Thursday, January 30, 2014

Juneau Luxe

I know I just posted about Juneau Luxe in my "Things I'm Loving Thursday" post, but right after I got home from walking the dogs this evening I discovered a package in my mailbox...from Juneau Luxe! Coincidence? Nope, just my youngest sister being awesome and sending me the Gili bracelet for my birthday. I tore into the package and fell in love, which is saying a lot since I rarely wear jewelry other than my wedding ring and the Pandora bracelet my MIL gave me a few years ago. Anyways, I am extremely happy about my new bling and even AB was impressed with the quality. I foresee more bracelets from this company in the future!


Things I'm Loving Thursday

I'm still refusing to be a sheep and post my "Things I'm Loving" list on a Friday, so here we go on a Thursday...
  1. My new library card- I've been meaning to get a library card for a long time now. While I love my Kindle, I do miss the smell and feel of holding an actual book in my hands and borrowing one is the easiest and most cost-effective way to enjoy a few. I put a bunch of books on hold that weren't available when I got my card and now I've been bombarded with them all at once. It's wonderful.
  2. JuneauLuxe- This company makes the prettiest bracelet sets. I came across them while browsing Instagram and despite not being a big jewelry wearer I fell in love and immediately wanted one! I've shared their link with my husband and sister, and with my birthday coming up I'm crossing my fingers...(hint, hint)
  3. BarkBox- Just like Popsugar and Stitch Fix for people, Bark Box is a subscription service just for the dogs! I managed to sign up with BarkBox through a Groupon deal and am contemplating being a regular subscriber. Once you pick your dog's size, you enter your shipping and payment info, and once a month your dog gets his own box in the mail that includes organic treats, toys, bones, hygiene products, and new gadgets. You can also save $10 during the month of January with coupon code BADPICKUP

  4. Zulily- Yet another addiction of mine, Zulily offers new deals DAILY on clothing, shoes, accessories, and home goods for women and kids. I have purchased numerous gifts and items for myself off of Zulily and have yet to be disappointed. Sometimes it takes a while for the vendors to ship the items but everything has been as described and totally worth it for the discounted price!
  5. My husband- Although he is fully at fault for giving me this nasty funk, he's also been really good at keeping me fed and making sure I have all the medications I need. Both of us have a general outlook of "Throw some dirt on and walk it off" so when either of us goes out of our way to care for the other one it's always greatly appreciated.
***Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post; I have paid for these items on my own and have not been given compensation for a review. However, this post does contain referral links for new sign-ups that give me a little credit towards my next box(es).

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

RNIA

eating/drinking: water. lots of water

feeling: sick as crap. ab was kind enough to bring home some funk from california and i have acquired said funk. coughing, sneezing, sore throat, headache, runny nose kind of funk. miss work kind of funk. this funk sucks and for some reason it always gets worse as night approaches. it's the sleep-destroying funk

listening: to the tv and the water boiling on the stove as i desperately try to humidify the house

watching: the episode of the bachelor from last night. i don't actually like the show and i think the current bachelor, juan pablo, is a fame-whore fake but it always makes me feel better about my life when i watch how ridiculous others are

reading: my gre book and "are you there vodka? it's me chelsea" by chelsea handler. fyi, her books are hilarious and easy to read

loving: sudafed. without it i'd be aspirating on my own snot. i've seen aspiration pneumonia and if i'm going to get it i prefer for it to be caused by something i enjoy ie not mucus

disliking: this bipolar weather. i was wearing a tank top yesterday and today it's snowing and 22 degrees outside. totally helps me get over my funk faster (insert sarcasm)

thinking: we really, really should get our outdoor christmas decorations down before the hoa sends a hate letter to our landlord...again

hoping: that this funk resolves quickly. i need to go back to work and i don't want to be the one sitting in the gre testing center this weekend sniffling and coughing

wishing: i could find out now if and where i'm getting accepted to grad school. my biggest fear is that they'll all reject me, mainly b/c i know my gre score won't be what it was the last time i took it, and i'll be stuck as a bedside nurse forever

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Oh Night Shift

This has been a rough week to say the least. Not only is AB on vacation, but I made the decision to pick up an extra shift last night and ended up working 4-12's in a row. I've done it before but the patients I had this time tested MY patience and by the time I got home this morning I was mentally and physically exhausted (not to mention my throat started hurting during the night). However, there were tornado watches being alerted for most of the day along with warnings for wind gusts up to 80 mph. I realized when I pulled in the driveway that the inflatable Christmas ornaments needed to come down ASAP and, even though it was raining, I managed to take down everything in our yard in about 15 minutes. That's impressive considering it took us 5 hours to put everything up (although I did leave the lights on the house; AB can do that when he gets back)!

Afterwards I got the dogs walked and fed, showered, then settled down on the couch with a cold beer to watch the last episode of American Horror Story: Coven. Despite my exhaustion I wasn't quite ready to lie down yet and the DVR is just overflowing with mindless goodies. By the end of the show I could hardly keep my eyes open so I headed up to bed. I always feel like the first day after my last shift is a complete waste of time; I'm always dead tired and I've never been able to only sleep for a couple hours in hopes of getting back to a "regular schedule". Needless to say, I slept on and off until 6pm, and have barely managed to accomplish anything since then. Sigh.

I have a few things to get done tomorrow, food being the most important since we're almost completely out (as are the pups). I'm also registered for an online GRE review class in the evening, and I have high hopes that it will refresh my knowledge of high school math (b/c nurse practitioners totally use geometry while providing patient care). I take the test in 3 weeks and of course the procrastinator in me has guaranteed that I am not ready. I also hope to get some spare time to visit with my family and check in with my in-laws, but I have a skills blitz on Monday and return to 3 in a row on Tuesday so I'm not too optimistic. I swear I worked less when I had a M-F 8-5 schedule than I do now; trying to switch back and forth between being awake all night and being awake all day is not easy on the body (or the waistline in my case)! But, as AB always says, at least we have jobs.


Monday, January 6, 2014

Things I'm Loving Monday

Many of the blogs I read do a "Things I Love Friday"; I've never been *much* of a follower so although I'm still writing about things I love, I'm doing it on a Monday. I'm such a rebel.

  1. My Keurig. Holy crap, I love my new coffee maker. My parents were kind enough to gift me with one for Christmas, and while my smaller Hamilton Beach one was convenient, it was incredibly finicky and didn't always make coffee without spraying half of it on the counter. My new Keurig makes awesome coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, AND keeps it all in the cup. Plus, I should be able to use my own coffee grounds without a similar explosion.
  2. My Galaxy Note 3. It's the biggest phone I've ever seen. It also works wonderfully as a phone, tablet, movie viewer, Kindle, and internet surfer. It's taken me a while to get used to the size, but now that I love my phoblet (phone + tablet) I can't see myself returning to one of those itty bitty iPhone's!
  3. Manhattan Prep. I purchased both the note cards and the 5lb book that they make for the GRE, and it's all I could possibly need to review all of this useless crap that I've forgotten since high school and will never use again once this test is over with.
  4. Yankauer's. This handy little tool is found in the hospital and it attaches to the end of some fairly thick tubing. At the opposite end of the tubing is a large plastic canister attached to suction. Hook the Yankauer up and you can successfully suction up ANYTHING LIQUID. It's like a vacuum, only better.
  5. The return of my TV shows. I'm not a fan of fall finales; I like to see all of my shows in one smooth run (and yes, I realize that never happens any more) so my ADD doesn't lose track of what's going on. Regardless, they all go off over the holidays, but thankfully they are all slowly returning with new episodes. Because I need another reason to procrastinate and not do anything I'm supposed to be doing. And because there's no way I'll get a bigger butt if I'm all active and stuff.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

RNIA

eating/drinking: airborne. everyone seems to be sick and i'm desperately trying to avoid it all...which is hard when you work in the hospital

feeling: exhausted. i just finished 3 nights in a row and for 2/3 of them i worked my tail off

listening: to my dog licking himself, the tv, ab talking on the phone

watching: a new episode of grimm. love that show

reading: my gre and nasm books. exciting right?

loving: fireplaces in cold weather

disliking: this frigid weather that is 20 degrees one day then 70 the next. no wonder everyone is sick

thinking: we really should take our very dead and dry christmas tree down before ab goes on vacation

hoping: that my family and friends all got their flu shot. i've seen people die from it and it's no joke

wishing: i could stop spending money. it's ridiculous

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My Personal Year in Review

-What was the best thing that happened to me this year? My dog made it through chemo by the end of February and remained cancer free all year. None of my other 3 animals got sick so hands down, having healthy pets for one more year was a blessing. Sadly I do not anticipate that happening this year (3/4 pets ARE seniors) but I'm trying to stay positive.

-What did I do this year that I’m really proud of? I ran a 10k. Granted it's not a half or full marathon, but for someone who is not fond of running, and who has commitment issues, it was a huge accomplishment. I also started cooking more this year, and while I haven't become a chef I can at least pump out a few genuinely tasty meals and desserts.

-Who did I really help? I'd like to think I helped some of my patients, but the longer I'm a nurse the more I question that thought. There is a very clear sense of entitlement and lack of gratitude in America and sadly it extends to even the uber-sick lying in their hospital beds. I'm sure a random patient has appreciated my help but for the most part nursing is very much a thankless profession. I'd like to think that I helped my pup live another healthy year, but he's always grateful and loving no matter what. (Note to self: help some people this year who aren't patients or their families)

-Who do I need to thank and acknowledge for having been there for me? My parents, AB (he has his moments), my sisters, my in-laws, my AM and PM preceptors in ICU, my manager, and as always my animals.

-What are the top three lessons I learned? 

1. I am capable of doing something if I really set my mind to it 
2.  Weight Watchers doesn't work for me so I need to quit signing up for it every year
3. I hate having short hair and I REALLY need to remember that when I get the urge to whack it all off again

-What increased my happiness and joy this year? My sister and nephew moving to NC. Granted this didn't happen until October but I went from being able to see them once every 3-6 months to once every week (or more). The bonus is that they were able to be with family for Thanksgiving and Christmas; I'm guessing it will be a very long time before that happens again! Also, AB and I's winter trip to Whistler was absolutely awesome (plus my mom, sister, and nephew got to go along) and I totally fell in love with that area. If you haven't been to BC (Canada) make an attempt to go sometime during your lifetime. Vancouver is definitely just an overly busy city, but the areas around it are beautiful.

-What’s something I got through that was really tough? Becoming an ICU nurse (which is an ongoing process). I always thought that PACU was difficult, fast-paced, and complicated, but it was nothing compared to caring for ICU patients 12 hours/day. I'm still learning, and I still ask a lot of questions, but I'm nowhere near as lost and confused as I was back in April. And for the most part, I keep my patients alive until 7:05.

-What did I avoid that I must pay more attention to in 2012? My debt. Did I say this last year? If so I admit that my attention span sucks and as always, getting out of debt needs to be first and foremost. I'm hoping to go back to school soon and carrying a load of debt on my shoulders is always a very bad idea (see: nursing school debt).

-What character trait did I develop most this year? Perseverance. Otherwise I can list quite a few things I would have thrown in the towel on.

-What new people did I meet that are now in my life? All of my coworkers on my unit. Some of them I could do without (I mean, let's just be honest) but most of them are wonderful and supportive and have helped me to not totally suck as an ICU nurse.