trip to the grocery store (which is my least favorite type of shopping ever!) I guess that after my weekend away and not having more than 3 days off in a row I have a right to enjoy one day sitting on the couch enjoying some kitty cuddle time, even if Ivan insisted on jumping on the counters and kitchen table. And by the way I did not let his antics completely stress me out, which is a major improvement!

Could my time have been better spent today? Yes. Will I use it more wisely tomorrow? YES!

Maybe I'll work out a bit tomorrow. Although my body is thwarting such efforts. My knee is starting to scab which definitely doesn't prevent things like squats but it certainly doesn't feel that great. Also this morning I woke up and my right shoulder is sore to the point where it's not comfortable to lift a glass of water. Maybe some stationary biking at the gym?

now off to bed and maybe read a little. And here's hoping I feel more productive tomorrow.

Weekend in Arkansas

So here's a rundown of my weekend...

Friday: My last had of work was really quite nice!
  • I spent the day in the ER which is my fave place in the hospital most of the time and it usually makes the day go by quite quickly since it is usually pretty busy. And when you're working a 12 hour day you'll pretty much give anything to make it go by quickly.
  •  The lovely evening shift in the lab had a little going away party with lots of yummy treats! 
  • There was a pretty nasty band of thunderstorms that passed through and I was a little unsure if it was really smart to drive 3.5 hours after work, but I decided to go for it (even if I did forget to pack my Kindle). 
  • I had to stop at three different gas stations to try to get gas. The first only had regular (my car takes premium... ugh.) The second was unable to take credit cards. Thankfully the third was working just fine and I was able to fill up.


The VIN on my car verified so that we could get our plates and registration. We've had the car for about three months and are still fighting to get it registered! So we had to have a Cop on base verify it and fill out some paper work. Once that was finished we had lunch and went grocery shopping. 

And I got my Birthday present! 
Trek Madone. Yes it's a carbon frame!!! (I'm pretty excited!)

Of course, we had to take it out for a spin! But I got warn out pretty quickly (keep in mind that cardio isn't really my strong suit, and that I only get to ride when I visit Tye since he keeps my bike there) and what happens when you get tired? You crash...

Thankfully that is the only damage to the bike, other than the right pedal getting scratched up a bit.
I will spare you the picture of my bloody knee but it is on instagram. After my little crash I was pretty much done for the day, but making it back over the bridge wasn't as difficult the second time.

We had planned to take the bikes out on Sunday as well and while I would have loved to my rear just wasn't going to have it. If you've never ridden a road bike let me tell you that they do not make those tiny seats for comfort and you rear really had to get used to sitting on them for any significant amount of time. I think our ride was about 30 minutes (felt longer but I have not clue) and even today when I was sitting on the edge of the tub to clean my wound it was far from comfortable.

After the ride we stopped to get first aid supplies then headed home to clean up and go our for dinner and a movie. Dinner was sushi and it was great, but I likely will not get a chance to eat there again. The movie was Prometheus and it was not as good as I was anticipating. Definitely not one of the worst movies I've seen this year (ahem... Rum Diaries...) but it was pretty mediocre.

We didn't really do much. It was a nice relaxing day watching The Hatfields & McCoys,which was good, and just enjoying spending time with my husband. (These days anytime that I get to spend with him is pretty nice.) And more sushi from a different, but also really good sushi restaurant.

I packed we had lunch watched a little TV and then I hit the road shortly after Tye headed to work. I stopped to pick up some cat food and other treats from Petsmart, including some wet cat food, which we usually avoid since Sophie doesn't normally care for it. Upon returning home I was pleasantly surprised that the house wasn't completely destroyed. The only casualty was a Henry Bendel Vanilla Bean candle, which is sad but not the end of the world. Of course, there was mail scattered around the kitchen, but that was easily cleaned up.

After picking up the broken glass I gave the cats (mainly Ivan) their wet food treat, and to my surprise Sophie was all about some wet food! Ivan was as well but he will eat anything. I guess she has a thing for the pricey wet cat food and pro plan just doesn't cut it...

All in all it was a great weekend and I am so thankful that I didn't return home to destruction like I did last time. :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Project 52! Twenty Four

Life is about Endings...

Beginnings and change! My last day at this hospital and possibly as a Phlebotomist was Friday. While I had only planned for phlebotomy to be a temporary career path, I'm still sad for this part of my life to be over. I think what makes it hard is that I was so good at it and any thing that you're good at is hard to let go of. The other day Tye informed me that this would not be his last week in training and my first thought was, why am I quitting right now when I could work for another week! But as it is Monday and I know that I didn't have to rush home for anything other than the cats and that the rest of the week will be spent reading books, cleaning, and packing; I think I can be okay with leaving the workforce for a while. 

Hello, my name is Colleen and I am a HOUSE WIFE!!!! Is that not the scariest title in the world? I kind of cringe at the thought of it. I think I'll stick with the title of Student instead.

I got the idea for my Project 52 from Styleberry!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Day Chasing Kiddos

Nothing crazy exciting going on around here today. I ended up not working today and spent most of the day with my sister and her two kids. It was a pretty good day! It was, however, a rather long day and at one point this evening I though that I better get moving on straightening up since it was almost 8:30. In reality, which I discovered moments later, it was only 6:30. All I can hope for it that I will get some sleep this weekend and that my sister-in-law's sleep number bed is all that Tye thinks it will be. I NEED SLEEP! Oh, lets also hope that I can stay awake long enough to get my butt through the 3 hour drive I plan to make after working for 12 hours. Maybe I'm crazy...

I'll leave you with some pictures of E helping bake a cake...

And my Project 52 should be posted Monday since I will not be able to post this weekend (No laptop!)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

SLEEP is Amazing!

Today was a million times better! Isn't it amazing what a full nights sleep can do to you?

Last night I read while taking a bubble bath with candles (there isn't any other way) while the sun was still out. Then bumped my head on one of the shelves we have in our tub/shower (If it's not bruised by tomorrow I'll be shocked!) while trying to blow out the candles. I finally passed out around 9:30 which for me is quite early. And today I felt fantastic!

Tomorrow and Friday are both very early days again, but then after that I am FREE! At least until August when it's back to the books (I can't wait!)

On another note... I recently picked up these coconut fruit pops (more like ice cream bars) by Blue Bell and let me tell you they are amazing! I am on such a coconut fix right now I could eat these bars and drink cocnut milk all day long, but that's probably not the best idea.

Tomorrow I get some quality time with two of my favorite kiddos! Oooh maybe tonight I'll be asleep by 10...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Based solely on the times of my posts the past couple days (I've been posting every day! I know CRAZY!) I have been going to bed way to late! When you're trying to get up at 6, it's really not a good idea for me to go to bed around midnight. I was originally thinking that it's fine because I could catch up on Thursday, but I made promises for that morning and I can't back out. My this week is early! I'm not an early morning person!

It's 6pm and I'm so exhausted! So I think that tonight I will wash my face, take a bath, read a book, and likely be in bed before the sun sets.

Have a good night!

Oh and I am not working out tonight. I'm too darn tired!

Monday, June 11, 2012

3 Months

As you may recall about three months ago I was I had a little accident. Today it happened again. Not exactly the same way or as severe. It was a minor fender bender but I will need a new rear bumper. I was just trying to go to lunch but ended up spending my hour sitting in the parking lot at work and took about 5 minutes to grab a sandwich and head back to work.

Other than the accident today was uneventful. We were so busy right before I headed out to lunch and when we got back there were already people waiting! It was just a crazy day!

It makes me sick that my new car is messed up right now.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Starts with Good-bye

Saying "Good-bye" is never easy and tonight I had to say good-bye to some people that I will likely never see again. These coworkers that I said good-bye to tonight were not good friends of mine or really work friends, but that doesn't matter. When I left Blockbuster I knew that I would see them all again and that I would visit when I was home; leaving Starbucks and Bath & Body Works wasn't so bad because I knew that since I still lived there I could drop by and visit! But this time it's different. This time I will have little reason to come back since my sister and her children will be moving to the other side of the country early this fall (let's not talk about that now...) and if I did visiting a hospital isn't quite what I'd call a fun time.

But life goes on and I am totally excited to be living out my dream of living in Florida! And we will be 1.5 hours closer to my family. Good night all! I have to get some sleep if I'm going to hit the gym before work tomorrow.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Nightly Prowl

Today was pretty routine for a Saturday at work, but I was in a exceptionally good mood! Maybe it was because this is the last weekend that I have to work for a while, or it could be that I actually worked out today. (It's been a while and I think I may like this cardio thing after all...) However, it is really weird thinking that this Friday will be my last day not only working, but bringing my own separate income. I have had a job for the past nine years and have basically been supporting myself for the last six, I think.

My day was definitely not boring even if I, did spend a large chunk of my work day reading the fifth book of the Sookie Stackhouse series. It's mindless and I can't decide if it's better or worse than True Blood.

Random Patient Advice:

I had a lady today who was talking about my hair asking me if my hair (which is slightly below shoulder length) got in my way while I worked. I told her no. She asked me if I wear it up a lot. I said not really. Then she informed that I shouldn't put rubber-bands in my hair, because they will tear it up.

Thanks lady, but I kinda figured that I should stick to hair-ties...

Last night's destruction:

When I woke up this morning I looked around for stuff that was oddly out of place that a certain cat has messed with and these are the findings...

Apparently he some how got in the upper cabinets and knocked over some glasses. I found them when grabbing a glass for some water and I am so thankful that they didn't roll out. Also I guess he's not to thrilled with not being allowed in the lower cabinets so he's finding other spots to explore... Oh joy...

I also found toys in the water dish. I can't even begin to imagine what he was thinking or how exactly this happened. Sometimes I think it would be quite amusing to set up a camera to record him at night. 
He's crazy!

If he wasn't so cute and cuddly I don't think his antics would be tolerated. And as always he has decided that it is late and clearly cuddle time, while he wipes his wet nose across my jaw and makes me itch. I just love having cat allergies while living with two of them!

Maybe this blog posting stuff will be more regular since I won't be working. But on the same note I'm not sure life will be very interesting since beach posts can only be considered news for so long...

Friday, June 8, 2012

Project 52! Twenty Three

Life is a constant Disaster Zone.

One word: "Ivan"... Honestly every week I could post a picture of some mess he's made. Two nights ago I was sitting on the couch and I watching him loop his paw around a bottle of some solution for the fish tank and slowly push is to the edge of the tank stand. He only stopped because I caught him. I never know what he'll get into next...

I got the idea for my Project 52 from Styleberry!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Project 52! Twenty Two

Life is Ever Changing.

This week I put in my two (technically 2.5) week notice. I'm sad, excited, and relieved to be leaving. So much is changing and now my sister is moving to the complete other side of the country for the next three years (in a few months). But change is good and thanks to the internet it will be fairly easy to stay in touch with two of my favorite little ones. And speaking of change there are babies everywhere right now! I swear there must be a pregnancy bug going around. But none around this girl for a while. Right now we're focusing on life in a new place and getting a degree!

I got the idea for my Project 52 from Styleberry!