Some pics.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Last night at work was seriously one of the best in a long time…there was sufficient amount of staff for all departments (a rarity really), I didn’t get called about any issues, and I was able to leaf through the latest People magazine from a staff member from birthing.

Today we are doing a low carb day (we do them about once a week to kind of detox from all the sugar).  I came home and had a piece of string cheese and a tablespoon of all natural peanut butter while I did 10 minutes of stretching of my calves.  Then it was pumpkin spice coffee (the Stop and Shop brand which I really like…very pumpkin-y!) with 2 tablespoons of cream and 10 drips of vanilla creme Stevia (no carbs…a recent purchase on Amazon).

I slept not so great…not really sure why.  But I was up by 4 pm after tossing and turning a bit and decided to take a walk…great weather…finally cooler!

Dinner was Cheeseburger Salad, a favorite in our house…

…a bed of greens (whatever you like, we use romaine lettuce), Griller’s original burgers cooked and shredded, mixed with ketchup and mustard until flavors infused (3 tablespoons ketchup and 1 tablespoon mustard for three burgers…enough to split between two people), shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, red onion, tomatoes, pickle slices (dill for me, half sour for Kimm), and a sprinkling of finely crushed Cheese/Garlic croutons…I top mine with Ranch dressing, Kimm eats hers plain (weird-o :))

I finally set up my computer to sync my iPhone photos so I can easily copy them to the blog…


The final knitted baby blanket!


My ice cream treat from Sunday…


Blueberry Crumb Cake…the bomb!


Madeline in her morning spot…spoiled cat?

I have one more night to work.  I think having a good night yesterday is going to bite me in the butt tonight…I saw that three units are short (ICU, IMC and ED) so I have this feeling that I will be working as a floor nurse tonight since both myself and the other night supervisor are both on.  We shall see.  Actually it would be good experience to use the handhelds again and not forget anything since it has been so long.   Of course it would have to be the week that my favorite intensivist is on (insert sarcasm!)


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Monday, September 8, 2014

I got my blanket finished!  And I think that the mom is still not in labor (at least according to FB).  But the good news is that she is having the baby at HMC, so if she is in labor, I can just drop it off in the birthing center.

My last task tonight getting it done tonight was weaving in the ends.  Seems pretty simple, but it involved You Tubing the directions and one hour on the porch actually doing the weaving in.

The finished product looks pretty nice.  I’ll have to post the pic another day since I’m running late before work right now.

We also got another quote for our driveway today…the guy who came to do the estimate was very nice and the cost would be $600 less than the first quote.   After he left, Kimm and I decided we would probably go with this guy (btw, the quote was $4200 for a double driveway).

Now I’m off to work.  It’s a chilly night, so I’m sure the heated seats will come in to play on the drive in 🙂

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A very late first.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Today we had our very first soft serve ice cream of the 2014 season.  Considering the summer is just about over, I’d say that is one very late first 🙂

We were invited to our realtor’s annual ice cream get-together.  It was an absolutely beautiful day–sunny, breezy, not too hot.  And he’s been able to go all out now…tents, tables, live music!

Kimm got a chocolate/vanilla twist with crunch coating and I got chocolate with butterscotch dip (complete blast from the past!).

Even though it wasn’t too warm, it was still a race between our ice cream melting and our eating it…I told Kimm if we go again next year we are DEFINITELY getting something in a cup so it’s not so messy!

After getting back from that I basically knit.

I managed to finish the blanket about 1/2 hour ago (just have to weave in the ends…).  Hopefully that baby holds off just a day or two longer!

I’m back to work for three nights starting tonight.  I’m crossing my fingers they will be good ones! (BTW, it’s been just over a year since I accepted this new position…wow does time fly).

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A full Saturday.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Got quite a bit accomplished today which made me feel pretty good.

First of all, that Blueberry Crumb Cake was AWESOME!  We both really could not stop saying “yummm” while we were eating it…definitely a keeper.

Our morning walk felt like we were walking through rain it was so humid.  I cannot wait for the crisp, cool, fall weather.

We had to hurry and eat because we dropped off some flourescent lightbulbs, gas, and oil at our city’s annual hazardous waste drop off.  It was actually quite easy…in and out, very well-organized.

Once we got back I got my grocery list together and headed out.  A couple of hours later, I was back.  As a side note, I’m getting REALLY tired of all the hassle of shopping at Stop and Shop.  Today’s issue:  I was having problems with the self checkout (it wasn’t recognizing my order from the scanner).  The associate who was helping with those lanes came over to help and got it to work.  Then she asked if I wanted her to do the coupons as well and I said “yes!” since I usually run into issues with them.   Well, she was having problems getting them to scan as well.  But finally it was all set and I paid and just before I left I decided to look over my receipt…good thing I did!  Turns out one of the coupons that was $1.50 off of Sabra Salsa had actually scanned in two orders of Sabra Guacamole (must have had a bar code on the back of the coupon!).  So off to the service desk I go where it took me explaining the issue to two different sales people before I got my money back ($9 thank you very much!).  Meanwhile, I have ice cream melting in my cart and I am fuming inside!

(it makes for a good story now, but boy was I aggravated at the time)

Lunch was simple…cheese quesadillas with sour cream and salsa, raspberries for dessert.

Afternoon activities…dishes, stretching my foot, knitting, changing over bed sheets and washing the old ones, showering, more knitting and eventually getting dinner together.

A new recipe for dinner…Southwestern Salads (not really a recipe per se, more like an artful arrangement of food!)…

…a bed of romaine lettuce

…1/2 cup cooked corn

….1/2 can black beans, cooked with some cumin and lime juice, salted

…diced red onion

…shredded sharp cheddar cheese

…diced tomatoes (fresh from our garden!)

…tortilla shells baked and crumbled on top

…dressing (ranch dressing mixed with lime juice and a bit of taco seasoning)

Definitely a keeper!

That’s two new recipes this month…I’m on a roll.

We watched a Beat Bobby Flay while eating dessert (leftover ice cream from yesterday.,..Strawberry Shortcake for Kimm, Toffee Coffee Heath Bar Crunch for me).

After dinner there was more stretching, icing of the foot, more knitting, reading blogs, writing this blog.

And of course I’ll end the night with popcorn and Gilmore Girls.

I’m already looking forward to bed…my eyes are burning!

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FIVE Friday Faves {1}

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday already!  And we’re already five full days into September and I was just lamenting the fact that the month was starting it seems just a day ago.  Time goes by so fast!

I’m very grateful today that I do not have to work.  I just have so much I want to do and yet so little time to accomplish it all.  Of course today will not be the day that I get most of that stuff done, but knowing that I have all day Saturday and Sunday to get things done brings a measure of relief.

Bringing back an old favorite posting style of mine…Friday Favorites, but scaling back a bit to make it more manageable 🙂

Here are five faves from this week:

1 ~~

THIS BOOK … Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.   LOVED it.  This author has not failed me yet…if you haven’t tried anything by her I’ve also read What Alice Forgot and The Husband’s Secret (really enjoyed both of these books as well).  I just downloaded Three Wishes for my kindle and The Hypnotist’s Love Story is on my list!

2 ~~

Baking!  The house is filled with the aroma of Blueberry Crumb Cake right now.

blueberry crumb cake

Image ~~ Smitten Kitchen

I had some blueberries that have been in the fridge now for over a month (!…but still good) and so I found this recipe online (if you don’t follow Smitten Kitchen you are missing out).  Of course I had to make a few changes to try to healthify it just a bit…1/2 whole wheat flour in the cake and the crumb topping, half the amount of sugar in the cake and crumb topping, twice the amount of vanilla extract and salt, baked for 35 minutes.  Now that fall is on its way I can’t wait to bake some more.

3 ~~

Being able to borrow books to read on my Kindle for free at the online C/W MARS library…can’t say how much I love FREE 🙂  Just downloaded The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult and The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd.  I have gotten SO MUCH USE out of this service.  Now the problem is just fitting reading time in!

4 ~~

Knitting.  I have really enjoyed getting craft again and making this little baby blanket has been very peaceful (when I’m not cursing trying to remember my knit and purl stitches or counting my stitches and finding out I have too many or too few on a row or when I’m unknotting yarn!!)

5 ~~

A new-to-me blog…A Doctor in the House — Andrea is a resident physician at the Mayo Clinic and I really enjoy reading her posts about med school (and then comparing her experiences in medicine with mine as a nurse).


That’s all for now…I have a bunch more to do before watching Gilmore Girls with popcorn (some things NEVER change :))

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done I want to get done!

And I don’t even have kids to fit in all the time-consuming activities they would generate 🙂

After sleeping from 9:30 am til 4:45 pm my day consisted of…

…talking with Kimm for a few minutes.

…making and eating dinner (cheesy pasta and peas)

…after dinner chores (me-dishes, Kimm-litter box, emptying recyclables, watering plants/garden)

…getting the first quote for our driveway ($4800 for 20 feet wide…not sure if that is expensive or not??  supposedly it costs more because we have clay underneath which causes the material to crack so they have to dig deep, like 18 inches)

…stretching for 10 minutes

…icing for 20 minutes while I knit

…reading the news for 15 minutes (my new September goal…big news item for today…Joan Rivers died)

…now writing this blog post

…soon I will be showering and getting my clothes ready for work

…we will do a Gilmore Girls with popcorn

…maybe I’ll get a 20 minute to 30 minute nap, maybe not

…20 minutes to get ready for work

…leave for work at 10:30 pm.

Argh…see…just not a lot of time to fit in all the extra stuff on the days I work.   Sometimes I find this so frustrating, especially when I only have two days off, because then they become full of stuff that needs to get done.

Just my observation for today…I wish I had more time (especially since I need to get this blanket I’m knitting done…I think the person I’m knitting it for is due to have her baby this week…hold on baby!)

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Reflecting instead of doing.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

So much of life is DOING.

Getting up and DOING whatever your morning routine is (ours is waking up, making the bed, petting Izzy until she wakes up enough to get up, brushing our teeth, getting dressed, going for our walk, coming back, feeding the animal kids, getting breakfast together for us, and finally sitting down to eat where Kimm reads the news online and I read whatever current book I am in the middle of).

Transitioning into the “to do” list of the day…DOING many things…housecleaning, shopping, organizing, crafting…or perhaps if you have kids, DOING all the stuff that goes along with that.

Lunch is eaten, more stuff gets done, dinner is planned/prepared/eaten/cleaned up after and then it is after dinner and maybe you get a chance to relax, but still DOING something (maybe reading, watching TV, a bike ride).

And then, at least for me, who works third shift, there is the DOING of work (you may have a more traditional day shift position so all the DOING that I mentioned earlier may only happen after work or on the weekends).

And with sleep taking up the rest of the time, life continues on, day after day.

I want to have more REFLECTING, rather than always DOING.

With DOING I’m always worried and rushed about the next thing that needs to get done.

With reflecting, I can just think about if what I’m doing is what I want to be doing.

I don’t think many of us take much time to truly reflect.  Are we happy with all the stuff we are doing day-to-day?

I know personally that I often feel rushed, and unsatisfied at the end of many of my days.  I don’t want to feel like that.  I want to be truly happy in the path I’m on.

Last night at work I had the opportunity to sit in the nursery with a baby who was under bililights while the rest of the unit was assisting with a c. section.  It actually forced me to stop DOING, and just to reflect.  I was in that room until the procedure was done.  At first I fought it, I felt bored, I felt like there was so much I had to DO.  But then after a while, I just sat and watched this newborn life, and starting reflecting on how short our time here on earth is.  I mean, I was once as small as this baby I was watching…I was completely dependent on another person to take care of me…I had no hopes or dreams at that point, I was not disappointed with myself, or caught in a comparison trap, or always thinking about the next thing to do.  Most days I can hardly believe that I am 41.  It seems unreal.  I want to take back all those moments I wished away, I want to review my life, like watching a film and dissecting it.  But I know there will be so many moments I won’t want to see again, moments where I made wrong decisions, or crossroads that changed things in my life, maybe not for the better.  I don’t like to live with regret, but we all have happy and sad moments in our past.  I guess I got a bit philosophical watching that little baby.  I was looking at her sleeping and wishing her to have a fulfilling life.  One in which she is loved well, unconditionally.  That’s what every person needs and deserves.  It was an hour and a half well spent in my mind, watching that little baby, even though I was rushing around like a fool after I was no longer needed to watch her.

So today, I decided to cut out tracking my calories for this month.  Even though this is just a small thing that I am UN-DOING, I’m hoping that it will give me just a few more moments to REFLECT on what was good in my day and how I can nurture more happiness in my upcoming days.

My hope today for anyone reading is a few moments of reflecting.  And hopefully a smile and sigh of content, a realization that life is good.

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I’m back.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It feels odd to be writing here again.  And especially odd to be starting on an “odd” day of the month, meaning, I didn’t start writing on September 1st.  Part of me WANTS it to start on the 1st because then it is fresh and brand-new.  Of course, another part of me says, “Kaye, you really ARE a little anal.”

In the end, since nothing is every perfect, I feel perfectly okay starting back my writing on this, the second day of September.

I feel like so much and also so little has happened since I last wrote.

Winter ended, spring (what little we had) started and ended.  Summer has also reached its end and in a way it’s a little sad.  I always get a little sad at the end of a season, even though it is quickly chased away by the exciting thoughts of a new season…and my favorite one at that!

Welcome September!  I LOVE fall and cannot wait to dive right in.

We’re currently in the middle of a heat wave, an Indian summer if you will.  The heat lies heavy around you when you venture outside, the AC deliciously cools when you step inside.

We celebrated Labor Day yesterday with Kimm’s parents and had a little cook out.  Lots of yummy food…veggie burgers with cheese and fried onions, homemade potato salad and deviled eggs (courtesy of Kimm’s mom), baked beans, potato chips and dip (LOVE those salty tastes), and some miniature Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut Butter M&M’s (also LOVE those sweet bites!)

After cleaning up Kimm’s mom and I made s’mores (THE BEST!) and also treated ourselves to some Pistachio Fluff and homemade Rice Crispy bars (I made those).

I must have gone into a sugar high because I promptly fell asleep while everyone else enjoyed “Thank You For Smoking” (now I’ll have to watch it by myself!)

Climbing into our bed was the perfect ending to the night.

Today felt so different…I have so much I want to accomplish and as always, I feel like I have just not enough time to get it all done.

We had a finance meeting and were lucky enough to save close to $1000 this month.  Which is good because we have to get the driveway re-surfaced so that means calling for quotes.  That’s number one on the list to do.  And since I am in the middle of switching banks, I have a lot of switching online bank info to do this month.  Also on the list.

I’ve got to hurry up with my first knitting project (a baby blanket for one of the many pregnant ladies at work)…she’s due this week!  Then I’ll have to start the next knitting project…add that to the list.

I also want to get some bike rides in, lose 4 pounds, reduce the amount of food items in the fridge and cupboards, read a ton of books, plan for our September vacation, do some filing and organizing (ALWAYS), try some new recipes, and probably about 10 more things that I can’t think of right now.

And on top of it all, I want to feel more happy.

Right now I feel like I’m taking on the weight of the world.  I have to realize that I CAN’T MAKE ANYONE ELSE HAPPY…ONLY ME.

This is something I will be repeating often to myself this month.

So again, welcome September.  Bring it…I’m ready and excited for the challenge!

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