Saturday, February 27, 2010


My cousin Sarah came over today and she convinced me to run TWO miles with her! So I'm 7 miles down, with 23 to go. I think I've finally found something that works for me to keep me on track with exercising. Most people have somewhat normal schedules, so they just pick a time to work out each day that works for them. But when you work nights, and work 12s - you end up working most of one week and then one off, which wrecks havoc on scheduled daily activities, at least for me. So now I just run when I can and don't stress about it if I can't. And when I eventually reach 30 miles - I get to buy myself a treat :) Kinda silly but I'm still getting outside and running and its been 3 weeks!

Last night, I hung out with my family, we watched the Olympics and Rach and I did some scrapbooking. We saw two Apollo Ono's race, he was disqualified in one and the USA team took bronze in the relay. We also watched Kim Yu-Na take gold in figure-skating, and 18 points over the last world record!! It's also really neat that Jeannie Rochette took the bronze with everything she has gone through...

I'm starting to see some plants popping up outside and I'm really excited to see what they turn out to be. Jon and I planted some crocuses and daffodils last fall when we moved in but everything else has been around for awhile, mostly like from 2 owners back - I get the impression that the lady was a really intense gardener. So we have a bunch of surprise plants! Today I put up a 'hand-me-d9wn' birdfeeder from my mom. We'll see who finds it first - the birds or squirrels. No takers so far...

Friday, February 26, 2010

Night 1

First night off spent cleaning the kitchen - thank goodness, a little overdue... and then watching the winter Olympics and eating pringles at my parent's house! My dad's been recording everything so we can come over and watch it with him. We saw the Korean ice skater do her short program last night, Kim Yu-Na, she was amazing! ... and she rocked the James Bond theme song - that was pretty awesome! Today, off to the DMV - Yippee!

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Here's to an entire WEEK off!! I've already got tons of projects in mind and people to visit! I'll try and put up some pictures! Have a happy week everyone!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Leeches are Disgusting

For those with a weak stomach... don't read on. I don't usually post about work things for some reason or another, but last night was a definite first and deserves to be noted in some fashion.

I have heard about leech therapy before but have never seen it done, or had to do it before... however, the presentation I saw in nursing school several years ago almost made me loose my lunch. And last night, just seeing pictures of the little "animals" as they are called in the brochure made me quite queasy. So from report to 4 am, I waited in nervous anticipation to see if I could actually do the treatment without vomiting on my poor patient.

All that being said I think the worst part about it was trying to get one of the little buggers out of the distilled water jug that they are kept in. Just imagine (or not) trying to get a super disgusting, swimming, black worm out of a a gallon milk jug with a long pair of tweezers. After that was accomplished and the little thing safely secured in a specimen cup, the rest of the process went fairly smoothly.

For those of you wondering why this is a medical treatment, while attached the leeches inject some anticoagulants and vasodilators into the tissue which helps reconstructive flaps heal after surgery, promotes blood movement through the graft, helps relieve venous congestion, etc. For more information and pictures, you can check out this site:

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New Background

What do you think of the new background? I found it at They have a bunch of really neat free templates!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Yet Another Seattle Trip

Joe and I just got back from Seattle yesterday morning. We visited and hung out with a bunch of friends, and I got to see the VA crew - it was awesome to see everyone again!

Went out for sushi on VDay with our friend Davidde.

Hung out at Jenn & Matt's house - this is Leo playing fetch with me!

Joe went to ride at the Colonnade Park under I-5, while I drove around Eastlake and found a good bakery :)

Cherry Trees are in bloom there!

My favorite cupcake place in Ballard!! Yummy!

Monday, February 08, 2010


My cousin came over and went running with me today! that makes mile number 3! I'm sure I will eventually get to the point where I don't feel like I'm going to die at the end of a mile. The plan is to go again tomorrow before my afternoon "nap". Then 3 more shifts and we're off to Seattle! I can't wait, it should be a good trip!

Monday, February 01, 2010


Even though I worked, its been a pretty good weekend overall. Had some Mexican food after work on Friday, I got to hang out with an old friend on Saturday evening after work. Went through a bunch of old boxes of clothes and toys and had some good laughs! Watched a lot of Friends and finally got to do some scrapbooking. This afternoon, we had a going away lunch for my brother and got to spend some time with my grandparents.

I have a whole list of ideas I've been wanting to try, I finally picked the easiest one and crossed it off the list. It's a ribbon "organizer" for my craft room. No real work involved except taking a hanger apart and putting it back together. But hey, the next project will be better.