The Disappearing Day

Friday, April 30, 2010

It seems like I just got up and here it is already time for me to go to work.

I guess that’s what happens when you get up at 10:30!

Didn’t do too much today.  But that’s okay.  I still filed a few things!  I’m trying to just grab a few things when I have a few minutes–makes it less overwhelming.  And I truly mean to get everything filed by the end of next month.

Today is the last day of April.  Hard to believe.  May is good times…planting the garden, painting the downstairs bathroom, painting the porch, hanging the new heating fan in the office, sorting through stuff in Izzy’s room and the basement.  It’s going to be a productive month I feel.

But now I have to finish getting ready for work.  In ten minutes I have to be out the door 🙂

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Rejuvenated!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Today was my last FULL day off before going back to work 😦

But, it was a SUPER day 🙂

I felt so great because we got a lot accomplished–dropping off donations for the center where we adopted Izzy, putting together another CD/DVD holder for the living room that has been living in the box for far too long, Kimm mowed the grass after I picked up all the branches that have fallen with our wind gusts–it took her two hours to mow today–the grass was THAT long!  But it looks so nice with the sharp lines.

We had a great meal–veggie burgers, roasted asparagus, and a salad.

I did some more filing–I’m feeling SO MUCH BETTER about all that.  Of course I’ll feel overjoyed when it is all filed, but baby steps people, baby steps!

Tonight we are going to watch a movie and have some popcorn too.

Shout out to my nephew Eric who passed his level 2 swimming–woo, woo!

Published in: on April 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

I HATE clutter.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I think the thing I hate to do MOST in this life, is file stuff.  Probably because I let it get away from me and then I end up with a big ol’ pile of crap that is SO unorganized–bills, receipts, scrap paper with notes, and more, more, more.  And then I try to file and get overwhelmed.  Or I think, “do I really need to keep this?” and if I say yes, then, “where do I file this necessary piece of paper?” and “will I ever really look at this again!!!!”

It’s enough to drive a girl crazy.

However, I attacked my filing mess tonight while Kimm watched her hockey game.  I feel like I got a bunch done, but the “to file” pile looks just as big as when I started!  DISCOURAGING.

I am determined to get this done.  I will keep plugging away at it until it is gone.  That is my one goal this month. I want to ELIMINATE the clutter from my life.  When my surroundings are cluttered, my mind feels cluttered.  And I need to feel calm and uncluttered.

One thing that I determined while I was filing is that I really hate credit card companies.  Did you know that the lowest APR I have currently is 8.24% and that most of mine are over 15%.  That is crazy.  I ALWAYS pay my credit cards on time and am an excellent customer.  And this is how they treat me?  I’m going to call and try to get some lower rates.  I will have to calm myself down before I call because I KNOW I will get upset.

Anyways.  Where did today go?  I can’t believe the day is over.  It was a cold, windy day and is supposed to repeat tomorrow 😦

The plan for the rest of the evening is Gilmore Girls and a snack of some sort.

Night all.

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Blah, blah, blah…

Tuesday, April 27, 201o

Today I feel BLAH.

Do you ever just have those periods when everything feels not right?  You just can’t stand the way things are going but you just don’t know how to change things.  Where it’s probably your attitude, but you just can’t get into the right frame of mind.  Well, that’s kind of how I feel.

Yesterday night at work was horrible which probably has contributed a lot to how I feel.  I absolutely hate when things get out of control at the hospital.  But that is the nature of nursing.  Some days are fine and others are hectic busy.  I just hate feeling overwhelmed, and rushed, and incompetent.  Plus being on a new floor I think I need more time to think things through and there just isn’t always that time available.  Not to mention there are a lot of people on this floor with strong personalities…believe me, they will say what they feel no matter what and I’m a more laid back person who wants everyone to get along so when there is discord, my mood changes along with it.  I think I just really expect a lot out of myself and a lot of the time I feel so far behind because I came into this career late.  There’s so much to know and it frustrates me to know that I will never know it all.

Okay, whew!  Now that that’s off my chest.

I also want to say that I’m tired, and that the ache in my back/neck is STILL there.

So hopefully I’ll feel much better after a good night’s sleep.

Published in: on April 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Always learning…

Monday, April 26, 2010

One of the best things about working as a nurse is that you are always learning something new.

I got to start a cardizem drip last night for someone with atrial flutter with rapid ventricular response!  Even though I didn’t get to titrate it much, I did get to decide the starting rate.  It will all come with time.

I worked with a great ICU float nurse who helped me through the night, telling me all of her experiences of working as a travel nurse for many years and then working in ICU for many more years.  Listening to her made me so overwhelmed.  There’s just so much to learn.  But you ALWAYS have someone to help you, which I think is one of the best things about nursing.  You are never in it alone 🙂

It was a good night.  Here’s hoping that tonight will be just as good.

Off to bed for some shut-eye.

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Achy

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I have had an awful neck/back ache for about three days straight now.

Can I just say, that is enough.

Please go away.

Nothing much to post.  It is a gray, rainy day.

And I have to go to work tonight.

All I have to say is I hope it is better than last time I was there.

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A Bad Night

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I had the WORST night last night.

Started with two patients.  How bad can that be, right?

Well, they always say, things can change fast in nursing.

Then I got an admission and a transfer at the same time.  The transfer was confused, pulling at his Foley and IV, and agitated…had a sitter.  Needed a lot of attention.  The admission was “chest pain” and he really did have chest pain.  So I’m doing the chest pain protocol…EKG, Nitroglycerin, Morphine, oxygen…took a long time.  Still had night meds to give.  Then my other guy who was admitted with “chest pain” also starts complaining of chest pain and he doesn’t speak hardly any English so it’s hard to communicate.  Through into the mix my last patient whose hand was not disconnected from the call bell all night long.

I was so behind all night long.

And then to make things worse at the very end, the confused sitter patient started having difficulty breathing and needed to be transferred to ICU…right at 7:30 am!  Needless to say, I didn’t get out until after 8:15.  I was exhausted and felt like I didn’t do enough for any of my patients.  A VERY FRUSTRATING night.

And I’ve only been off of orientation for less than a week.  And NEVER dealt with a chest pain while on orientation.  Nice, huh?

Okay, done venting.  Thank goodness all nights are not like that.

Tonight Kimm FINALLY got her glasses 🙂  And then we stopped at Subway on the way home.  Watched Pleasantville while we ate.  We’re planning on another movie tonight if I can keep my eyes open.

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Third Time’s a Charm???

Friday, April 23, 2010

Today we took a trip up to Holyoke again to pick up Kimm’s glasses.  The first time she picked them up, she noticed two large scratches on the lenses.  This time, before she left, she scrutinized them thoroughly, and sure enough, another scratch that looked like a piece of hair on the lens.  So now they are re-ordering the lens and trying again.  So hopefully when we go tomorrow they will be right.  SO FRUSTRATING.

I’m getting ready for work.  Leftover lasagna…yum.

One night on then one off.  Should hopefully go by quickly.

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Dinner In

*postdated to Thursday, April 22, 2010

Today just flew by.

We both slept REALLY well.  Which is so nice!

Then got up and took Izzy for a walk.  Absolutely beautiful morning 🙂

Lots of errands…Madeline’s medicine, Charlie’s food, Izzy’s food, a new collar for Izzy, food for us, and drinks.

We had friends over tonight for dinner.  I made our favorite Alfredo Vegetable Lasagna.  It was so good.  With salads and garlic bread.  They brought wine…Fat Bastard and Chocolate Box.  Didn’t like the Chocolate Box.  I drank the whole Fat Bastard…it was smooth!

Now I’m debating whether to get up at 7 am to meet friends from work.  They are going out for a drink in the morning.  Hmmm….sleep or drink?  Plus I have to go to work tomorrow night.  Decisions, decisions.  I REALLY should get together with people since I rarely do it.  But 7 in the morning!  Someone has to rethink the getting together times 🙂

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Week 12: Roasted Asparagus with Garlic

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I’m slowly making my way people. I only need to be at Week 16 by the end of this month to be caught up on my Recipe a Week!

I made this tonight with some in-season asparagus that Kimm’s mom dropped off for us.

It was SO TASTY.  I really love asparagus.  It was a great side dish with a “chicken” sandwich.

Roasted Asparagus with Garlic

Enough for two

Ingredients:

One bunch asparagus

Extra virgin olive oil

Salt

Pepper

4 cloves garlic

To make:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Take each spear of asparagus and bend–it will naturally break off where the tender and hard stalk meet.  Discard the bottom portion of each stalk and place the stalks with the heads on a cookie sheet covered with tin foil.

Drizzle the stalks with olive oil and liberally season with salt and pepper (I did about three large pinches of salt and about 15 grinds of the pepper).

Smash the garlic cloves and finely chop.  Sprinkle over the asparagus.

Use your hands to mix everything together on the sheet, making sure that all the asparagus is covered with olive oil. Don’t worry if all the garlic is on the bottom of the sheet.

Roast for about 20 minutes total, stirring the asparagus halfway through the cooking time.

Your house will smell divine from the garlic!!

Make sure when you serve it, you get all the little crusty bits of garlic–mmmm!!!

Prior to going in the oven…

After roasting…

All served up! (p.s.–love those 100 calorie multi-grain sandwich thins…so tasty)

Tonight we are going to watch a movie–What About the Morgans?  And of course some popcorn!  Can’t wait 🙂

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