Grocery shopping

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Does anyone else ever feel like when they go grocery shopping it is like the MAIN activity for the day?!

I guess when you plan your meals, decide what ingredients you need, go through your coupons, shop at three stores to get the best deals, come home and put everything away…it really is quite an ordeal 🙂

But I’m always so happy when the house is stocked up again!

As you can tell, grocery shopping was my morning activity today.

Now I’m off to read a bit and nap before dinner and work tonight…enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone!

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Fun get together…

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Actually got out and did something fun today!

During the day I made chocolate chip cookies to bring to a cookout of a friend (her husband was turning 40 and having a party).   I swear the recipe for Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies is THE BEST.

It was so nice to catch up with friends that I have not seen in so long…made me miss the days of med/surg!

Photo: Fun night with good friends.

Enjoyed…sangria, pasta salad, potato salad, grilled eggplant topped with grilled tomato and goat cheese (first time ever trying!), chips and dip, chocolate chip cookies and cake.  Yumm!

The best part of the night…we decided to start up a book club again!  I can’t wait to start…first book…Fly Away by Kristin Hannah (sequel to Firefly Lane…which was amazing).


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Friday Favorites, 2013: Week 32

Friday, August 9, 2013

Wow, August is just flying by, isn’t it!

I still can’t get over that summer is ending soon…do you notice the nights getting darker so much earlier 😦

But I’m getting very excited for fall…my FAVORITE season 🙂

Enjoy my favorites from around the web this week…

Favorite adult sipMalibu Sunset…never had, but the ingredients sound delicious!

Malibu Sunset

~~Recipe and photo…Averie Cooks

Favorite healthy snacksChocolate Walnut Truffle Bites and Walnut Oatmeal Date Balls…I’ve always wanted to experiment with making my own date balls and both these recipes look yummy…perfect snack for at work I’m thinking.

Chocolate Walnut Truffle Bites

Walnut Oatmeal Date Balls

~~Recipes and photos…Peanut Butter Fingers

Favorite inspirational posts…there’s quite a few this week!

Time for a Turnaround (~~never homemaker)

Your Body and Self Image Permission Slip (~~Weightless)

It’s All About the Heart, Not the Hustle (~~Shauna)

Jealously is my Greatest Teacher (~~Medicinal Marzipan)

One Lesson on Regret Most People Learn Too Late (~~Marc and Angel Hack Life)

Favorite fruity biteSuper Simple Whole Wheat Blueberry Tartlets…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE blueberries in baked goods!

Blueberry Tartlets

~~Recipe and photo…back to her roots

Favorite sweet treatGiant White Chocolate Pecan Cookies…pecans in cookies are such a pleasant surprise 🙂

White Chocolate Pecan Cookies

~~Recipe and photo…The Recipe Critic

Favorite life advice


Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Made it.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

…Our friends little love bug made an appearance last night at 6:42 pm…welcome JLW!

…Done with my first night on! (8 hours in ICU and 4 hours in ED)–can’t complain too much, it wasn’t too bad.

…Was able to get through only a few blogs this morning, my eyes are just about to close AND I’ve been retyping this sentence MANY times!


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Carrot-Apple Juice

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Okay, we’ve had our juicer now since BEFORE summer and finally just made our first juice…does that count as procrastination 🙂

Anyways, the first juice was a success 🙂

I decided to go fairly mild with trying a juice, something I figured we would both like and decided to try an apple-carrot juice.

It was fun using the juicer (very easy to use), amazing to see how much juice it made (2 full cups), and interesting to take the first sip (initially tasted the carrots and was a little wonked out…not used to drinking carrot flavor, but then determined that the foam on top was mostly carrot and once the flavor of the actual juice came through, the sweetness of the apple helped the flavor a lot…I liked it!)

Carrot-Apple Juice


2 Granny Smith apples

4 large carrots

To make:

Juice on high through juicer.




It’s back to work tonight and I’m truly hoping that it is a good one.  I will be working VERY hard to keep ANY KIND OF ATTITUDE in check!


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Productive again!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Another really good day 🙂

Housework — vacuuming, dusting, changed sheets, dishes x 2

Organizing — CDs transferred to iTunes, two file folders done

Fun — reading Harry Potter, watching Lost, pizza/ice cream, porch time

All in all, very  nice 🙂

Izzy had fun too!





What a cutie-pie 🙂

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A very good busy!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Wow, what a busy, but VERY productive and fun day 🙂

I don’t think we had completely planned to get as much done today as we did, but it was a pleasant surprise.



Kaye–cleaning both bathrooms, making our first batch of pesto, dishes

Lunch ~~ egg noodles with pesto, grapes, 1/2 a nectarine, iced animal cookies, iced tea


Together–Charlie and Madeline’s annual vet appointment–according to Dr. G. they are both doing well–both have pretty much maintained their weight although Madeline did lose a little bit (even with extra food)–he doesn’t think there is a thyroid problem as her heart was not racing like it typically would with a hyperactive thyroid–told us to just keep giving her a little extra food–she’s a bit bonier, some muscle loss, but overall good!, Charlie was a little pain–he did NOT like being examined or getting his shots!

Kimm–mowed the lawn

Kaye–errands–bank to deposit checks, CVS to pick up Kimm’s meds, dollar store to get spray bottles (managed to get a small pumpkin decoration while I was there…can’t wait for FALL!!), package store to pick up drinks for us both, grocery store (two! — bagels, ice cream, melon, croutons…sales…the real mission was the ice cream!)

Dinner~~the grill again!–mushroom burgers, corn, veggie kabobs (with green and red pepper, grape tomatoes, onion, mushrooms), rest of the pesto pasta, ice cream cone for dessert (cookies and cream)

Early evening

Kimm–watered the garden

Kaye–dishes, shower

Finally time to relax 🙂

Porch night again…


Izzy was tired out too!

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Getting the best of me…

Sunday, August 4, 2013

You would think having a week off of work would make me so much more refreshed and ready to tackle anything at work?


Yep, you would think.

Despite trying to go into work with the best of attitudes (seriously I was chanting “choose joy” walking into work!) AND wearing my positivity bracelet (given to me by a co-worker), I had a REALLy crappy first night back…and a lot of it was really just letting the circumstances get to me.

It was frustrating mostly because I had a patient that was admitted with pancreatitis and he had a history of polysubstance abuse.  The main issues…pain control, anxiety and sleeplessness.  He was demanding, manipulative and mean at times.  And I really let him get the best of me.

I wanted to have a positive fun night.  I wanted to catch up with my co-workers that I hadn’t seen in a while, I wanted to joke around.

Instead this guy kept me very busy…pain med every hour, getting upset when I was even a few minutes late, constantly ringing the bell and asking for something.  12 hours worth.  I think it could get the best of anybody.

Add on top of that new handhelds that SUCKED and it was a long, hard night.

And I really didn’t like myself during it as I got very frustrated and upset and took it out on the people I was working with.  Which I really didn’t want to do.

Oh well, the night is over.  Hopefully I learned SOMETHING from it (not sure what that is yet as I’m still really processing the night and my reaction to it).

I was just so glad to get home and get to bed so I could try and forget about it.

Woke up feeling so much better 🙂

Kimm was in a good mood too…turned out she had weeded for FOUR hours!!!  She was on a mission and it was just the perfect day for it…kind of like a fall day.

Which reminds me…I CAN’T wait for fall 🙂

We grilled out (had our first zucchini and beans from our garden)…


Super yummy meal!

After dinner we sat on the porch…I watched the third Harry Potter movie (Prisoner of Azkaban) and Kimm read.  Izzy just relaxed 🙂


Now it’s time for some popcorn and Brother vs. Brother…loving life right this moment 🙂

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Vacation #2, 2013…MEMORIES

Saturday, August 3, 2013

…pizza/fries (more times than I want to admit!)

…organizing file folders (FINALLY!)–25 done!! (at least that many more to do!)

…Joycie’s tag sale (6 hours worth!!)

…our 11th anniversary (at Joycie’s tag sale 🙂 )


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

(and watching the corresponding movies…)

…going on a drive and listening to Get Dead and Chuck Reagan

…game night with Kimm’s parents (as always, lots of laughs…and Kimm’s dad hugging me for the first time ever)

…growing our VERY FIRST EVER zucchini 🙂

these chocolate chip cookies…SO GOOD!

…sitting on the porch

…the little frog living near our house

…grilling out multiple times!

…watching LOST

…sipping on iced coffees and Twisted Teas

…saving about $250 during the month of July!!!!! (total surprise as we thought it was going to be a super tough month to save money)

…knowing that I am ALMOST done paying off my school loan 🙂

…lots of thinking

…enjoying the freedom of every day

…smiling 🙂

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End of vacation looming near…Friday Favorites, 2013: Week 31

Friday, August 2, 2013

Vacations sure do go by quick don’t they??

Just one week ago I was blogging about starting vacation and now it is almost over…

Time is a crazy thing…

Enjoy my favorites from around the web this week!

Favorite inspirational post…it IS a new month and with that days that are just itching to be filled with fun…10 Ways to make August Astonishing (~~The Fitnessista)…what is on YOUR list??  Mine is to continue to de-clutter and simplify, eat cleaner, be more positive, get out and DO!

Favorite cookie…these Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are SO GOOD!  I made them for our game night with Kimm’s parents and we all raved and gobbled them up!  (only changes I made was to use 2 eggs and none of the yogurt)

Brown butter chocolate chip cookies

~~Recipe and photo…The Recipe Critic

Favorite HAPPY post33 Lessons on Body Image, Well-Being and Life…my favorites: be you, don’t compare yourself to others, figure out what your passion is and do it, be patient with yourself, don’t let anyone define what success is for you (~~Weightless)

Favorite fresh yumm!Herb-Stuffed Zucchini…I know everyone is going to be looking for ways to use up all that zucchini…this looks delicious!

Herb stuffed zucchini

~~Recipe and photo…What Megan’s Making

Favorite news75 Unforgettable Moments from Minnesota’s First Day of Marriage Equality…love, love, love all the photos!!!

Favorite bar…who DOESN’T like Snickerdoodles??  LOVE the brown sugar/cinnamon combo…definitely will have to make these Glazed Snickerdoodle Bars…pronto!

Glazed Snickerdoodle Bars

~~Recipe and photo… Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Favorite funnies…to end the week with a smile 🙂

Turning down the music

(I SO do this!)


(and this…but generally not for three hours!)

Looking good!


(why is CERTAINLY the question!)

Have a great weekend 🙂

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