Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Got any recommendations for good summer reading? I'm thinking about organizing a bloggie book swap sometime in the next month so stay tuned for that; and please post your book recommendations in the comments!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
So I went into today's run with an authoritative stance over my own mind. I WILL DO IT AND I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK kind of attitude. It was HOT out and after about a mile and a half I was soaking though my shirt and feeling gross. Just as I thought 23 minutes into my run I wanted to quit (and I wasn't even half way done!). I decided to just keep going for the next run cycle (10 more minutes) if I could then see how I feel. "you're not getting the better of me little voice in my head!" after that I had 1 minute of walking, by this time I was out of my neighborhood and onto the property surrounding a local golf course. The minute was over in about 10 seconds and I was running again, my slower than ever. I was just about to die from the heat and from exhaustion that I saw that down the walk from me about 75 feet, the sprinklers were turned on! I ran right through them and the surge of energy I got was incredible and I was able to finish no problem
So what happens when I run Saturday and there are no sprinklers? :-)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I have a strong belief that you have a lot more control over your day than most people think, and it's all about attitude. The attitude you approach each work day with, and the attitude you display to your coworkers. It's your decision, but I encourage you to meditate on this subject, and the next time you're at work, as you coworker about their kids, compliment an outfit, smile and wave someone you don't know.
It makes an impact...believe me.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Now that we know that Kyle and I are staying west side for the next three-ish years it makes me think even more seriously about my plans for Graduate School. I have made a promise to myself to get my MSN before I start having kids if at all possible. Now I have this window of 2-3 years where I won't have to deal with a move, where financially we are in a good enough place to not require my working full time and where the best nursing school in the country has a distance learning masters in the field I want.
Sounds tempting? I know...
I decided long ago that I wanted to teach at a college of nursing "when I grow up." I have been really drawn to perinatal (OB) nursing and I have been trying (although not as hard as I could) to get a L&D job for the last year and a half. I day dream about getting a job as a nurse educator on a L&D unit, educating patients and advocating for babies, teaching nurses to be even better nurses, move a unit to become Baby Friendly, being a clinical professor for OB rotations. I would L-O-V-E love it. I just need to get my foot in the door. This is the problem that really gets me thinking. Do I dare start this program without any OB experience yet? I plan on working during school and I KNOW I can get a job this year but do I want to wait until I get a year of staff nurse experience before I start school?
check it out if you want.
University of Washington School of Nursing - Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
Monday, May 24, 2010
He hands it over, really after looking at a 23 year old jumping up and down like a child who just was told she was going to Disney World tomorrow what could the man do? I was enthralled, obsessed, true love at first sight. When that lil' beauty was slipped into my hands the heavens smiled upon me; and it was good. Ok Ok maybe I'm exaggerating (just a little)
It's heavier than I thought
I had fantasies of uploading all of my photos onto it and having them all at a moment's notice, watching movies while cuddled in bed, sorting though e-mail while sipping a latte at Starbucks.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Here are a few shots I am especially proud of
Alright guys i'm off to make sandwiches! My friend Suzannah is hosting a LOST series finale party tonight!!!!!! CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
They are now offering a certification package! It's basically a 32 credit hour program (composed of 4-four week long courses and 2-eight week long courses) that cover all the basic fundamentals of photography. Subjects that are covered include lighting, composition, exposure and (ta da!) photoshop! At 1,500 for the cert it isn't the cheapest option but to buy all of these classes individually would run you about 1,600-1,700. Plus you can take the classes at your own pace. Take one a time or 3 at a time whatever you want. I'm thinking this might be something I can do for myself to make the time that Kyle is in Maine this fall a little more bearable.
Maybe my photos will get to be so amazing that I will need a better computer to do my editing on.
But I'm getting ahead of myself......drool.........
Friday, May 21, 2010
When Kyle finally got word back yesterday the news was pretty bitter sweet. It was a job that would keep us in San Diego but it was on a ship type that Kyle really didn't want, doing a job he really wasn't interested in. We talked about the possibility of changing it and I was really hesitant, because I essentially had what I wanted because we were going to stay here. The thing that really made the decision even harder was the fact that Kyle needed to talk to his captain about it the next morning. So I had about an hour before I needed to decide whether to ask to stay here no matter what, or to roll the dice and see what we get. It was one of my first big challenges in my marriage. One of those times you parents tell you about; times in your marriage where you have to put your spouse before yourself. I didn't want Kyle to be unhappy, but I was terrified that we would be sent to a place that I wouldn't like; or even worse, abroad to a place where I couldn't work.
We talked about it for awhile after I got back from work last night and I spent most of the night just thinking and thinking about it. I decided that given the fact that this tour is less than two years and I didn't want this to be detrimental to Kyle's career progression I said let's chance it and see what we get.
Turns out that it worked out, well sort of.
Kyle got an opportunity to be a DIVO on a ship that is home-ported in San Diego. We get to stay here, and he got the job he wanted. We'll be here for the next two years so we decided we're definitely going to move out of our apartment to a bigger place.
The bad news....I actually have to accept the reality that's he's going to deploy again and the job he took will send him off for other training he wouldn't have to have done other wise. Guess it will just take some getting used to.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Sorry it seems like it's been 1,000 years since I last posted a recipe. This was for dinner tonight! It is my mothers classic recipe and one that I enjoyed a lot when I was still back home. It does take some work but it is worth it! I used store bought crust to save on time. Pop in some frozen brown and serve rolls during the last 10 minutes of baking and you're done. Creamy, crusty, gives you that toasty warm feeling in your tummy....wonderful.
Old Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie
source: Cooking Light
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
- 3 tablespoons ice water
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
- 3 cups Chicken Stock, divided
- 2 1/3 cups cubed red potato (about 1 pound)
- 1 cup (1/4-inch-thick) sliced carrot
- 2 teaspoons butter or stick margarine
- 1/2 cup chopped shallots or onions
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups diced cooked chicken
- 1 cup frozen petite green peas
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- Dash of black pepper
- Cooking spray
- 2 teaspoons 1% low-fat milk
To prepare crust, lightly spoon 1 cup flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 1/4 cup flour, ice water, and vinegar in a small bowl. Combine 3/4 cup flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add vinegar mixture; stir just until moist. Press mixture gently into a 5-inch circle on heavy-duty plastic wrap; cover with additional plastic wrap. Chill for 15 minutes. Roll dough, still covered, into a 13 x 10-inch oval. Place dough in freezer 5 minutes or until plastic wrap can be easily removed.
Preheat oven to 400°.
To prepare filling, bring 2 1/2 cups Chicken Stock to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add potato and carrot; cook 2 minutes. Drain mixture in a colander over a bowl, reserving cooking liquid.
Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallots; cook 3 minutes. Lightly spoon 1/2 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup Chicken Stock; stir with a whisk. Add to skillet. Stir in potato mixture, reserved cooking liquid, chicken, peas, 3/4 teaspoon salt, thyme, and pepper. Cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Spoon chicken mixture into a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish coated with cooking spray. Remove 1 sheet of plastic wrap from dough. Place dough on top of chicken mixture, pressing to edge of dish. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut 5 slits in top of crust to allow steam to escape. Gently brush crust with milk. Bake at 400° for 45 minutes or until golden. Let stand 10 minutes.
It's nice and it suits the job well. But it's not exactly built for travel. I used it last time I went to Rhode Island and it was incredibly bulky and awkward. There is very limited space for personal items (you know all of the womanly essentials; wallet, keys, cell phone, ipod, chapstick, other chapstick, lotion, compact, water bottle, snacks.....) which meant on the flight I had to carry a second bag for all of my other stuff. There is no way on God's green earth that I will check my camera equipment (esp since I don't even have that much) so I wanted to get a bag I could use for both purposes.
And this morning whist browsing Amazon.com I found this!
check it out here (I got it in red)
This will definitely do the job. Now if I could only have that mac powerbook sticking out of it in the picture...
I am really excited. I have two weddings and a graduation to go
to in the next two months to get some great shots!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I made it about 3 miles before the other girlies pooped out. :-) I felt great, ready to stop but I definitely could have kept going. I decided that night after Kyle came home that I would try my first long run that weekend with him down by the harbor again. He was up for it and I was excited!
That Saturday I laced up my sneaks and the hubby and I hit the street.
And I ran, and ran
I ran for 5.7 miles!
1-3: Not bad, started at the convention center and ran down the pier. Kyle scaled two levels of stairs up and down around mile 2 (no thanks!) and I kept going. I kept around a 10 min mile pace.
4-5.7: had to walk for about 2 minutes before I kept going (note: it's INCREDIBLE how energized you feel after a short recovery walk, don't be ashamed if you need it. you just need to keep going after!!) At this point we had ran down the entire pier, though seaport village, onto the wharf and turned around to come back again. My mind started getting the better of me (quiet whispering "just stop, you don't need to keep going...just walk, it's ok) Not it's NOT. I have to keep going! I spent so much time arguing with myself that I didn't notice that we were already almost back to the Civic center. I checked my iphone
Distance 5.7 miles
When I finally stopped (of course kyle wanted to keep going) I felt AH-MAZING! I couldn't believe that the previous day I crapped out after 3.2 miles and today I just almost doubled that! To be totally honest, I probably could have kept going (maybe...). It was incredible. I felt like I could do anything! I feel like physical proof that you can set your mind to something and do something incredible. All you need is a good pair of sneakers!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Sorry I've been so lacking in the posts lately,
I do have stuff to back post which I will get to this week during my days off including...
My first long run (5.7 miles!!!!!)
A few new recipes
My new training goal (no...not telling yet! but don't worry, you'll find out soon enough)
I would start tonight,
but I have to work tomorrow,
and should have been in bed a hour ago....
love Little Rhody Girl
Sunday, May 9, 2010
We came home, had a nice dinner and now we are lazing on the couch watching Aliens. Not a bad end to the weekend.
So without further ado, here are some pictures!
My mom is one of my favorite people in the whole wide world. Even though the navy has put physical distance between us I feel that over the last year out relationship has gotten even closer. I feel so blessed that God chose her to be my mom; because she is the best mother in the entire universe! She is the first person I call to ask advice, and the first person I complain too when I have had a bad day at work (besides the hubby of course!). She is the woman, the nurse and the mother that I hope to emulate someday.
Thanks mom for being you!
I also have to say a very special Happy mother's day to my MIL Lynn.
Last year we officially became family, but I have felt like a member of her family for years. She has always been loving and gracious to me for as long as I have known her. I am proud to call myself a member of her family. Thank you Lynn, for raising such a wonderful son, for accepting me as a daughter and for being a wonderful person.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
It's hard to get 1/4" allowance when you have paws darting in and out of the way!
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Thursday, May 6, 2010
The week has been pretty good, and the best part is it's almost over! I have either gone running, or worked out 3 out of the 4 days this week (this morning I actually woke up early and worked out before work!--I know I know I can't believe it either!) I worked today, not a bad day. really busy toward the end of the shift but nothing too terrible. One more shift tomorrow then off for the weekend.
In other news, Kyle and I have decided to try and take a vacation at the end of this summer between his jobs (around late August). We are currently trying to decide where we want to go. I was wondering If I could some of my readers' opinions
Just to name a few. We are trying to pick places near (or in) California so we don't have to travel to far (or spend a lot of $$ to travel) Have any of you ever been to any of these places. What would you recommend?
p.s. Anyone blog post from their phone? how do you do it?
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Today was really nice. I woke up early and went for my run (short only 1.5 miles). I had a dentist appointment for my 6 month cleaning and got some shopping in before my first ever Yoga class!
My ultrafit workout program incorporates a power stretch series at least two times a week. A lot of my buddies at work to go Core Power Yoga and the encouraged me to go check it out. Online they offer a coupon for a free week, so hey why not?
I had my first into class today which was really fun and challenging. I was sweating like crazy halfway though the class. Those poses are harder then they look! I'm going to go back tomorrow too. They offer class packs so you can buy a pack of 10 or 25 and you have 6 months to use them. This is defiantly a way for me to get more flexibility and improve my core strength.
So now it's Sex and the City DVDs on the couch, hubby is out to sea until Friday.
Have a nice relaxing night everybody!