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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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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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