Friday, April 29, 2011

RNIA

eating: gin and tonic...maybe drinking these is what makes me finally update this blog?

feeling: dead tired. 13 hour work day, 2 hour commute= tired as sin

listening: to my cat eating and this giant moth slamming into my window

watching: nothing, my eyes are swollen half shut from sleep deprivation

reading: in between books. just finished the hunger games series )loved it) and the first book in the big bad wolf series (did not love it)

loving: that tomorrow my boat will get out on the water for the first time since last october; that my sister had a cute baby (let's be honest, some look like aliens at birth)

disliking: my feet hurting. there must be a solution that doesn't break the bank

thinking: man, my feet hurt

hoping: the weekend lasts longer than it feels and that my mom has a safe and uneventful flight back on sunday; oh and that my sister, BIL, and new godson are well

wishing: for world peace and under-population (same as always)...and a winning lottery ticket

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A good finish

I just finished all 3 books in "The Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins and must admit that I'm a huge fan. The books are supposedly written for young adults, but they don't read any differently than ones by "adult" authors. I especially liked that the books were not corny and when it came to the main characters, the author showed no mercy. Sometimes it's nice for everyone to not ride off into the same generic sunset at the end of a story. While the books contained some violence, it wasn't the kind that makes me nauseous and not want to read any more. For anyone interested, the books in the trilogy are "The Hunger Games", "Catching Fire", and "Mockingjay".

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Water for Elephants"

I ended up really enjoying this book; I wasn't a fan of Sara Gruen's other books (all horse-related if I remember correctly) but she definitely pulled things together for this one. Supposedly she wrote it during NaNoWriMo (Nat'l Novel Writing Month- participants try to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days) which is pretty impressive since I couldn't write more than 2000 when I attempted it a few years ago. So as not to ruin the story for anyone else who wants to read it, the book is based around a traveling train circus occurring back during the Depression. The main character drops out of vet school at Cornell after his parents suddenly die and joins the circus, becomes the unlicensed vet for the menagerie, and falls in love with his boss' wife. The book brought about quite a few emotions (hey, I'm an animal person so beating an elephant with a hook isn't my cup of tea) but in the end I was won over. I definitely recommend it.

After finishing the above, I started on Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" and am currently making my way though the first of three books. So far, I'm really enjoying this one too (maybe I'm not picky enough???)...

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Few Good Books

Since being out of school, I've enjoyed having the time to read books...non-nursing books. Although I've struggled through some doozies, I've also come across a few that I truly enjoyed reading. Listed below (b/c my few loyal readers know I like lists!) are some of the ones I've either had the pleasure of reading or wanted to chuck out a window:

Pleasurable:
  • "The Trylle Trilogy" by Amanda Hocking- This is actually a young adult series about trolls; I guess someone wanted to get away from the whole vampire fad with something a little different. However, the trolls aren't little midgets with poofy hair although they do live in "kingdoms" spread throughout the United States. The whole idea sounds corny as I write it, but honestly, the books were an easy read with good characters and a fun storyline. I think I breezed through all three in a few days. The author is a newer one, so at times the writing comes off kind of rough- but otherwise enjoyable.
  • "Chesapeake Bay Saga" by Nora Roberts- I've always liked Nora Roberts despite how corny she is sometimes, but I definitely am fond of this set of 4. The books are based on a family of brothers who take in a foster kid of their dad's and on the side, own a boat building business and fall in love. That pretty much sums up the entire series, but they're quick and easy reads and with 4 books, you have time to get to know the characters.
  • "Fallen and Torn" by Lauren Kate- Another young adult series, this time about fallen angels. I won't lie- I really liked these two books and am looking forward to the third one coming out this summer. The plot centers around an angel who falls in love with a human girl centuries ago, and when he was given the choice between staying in heaven and being cast out to be with her, he chose her. Now every few years she's born into a different family and grows into a teenager, only to meet him again, fall in love, and die. Sounds stupid? Yes, but it's not as bad as it sounds- especially since this time around she hasn't burst into flames yet. 
Out the Window:
  • "William and Kate" by Christopher Andersen- This book thoroughly sucked. I was hoping for a book with some interviews by the people closest to the couple, or the couple themselves, but this ended up being almost entirely based on random quotes and the media. I could have just piled a bunch of gossip magazines together and gotten the same story. Not to mention the author made the royal family sound like a bunch of crazy cheating drunks (which I realize is partly true, but way to paint a super bad picture!).
  • "My Blood Approves Books 1-4" by Amanda Hocking- I chose this series because the author also wrote the troll ones that I mentioned above; big mistake. This is yet another vampire series that comes off as being a close replica of the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer. The only differences are the grammar is worse, the characters are even lamer, and the storyline struggles...through all 4 books. If someone is just looking for another easy read about a human and a vampire in love though then this is all for you.
I am currently reading "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen and although I didn't really like her other two books, I'm already deep into this one. We'll see how it goes!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

RNIA (Yes, another one)

eating: gin and tonic...why eat? (there's a theme here)

feeling: hmmm...right off the bat? a little chunky (i need to lose some weight) and full (ate too much brie today)

listening: to whatever my dad is watching on tv and my mom insulting my cat

watching: nothing at the moment but at 9 i'm hoping for a new desperate housewives

reading: water for elephants by sarah gruen

loving: the weather, that my house didn't get hit by a tornado, that i'm off work again tomorrow, that i may have found someone to rent my house

disliking: never having anything to say on here when i have people that actually read it

thinking: these pants are way too tight...but i refuse to buy newer...bigger ones

hoping: i can keep this training for a 5k going. i tend to lose interest in...everything...pretty quickly

wishing: for world peace and under-population (same as always)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Long week

Although I only worked 3 12-hour shifts, it felt like a long week because they were so spread apart. I admit that I don't mind the job, but I am tired of the commute (when I work a 9a-9p I spend 1.5 hours sitting in traffic to get there) and I definitely know that I'd like to return to grad school sooner rather than later! Below are a few of the things I learned over the past week:
  • People's perceptions of pain are definitely different than how I view my own, but I treat theirs the best I can. Patients are usually asked to rate their pain from 0-10 with 10 being the worst ever, and often I have patients tell me 10/10 while they fall asleep and start snoring. I can't sleep when I'm in excruciating pain but hey, if you want more Fentanyl then don't let me stop you from getting it.
  • When patients come out of anesthesia, they actually DO have to be told to breathe. It's such an odd thing; I'm still getting used to it.
  • When patients have nerve blocks and can't feel ANYTHING below the block, they freak out. I would probably do the same. But sometimes I wish that they'd trust that I'm not going to let their foot fall off. If I did I'd lose my job...so they're pretty safe with that one.
  • Ketamine is a drug used during anesthesia. I also used it to euthanize lab animals. Obviously it's not used for human euthanasia but it does cause some crazy side effects...like hallucinations. Most of my patients coming off of ketamine become temporary schizophrenics. It's not pretty although sometimes entertaining.
  • I still can't handle vomit. Especially projectile.
  • I'm thankful I'm not a floor nurse. I have patients for a few hours, long enough to get them awake, breathing, and their pain under control, and then I pass them off to an actual floor nurse to take care of them. It's fabulous, especially if they're bitchy or rude.
  • I definitely want to go to grad school. Time to start studying for the GRE.