Plans vs. Reality

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The plans included spring cleaning, organizing, and calling all the people that I have neglected as of late. The reality turned out to be a cold–that’s right, me, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, constantly blowing my nose, and generally feeling pretty miserable.

I have to say, not all was lost in the plans. Yesterday Kimm and I did manage to clean out and reorganize the pantry. What an undertaking! We’ve been meaning to do this since we got the new washer but we were waiting until my days off. We managed to throw away about 4 grocery store plastic bag sized bags of trash!! Then we have about three of those size bags full of stuff to try to give away to our good friend that we’ll be seeing on Tuesday. So instead of having to put back into the pantry two of the 4-shelf plastic organizers, we only had to put ONE back. That freed up a lot of space. Plus, we also still have one full shelf on the upper part of the pantry that is empty, just waiting for us to fill. All in all, very rewarding.

Then today, we each attacked our own areas by our computer desks in the “computer room.” Kimm put up all of her Joan Jett pictures on the wall, as well as her hockey jerseys. She became very frustrated in the process due to the number of studs she ran into in the walls. Let’s just say that we’ll have to do some spackling before we leave this apartment! But she eventually got it all done. While she was doing that, I was stationed out in the bedroom, organizing all the nursing stuff that I had from my second bachelor’s program. I told myself that I WAS going to get that all filed away before I began my Nurse Practitioner program. And since the NP program is beginning in June, I knew I had to get my butt in gear! I actually managed to get the majority of it done (in between blowing my nose about 500 times!).

I did manage to call my parents today as well. The phone was answered by my VERY cute nephew, Eric. He is getting so good on the phone. He was extremely excited because he got to choose what the family ate for lunch and he chose Hamburger Helper (loved that stuff as a kid!). He was also going to help Grandma decorate Grandpa’s cake after lunch (my dad’s birthday is on the 16th). AND to top it all off, he was going bowling, because, get this, it is SNOWING in Wisconsin. That does not bode well for us in Massachusetts since whatever weather my parents are experiencing, I can pretty much be guaranteed to experience it myself in a few days.

Since then, I’ve been trying to rest and relax, and hydrate with orange juice. I have one and a half days to get myself better before work. I can’t wait to go to bed tonight!

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The day of…

March 21, 2008

Today is Friday and that means the start of my weekend on for work (I work at a small community hospital where nurses work every other weekend). So essentially that means that I only have half a day off since I leave the house at 6:20 pm in order to arrive at work by 6:30 pm (yes, I am extremely thankful for a VERY short commute). Thus, today is the day of…1) psyching myself up for working three days in a row, 2) completing all things that I still wanted to do on my days off, 3) trying to get a quick nap in, 4) repeating to myself that yes, I really am a nurse, and 5) generally feeling blah and wishing that it was my weekend off!

You’ll notice that I’m blogging (yikes, look at me using these fancy computer terms) quite early. Yes, of course, the one day that I REALLY wanted and needed to sleep in late, I was unable to. After Madeline woke me up to be fed at 4:30 am (she does this by constantly scratching on the bedroom door–and of course I, not “K,” am the only one who hears this noise and is annoyed by it), I was unable to get back to sleep. I’m still getting over a cold and one of my nostrils was completely blocked up, which I hate! So I use the magical Vick’s nasal spray and within two minutes, I can breath again! (quick note–do not use this magical spray for more than three days in a row, no matter how wonderful you think it is–it can cause what’s caused “rebound constriction”–causing you to feel even more stuffed up and then you have to use more of it and eventually you are addicted and will need to be weaned off–this has happened to “K” in the past and she needed to use inhaled steroids to break the habit–doctor prescribed of course!). But even though I can breath, I can’t sleep. All I can hear is the wind howling (and I truly mean howling) outside. Starting last night the wind was incredibly intense. Add to that the gently snoring of my sweetie, “K,” and my thoughts about it being my last day off…well, I couldn’t sleep. So I got up at 6:30 AM!!! That is unheard of for me. Usually I sleep in till at least 10:30 am.

So I made it to the couch, snuggled under my down comforter, and read for about two hours. I also got a good peak at the sun rising–absolutely beautiful. Since I live on the fourth floor of an apartment building I have the perfect view of the mountains in the distance, with the tree peaks at my level–to see the sky a brilliant red that fades to pink is completely breathtaking.

Plans for the day include: enjoying coffee once my sweetie awakens, going grocery shopping, and taking a nap. Not too ambitious so I think I should be able to complete everything. This way, if I actually do more than that, I’ll feel proud of myself!

I have to say it is kind of peaceful to get up early and have time for yourself. The birds are singing outside (crazy birds, don’t they know it’s mighty cold out there!), and the sun is shining. The day feels full of possibility. I guess that’s the best part of any day, is knowing that it can be filled with anything–work, play, happiness, sadness.

Okay, that’s enough philosophizing for me this morning. I believe I might try to get TWO naps in today, and begin one right now!

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