Friday, October 15, 2010

Fantastic News!

Prayers have been answered!

Tonight I can rest well! This weekend I can finally exhale. My "laughter" will no longer be forced, and my "smiles" won't be faked.

I got a call today from my PRN job, and they want to bring me on full time until my hospital decides what they're going to do. They said they want to bring me on full-time for good...but understand my situation with the contract.

?!?!?!

How is this even possible?! It's like, too good to be true. I'm seriously pinching myself here.

And even better?!?!....

My position is 6am-2:30 pm M-F.

WHAT?!?!?!!!! This kind of schedule does NOT exist in healthcare, my friends.

I got offered a job on Wednesday that was going to be 16 hr night shifts on the weekends plus 1 hr night shift during the week. And I was going to accept that crappy schedule....because I want to be a nurse, already!

But starting Monday morning it's real!!!

(Meanwhile..I'm still waiting for my hospital to snap-to-it and set up an interview so we can get that show on the road). But this is a HUGE peace of mind!

I seriously have NOT been myself since....graduation?! I've been worried, stressed out, scared, and melancholy. It's probably good Ryan has been traveling so much -- b/c my attitude has been almost "life-sucking".

I know this isn't that big of a deal. It's just a full time job. But this has been a battle!! So I'm counting my blessings right now!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I'm waiting for Ryan to fly in tonight at 10 pm and then I'm ready to kick off a fun weekend!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pain

Let's talk "pain"....

Often pain is viewed as negative thing. It can be very bad. As a nurse, I've seen some pretty extreme cases of pain. It can totally have a psychological take-over on one. My heart hurts for people who deal with chronic pain. Chronic pain is just not nice.

But, today, I am dedicating a blog post to pain. Thanking it.

(Now, I realize that pain can be a huge burden in life. So PLEASE, if you suffer chronic pain -- don't think I'm referring to you and take offense.)

Pain is your body's way of communicating.

It tells you, "Please stop." It tells you, "You're doing something wrong."

I'm 10 weeks into training for my marathon on December 12. Things have been going amazing the whole time. Until last weekend....

After my 9 miler, my hip started feeling really sore. It's been slightly ongoing.

But it was getting exponentially worse this week.

3 years ago, I would've been stubborn and pigheaded and kept running on it. I would have said, "Eh, I'm young! I'll just run it off."

But this time...I stopped and immediately set up an appointment with a Sports Medicine MD.

Best idea ever! She happens to be an Ultra-Marathon runner. Has a history of being the Dr for the Philidelphia Eagles (that's an NFL team), and was once an Athletic Trainer for an Olympic marathon runner.

So she understood my fears.

She told me I came in at the perfect time. I just have inflammation in my hip. My legs are uneven lengths. Possibly due to the fact I was born in Hip Dysplasia (hips weren't in the sockets at birth)

So for the next 12 days, I will be doing electric stimulation, ultrasounds, myofacial release, and actual athletic training with her.

No running allowed. Biking only. Icing my hip 4-6 times/day.

Boo.

But, this will be good!

Not only will it let me heal, but it will teach me how to build and take care of my body in the future.

So..... lesson of that day for me and for ALL of you out there--

Listen to your body!!!!! It's one smart cookie ;)

(That is a smart cookie. Not a smily face with measles....) ;)

One Confused Lady

Yesterday morning was packed with a session of cross training.....rushed home to shower and get professional-looking....headed across town for an interview.....kicked butt at my interview...."bopped" over to our house to see the progress of the build......headed to the "design center" to sign more paperwork....

(Side note: I cannot get over just how much paperwork is involved in building a house. Holy Hannah. And we haven't even closed!!! Iy-yi-yi....Those lovely people in history who got law-suit-happy.....God bless 'em.)

Yesterday was a good day! So here's a little humor for your Thursday. A little thought. A little depth.....(A little cynical rant)

Afterwards, I decided to head to one of my favorite places to peruse....

Target.

But my experience at Target was far from fun, relaxing, or pleasant.

Just confusing. Loud. Crazy.

Despite many screaming children-temper tantrums.... Which is common and un-escapable.



Although screaming children aren't the most pleasant thing in the world....it's kinda cute in Arizona.

For, most screaming children in the stores happen to speak espanol. It's Arizona.

And there's something almost cute hearing a 3 year old screaming "Hay! Mamá, quiero dulces! Mamá tengo hambre. Mami, me orinaba."

That's espanol for "Mommy, I want candy. I'm hungry. Mommy, I peed"

But back to the confusion I experienced while shopping.

After perusing through the shoes, clothes, and work-out-clothes...I even headed to the Halloween section to think about decorating.

However, I don't get too psyched about Halloween. And after yesterday's experience, I'm definitely not psyched.

For I went from walking calmly through the aisel to...

Having a Giant pumpkin head pop open, a ghost pop out of the head, and scream.


Good Lord, I despise blow-up Halloween decor. Could we be anymore obnoxious?

After my heart rate finally began to stabilize and at least return to 150 bpm.....

A song started blaring in my ears. This is not an exaggeration. Swear. To. God.

Christmas music.

Some Christmas decoration that sings. (of course, why wouldn't it sing)

Across from the Halloween decor is the Christmas decor.



Wow, Target.

Make up your freaking minds.

One holiday at a time, please. Nobody has Halloween AND Christmas decorations up at the same time. So you don't need to seem them simultaneously.

Poor pilgrims. They sure got the short end of the stick on this one.

 
Maybe some annoying company needs to create blow-up turkey's, horns of plenty's, and Mayflowers. The Macy's Parade isn't enough to get your place in the major department stores. You're peace-making with the Native American's didn't cut it either.

Come up with a singing or screaming blow-up Pilgrim, and then maybe you'll get a chance



Just my thought for the day.....;) 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pumpkin Spice Latte

It's that time of the year again.....


I haven't had one yet from Starbucks this year. In fact, I've boycotted Starbucks for quite a few months. I've boycotted all coffee shops since I finished school. Because, sometimes I feel like I'm drinking this:


It's been cooling off during the nights & mornings here lately, and last weekend left us craving some fall "treats".

So I purchased a few cans of pumpkin at the grocery store - and decided to incorporate a little Beta Carotene into our diets! :)

Ryan and I got up Saturday morning and headed outdoors for a run. Ryan accompanied me for 5 miles of my 9 miler - which was a pleasant and enjoyable surprise! I haven't ran with another person in about a year!! So this was great!

After our run I made Ryan some egg-o-licious breakfast burritos. And I made me some Pumpkin Oatmeal -- kind of made this on a whim. Here's the creation I highly recommend!

-1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
-1 cup water
-3-4 spoonfuls of pumpkin
-Splenda & Pumpkin Seasoning sprinkled to your delight
-1 banana, sliced up

*Just make the oatmeal according to the package directions on the stove. Add your pumpkin, seasoning, and banana before serving. Mm Mm Mm!

And now for the highlight of this post!

My Pumpkin Spice Latte (this made a little over 2 servings worth)

-2 cups skim milk
-3 Tbsp pumpkin (from the can or puree)
-2 Tbsp sugar (or Splenda, like I did)
-2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract (Yes, I know. This seems like a lot - but it's correct!)
-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-1-2 shots espresso OR 1/2 cup STONG brewed coffee (I just doubled the amount of coffee beans)

* In saucepan - combine milk, pumpkin, & sugar. Cook on medium heat stirring constantly until steaming.
*Remove from heat once streaming, stir in vanilla & pumpkin spice
*Transfer to blender (or use frother if you have one) and process for about 20 seconds until foamy.
*Pour into large mugs, add your coffee/espresso.
*You can top this with whipped cream, if desired and sprinkle a little pumpkin pie spice for good looks! ;)

While drinking this, you may want to stir it every once in awhile.

These warmed my soul!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ten On Tuesday

It's Monday night/Tuesday morning-ish (past midnight) I'm home from my 1st shift! It went really really well! Somehow.... But I'm completely and utterly wired and cannot sleep. I don't know how this is possible.

However, for the past 9 hours I did sit down once. And didn't eat dinner until 11:15 pm. So that could contribute to my current state of insomnia?!

It's work-out-week for 10 on Tuesday!! Yay! :)

1. What does your work out schedule look like?
It changes every week, but I do 4 runs/week. Here is this weeks schedule :)
Monday - 5 mile tempo run (avg pace 8:15/mile) - Strength: Quadiceps, shoulders, abs, lungs
Tuesday - 6 mile hills on tredmill - Strenghth: abs and stretching
Wednesday - Cross train - bike 40 minutes, swim 20 Strength: abs, squats, back,
Thursday - 19 miles
Friday - off day - go for walk
Satruday - 8 miles + plylometics

Saturday - off day (go for walk, stretch)
2. What is your favorite machine to use at the gym?
I prefer free weights. But I love the assisted-squat bar. I use it for squats, I change it's position to do variations of push ups, and do these lying-down-pull ups.
3. What is your favorite class to take at the gym?
- I don't really do classes anymore.  But I love kickboxing and would love to be an instructor some day!

4. Where do you shop for work out gear and clothing?
Target! None other :)
5. If you can’t go to the gym, do you have a favorite outdoor activity?
I love running. Obviously. But my favorite way to incorporate strength is finding a football/soccer field and doing different plylometrics, jump-roping in the garage!
6. What about a favorite work out DVD? If so, please share!
Billy Blanks Tae Bo!!
7. Are you more active now or when you were in high school?
Definitely. I never was consistent about being active in high school.
8. How has your dieting/working out philosophy changed since high school?
Completely different WORLDS. In high school everything I did was to be thin. Now, I do it to keep a healthy heart, strong bones, and good lungs. And it's fun!!!
My legs & shoulders are no longer "feminine-cute-toned" -- they're strong. (No, I don't look like a body-budiler...but...)
In high school/college, I would've had a heart attack over this. Now, it makes me proud and feel strong! :)

9. What do you do while working out– (i.e., day dream, read, listen to music, gab with a friend)?
I just think, plan/schedule out my day, and plan out my life. I also like to say prayers for family when I'm doing long rungs.
10. What working out resolution would you like to make for yourself this year?
Well, 2010 I'm running my 2nd marathon. But my 2011 I would like to do a triathalon!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Monday, all!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I know I did!

It was kicked off Friday night. After a grueling shift of orientation where I came home completely shell-shocked....

Ryan & I headed to the SAHBA (Southern Arizona Home Builder's Association) Home & Garden Show. It was exciting to talk to different companies about our landscaping plans for the house. We also talked to a variety of water-softener companies! Woo Hoo (that was the lesser exciting part)

We then headed into town for some Sushi. If you are ever in Tucson..........

Don't go to Fusion Wasabi :) -- unless you like your waitress/waiters to be complete assholes to you. Just a tip!

Food was EXCELLENT. Seroiusly wonderful, fresh, delicious sushi.

It wasn't that our waitress was slow or unattentive. She was actually rude to us. Mean. Snotty. Disappointing. I could go on and tell the details - but I'll just end with the fact that their service sucks.

But we still had a great night together. It has been a long time since Ryan & I have had a night out - just the 2 of us! So it was glorious!! :)

Saturday morning started off with a 9 mile run. I didn't have to hit the road until about 7:45 am. This is HUGE. Normally it's like 90 by 7:45! So happy for fall! It's still way to hot during the day, but I'll take the cool mornings/nights!

I brewed up some Non-Fat Pumpkin Spice Lattes. (Stay tuned...recipe coming tomorrow) ;)

We met some friends before the game for some tailgating and hit up the U of A game. First loss of the season. Boo.

Then Sunday (yesterday) - I worked my last shift of "orientation". Scary.

This afternoon I work my 1st solo shift as a nurse. I am not sure how working 2-11:30 pm will go. Since my bedtime is usually 10-ish. We shall see ;)

(To be honest..............I'm frightened, sick-to-my-stomach, terrified. I feel like my orientation was jipped. I am scared of what will happen with my 25 patients when the sun starts to set and their confusion sets in (it's called "Sun Downers Syndrome" -google it)

I predict I will find myself on my couch at midnight tonight crying, feeling defeated. But, we'll see!

So, if you would like....you should maybe say a prayer for me today! :)