Wednesday, July 29, 2009

13 Random Facts

My sister Lisa posted this on her blog, and I love doing these things. Especially when I am extradinary distracted from studying! :)

1. ONE OF YOUR SCARS, HOW DID YOU GET IT? Giant lacerated scars on both knees. A few summers ago, I was staying with my sister Lisa and decided to go for a job around Bloomington, MN. Coming downhill (quite fast), I completely tripped foot-over-foot and went straight into the ground face first. I still have a slight scar on the side of my eye (when I get really tan), and giant keloid scars on my knees. So lovely...

2. WHAT IS ON THE WALLS IN YOUR ROOM? Nothing as of it, and it was very sad and echoy! However, we have some frames and shelves we would like to put up soon!

3. DO YOU SNORE, GRIND YOUR TEETH, OR TALK IN YOUR SLEEP? Do I ever talk in my sleep!Poor Ryan has a rough future of "pleasant sleeping" cut out for him. I talk, laugh hysterically, and laugh some more in my sleep. Realllly creepy.

4. WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO? I love very relaxing acoustic music and jazz. I also have a very special place in my heart for song writers such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, and Jamie Cullum.

5. DO YOU GET SCARED IN THE DARK? Nope. However, with Ryan being gone I am awfully jumpy at night!

6. COFFEE OR ENERGY DRINK? Coffee with skim milk and splenda. I loathe energy drinks. All they are is nasty tasting and loaded with calories.

7. FAVORITE QUOTE? God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference!!"


8. FAVORITE PLACE? My parent's lake cabin. OR.....On Top of Sabino Canyon after a 2 hour hike in the 100 degree Arizona temperatures and you are rewarded with amazing views and pools filled with cold natural spring water to swim in. Words can not describe such a reward!

9. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? I hate it. Reminds me of a child's handwriting.

10. MASHED POTATOES OR MACARONI AND CHEESE? Mashed potatoes (with garlic :D)

11. REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT? Republican

12. KISSES OR HUGS? Both. But I will say that if I have had a really rough day/experience, nothing is better than a tight-squeezing long hug!!

13. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING? Medical-Surgical Nursing by Lewis. Compelling.

OK - your turn to play along!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Extraordinary Marital Advice

The wedding in approaching us so quickly, and finding focus on anything else that is not wedding related has been a real challenge! This week is a big one. In fact, there are about 300 things I should be doing right now other than writing a blog. I have an Operating Room clinical Tuesday, Exam on Wednesday, a 4 hour lab simulation Thursday, 3 hour lecture, and then I leave at 6:30 am Friday to go home for the big day!!!

However, I cannot help but reflect on the past year, and all the astonishing, new, blunt, and peculiar, and sometime wise nuptial advice Ryan and I have received.

Maybe some of you will find these good pieces of advice? Some may laugh. Some may cry. I often walked away feeling very confused. For in my experience, when someone has told me that they are engaged to be married--my response has always been a positive one saying something like "Wow! Congratulations for you guys! When is the big day? What wonderful news you have!!!"

Instead...here is some of the "wisdom" people have had to offer. (Now let me get this clear that these are not endearing relatives or close friends. These pieces of advice are from random strangers)....Enjoy:

"The water is warm. Jump right in" (Not so bad. A little cynical, but I can smile at it)

"HOW OLD ARE YOU??? OH YOU ARE JUST STUPID! HA! GOOD LUCK WITH THAT ONE" (My response: Thank you!!! I'll be sure to pass that one on to my fiance!")

"Don't do it. I have been divorced 3 times. I know everything there is to know about marriage. Been through it all....3 times in fact! It's not what it's cracked up to be!!" (This was a piece of advice from my clinical instructor. Hm...have you ever wondered that maybe the fact you've been divorced 3 times has something to do with YOUR PERSONALITY?!?! :D)

*2 weeks before leaving, informing our neighbor we are going home for a few weeks to get married* "Are you sure wanna do it? You're really doin' it huh. Well, if you have a kid together....maybe the best parent win" (How enlightening.......)

"Good luck, Ryan. Say goodbye to her packing your lunches, making breakfast, and being nice. Women turn into the devil when they get married." (Once again...how enlightening.....)



Now on the positive note........

We have had many wonderful family members, friends, and great relatives tell us some of the greatest advice. This is the only advice we take to heart. I just don't understand why anyone would give such a strong opinion, or put such a negative aura on a nice soon-to-be-wed couple.

So next time you hear of someone being newly engaged....rethink what you say before opening your mouth. It will save you from looking like a negative, ignorant, dumbass.

"Communication is everything!" (had to throw that one in there....since we have heard it 110982734098713 times now...It must mean something! ;)