Tuesday, March 31, 2009
There are (that I know of) three large level III NICUs in San Diego i.e. 20 min commute or less. Three of them are at capacity for staffing. That means that there is no job for me right now.....
My goal is to be in a NICU by my birthday (September). Next month I am going to get my Neonatal Resuscitation Provider certification. A first step in the door so to speak. I spoke with one of the Nursing recruiters at SHARP Mary Birch Hospital for Women and they will hire in the NICU in the fall..possibly earlier...
let's see what happens.....
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I cannot believe that it has been 2 months since my wedding day. It seems like it was only yesterday that I was on the alter of my childhood Church surrounded by my family and friends, telling the man I love that I will continue to love him for the rest of my life. Now I have played wife for two months and I think I am getting used to the role, as a matter of fact, I might like it!
People have asked about how married life is treating us, and I think we are adapting quite well.
Sometimes when I get home from work and Kyle is already asleep I lie in bed and look at his left hand with his wedding ring on it. I can feel my heart swell up with love when he hugs me. Our relationship was filled with love before, but the dynamic has completely changed. It is almost as if the sense of commitment that our relationship is now founded on has made us even more in love.
Our day to day life hasn't really changed all that much, since we were living together before the wedding. He still goes to work, then later that day I go to work. He is still asleep on the couch when I get home from work at 12am. The only major change I can say is the combining of the finances, and obtaining "Navy Wife status." Now my car has decals on it so I can get on the Navy base myself (schwing!)
The best decision I have ever made was that day 11 months ago when I woke up and walked to the beach in my PJs, and found my dream had come true....
..the man of my dreams on one knee with a ring...and I said yes....
Sunday, March 22, 2009
What an AMAZING weekend!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
California adventure was a really fun park. There was a lot there that they don't have at Disney World (or didn't have last time I was there in 2002) They had lands dedicated to Hollywood, Condor flats, an old carnival pier, and a bug's life. The pier (named paradise pier had a really fun rollercoaster and one of the coolest rides I have ever been on Toy Story midway mania (more on that later...
Grizzly Bear Peak
One of the cooler things we found pretty much on accident was the Blue Sky cellar, which was a feature room that showcased all of the cool things that the imagineers are doing to improve the park. Over the next couple of years they are going to add a new land based on the movie Cars, a new ride based on the Little Mermaid and a new water show Called "Color of Wonder." They also had a lot of little exhibits showing how they made Toy Story Midway mania.
Above is the rendering of the Potato Head that entertains you while you are waiting in line. Below is the real thing!
Toy Story Midway mania is a 3-D ride where you are on a car (two to a car) each with a pull string gun that you use for shotting targets in 5 "Midway Style" games hosted by the different toy story characters (Ham Pig has an egg toss game and Bo-Peep has a balloon pop game etc) when you shoot with you gun it appears on the screen (videogame esk) and when you hit certain things they fly at you 3-D style or you get shot with air, water etc. You play against you car-mate for the higest score which Woody and Jessie tally at the end of the ride. Kyle and I went on twice. The first time I won, the second time he did.
Our vote for best ride of the weekend!
Kyle and I sporting our 3-D shades!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Walking into the park
Astro-orbiter at Tomorrowland
Kyle at the entrance to Toontown!
I wanted to get my picture taken with Mickey Mouse so once we went into Toontown we went to Mickey's house. We got to walk through the whole thing and see pluto's bed and Mickey's chair next to his fireplace! So cute. Then they filed us into the backyard and into Mickey's "movie barn" where we can watch cartoons while we wait to get out picture taken. I was the only person there over the age of 6 who wanted to see Mickey but I didn't care!
Sleeping Beauty's Castle! (not as cool as cinderella's but still VERY cool) Inside was a neat walk through exhibit about the Sleeping Beauty story
California Adventure tomorrow!
Monday, March 16, 2009
My sophomore year of college I joined concert band to play my clarinet. Freshmen year I was in marching band and concert band, but I played percussion because they needed extra people. In the spring I even took lessons with the clarinet professor for URI (a great teacher and player!) But Nursing school was just all consuming, and I couldn't dedicate enough time for practice.
Well now I am a college graduate, and I want to start playing again. So last Friday I pulled my old Selmer Wooden Clarinet out of retirement and started practicing again. Once I have a couple of months to "iron out the kinks" of my playing I am going to look into joining a community band/getting lessons.
I am keeping track of my practicing on my iphone, YAY! My metronome is coming in the mail in a few days! (I'm such a dork and I love it!)
Playing the clarinet is something I have always done just for me...and I feel so good about it!
*I play clarinet, so I am the shit*
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I LOVE DISNEY WORLD
I know everyone says that, but I am really not kidding. The first time I ever went to Disney World when I was 13, the ENTIRE YEAR before while my parents were saving $$ I was planning the trip. I mean I planned where we would eat, which park we would go which day, which ride had the shortest line at which time, the shortest path to the best viewpoint for the fireworks display. I knew the entire layout of all 4 parks before I even stepped off the plane in Orlando. I had read and re-read the unofficial guide to Walt Disney World so many times the spine of the book broke...I am really not kidding!
I was also lucky enough to go again a year later, with my high school marching band
Now next week Kyle will be on his pre-deployment leave. and I just so happen to have three days off of work right in a row....so where do you think I want to go???
"Hey Kyle....Disneyland is only two hours away......."
Now I have never been to the smaller Disney Park, but since I live in California...I can't NOT go!
We leave next Friday morning......
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
After the ceremony we immediately went into my Church's fellowship hall for the Receiving Line. Here are a couple of good shots from Farnum Hall
New Bride and Groom
My Grandpa Hugging Kyle.....
Me Hugging my good friend from Nursing School, Elise. She moved to NY after Graduation and I moved to CA so needless to say, we don't see each other that often, but we try to talk on the phone every couple of weeks (although I wish it was more) I really miss her a lot, can you tell I am happy to see her?
Me and Mommy!