On the mend…

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Well, I’m not really sure if it was truly a cold or just allergies but I’m finally starting to feel a little bit better 🙂

What has probably helped–sleeping in today and lots of daytime naps, extra fluids, allergy medicine

What has helped me most of all…deciding to call in to work tonight.  I was going to be on an on/off schedule and I just decided to bite the bullet and take another night to fully recuperate.  Looking back, I haven’t called out in about five months.

Again I felt kind of like I didn’t do much today, but I guess that is okay.  Sometimes you just have to let your body rest.

Last night Kimm and I watched Hungry for Change and tonight we are going to watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  We are feeling inspired again to eat better…we’re also on the lookout for a juicer…anyone have any suggestions??

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We squeaked by!

Monday, April 29, 2013

We had our last finance meeting of the month and even though I thought we were going to be WAY over budget, what with the car getting fixed and just the fact that most of our budgeted categories were way over…somehow we managed to save $63!!!!!

I know that probably doesn’t seem like a lot to most people, but that’s on top of saving 6% of each paycheck as well!

We would not have been able to do it without the reduction in our mortgage and the refund we got from the bank for our escrow disbursement.   Somehow things always work out and I just have to keep remembering that when times seem tough 🙂

It was a pretty lazy day over here as I was still not feeling that great…fluids and rest were the big plans on my agenda.


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“Unlucky”…Sunday’s Letters 2013: Week 18

Sunday, April 28, 2013

No such luck on being cancelled…I’m heading in to work today…

Dear Weather:  You are simply GORGEOUS lately!  Loving the sun and warm breezes!

Dear April:  How can you almost be over??  I have so much more I wanted to do before this month was over.

Dear Grill:  Can’t wait to have our first meal on you!

Dear Dust:  How do you accumulate so fast??

Dear Front Porch:  You are on the agenda this week…need to get you prepped for use.

Dear Candy Crush:  I’m stuck again…ugh!

Dear Kindle:  I finally started using you again and I’m really loving you!

Dear Work:  I REALLY hope you go by fast tonight.

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An Early Night

Saturday, April 27, 2013

What a night at work!  Four hours in the ICU and then over to the ER.  Busy, busy and on top of it all I was not feeling well at all.  A terrible head cold/?allergies?  Regardless, I could hardly breath and just felt miserable.

Thankfully it slowed down a little bit in the ER and they were able to send me home early by 3:30 am 🙂  It felt so strange leaving at that time let me tell you!  After getting home I made a little snack of toast and coffee and watched an episode of Chopped til I got sleepy on the couch.  Napped until Kimm got up and then headed up to bed.

Of course I was woken once by Madeline pushing a book on the floor to get my attention to feed her…EVEN THOUGH I had fed her when I first got home!  That cat is insatiable!  And this is why we have to construct a barrier so she doesn’t bother us while we are sleeping at night…you have to see it to believe it!

I have my fingers crossed…I put in for first cancel tonight…we shall see…I’m just glad I was able to get some extra rest tonight.

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Friday Favorites, 2013: Week 17

Friday, April 26, 2013

The week flew by again…

After writing this post, I’m heading outside again to attack the yard…if only my allergies (? a cold ?) weren’t so annoying!!  It get’s old constantly sniffing 🙂

Please enjoy my favorites from around the web this week…

Favorite sweet bite…now that I’m not so afraid of yeast, this bread looks super yummy

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread ~~ Recipe and Photo from Averie Cooks

(p.s.–I made this on Wednesday and it is SO good…especially toasted!)

Favorite song…I am LOVING Pink’s Just Give Me a Reason…could listen to it over and over…which I have been!

Favorite inspirational post…since I’ve been feeling the negative bug lately, this is a good read for me…7 Positive Things You Should Say Today…I NEED to remember…“I have a choice,” “I have what it takes,” and “Look how far I’ve come.”

Favorite quote

C.S. Lewis

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Attacking the Yard

Thursday, April 25, 2013

This year I am DETERMINED to get more done in the yard.

Thus, my last two days off have involved working hard in the yard…maybe that should be my mantra 🙂

We have a TON of overgrown brush all along our back fence that needs to come down and every year it does not get done, usually because it starts to bloom and then I don’t get it because it’s hard to trim/there are flying insects hovering/it get’s too hot…

…but this year I got out there!

Some of my progress during the last two days…


The start…along the back fence…


Some progress…


Who knows what this thing is??


Down to just the roots…will probably have to have somebody come out and dig that out…


It never ends…more brush…


Slow progress…


Looking better…


Made it up to the tree…


Then I saw all this GREEN!!  This is on the other side of the yard…part rose bush, part some huge plant with HUGE thorns…I was cutting off all the green shoots and managed to prick myself good…I was bleeding and bruised…just from ONE thorn!  Not sure if I’ll be able to do much with this one…may have to bite the bullet and have someone take care of it…

I’d say I did about five hours of work between the past two days…and my hamstrings are feeling it 🙂

Kimm mowed the lawn for the first time too!

I have a feeling this backyard stuff will be a long project.

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Car Fix

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Do you ever just feel like you take one step forward and two steps back??!!

Remember when I was talking about refinancing the house and being happy about having more money now that the mortgage would be less…well a good portion of it will be going to the car this month…

Although to be fair, I’ve been driving with my car making some horrible squealing for quite a while now.

Finally took the car in and left ~$480 poorer 😦

But the good news is that the brakes are better!  New brakes and rotors, a new caliper that had to be replaced because it could not be put back on after the brakes were replaced, bolts tightened on the exhaust heat shield, and an oil change.

Hopefully that will be it for a while.


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Follow-up MRI

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This morning Kimm had her follow-up neck MRI.  Thankfully I made it out of work on time, since my night was super busy…started out 7p-11p with two ICU patients with one admission.  But then at 11 pm I gave those patients up for four IMC patients since a newer ICU nurse was coming in and I thought she should get the experience.  Of course it made for A LOT of work…bedside and paperwork.  But I just kept plugging away and made it through.

Got to the appointment on time but then got wicked tired during it…I’m sure I nodded off a few times 🙂  Thankfully Kimm was able to drive home and then I just headed straight to bed.  It’s been a long 48 hours…so glad to have the next three days off.


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Monday, April 22, 2013

Sometimes work is hard, but there are lots of breaks, and sometimes work just is WORK.  Last night was tough…started out as CMO for three hours but then got an admission and then got another admission and the second admission was quite a handful…very needy, whiny, manipulative…let’s just say that by the end of the night she was in 4-point restraints!  Add in two CERT calls and it was incredibly busy.  I wasn’t out until 8 am and then I had to go to a required glucometer training.  SO tired driving home.

The only good thing was 2 hours at time and a half!  One more day!

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Sunday’s Letters 2013: Week 17

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Dear April:  Where are you disappearing to?  Almost over already!!

Dear Motivation:  I found you today…cleaned and organized a bunch of kitchen/dining room items, made bread, watched a nursing webinar, and now writing blogs.  Plus work tonight…you go girl 🙂

Dear Budget:  You are blown this month…what happened?  (on a related note…why does toilet paper cost so much??!! )

Dear Wind:  That is quite enough, I think there are PLENTY of sticks to pick up on the lawn, thankyouverymuch!

Dear Work:  I hope that these two days go by fast…seems like I barely had any time off at all.

Dear Car: I hope that your repairs are not too expensive.  I’m truly crossing my fingers.

Dear Spring: I’m so happy that you are finally here!



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