Friday, June 25, 2010

One Heck of a Week

This has been one heck of a week to say the least. It's fair to say that Nursing school is in FULL SWING! I feel like I can never get my head above water, and it's only going to get worse. The mere thought of adding two possibly three classes next week makes me nauseous.
Well this week I finished up my first clinical. We had 2 tests in that class. One was considered the 4th exam and then the final. I was a little under the weather on Monday so I called in. I don't know if it was nerves or what but I'm so grateful I did. I would have been even more of a stress ball had I not called in! So Monday I just studied studied studied.
Tuesday I took my 4th exam for my fundamentals of nursing class. This class to me was not all that much different from what I do at my job, but it was fun to learn about the reasons behind everything I do as well as being able to apply all that I've learned on the job. The test did not go well and I began to have an anxiety attack about it becasue I was so fearful of not passing, well it turned out I wasn't the only one so the teacher curved the exam which was much better. I also had my first Kaplan exam which is basically trying to prepare us for the nursing licencing exam. That was interesting and for not being able to study, I think by comparison to everyone else I did OK.
Wednesday me and some girls from my class got together and studied for our final in Fundamentals. It was so much nicer being able to study with someone else! I think we will have to do it more often!
Thursday I took my final in Fundamentals and did relatively well. The bottom line is that I passed! I have officially passed my first nursing class!! WHOO HOO! I'm soo happy about it!! After my final me and some girls went to get Starbucks to recharge. I got the soy double chocolate chip frap. Then we went an took our last test of the week, Dosage. I'm not sure yet how I did since the test had to be graded by the teacher, but I feel pretty confident.
So in total that was 4 exams this week, but the good news is I'm done with one class. The bad is that 2 possibly 3 more start up on Monday. I may just cry! PRAYERS ARE NEEDED FOR MY SANITY from here until Aug 13th! The professors are trying to get one class moved to the fall which would be excellent!
After the exam I met mom for weight watchers, I was down 1.6 lbs! yay! But then mom sidelined me and was down 3.8! GRRRR I was so mad! I mean good for her, but I'm the one who has to be in a bridesmaid dress in 1 week. oh well, the bottom line is that I've lost weight!  So operation lose 20 lbs by my birthday is underway, but I'm not sure I'll get my goal but hey losing any weight is better than nothing! plus we then celebrated with Cheesecake Factory, no worries I was good, I had a salad and only ate half of it and then shared my cheesecake with mom and brought the rest home to share with Adam, it was a red velvet cheesecake...yummmm. Then I went for run when I went home. Made it almost a mile, not to good but better than the night before. My goal is to facilitate the weight loss with some good old fashioned exercise. Plus I'd like to train for the Mini, but I got to thinking about it and the mini is prime time for possible conception next year, so who knows, either way I'd like to get into better shape!

Tomorrow Mom and I are off to Nashville TN for my BFF's bachelorette party. Mom is driving so that I can study. I have 1 huge exam next week as well as a quiz. Man I love this nursing school crap! LOL. Thank goodness for my mom not having a job and being able to take me down to Nashville, I could get used to this whole her not having a job thing. Plus Jenn's mom is also going so mom can come along, mom is always fun in a party setting :-D
here's to fun times with my BFF, I can't wait for her to join this marriage club!! k loves!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Today is a special day in my family. It's not only father's day but it is also my dad's birthday!!! Of course the two don't fall on the same day very often but this year they just did. It is almost sad because I feel like we should have gone all out and gotten him something extra special since it's a double wammy of a day but  we just weren't able to. I mean last year he got a brand new grill, its hard to top that!
Well I just wanted to take a moment and share how much I adore my father. He may have his faults but they are hard for me to find. He is a wonderful father who adores my sister and I in his own special way. He has helped make me who I am and for that I am forever grateful! He is just the best darn father anyone could ask for! He would do anything for his family and often breaks his back to try and help those in need. He is extremely generous with his time and assets and is often what I call a knight in shining armor.
If I am half the parent my dad has been to me, then I know my kids will be wonderful people. For all you do and have done for me dad, I thank you!
I don't have any updated pictures because he hates to have his picture taken, but here are a few from the wedding. I think in these pictures it's pretty darn clear where I get my looks from.
Well anyways, I am one lucky girl to have you as a father, I love ya pops!

Welcome to the family!

Yesterday my uncle got married!!! The marriage was between my mom's youngest brother Dan and his beautiful now wife Megan. They each have 2 kids from previous marriage and it was such a beautiful wedding! It is the second marriage for both and I just have to say that I loved how they encorporated the children into their wedding. It was beautiful how they took their kids feelings and emotions and made it about family and not just the two of them!

The wedding was up in Rochester Indiana, Megan's parents own a house up on the lake and it was absolutely gorgeous. It is my dream to one day own a house on the lake where I could jump in the water any time I want. I often say I'm retiring to a boat on the water! I just loved it. Here's a cute pic of me and Adam on the water front.

Now of course for me, the best part was just being with my family. I know I'm a little biased but my family truly is the best. I swear there is NEVER a dull moment and we are always laughing and having a good time, no matter what side of the family. It was great to see my cousins who unfortunately I never get to see because of this stupid school thing.  I also truly enjoyed seeing little hannah who is almost 1 year old, man does time fly! Here is a picture of Aspen who is Danny's oldest son and Hannah!!!

I also really enjoyed spending some time with my grandparents. They live in Northern Indiana by Chicago and unfortunately my weekends are just too busy to travel up there. It is truly amazing to me to see them so happy together after 55+ years of marriage. They still make each other laugh. I can only hope that Adam and I are that happy in 55 years! They have set such a wonderful example for us!

I also just liked this picture of My sister, Grandma and I. 

Ok so lastly I want to just share in this little moment and give you all a glimpse into my craziness that is my family. On my mom's side you are not 'in-lawed' into the family you are "out-lawed" They call themselves the outlaws(picture is all the out-laws that were present..2 were missing) and they have a leader...who is the Grand Pouba. My dad just happens to be this Grand Pouba because he has been in the family the longest (29 years this october thank you!) It's often a joke because there were two marriages before him, and both ended in divorce, but then my aunt re-married her former husband and Uncle Bill tried to take is place as Grand Pouba and my dad just wouldn't have it. But anyways, Megan is officially part of the outlaws and we couldn't be happier about it!
and of course in this crazy family of out-laws you have to be inducted...her initiation task was to smash the wedding cake in Dan's face....

She succeeded! Welcome to the family Megan! You can't get rid of us now... :) :) :)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I just don't get it

Today was an extremely rough day. It started off good, I got to have lunch with my amazing husband and then I planned to meet some girls from work for a drink. THEN 1:00 hit and it hasn't been the same since.
on my way home from lunch I got a call from my mom, she asked what I was doing and I said I was headed home. then I asked "why what are you doing"...first of all I must preface this with the fact that I had JUST talked to her not even 2 hours before and she was joyful as always, but this time she was somber and sounded upset...
she preceded to tell me "I'm going home too". I was a little shocked because I swear you can't make that woman come home much before 6 so I asked "oh really...why?" then she drops the biggest bomb...."I was just let go from -----." I swear I could have punched something!
As you may have known from my previous post, moms job was a little up in the air. However I never really thought they would let her go. She has been a manager for 15+ years and she has worked for them for over 30!!!!!!!!!!! I think the whole way they handled this little "business decision" was down right SHITTY!
It truly pisses me off to no avail! How do you treat one of your best associates that way????? I mean the woman CONSTANTLY has her cell phone with her because there is always a work related issue. And to boot, I would go 3 weeks at a time in high school without seeing her because she practically lived there. I mean if you want someone with more determination and dedication they sure as hell missed the boat on that one. And I'm sorry but I'm not biased in this one just cause I'm her daughter, ask any of her "former" associates...I've gotten tons of Facebook messages from people just wanting me to let her know how sorry they are and how much they will miss her.

So to make a long story short, this sucks in many ways! and at first I really could have hurt something but through much reflection and talk with mom (we did have many discussions leading to today about the what if...if she were to be to be let go) I really do think this is for the better. I mean the amount of hours that are going to have to go into this new position is insane, I'm not sure mom could handle much more. Besides I've truly enjoyed her stepping back a bit from her job and spending more time with me and my sister. So in reality I think they did her a favor, she never would have quit that job because she LOVED everyone she worked with. But she can now focus on herself and her family and those are the most important things.  This is a blessing once we all get over the shock of it all.  I mean in the next 2-3 years she has grandbabies (God willing) she can hang out with!
Mom I love you!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

2 years already?!?!?!

Monday Adam and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary. It brought back so many memories, from the amazingly high and low wedding day we had. I am so thankful to be married to him and I honestly couldn't have asked for a better wedding, now better weather yes, but better wedding no! Thanks to all of our friends and family who helped us in celebrating that wonderful day then and now. You all mean so much to us! Just a few pictures from that glorious day. Don't mind my hair ps, it's a mess thanks to the humidity and downpour we got! ahhh memories :)

 So monday we celebrated and I just have to say it was an AMAZING night. I didn't have school that day but of course had a bunch of stuff to do. But since the previous week I'd only gotten about 5-6 hrs of sleep per day I allowed myself to sleep until 11:45! WHOO HOO. it was refreshing!!! Then I did some school work, and since Adam and I are on the budget plan my gift to him was picking up the dog poop and mowing the yard! I had honestly forgotten how enjoyable mowing could be if you have 2 hours to spare!! :)
All we did on this budget anniversary was made dinner and watched some tv together. I made ribs during the day (I had bought them last summer on sale and froze them for a special occasion!). Then we made some mac n cheese, grilled onion and grilled potatoes. It was delish! To top it off we split a bottle of YUMMY champagne and a slice of our wedding cake from 2 years ago. I know you must be thinking gross, but seriously it was delish! At our wedding nearly all of Adam's family couldn't come because they were from Bloomington and that is where the massive floods were so we ended up with a whole 9x13 extra pan of cake. I've been really diligent about wrapping it in plastic about 8 times then in foil twice to keep freezer burn out. SO it was yummmmmmmmy! In fact i've had 2 additional pieces since then. :) My goal is to have the cake make it anniversary #5...we will see!
we actually used our wedding china! :)

The yummy food

Cheers! :)


Well all in all it was a wonderful anniversary and it made me really thankful to have married such a wonderful man. He truly is an inspiration to me and makes me a better person just by being by my side! He loves me for me(flaws in all) and I am so freaking lucky! :) so here's to the first 2 and many more to come! Love you babe! :)

Monday, June 7, 2010

I love my friends

This has been one heck of an excellent weekend! It is exactly what I needed after the crappy week I had. Although I haven't gotten hardly any sleep it's been well worth it!
Saturday I co-hosted a shower for on of my best friends who is getting married in July! It was a great to finally see her since she lives so freaking far away. Plus I got to spend some time with a couple other dear friends of mine!! Can't wait for her wedding and if I do say so my self the shower was a huge success! YAY!

After the shower Adam and I tried to make it to my cousin Wil's high school graduation open house but were not successful. The shower didn't end til 5 and that was the time that his open house was ending :( Sorry we missed it WIL! So we headed to our third stop of the day, our friend Brian's birthday cookout and had an AMAZING TIME! I loved getting to see and hang out with friends that we have missed ever so much. LOVE YOU ALL

While there the girls and I decided to start a book club. I am so excited for this because it will give me a chance to get out of the house and plus it will be fun and much needed release for me to spend 30 min or so a day to just focus on something OTHER than school. Our first book is Eat, Pray, Love. We are reading it for the month of July and then we plan to go to the movie once it comes out. I am so excited about this! Ps if anyone else want to join you are more than welcome. We are only meeting once a month, at the end of the month to discuss the book! I can't wait to get started on the book.
Saturday was so much fun at the cookout I really didn't want to leave but unfortunately I had to work Sunday. I had to make up a weekend day since I called in a few weeks back because I was running a 100.2 temp and really couldn't be at work around patients. I think it really sucks that they make us make it up if we call in on a weekend even if we work every weekend but whatever. Work was excrushiatingly boring but I got all my hours in. OH JOY

Well thanks to everyone for a fabulous weekend!!! MUCH LOVE

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rough Week

This week has been quite rough to say the least. I had 3 exams and my first set of on site clinicals. Thus far in nursing school we have been learning in the lab and this week we went to the hospital and practiced all we learned in the lab.
First I'll start with the AMAZING yet exhausting weekend we had. Saturday we headed to Bloomington for his cousin's High School graduation open house. We really had a great time visiting with his awesome family. It's sad we aren't able to get together more often. It was also really good to see how far his uncle has come in his recovery from a nasty ear infection that turned him septic and forced him to have a tracheotomy and placed on a ventilator. Here's a picture of us from the Open House

Sunday Adam got to go to his FIRST EVER INDY 500!!! WHOOO HOOO! He never quite understood the appeal of the greatest spectacle in racing but he now understands and might just be hooked! Thanks dad for the awesome tickets! I owe you big time as always! It was such a good time with what is left of the "rolex riders" and their kiddos. Plus we got to hang with the Gilbert's which is always one my favorite things! After the race we went to Greg annual race party and of course had a great time. Although by the end of the night we were ready to get some good rest. Something we seem to lack now a days.

So the week started off great! I loved having memorial day off with Adam. It was the best! I feel like we rarely get to spend time any real quality time together anymore so we definitely enjoyed each other's company a lot. We just hung out around the house, Adam cleaning the garage, me studying but then we went on an hour walk together something we used to do all the time, but never get a chance to. Then we went to AJ's to celebrate Sammie's 16th birthday something that officially made me say the cliche that all people do as they age... "man I feel old, I remember when you were born". I can't believe my almost baby sister is 16! WOW!! After AJ's we headed home where I got to spend some quality time with one of my BFF's watching the Bachelorette. SO FUN!
Tuesday is when chaos started. First all I had my clinical orientation at Riverview Hospital which is only 5 miles so I told Adam to take my car and I would take the truck, all I had to do was fill it up in the morning. Well morning rolls around and his truck is bellow the red and I can't find my wallet because I left it in Dad's car when we went to the race because I was DD that day (Who would have guessed that?). Long story short I made it to the hospital then home and then to get gas, but I was definitely worried!! Well orientation went well, and then it was home to study for my 3 exams.
Wednesday came the dreaded first Patho exam and it pretty much chewed me up and left me for dead. I did really bad and am still quite upset about it. But I have to move forward. Although I did so only by pouting for about 3 hours then had to pick up the pieces and study for my next 2 exams.
Today we had our first onsite clinical with patients. It was interesting to say the least. My patient was not doing very well with his breathing and caused quite a stir for a few hours or so. But it was kind of nice to only have on patient to give a bath and change a bed for! WOW what a change. But I truly enjoyed the experience I feel like I got to provide a lot better bedside care with only having one patient. Now I just have to work on that darn care plan!!! after clinicals it was off to take the last 2 exams which I must say went much better than Patho...although not sure I could do much worse! Then I waited around for mom to get done with another interview before we headed to weight watchers! While waiting I helped to rearrange the study area for our program so I hope it all works well for everyone.

This is week one of operation loose 20 lbs by my 25th birthday!!! Mom started weight watchers with me and I'm hoping it will really help to have someone do it with me, to keep me motivated. Plus Adam and I are dedicated to working out or at least lifting every other day. Off to go lift with the husband! Bye all!