Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Ten on Tuesday!

1. If you could travel back in time, would you? What decade would you visit?

I would. I think I'd visit the 50's, just for a week - for it'd probably get really old. Sometimes... I just want to wear cute house dresses and aprons. And the only care in the world would be cooking and cleaning and being an all-star housewife.

2. What was your best Halloween costume? (fun to make? most creative?)
Probably the clown costumes my Mom sewed when I was young. They were amazing.

Also, an occasion in college when all the girls hit the frats dressed up as sexy nurses, naughty cops, and other profanities....I taped purple balloons all over my body and went as a "Bunch of Grapes".


3. Do you like your name? If you weren't called by your name, what would you want to be called?
I would love my name. But everyone seems to think it's cool to name their dogs Abby these days too. I know so many people who are like "Your name is Abby? Oh cool! That's my Border York Terriers name." (I don't know if that's an actual dog, but it sounded good) I'm not a "dog person", as we know.

I would love to have a really unique name like Ingrid or Eva.

4. In the past year, what is the BEST recipe you made. Please share it!
Hmm...probably my stew or a roast I've made. Or this Teryaki Lime Steak recipe. I am too lazy to type up the recipe, and to be honest -- I couldn't tell you the measurements. But it had a nice combo of Fresh limes, soy sauce, honey, onions, green & yellow peppers, and steak. It marinated overnight and was quite delicious!

5. Look around - what is the nearest object or picture hanging on the wall?
I have a frame on the wall that says "I am like a falling star who has finally found their place next to another in a lovely constellation". I got it from my Mom for a bachelorette party gift - it's very cute and fitting in our house! :)

6. What was the last movie you saw in the theater? Would you recommend it?
Valentine's Day. I definitely recommend it -- very cute show!

I'm so anti-movie theater now. I heard they're going to jack up the prices even more. I am so not into spending $30 to sit in an uncomfortable chair, listening to people's phones going off, smelling popcorn, to watch a movie that I may not even like!

7. Did you go to summer camp? Will you/do you send your kids to camp?
I went to Band Camp for 4 years, and absolutely loved it. Some of my best memories of that age were of camp - and I still keep in contact with some of my friends.

I think sending your kids to camp is a great idea. Especially if they go to a small school. It gets them out of their "box" and forces kids to meet new people! It's almost a mini-taste-of-college (at a young age).

8. What kind of ringtone do you have?
"Fidelity" - Regina Specktor. I always have a song, and sometimes I will try picking the most ridiculous songs purposely. This song was chosen purely to make me smile whenever my phone rings. However, I never hear it b/c phone is nearly always silenced or on vibrate.

9. Where is the farthest away from home you have ever been?
Coming to Tucson was the farthest from "ND home". I haven't left the continent yet!

10. Has anyone ever written a song or a poem for or about you?
Ugh. Unfortunately yes. In high school, a kid wrote multiple songs about me. In fact, multiple tapes were placed in my locker on Valentines Day. So creepy. Gross.

Monday, April 5, 2010

March Recap

Another month is upon us, so it's time for the monthly recap. I can't believe how fast March flew by. Which is really funny I'm saying that -- b/c when I lived in North Dakota .... it felt like March went on forever! Amazing what a little warmth & sunshine can do for one's perspective!
Current Book(s):
"Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing" by Videbeck. Riviting piece. Actually, to be honest, this is the most diligently I have read a text book in nursing school yet. I have a keen interest - so kind of look forward to learning/reading this stuff!

Current Music:
Oh goodness, Regina Spektor & Ben Folds. Rediscovered these artists and can't get enough.
Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure:
Definitely ketchup-and-mustard.
I have always been a lover of this. We all know my love for mustard (I put it on everrrything).

The past week this love has become out-of-control. I put it on my salad, I put it on toast for a light lunch, Yum.  It's my comfort food.
 Current Colors:
Anything springy - especially whites, pinks, and yellows.

Current Obsessions:
Definitely psychiatric disorders because I read/write papers about it all day long, flowers/gardens, and spinning. I don't have access to a "spin class" - but my gym has spin bikes, and I love creating different intervals and workouts. Makes me dream about my goal of someday being an instructor!

Current Drink:
Milk! This is soooooo out of character for me. I remember as a child, sitting at the dinner table for 20-30 min after meals -- Mom & Dad pleading with me "Just drink it! 2 gulps. The warmer it gets, the worse it'll taste. You won't leave this table!!"

I still don't like it, no worries (haven't changed that much!). But, I need calcium or I will have very brittle bones some day.....

Current Song:
"Lady" - Regina Spektor. I highly recommend you listen to this song. The ending has this saxophone solo that melts my heart.

Current Movie:
I recently saw "Love Happens". It's Jennifer Aniston's most recent (I think it's her most recent. I dunno, I'm not always up-to-date with Hollywood). Anyways, it was wonderful. It's about dealing with the grief of losing a loved one. The movie turned my eyes into waterfalls by the end -- definitely a tear jerker.
Current TV Shows:
I really haven't been watching tv lately. Nothing really catches my attention -- so instead of just "giving in" and watching some that sucks -- I find other things to do.

Current Wish-List:
A cute dress for graduation. I "walk" the first weekend in May, and Ryan & I are having our party in mid-March. So far, shopping for one has been very very unsuccessful!! :(

I also wish for the wind to quit blowing. It has been out of control here lately. My allergies don't agree with the current conditions.
Current Needs:
A full night of sleep. I can't remember the last time I slept a full night. I've been waking hourly!! Ahh. Insanity.
Current Triumph:

My half marathon time last week of 1:50!! According to a "running timer" -- to run a Boston-qualifying marathon, the half must be 1:50  (for my current age-group). So I'm half-way to my life-long goal?...really I have a long way to go.

Current Bane of my Existence:
Wind & not sleeping. And my eyes. The allergies caused my eyes to go absolutely nuts 2 weeks ago. I am still taking eye drops 4 times/day. It's getting old!
Current Goal:
For April, my goal is to finish off this semester with a 4.0. (how exciting......that's my goal every month I think...)

I've made it this far --so I would really like to be a good-nursing-student for the full program!

Current Indulgence:
Fresh Pinapple. And Pickled herring. Not together, of course. But those are 2 new things I've indulged in lately.....

Current Blessings:
The normalcy of my life and blessing of good mental health!! My days on the psychiatric ward, observing AA meetings, Electro-Convulsive Therapy clinicals, behavioral court, outpatient clincals at an "AIDs-clinic" .....these experiences have made me sooo extremely thankful for my life/family/stability. Wow!
Current Slang or Saying:
"Cotton Pickin". It's my non-swear-word of the month. Used in a sentence, "She's so cotton-pickin' rude! She should really keep her cotton-pickin' mouth shut!" :)

Current (Fav) Outfit:
Spring dresses, shorts paired with light cardigans, and my new swimming suit! Swimming suits are one of my weaknesses -- and now that it's creeping into the 80's-90's...I am able to wear my favorites again!

Current Excitement:
Last week I recieved my honor's cords. I never thought I'd graduate from college with honors, especially after getting 2 C's my sophomore year! (absolutely devastating to my life..........) AND......
I get to see my family is a little over 1 month -- for they're coming out for me & Ryan's graduation!

Current Mood:
Hmmm....I've going to say overall I'm very happy! But, due to a few factors, distractions, and lack of sleep -- I'm quite "touchy" and irritable at times!