Archive for February, 2009

This week in a nutshell

This week has been incredibly busy. I’ve felt like I’ve ran all week and not been able to take a breath until today. WHEW! But…it’s also been fun in many ways. So here’s the run down of my week…what I remember anyway. 😉

Started the week Sunday and Monday by working both days twelve hour shifts (which actaully with the report time and the drive makes for a 14 hour day).  Sleep, work, and eat is pretty much all I get done on those days. So…I was hoping for a day to sleep in on Tuesday (I usually do this after I’ve worked a couple of days) but nope, had a dentist appointment bright and early at 8:40 am. While I was in Dodge, I also got some other errands accomplished like grocery shopping and getting a passport photo taken for my OK Nursing License application. Got home about noon, only to change clothes real quick and go into work 1:00 to 7:00pm for another nurse. No sleeping in Wednesday either as I returned for a day of work in the Pharmacy. Thank goodness, I was able to leave about 4 pm so I could still go to church for Kid’s Club that evening (especially since Serena was gone). Thursday morning, Dad and I attended the funeral of a lady in our church. Although she was elderly, she and her family are special to me because I took care of her husband in the nursing home for several years when I worked in Dodge and prior to going to nursing school. He has been deceased for a number of years but I will never forget her faithfulness to him.  Then, Thursday afternoon, I drove to Shawnee, OK to Briann’s on campus apartment at OK Baptist University. I arrived about 8 pm and we stayed up until about 1:00 am talking about apartments and moving to OKC, apartments and moving to OKC, apartments and moving to OKC…I think you get the picture. Friday was the big apartment shopping day! We were up at 7 am and arrived in the city by 10 am. Our ‘shopping’ was successful and although we visited about 5 different apartment complexes, the second one was the *perfect* one. Yup…we pretty much knew it right away…we both chimed together “THIS IS THE ONE!” Great location, right price (within our nursing budgets :)), gated community, and included all of our ‘must-haves.’ So then, after the running around was over, we found a seat at the lucious Cheesecake Factory and talked about the Sycamore Farms apartments (our soon to be new home!) and all the details. I left OKC that evening about 5:30 pm and arrived back home by 11 pm. I didn’t fall asleep. I didn’t hit any deer. And I didn’t even wreck my car! 🙂

Finally this morning, I slept in until about 8:30. YAY! The cats and Lady don’t like it though cause I always feed them when I get up. I went to my Grandma’s for lunch and spent part of the afternoon with her and my Uncle and Aunt nearby. It was great to get caught up on some things…especially since my Grandma and I have missed our lunch dates in Dodge recently.

I had to play with the baby kitties some this afternoon and then I felt like a ‘Merry Maid’ the rest of the evening! I put on some music…then got to work – doing laundry, sweeping and washing the kitchen floor, cleaning the bathroom sinks and toilets, and finally, scrubbing the bathtub. I feel great now that it’s all done! Serena would be proud of me…but she won’t be home until Monday. 😉

Thank goodness that Krissa has been home this week to do the cooking and such since I’ve kinda not really been here…with working or in OKC or running around somewhere. Thank you Kris! She’s still on the job hunt…hopefully she’ll know something for certain soon.

My new home…(minus the furniture):


the kitchen


utility room with washer and dryer!


living room and balcony


dining room


master bathroom with garden tub


main bathroom


walk in closets! YAY!


master bedroom


living room


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Traveling sisters…

Right now, I’m sitting in front of the tv with my laptop watching The Long Shot. It’s about a little girl with a special horse and as with an good movie, it has a romantic twist. I have watched the DVD before but it has been a while. I LOVE romantic movies but I also love comedy so both combined makes for the perfect show…better know as chick-flick movies!

Krissa is in Lexington, Kentucky interviewing for a journalist job at Hobby Farms magazine. She drove all the 14 hours by herself yesterday, had an interview this morning, and will drive all the way back tomorrow. According to her text message earlier today, her interview ‘went well.’ She’s spent soooo much time in her PT cruiser driving literally from the east coast to the west coast, she ought to be able to drive it with her eyes closed. But I wouldn’t recommend that anyway! Within less than a year she has been from South Carolina to Kansas to Alabama back to Kansas to Florida to New York to Pennsylvania to Kansas again to California to Kansas yet again to Kentucky. I’ve probably missed a couple states in there somewhere too! By the time she manages to get a job, she’ll have probably visited nearly every state in the US. We’ll see…. She’s definitely the journalist on the move and on a mission: to find a job.

Next week, we all will be traveling…well, except Dad. He gets to stay home and hold down the farm. 🙂 Serena will be going to some sewing convention in Washington State for most of the week. Krissa is going to a friend’s wedding in St. Louis, MO next weekend.  And I will be going to Oklahoma City Thursday and Friday in search of apartments.

Enjoy these new photo shoots of the kittens. They are SOOO photogenic!











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My job…

Yesterday and today I worked. It was busy, crazy, hectic, and wild! AHHH! Glad the two days are history. I must say that I was alarmingly surprised at how slow the days went despite how busy it was! Somehow, I manage to find some highlights and joy in the days that even I get frustrated and irritated because I feel ‘over-demanded.’ So many times today, I felt like there needed to be two of me! But nope! There wasn’t…so I set priorities and be the best nurse I possibly can. 🙂 With the Lord’s gracious support and joy even in the midst of a cluster of activity and chaos, I think I managed to be a good nurse.

I’m finding myself really enjoying work these last months before I leave for OKC in May. As I contemplate moving and continue to make plans, I am SUPER DUPER excited…but sad that I’m leaving Meade. The Hospital in this little town has become so much like home to me. My co-workers and friends have been amazing, supportive of me through the tough times, and fun! The times we’ve shared whether at work or outside of work have been priceless. All the memories, the jokes, the hugs, the smiles, and the secret pals will NEVER be forgotten! I love you guys more than you will ever know!

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17 (actually 18…) random things about me

1. The best thing that’s ever happened to me is when I trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior when I was 5 years old! He has completely changed my life!

2. I’m definitely addicted to diet mountian dew.

3. I listen to music when I go to sleep.

4. I LOVE little furry balls that purr AKA…cats!

5. I want to visit Italy, France, and England someday.

6. I’m a Registered Nurse and work at the best hospital with the best co-workers! But it has always been my dream to work in a Neonatal ICU…and that may become reality very soon!!!

7. Believe it or not, I am a farm girl. My Dad’s a farmer.

8. I love hanging out with friends, chatting on the phone, and texting.

9. My Mom passed away a little over two years ago after a short battle with brain cancer. Praise the Lord she is face to face with her Savior!

10. Disorganization drives me bananas!

11. I absolutely love nursing but ultimately desire to be a wife and mommy someday, Lord-willing.

12. I love coffee shops…but I don’t like coffee. 🙂

13. I have played the piano for about 14 years.

14. Fireproof is one of the best movies EVER…and I’m a HUGE fan of Kirk Cameron!

15. I love laughing with my sisters, getting lost with friends, and scarring my co-workers! 😉

16. I couldn’t live without my cell phone or my computer.

17. I love warm sunshiny days with no wind.

And I’m adding…

18. I’ve thought I was going to die twice already this year – first, when I wrecked my car and second, when I had the stomach flu last Friday.

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I can already tell that this week is going to be busy and when it’s over, it’ll just be a blur! I have those weeks every now and then. Today wasn’t anything hectic at all…it was a pretty relaxed Sunday afternoon…guess that was good so I could gear up for the next 6 days. I made granola this afternoon, played with the darling little kittens, watched a tad of the pro-bowl football game (mostly just the halftime show which ended up not being worth watching…), talked to a couple of friends and sister on the phone, practiced piano, and managed a 2 1/2 mile jog in the nice COOL but blustery weather.

I work Monday, Thursday, and Friday. I will also be babysitting the neighbor girls Monday and Tuesday evening and night. Miraculously I do not have piano lessons this Wednesday because my piano teacher is traveling with her husband and they will be in California! But I will still probably go to Dodge and do the weekly grocery shopping and perhaps meet my Grandma for lunch. Then that evening I have Kid’s Klub. Saturday, I babysit for my cousin’s little boy while his parents go to a Valentine’s Banquet. I also need to get some more of the paperwork done to tranfer my nursing license to OK this week. Plus, I need to make a trip to the Mark Down Shop in Copeland to take some of the accumulation of stuff that we no longer use. I must get some piano practicing in admist it all too and some housecleaning. And…there’s a couple people at work that I need to schedule some dinner dates with…eventually! It will be a fun week! 🙂 I dislike being bored so this is great!

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YES! So…I’m still stuck on the incredible Fireproof movie. I simply cannot get enough of it! Just this afternoon, we watched the ‘special features’ on the DVD, which included deleted scenes, pranks and jokes amongst the movie makers, and a sneak peak of behind the scenes. And…it also included “Fireproof in 60 seconds”…yea, it’s the fast version of the movie. So…for any of you that don’t have time to sit down for 2 hours and watch the movie in its entirety, go for the 60 seconds. And for all of you who have or will watch the full movie, you should still watch the 60 seconds! It is soooo funny and I guarantee that you’ll have to watch it more than once! I won’t spoil any more secrets except to say…DON’T MISS IT!!! =D

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One Year Anniversary!

This month…actually the 1st of this month, was the 1 year anniversary of my new blogging adventures on A Lily Among The Thorns. YAY!! Although I cringe when I think back about what happened to all those tons of posts on my former blog and how they have utterly vanished! I never thought anything could completely vanish from the internet world…but unfortunately I was grossly wrong! Next time, I’m not taking any chances. 😉

I was off work this weekend but haven’t done anything very exciting nor do I have anything exciting planned for the rest of the weekend. But that’s okay I guess. Although I was suppose to work at the hospital yesterday, I came down sick with the flu Thursday evening and had to call in sick on Friday. I felt really bad because they were super busy at work. Believe me, I would have much rather been working! By yesterday afternoon, I was feeling worlds better but just wiped out and sad because it was so nice outside and on any other day, I would have gone jogging. Let’s just say I wasn’t exactly up to that quite yet…but I sure was today. It wasn’t quite as warm but about 65 degrees and just perfect for a 4-mile quiet jog down the country road. Lady shadowed me (or at some points led me…) all the way. She apparently found a rabbit leg in the ditch somewhere along the way and carried it all the two miles back home.  Then I think she buried it in the backyard…!

My little sister is off to sunny California tomorrow…the Portersville Recorder to be exact. But I’m thinking it’s actually cloudy California right now. Anyhow,  sunshine or rain, she has an interview with the newspaper on Monday. She’s been calling rental car companies today so she will have some means of transportation while she is there. Her tad bit of worry has turned into a huge “uh-oh” because there is a car show going on in CA this week and so all of the rentals are already taken. Hummm…she is afraid she’s going to be stuck driving a huge stick-shift clunky truck, a rusty old topless tractor, or something without a motor at all! A bicycle or a horse might be her next best option…! I just hope she makes it onto ABC news if she’s caugh dressed up in a suit riding a horse or bicycling on the streets of Portersville dragging her luggage behind her! 🙂 I would have to laugh! As funny as it would be, I certainly hope she doesn’t have to resort to that. I really would feel sorry for her then…(but only after I laughed about it!).

Skittles’ kittens are getting so BIG! They are soooo much fun! Curious. Playful. Cuddly. Just plain adorable. They’re just over three weeks old. I love their lack of coordination still and their rolly-polliness!

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