Out Like a Lamb…

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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A hardy crocus, right outside our side door!

Temp today: 57 degrees, balmy, sunny, beautiful…

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Lap Kitty!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Today, believe it or not, Madeline actually came on to my lap TWICE and allowed me to pet her and give her some lovin’!  This is absolutely amazing since she NEVER comes by me–she really is Kimm’s cat.  So maybe there is hope for her to like me more in the future…

Today was a pretty lazy day.  About the only thing that I did was make a concentrated effort to determine how we can save money on our food purchases next month.  Ideally I would like us to spend about $200, but I’m sure it will be closer to $250.  Even so, that would be almost a $200 savings!  The items that we spend the most on are frozen pizzas and ice cream.  And miscellaneous things here and there.  So I made a meal list for the entire month (both lunch and dinner).  Then wrote down all the meals on two pieces of paper (one sheet with 30 lunches listed and one sheet with 30 dinners listed).  My plan is to cross off a meal with a yellow highlighter as we have them so we still have some choices during the month and can see what meals are left as the month goes by.  Then on another two sheets of paper I made out a calendar, one for lunch and one for dinner–on these sheets I will write down what meal we do have so at the end of the month we can see the variety.  We’ll also be able to make comments about a meal if we care to.  Then I made a grocery list for BJs and for Stop and Shop based on the meals and on basics (like milk, bread, vegetables, orange juice, etc).  The total came to $198.  But of course that is really cutting it close.  We shall have to see how it goes once we go shopping.

A few things that I’m hoping are going to save us money include–I will be making our own pizza crust this month as well as pizza sauce.  Hopefully it will turn out okay and taste good too–I am planning on pizza twice a week (which is usually how much we have it).  Then I looked up a recipe for creamer for myself as well (usually I get the large liquid Coffeemate creamer which is close to $4!).  And I’m going to make brownies and cookies for desserts during the month (brownie mix on sale for $1 each and the cookies shouldn’t be too expensive).

It shall be an interesting experience.  I will keep track during this next month and see if we can do this.  If so, then we will be saving quite a bit of money that we can then put towards the HOUSE!

Tonight the plan is to go to the library to return some books and then pick up some cat food for Madeline since she is just about out!  Then…relax.  Back to work again tomorrow.  How do FOUR days go by so quickly??????  I’ll never know.

Published in: on March 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

So Long Sunday…

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I’m sad to see you go!

It was a very nice relaxing Sunday.

Kimm and I were able to sleep in–always a good thing 🙂

Then we enjoyed some coffee and a NEW breakfast treat–Apple Fritters from our local Stop and Shop.  Did you know that a fritter is any kind of food covered in batter and deep fried?  (I didn’t!)  I have fond memories of enjoying apple fritters when I was a child.  Every Sunday after church my family and I would usually stop at our local Piggly Wiggly (yep, that’s the name of the store!–my mom would call it The Pig), and we each choose a donut to have with our lunch.  I usually got an apple fritter, or a cruller or a filled long john {when I was talking to Kimm about this she said she has never heard of a donut called a long john, but I looked it up on Wikipedia and there is was…a donut shaped in the form of a bar, filled or not!}.  My brother would always get the chocolate frosted filled long john, my dad mostly an apple fritter or a filled jelly donut and I think my mom preferred the apple fritters.  That was always such a treat to have a donut.  By the way, Cooks.com has LOTS of apple fritter recipes if you want to give them a try which I may do one of these days…

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The apple fritter that I had…

We treated ourselves to a Sunday paper while we enjoyed our coffee and fritter.

For the rest of the day, Kimm was busy doing laundry and I made lunch and dinner and did the dishes.  Lunch consisted of scrambled eggs topped with a bit of shredded cheese and toast and orange juice on the side.  Simple, but so good.

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Breakfast!

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Dishes…

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And MORE dishes…

Dinner was cheesy pasta (rigatoni pasta mixed with pasta sauce and shredded cheese), side salads (with cucumbers, grape tomatoes, sunflower seeds, croutons, and ranch dressing), and for dessert something I whipped up with leftovers–I had some pineapple chunks that have been sitting in the fridge for quite a while and I wanted to use them up so I put one tablespoon butter with about 2 tablespoons brown sugar in a small skillet, heated them up to form a syrup and then heated the pineapple in it–OMG–sooooo good.  Loved the syrup over the pineapple.  Even Kimm liked it 🙂  DARN I forgot to take pictures.

Tonight we finally decided on colors for the computer room–we’re going to do STRIPES (vertical) of two shades of purple.  It’s going to look SO good.  And we are going to replace the carpet in that room with nicer carpet–regarding color and quality of the carpet.

Decided to get out and see a movie at Agawam Cinemas which is literally five minutes from where we live.  They generally show movies that are off the main screen at larger theaters.  It cost us $7 each to see Slumdog Millionaire which I have been waiting to see for quite a while (normally the prices are $5 but for some “contractual” reason, they HAD to charge $7….didn’t really understand that!).  The large popcorn and drink that we shared was only $5–what a bargain!  I enjoyed the movie, although not as much as I thought I was going to considering there was so much rave about it and it won so many awards.  But I am glad I saw it.

Now we are home and we are having some SEVERE weather–thunderstorms and possibly HAIL later!!

Published in: on March 29, 2009 at 10:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Out and About…

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Today was an absolute gorgeous day outside!  We took advantage of the weather and went out to do a few errands.  First we hit Rocky’s/Ace Hardware.  It’s only a few miles from our place.  We found quite a few things that we need for the house–treatment for a slow drain (our tub is draining slowly), gardening gloves, paper lawn bags, SEEDS (!!!)–tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, radishes, strawberries, beans, carrots, basil, cilantro, dill, and more!–, a plunger for the toilet, a new dishrack, grout for the tub, and I’m sure there’s more, but I can’t remember right now.

Then we decided to look in on Raymour and Flanigan for a living room set because we just found out that the set we had ordered from Bob’s was discontinued and supposedly the money that we had been putting toward it was only a price protection, not a layaway.  So we were pretty discouraged by that.  But after looking at that set again I was thinking maybe pale blue might not be the most practical color for the living room anyway.  So needless to say, we found something that we liked at R&F so we bought it (which actually means that we didn’t have to put anything down on it because we qualified for a credit where we don’t have to pay anything until it is delivered–which probably won’t be for another month or so just because we still have to paint the living room!).  We got a sofa, chair and ottoman–sage green, chenille fabric.  Super comfy!  So happy 🙂

I’m getting ready to go out for a friend’s birthday at work.  So time to hop in the shower.

p.s. I’m going to have to find out if there’s anything we can do about the children that play out in the street who are VERY LOUD–Kimm and I are both so frustrated because the kids are playing basketball, riding their bikes up and down, using a skateboard ramp, and generally yelling and screaming while playing.  Had we known this about this house, we may never have bought it.

Published in: on March 28, 2009 at 7:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Okay, Kaye?

Friday, March 27, 2009

I can’t believe that I MISSED my one year blog anniversary!  Just so everyone knows, it was March 20th.

As a tribute to one year of blogging, I figured I would explain about the “Okay, Kaye?” blog title.

I found the following on Urban Dictionary, and believe me, before I even read their definition, I had been experiencing this for MANY years 🙂

So what is the definition for “okay, kaye”…

“the most annoying phrase if your name is Kay(e)–[of course they spelled it Kay!]–and the person using it thinks they are the first person to use it and think they are hell witty”

example–

Person: So do you want to go out tonight?

Kay(e): okay

Person: okay–{lightbulb goes on over their head}…

Person: okay Kay(e)

Person:  hahahaaahaaa

Kay(e): ROLLS EYES and if they like the person, pretend this is also the first time they have heard this! and laugh even louder

Anyways, I thought that was pretty funny.  I STILL have people doing that with my name.

So today went by so fast!  Came home from work–which by the way was a TON better than the night before.  Slept for about 5 hours and then got up because Kimm and I went to the Home Show.  Too tired to post about that tonight but will post tomorrow.  Ordered pizza for dinner (really delicious veggie) and watched a few episodes of Boston Legal.  Now we are just about ready for bed.  Can’t wait to be able to sleep in tomorrow morning, then have coffee and do some yard work–it’s supposed to be in the upper 60s tomorrow!!

Published in: on March 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm  Comments (1)  

Now I remember why I dislike work so much!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Last night at work was CRAZY!  I mean, really.  Two admissions, seven patients, bells ringing all freaking night long, not having one break, staying one hour late to get everything done…all adds up to feeling REALLY FRUSTRATING.  It was busy all over in the hospital actually.  I think on all the floors the nurses had six patients each and then several had seven patients.  I kind of have a feeling this is how it is going to be for a while if the census stays up.  We just don’t have enough nurses anymore.  One is on maternity leave, another to soon join her.  And I know of AT LEAST two nurses who are currently looking for and applying for different jobs because they are so done with this place.  And now that summer is coming, we’ll have to cover for everyone going on vacation.  It all seems like a dream when we were being cancelled earlier this year…

The thing that really makes me get annoyed when it is that busy, it that you really don’t have a chance to fully finish one thing before something else is demanding your attention.  I mean, you can only be in one place at a time.  And when you have seven different patients, each with differing needs, and you have to work in an environment with different personalities (of the patients and the nurses/aides), it can be quite a challenge.

I find that I need to focus on staying calm in order to be calm.  Easier said than done!  I am hoping that tonight will be a bit easier and if not, that I can handle it better.

Sometimes though I just wish that I was independently wealthy.  It would make things so much easier 🙂

Published in: on March 26, 2009 at 9:15 am  Leave a Comment  

Not Much New…

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

That’s right.  Just another day.  The weather is getting nicer–in the 50s today.  My days off went by fast as usual.  Back for two nights starting tonight.  I heard that the IMC unit that I floated to for those four hours really liked me and thought I did a good job–which is ALWAYS nice to hear.  I was telling Kimm I don’t feel that comfortable on the floor because there are so many issues that I don’t deal with on a daily basis–mostly cardiac issues.  I would like to try a new area of nursing to get more experience, but I know that I would be really nervous.  But I guess I was just as nervous when I started doing med-surg.  And even now there are things that I still don’t have much experience with just  because I don’t run into them that much (for example, continuous bladder irrigation–I’m okay with monitoring once it’s all set up, but I’ve never set one up with all the tubing; ng tubes–again, have only put in two in my entire career, but am okay with monitoring and giving meds through them and such; same with foleys–have done a few, few more comfortable with males, but not so much with females; pca pumps–again, okay with monitoring, but the setting up???–have never done).  Hey, I see a trend here…I am pretty confident with the monitoring of different things, but just have not have much opportunity to set everything up.  But I think I am in the same boat as a lot of other nurses in that regard.

I’m excited about our plans for the weekend–the home show is on Friday and Kimm is taking off early so we can get there in the early afternoon.  Then on Saturday we will probably take a trip to Rocky’s to buy some stuff for the house.  And maybe we can finally decide on some different paint colors this weekend to get going on painting again.  I think we are going to start with the living room next so that once it is done we can get the furniture, the cd racks, a new tv stand, and decorative stuff.  I’m HOPING to do a housewarming party in April sometime so it would be nice if the main living area was completed.

Well, I’m off to try to take a nap now since I got up early today.  If not, then it will be a long night…with lots of coffee involved 🙂

Published in: on March 25, 2009 at 2:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ants!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ah, the joys of home ownership.  We have ants.  So far in just one spot–they are swarming around our downstairs toilet in the one and a half bathroom.  We noticed them a few days ago.  At that point there were just a few.  Now we have A LOT!  And while ants don’t bother me that much, when you see about 20 or more of them crawling over your toilet, you start to get a little creeped out.

I wanted to find a way to get rid of them naturally.  I did a little research online today and found out that a little dishwashing detergent mixed with some water in a spray bottle kills them.  I tried it and it worked.

That was good for the ones that I saw, but now we have to work on preventing them from coming in.  I’m not sure what to do for that yet.  Several sites said you could put down ground cinnamon or ground pepper and that would detract them from coming in.  I’m not sure if I want that just sitting out with the cats around.  We could also sprinkle either of those around the base of the house–again, not sure if I want that around the outside of the house.  I’m going to continue to do some more research.

I’m a bit nervous because one site said that, “few pests are harder to get rid of than ants, once they’ve established themselves in your home.”  Yikes!

But the accompanying article, “How to Get Rid of Ants” on Wikihow has some interesting ways to get rid of ants that I may try…specifically the cornmeal or placing bait in a jam jar (so it won’t harm pets).

Has anyone else ever had ants and successfully gotten rid of them in a natural way??  If yes, please share your tips.

Published in: on March 24, 2009 at 7:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tired.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Today I did not get much sleep, which accounts for my heavy eyelids!  As busy as my night was on Saturday, was as slow as my night was on Sunday–we often joke about this at work, that it is either super busy, or incredibly slow–never a happy medium.  But I was okay with a slower night after being so hectic on Saturday.  I treated myself AGAIN to some Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and a Boston Creme donut…mmm.

Slept for about 4 hours, until Kimm came home for lunch.  She was FROZEN because there was no heat on at work today–it was about 42 degrees INSIDE her work place.  The person who turns on the heat “forgot” to turn it on.

After she left, then I slept (or at least tried to sleep–DID NOT WORK) for another hour.  I was meeting some co-workers at a pizza joint in Northampton for a “Severance Supper” for one of the LPNs who was ‘let go’ (meaning she didn’t want to take the CNA position they offered her when they basically fired all of the LPNs).   Even though it was a sad occasion, we had a lot of fun.  Good company and good food.  The pizza place was called Roberto’s (I never knew it existed!).  They ordered a bunch of different pizzas to share–but of course I only ate two small slices of veggie.  For dessert there was a cake from La Fiorentina’s pastry shop–oh so good–cake with fruit (strawberries and peaches) between the layers.  I have to say I really enjoy the people that I work with.

I brought home a veggie pizza (very good–mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, spinach, chives–all fresh!) for Kimm and I to share for dinner.  And now we are both so exhausted.  She is currently sleeping on the couch with Madeline next to her.  And I’m sure once I finish writing, my eyes MAY close as well 🙂

I’m really looking forward to my day off tomorrow.

Published in: on March 23, 2009 at 9:04 pm  Comments (1)  

NON-STOP

Sunday, March 22, 2009

That’s what it was from the moment I got to work last night, till the moment I left.  I was BUSY.  I actually got transferred down to the IMC (Intermediate Care Unit) for the first 4 hours of my shift–first time ever!–and then back up to the med-surg floor for the last 8 hours of my shift.  So basically like working two different shifts–I had two different groups of patients, whom I had to assess, medicate, and write notes on.  I was so glad to leave this morning!  But I think that it was better than the alternative, which is being too slow–especially since I was a bit tired.  Tonight I think I’ll be just in one place so it should be a bit easier.  I rewarded myself this morning by stopping at Dunkin’ Donuts and getting a small coffee and a chocolate frosted donut!  It was yummy!

p.s.  the cookies that I made yesterday were okay, definitely not up to par with the original oatmeal recipe that I made before from the Quaker Oatmeal box…maybe if I would have added raisins they might have been a little better–the apple taste really came through but they seemed a bit dry to me, not as chewy as I prefer…

Published in: on March 22, 2009 at 8:24 am  Leave a Comment