Friday, July 30, 2010

Thank you, Weekend.

I have made it to the weekend. Thank. God.

Yesterday, I had the most defeating day of clinicals ever. I took 5 patients on my own. But they weren't just your typical patients - they all had like 5 different IV drips going, multiple drains, one of my patients got a leg amputation, one was crazy......

To a veteran nurse - or just a good and competent nurse- that probably seems easy. But I feel like quite the "Novice" still....

Let's just say my 12 hour shift turned into a 14 hour shift, and I wanted to hide in a linen closet and cry yesterday. But, I survived!!!!   :-)

I can't wait to get adjusted to things. Every night this week -- all I do is have on-going nightmares about hospitals, IV drips, people bleeding to death. I wake up in the middle of the night and think "I don't even want to sleep anyomre!- These Dreams suck!"

But this is a learning experience, and I will get my "routine" down and on my feet in no time (I hope....)
On the Really-Fantastic-Friday-Side....
  • It's the 1st weekend I've had since the 4th of July!
  • I had my Capstone Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday - and totally Rocked it! My high school speech-skills came back!
  • I'm done with all assignments & have 1 clinical left (2 weeks to go total!)
  • I'm getting my hair cut today. (I look scrappy. People might be mistaking me for a homeless girl..)
  • I get my wedding ring back today (it was getting resized -- let's just say, it had been falling off A LOT) - So I'm really excited to have a ring that fits me again!
  • I'm going "deer scouting" with Ryan tomorrow. Well, I'm not looking for deer - I'm just going out in the mountains helping him find land early early in the morning -- when it's gorgeous out. (Basically I'll be there for moral support to drink coffee and talk his ear off)
  • Then we're going to a Wine Vineyard in Sonoita, AZ. (If I behave.....) ;)
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! :-) Last year at this time, I was home in ND with my family starting the preparations for my own wedding! Wow, a year goes fast!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ten On Tuesday

This batch of questions was written by Yours Truly!!

1. How do you take your coffee on an average day? How do you like your coffee if you’re spluging?
-I make it a little extra dark, I like 1 packet of Splenda, and a little Fat Free French Vanilla.
-If I'm at a coffee shop, I get Iced coffee with skim milk & splenda.
-If I'm splurging, I like Fat Free Almond Latte. (If it's not Christmas time, then I get into the peppermint or pumpkin flavors!)

2. What is your genre of books to read?
I don't really have a specific genre that I'm stuck on. I'm really falling into the Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics books - whatever genre it is.

3. Where do you want to retire, if you could go anywhere?
I would like to retire in San Diego on Coronado Island in a mansion on the beach. Or Florida on the Gulf side. To be honest, I'll take any gorgeous home on the beach.

4. The 17-year-old you is told to write a 10-minute speech. What topic would you have picked?
I wrote a lot of 10 minute speeches when I was 17, since I was a speech geek. I did a lot of "Entertain" speeches (which talked about a topic in a satirical or humorous manner). Some of my topics were about:
"Being the Youngest In the Family", "The Stupidity of High School Romance", "The Evils of Video Games"

5. What word describes you best?
Some of my thoughts/beliefs may be viewed as "old school". But, it's who I am.
I strive to be the nurse who still gives back rubs and bed-baths, and I make it priority to be the sweet-little-wife who is truly "the nurturer" and cooker/cleaner-extraordinaire.

6. What is the next “event” that you are looking forward to? (ex.: vacation, moving, date, job change, etc)
Our weekend Stay-Cation at Star Pass for our Anniversary.
I'm also (in a crazy, weird, sick manner) looking forward to my Capstone Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday. It's starting to feel real!!! :) I've been practicing tonight!
7. Do you like to discuss controversial topics or do you prefer to avoid those types of conversations?
Totally depends on who I'm talking to. If I know that the person and I will never agree - I avoid it, because what's the point. In other words, if the person in a firey, liberal, feminist - We should probably just stick to topics like "the weather" or "recipes". I'm just being honest.

But if we disagree on a few minor issues - I kind of enjoy it. I like to see other points of views.
8. Would you rather add 4 free hours to each day, or add 1 extra day to the week?
-Definitely 4 extra hours.
-When I'm working - I leave the house at 5:50 am, come home at 8:30 pm. I'd like to have a few extra hours to just unwind. I feel like on "work days" - I work and sleep

9. If you created a sports team; what would your colors and mascot be?
I'd absolutely name my team the "Blobfishes". How cool is that thing? Colors would be Pink and Yellow. How manly.

10. If you had to be a teacher, what subject would you teach?
I would be an English Teacher. I am the "go-to-gal" for proofreading and turning papers red. You would never think that reading my blog. Being I have a running rate of 1 error/sentence. But, when it comes to paper-writing...I love to "make it bleed"
I would also love to implement speeches, debates, and research papers. I love English....
Happy Tuesday. Today I am on clinical #8/10. And 3 weeks to go! I'm almost done!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Gazpacho or Cucumber Salsa?

It's time for a recipe post.

So since I was pretty much non-existent/missing in action all weekend at clinicals.

I thought I'd make a big batch of "side-dish" to have around for the weekend. So Friday I did some recipe-research and found a great recipe for Gazpacho.

I have never made or ate Gazpacho before, and neither has Ryan. So I pulled out from fresh veggies, our handy food processor and cooked away.

I didn't really "dig" the recipe, since it was calling for raw onions (and that makes my stomach SCREAM in pain) -

 So I tweaked. And here it is:

  • 2 cans Tomato Juice
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 cucumber, sliced/chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1/2 Habenero pepper (if that's how you "roll" can skip this if your feelin' mild)
  • 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • pepper to taste (salt is kind of unneccessary since there's tomato juice in this!)
  1. Sautee the onions, habenero, and garlic in a pan until soft
  2. Chop all ingredients and add to food processor
  3. Add cucumbers and tomatoes last, for you don't want these chopped too finely.
  4. Refridgerate for 2 hours minimum to allow flavors to blend.
Now, Friday night instead of eating this as the traditional Gazpacho soup, that is normally is. I used it as a garnish to our Tilapia Fillets. It. Was. Heavenly. An excellent complement to the fish! Very, very fresh!

Here is where the humor comes in.

Saturday I was at clinicals all day. We had a going away party to attend that evening. So, I planned on just meeting Ryan there (since I don't get off clinicals until about 7:40 pm).

When I arrived, Ryan said, "Hey, I am so sorry - I put it in a container and everything, but I forgot to bring that cucumber salsa to the party. Man I ate that stuff right up today -- best salsa you've made in awhile! Nice work!"

....I hesitated for a moment, because I didn't get what he was talking about.

And then it dawned on me -- that he thought the garnish on our fish Friday night was salsa.
So, apparently I did something wrong with this recipe. I had some for lunch yesterday - and yep, it definitely was tasting like a salsa with a fresh-cucumber-y kick.

But delicious! So, if you decide to try this recipe....don't expect gazpacho-y freshness.