Friday, February 4, 2011

The Heart Truth

Today is National Wear Red Day.
 It's the day to remind us that Heart Disease is not just a killer of men.
It equally effects women!
 Heart Disease is the #1 Killer of us women!

As many of you know....We used to only associate heart disease with men. We call the Left Main Artery the "Widow Maker" in reference to the fact it gets blocked in men, in creates women-widow's after major myocardial infarctions (heart attacks)!

However, after my experience of working on a cardiac floor -- I have more female patients receiving cardiology work-ups than men! Now, we could play devil's advocate, look at statistics, etc -- and say that "Yes, but, women tend to be more proactive about going in and attacking their health than men" -- which is true...but.....This is my statement to get women to think about their hearts! ;)

I had to do a post on this -- becauseI heart the heart! I did my senior capstone on heart disease (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention/Cardiac Caths to be specific)...and when I do my master's -- I will most likely do it on something in the realm of Congestive Heart Failure management, etc.

So----- Even though this isn't being posted until Friday morning (I'm forgetful) -- Sport some red if you can! Do something for your heart today which can be ANY of the following:
  • Go for a walk, do some exercise! Get active!
  • Eat heart-healthy nuts like almonds or pecans (put in moderation, and not too salty!)
  • Laugh! One of the huge keys in heart disease prevention is being around people, socializing, laughter, and just feel joy
  • Hug someone you love - they have done studies that show people who receive emotional/intimate contact have better overall health b/c they feel better about themselves 
  • Have a glass of red wine!

Thursday, February 3, 2011


It got into the teens last night here in Tucson - which is like serious record-breaking cold.

The Tucson Media made me giggle last night, though. They finished covering the story of the INSANE storm in Chicago. Showed pictures of literally PEOPLE (yes, humans) blowing in the street through the blustery weather.

....and then went RIGHT into giving us Tucsonans tips on winter weather survival b/c it was going to get into the 20's and possibly below.

I understand they need to teach us to bundle up and wear warm clothes, because I know sometimes when it's cold out -- it gets confusing on what type of attire one should wear..

......(no sarcasm there...)

All I heard in this particular newscast before I left for work was teaching us to bundle up. I put a snarky comment on facebook about the media.


I pissed of so many Tucsonans.

Rage!!! I even got an evil text message at 1 am while I was at work! I didn't mean to piss people off. I was just making fun of the news. Who doesn't, right?

Didn't I say yesterday that I should just quit talking until the week is over b/c I am just sucking at life lately?

I should've followed through with that, I guess!

But anyways, I underestimated the cold here. Tucson is not infrastructurally prepared for cold weather, apparently. When I got home from work this morning, we had no water! Many people were without water. Some people's pipes froze. We, luckily, didn't have frozen pipes -- and as of 10 minutes ago I heard gurgling noises, and our water is back!

Some people were without gas too! Crazy stuff! (I still get excited...but Lord, I will never post that shit on facebook again. Apparently I can't be cynical or sarcastic, or give a little spice of my odd sense-of-humor.)

Well, I feel like I just got off work not long ago -- and I'm back in a few hours for some training, and back tonight!  -- and then I'm a freeee woman for a few days!

I am so very excited! I plan on cleaning, again. Yes, I just cleaned on Tuesday. But I'm on one of those "kicks". And baking bread. Going for a long run.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Okay, so I just had this post typed out about how I feel extraordinarily down in the dumps.

......But I deleted every word of it. No one likes to hear about a cloud of doom.

The truth is, I am having one of "those weeks". "Those weeks" where every action I take -- results in an epic fail. Every attemping polite gesture comes off to the other person as wrong, rude, and bad. In my attempt to be graceful and helpful...I'm only coming off klumsy & careless.

I can't wait for things to turn around! In the meantime, I think maybe I should just quit talking and go hide in a bubble.

So, I'm here to make a list of "all things happy"

  • The sound of the garage door opening when my husband gets home. My reaction of excitement is no different than the reaction I got when at age 6 my Dad would come home from work.
  • Jicama. This is a new vegetable that I have added to my diet. It is delicious plain, on salads, or however you may wish to enjoy. I highly recommend. Plus, it's high in Vitamin C!
  • Coffee - freshly ground & freshly brewed. How do Mormon's survive working the night shift?
  • Finishing a really good, hard work-out. Endorphins are fantastic.
  • New sweatpants. I like the lyca-ish, black, jogging pant style
  • Winter PJ's. They must have buttons & a colar, and satin/silk gets bonus points
  • Finishing cleaning the house. I swear our house increased by 100 sq.ft. yesterday when I finished!
  • The sound of the morning doves in our backyard. I never thought this cooing would be pleasant, but it really is. And they shut up during the night.
  • When the barking dog in our neighborhood is finally taken indoor & shuts the hell up. This dog has 2 more strikes & I'm calling Animal Control on their asses. I already have the Pima County Animal Control phone number programmed into my phone.
  • Okay...that wasn't a very positive thought......
  • Reading. I did not read anything but text books during my time in college. So this new hobby has been quite pleasant!! I have been missing out.
  • My family. Oh, how I miss them. :)

So, did anyone hear the outcome of the Groundhog? Groundhog day isn't nearly as exciting now that we live in Arizona. I remember 02/02 being a very important day when we lived in North Dakota....

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

1. What is your favorite childhood memory?

-Spending entire days out in the lake swimming and tubing behind the boat.... And  then roasting marshmallows over the campfire after a day of sun.
-Trombone & piano lessons. I miss everything about them
2. What is your favorite quality about yourself?
-My motivation and energy

3. What is your favorite thing that your child does?
-I do not have a child. But I am an aunt  - and I will say my FAVORITE thing ever is.......
- When they greet me with a hug and know my name.
-Sounds rather simple. But living across the country from them for .... pretty much all their lives -- I always worry they don't have a clue who I am. So when they do know my name, and aren't scared of me (like most children are....b/c I'm not the best with kids)...... it seriously warms my heart!

4. What is your favorite thing to do to relax?
Baking and cooking.

Whenever I try relaxing, I find myself saying "This.Is. So. Boring".

In order to truly relax, I must leave the house -- go to a mountain, park, or quaint coffee shop with my Kindle and read.

Otherwise I am tempted by laundry, cleaning, and getting things done.
5. What is your favorite restaurant? And what is your favorite thing on the menu?
Sushi!!I don't know what my favorite sushi restaraunt is at this time......I'm between sushi restaurants right now.

There was this one place we went to in the Gaslamp District in San Diego that had amazing oyester shooters. I can't remember the name though, so that is an irrevalent answer. But that place was great, too!

6. What is your favorite piece of jewelry (besides your wedding ring)?
I rarely wear jewelry (besides my wedding ring). Except for this necklace and earings I got for our 1st anniversary. They are the "Loves Embrace" series for Kay. They are simple, sterling silver, and just perfect.

7. What is your favorite night of the week M-TH? And why?
I don't really have one. Being my work schedule is completely random. So right now, my favorite night is the night I don't have to go into work! :) I just enjoy being able to see my husband, eat dinner with him, and sleep in a bed at night.

8. What is your favorite dessert?
Key Lime Pie or frozen yogurt
My Mom's Chocolate Pie

9. What is your favorite item in your make-up bag?
My blush/bronzer..... because it covers colors my pale, sickly-looking face

10. What is your favorite smell?
My husband's cologne, aftershave, soap.
Chrlorox Clean-Up
Campfire -- but only if it's freshly crackling/burning

Happy Tuesday! February is one of my favorite months!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Strange happenings.....

My poor husband did not get very much sleep this weekend, for it was almost as though he had to take care of some old, confused person with "sun-downers" (which is a type of condition where normal elderly people get totally confused, disoriented, looney, and demented when the sun goes down....hence the name)

I just told him, "Well, now you know what it will feel like when we grow old together"

Lord, I hope not.

Twice this WEEKEND ......I sleep walked!!!

Thursday night, I just found myself wandering around the bedroom -- also talking to him. No biggy.

Then Saturday night, (I only VAGUELY remember this)........I apparently got up to go to the bathroom.

All was well. I crawled back into bed. I was alert & awake for this

Then about 20 minutes later, I got up again

I started rummaging around the room. Going into our closet. Flipped on and off the light switch.

And this is how our conversation went:

Ryan: "Abby....?? Is everything okay? What are you looking for?"

Abby:  *in an almost tearful voice* "I'm just real disoriented right now and I don't know where I'm going!"

Ryan: *laughing* Well, why don't know come back to bed?

Abby: *still tearful* "I just don't know where our bed is!!!"

This was the point where Ryan had to sit up, and direct me back to the bed.

Weird!!!!!! Creepy!!!

I've always been a weird sleeper. I've always been kinda restless, a talker, and a laugher in my sleep.

But never have I sleep-walked so much! I've done it 3 times in the past 2 months! I wonder if I attempted sleep walking at all when Ryan out-of-town last week???

Let's hope this is a phase! And a short one at that!!!

I wonder if maybe I'm starting to get used to sleeping during the day, when it's slightly light in our room - so when I sleep at NIGHT when it's totally dark.

Is the a crazy, weird side effect of the melatonin? I only have to take it when I sleep at night -- b/c that's the only time I have trouble now days. The bottle did warn that dreams may be funny.

It DIDN'T say "You will sleep walk like a loon around your house after taking this medications" ...however.

Do you sleep walk ever? Sleep talk?  Am I the only one in this world that does this over the age of 6?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Poblano Provalone Burgers

I created some gourmet burgers, as planned, Friday night. I searched some recipes online, and nothing was "hitting the spot" for me. All the recipes I as perusing were probably excellent - but it wasn't satisfiying my vision. I finally found a recipe for Bobby Flay's Poblano Pepper Burgers.

His recipe involves grilling peppers, placing in a blender with honey, cilantro, s & p, making a sauce -- and using that to garnish the burger. I am almost positive this would be absolutely delicious. But, it wasn't what I was wanting. So instead......I did my own thing.....

1) Make patties. Add BBQ sauce and fresh herbs to the hamburger so it's sticky (I cook only with low fat beef). Make sure you throw a little cayenne in there too. Gotta have a little bit of heat.

2) Grill poblano peppers face down right next to the burgers on the grill.

3) Once the burgers are getting read, place 1 pepper on each burger, and top with a healthy slice of Provalone cheese. This way the cheese blankets in the pepper.

They look pretty simple, sweet, and non-intimidating straight off the grill....but....

When placed on a Multi-Grain Ciabatta roll, garnished with pickles, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, and a little K & M (ketchup & mustard)................

Delicious. Great served with a bottle of Dos Equis.

In addition to creating burgers our weekend was been a little bit more hectic than we envisioned. But it's been fun.

Friday was spent kind of running errands, going to the gym, getting the house together, Ryan wood-worked, I did some shopping.

Saturday Ryan had a Precinct Committee member training all morning. So I cleaned, worked out, and attempted to find a dress in my closet for the wedding that didn't make me angry.

Which brings me to...............

Remembering the days in college when I loved wearing dresses. It was fun. Exciting!!

Now it makes me crabby.

We attended a wedding yesterday and it was a great time. The bride & groom couldn't have asked for a better day. 70 degrees, VERY mild breeze, sunny.

 It was kind of funny.......The wedding was on January 29 here in Tucson, AZ. Outdoor wedding. The weather was warmer than our wedding in AUGUST in Minnesota.

Well, I hope this finds you all either finishing off a fanstasic/relaxing weekend or starting up a great new week!

Happy February! I already have a dish of sweethearts-with-the-cheesy-statements in my kitchen. I kind of love these candies.