Sunday, October 27, 2013
WOW…it has been 2 full weeks since I have last blogged!
It was definitely strange not blogging every day like I usually do, but in a way, it was also VERY NICE not to have to log on to the computer and input something every day.
Let’s just say…it was a nice break.
I learned that 1) the world will not end if I do not blog about my life and 2) I actually do like to blog and am not ready to call it quits yet!
So I’m not really sure how my blogging schedule will pan out from here on out, but I definitely WILL continue to blog.
Anyways…here’s what happened on my hiatus…
**I am finally off orientation for my new clinical nursing supervisor position! I am very glad about this as I was feeling at the end that I was ready. Of course I will never feel 100% ready for any situation that arises but for the most part, for the routine part of the job, I felt ready. So far I have been “on my own” for two shifts. Both of them have gone fairly well and I continue to hope that I don’t run in to any major problems. I would say that the biggest issue I have had thus far is dealing with multiple admissions to a floor. If a particular floor is getting many admissions that generally = unhappy nurses. I’m trying REALLY hard to let that kind of negativity roll off my shoulders and just give as much support as I can.
**Kimm and I are attempting to eat more healthy again! After my last vacation (end of September) we both felt the need to fuel up with more than pizza, ice cream and donuts! Not to say that they were not delicious, but we both have some weight we want to get off and we are aiming for a healthy weight loss by the end of the year. My goal was to drop about 17 pounds in 3 months. I think this is very doable as I tend to lose a bit more weight right at the start (usually 4-5 pounds) and then that will leave a nice approximate 1 lb/week goal. With all the walking I’m doing at work, I’m pretty sure I can hit this goal…hopefully all the holiday goodies will not get me off track. I keep remembering that last year I lost even during the holidays. I will not deny myself but I will try to limit my serving size!
** Along with trying to lose weight, we are participating in Cassie’s 4/40 Challenge. However ours is 4 in 37 as we started a few days late! A brief explanation…4 goals to meet in 4 different categories to encourage you to not just jump off the bandwagon during the holidays…to have a positive momentum going into a tough time of the year for many people. My 4 = nutrition (at least 3 fruits/veggies/day), fitness (along with our daily walk, fit in 10 days of lifting weights–arms, 10 days of walking the stairs 10x, 10 days of a walk/run with Izzy), personal (read 20 minutes every day), and professional (complete my two online courses I have signed up for–EKG and Critical care meds). Reward = $50 to spend on whatever (I’m thinking something craft related or possibly scrubs??). This is a lot to focus on so it is keeping me thinking every day. So far I’m LOVING the reading every day. After dinner and doing the after dinner chores (dishes, litter box, emptying the recyclables, closing the curtains) I sit and read and it is GLORIOUS. With all the technology out there it is so easy to get caught up in “checking Facebook” or “reading blogs” that I lose out on reading actual books. I love it! The fruits and veggies are going pretty good but it’s awful sad that some days I’m scrambling to get them in. Fitness is going okay but I overdid my first arm weight lifting…my arms have been SO sore. I’m really going to have to work hard to get the online courses done but I really want to get them done before Thanksgiving because I want to thoroughly enjoy my month of December…the tree, the Christmas movies…and I know I will be able to do that much easier if all that work is done.
** I’m loving all of my fall TV shows…Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, The Blacklist, Elementary, Grey’s Anatomy, Sean Saves the World, and Parenthood…and I’m also watching LOST and back episodes of Downton Abbey. Makes me happy 🙂
** I had to return sneakers that I thought were perfect when I tried them on in the store because they were irritating my bunions…of course I realized I had to return them about three days before the return expiration was due. Which meant that I had to go out and return them on a day that I had worked the night before and was working the next night as well. I did NOT like going out after dinner and going to a store…I think I’m at that age when I just like to stay home after dinner and relax. I prefer doing all my errands during the daytime when it is light out. Anyways, I got it done and found a different pair of sneakers that did not irritate my bunions. I’m thinking at some point I’m going to have to have someone competent look at those bunions to see if/when I’ll have to have surgery.
** My legs have been so achy at night when I sleep overnight. Usually around 3 in the morning I’ll wake up from them being so achy…generally my right leg/hip mostly. Then I will toss and turn every half hour for the remainder of the night. DRIVES ME CRAZY. I was telling one of my co-workers about it and she said her daughter takes Magnesium for Restless Leg Syndrome. I’m not sure if this IS Restless Leg Syndrome, but it is annoying and I’m willing to try anything. The weird thing is that I only really experience this when sleeping overnight, but not when I sleep during the day after working at night! So I have started taking 500 mg Magnesium and I THINK it may be helping. It has not eliminated the issue, but it is much more tolerable.
** I have finally found a bra that I am somewhat happy with. During my orientation I had a four-day stretch off and used part of one of the days to go trying on bras again. After about 2 hours (seriously!!!) I finally found one that I was pretty happy with. Thankfully it was one that I was able to look up online when I got home in order to buy more (the store only had one in my size). I bought 4 more for a total of 5. I’m hoping that is the end of bra shopping for a while!
** Kimm and I actually did something in our town! We walked up to the Veteran’s Green on Saturday October 19th to browse a book sale and the Harvest Festival. We did actually buy some books (6, for $5) and also a cat magnet from one of the vendors. Most of the stuff we thought was junk, but it was nice to just get out and about.
** We finally visited our friends who “just” (2 months ago!!!) had a baby 🙂 It was a nice visit and we resolved to not wait as long before our next visit.
** It has been almost 2 months since our neighbor moved from across the street! We miss her! But we are getting together with her and her daughter and son-in-law this next week. It will be so nice to catch up on all the gossip and see their new house. Looking forward to it!
** We’ve only eaten out ONCE this month so far. That is SO unlike us. AND we cut down…instead of getting a medium cheese pizza and fries, we got a SMALL cheese pizza and fries. And you know what…it was perfectly fine.
** We bought fall decorations for Kimm’s parents and surprised them! They were so happy 🙂 We got them 4 mums and 4 pumpkins. I also baked up some banana muffins and we stayed to visit over breakfast.
** I can’t believe I had to pay $20 for a follow-up visit to my doctor to have her look at a mole on my back that she was watching. It took her all of one minute to say, “looks the same size…we’ll check it again at your next yearly.” Sigh.
** Kimm has been taking her Prilosec twice a day now for over a month to see if it will help with her globus sensation. It hasn’t made any difference and so she had her follow-up with the Ear, Nose and Throat doctor. We had to wait 45 minutes to see him as he was running late all to have him say, “Well, that’s the most that I can do for you, since you are still experiencing heartburn, I would recommend a GI specialist.” SIGH!!
** We finally dropped off a bunch of stuff to T.J. O’Connor for the animals. That’s only been on our “to do” list for over a year!
** The road in front of our house has finally been paved. Unfortunately, they left a huge pile of junk on the edge of our property corner so we have to call and ask WHEN that will be moved. AND they never fixed the lawn. Huge SIGH!!! Why can’t anyone take pride in what they do anymore and actually respect the property of others????
** I’ve talked to my friend from WI TWICE now…that’s truly a record for us. We are trying really hard to keep it up.
** The leaves are falling fast and furious. All I have to say is that we have a lot of leaves to rake up.
** We’ve been eating good lately. And I just LOVE good food!
I THINK that is everything. If not, it wasn’t important enough to remember 🙂