Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Time

Merry Christmas everyone! We have had a fine year. I haven't posted much nursing stuff, but I blame that on getting used to the "flow" of work and the feeling of what is OK to write about and what isn't, HIPPA-wise. I have been thinking often about starting back up, though, so look for some new posts in the near future.

Today, I'm baking in preparation for tomorrow's festivities and watching some Lord of the Rings special features (there are hours worth) with Chris. Our tree is sparkling and our cats are laying content in the windows. Life is really good. :)


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Motivational thought

Nothing worthwhile has ever been achieved without constant endeavor, some pain and constant application of the lash of ambition. That's the price of success as I see it. And I believe every man should ask himself: Am I willing to endure the pain of this struggle for the comforts and the rewards and the glory that go with achievement? Or shall I accept the uneasy and inadequate contentment that comes with mediocrity? Am I willing to pay the Price of Success?
-Joseph French Johnson


Friday, August 24, 2012

Shop Talk

Here's a dilemma...lately my amazon wish list can't keep up with my pay periods! So I have been using it as a way to "hold" onto those items that I might want to go back and pick up later. Here are some of the neat things around the web that caught my attention:


I love using etsy for those smart little touches when redecorating my house or changing up my look. The best thing about the stuff on etsy is that it is all unique...everything handmade or vintage. Also, if you scroll down to "ways to shop" on the front page, and choose "gift ideas," you'll get a page of suggestions based on your facebook friends' "likes". Try it!

Duck Hunt Valentine's Day Card 

How cute is this old-school nintendo valentine? I can hear the giggling dog every time I look at this thing. Even if you don't purchase these items, they are GREAT for idea-generating. :)

Wizard of Oz Dorothy Costume Apron Replica

As a fan of aprons, cosplay, and old-time MGM glamour, I am in love with this apron (and most of the others from this gal's shop). Plus, with a few tweaks, this could be the start of a great halloween costume!

Day of the Shirt:

Several years ago I discovered the fun of checking every day, a website which offers a single product item deal each day, of which they sell until it's gone, and then change to a new item at midnight. The site became so popular that they have branched into specialty sites, one of which,, offers a new geek-culture shirt daily. Soon, I discovered that there were other great sites, such as TeeFury, which have a similar business model. Many, many, other great sites. Instead of checking them all, one can simply check the site "Day of the Shirt" and see what tickles their fancy in the world of nerdy tshirts for the day. I have run into a few great finds here, including this awesome tribute to the playstation hit Final Fantasy VII:

Enlist Today by artist Megan Lara


If you aren't familiar with Pinterest yet, it's a site where you can "pin" images to virtual "boards"...I use it as a way to save pictures for inspiration, or save links (the pictures generally link back to the site from where they originated) for later browsing. If you are a visual person like me, you'll probably enjoy the site. Unfortunately for my wallet, sometimes Pinterest will  lead me to some good finds!

True Colors 80's Wig

Last year's Diva Party (that's going to be a whole 'nother post right there) was 80's themed...and searching through Pinterest for ideas led me to this wig from Since then, I've used that site for more costume shopping, and I think I've found my costume for this year (it's a surprise)!

Of course, no one can top the mother of all online shopping sites. I recently used it to find JUST the right poster print for a redecorating project. See you if can recognize it!

Aux Buttes Chaumont

That's enough confessions from this shopaholic for today...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Guest article

Hey readers! I wrote an article about that muddy place of waiting-for-the-future. You can read it at the Onward Healthcare Blog here:

Thanks for reading! :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Good times

Almost two months since my last post! I have been working hard in my internship and learning a lot about nursing! I do have to say that I have been loving my job! The people I work with are very friendly and helpful...I was a little worried because there is always a lot of talk in the nursing community about how nurses "eat their young" (meaning that some of the seasoned nurses can be awful to the newbies). But I really haven't encountered too much of that on my unit. I started nights this week, so that was another hurdle to jump. However, I didn't have too much trouble adapting to the sleep hours and I think it will just get easier and easier with time!

One thing I do love about nursing versus some of my old jobs is the enormous amount of free time you have away from work! I have been working hard on my master's classes and doing a little catching up around the house. I hope to add some new hobbies to the mix this fall if I start to get bored. Chris and I finished round 1 of P90X and started a second round. He looks amazing and I feel great, too! So overall, life is pretty good.

Oh, P.S......I passed my boards!!!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I changed the title and description of this blog to better reflect what I now am...a nurse! I'll get to officially claim the RN title after passing boards later this summer. 

Something kind of neat that happened recently. I found a link online to a group of women who have something in common with me...they are married to men with cystic fibrosis! You have absolutely no idea what kind of an impact this has on me. I have been married almost 13 years and I always had the feeling that I was very, very alone. After all, CFers are not supposed to be adults with spouses and lives! I have, in 13 years, never met another person who was married to someone with CF. I have only heard of 2 in Missouri, and we've never had the pleasure. Truly, there is not another soul who can exactly grasp the ins-and-outs of what it is like to live a day-to-day life as a spouse to someone with CF unless it is another CF wife. I was astonished to see that this group had 85+ members (all across the world)!! What a blessing it has been, and in such a short time I have learned so much and my world has gotten so much bigger!

If you are a CF wife who is stumbling across my blog and would like to join this group, please send me a message and I'll get you involved. It is a wonderful group of ladies!

Here are two more great CF links if you are interested:


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Still here!

Yes, this blog still exists!!!

Thanks for checking back in with me. :-) I temporarily disabled things while I finished up nursing school and secured a position as a nurse in a hospital.

Today is my last day of anything to do with getting my BSN degree, and then I graduate later this week! It's an exciting time.

Later this month, I'll begin my new job as a med-surg nurse working in an orthopedic-neurological setting. Obviously with privacy issues I'll have to be mindful of what gets posted on the internet. But I can't wait to get started on the job!

This summer, I'll take my board exams and get started on my Master's program.

That's all the updates for now, but since things are settling down, I should be able to get this blog back up and running. :-)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Goal it! :)

Hello! Fun updates today! Back in October I blogged about reaching my first weight-loss goal - making it to the normal BMI range for the first time in years! I was pretty excited but not done with weight loss yet. Since October, I have stayed on my calorie-counting diet (1200-1500/day) and worked out a few times a week, continuing to lose roughly a pound a week. This week, I reached my second goal, which was to make it to the middle of the normal BMI range for my height.

Progress pictures. Click for details.

I thought really hard about what I wanted to do for my third goal. I don't think it's necessarily appropriate to aim to hit the low end of normal BMI...being underweight comes with its own set of problems! After doing some digging, I finally came up with an idea for my next goal. Some friends had been talking about a weight-training program called P90X, which is an intense 90-day fitness process that can completely change the way your body looks, bringing out your muscles! It's a very tough program, and just my kind of challenge, so I decided to take it on once I hit mid-BMI. Four days ago, after taking "before" pictures and getting the food for the diet in order, I started! It's going really well so far, but I am definitely sore!!!

School is going great so far this semester, though there are tons of assignments and the reading is extremely challenging. I'll try to post a nursing-related blog later this week for those nurses who visit. I had a really interesting assignment in a critical-care unit this week and I must say that I can't wait to get working as a "real"  nurse!