Monday, August 18, 2014

August already?

Not only is it August, it's also more than halfway through the month. 2014 is flying by so rapidly.

For instance, I can't believe that today was the first day of school for my little first grader! I vividly remember first grade (probably the first year that I really truly remember most things) and I can't believe that my little boy is now that age.
It's the Circle of Life and all that jazz.
Anyway, it's been a whirlwind of a summer. When I last published a blog post, we had just returned from a trip to San Diego. Since then, I've worked a LOT of overtime, and in between that, I've been trying to make the most of summer with the family before September rolls around and I head back to the insanity that is nursing school.

In July, the kids and I took off to Albuquerque, New Mexico to visit my BFF, her husband, and her new baby (aka my unofficial niece)! It was my son's first flight, and he loved it. According to him, when we were above the cloud cover, we were in Antarctica.

I just have to say that I love New Mexico. I know that's not a popular opinion, but I really liked the Albuquerque area. I'm already actively earning frequent flyer miles in order to go back next summer and hopefully explore the area a bit more than we were able this time.

Then, after we got back from visiting them, my BFF+family happened to come back to California for some adventures, so I got to spend my birthday with them too. It was wonderful to be able to spend so much time with them since we're living so far from each other. We used to be fairly inseparable during high school and (my first time around) college.

So that fast-forwards us to now. Time to get back to the school grindstone. Classes start on September 2nd (!!) in our brand-spanking-new Science and Nursing Building, and I, for one, am ready to get back to it. It's been a long transitional summer for me, and it's time for Second Semester.

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Hotel del Coronado. One of my lifelong dreams is to stay there.
How is the summer going for everyone out there in cyberspace? It's been heating up here (and I mean literally... the 100+ degree days have been beginning).

I can't believe it's almost July! I still have two more months before I head back to school at the beginning of September. It's strange because I'm champing at the bit to get back to that insanity. I'm ready to move forward and get closer to that RN licensure.

We just got back from a sojourn in beautiful San Diego. Although the purpose of the trip was sad (my grandpa's memorial service), I was very glad to spend some time with my grandmother and the rest of my family. We stayed a few extra days and went to Legoland and the San Diego Zoo, as well as spending some time bumming around the beach.

I miss it already. However, I can live without the 12 hour car ride (hah).

Coming back to real life has been a jolt. We're having some issues with Mike's car and we spent part of today looking at car-buying options. I'm not going to lie, I am TERRIFIED about buying a new car. I've been totally overwhelmed at all the options, not to mention the sticker shock! Yipes!

Anywhoodle, just thinking out loud a bit. See ya later!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Oh. Em. Gee.

It's been one of those days in the ER! With the beginning of Memorial Day Weekend and the start of the lake season, it leads to seeing some interesting injuries and hearing some crazy stories.

However, my favorite thing today is that my son lost his first tooth!

Bummer that I had to work and missed out on it, but I'm so excited to play Tooth Fairy for the very first time tonight. He's growing up so fast. (And that was his very first tooth that ever came in *sniff*)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Five Things Friday: 5/23

Hello Internet world!

Time to get back into a posting habit, so here's five things about today.

1. Today was my only day completely off this week, and it worked out perfectly that it was Michael's day off too.
We did have a day date! We went out to breakfast together after we dropped off the kids at their schools, and just spent the day enjoying each other's company and getting errands done (plus Dutch Bros and a nap).

2. I bought my first roll of washi! (as pictured above) I've been seeing the cute patterned masking tape around for a bit, and I decided to finally buy a roll for funsies. I think I might get a few more rolls, because the kids (well, at least the six year old) seem to get a kick out of it too. This is just Duck Tape brand I found at Walmart, but I know some people get it from Etsy, eBay, and other places.

3. This little girl is sixteen months old today!
I was trying to get a picture of her cute little pigtails she has in today, but she's at that age where she just won't hold still. This picture was actually taken with PhotoBooth while Daddy was playing peek-a-boo behind the computer!

I can not believe she is already sixteen months. I was looking at pictures from her first birthday, and the difference in just four months is staggering!

4. We picked up The Nut Job from Redbox for family movie night. It's cute so far! This little guy is enjoying it at least, plus it has Will Arnett in it (GOB love for life).

5. So it looks like a group of coworkers are going to apply for entry to the Nike Women's Marathon, and I'm thinking I'm going to join them and apply for the half-marathon! I've been picking up my running mileage again since school ended (going from um... zero miles per week), and I should be in half marathon shape by October. 

In the meantime, I'm running slow. Very slow. If I don't start seeing a lot of improvement soon, I'm definitely going to have to readjust my very ambitious goal time for my first half. Today's run was two miles at a blistering 10:23 min/mile pace. However, it was a recovery run, and I'm up to seventeen miles so far for the week. I've been using Hanson's Half-Marathon Method's "Just Finish" plan to gradually build up my mileage.

And there we go. Sitting down to actually blog, rather than surf the web, is the hardest part.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I have a weird type of paralysis when it comes to blogging.

I have so many ideas and things I want to write about and then I stumble upon articles about the business of blogging and pictures and Pinterest and SEO and all that jazz and I feel... inadequate. I don't know how to grab attention and monetize and have my ish go viral, and so then I don't do anything.

All I want to do is write fun blurbs about stuff that interests me, like I used to back in the Dark Ages (read- late 1990s/early 2000s, when Blogger first came into existence) of the Internet. So I am.

I still can not get over how much FREE TIME I feel like I have during this school break. After a full semester of fitting in classes, clinicals, and homework around our family's schedules of work, school, and (trying to) maintain the household, subtracting all the school stuff leaves a gigantic amount of free-feeling time.

I spent the first week just enjoying ONLY having to go to work. All the rest of the time, I've been enjoying being able to spend time with my kids and my husband without having the nagging feeling in the back of my mind that I always need to be doing something school-related. It's been amazing.

Now, I'm systematically trying to reorganize the entire house and restart my running routine to prepare for a half-marathon in October, and I'm beginning to get bored and ready to go back to school and learn more nursing stuff.

C'est la vie? I always want what I can't have.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Hmm. I've been neglectful again.

Trust me when I say that it's not you. It's me. Nursing school was zapping the life out of everything around here! However, finals are over, everything is turned in, and I have officially completed the first semester of the nursing program. *fanfare*

Back it up a bit, and let me tell you, world, a lot has changed in the past three months.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

So where did I leave off last?

Oh yeah, nursing school.

I am officially a student nurse! (as of a week ago...)
I even have a badge to prove it!
So at first, I was like...
All Nemo-style.

But after I walked into my first class with a syllabus that was half-an-inch thick, I was feeling more...
ACK! (btw, picture from goofing off with Photo Booth, but it summed up my feelings perfectly.)
We've hit the ground running.

My buddy (from the class above ours) presented me with a nursing school survival kit.
 It included such essentials as:
-Airborne (bump up that Vitamin C)
-Goldfish crackers (because they are the snack that smiles back)
-Sour Patch Watermelons and Peanut M&Ms (because they're awesome)
-Monster (caffeine, for sure)
-Pencils (pens are verboten in skills lab)
-Notecards (for learnings, of course)
-and Purell. Because hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of infection! (x infinity)

She also wrote a really sweet note. Definitely brought a smile to my face.

So, it has begun. We (as a family) have signed up for two and a half years of insanity, but it will be so, so worth it in the end.

In family news, little miss J can officially be called a toddler!! She took five consecutive steps yesterday.

She's been flirting with the walking idea for two months now, at least, but would take a step and then chicken out and drop to her knees (always with a huge smile as we would try and encourage her to take a few more steps). But yesterday, when I set her down on her feet, she stayed stable for a few minutes and then stepped cautiously toward me while I encouraged her. When she fell into my arms, she had the HUGEST smile as we all clapped for her. So stinking cute.

I can NOT believe she is turning a year next Thursday! The year has just flown on by, and I'm scrambling to plan a small family party for her. As long as there is cake, we're good, right?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Home again

Another successful long drive in the books! We're back home safe and sound and I am reunited with my babies and Michael. 
(Though I already really miss San Diego and my grandparents)

It was a really good trip overall. I was so lucky to be able to celebrate my grandfather's ninetieth birthday (with white wine, his favorite) and spend some quality time with both of them. 

I also managed to make it out to the marina on a run, after an emergency trip to an REI for a replacement sports bra! I love exploring on foot. 
Our hotel was so wonderful too. It was run by the sweetest couple, and the breakfast spread each morning was amazing. The history of the hotel was really interesting too! It was built in the 1930s, Art Deco style, and for a long time it was a rundown flophouse before the current proprietors renovated it completely. 
Best hotel I've ever stayed in because of the personal service. I told the proprietor I'd write a nice review for him on TripAdvisor!

Some neat sights (because I don't feel comfortable posting my family pictures on the interwebs)
Horses just hanging out in front of Murrieta's, where we went for dinner last night. 
This sculpture is titled "The Fisherman"
The trolley!
Down the street from our hotel. There seem to be palm readers all over San Diego area. My sister and I were tempted to stop in. 
The geese at my grandparents' house. They've had them as long as I can recall. 

So tomorrow our family is back to real life. I spent most of the evening cuddling with my little family, and tomorrow is my last free day before the first day of nursing school! Eeeeek! I have so many last minute to-dos, plus working on my organizational projects (in accordance with my New Year resolutions) and grocery shopping.

Good night!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Phew, another whirlwind day here down in San Diego! We're waking up super early tomorrow to get a jump on the road. I can not WAIT to get home and see Michael and the kids. I really really missed them. So, a brief rundown:

*went for a six mile run down to the marina.
*walked with my sister to one of the malls and bought actual makeup (?!)
*celebrated my grandfather's 90th birthday at a wine party
*went out for delicious Mexican and margaritas with my siblings and grandmother. I got the camarrones a la diabla and our margaritas all had extra "vitamins"

It was a good day! Off to bed. I'm going to probably write more extensively from the road tomorrow (gotta remember to charge my phone!)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Pop in...

to share something that I found funny.

You know how a lot of services use your browsing and usage history to show advertisements that are most likely applicable to that particular user? 

I know Pandora is one, and I use it a lot, but especially at night when I'm putting the baby to bed. She likes to hear some soft lullabies, so I had the station still set to "Rockabye Baby" when I started running on the treadmill the next morning. I switched it to the Pitbull station, since it's pretty high energy music, and it immediately showed an ad for Plan B contraceptive.

It amused me because it struck me as a judge-y move. Are they saying that I have bad taste in music and should refrain from procreating further? Or that Pitbull listeners use that on the reg?

Oh, Pandora.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

On the road

(I wrote this throughout the long day on little sleep so if it's disjointed, I'm sorry. Perfect to link up with Thinking Out Loud Thursday?)

I love the advent of smartphones. For the first time ever, in the many times that I've made the twelve hour road trip from Redding to San Diego, I can blog and internet (it's a verb, k) from I-5. Amazing.
Though I added the images with Ziggy. The handlink can't handle it.
It has been a long day so far. I got off work a little late and started packing and preparing to leave at five am today. Solid three hours of sleep there, heh, but I had to finish it up because I wasn't able to earlier due to my back-to-back-to-back twelves.

Got 'er done, Whirlwind style!

So at 0500, I said goodbye to Michael and the kiddos (still can't believe that I'm leaving my little Julianna overnight for the first time!) and my sister and I headed out to Sacramento to meet up with our brother. 

I've overly caffeinated myself. My brain is going bzz-bzz-bzz rather than settling down, so blogging it is to spend the time!

We just passed Santa Nella and Pea Soup Andersen's. No stopping at this time (we're trying to make it through LA before peak traffic time) but I hope that we will stop on the way back and recreate a childhood photo op.

Thanks to the Google and their website, I figured out why we probably would have stopped as children: the founders were Danish!

Speaking of my Danish heritage, my mom gifted me my nursing school shoes for Christmas, and I just got them yesterday. They're Danskos, which, as my grandmother informed me, is a portmanteau of "Dansk" for Danish and "sko" for shoe. Literally, Danish Shoes.

They are also really really ugly, but kinda cute in their ugliness? If I start a blog called "Scrub Fashion" (a fashion blog for medical personnel that have to wear scrubs to work?), I think these will be my first purchase:
Or pretty much any other pair besides boring black.
Adding to this entry later:

So I finally fell asleep for a short while, and a long time later, we finally arrived! Phew. Long long drive. The San Joaquin Valley is not known for scenery, but I liked seeing all the little baby cows running around.

However, we finally arrived at my grandparents' house, and saw them for the first time in 2.5 years. Grandma, my siblings and I went out for dinner and reconnected. It was wonderful to see them again, although I'm really missing my kids. I wondering how my little girl is faring without me. Daddy sent me this picture to tell me everything:

Yeah, I think she'll be okay.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year, New Me

"Hey y'all! I haven't seen you since last year!"

That's my very favorite way to greet people on New Year's Day. I get some people chuckling and other people shaking their head. I'm okay with that.

I'm also a sucker for the fresh new start feel of a fledgling New Year.  Everything just feels so fresh and so clean clean, and this January is full of excitement.

Tomorrow, I am heading down south on an impromptu road trip with my brother and sister to San Diego to visit our grandparents. It's not for the happiest reason, but I'm very happy to have this opportunity to spend some time with them. I'm a little anxious about it because I'm leaving the baby overnight for the first time, but overall, I think it will be okay!

Then right after I get back, school starts up again for everyone, which means that I'm FINALLY IN NURSING SCHOOL!! So sorry, I had to use the Caps Lock shortcut for awesome because I am so so  grateful to finally be beginning nursing school. It's been in the works for a long time.

And as the end of January approaches, my little girl is going to have her very first birthday. I can't believe that it's already been a year! It seems like such a long time and also no time at all simultaneously. I need to start planning her party ASAP. I know it's going to be a small family shindig, so no stress. We just need a smash cake :)

So I've made about a billion New Year's Resolutions this year. I always want to be the best version of myself and never stop improving (like the Home Depot). In fact, I'm fulfilling one right now, since I'm taking the time to sit down and write whatever I feel like. Even though it's been a crazy crazy few days in the ER, I'm insisting on taking my breaks and having a little me time to write.

My timer just went off, so I'm headed back to the floor. Only a few more hours left!
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