Monday, June 29, 2009
I had SO MUCH FUN during my trip to Rhode Island. I will back post the week during the next couple of days.
Time for a lunch of pesto cheese tortellini with sun dried tomatoes and garlic bread. Then back to work tonight....ewwww
I missed the readers last week. Hope you guys had a nice weekend!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
We ended up at Venda Ravioli for lunch. It is a fresh deli and cheese shop which also has a cafe where they sell fresh pasta dishes. I had their classic ravioli and Brent had their ravioli surprise which is a 6 different ravioli's and each one was different, and delicious!
The outdoor area where we ate.
Brent is a very old and dear friend (we share the same birthday, he's one hour older then me...jerk haha!) I was really happy to see him because is August he is moving to Japan to teach English in a small rural area on the south coast of Japan. I am so excited for him!!!!
Good Luck Brent!!!!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Me, Taryn, Kate
Mary-Beth, Kate, Rob & Lisa
The Whole Group!!!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
We spent the afternoon browsing the shops and enjoying the sunshine.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Anyway we made it up to Cape Cod around 2:00 and met up with my Grandparents and my Aunt and Uncle. We always stay at the Even'tide Motel which is a motel with cottages in Wellfleet, MA. My grandparents and my Aunt and Uncle had cottages and my parents and I stayed in a suite. It was nice and comfy. We went to Arnold's Clam Shack for dinner. It is a Cape Cod staple for FRESH fried seafood....delicious!
I took some photos of the greenery I saw at the motel, I miss maple leaves!
The lobby of the motel from my Grandparents Cottage
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Cape Cod tomorrow
Monday, June 22, 2009
I drove my car over to my friend Jared’s house to leave it there for the week while I was gone. I changed quick at his house so I wouldn’t have to fly in my scrubs. He dropped me off at the airport and I made it through security fairly quickly. My flight was scheduled to leave at 11:20 so I had about an hour and a half to wait before getting on the plane. Unfortunately I was going on 15 hours overnight of no sleep and I was so wired and awake that I couldn’t even close my eyes!
I crashed and burned right after the plane took off and didn’t wake up until we landed in Chicago. I had a long enough layover to get some food then I was back on the plane to Providence. I couldn’t sleep on the second flight and I just ended up reading until I landed around 10pm east coast time. My mom and dad were waiting at the baggage claim, yay! After hugs and kisses and a 20 minute car ride I collapsed into my old bed and slept for 12 hours straight.
Feels good to be home…..
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I just got home from work after a 12 hour night shift....time for bed...nighty night
HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!!!!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
It was time for an upgrade!
I bought these beauties today. Maui Jim Lagoon sunglasses. Finally sunglasses worthy of a Southern California beauty....(that's me haha). I have always had black shades but the brown actually fits my hair and skin tone better.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
It became clear to me last night, while I was charting after I gave report. We have a computer charting system at our hospital which in some ways have made our lives even harder because instead of taking 15ish minutes of paperwork per patient, it now takes more like 20-30 minutes per patient times 5 patients if there are NO admissions, discharges or transfers (which on PM shift never happens. So on average we are charting for 25 min for around 6 people per shift which is a total of 2.5 hours of charting on top of everything else we have to do during a shift. Pass meds, check sugars etc. Plus it is common-place for our CNA's to have a 15:1 ratio which means half the time the RN's are changing and positioning patients as well. It is a freaking miracle to get through the shift and go home on time. Most of the time 75% of us are still there long after 2330 has passed, finishing our charting.
I have herd through the grape vine that this is more common then not on a medsurge floor. We are chronically understaffed, under-appreciated, and over-worked. And the worst part of it is that it is burning me out already. I HAVEN'T EVEN BEEN AN RN FOR A YEAR YET. that's not OK by me. I didn't go into this career to dread going to work every day. I need to make a change and I need to make it soon.
The hardest part is that I knew from day 1 that I never wanted to be a med-surge RN but I took this job because I needed to work. I have made good connections through this job and I have thought about transferring to the ER in the fall. But now I don't know if I really even want to do that anymore. I know that was what I wanted to do in college but the more I think about it the more unsure I feel. A lot of the things I don't like about my med-surge job will follow me into the ED (ex. the patient population) I feel guilty about it but I don't get the enjoyment out of my job that I feel I should
I am thinking again about going back to my original thought of Labor and Delivery. I am just frustrated because I don't know what I want, I just know that what I am doing now is not it.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Today was really fun. I actually took advantage of the nice San Diego weather and invited everyone over to my apartment to BBQ poolside. It was so much fun! we have a BBQ area near our larger pool and we grilled kabobs and burgers while we talked and soaked in the sun. Definitely a southern California Sunday.
In other news the Pastor at my church's last Sunday was today. Her parents are getting older and she wanted to take family leave in order to have more time to take care of them which I respect a lot. I will miss her on the pulpit but since I have a close connection with her and her family through my husband I am not worried about not ever seeing her again. Every Monday night she has dinners at her house and I always go when I'm not working. It's fun to just spend time with them!
Only one week exactly until I am setting my feet on my home ground, Little Rhody. My mom has pretty much every second of the trip planned but I am so excited to see everyone. I am hoping that I will have a chance to get together with my girls from Nursing School! But first, unfortunately a long work week. Straight until Thursday. Then Friday I am going to pack for Rhode Island and maybe buy some new clothes for the trip! (gotta have an excuse)
When I get home and I am going to start seriously starting to plan our Hawaii trip next spring. Kyle and I have decided to spend our first anniversary running around Hawaii since neither one of us have ever been (well he stopped in Pearl Harbor, but never got to get off the Ship, so that didn't count) Does anybody have any advice, ever been? I really don't even know where to begin
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Cheers to lazy days....in my opinion they are few and far between
Alex crawled onto my lap while I was knitting and fell asleep. I caught this pic with my iphone right before he woke up
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Today I got one (my first one) from a manager!
Here's what it said:
Signed TF, Manager - OR
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Anyway The Ladies enjoyed it. I hope you do as well....
Source: Cooking Light Magazine ~ June 2009
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (I didn't have ground so I substituted fresh and minced it)
- 1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Red (Cayenne) Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 (14 oz.) can fat-free low sodium chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
- 12 oz. skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 cups chopped broccoli florets
- 1 cup chopped carrot
- 1 cup snow peas, trimmed
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, cooked and peeled
- 3 cups hot cooked long-grain rice
- Whisk together all ingredients for the sauce together in a medium size bowl. Set aside.
- To prepare stir-fry, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a LARGE (I used the largest skillet I had) non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add Chicken to pan, stir-fry for 5 min or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove cooked chicken from pan, and set aside
- Add another 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Add chopped broccoli, carrot, peas, onion and garlic and cook for 5-8 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Add cooked chicken and shrimp to skillet, and add prepared sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until sauce thickens to desired consistency.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Last night I went with a bunch of people from my church to see the new movie The Hangover directed by Todd Philips who also directed Old School. When I originally saw the previews for this movie I passed it off as another senseless guy comedy with no substance that wasn't worth the money to go see.
I was right on all accounts except the last, this movie was absolutely hilarious! Definitely worth the money!
The plot is simple. Guy getting married in two days, Guy and three friends go to Vegas for a night of drunken foolishness, Guy's friends wake up the next morning in a trashed apartment and no one can remember what happened the night before, oh and said bachelor is no where to be found!
The 4 main actors in this movie play beautifully off of each other, and Heather Graham has a cameo as (you guessed it) a Vegas Stripper.
If you have any interest in seeing this movie I would recommend seeing it in theaters. I think that sitting in a theater with 50ish other people all laughing their butts off makes the movie even more enjoyable. Go into to it prepared. It is a GUY's movie, drunk nights in Vegas with everything that goes along with it.
Bring a sweater, it came in useful when I had to muffle my laughter because I was laughing so hard!
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
Source: Heather Drive
- 2 cups + 2 tbsp. unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 12 tbsp. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm
- 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 - 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips ~ I used 2/3 c.
- 1/2 - 1 cup peanut butter chips ~ I used 2/3 c.
1. Adjust the oven racks to the upper- and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside.
3. Either by hand or with an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed just until combined. Stir in the chips to taste.
4. Roll a scant 1/4 cup of the dough into a ball. Hold the dough ball with the fingertips of both hands and pull into 2 equal halves. Rotate the halves 90 degrees and, with jagged surfaces facing up, join the halves together at their base, again forming a single ball, being careful not to smooth the dough’s uneven surface. Place the formed dough balls on the prepared baking sheets, jagged surface up, spacing them 2 1/2 inches apart.
5. Bake until the cookies are light golden grown and the outer edges start to harden yet the centers are still soft and puffy, 15 to 18 minutes (18 minutes was WAY too long for mine), rotating the baking sheets front to back and top to bottom halfway through the baking time. Cool the cookies on the sheets. Remove the cooled cookies from the baking sheets with a side metal spatula.
Makes approximately 18 large cookies.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Anyway I am excited to see what he comes up with this summer. I will post some of his work as soon as he sends me some to look at. He did some engagement sessions for one of his friends last month and he is taking some photography classes this summer.
Good Luck Brian!
*I'm like a proud mom haha!*
It's nice when someone you love is happy and passionate about something, in some way it makes me more happy and passionate about life!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I have finally settled on a blog design that I really like, thanks to the good people at Our Blogger Templates. This is the uniting of everything that I needed in a layout. Now I will just change the colors and the header as time goes on.
I want to start updating my recipe index. Is there anything you guys want to see on the blog?
Monday, June 1, 2009
This is the Wardrobe Closed....
Wardrobe and table. My next task is getting a decent chair,
that is a stolen kitchen chair and isn't tall enough