Thursday, January 31, 2013

The 3 C's: A List

I think I did this original post back in 2010...it's been a couple of years so I'll post a new one (hopefully some things have changed while I'm guessing some others haven't).

(C)ares:

  • Once again, I'm the unit team captain for the Angels Among Us 5K in April. We did it last year (look under "Running" tab) and thought it would be fun to get a new team together this year. The only problem is that I quit running several months ago; time to whip out the C25K app on my phone.
  • Stetson seems to be doing well with this second chemo treatment. The oncologist lowered the dose a little and dropped one of the antibiotics so he doesn't seem as lethargic this time around. Actually, he seems pretty "normal". The third one is coming up next Monday and then we'll be 3/4 of the way through.
  • Penny has integrated well into our furbaby family. She has some traits that we could live without but hey, don't we all?
  • My birthday is next month, and I still look the same as I did 2 years ago...well, except for that little bit of weight gain. Anyone else have fat that goes straight to their waist and face? Regardless, I don't feel any older so I guess that's a good thing. Also, most of my family seems to be fairly healthy these days. That's something to be thankful for considering how many ailing people I see at work.

(C)omments:

  • This weather is whack. We came home to below freezing temperatures and ice on the ground, and currently the windows are open to the balmy 70 degree weather outside. 
  • 2 years ago I was driving a car that got 11mpg. This year I'm driving one that gets 30-40mpg. Yeah, that's awesome.
  • Whistler is awesome. If you like any form of winter activity, that is the place for you. Although, be prepared for the taxes in Canada; I swear they were about 20%.
  • AB and I are considering going to New Zealand for our next vacation. Not only that, but we found a stables there that offers a Lord of the Rings Tour ON HORSEBACK! Are you kidding? That is awesome. It might be one of the awesomest things I've ever heard of (my standards have dropped over the past several years).
  • Southwest recently became my favorite airline. The flight attendants have personality (well, most of them), the pilots don't mess around with getting places on time, the seats are new, you can charm your way into an armful of free snacks, and best of all- you can take 2 checked bags per person for FREE- including ski bags (last year we spent $200 to fly our bags one way to Utah- fail). Props to Southwest.
  • My house is still not up for sale. I actually forget sometimes that I even own a house. I hope that thing is still standing; I haven't been to see it in over a year (ignorance is bliss).

(C)omplaints:

  • AB and I have to PAY taxes this year- apparently we went up a tax bracket. Damn his 5 raises and my 1! What sucks even more is that we're paying more of our hard earned money to the government so that uninsured a-holes with iPhones, whiskey, and gold teeth can get their free surgeries and ER exams. Just saying. It doesn't make much sense.
  • This whole gun control debate. As with everything else, if someone REALLY wants to get something, they will find a way...and it's usually NOT the every day responsible citizen who REALLY wants that something.
  • I gained 6 pounds during vacation, despite skiing and walking EVERYWHERE. 6 pounds? Really? The best part (imagine dripping sarcasm) is that I've developed a mound of fat over my already protruding vertebra at the base of my neck. So now I look like a hunchback...except it's fat. WTF? I'm still trying to figure out how to disguise it in my scrubs. Low ponytail? Sweat it out in my NF jacket all day? Decisions...
  • Healthy food is expensive. Seriously. Trying to shop only around the outer edges of a grocery store is hard. Plus, giving up dairy makes it even harder (acne experiment #247)



Wednesday, January 30, 2013

13 in 2013 (Late)

Several years ago, I found a post by another blogger that listed the 10 things she wanted to accomplish in 2010 (11 in 2011, etc). I actually skipped 2012, so unfortunately I can't review what I did or did not accomplish. I've also been writing a "Personal Year in Review" post each year in January, however, that one has not made it on here either. I would claim laziness but honestly, it's hard to look back over the past year when I seriously cannot remember what I did 2 weeks ago. My memory is that bad. I probably should be doing something about my horrid memory at such a not-old age but since my family and friends are used to it (and expect it) I just go with it. I'm still shocked I did so well in nursing school; I don't remember a thing from that either. With that all being said, I am still working on my "Personal Year in Review" and below is my 13 in 2013.

  1. Start playing the piano again. I'm pretty sure I said this last year...and the year before. I have my Grandma's old baby grand and it's a beautiful piano. I need to play it more often that just over Christmas.
  2. Get flat abs. I haven't been pregnant- I shouldn't look like it.
  3. Run a 10K. I hate running but I'm a glutton for torturing myself. And damnit running is the THING to be doing these days. I must be a follower!
  4. Travel somewhere new. I should count Whistler but 2 vacations a year never hurt anyone.
  5. Volunteer. I'm thinking our local animal shelter, but I'm concerned I'll want to come home with more animals. Definitely considering it though (volunteering, not adopting).
  6. Learn basic medical Spanish. Because "Tiene dolor?" only gets you just so far.
  7. Decide what I want to do with my life. As in grad school, what kind, what degree, where to go, how to get in. Because I'm not getting any younger.
  8. Start riding horses again. Oh! I've already done that. Unfortunately after my first 2 lessons I may have to wait a few months to continue (long story, uninteresting).
  9. Read more. Working on that (refer to "Books" tab).
  10. Start writing my book. First, I have to decide what to write about, and then remember from day to day to actually work on writing something so that I don't forget what story I want to tell. I think that made sense.
  11. Get better at cooking. First, be able to afford the super-healthy ingredients. I have the cookbooks but that's it.
  12. Pay off 1/2 of my debt (not including student loans and mortgage). This will happen once I increase my salary from a [hopefully] new job.
  13. Try something new. This is a broad statement, mainly because I couldn't think of a 13th item. I will eventually though.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Job Recruiters

While in Whistler I received an email from a nurse recruitment agency. As most of my family knows my contract at my current job expires on February 28th of this year and I have already begun looking for a new one. Although I'm okay with my current job, and genuinely like 95% 75% of my coworkers, the pay leaves much to be desired (and after filing taxes this year, I was reminded just how much considering AB has only been a nurse 6 months longer than I have!). I'm in no rush to leave my current spot, but given that acquiring a new position takes several months, I figured I would start early.

With that being said, I finally called the nurse recruiter back today. The job available was weekend only (not too bad- 2 days a week!), paid $40/hr (okay, that's almost double my current pay), and is at a big trauma hospital (which I'm used to). On the flip side, I don't qualify for vacation until AFTER I have worked 2000 hrs (yes, two thousand- that was not a mistype) which means I'm there every weekend for at least a year and there's absolutely no medical benefits. Actually, they would reimburse me up to $150 a month after I've been there for 90 days, but I'd have to find my own medical/dental/vision. This wouldn't be a problem- I could always get added to AB's insurance- except that open enrollment for his hospital is closed until October or so. Does anyone have any idea how much buying your own insurance costs? Yeah, a lot. And considering I'm plagued with Godawful vision, cavity-filled teeth, kidney stones, acne, and this funky tachycardic heart, well, I need insurance. Just in case.

I politely told the recruiter that, while the actual position sounded great, that I just couldn't give up my awesome current benefits (seriously, I pay ~$120 a month for M/V/D, have no deductibles, low co pays, and can pick my doctors) for pretty much none. So, the search continues and I'm trying hard right now to get psyched about returning to work after being off for the past 12 days!