Saturday, January 30, 2010

January ReCap!

So I am stealing this from my sister Lisa. I think these are a neat way of looking at your current "self". It's amazing how much your personal trends vary from month-to-month!

So, I apologize for my lack of creativity and for stealing this, Lisa! :)


Current Books:
-Community/Public Health Nursing Practice ....exciting one!
-And I am also reading "Going Rogue" by my woman, Sarah Palin. I know, I know--you can all start gagging. I like her!

Current Music:
-Very similar to Lisa, I have been listening to Ingrid Michelson a lot lately. I have also revisted Dave Matthews Band. I go through phases with them, and always think that I will someday out grow their music--but that day is still to come!

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure:
-I have a good one this month! Crab sticks with cocktail sauce. Yep. It doesn't get much more ghetto than that. You know, the imitation crap, I mean CRAB that is arrange in sticks. I like to have one for a quick proteiny, low fat snack. Dipped in spicy cocktail sauce.

Oh! And Taco sauce!! I don't know why, but I have a thing about condiments. I have been putting taco sauce on, like, everything! Salads, tortillas, celergy, broccoli...I even put on it pizza a few weeks ago!

Current Colors:
-Obnoxiously bright Purple!!!! Not by choice, my friends. I love colors. But I don't like purple. And that happens to be my school's color! And low and behold -- our scrubs are bright, scary, obnoxious purple! And this semster ( next 5 weeks ) I will be wearing those hot-colors 3 days a week approximately!

-I swear when I graduate, I will never wear purple again!

Current obsessions:
Probably biking. When I returned from my Christmas vacation; I found that my knee was giving me troubles. So I quit running for a few weeks. My doctor recommended I focus on non-weight bearing exercises like biking and swimming. I now love biking. Not quite as much as running, but it's something new and challenging!

Current Drink
Water with lemons and limes cut up in in. Lots. Some like the citrus to "freshen" up their water with a slight taste of citrus. I like to drink mine to the point where I get "puckered". I love citrus.

Current Song:
I am going to say Fidelity, Regina Specktor. It has even won honor of being my current ring tone!

Current Movie:
Inglorious Bastards. We rented it a few weeks ago, and I would be bold to say it was the best movie I have seen in a long time! Highly recommend it!!

Current TV Shows:
Oh, I am so shameful to admit this. But "The BAchelor". This could also be one of my "Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure". I get so sucked in! I make my poor husband sit through this show every Monday night. Even if he doesn't watch it, and finds better and more valuable things to do -- I tell him everything opinion that comes to my mind about the show. And then talk about it for about 30 minutes afterwards!!

Current Needs:

A NEW VACUUM CLEANER! I have probably complained about this one other times on my blog. Today, I was vacuuming, alone in my home. ANd I actually said out loud (Yep, I was talking to myself) -- "MARK MY WORDS. When I graduate, the FIRST thing I buy before a celebratory drink, before new clothes, before a house -- I will buy a vacuum cleaner!!!!!"

Current Triumph:
It's not really a triumph to many. It might not be one at all. But it is to me. I am finally starting to feel like a nurse. I remember this summer, in an outburst of tears to my husband saying, "I am terrible at nursing! I will never be able to do this! I will never feel confident in what I am doing"

And I am finally noticing that I am calm, collected, and even confident. I am really starting to see the big picture of things; and every patient I care for has a very special place in my heart! In fact, some of the patients I took care of during home health -- I miss and often wonder how they are doing and recovering!

Current Bane of my Existence

-Volunteering at the food bank and homeless shelter, communities, health promotion, senior citizens with COPD, and very low-socioeconomic-status rural "city" called Amado. These are all things that I am doing for the next 5 weeks. It's very humbling and enlightening. It really makes me appreciative of what we have.

Current Goal
-To try to do volunteer work at least once a month. I know that is not much, and selfish that it's where I'm starting. But I feel like I need to start somewhere. I am been kind of selfish and "inward", and feel like I need to start reaching out to others!

There is so much poverty and just people who need help!! With my career and education, I feel it would be a waste not to put my knowledge to good work!

Current Indulgence:
Vanilla yogurt with frozen berries and dry oatmeal. Mix it together, and it is the most amazing dessert ever. I promise. Don't knock it until you try it!!

Current Blessing:
Well, too many to count. Those are all obvoius. I am going to say my friends. This week has been filled with 19 hours of lecture. 8 on Monday, 8 on Tuesday, and 3.5 last night That is a LOT of sitting and listening! I don't know how I could survive sitting through all those hours if I didn't have my 2 friends in my class to make smart-ass comments to during these lectures.

Current Slang or Saying
"JUDAS PRIEST!!!!" I heard my Dad say this one when I was home over Christmas. It made my laugh. Hysterically, in fact. I just loved it. So now, I try using it as often as possible.

Current Outfit:

Ugly purple scrubs stocked with many alcohol prep pads, a stethoscope, and my hot-pink wound-supply scissors!! Or......jeans and a turtle-neck since I am taking advantage of the "cool" (50-degree) weather we've had! ;)

Current Excitement

My birthday is in one month, and my sister will be visiting in the area! So I will get to spend it with her! This is 2 years in a row, living away from family that I've been able to see family on 2/27! Last year my parents traveled down and surprised me!

Currend Mood:
Uptight, and happy. It's a nice mix. I am still having carry-over of business from last semester (just found out this morning). I have many papers and projects to complete in the next 5 weeks, and an exam on Tuesday. I just feel like too much is going on.

But, I'm happy that it's the weekend. I'm happy that I have a wonderful life. And I'm happy that I graduate in like 6-7 months!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ten On Tuesday!

You know the drill! It's Tuesday, and time for some question-answering!

The questions this week are extra great - since my sister Lisa wrote them!

1. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
-Getting married to the man who met all the qualifications on my very detailed Type-A personality list! :)

2. How much did you weigh when you were born?
-I am not positive...but I wanna say 9 lb 4 oz ish?! I was a giant baby. My poor Mom. The last 2/5 kids were well over 9 pounds!

3. What is your favorite perfume?
-Romance by Ralph Lauren. I am not a conisseure of perfumes, however.

4. How many brothers/sisters do you have?
-I have 4 - 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

5. How many children would you like to have? (or how many do you have)
-I would like to have 2 boys. But really, I'll take healthy children and really don't care about the sex.

6. What's the best class you took in college?
-I will have to say I value Anatomy the most. It taught me the basics to my entire major, and it was super interesting. I loved the cadaver lab! It wwas so neat. I also loved Chemistry.

7. What was your favorite game to play as a child?
-I remember loving playing Trivial Pursuit Jr. Which is funny. Because as an adult....I HATE Trivial Pursuit! Passionately!!!

8. What character on Friends do you like the most?
-I have a special place in my heart for Monica. I see a lot of myself in her. She kind of OCD, high strung, a little bit of a nut case, and was a fat kid -- all me!

9. Are you a phone person?

-Oh, God no. I hate talking on the phone. It is nothing person, people. But I screen calls - a LOT. I think there's actually something wrong with me. I really need to take a class on "phone ettiquette". I always talk when others are talking, and hang up too soon.

It's painful.

10. What was the best vacation you ever took?
-I am going to have to say my honeymoon in Cancun. It was heavenly. The resort we stayed at was unbelievable!!! Very very fun trip! Can't wait to go back some day!