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I LOVE IT!

Time is going by soooo fast here, I can’t keep up! My first days at work were terrific! Friday, the first day on the Neonatal ICU was wild and crazy and fast-paced but I learned sooo much and loved it! Being the weekend, Saturday and Sunday proved to be a little slower. I feel like God has already incredibly blessed me with some wonderful friends and co-workers on the unit. All the nurses are wonderful and the teamwork is fantastic! I couldn’t have asked for anything better. This IS a whole new world of nursing and I’m finding that I have to change my thinking a lot…I’m used to giving medications, treatments, etc. to adults in adult sizes and doses but that’s a bit much for these little ones. 🙂 So…it’s keeping me on my toes. But to sum up the new job experience in three words: I LOVE IT!

Now I’ve had off several days and one would think I would be bored…?! Nope! It seems I manage to stay busy and find something to do everyday whether it is shopping, hanging out with friends, visiting frozen yogurt places :), baking and cooking, tanning and swimming at the pool, working out, cleaning the apartment, decorating the apartment, and yes, getting on facebook or on the cell phone.

Monday, Briann and I FINALLY got our Oklahoma Driver’s licenses! WHEW! That was such a looong drawn out ordeal and I’m just glad to have it taken care of! I rode my bike around the city about 5-6 miles…it was a lot of fun! Then in the evening, Briann and I played volleyball with the Henderson Hills Baptist Church Singles group and had a really good time! Tuesday morning, I worked out in the fitness center and met the weirdo guy again… :/. Briann and I tanned at the pool for a couple of hours but it was SUPER hot! Our tans are impressive though…! And…I can’t really remember what we did the rest of the day….ummmm. Oh yeah, we made a Wal-Mart fun for some groceries, wrote our Father’s day cards, and completed some paperwork stuff for OU Medical Center and health insurance. Fun huh?! Not really…. Okay, today we went shopping for some living room apartment decor and found a few things but nothing real spectacular yet. 😦 We were at the pool tanning again for about an hour today but it was so hot that we didn’t stay out long.

For the past two days, we have wanted to take out our bikes and ride around Lake Hefner…but it has been horribly windy! *bummer* But…we’ve decided that tomorrow morning, whether wind, hail, or tornado…we’re going to the lake!!! 🙂 Hopefully, it will be nice.

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The sweet life of two new roomies in the city!

For all of you who faithfully read my blog and keep up with my life from the blogging view, I apologize for my absence over the past few weeks. Let’s just say that moving is a huge adventure and time has escaped soooo incredibly fast. I have already been here in Oklahoma City for nearly two weeks! Since I haven’t started my job yet (that happens tomorrow…), it has felt like I’ve been on vacation for these 14 days! But it has been so nice to get settled and take care of all of those little details that go along with moving. And of course we’ve taken the time to pamper ourselves by tanning out at the pool, working out, shopping at the Quail Springs Mall (which is only like a block away and they even have a NY&Co store…double sweetness!) and taking some walks in the cool calm evenings! Adjusting to city life has certainly been a change and I’m not quite used to the crazy Oklahoma drivers yet! But…the transition has not been hard and I’m loving the fact that Wal-Mart and Target are less than a mile away. Wal-Mart already knows us VERY well!

Ok…so I’m going to try to give you guys a speedy run down of the last couple of weeks! Actually, the day before the big move, Sunday May 17th, Dad and I ended up in the Vetinary ER at about 10:00 pm. Our precious canine, Lady, began acting really strange that evening…shaking, drooling, nervous-acting and as time went on, she couldn’t even stand without falling over. It was almost like she was having a seizure but it lasted for longer than that. After calling the vet and watching her for about an hour, we decided we had to do something as we planned on leaving town the next day. And she wasn’t getting any better. The diagnosis of the dog Dr. was that she may have gotten into some bug spray. They gave her some IV medication including a sedative and kept her there for two days until Serena and Dad returned home from OKC. But by Monday morning, she was doing pretty well and from Serena’s report after taking her home, she was back to her normal self! YAY! I’m so glad she is okay…she was really worrying me that night (being a nurse, I could only thing of the worse…).

So Monday morning rolled around too quickly it seemed as that night had been really short due to Ladybug. I woke up to an almost empty room. I was super excited about what the day was going to bring! I quickly got all of my last minute things packed up and we were on the road to OKC by 7:30 am. Very soon, I was saying goodbye to Kansas and hello to Oklahoma! After grapping some lunch and checking in at Sycamore Farms apartments (and signing my life away!), we bagan hauling everything up and in. At least it was only about 75-80 degrees instead of 90-100! But after the 20th time up and down the stairs, Dad and I were sweating and exhausted. I don’t know about Serena…she didn’t do much work. She just took pictures…! 😉

Then, the rest of the day we went furniture shopping. On the top of my list was bedroom furniture so I would at least have a decent place to sleep.  🙂 And…finally by 9:00 that night, I decided on a bedroom set but would still have to wait until Wednesday for delivery. Welp…the air mattress will have to do for two nights! I returned to the apartment for the night while Serena and Dad stayed at a motel. I don’t think I slept hardly a wink that night…I was up until about 3 am putting away clothes and such in my fabulous walk-in closet! I was so excited about getting everything organized and settled in but some of it would have to wait until I get the dresser and chest! At least I got my closet filled! 🙂 I surprised Serena and Dad by being up and ready to go by the time they knocked on my door at 8:30 Tuesday morning.  Serena helped me make a shopping list of ‘must haves’ for a quick trip to Wal-Mart and off we went with Dad tagging along behind. Oh my goodness, there are so many things that I always have handy at home and am finding absent now! Tis the reason for so many trips to Wally World! Dad and Serena left for home by noon so they could pick up Lady before the clinic closed. And yay, they left me behind…I really am in OKC and this is my new home!

The rest of the week is actually a huge blur! Briann, my roomie, was in and out during the day as she was finishing up her last semester at OK Baptist University. I continued organizing and putting away what I could in the apartment…but without any furniture, nothing could be in it’s perfect place quite yet. :/  Wednesday, my bedroom furniture arrived…YAY!!! But…I was hoping to get the room painted before then; however, that didn’t happen as the delivery came first thing that morning. So…I had the fun job of moving furniture, painting the walls, then moving furniture again. That took up the entire day. But finally by the end of the week, my room looked incredible and turned out great! I LOVE it!

Briann’s parents and family arrived on Thursday afternoon for her Nursing pinning ceremony and graduation that weekend. So once again, we went furniture shopping for the living room and dining room and had some fun times just hanging out! Pretty much got Briann all moved in over the weekend too. YAY!!! This was just the beginning of the sweet life of two new roomies in the big city! =D

Sunday, I think we finally decided for sure on some furniture for the living room and dining room and after spending all of our money, we couldn’t wait for delivery later that week. We were desperately wanting something to sit on besides the floor or boxes or totes that were lying around everywhere! Once again the days were flying by as we shopped and decorated our new home! We had WAY too much fun and spent WAY too much money! But isn’t that why I worked for five years and lived at home without bills to pay?!?!?!

Tuesday, I had my pre-employment physical at OU Medical Center. All went well and I passed with flying colors! WOOT! It was fun to visit the place that I will soon know very well!

By Wednesday, we had a tv plus our cable and internet were set up by the cox guy.  YIPEE! Now at least I feel like I was in tune with something outside of my apartment! Had to get on facebook first thing…! 🙂 That afternoon, it was time to go back to Kansas already for the ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) renewal class I was taking at Meade Hospital. It felt very awkward sleeping in my room again but without anything in it! Got caught up with the family on the latest news and gave Lady and the kitties a hug.  Dad loaded my bike in my little car…but he had to take it apart first. 🙂 At least he got it to fit though!

Thursday from about 9 am to almost 3 pm, Briann and I took the class in Meade while catching up with friends and co-workers at the hospital during our breaks! Even though I’d only been gone a week and a half, it was wonderful to see everyone again! I miss them SOOOO much! Brings back some great memories of some great times! Little did I know that while I was in class, something michevious was going on in the parking lot that involved my car! (For the second time…!!! I should have known…) My windows had some very good artistic work on them and I must say they did a quite a good job…but washing the silly paint off was NOT fun! :/ At least, the guys were decent enough to help me wash it off but they still owe me an official car wash!!! Even now, I think there is still some green paint and the car’s been through the car wash that is right next door to our apartments. I suppose I’ll forgive them this time…but next time I visit, I’m hiding my car! After the class and getting some things taken care of at home, Briann and I were off to the city again (and with our bikes!). WHOOHOO!

Friday, I got my Oklahoma license tag and returned to OU Medical Center for my TB skin test to be read. Then, Briann and I assembled our dining room table. We were smarted than we thought! =O WOW! Briann is much more construction and ‘building things’ minded than I am. Good thing!

Yesterday morning, we loaded our bikes onto Briann’s bike rack on the back of her SUV and headed for Lake Hefner…about 5-6 miles away. We surprised ourselves by riding the entire route around the beautiful lake which ended up being 9.5 miles! It was soooo much fun and the lake was gorgeous! We decided to make a ritual of riding around the lake every Saturday that we are off work. 🙂 It would be really fun to run out there too. And perhaps sometime, we’ll try some of the fancy restaurants on the lake and check out the lakehouse!

We attended a church this morning fairly close to our apartments. However, let’s just say we’re going to try a different place next Sunday. 😉 We hope to find a church soon that we can call home and look forward to meeting new people and making new friends! This afternoon, we went to the mall because we had not been to New York and Co. since we’ve been here and we were simply DYING TO GO! They had some amazing sales too! Just what we needed to do…spend more money! AHHHH…so we didn’t stay very long! We’ve pretty much already maxed out our credit cards. Nice huh?! Anyway, we also did a minor amount of cooking for the first time in our apartment this evening. (Now that we actually have some cooking equipment!)

So now that I’ve reached the here and now, I’m blogging at this moment while watching “Straight From the Heart” and drinking an Orange Julius Smoothie! YUM! And thinking about tomorrow…I START THE NEW JOB! I’m as excited as I am nervous! Actually, these days off of having no schedule really have been nice but I’m so ready to get a routine and make some money again (to replace all that I’ve spent!)!

In summary, the move has been great. I absolutely LOVE the city life. There is sooo much to do (and not enough time!). But we’ve only been here two weeks. Briann and I love our apartment and hopefully will say the same about our jobs soon! We look forward to many fun and exciting adventures to come. Just think…this is only the beginning of our new life! =D

Next post…PICTURES!

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Briann’s little graduation surprise…

Briann had a nice little surprise in her room of the apartment after she graduated! I wanted to do something meaningful…something she would never forget! 🙂 Afterall, for both of us, this is the beginning of a new life and a great adventure. I think the pictures pretty much tell the story….

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IMG_4848Diet Mt. Dew looks real…huh? 🙂

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IMG_4866Don’t worry…it really was edible…

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It won’t be like this for long…

Nope…it won’t. This is the week of many lasts. Last week of living with my Dad and sister. Last week of work at Meade Hospital. Last week of Kid’s Club at church. Last week of regularly meeting my Grandma for lunch in Dodge every Wednesday. The last of so many everyday things that make up my life right now.  But along with all the lasts…will come many firsts and that I anticipate with great excitement!

So now with my move only 7 days, 11 hours, and 6 minutes away, I’m really not thinking about much else! Uh…just ask Dad and Serena! Whatever I may be doing…working, baking, jogging, talking, shopping, reading…my mind is still lost in the move. During the snow storm a while back (yah…when I was stuck in the house for like 3 days…), I packed up quite a bit of stuff that I knew I would be using before I move. But I still have all my clothes and such in my room that needs packing. So, I started on that this afternoon. I’m beginning to think we may have to rent a U-HAUL after all!!! YIKES! Briann might not be able to move in…I’m thinking I might need both rooms for all my stuff!! 🙂

Let’s see, this past week has been a big blur but I’ll try to re-count what I’ve done and what I still need to do.  Monday…ummmm, I can’t remember…! Oh yah, I went over to my cousin’s house in Copeland…they recently moved and have done A LOT of remodeling. She has done a beautiful job with the house! Then my Grandma and I went to lunch at Eva’s Kitchen in Montezuma. Shortly after returning home, one of our neighbors called and needed a babysitter for the afternoon. I jumped at the opportunity because I hadn’t babysat for the two little guys for a LONG time! Ryan is 3 now (I’ve been babysitting him since he was 5 months) and Tanner is 1. They are sooo cute, full of energy, and kept me running. Ryan told me a lot of stories but I’m not sure I could tell you what they were about. 🙂

I worked Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. The week had it’s busy days but by Saturday when I left, we were down to only four patients! YAY!!! I’m hoping this last week stays nice and quiet patient-wise because I’m sure that it won’t be that way with the staff. Since this is my last week, I’m pretty sure I’m in for some pranks and drama! I’m a little scared to go to work…! There have already been a few ‘wars’ going on…and it’s gonna reach a climax this week.  🙂 The next time I write on here, I’m sure I’ll have some good stories to tell!

Wednesday, I spent much of the day in Dodge…grocery shopping and running errands. Kid’s Club was in the evening again and it was absolutely beautiful outside so we kicked all the kids out to play after the lesson! 🙂 Since this week is our final Club for the semester, we are having a cook-out and I hope the weather is just as nice again!

Thursday I was home all day I think. I’ve been checking into auto insurances online because I’ll have to change once I move. I baked some mint chocolate cupcakes for our celebration of Nurse’s Week at the hospital. They turned out well (they were pretty anyway!)…after I spent nearly all day on the frosting! Initially, I had planned just a cool whip frosting (made to look ‘minty’ with a few drops of green food coloring) but the cool whip just wasn’t stiff enough and looked like just a flat blob on the cupcake (I tried many different things and even got Serena’s expert baking advice)…so I resorted to the traditional buttercream frosting. I used the frosting decorator to create a ‘mountain’ of sorts on the cupcake then sprinkled Andies mint bits on top and drizzled with melted chocolate. Everyone at work loved them! I had fun making them…even if it took me all day to frost them!

So I think that pretty well sums up my week! This week I hope to get my car insurance officially switched over. I’m planning a couple get together’s with some friends before leaving next week too. Wednesday, I have a hair appointment for highlights and a trim and also a car appointment for an oil change. I have a few things to get on my shopping list also. And of course…I have to finish packing! But actually most of the rest of the packing is going to wait until this weekend.

I’m so ready for this new chapter in my life. But saying goodbye here is not going to be easy. 😥

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TWO WEEKS!

Has it really been two weeks since I have blogged?! Do I really only have two weeks of employment left at Meade District Hospital?! Am I really moving to OKC in just two weeks?! Yes :/ …YEs…and YES!  Two weeks from today I will be packing and getting ready for the big transition to city life! I’m getting SOOO excited because it is SOOOO close! Perhaps this is by far one of the biggest changes I have made in my life, and I’m hoping and praying it will also be one of the best! 😀

As I was chatting with my roomie-to-be (Briann) on the phone this afternoon, we eagerly discussed the when’s, where’s, and how’s of moving, painting, colors schemes, furniture, decorating, and anything and everything else having to do with our new apartment! We are indescribably excited…so much so that we can hardly stand it! I’ve pretty much decided on a dusky chocolate brown and cream color with olive green accents for my bedroom. Then, I plan to do BRIGHT pink, orange, and yellow in my bathroom with a daisy theme. In a trip to Wichita with a friend a couple Saturday’s ago, I managed to find some really great decor and even essentials for my bedroom and bathroom that fits perfectly! 😉 Monday, I made a quick up and back trip to OKC in one day just to complete some pre-employment stuff for the hospital (primarily a drugs screen…don’t worry, I’m pretty sure I passed!). I stopped by our apartment complex and made sure everything was in line for moving in on May 18th (and it is!) and also scouted out the area. I was thrilled to discover that there is a Home Depot, a Sherman Williams paint store, and a Wal-Mart within blocks of our apartment! PERFECT for the week of our painting and decorating party! Anyone who wants to come help is welcome…! 🙂

Work has kept me hopping the past couple of weeks. It has just been busy. But thankfully we haven’t seen anyone with the Swine Flu…yet. This past week I ended up working four 12-hour shifts – Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Except Friday ended up being a 14-hour shift because we had a little (actually a LOT) of excitement right a shift change and so I got stuck in the ER for a while. It is getting sadder and sadder each time I go to work now because reality is setting in that I won’t be there much longer. I’m sooo excited to move on and start my new job…but it’s going to be hard and sad to leave my second family at Meade! 😦 I know I will cry my last day! I’m going to miss everyone so much. But I’ve also been really enjoying my last days at Meade Hospital knowing that “it won’t be like this for long!”

April 19th-22nd I found myself staying with our neighbor girls for the evenings and nights. They were in school during the day but I just went over after school, fixed supper, helped with homework and chores, checked the cattle, and played when the work was done! It was actually quite a tiring week and it didn’t help matters that I was just getting over a cold. By Thursday night, I was so ready to be sleeping back in my own bed, especially since I had to work the last three days of that week!

Serena has been spring cleaning the house this week…and rearranging everything! Whenever I come home from work, I never know where my stuff is going to be or even if I’ll have a bed to sleep in! Thank goodness, as of yet, I still have a bed! I’m sure that will all change once I’m gone for good though. The house has seemed to be in shambles for a while now…my boxed up stuff lying around, some old furniture here and there that we need to get rid of, and then new furniture that Dad and Serena bought for a ‘guest bedroom’ once I’m gone. Go figure…they buy new furniture AFTER I’m going to be moving! Humph!

I’ve managed to even sneak in some scrapbooking the past couple of weeks and found myself loving it! I am soooo far behind on scrapbooking and haven’t done it for a while so it was fun to get back into it! And…I even made a huge mess of paper, die-cuts, stickers, ribbon, adhesives, eyelets, stamps, and embellishments everywhere! Just ask Serena…! But I’ve learned, I can’t really scrapbook without making a huge mess. Yesterday I finished a mini book I had been working on…and it turned out really nice. I was impressed with myself anyway! 🙂 That will probably be the last scrapbooking project I do for a while….

Yesterday was a leisurely day at home. I slept in, then ended up on the phone for a loooong while with a great friend (we had  a LOT of catching up to do)! It was great! Today was just another typical Sunday. Church this morning and a quiet afternoon at home. This afternoon, I cleaned up my big huge scrapbooking mess, surfed the internet a while, chatted with Briann for an hour about apartment plans :), went on a 2-mile run (IN 16 MINUTES!!!! I broke my record…YAY!!!!), and am now blogging while watching an Andy Griffith show and sipping on diet Mt. Dew and munching on popcorn!

Last week, the weather was quite warm in the 70’s and 80’s and even reached 90 degress one or two days. But this week has cooled down and this weekend especially was cloudy, cool, and rainy. Yesterday, it showered off and on. Today it has just pretty much been cloudy, calm,  and about 55 degrees. PERFECT running weather! And my 2-mile run was very VERY nice! I just wish we had more perfect running days. I’m off again tomorrow and it is suppose to be warmer and the sun is to come out…so I’m hoping to get back outside for some tanning! I’ve been slacking on that recently! ^-^

I’ll try to be better now about keeping you all updated…. 😉

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The beginning of a dream come true…

Every time my phone has rang this week, I jump and run to it expectantly hoping that it is the hospitals in OKC…and every time, I’d been disappointed! UNTIL TODAY…11:30 this morning my phone rang. Since I was working I didn’t have my phone with me…but later (about 12:30) I heard the “beep” alerting me that I had a missed call. I went to check it not really thinking it would be Children’s OU hospital in OKC…BUT IT WAS!!! While I listened to the voicemail left by the nurse manager of the NICU, adrenalin was gushing through my body! I called them back right away and accepted the offer for the job! Then I ran to tell all of my co-workers and at that point was literally screaming (I think the entire hospital could hear me…I might as well have gotten on the intercom and announced the news!)! I AM SOOOOO excited, thrilled, ecstatic, happy, and thankful! This is what I have always wanted to do ever since I graduated from nursing school. My dreams are becoming reality right before my eyes. Praise the Lord. He is SO good!

Tonight, I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to sleep. I’m stilled wired! I’ve texted or called all my friends and co-workers who weren’t working today and my Grandma. I am to start my new job on June 1st…it can’t come fast enough! But really that’s only 2 months away!

I am going to try to get some sleep as I am to return to work again tomorrow. However, I’ve heard that we are to get a HUGE snow storm and possibly a blizzard (if the winds keeps up like it is now!) tonight and tomorrow. So…getting to work or getting back home might prove to be a bit of a challenge. The crazy weather and the new job…that’s just about too much thrill for one day in a nurse’s life!

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Pins and Needles!

That’s right! I’m still on pins and needles waiting to hear back from the hospitals in OKC! I hope to hear back soon. They said it might be one to two weeks. So I just might have to be on pins and needles for a while longer. All three of my interviews went well and it’s going to be a difficult decision to choose which hospital. There are pros and cons to all of them. I guess I’ll see which one offers me the best job! 🙂

Let’s recap this past week a bit. After getting back from the city Wednesday late afternoon, I unpacked and got caught up with the family on some things. Bright and early at 6 am Thursday morning, Dad, Serena, and Krissa left for the loooong 15 hour drive to Lexington, KY. I think they had a pretty uneventful drive until Krissa’s TomTom led them astray for a short little bit…but thanks to Dad, they quickly got back on track. 😉 Friday, they unpacked the van and PT cruiser which was piled high with MY bedroom furniture and Krissa’s other million things! Krissa found some living room furniture for her apartment in Lexington and took care of a few other random to-do’s. Saturday morning, Dad and Serena headed home and made really good time as they arrived back home about 8:45 pm. I don’t think they took any detours on the route home. 🙂

As for me, I had the entire house to myself for about 3 days. It was quiet but nice. Thursday I spent reading through some of the hospital material given to me during the interviews, getting caught up on some emails and things around the house, and chatting with some friends. Friday, I worked. And Saturday, I swept and mopped the kitchen floor, emptied all the trash, took out the garbage, did a load of laundry, cleaned and washed out Lady’s bed and blankets on the porch, played with the baby kitties (they were lonely with Serena gone!), laid out in the sun for about an hour (and ended up with a sunburn!)…amongst various other things. I felt like I accomplished a lot even if I was home alone. Every day, I also had to go out and water all of the cattle tanks and “check the cows.” The extent of my checking on them was pretty much just making sure they were still alive! And I was pleased to tell Dad that we even had another healthy baby calf while he was gone (thank goodness the mother didn’t have any trouble…). At least the weather wasn’t freezing and I didn’t have to break any ice in the tanks…! I’m not sure Dad would have left if that were the case. I don’t think he has THAT much faith in me.

Sunday was church and I had the responsibility of teaching six 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. They were fun and there was never a dull moment in that one hour! Most of that afternoon, I found myself looking at apartment furniture on the internet! YAY! I’m having soooo much fun and am definately addicted now. I LOVE some of the contemporary modern syles now, especially the black bedroom sets! But I also don’t want to get something too trendy because styles change over time and I intend to have this furniture for a while. There are so many choices though too…I don’t know how I’m ever going to decide! AHHH!

Yesterday and today I also had off work and have mostly been at home. It has been horrifically WINDY! I often feel like I’m living in the dirty thirties again (although I never lived then…). For a while yesterday afternoon the winds calmed down very nicely while it changed direction and so I took advantage of it and went out for a jog. It was splendid! I went to Dodge this afternoon and did the grocery shopping for the week…but I thought I was literally going to blow away.

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