Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Survival and Side Effects....

Oh my...I am so glad this week is almost over. I have completed my second to last clinical day on Ortho. Hal-le-lujah! Bones are definitely not my forte. Today was a wild and crazy day and I am so glad it is over. I won't bore you with the details, but let's just say I was the energizer bunny today (and I think my batteries are in need of replacement).
Only 2 more weeks (well only one if you don't count finals) and then I am off for the summer. VACATION!!!!!! I'm so excited. Even though I'll be working 3 twelve hour shifts I'll still have some time off, and I won't have to study. Bonus!!! If I can just survive a couple more clinicals and lectures I'll be home free. Oh yea, and the finals....can't forget those.
The good news is that I don't have to be to my community clinical until 10 tomorrow, so I get to sleep in a little. I'll need it... I'm running on small amounts of sleep this week....which leads me into my next topic.....

Sunday night was AWFUL!!!! Small Group was great, as usual, but when I got home I was getting some stuff done and neglected to eat a little something when I took my medicine at 8:45. I've never had any of the side effects on that long list of "things to know" when they give you a medicine at the pharmacy before (Except for Codeine when I got my wisdom teeth out. That drug did some wicked things to me.) Anyway....so I didn't eat anything and when I got into bed at 11:15-ish I was feeling kind of Ick. I thought it was because I was tired. I always feel sick when I need to sleep. So I crawled under the covers and was ready to go to bed. Weeelllll.... that didn't happen. When the slip of paper the pharmacy gave me said "May cause sever GI distress...." they weren't a kiddin'! It was ridiculous! I lay in utter discomfort and agony for 30 minutes! When I was horizontal I felt like I was gonna vomit all over, so I rushed to the bathroom only to discover that being vertical helped with my nausea. Go figure.... well it wasn't that simple, but about 20 minutes later I was propped up in my bed shivering like a leaf from the awful side effects that just upset my body. Needless to say I did not get very much sleep. It was just that one episode and then my body was able to relax and semi-sleep. Didn't really help me that I had a test Monday either. No siree! Today I woke up feeling kind of ick (and I rarely eat much on clinical days anyway...not sure why) so I opted to just skip my AM dose so I wouldn't be forced to eat and feel even more sick. So far so good with the PM dose. I ate something with it, so I should be good to go.

Well, I know you are totally riveted by my storytelling of school and feeling ill, but I need to go to bed, because I'm exhausted. Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!!! I'll be working on my paper again.... I know... you wish you were me. Don't be too jealous..............


Sunday, April 27, 2008

I'm still here....

I know you all were probably wondering where I've been the last couple days, so I thought I would post real quick and let you know I was still alive. :) I did get kind of sick again Wednesday and was pretty icky on Thursday so I bit the bullet and decided some medicinal intervention was needed other than the OTC Tylenol for Sinus. I wanted to just call the doctor and have them order me an antibiotic since I knew I had a sinus infection, but NOOOO they couldn't do that... I'd have to go in for them to prescribe me something. So after an exhausting day of shopping with the sistas (fyi...not a good idea when you don't feel that great) Holli drove me to the doctor's office. I sat in the waiting room for 10 minutes only to be back in the exam room 5 minutes. This is including the nurse obtaining my vital signs and writing down my symptoms, me waiting for the Nurse Practioner to come, the NP actually coming in and assessing me, us chatting for a minute, her telling me I had sinusitis (which I already knew) and then me leaving. FIVE MINUTES!!!! Seriously?!?!? She ordered me some Augmentin and told me to get like 20 other over-the-counter meds and sent me on my way. It took me longer to get to the office than it did for my visit. Cost me more too...yikes! Oh well....I'm on the road to revocery now. I have two days worth of antibiotics in my system and I'm sort of starting to feel like a real person again. Hopefully I'm in tip-top shape by Tuesday for clinical. I do NOT want to have another repeat of last week.

So, yea....that's pretty much what I've been up to. I had study group this afternoon and then small group right after that. Oh, I also went out to eat with a bunch of people from church after morning service. We went to Chili's. Yum! I think we all pretty much got sick off of the chips before we got our meals though. :) Our waitress was a funny little southerner. She kept things entertaining and she was very good with refilling our drinks and getting us things. Our lunch was also paid for by an "anonymous" person. Isn't that nice?? It's so nice to when people do random things like that.

OK, I really should be getting to bed, because sick people need their sleep and I have a test in the morning. One last thing..... Shout out to my sis Lisa on her 27th Birthday!! HOLLA!!!!! Love ya!


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Concert Experience

Oh what fun we had at the Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood concert. I think we were almost surprised at how much fun we did have. I won't waste time...I'll just get right to it....

The concert started at 7:30. Carrie kicked off the night. She did an amazing job (as I knew she would). Even though we were in what is affectionately called "the Nosebleed Section" we had a pretty good view of the stage. There was a long runway that ran across the middle of the floor section, so with my powerful zoom on my camera I was able to get some pretty amazing pictures. Amazingly there were not any overly annoying people sitting around us like there usually are at every other event we go to. I think that had something to do with the fact that we were the very top row with no one behind us. Haha!

Never the less we had an awesome time. I think Holli was pleasantly surprised by Keith Urban. The man is crazy!!! He pulled someone on stage with him, went out into the audience and even signed and gave away his guitar!!! That poor girl... she was FREAKING out! Holli said she heard on the radio that one of the security guards was trying to protect her and the guitar and ended up accidentally smacking her in the head with the guitar. She had to go see a medic. How hilarious is that?? She'll forever have a story to tell (not to mention the autogrpahed guitar). He is one crazy performer. He just goes and goes like the energizer bunny. He can play a mean guitar too, not to mention he's pretty rockin' on the piano as well. He is definitely a good performer and I would go see him in concert again.

Another...interesting thing that happened was we got to see someone escorted (or rather dragged away) by security. Some guy had had a little too much to drink and decided it would be his smartest idea ever to jump up on the runway part of the stage. Haha...not so much. I saw him dancing on the runway and was wondering who he was and where he came from. Well, not two seconds later a security guard comes running out from backstage, past Keith (who was laughing while he was trying to sing) and practically tackled the poor inebriated guy. He drug him down the rest of the runway to the stairs at the end and then 4 other security guards came running at him. He seemed pretty harmless, but they had to be sure, so they ended up escorting him out of the arena and we never saw him again. I wish we would have caught it on tape, but Holli was the one videotaping with her camera and she had no clue what was happening because she was so focused on Keith. She did get the part where Keith starts laughing and the security guy runs past him, but she turned it off after that so she could watch what was happening since everyone was freaking out, and she had no idea why. Oh well....

Nothing else major happened. Some people around us were lighting real lighters while Keith was singing. Seriously...don't they know we've upgraded to cell phone illumination, not the old fashioned lighter? I mean, come on people... keep up!

I don't know how much longer he ended up playing, but we left a little after 11. We wanted to beat the crowd plus I had clinical today, so I didn't want to be too tired (plus it was like 10 hours past Lisa's bedtime).

So, without further ado......my pictures.......... enjoy..................


(This is our view from where we were sitting. Yea... we were really far away.)

(She's so pretty...)

(This is during her encore performance of 'Before He Cheats')

(No need for words...)

(This is from the big screen, but I thought it turned out pretty good...)

(Again...do I really need to say anything??)

(Keith and the band)

(Keith and Carrie during their duet)

(Crazy man...he went out into the audience! Can you see the girl clutching the guitar he gave her for dear life?)

Seriously...how much does my camera ROCK?

Until next time.................................

Monday, April 21, 2008

It's here!!!

My new camera arrived today, and I LOVE it!!! I think we're going to be best friends on vacation, (however, I'm still taking the manual just in case). Tomorrow will be a nice test run when us girls go to the Keith and Carrie concert. I'm excited, but I know I'm going to be exhausted when I get home from clinical.
Speaking of clinical....I got done SUPER early with my paperwork tonight. I almost felt like there was something wrong, but I know there wasn't. I did all the meds I had on both my patients and since they had no labs that was nice. Tomorrow is sure to be wild and crazy, but I have the concert to look forward to and the incentive that I only have two more weeks after tomorrow of clinicals!! Woohoo!!! I can't believe that I am so close to being done with this semester. It can not come soon enough!!! I only have one more test and then it's finals.
I wish I had something more exciting to share with you all, but for now I got nothin'. Pray for me tomorrow. JCAHO (pronounced Jay-Ko) is at the hospital this week. Basically they are the people that make sure we are safe and do things correct. It's a lot more detailed than that, but it's too complex for me to go into detail this late. Anyway, I guess I would like for you to pray that they stay away from me. Haha! :) You think I'm kidding....I'm not. They can pull anyone on the floor and ask them questions. I thought they were coming last week, which would have been perfect since I was in surgery, but no.... they had to come this week. Anyway...enough about that.
I should probably get to bed since tomorrow is going to be a very long day. Have a good Tuesday!!!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Girl's Night

It never fails...those two words=FUN!
A small group of us went out to eat at Chili's which was pretty yummy, but the table talk was the most enjoyable part in my opinion. It was a way for us to get to know eachother better, or in some cases reconnect.
After we ate we went over to the house of one of the guys from church. They were having a Rock Band extravaganza. For those of you who don't know what Rock Band is....look it up. Basically it's a glorified Guitar Hero. You have two guitar players, a singer, and a drummer. To protect those involved I will withhold names, but I will just simply say that there were costumes involved, and it was crazy hilarious!! Some images will forever be burned in my brain.... which is both good and bad...*shudder*.
After that the girls left and made our last stop. Our group stopped over to another one of the girl's houses and we ate some dessert and talked. Again...to protect the innocent I am withholding names, and I really just can't even say what we talked about, but let's just say it was quite informative.....
Well, the fun is over.... I need to get ready so I can go and study. I need to hit the notes/books hard today and tomorrow, and then I should be good. Tonight I'm babysitting for four of my favorite kiddos. I've missed them all since I've been so busy with school, so it will be good to spend some time with them, as well as get a little extra spending money for vacation. 4 weeks!!! I can't wait!!
OH...did I tell you I ordered my new camera?? I can't remember if I did or not. It should hopefully come this next week. I'll take some pictures and post them once I get it. We'll compare and contrast.
Alright, I really have to go and get ready now. I'll be back at some point later this weekend I'm sure.
Oh, and P.S.-- I'm still fighting this cold...but atleast I still have my voice. That's quite an accomplishment. :)

Friday, April 18, 2008


That's right people....we had an earthquake in the midwest. It was initially rated as a 5.4, but then later taken down to a 5.2. It was quite crazy, because I don't think I've ever experienced an earthquake before. It was basically just a bunch of shaking and rattling at a little after 4:30 this morning. No damage really. There was one lady who reported in a county nearby that her front porch collapsed and she was trapped in her house. Now...the earthquake really wasn't that big of a deal, so if I were you....don't go in that lady's house. If her porch collapsed with a small amount of shaking I would be questioning the structure. 5.0-5.9 is considered moderate and we were on the low end of that. Usually there is major damage to poorly constructed buildings (hence the lady with the porch) over small regions. At most, slight damage to well-designed buildings. Basically they are often felt, but rarely cause damage. The people in California are just laughing at us right now....
Alright, well I am committed to studying today. Just wanted to update you on our exciting morning.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


How is it still possible for my heart rate to double and my mind to run like crazy with nutty scenarios when I get a call from a number I don't know? It happened tonight a little after 10. Now, of course when the person left a voicemail and I listened to it I recognized who it was, but still... talk about scaring the bajeebers out of me! Good grief! When will I not be so anxious about that anymore????



I found a shirt for my church directory picture! Now, I have to coordinate my mom and dad so we match. I'm still sick, and I think that running around shopping wasn't the greatest idea. Oh well.... I found a shirt, so I'm happy.

Reading for my test tonight and then studying notes the rest of the weekend. Sound like fun doesn't it? You know what would be even more fun? Making corrections to my paper. Any volunteers??

Holli got her camera today, so as soon as I look it over and play with it I will order my camera. Yea! I'm glad that she finally got it in the mail today. Someone has to have a good camera for the concert on Tuesday night.

It's beautiful outside! Hope you were able to get out and enjoy part of this gorgeous weather! Take your dog for a walk or something. It probably won't last for long.


Wednesday, April 16, 2008


If your ears haven't already tuned you in (I know...but that was just too easy) I have changed my playlist. Not forever, so if you are heartbroken that you won't be able to listen to my previous songs don't worry...they will be back in a week. I changed my playlist to all Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban songs because I am going to be seeing them both in concert on Tuesday night! Woohoo!!! So enjoy the tunes, and if you don't like this new playlist see the pause button below to read without background music and tune in again after Tuesday.

Well, I am still sick. Yesterday was horrible! I woke up and couldn't decide if I wanted to throw up, pass out or die. I ended up doing none of those. Instead I pushed through and went to school to observe my scheduled surgery. It's only by the grace of God that I made it through that 2 hour procedure and 1 hour in the PACU without doing any of the aforementioned catastrophes. I wasn't so much nauseated anymore i was just aching all over and felt so tired. I ate a little at the luncheon and as soon as my instructor arrived I asked if I could leave. After she told me "You don't look very well. You look kind of pale" I got to leave and go home. Due to the fact I wanted out of there so bad I refrained from telling her I was naturally pale all the time. I headed home and collapsed into bed for the rest of the day. I don't think I've ever felt so heavy before. Luckily, I felt better today. I wasn't 100%, but definitely much better. I got a little bit of a late start, but I got to the grade school at a little after 9 (would have been 9, but I got stuck by a stupid train!). I lasted until about 1:30, and then I was too tired, so I left to get lunch and came home. I have since been pretty productive. I wrote my surgery paper, made a hair appointment for next week, and finished my community paperwork. My nose is basically the only thing giving me fits now. My throat is sore off and on, but that's because of drainage, and I think I've inhaled about 10 lbs of kleenex dust. Don't you hate that? And my nose is getting raw, as if I didn't have enough problems already.

Tomorrow (if I am still feeling well) I am headed off to find a shirt/top/sweater-thing to wear on Saturday for my church directory picture. Let's hope I find something cute.... I might also browse a bookstore too. It's my new favorite thing to do and I'm gonna do it till they kick me out for sniffling too loud! :)

Alright well, my little body still needs a little more rest, so I will be back later this week. A lot of studying needs to be done this weekend, so don't look for anything to exciting in the update area. Sorry people... you're lucky I love you all so much to update tonight when I'm still sick. Enjoy the new music and have a good rest of the week.


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It's Official....

It's not allergies.... I'm sick. :(

Until (I'm feeling better)..................

Monday, April 14, 2008

Say it ain't so!!

Dare I even say it? It's almost too awful to speak! I...I.... think I'm getting a cold!!! I know!!! It's the most awful news you've heard all day!!! I don't know what happened. I was fine when I woke up and was feeling pretty good the majority of the day, then at about 2p it hit me. My nose started feeling stuffy, yet runny (you know what I mean?) and then my throat started hurting. And then there is the sneezing. It seems like I've been sneezing more than usual. I'm praying that this is just allergies and a possible change in the weather. Yeah...that's what it is. It's the weather. My allergies are just being hypersensitive this year...... Am I convincing you yet? I'm pretty close to having myself convinced that's what's wrong with me. *sigh*.... I guess time will tell.

I got a lot accomplished tonight. I looked up a few things for my day in surgery tomorrow, took an online quiz, put in my 30 minutes of MedsPub practice for this week, and even started organizing stuff for my 3rd teaching lesson. Hopefully this week will go more smoothly than last week. If I don't feel good I have a feeling they will gang up on me. :/

I said goodbye to my camera today. I packed it up and sent it off with my sister to mail tomorrow. It was kind of weird, because of course the minute it was gone I wanted to take a picture of something... isn't that how it always goes. I guess I'll have to wait until I get my new one ordered and shipped. That could be up to 2 weeks though. Can I live that long??

Well, I guess I should get to bed. I need to get up early and ready to go in and observe a surgery at 7:20 am. That means I'll be standing for the better part of two hours, and you know what, maybe even longer since I'll be trailing my selected patient to the PACU and beyond. Oh boy.... this may be interesting if I'm feeling yucky tomorrow. Pray I get rid of atleast this sore throat. I hate that! I'd rather be hoarse than have a sore throat.

Well, have a good week. I'll be back Wednesday night or after probably. Depends on how productive I'm feeling tomorrow night. :)


Saturday, April 12, 2008

Happy Anniversary....

It is my parent's anniversary today! Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!!! They've been married 33 years.
We had a fun night of pizza for dinner, ice cream for dessert, and a rowdy game of Mexican Dominoes. Yes, I said rowdy. I wouldn't say that any of us are overly competitive, but we definitely try are darndest not to lose. It was all in good fun though....we definitely had some good laughs. :)

Today was a pretty full day for me. I got up early and went to lunch with a friend of mine that I haven't seen in awhile, and we talked for FOUR hours. I guess we had more to catch up on than I thought. I came home in time to check my email and then I was off again. My cousin Rachel had her last show choir performances today. She had one at 4 and then another at 7p. We went to the 4 o'clock because it is my parent's anniversary, so we can't say that we went to the FINAL performance of her highschool career, but we were close enough..... She had a couple solos and she did fantabulous! She's definitely singing for my wedding (if I get married that is...).

I think I stayed up too late reading last night. I started reading at 11, which should have been my first clue that I would be up late. I read until 1 and then forced myself to go to bed when my eyes started crossing. haha. I'm a little over halfway done with my book, and if I stay committed I can finish it this week. I've decided to not start another book until I'm done with school. It's too much of a distraction.
This week should actually be pretty easy because I don't have any tests, I have one online quiz, but that shouldn't be too bad, and then I go to surgery Tuesday, so no paperwork beforehand. Hopefully I get to see something cool. I have my third week of teaching this week. Ugh! Is it over yet?? My first week was awesome, but the second week was brutal. I don't want to go back! I knew there was a reason why I didn't choose teaching as my profession of choice. Oh well, only 2 more weeks of that, and then I am done. Woohoo!

So my camera sold! Yea!!!!! The reserve was met early this morning and it went over and beyond by almost $20. New camera, here I come!!! Here are a couple more pics of Sydney that I took with my camera (that officially is not mine anymore)

Alright, well I'm off to read some more. I'm right in the thick of things, and it was just getting a little more interesting.....

Small Group tomorrow night, so either I won't post until late, or not until later in the week. Depends on if I have time......


Friday, April 11, 2008

Everyday, not just Sunday

I wasn't going to post this video until Sunday, but you know what... we should be singing praises all day, everyday, not just on Sunday. Enjoy...and sing along!

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
And when I think, of God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Shout to the Lord

If you didn't catch Idol Gives Back tonight you missed a good show. There were several performances and many heart wrenching stories told throughout the night. I think the thing that shocked me the most though was the finale when the remaining Idol contestants sang Shout to the Lord. I was only half listening to the tv at the time, because I'd been doing paperwork all night and was finishing up a phone conversation, but when I heard those first couple lines of that song I instantly stopped and tuned in to watch and listen. Such a good song......

My Jesus, My Savior
Lord there is none like You;
All of my days
I want to praise
The wonders of Your mighty love

Shout to the Lord all the earth
Let us sing
Power and majesty; praise to the King
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name
I sing for joy at the work of your hands
Forever I'll love you, forever I'll stand
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You

My comfort, my shelter
Tower of refuge and strength;
Let every breath, all that I am
Never cease to worhsip you

Shout to the Lord all the earth
Let us sing
Power and majesty; praise to the King
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name
I sing for joy at the work of your hands
Forever I'll love you, forever I'll stand
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You

PTL! Hope you had a good Wednesday!


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Tuesday exhaustion.....

Well, I am seriously overwhelmed by the responses to my last entry. I mean, how will I ever decide on a camera now with such great choices presented to me. It will be a long grueling process now, because I have too many wonderful suggestions..... (<- NOTE SARCASM PEOPLE!)

It seems that every Tuesday I get more and more tired at the days end. I barely have enough energy to get me through Wednesday, and then I'm totally fried after that. Wednesday nights are filled with paperwork (because seriously who wants to be doing that when you can have 4 days right in a row without paperwork). This week I will be working on the rest of our paper (the evaluation part), and probably studying for my Adult test that is in two weeks, because if Monday's quiz was any indication of how that will be then I am in BIG trouble.

I realized again today that nice people are precious gems in my not so spectacular days. Today on the clinical floor it seems like I saw a ton of people I knew. In actuality it was only 2 (Shout out to: Jennifer and Becca... HOLLA!!!!) It makes all the difference to have bright and shining faces that are actually happy to see you. Wonderful I tell ya... wonderful........

So... I've recently discovered (or maybe I've just been denying it all this time) that blogs are addictive. No joke... I have a long list of blogs that I check DAILY. It's like I get sucked in to these peoples lives and their funny stories. Then I get to thinking... "Why are people even reading my blog? It's not like I have an adorable child that they tune in to see or great how to tips, or even fabulous photographs. I have a 90lb dog, a whole bunch of whiny stories about nursing school, and a camera that is hit or miss in the photo taking department. What's appealing about that?" Hmm... it boggles my mind.....

I recently found a blog that had to do with adoption. They had a little boy of their own, and then decided to adopt another little boy. So then they had two. Then they decided they should adopt a little girl. So they did. They are an adorable little family (and yes, they have been added to my long list of blogs to check). Then I link from their blog to another blog about a couple who had two little girls and decided to travel to Korea to adopt a little baby boy. I'm telling you it SUCKED me IN!!! After watching over half a dozen videos logging their trip to getting their baby I link on the the wife's blog. I've seriously been reading her blog, from the beginning, for like 3 or 4 days now. I couldn't stop until I was finished. She had like TWO YEARS worth of posts. She wasn't one of those people that only blogged like once every other week either. She is an avid and faithful blogger (which I love). I finally finished reading it last night. It was a good read, and I enjoyed it greatly. After reading through someones blog like that you get this sense that you actually know these people. I mean you've practically shared every major milestone in their lives from the past 2 years. You feel this invisible bond that of course they don't feel with you because they haven't read your blog, but you somehow feel with them because they have opened up their story and let you flip through the pages of their lives. (Ok, that sounded corny even to my ears) It's amazing though how much you can feel connected to someone through something as little as an online blog. Craziness.... it boggles my mind to no end.

So anyway, back to adoption. Adoption. That word stirs up so many feelings in my heart. Hope. Love. Second Chances. Fear. Anxiety. Peace. I'm not married, and am probably years away from having children (school first), but deep down inside I know God is telling me almost as if it is a whisper in the far corners of my heart that I am meant to adopt someday. I can't speak from experience since I've never had a child of my own, but I can only imagine that having a child that is your own is the most magical, important thing to ever happen to you. And yet, you could do something even more magical and important in someone elses life. As I watched the adoption video for this little boy I couldn't help but get tears in my eyes. When they shared the footage of their goodbye with his foster mother it was heart wrenching. She loved him SO much, but she was willing to let him go because she knew he would have a better life with this young couple. She wrote them a letter (in Korean, that had to be translated) that said she loved him, but knew she was doing the right thing and giving him a better chance at life. Can you imagine loving something so dearly, but giving it up anyway because you knew it was for the best? Can you imagine being on the receiving end of that gift? Well, I don't know about the giving part, but I've definitely been on the receiving end of that gift. God sent His son to the cross to pay the ultimate price so that we could be saved and have everlasting life. What is a better gift than that???

I don't know, I guess that was just resting on my heart and I felt I needed to share it. Or maybe, I'm just exhausted and all my thoughts need to be released. Either way, these thoughts are logged in to my blog for all to read. One thing I hope you get from reading my blog is enjoyment. Laugh people! It's good for you! I also hope that I make you think every once in awhile. I'm not really a philisophical person (see my grade in Philosophy from ICC and you will know this as truth), but I hope I do convey some ounce of intelligence every once in awhile that can get you pondering about something. And also, I hope I convey friendship. I may not know who you are, but you know who I am if you've been reading my life that I've blogged here. You may only know a small piece of my life, but more is sure to be revealed in time.

Now, because that was a quite lengthy blog, I thought I'd throw in a picture or two. It spices the post up a little. So here you go.....

I also have an idea in the back of my head for another post, but it will take time, so be on the look out for something special! :)

Have a good and restful sleep........


Monday, April 7, 2008


Alright... my camera is officially for sale on ebay. If you are interested in checking it out you can search for it under the category cameras by clicking "Sony cyber-shot dsc-w55 digital camera- Excellent cond". There is currently one bid....for $.99. Yea, I know, but I have a reserve on it, so if it doesn't go higher I'm not obligated to sell. (Don't I sound like I know what I'm talking about?)
So, that leads me to the real reason for this post.... What kind of camera should I get now??? I need suggestions. I would prefer something that has some sort of sport feature (takes pics really fast if things are moving). That is a main perk I'd like, and other than that I'm open for anything. I need to get crack-a-lackin (as my friend Ashley would say), because I only have 6 weeks before vacation!!!! Freak out!!!! I scare my sis everytime I count down the weeks. She doesn't feel like she has enough time to organize our itinerary and get it bound in a handbook! Haha... I kid....sort of. ;)
So yea, I'm open to suggestions on cameras. Have you heard of any good ones? Do you have an awesome camera you think I should have too? Let me know.......

I got to see precious little Maia today. Her mama and daddy brought her to the Spotted Cow restaraunt in the hospital, so I stopped in and saw them on my lunch break. They were waiting to go to a doctor's appointment. I wish I had had my camera then. She was laying in this little bed on the table and she looked so precious wrapped in her pink blanket. She even woke up and showed us her pretty eyes. She is soooo adorble!! I am so proud of Deena. She is a rockstar of a mom! (Walt is a pretty awesome daddy too!)

Alright, I need to go to bed. I have to get up at 5 tomorrow for clinical and I'll be running running running until 3. I'm tired just thinking about it. I have much more on my mind, but I guess you'll have to wait until later this week to hear it. Have a good Tuesday!!!!


Saturday, April 5, 2008

Sigma Theta Tau International

You're probably thinking "What the heck does that mean? Did Megan join a sorority?" Well, the answer is no, I did not. Sigma Theta Tau (which will be known as STT for the remainder of this post because it is easier to type) is an International Honor Society that I was inducted into this afternoon. There are over 400,000 members worldwide and now I am one of them. You get inducted because you have earned your place through hard work and dedication (or atleast that's what the booklet says that they handed to us).
There was a short (but agonizing) ceremony today where we listened to a speaker for 20 minutes (about 19 minutes too long if you ask me), then our names were called and we went forward to receive a certificate, membership card, a little ribbon, and a purple carnation. The honor societies flower is actually a purple orchid, but we're too cheap for that, so we got my least favorite flower instead. Oh well.... it was the thought that counts.
So anyway... I just wanted to share some pictures from the day. Note: I did not wear purple so that I would match. I completely forgot that was the color of STT honor society.
And so, I leave you with these pictures. I seriously need to get back to studying. I've been a bad girl this weekend!

(Here I am in my standard pose for whenever there is an event and I have my picture taken alone. My hair looks long today or something... hmmm.)

(Here we are in our usual pose as a trio whenever there is an event or something.)

(Don't I look just deeply interested in what is being said? Yea.. the way I look is pretty much how I felt during that whole thing.)

(This is me getting my certificate. Exciting... I know. Don't you just love the pledge we had to say on the screen? It's labeld by line..."line 1, line 2" I ask you, was it really necessary to have the lines labeled as we recited it?)

(This is Ashley, Jen and I. Jen is my clinical partner for our last semester! :) We have missed eachother since we haven't really had classes together since J1.)

(Here we are, the Three Musketeers!)

(This is me...standing on a bridge. My sis took this picture. She actually took one where you could see the college of nursing sign above my head, but whatever...this is what she sent me. My arm is up funny because I'm holding my flower. It's camoflauged very well against my shirt. :p)

(Here we are in our booth at Avanti's. Yum!)

(This is just me being goofy!)

(And so I leave you with an adorable picture of my parents. Aren't they adorable?)


Friday, April 4, 2008

Maia's homecoming

Maia is home!! She bust out of the hospital Thursday night. Her Mama is thrilled of course! :) She sent an adorable pic via text message of little Maia sleeping soundly at home. Although she has been discharged there are still many trials and obstacles to come for this little precious one. Continue to pray for her and her mommy and daddy.

My previous post about Voices that Care spurred a conversation of "the good ole days" between my sisters and I as we drove to see one of our friends art show. We started reminiscing about summers past when we would stop at a local burger joint and my mom would buy all of us cousins (because she babysat a whole slew of us during the summer) hamburgers. I also happened to have some jaw breakers in my pocket, so that got us talking about a little store within walking distance from our house that we used to buy the mini-jawbreakers at. *Sigh* the memories.... ("Memories...Light the corners of my mind... Misty watercolor memories....") <-Just thought that song seemed appropriate... :) It all seems so long ago, and yet sometimes it feels like it only happened a short while ago. I love those memories... I think that I need to pick up journaling again so I don't forget those moments. I know... you're thinking "Hello! What do you think this blog is for??" Well, that's true, but there are also little things that I remember or things that happen that I'm sure you all don't want to hear. Plus, there's something a little more intimate when you are sharing something just between yourself and God without the whole world (or atleast a dozen of you that read this) tuning in to hear it as well. My last experience with journaling was a few summers ago when I had a not so great job. Don't get me wrong... the pay was good, and it wasn't all horrible, but for the most part I hated it and had many a nights when I would just cry when I got home because I was so unhappy. I pretty much quit journaling after that. I absolutely loved that journal too. Looking back I wish I hadn't wasted all those horrible unhappy entry's on it, because it was so pretty. My sister got it for me on a trip she went on. It had a bamboo covering with a turquoise cloth trim. Oh well.... Maybe I can find something as equally pretty somewhere else.

Alright, I think I've bored you enough. I think I'm going to get back to studying. Hope you're having a funtastic Friday. Wish I was with you!


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Voices that Care

OK, so my last post I mentioned Voices that Care, and that prompted me to make a visit to one of my favorite websites...youtube. Lo and behold they did have a video of it, so I thought I would post it. I can remember watching this video over and over again. So good....
P.S.-- Check out the hair!

Alright, well that's it for tonight. Have a good Friday!

(Ok, since there was a question.... the guy singing at the end is Warren Wiebe. He was a friend of David Foster and he sang the demo before they got all of those stars to sing.)


The 80's and such...

Well, I survived my first teaching session on Wednesday. The kids were really receptive to the information and more than half of the kids participated. A half an hour goes quicker than I thought. 1 down....3 more to go.

So today was a pretty laid back day. I slept in so my poor body could function. I finished my paperwork for the week last night and then fell asleep in bed to Jon and Kate Plus 8 re-runs. It was a gloomy day outside, so I pretty much just planted myself in my computer chair and studied the majority of the day. That was even more depressing for my day since I was studying information on elder abuse and childhood communicable diseases.

So by now, you're probably wondering what any of that has to do with the 80's..... well I was saving that for last. Here is an email that I'm sure most of you have seen before. I thought it would be fun to post......

You Know You Grew Up In the 80's if:
1. You've ever ended a sentence with the word SIKE.
2. You can sing the rap to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and can do the Carlton (I would so love to be where you are right now listening to you sing this song and actually try to do 'the Carlton')
3. You know that "WOAH" comes from Joey on Blossom
4. If you ever watched "Fraggle Rock"
5. It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.
6. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head.
7. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school. (I know I did!)
8. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.
9. You played the game "MASH"(Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House) (I remember playing this, but have no idea how to now.)
10. You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it.
11. You know the profound meaning of " WAX ON , WAX OFF"
12. You wanted to be a Goonie.
13. You ever wore fluorescent clothing. (some of us...head-to-toe)
14. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted.
15. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.
16. You took lunch boxes to school...and traded Garbage Pailkids in the schoolyard.
17. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets. (I see why they were banned...those things hurt!)
18. You still get the urge to say "NOT" after every sentence.
19. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.
21. You ever owned a pair of Jelly-Shoes.
22. After you saw Pee-Wee's Big Adventure you kept saying "I know you are, but what am I?" (Pretty sure I wasn't one of those kids, but whatever...)
23. You remember "I've fallen and I can't get up"
24. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.
25. You have ever played with a Skip-It.
26. You remember boom boxes and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that.
27. You remember watching both Gremlins movies.
28. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot.
29. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac.
30. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool...and don't even flinch when people refer to them as "NKOTB" (haha see my previous post "NKOTB")
31. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell," The ORIGINAL class. (Go ahead...list 'em off...)
32. You know all the words to Bon Jovi - SHOT THROUGH THE HEART. (This takes me back to Bio 146 with Mr. Martin. He sang this chorus to us as we dissected our frogs and someone accidentally poked the heart...poor froggy!)
33. You just sang those words to yourself.
34. You still sing "We are the World" (That and Voices that Care...right girls? :p)
35. You tight rolled your jeans.
36. You owned a bannana clip. (It was not me that mis-spelled banana in that sentence.)
37. You remember "Where's the Beef?"
38. You used to (and probably still do) say "What you talkin' 'bout Willis?"
39. You're still singing shot through the heart in your head, aren't you!

Now, wasn't that fun?


Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Tonight I went to a dinner at CBC sponsored by Ladies Missionary Fellowship Committee. The speaker was Teresa Perrine. Her husband Jack has been leading the conference this year, and they are both terrific! Tonight after we had dinner she focused her short lesson on rejoicing.

Phillipians 4:4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again:Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

She broke those verses up and as she read them to us and elaborated on her points she had us doodling on blank pieces of paper. Whatever came to our mind about the verse.... we were supposed to write something down or draw. This was easy for me because I love to doodle. It was like a dream come true. Someone was telling you to doodle while they were talking! I think the most interesting part of the night was when one of the women sent her paper napkin up in flames at her table. Talk about a full room of wide eyes! You could hear the napkin go *POOF* as it caught on the flame. The flame was HUGE! She finally let go of the napkin, only for it to land on a plastic tablecloth. Luckily someone at the table grabbed the pitcher of water and poured it on the firey napkin. (Lesson learned: buy flame retardent napkins and tablecloths when using candles as a centerpiece.) Talk about being fired up for God! I think everyone was rejoicing the church didn't catch on fire! Haha! It was a nice light moment and everyone had a good laugh over it..... I wish you all could have been there, but seeing as there were already 80 women there the dining room may have been too full to fit anyone else in.

Well, today was April Fool's Day. Can I just say I strongly, strongly dislike this holiday? I mean in all intents and purposes it is just a deceitful day which only causes stress. The whole day seemed like a joke to me. I did not have a very good day on clinical, and I was just waiting for someone to pop out and say "April Fool's! You should have seen your face...." No such luck, though. :( I ended the day on a good note, so I guess that's all I can ask for. Rejoice in the Lord always, right?

So..... over 100 posts on this little ol' blog. If I had been more coordinated and had enough time I would have planned a party. We could have reminisced over blogs past, shared some laughs, ate some good food, BYOC of course (bring your own comments)..... Bummer... I guess that's why I'm not the party planner in the family. Maybe I'll plan something special for the 200th....

I start teaching tomorrow. I'm feeling a little better about it, but that could all change 2 minutes before I am set to teach. I have until 10:30 to think things over and get organized. It's only a half hour of my life... how bad can it be? :/

Alright, well I better get some last minute things organized, and then head to bed. I had a long day and this week is only going to get longer with studying and such. Have a good rest of the week!

Until next time..........................

Better Late than Never....

100 POSTS!!!!!!

This is technically my 102nd post!!!!! I was watching my post numbers last week, but then totally forgot about it this week.

I really don't have time to post anything now...but check back later tonight... I'll be sure to post something more substantial.