Thursday, February 25, 2010

What is your color?


My favorite color ever! I have to control myself to not purchase too many green things. If I had no control, my house would be green. My kitchen would be lime-themed. With greenery everywhere.

My bathrooms would be green. My bedroom would be green. You would all feel nauseated-green after entering my home. (So I don't have a green-themed home)

Many things I love are green, such as:
  • Spinach (I eat it a minimum twice a day usually)
  • My weding color was green. (clover green)
  • Limes (I have at least one time a day)
  • Grass. I love the feel of grass, especially since I see it so rarely in AZ (except in my neighborhood that has amazing landscapers with grass-galore)
  • Palm trees.
  • Any tree.
  • Christmas trees. I love Christmas
  • Green Beer. I think the green beer on St. Patty's Day tastes better.
  • My favorite color of eyes. When I was in 9th grade, I so badly wanted to get green contacts. But they made me keep my brown eyes.
  • Diet Mountain Dew (my guilty pleasure)
  • Granny Smith Apples (I have at least one of these/day.
  • Fresh herbs. Everything tastes better with fresh herbs
  • Our new basil plant that has new, beautiful, little leaves developing (Ryan and I have now developed a child -- Yay, Mom! We have now contributed to you a grandchild!)
But, my "color quiz" did not reveal green. For green is a calm and tranquil color. And I'm not very tranquil.

My color is...............


Which reveals....
You boast incredible willpower and are capable of overcoming obstacles that would normally leave others shaking in their boots. You have a penchant for colorful environments and often impress others with your energetic bursts of energy. Your interests in many areas of life often leave you scattered, but when you focus you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.

This is pretty accurate, in some ways. I often find myself being very scattered in life with many interests and passions. But, I can usually get myself back on track. I'm not too easily distracted. And I do like Red. It's the color of my kitchen!

I think that my "color" may change though depending on the day and mood I am in. I'm that scattered. But who knows. In a few weeks, I may have to try again.

What color are you?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"Do you have any questions today, folks?"

"Do you have any questions?" *smile*

It's almost beome a common law that at the end of any presentation, lecture, or speech to end your prose in the statement, "Do you have any questions?"

I don't know where, when, and how I became trained to react to this question. I think it may be a combo year of 5-6 hour long lectures of nursing school, the 300-person lecture-bowls at UND, or my monotony and hatred of high school. Whenever I hear that question, I have been absolutely trained to responed with an assuring "head-nod".

This "assuring head nod" is almost me saying "No. I don't have any questions. I think we are ready for cessation of this lecture, for you were such an incredible teacher of this subject. Forget *teacher*, You are an expert. Thank you. Now let us go home!!!!!"

But let me know you, my friends, it hasn't always been this way! Oh no. I almost forgot that it hasn't always been that way until........................

My day teaching in a 5th grade classroom.

It my Community Health curriculum, we had to do teaching in the community. We chose to do "Hand-Washing/Infection Control" to 5th graders at a school in my community. Approriate, due to the increasing incidence of flu, pink eye, strept throat, etc going on right now!

The teaching plan was perfect. Down to the minute:
  • 11:00-11:02 - Introductions
  • 11:02-11:05 - Acquaintence with audience and surveillance of communicable diseases they've experienced
  • 11:05-11:10 Explaining the different communicable diseases.....
  • ......You get the point. It was organized, "Type A", and to the "tee".
I obviously don't have kids. I obvoiusly don't spend time hanging out with classes of 30 5th graders much. I am obviously not made to be a teacher.

I almost lost my mind at 11:06, when the kids were still talking about "I had pink eye reallllly bad one time.....and My mom gave me wash clothes...and then...and then..."

I could go on and list everything in the 30 minute period that made Abby want to scrrrreeeamm in a state of inpatience and insanity -- But I won't go into it.

But I leanred, and was reaqauinted with something about children. They are so curious, enthuastic, and READY TO SHARE THEIR STORY WITH THE WHOLE WOLRD!!! I used to have that enthusiasm, but I think the hellish monotony of high shool and junior high killed that.

Suddenly, I had become basically "The Sanitation GOD, Master, Ultimatum". Any question one ever has regarding hand-washing, germs, and hand-sanitizer -- I had the ultimate knowledge.

I made the awful mistake of asking at the end of my teaching, "Do you have any questions?"

I was expecting the normal *smile, nod* "No way, Ma'am. Thank you! Leave now!"

But this did not occur in such a 5th grade classroom on a Tuesday morning....they had questions. And this is a little glimpse of what it went like:
(Now, if any of you actually know realize how...awkward I am. I actually started inching and backing up into the chalkboard in a state of doom/fear)

  • "Um. Sometimes my family goes camping, and they don't have sinks in the bathrooms. Can I not eat then since I can't wash my hands before eating?"
  • "What if the person that used a bottle of hand sanitizer before me has dirty, germy hands -- do I get their germs too then?"
  • "What if there's no paper towels in the bathroom, and just the blow dryers? Shoul I just leave the water running?
  • "ONE TIME I saw a girl rinse her hands in the bathroom, but she didn't use any SOAP!"
  • *Red-headed boy, very similar to character off "The Problem Child"* "One time I saw a guy taking a *poo* and he didn't wash his hands!!!! Ahh hahahhah"
  • *entire class* "Ewwwwwwwwwwwww!!! He said *poop*"
  • "My mom said that fake nails grow fungus. "
  • "Does hand sanitizer kill fungus? What about soap and water?"
I finally had to end this madness. I couldn't keep up with the questions, I was being absolutely bombarded.

And the teacher? He just sat in the back of the room on his computer. He must have just been loving every minute of this lack-of-control his class was in, that he was apparently no longer responsible for.

I finally had to interupt and end the questions. I don't even want to know what was going to come next. I am positive if I didn't stop the question war, things like "Where do babies come from?", "What hapens to us when we die?", "Did the chicken or the egg come first? Should animals wash their hands before they eat too??? Chicken coops are dirrrty".

So teachers,

I respect you. You are amazing people. The patience you have, and your ability to love your job (for you always seem to love your job) -- is incredible. You inspire children every day, and your impact is extremely important. Please, don't let them lose their enthusiasm. I wish I was that enthusiastic still about being in class. I don't know how you make it through your day without dropping on the floor, kicking your legs, flailing your arms, and crying. You are amazing.

I am glad I did not choose a major of "Education", and did nursing instead.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Eleven on Tuesday!

1. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mint Chocolate Chip

2. What is your earliest memory?
I have this bold memory being really young, sitting on the beach at Sunset Beach Resort, Battle Lake in my Mom's lap. I remember it being a sunny, hot day. I was playing in the sand, and she was cracking open sunflower seeds and giving them to me as a snack. Kind of random..but I remember it!

3. What is your earliest memory of a dessert?
My 3rd (?) birthday cake, made by my dear Grandma McDougall! She was incredibly talented!!!

The funny thing about this cake is..... that it was a Dog cake! We all know how much Abby despises dogs!

4. Do you have any recurring dreams?
Yes. I have such odd dreams. I have the "teeth falling out" dream every once in awhile. I also have a panic-stricken, doom-impending nightmare about a high school teacher I had that I don't have the greatest history with. I always have nightmares about her being my new boss at a job, attending my wedding, or visiting my home.

So traumatic!

5. Have you ever dreamed about dessert?
Not really. I'm not a big dessert person.

6. What is one thing (aside from a cell phone or computer) that you cannot go the entire day without?
Brushing my teeth. If I had to go a day without brushing my teeth, I think I would crawl right out of my skin!

7. What is one dessert you could go your entire life without ever having again?
Many. Since I'm not too big on sweets -- there are a lot of desserts where I have decided "Because I don't really like it that much, there is no sense in wasting 700 empty, fattening calories on you". So cheesecake, most chocolate cakes, apple pie, cookie dough ice creams I could do without.

Oh! And Tres Leches cake. I tried one bite of it on our Honeymoon and actually gagged!!

8. If you could go on vacation tomorrow, where would you go? (Assume someone else is footing the bill, but within reason…so “the moon” won’t work)
The beach. Any nice beach with white sands, warm sun, and I would swim and bask in the sun all day.

9. If you could have any dessert tomorrow, what would you have (assume someone else is buying it for you. Within reason though, no “gold sprinkled ice cream cones.”)
Fresh Key Lime pie. Maybe I would have this on my balmy dream vacation

10. What was your first impression of your significant other? If you’re single, what was your first impression of your best friend?
I have several impressions of Ryan that stick in my head that are kind of funny!
1) I saw him at church my Freshman year, and distinctly remember thinking "A good looking, dark-featured, Catholic guy? I could date him!" (first time I saw him)
2) Second time I saw him, I was his "group leader" at a student government thing, but don't even remember him! I was too wrapped up in wanting to quit the group that I tried meeting noone. (shame on me!)
3) I was at the Relay for Life Cancer walk, and a huge/awful/tornado-like storm came in. They had to evacuate the area, and everyone had to crowd under these shelters. But Ryan was like the last person to get shelter, because he was helping take down tents, bring in tables, and basically save lives. I remember thinking "He's so heroic!"...or something like that ;)

11. What is your first impression of dessert pizza? (Personally, I think it’s weird. I love dessert but I don’t want any on my pizza.)
As a kid, it scared me. It looks like something that would be donated from a local nursing home to a Church supper.
When I finally tried it --I found my impression wasn't far off. I dislike "coffee cake".

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Open to your suggestions!

So this week is going to be a whirlwind.

It is the completion of this 8 week course of Community/Home Health. Thank the Lord! Although I enventually see myself working in some realm of community health (school nursing, public clinics, etc....) to get the nice M-F, 8-5 stretch of a job.....

The educational content of this community health stuff makes me sleep with my eyes open. I could care less about disaster prevention. Why does Arizona have to have a "Disaster Mitigation Plan" in case of a hurricane?!

So I could go on -- but I won't. I am really excited to move on to Mental Health--I love Psych!!!!

But after I complete this giant 30-plus-page Community Assessment paper, an ATI (NCLEX-mock) test, and my final exam I will:
-celebrate at a happy hour for my husband's job for him to do networking
-See my sister-in-law Friday who will be in town for the weekend!
-Spend my BIRTHDAY (Saturday, the 27) with my sister Lisa, who will be in the area!!

But after THAT -- I have a week off.

This stresses me out unbelievably.

Just thinking about it, gives me an aching feeling in my stomach.

What. Will. I. Do.

This is where I realize maybe I belong in the psych ward? Who gets stressed about a week off?

So I have made a tentative list:
-Clean every inch of the house to perfection
-Organize closets (even though I just did that last week.....hmmm)
-Get my tomato plants growing(We have basil as of this week! Woo hoo!)
-Have a week full of work outs that are not "time crammed" - (Yay! I love not having to sprint from machine-to-machine)
-Cook something new, exotic, and challenging
-Attend Eucharistic Adoration
-Use the piano at my church, and play for the first time in a LONG TIME
-Clean out the refridgerator
-Study for NCLEX (State Boards Nursing Exam)
-Finish painting wall in kitchen (will take about 30 minutes, just need a ladder!)

But this is clearly not enough to cover a full week off. And I am getting very stressed out that I will let the week pass me by, or I will become *gasp* "bored"!!

So I am reaching out for suggestions:
-Books to read? (I want to try to read during this little break)
-Cleaning projects?
-Hobbies? I have few "hobbies" beyond nursing school and running.