Thursday, September 26, 2013

What you won't find here.



If you come here looking for "what I wore" or "outfit of the day" posts, you'll be greatly disappointed.
I could care less about fashion.

The only accessories I don't leave home without are:
1. A pair of my Tiny Galaxies earrings - I have many and love them all.
2. A pony tail holder
3. My wedding ring [on the days I don't leave it on the window ledge above the sink]

anything else is quite insignificant.

I have a pair of flip flops, a pair of tennis shoes, a few pairs of jeans, a closet full of T-shirts, and 3 or so sets of work scrubs.

Tiny Galaxies....
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So - sorry.
You won't be seeing pics of me styling and profiling in the latest fashions, giving the camera a sly grin as I sport my favorite business casuals, or the ever so popular pic of me holding the camera at the top of me and taking a pic of the shoes I'm wearing.

You just won't.

Sometimes I do feel the need to add to my accessory collection.
THESE bracelets are totally do-able.
They are reminiscent of the hemp bracelets/anklets I used to wear in high school.

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My 4 year old loves to sneak into my bathroom drawers and find all the jewelry I don't wear.
Then I find it in her room while picking up the every day mess of Polly Pocket clothes, shoes, Squinkies, tiny beads, and other small things.
She likes little things.
"Likes" may actually be an understatement.
You don't even want to know how many times we've accidentally vacuumed up her littles.

She's been going to The Harvest 4K preschool now for about 3 weeks. Here lately, she's been trying to convince me to make her lunches so she won't have to eat what they serve her. This was her attempt at putting together her own lunch last night.

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gonna have to work on that...
I guess I'm going to start looking for healthy little lunch ideas to pack in that Hello Kitty lunch box of hers.

She is so funny.
It's an ordeal just figuring out what Hailee is going to wear to school the next day.
She's got opinions and ideas.
Now that girl just may be more of a fashionista than I am.
School picture day is coming up in 2 weeks.
I foresee a shopping trip in the near future to let her pick out an outfit.
Maybe then, I'll put a "what she wore" post up.
Just for my little fashion princess.


You also won't find many DIY posts on here.
Not that I don't like making things, but time is pretty much hard to come by.
Besides a few simple things here and there, I don't have the time or patience to post step by step directions on how to Do Something Yourself.

Here is one and only one DIY I'll put up for my washi tape orgaination.
Step 1: Go to the store and buy a small tension rod in the curtain rod section.
Step 2: Put your washi tape on it in whatever order you so desire.
Step 3: Unscrew the tension rod until it fits where you want it.
BAM!
You are welcome.

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Pinterest is a wonderful site for all things DIY and Fashion.
I just may need to look back over all the things I've pinned and actually start doing them.
Until then, I'll just waste time browsing over all the things everyone else has done.
I'm working tonight so I may not be around for a few days - at least until I catch back up on sleep.


I'm always looking for new music.
Music is in my blood.
It's just that important to me.
I connect through music more than anything else.




Monday, September 23, 2013

Life Lately.

If you're following along with Jenni's "Blogtember" prompts over at Story Of My Life, you'd know today's post is about Life lately.



Lately, for us, life has been on the up and up.
BUT - this is the first time I could even say this in a good while.

We all go through the dark valleys and then, there are those times we feel like we're pouncing though the mountain tops with Hind's Feet on High Places.
Which by the way - if you have not read this book by Hannah Hurnard, you totally should.

And believe you me, we've been in a valley lately.

A deep, dark, scary, treacherous valley that has a tendency to tighten it's hold on you the harder you try to get out [on your own].

No one has a perfect life.

Not even here in blog world where - surprise, surprise - things can seem quite put together.
You only have to show as much as you really want.
Rarely - people expound upon the harder parts of life.
And if you're right there with me, you'd agree that reading Debbie Downer posts all the time will Turn. You. Off. to that certain person's blog.

Long story short:
In May I graduated from Nursing School and started my career as a brand new baby RN.
Soon thereafter, my husband lost his job.
He started working for a man that was totally unreliable, unpredictable, and did not set a good example for my husband.
And when your husband comes home, venting his frustrations from the day, it's hard not to feel bitterness toward people that treat him badly.
We had the most horrible experience trying to find childcare for our 4 year old daughter.

Roger and I both sank into a place where we just wanted to isolate ourselves - and not with each other - NOT trying to see God in anything that was going on.
NOT turning to God, but instead, turning inward.

Why would we?
After all these glorious plans WE had made with OUR brand new source of income, just to have it ripped from under us - to not have that kind of stability that my soul longed for -
we hit that valley hard.
And I did not want to look Up.

However:
Even in that state of disobedience,
God provided.
Matthew 6:31-32
Even through our bad decisions and us trying so hard to pull back on those reigns that were steering our lives,
God directed our steps to where He wanted us.
Proverbs 16:9
Because when we are weak,
He is strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10

A quote from the Hind's Feet on High Places book on waiting...

"Shepherd," she said despairingly, "I can't understand this. The guides You gave me say that we must go down there into that desert, turning right away from the High Places altogether. You don't mean that, do you? You can't contradict yourself. Tell them we are not to go there, and show us another way. Make a way for us, Shepherd, as you promised."
He looked at her and answered very gently, "That is the path, Much-Afraid, and you are to go down there."
"Oh no," she cried, "You can't mean it. You said if I would trust you, You would bring me to the High Places, and that path leads right away from them. It contradicts all that you promised."
"No," said the Shepherd, "it is not contradiction, only postponement for the best to become possible."

We expect things to go our way - and when they veer from those expected paths, we fall.
It has not been easy.
It has not been fun.
It has actually been hard.
And not letting people in on that is one of the worst things we could have done.

But, Y'all....
Life, lately....
It's been great.
It's amazing the things that work together when you're doing what you're supposed to.

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I'm still loving my new job as an Orthopaedics/Trauma nurse - that's never changed.
Roger has a new plumbing job that he starts in a week - plumbing has been what he's always really wanted to do since his father owns his own plumbing business and that's where most of his knowledge lies.
Hailee is in 4K preschool at The Harvest, an amazing Christian preschool that is just what we needed for her.
We plugged into our small group at Church and are going to have an amazing season with these friends of ours - which just happens to be at our neighbors house.
Roger's in a Bible study group with a group of Guys from the U-Turn for Christ program - just the group of people he needs in his life.


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It's autumn.
A brand new season.
A whole new start.
And I am ready for this.







Monday, September 16, 2013

little love letters.




Today: write a public love letter

Dear Fall:
I'm not gonna lie, I'm super stoked you're almost here!
I love the fall smells, colors, temperatures, memories...
Everything about you just - gets me.
I love your crisp, cool days with my windows flung wide open.
I love the ruddy colors of the leaves changing on the trees.
I love thinking back through all my October 3rd birthdays passed...
Fall. My favorite season of all.




Dear Netflix:
You are one of the best things since sliced bread when it comes to instant gratification.
Full seasons of popular TV shows minus all the commercial interruptions.
We've gladly lived off you alone for the last 2 years. Sorry we finally caved and got cable.
You are still near and dear to our hearts - really - but just one thing -
It's probably about time to update your shows.


Dear Grooveshark: 
Thank you so much for letting me hear all my favorite bands and create my own playlists of all the songs I love.
If only I could take you with me in my car.
Oh how I do love singing along at the top of my lungs.
Some tunes that I'm loving right now...
** small tip: turn your volume down before playing these songs- they about blew me away ;) **

Yes, Please by Misty Venne on Grooveshark


Dear Wildberry Lodge Bed and Breakfast:
Oh how we LONG to come back to those Great Smoky Mountains just outside of Asheville, NC for another long weekend in the Wineberry Cottage.

I promise we will be saving up our money to make another trip back before the end of the year.


Your hospitality and rustic log cabin with hiking trails up the side of the mountain just took our breath away.



until we meet again, xoxo

Dear Ylvis:
Thank you for making me laugh and getting this song stuck in my head.
all. the. time.
Really: what does the fox say??




Dear My new 8 West ortho/trauma family:
I'm so blessed to have been able to start out this great nursing journey with y'all. We've already started making great memories and friendships. I'm learning so much and there is always someone there willing to lend a helping hand. Thank you for that!!

Dear O-C Tech c/o 2013:
I miss you all and wonder how you're doing each and every day. Each of you has made a lasting imprint on my heart. You don't go through something as hard as nursing school and come out the same as you were before. Y'all will forever hold a special place in my heart. I think of you often and will try to catch up with you as much as I can. I can only hope that you're all enjoying your new lives as RN's as much as I am.

And Lastly.

Dear Family
R: You are my husband, friend, helper, partner. I love you and cannot wait to make more memories on this road of life we're on.
H: You change and grow more and more every day. I'm so proud of the sweet girl you're becoming. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to be your momma every day. You are the most precious gift I've ever received. I will never miss a chance to kiss your cheeks and hold you close.
Mom/Dad: You have been my biggest supporters. Ever. Thank you for filling my life with love, happiness, and grace. I did nothing to deserve parents as amazing as you two. I couldn't have asked for 2 better role models to shape and mold my young, impressionable mind. Roger and I have pretty big shoes to fill as parents, but luckily, we've had some pretty great examples to follow.
In-Laws: Your hearts are big and your arms are always open. We are so blessed to have you all in our lives - more so than you may ever know. Thank you for opening your lives up to us and your constant encouragement. We love you!



Friday, September 13, 2013

self portrait

i usually don't like pictures of me.


never really have.


but since this is the prompt for the day on this
friday, september the 13th of Blogtember...



i'll participate.


so - this is me.


and more pictures of me in one post than probably
in the last few months combined.



I think the main reason I'm not crazy about seeing myself in pictures is because...
I'm not happy with my body.
Its changed a lot in the last 2 years.
and its going to take me a while to get it back to where it was before.
But that's all I have for you right now.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

small pearls of wisdom.

I'm a nurse.
A new nurse.
STILL, it puts a whole new spin on things.



Being that I'm a new nurse, I'm still holding on to some of the knowledge they taught me in school.
For example, a few co-workers were talking about cardiac specific enzymes after a rapid was called on a patient the other night. Troponin is one that deals with cardiac muscle involvement but they couldn't quite put their finger on the other one.
When, from across the nurses station, I called out, "CK-MB".
Creatinine Kinase - MB.
Those are cardiac markers proving that the heart muscle has taken some sort of a hit.

And Protime/INR levels - these are 2 major lab values we watch closely on our floor - being that the majority of patients are post-op from some shoulder / back / hip / knee surgery. Blood thinners are a must, because - Y'ALL!!
Blood clots don't play.

It's just there.
Still in those memory banks.
But for how much longer?

See, a wise person once told me, "If you don't use it, you lose it".
True, very true.

Anyway, along with all the fun technical knowledge comes that special ...
je ne sais quoi...
Observational knowledge that will forever change your view of certain things.

A few things:

PLEASE!!
For the love of all things good - that little bump, you know, the one that pops up, just begging your fingers to mess with it, pop it, squeeze it...
Yeah, that one.
Think twice before you do it.
I was going to grab a pic from Google and stick it on here, but I'll let you explore this one further on your own.
Go to the Google search bar and type in: Sebaceous cyst.
Bet you'll never want to pop anything again.

You see, you never know what little germs {MRSA/ VRSA, E.Coli to name a few} are hiding beneath those fingernails of yours.

Along those same lines, eye rubbing and nose picking can introduce nasty little things into places where they'll grow and multiply - RAPIDLY - making themselves right at home among YOUR mucous membranes. And once they're there, they do not want to leave - hence the whole vancomycin resistant enterococci better known as VRE. Most antibiotics just cannot touch these things.
And if you have them in your system while we are giving you care, we have to dress up from head to toe in contact isolation garb - gown/glove/sometimes mask - and it gets HOT wearing all that stuff.
No one wants those things to spread to anyone else.

And motorcycles.
{I know, completely different direction here}
when I come upon a motorist on the road, I most definitely keep my distance and give them tons of space.
And when I see one without a helmet on, I pray for them.
Immediately.
It's almost instinctual now.
The other part of our floor, when not devoted to orthopaedics, is trauma.
Trauma involves motor vehicle accidents.
Riding without a helmet = nothing good.
SINCE there is nothing protecting your body from the asphalt below, you can only imagine what skin does when it comes in contact with this rough surface at an exceedingly alarming speed.
It's enough to keep me scared.
Enough so, that no amount of convincing could ever get me on one again.
Of some of the lucky people I've seen after these accidents, it still amazes me how much damage a body can sustain from just one brush of the road.
just one fall.
for that split second of inattention - whether it's your fault or not,
that split second is all it takes.
Yep, I'm pretty satisfied with the use of all my body parts, thanks ;)

If it's wet and it's not yours, don't touch it.
If someone is nauseated, don't stand in front of them.
If YOU are nauseated, don't eat food.
Always ask questions.
When in doubt, always take another set of vitals.
Don gloves upon entering a room.
Don't just assume you'll remember something - write it down.

I'm sure I'll be imparting much more wisdom in my future days to come as a nurse.
These few things have been on my mind lately and I felt the need to get them out there.
I'm going to leave you with one last thing.

Wash. Your. Hands.
Always.
Every chance you get.

Small pearls of wisdom.
You are welcome.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

advice.

Hey all.
Since I am FRESH out of nursing school and all, I thought I'd share some advice on surviving nursing school.

Oh yeah, this is part of the Blogtember Link up over at Jenni's blog, Story of My Life.
Want more good advice? Go there.




Off we go.
Before starting nursing school, save up as much money as you can.
It's pretty dang expensive.




My 1st semester books were well over $1000.


and more books later...



There were also tons of supplies and uniforms to spend money on.
Said clinical uniform:

cell phone photo in the bathroom before my very last day of clinicals

Then, of course, there is the FORMAL uniform for ceremonies and other events we had to wear them at.
Our "whites"

OC Tech C/O 2013 in all our glory

Okay, now that you've got the saving money part down, next up is study, study, study like you've never studied before in your life.
Figure out what works best for you be it making note cards, reading over the material, answering all the questions in the back of the chapters, and my most favorite: make study guides.
I would record the lectures [in the beginning], take notes in class, re-read the lectures, and type up my notes into study guide format.
THEN, the night before and day of the test, I would read my study guide out loud to myself - and record myself reading it. I'd listen to this recording on my hour long drive to school. It really helped me.

Nursing school is a journey that no one else - besides anyone who has ever been in nursing school - can even relate to.
Until you've spent hours upon hours away from your family/friends studying and doing school-related activities, you can never know the total involvement that IS nursing school. You will make some life-long friends in school because you spend so much time with them. You even do things NOT school related with them because they will turn out to be your best friends - especially at this time in your life ;)














The best of times.

Even though you spend so much time with these amazing people, you have to take some time out for yourself and your family too. Sometimes, it seems hard to balance all of these things and ultimately, something will suffer from lack of time spent on it.

You might as well buy stock in printer paper and ink cartridges for your computer because you are going to be printing EVERYTHING out. Power points, study guides, calendars, clinical paperwork, journals, ohmygosh so freaking much. Just keep that in mind too because ink cartridges are NOT cheap.

DO NOT stay up all night studying. It almost never works 66.7% of the time - every time.
If you want to be able to function the next day and pay attention in class, this is key. For myself, I couldn't drink coffee after  3 pm because I would be up all night if I did.

Don't sit next to people that are going to distract you. BUT, be friends with everyone.

DO prepare for clinical as much as you can the night before after you get your pt information.
1) If you don't, the instructors can send you home
2) YOU KNOW they are going to ask you questions about the pts when you get there.
it's all about learning, people.

Stay away from the drama - you're with these people MORE than you're with your family and yes, there will be drama. and secrets. and lies. and deception. it just means you're all THAT CLOSE.

DO NOT reward yourself with cupcakes when you make A's.
It's hard enough to find time and energy to work out in the first place - this is where I gained a lot of my weight - this and deciding I needed to eat when I studied - and I studied a lot.

DO find time to clean up every once in a while. It's funny how fast things can pile up on you like... dishes, laundry, children's toys, books/papers... then you have to take time away from studying to get it done. [unless, of course you have a maid, but no one in nursing school can afford a maid]

Have fun, laugh, and take it all in.
It is all worth it in the end.




It goes by much faster than you think it will.
And when you're done, it's all just a memory.

Hope this helped some!!
Now, you're ready to take on nursing school.

Some more good advice?
Go check out my friend, Lindsay's blog - you won't be let down.
This creative "Doc Momma" has some awesome things going on with her two kiddo's and is even working on a children's book of her own.






Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Day 2 of Blogtember



Day 2
if i could take 3 months off from my current life and could do anything/anywhere in the whole world...

So, first, I'm going to say that there's no way I'll be able to commit to this every day in september, but - this is definitely a good one.

What would I do?
I'd serve people.

Each year, people from our church, and other churches go on a 2 week medical mission trip to the Samoan Islands.
Here is the website to the company.

above via samoa medical missions


Where free medical care is offered to the local people.

above via samoa medical missions

and they definitely come.

Along with medical care, pharmacy, physical therapy, chiropractors, eye doctors...
they spread the word of God.
They worship and they serve.
The way we're all supposed to as Christians.

I've been able to contribute in the way of filling brown paper bags with supplies bought and donated for them to take to Samoa and give to people. Normal medical supplies that we take for granted every day.
Band aids, neosporin, tylenol, ibuprofen, hydrocortisone cream, bandages, children's medications... are just a few to name.

above via samoa medical missions

They give of themselves.
Giving their time, their talents, their training.
To people they've never met.
To people who are open to receiving.

I've never done anything like this before.
I've always wanted to, but have not had the chance to.
See, I'm a brand new nurse - just graduated and started working as a nurse this summer.
I think it would be such an amazing experience to learn how to help people outside of a hospital.
To be a part of something bigger, where we are sharing Jesus along with medical care.
I also play and sing worship so it would be exciting to be a part of that too.

I'll do this one day.
And I'd love to do this alongside my family.
But until then, I'll continue to learn more about what it is to be a nurse, and serve people in the ways that I know how.

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