Thursday, June 24, 2010

Escaping Reality

Tomorrow we are headed for our first camping trip together! This shall be the first of many. We've been looking forward to this for a long time! Well, a few months. But that's a long time in our life -- which how crazy things have been!

We hit the road tomorrow, are stopping at a hotel 3/4 of the way. Then Friday morning we will be heading to our campsite to get our lines in the water, tent set up ASAP!

This will be a short little vacation (just Thursday-Sunday). But it will be well worth it.

Here is a photo I found online of the area we will be. It's called the White Mountains! More details to come in my "recap post" after this fantastic weekend!

Ahh..just looking at it calms my soul!

Tomorrow, I take my final test in Critical Care. Talk about a fast 8 weeks. Seems like I was just stressing out about this class....

Hopefully my next 8 weeks can go this fast! It will be busy. I will have my practium clinicals, Capstone project, and a Nursing leadership class. I also have a week of NCLEX (state boards) review! Ahhh! Scary!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wellness Wednesday: "Eat some grapes, and call me in the morning"

Greetings! Being this allergy season (here in Tucson, anyways) has been especially "present" this summer...one of my most frequent "Google searches" has been allergies. I have spent more money on varieties of eye drops this month than I have in my entire LIFE.

So I figured I do a little post on managing allergies! I did some reserach, and I found some "dietary" changes we can make to help this. And I threw in a few other tips. Some of this may be "no-brainers" to you guys....but here it is anyways ;)

  • Been outside much today? Rinse off in the shower and wash that hair! Your hair is just a nest for all those nasty pollens and allergens!
  • Drink, drink, drink fluids to flush as much crap through your system possible!
  • Apparently, historically, the "Crete" Mediterranean islanders had less allergies. They found a link to their Mediterranean diet high in grapes, healthy fats, nuts, olives, tomatoes, and apples protected them against allergies!
    • Did I see grapes??!! Grapes = Wine = no allergies? Vino it is! :)
  • Eat nuts!
    • They are high in Magnesium and Vitamin E -- which are good for promoting respiratory help. They also have an "Anti-inflammatory" effect on your system. (allergies are an inflammatory response from your Eosinophil white blood cells!)
    • Also, the Vitamin E has anti-oxidant products. So it "eats up" free radicals within you!
    • Sprinkle some almonds on a salad!
  • Apples, Oranges, and Tomatoes - they were found to be high in antioxidants and Vitamin C, which fights off those allergies!
  • Grapes!
    • The skin of the grape is high in Resveratrol. This is an antioxidant which reduces allergy and is found to reduce wheezing and breathing issues!
  • Go fishing!
    • Eat fish. The Omega 3 Fatty Acids, DHA, and EPA has been found to decrease inflammation
    • What fish to go for? It was recommended cold water fish are best: salmon, trouth, herring, and albacore tuna! All these are excellent for you heart also!
  • Find relief with your pearls!
    • Oyesters are found to have an antibacterial and antiviral effect on the body! They are very high in zinc.
  • Spicy!
    • Cajun and other cayenne spices are natural decongestants.
    • Garlic has been shown to losen up secretions of mucus (I know, ewww)
    • Horseradish is also a natural decongestant
    • The only thing to remember about spicy - is that it could increase coughing. So if you've been hacky, coughy, wheezy - spicy foods are not advised!
Hope this was helpful! Have a fantastic and "well" Wednesday ;)

(PS.....I got my practicum. I will be on the Telemetry unit at my hospital for the next 8 weeks. I have orientation tomorrow. Unfortunately, they weren't taking students in the ICU, so I wasn't able to do it. But....Telemetry was in my top 3 -- and I "heart the heart" so I'm pleased!!)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My Hero :)

So this is a little late in terms of the Holiday, but I'm not the world's greatest blogger. ;)

But, this is my ode to my hero - My Dad!

You can also check out a very touching and true Ode to him on my sister's blog!

(in bullet points..of course)


  • On the worst day possible, when I feel like the entire world is on my shoulders - my Dad has the ability to say just the right thing to make me realize "Maybe things are that bad"
  • How does he do this? -- With words of kindness, with just a good warming hug, with a simple hand on my shoulder, just his strong words say "Everything will be alright, Abber"
  • I bet my Dad gets his work done in much more PEACE and quiet now that I don't live at home:
    • Growing up, I would always find my dad buried in the shop, up at the office, out in the back yard working
    • And I would talk, and talk, and talk, and talk. Probably until his ears bled.
    • He never told me to go away, go inside, or be quiet.
    • His patience inspires me.
  • My Dad got me a Grand Prize ribbon back in my nerdy 4H days - by teaching me how to wire a circuit. He several evenings helping me make it look perfect, teaching me how it works, and actually letting me do the material building/wiring/etc. I remember being the proudest 8 year old ever.
  • His sense of humor is one of a kind. He can honestly make my day with some of his humorous statements/jokes.
  • He is the hardest worker I know. I didn't appreciate this until I moved away from home. He truly has worked from the ground up to not only build a successful business - but an amazing family (with my Mom's help of course!) . My dad's motivation and hard work is a trait that I look up to every day!
  • He, in essence, helped me find a wonderful husband.
    • I knew once my Dad approved of Ryan, that I had "the go".
    • My Dad showed me what type of husband to look for. He loves my Mom dearly, and their marriage (of 40+ years) - shows the true dedication, love, respect, faithfulness, and honor they share for each other!
I love you, Dad!


Here is a picture of finishing his "Father of the Bride" speech at my wedding.
My dad is sometimes viewed as a "quieter guy", and my wedding his speech brought tears of joy and laughter to my eyes. When I was about...10, we signed a contract stating "I will never have children".

All these years, he somehow still had it! He laminated, and presented it to me at the wedding during hte speech! As you can see by the facial expressions of everyone around him -- he has a knack for bringing great happiness to his kids! ;)