Saturday, March 13, 2010

Good things

I must say there are many good things I have to be happy about right now!

  1. I am in my psychiatric-mental health nursing rotation right now. I originally chose nursing as my major beause from the time I was like 12 I wanted to be a psych nurse. I love it so far. The clinicals are incredible. I am finding I am more organized and ahead of things in this class than I ever have been! Now, if I could be this motived with Critical Care and my Capstone this summer......:)
  2. Ryan and I got an entire day together yesterday!!!! This is rare. My spring break kind of sucked. He would leave at about 6 a.m., and not return until 8 p.m. The poor guy is spread too thin! So I cherish a day like yesterday! Which consisted of.............
  3. Spring Training baseball!!!!!! Diamondbacks vs. Oakland Atheletics. It was nearly a close-out. 10-1. We met his bosses wife at the game and she insisted we ditch our seats & sit in the seats in front of them that they had purchased . So we were FRONT ROW BEHIND HOME PLATE! Incedible!!! I could hear the players talking to each other! I'm used to nose-bleeder-seats.
  4. It was in the upper 70's and sunny at the game yesterday. I got a great deal of sun. And we enjoyed the game with an fresh-grilled brat, sauerkrat, and an ice-cold beer. (I know....we had a mind-slip about he whole "No-meat-Friday rule")
  5. Last night I officially registered myself for the Arizona Distance Classic Half-Marathon. It's in............................2 WEEKS! Some of you may think "Wow, what are you thinking?" But I've been doing this "base-training" thing lately, where I basically have my body trained for a long race if one comes up. So, I talked myself into it! I miss races :(, so I'm looking forward to this!
  6. I am coking Ryan a hearty Irish Beef Stew today while he's at guard. I have to buy Guiness for it. (Ewwwwww!! Chewy. Smells like sesame oil! Ryan likes it though, so he'll be happy) (possible recipe post to come soon)
  7. On THURSDAY, we leave for Puerto Penasco, Mexico for 4 days!!!!!! It's the destination where we got engaged. I cannot explain how excited I am for 4 days of beaches, seafood, lounging in the sun, and just the funness of Mexico!!!
I am wishing everyone a great weekend! If we could, we'd send some of the warmth and sunshine of AZ to our family up north! I hear it's cold, wet, and cold. The hellish month of March is half-way through!

Friday, March 12, 2010


Do you have a daily routine?

Structure is such a great thing to have in life. In my opinion, if you have a basic structure to each day -- you'll get more accomplished. If you have a task scheduled in for your priorities of the day, it'll get done. However, if you just say "I'll get to it if I can...." -- chances are we'll find a way to *not get to it*. ;) I'm quite talented at this when it comes to studying some times.....

However, I think I've found that my life has become a little TOO "routined". I have 2 types of "days" in my week. Days where I have clinical super early in the morning lasting all day, and days where I have night classes. So depending on my day, that sets up my routine for the day.

I do everything the same on these days. Down to the HOUR.

However, when a Saturday comes around that I'm "free" from my routine, I would get excited. I'd say, "Oh yay! Tomorrow I am free to do anything I want!" This same attitude was posed last week during my week off from school.

However, I found myself to be extraordinarily irritable (aka crabby) on these days.

And I think it's because I wasn't following my usual routine. So my day just didn't feel right.

So, my goal for this week was to break things up a bit! I changed up my coffee a little in the morning, had a different mix for breakfast, worked out at a different hour during the day, etc.......

The first day of this, I felt lost in a different world. But by the end of the week -- I've adjusted!

So, in hindsight......I have decided that this is something very important we should all incorporate into our lives every once in awhile. It's great to have a nice structure to life. But every once in awhile? Switch it up. It's not going to hurt you to change your routine every once in awhile!!

***Update on my Lenten Resolution***
-I was taking a nice quiet walk around the lake yesterday, and everyone that I came across: I smiled at. Some people I even said "Hi."
-Yesterday I asked my neighbor, "How are you doing today?".

I think we're making improvements here!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

1. Of your current hobbies, which would you choose to spend more time, money, and effort on? Why?

Gardening. First off: I need soil. We have all rocks & sand in the backyard. I also need more patience. And I need to go ahead and just buy a load of "gardening materials". When we get a real house, I'm determined to have a garden! Why? Because I think it's therapeutic and accomplishing, and I love to cook and would like to can! Also, as a child I wanted to grow up to be a horticulturist (sp?)

2. List the two other hobbies/habitual activies (not chores) besides the one listed above that you regularly do now and didn’t choose in question one.

3. Why are you spending time on the above two hobbies/habitual activies at all if you really wanted to spend your time on the first one you chose? …or to put it another way, what are these two hobbies/habitual activities fullfilling that the first one doesn’t if you don’t want to put all your effort into the first hobby?
Running and cooking are more enjoyable to me. Running is essential for keeping me calm and energized. Cooking is my way of unwinding and making myself & husband happy! It's my artistic expression!

4. Ready John 3:16 in the bible… In what way does this passage affect you? What are your feelings towards these words, positively or negatively?
It's a beautiful verse that my faith is based upon. It's one of those verses that I can easily rethink before I make any action in daily life.

For example: Maybe it's Sunday morning, and I'm feeling the temptation to miss mass -- I always think in the state of mind of "God gave his only Son to us, and I can't take 1 hour of my day for him?" ...... and within minutes we are getting ready/dressed to go to church! :)

5. M&M’s: nuts, no nuts, or peanut butter?
PB makes my stomach kind of turn. Which is interesting, but I was to looooove peanut butter! I'm all about the nuts. Almost M & M's are my favorite.

6. Putting away the feeling of pride being a bad thing; what secretly/openly are you proud about yourself?
I am proud of my discipline.
When I set my mind to something; that's how it is - end of story. If I'm planning to do a work-out, I do it. I won't touch fast-food with a 10-foot pole. I understand that "Ohhh...a french fry won't hurt". But that's now how I work. If I say no: then that's how it's going to be.
I don't have my first class for this rotation until 3:30 this afternoon, and I've already completed an 8 page assignment about psych meds.

7. Given one room in the house to do with what you want, not changing the actual size of the room and with all the money you would need, what would you do, and be specific? (this can range from bouncy floor,walls & ceilings; to hard wood floor with wood paneling and purple ceiling with a chair; to nothing)

I would say kitchen; because I have a dream kitchen in my mind -- but I don't mind the kitchen I have now. So, I'm going to say I'd change our master bedroom.
We're renting, so we can't. It has carpet in the bathroom portion. I'd put tile down, make a walk-in shower, and a jetted-tub. Our shower would also have a "steam" option with eucalyptus scent just so I can have healthy lungs!

8. What’s the next movie you’re going to see? Not what you’d LIKE to GO see, but the next movie you realistically are going to watch.
I would really like to see "The Time Traveler's Wife". I don't know if that will happen. I've put my husband through a lot of chick-flicks lately.....

9. Use the keyboard only and make your best smiley/funny/cool face –> like this! 8^)
: D - I have a big smile on my face. The weather is cool outside, there's a promise of a weekend getaway in my near future, psych begins today, and things are looking up.

10. What makes you cry? What makes you pray? What makes you laugh?
Cry - piano music (seriously, I miss it so much that I cry upon hearing it), sad movies, being a disappointment to others

Pray - my family, new changes in life, when I get frustrated/impatient, the future!

Laugh - my husband, anything even remotely funny that happens at church/in class/or anywhere I'm not supposed to laugh, (I agress with Lisa) telling stories with my sister, clever jokes

Monday, March 8, 2010

Winter Hiking

Living in Tucson, we have the beautiful Sonoran Desert. It is the desert straddling the US-Mexico border. It is the only North American ecology that hosts Jaguars! With all the hiking we've done; and the adventures we have encountered -- Ryan and I have come across snakes, gila monsters, many lizards, a black bear, deer, wild turkeys.....but not yet a jaguar. Let's hope that never happens....

So we get a lonnng drought during the spring-fall that makes our desert go from this:.....

To this:

We get a monsoon season in the late summer that gives heavy rains daily. And then our second rain season comes in late January into February-March. This year we have gotten record-rainfall; which is amazing for our ecosystem here in AZ! This is obviously a different view (it's the mountains by where Ry & I live)....but as you can see the mountains are snow-topped from all the moisture!

I absolutely adore hiking in weather like this. Yesterday morning it was a foggy day; with the promise of rainfall and storm. Ryan & I headed up to the mountain to do some hiking. It was about 48 degrees; perfect for a brisk hike! :) And this is what we encountered!

Upon entering the area where we started our hike, we saw deer. Deer in AZ are much different than the ones in ND where I grew up. They appear to be anorexic. The desert is a harsh place! THey are also more "people-friendly" since they don't get hunted in national parks. So Ryan was able to get very close to snap some photos!

We then started heading up the mountain. There was an odd collection of blue-jays and woodpeckers. It was the only place we saw this the whole morning!

(I never thought I'd be so entranced with bird watching...but it was so neat to see!)

This time of year is, in my opinion, the best time for good hikes -- because all the waterfalls and streams fill up with fresh water from all the rain and mountain snow.
(Notice the white trees! They remind me of birch trees? But I'm not sure....I love how they stand out)

Since we don't see water often here in the desert, we were enticed. So decided to go "off trail" and just hike up the mountain along the stream.

Although a sure-way to not get lost, and relaxing to hear the water. This hike calls to be challenging. Since we were hiking up a little "canyon" we had to cross the stream several times.

Now, my husband Ryan is agile, graceful, and athletic. I am not. So when we were crossing, he would say "Just hope from this stone to that boulder, get your balance and take a large leap for the other side".

He made it looks so easy.

This is how I did it.....(Ryan was entertained...)

There have been many rain and wind storms this year. So we had to climb over a lot of broken-down trees. Here is a photo of one tree's after-effects!

After we hiked up an hour, wind started picking up and rain started slightly drizzling down. My wifely instinct told Ryan we better head down  to be safe.

This hike was wonderful! It's been a few months since we've been able to get up to the mountains, for it's been pretty busy! We can't wait for the day when we live a little more on our own schedule and can do this frequently! Included with numerous camping trips!