Thursday, January 28, 2010

Day #25 - January 28, 2010 - New books!

After I started reading True Believer for the book club I talked about in this post, I decided to order the 2 other books in the trilogy from Amazon. While I was shopping, I ordered Eat Pray Love and 51 Things You Should Know Before Getting Engaged. I finally got the box in the mail today and am so excited to start reading these books once I finish True Believer.

PS: Does anyone see Cotton in the picture? Hehe :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day #24 - January 27, 2010 - Men and menstruation don't mix...

Ok, this is a really weird picture, I know, and some of you may be wondering what exactly it is...
Yup, it's a pad or sanitary napkin or whatever you choose to call it. Let me tell the story of why I am making this my picture of the day.
Yesterday at work we had a meeting about growth and development and the class about "growing up" we have to give the kids in the 4th-6th grade. You all remember that talk don't you?? :) Well anyway, for some reason they let this man come talk to us and we were all a little shocked when he pulled out these pads. Why is a man teaching a room full of women nurses about pads? WEIRD! Well, these special little things started in China and supposedly they are better for us women than the normal Always or Kotex... They are called the Love Moon Sanitary Napkins.

The man doing the presentation kept telling us how great they are, all the research they've done to prove they are better and that they are also approved by the FDA as a health product, however he never shared any of the research with us. What he told us sounded great. He did a demonstration too with pouring liquid on them and the absorbency seems much better than a standard Always pad. It turns into like what a diaper feels like after its soaked. It seems legit but I'm still not sold. He gave us 2 samples, an every day one and an overnight one so next time Aunt Flo is here, I'll have to give these a try. I found this blog on them... It has some information, but still nothing about the "research." Another thing, this aren't sold in stores. You have to contact a sales representative to get them which is very highly inconvenient. The price isn't bad; 4 bucks for a pack of 10.
I'm really not sure what this guys point was coming to us... I mean we all teach in schools that have students with limited resources and are probably lucky to even get regular store brand pads when they're on the rag. I know I won't be recommending these to those students and I also won't be ordering any to keep in my clinic. But, since most of the readers here I'm sure are women, I thought I'd share this new little tid bit of info I got yesterday. Who knows, maybe these little suckers are the next big thing for feminine hygiene... We'll see!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Day #23 - January 26, 2010 - Did someone forget to tell me something?

I got home today and found this in a box on my porch.... UMMM, did someone forget to tell me that I'm gonna have a baby? It would be different if it was addressed to "the lady of the house" or "current resident," but no, it was addressed to me! I'm thinking it will probably freak John out when he comes home and sees it. :) haha.
Anyway, I just thought this was pretty darn funny (and weird). I'll take it to school tomorrow and give it to one of the girls who needs it more than I do. God knows I won't be needing that for awhile! :D

Day #22 - January 25, 2010 - Go ahead and say it!

Yup, it's the crazy cat lady again :) hehe

Yesterday was a pretty boring day and I had nothing interesting to take a picture of. I think Pixie knows I am supposed to take a picture a day because she always seems to be posing. I could never get a good picture of her before this and now everyday it seems like she is doing something so cute where I just want to take her picture. So, here she is cuddling me in the blanket on the couch.

Did anybody else watch The Bachelor last night? Vienna really needs to go home. I can't stand that girl. My favorite is Tenley and Ali comes in a close second. I don't understand why this show pulls me in like it does. It really is so stupid and unrealistic, but I can't get enough! haha.

PS: I feel like I got hit by a truck this morning after my past 2 workouts on Wii Active. My legs feel like jello and the stairs in the house are killer! Today is my day off! :)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Day #21 - January 24, 2010 - Oh Wii Active...

... how you kick my ass!
I decided to take this pic and post about this because I've been seeing a lot of bloggers write about their weight loss struggles and strategies and I thought this review may help out. I've had Wii Active for awhile, in fact it was one of the main reasons I bought the Wii. I had a love/hate relationship with it at first. I liked being able to get a good work out in at home, but the Wii sensor was very delayed and not always accurate on your movements which is really what the program is all about. I had it set up at my apt with the sensor on top of my TV. I was also on the 3rd floor so I couldn't do all of the workouts like the running, tennis and dancing because I would have to be careful with my feet. I used the Wii active for the first time today at our new house where we have the sensor below the TV and it seemed to work so much better. All the movements on TV were right on. It really is amazing that this little game along with the leg strap, rubberband, remote and nuncuck can give you such a good workout. When I get done with just a 20-30 minute quick work out on there, I feel more sweaty and worked out than my 30-45 minutes on the elliptical at the gym. And, you know it's working when you can hardly walk the next day! haha
A few pointers:
~Wear pants or capris when using it b/c the velcro on the leg strap can rub your leg pretty bad.
~Put the leg strap up pretty high on your leg. Mine starts to slip as I'm running.
~Don't try to do these if you are living in a 2nd or 3rd floor apt! Your downstairs neighbors will hate you.
~Make sure you have plenty of room. These workouts will have you lunging, squatting, running and dancing all over the place. If you have to move furniture every time you use it, the less likely it is that you'll use it on a regular basis.
~I do the 30 day challenge set work outs then I go through afterward and do the fun stuff I like. It's just a few extra minutes, but it makes it more fun. I like to do the tennis, boxing and dancing as something a little extra.
~Get a rubberband with more resistance than the one the game comes with. You really don't get a good arm workout with that one. If you don't want to buy a new one, just position your feet on it where most of the rubberband is on the floor between your feet instead of in your hands.
~If you already have Wii Fit, you can use the balance board on this game. It asks you at the beginning if you will be using it and it will give you workouts where you can use it. I don't have the board, so I'm not sure exactly how that works.

I really hope I can stick with this and get the new Wii Active More Workouts and see how I like that one as well.

Day #20 - January 23, 2010 - Bowling fun!

Saturday night we didn't have any plans, so we got everyone together and went bowling! We hadn't been bowling in forever and we sure had some fun. :) This is me, my boyfriend, and one of our good friends, Kevin. They were on my team, so of course I had to get a team picture! haha.

Day #19 - January 22, 2010 - Celebrations

Friday night I met some friends for dinner at Pappasitos. These 3 girls worked with me at St. Lukes, my first hospital job I had. Patricia is the tall one with blond hair and she just got engaged! Of course we had to celebrate. :) I met them when they got off work which is why they are wearing their scrubs. Having dinner with them made me miss the hospital nursing and the skills I'm going eventually forget, but didn't make me miss it enough to go back! haha. I like my "teacher" hours!
Anyway, Congrats Patricia!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Day #18 - January 21, 2010 - Now reading...

The LSPSP (Life skills program for student parents) coordinator at my school started a book club for our middle school girls. All of my middle school girls here are in the LSPSP program because they have either had a baby or are expecting. So, she thought this would be a great way to get them all together and also have mentors. She asked me to be a mentor and I'm so glad she did. We had our first meeting yesterday, and this is the book that she picked for us to start reading, True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff. It is the second book in the Make Lemonade Trilogy. I started reading the book last night and it is of course more for teen reading, but it is a cute book so far and very appropriate for the teen parents. So far I've gathered that it's about an inner city highschool girl and her friends. It discusses everything a inner city high school girl has to deal with; sex, drugs, being raised by a single parent, dangerous neighborhoods, etc. This was definitely a good choice for these girls to read. I'm looking forward to finishing it and hopefully I'll be able to read the other 2 books in the trilogy.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day #17 - January 20, 2010 - American Idol

This is how I spent my Wednesday night....
I had to work late yesterday and after I sat in traffic for an hour getting home I was exhausted. I cooked something quick for dinner and sat my butt down on the couch, recliner up, and watched American Idol! :D I loooove American Idol. I don't really care for the audition portions that much because some of the people are just stupid idiots, but I love it once they go to Hollywood. I haven't picked any favorites yet because they don't show you everyones auditions, but it seems like there will be plenty of awesome girls this season. I can't wait for season to get started!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Day #16 - January 19, 2010 - 3 Holidays in 1!

This year I decided to combine Valentines Day, John's birthday (March 23) and our 2 year anniversary (March 29) in to 1 gift. Yup, I got him a trip to Cancun! I gave it to him way early even though everyone said not to, but when you book a trip it's kind of important to make sure the other person going can get off work! :) I was going back and forth on giving it to him this early, but finally decided on telling him when I couldn't find his passport anywhere in the house. We just moved into our new house in October and I was really afraid he wouldn't be able to find it, so I needed to give him enough time to get his passport in case he couldn't find it. And, also enough time to tell his work he'll be gone. Annnnd, I just couldn't keep it a secret anymore! :D I am soooo looking forward to this trip. John has been super stressed out at work lately so this is a much needed vacation for us. We went to Chicago, Vegas, and NYC last year and all those places are sight seeing, walking, busy vacations and this will be nice just to lounge in a hammock or on the beach all day for 5 days! ahhhhh, the good life!
I booked through Expedia and got a great deal. We will be staying at the Cancun Caribe Park Royal Grand All-Inclusive and I am so super excited. If anyone has any suggestions on what to do/see in Cancun please leave a comment! This will be a first trip there for both of us.

I know I've said this repeatedly in this post, but I am looking forward to this more than anyone knows. Not only to get away and have a stress free vacation, but to celebrate 2 amazing years with the man of my dreams. I love you, honey! :*

Day #15 - January 18, 2010 - Venturing out...

Last night I decided to venture out for dinner and make enchiladas! My Grannie has been making homemade enchiladas forever and I always love them and after I saw a recipe online for them, I decided to call my mom and get the recipe my Grannie uses. My mom and sister have made the enchiladas at the last few family gatherings because my Grannie doesn't want to mess with it, so that's why I called my mom to get the recipe. I actually had all the ingredients at the house, and it wasn't too hard. I have to say, I was quite impressed with myself. :) John loved them too, but we won't be adding them to our regular weekly meals because they are so unhealthy. It was nice though to change it up a little bit and prove to myself that I can add something else to my limited menu of things I can cook!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Day #14 - January 17, 2010 - A girls best friend :)

(DISCLAIMER: Stephanie didn't want to take this picture. She got up at 6am and didn't get dressed or put make-up on. She is making me write this! hahahaha)

Meet my best friend, Stephanie. She lives in Dallas with her husband Bryan and her baby girl, Katelynn. Steph and I met my sophomore year and her freshman year of college at TWU. I had transferred in from TCU and we lived on the same floor in the dorms. We got to know each other and became best friends over those next 2 years in Denton. When I moved to Houston in 2005 to finish nursing school, it was so hard being away from her, but we've managed to stay best friends. We've seen each other at our best and at our worst, been there through each others biggest milestones and biggest heartaches and I hope one day we will be closer together so we can do the things best friends do instead of having to have all our communication through the phone line. We do manage to see each other occasionally. This time, she actually had to drive to Houston to drop her aunt off so she and Bryan stopped by the house to watch the Cowboys game for the afternoon. It was a great visit and I'm so glad they drove out of the way to come hang out with us, even if it was just for a couple of hours. I love you girl!

Day #13 - January 16, 2010 - Mexican and margaritas!

You can't go wrong with Mexican food and margaritas! Mexican is my favorite food, partly because I can always have a good frozen strawberry margarita along with my meal! :D Saturday night we went to dinner at Lupe Tortilla with some good friends and afterwards the boys went to the Houston Aeros hockey game and us girls went to see the movie "Did you Hear About the Morgans." It was a good movie, started a little slow, but did have some very funny parts. I would probably save it for a rental if you haven't seen it in the theaters yet.

Day #12 - January 15, 2010 - 2 of my favorite things...

2 of my favorite things... A manicure and pedicure! Friday I went and treated myself to mani/pedi. I found this color I love, Opi's "We'll Always Have Paris." It's got a purple tint to it in the light, but looks almost black when just glancing at it. This may be my last mani/pedi with the dark colors because spring is around the corner and I'll be going to the lighter colors :)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Day #11 - January 14, 2010 - A little more like home...

The other day one of the nurse consultants came in my office saw how plain it was and told me to make it my home away from home... I had been thinking the ugly light pink walls were getting old to look at every day. And, after reading Sarah's blog on organization, I decided it was time to decorate and get organized. I had post-it's (or stickies as I call them) all over my computer and wall and it had to change. I went to Target and bought these cork board squares.(I can't find them on I got 8 of them and have them throughout my office now. They hang up with sticky tape so they are very easy to hang. And they came in a pack of 4 and were only $5! I got these cute little tacks too to make it more colorful. I wrote the names and numbers and things I use every day on colorful paper and hung them up there and added my own pictures. And yes, that is the same corner of my desk where the sanitizing supplies were in the previous post. I found somewhere else for those in the clinic and made my office space more about me. It's amazing how much fun colors and pictures can affect your day! :D

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Day #10 - January 13, 2010 - Bargain shopper!

I looooove shopping for little knick knacks to decorate the house with and love it even more when I find bargains. My favorite places to find baragains on home stuff are Kohls, Hobby Lobby, Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods! You have to be willing to dig at those discount stores, but I almost always find something while I'm in there!

Anyway, back to the picture... I stopped in at Ross the other day and found this vase and lamp and couldn't pass it up even though I knew John would kill me if I came home with any more decor! Not literally, but he thinks we have enough. :) And can you guess how much this vase was?? $3!! Yes, 3 bucks! I have one that's a similar color but a different style from Pier 1 and probably $15-$20 more expensive. I just couldn't believe it. The lamp was a little more pricey but still, it was only $12! I had been looking for a small lamp to plug in right there because that plug is connected to the light switch when you walk in to the door. I picked up a few other things while I was there, but these 2 were my favorite! I got the cross at Kohl's a few weeks ago, and I wouldn't really say it was a bargain, but I did have a coupon :) We are still in the process of getting the house how we want it because we just moved in in October. Well, how I want it, because John just says uh huh and sure when I ask if he likes something. I guess that's a good thing! :) I'll keep posting pictures as I get more stuff organized and if I find anymore great bargains!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Day #9 - January 12, 2010 - Crazy cat lady...

Ok, I know I am taking a chance in looking like a crazy cat lady here, but I couldn't resist! Again, I just had to snap a picture. I got out of the shower this morning and went to get dressed and went back in the bathroom to do my hair and there she is in the wet tub! I thought cats hate water? That'll be it of the pictures of the kitties for a while! :)

Day #8 - January 11, 2010 - Pretty, Pretty Pixie

I had already taken my picture for the day yesterday but when I saw Pixie laid out on the coffee table last night, I had to snap a picture. She NEVER sits still for very long, atleast not long enough for me to get a good picture of her. I thought this was so cute! :) That's all!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Day #7 - January 10, 2010 - Buyer beware!

So, like I said in the previous post, we made a trip to Costo on Saturday. We love going to Costco! Last week John had told me about this "batter in a can." I thought it was cool, but didn't pay too much attention because I love my bisquick! :) But, while we were at Costo, John found the "batter in a can" he had been talking about. I finally agreed to letting him get it, even though, because it's at Costco, it came in a package of 3. Like we really need 3 cans of this pancake batter! ha! But, it was only $5, so what the heck. So, Sunday morning we decided to try this new concoction for breakfast. John was fascinated by the idea of it, so he went and got out the waffle maker and squirted it inside. After a few minutes, the waffle maker flashed ready and we were ready to try our new, easy to make waffles.... BLAH!!! They were beyond disgusting; hard to cut like rubber and tasted sour. I thought our syrup had gone bad because there was no way waffles could taste this bad, but no, not the syrup, it was the waffles! John tolerated it, but I knew when he only finished half of his serving, he wasn't pleased either. We now have 2 1/2 cans of this stuff that will thrown in the garbage. So, buyer beware! Don't waste your money on this stuff, stick with the good ol' bisquick! :P

Day #6 - January 9, 2010 - New toys for the kitties!

Saturday we slept late and when we finally got up and moving we made a trip to Costco and Petsmart. The kitties needed food and litter and of course some new toys! :) Well, they didn't need the toys! haha. They are perfectly content on playing with milk tabs and twisty ties, but of course when I walk in to Petsmart and see all the neat stuff they have for the cats, I have to pick something up. And, I love coming home and them getting so excited about their new toy; even if the excitement only lasts for a few minutes! The balls I bought them this time have already ended up under furniture and are no longer being played with...
Sorry for the bad quality of this picture. John took it with my iphone. I was holding Pixie showing her the new toy and Cotton decided to stick his paw in front of her trying to get the toy!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Day #5 - January 8, 2010 - Now listening to...

I bought the new Carrie Underwood CD yesterday and have been listening to it all day at work. I have been a fan of hers since she started her American Idol journey and this CD is just as good as the others she has done. I can almost always find relations to my life in her songs which makes the music so much more enjoyable to sing along to in the car! :)
My new favorite song from this CD that is on the radio here as well is "Temporary Home." The first 2 verses remind me a lot of the kids I deal with every day at work. I can't say alot about my job because of HIPAA and FERPA, but I am a school nurse for a very underprivelaged school. It's located in the 5th Ward of Houston and I really want to just close my eyes some days driving down the streets to get to work. It's an alternative school consisting of 6th-12th graders who are at risk for dropping out of school. People say I'm crazy for working at an alternative school, but these aren't the "bad" kids. They aren't the ones who are getting kicked out of school for fighting or drugs, etc; these are the kids who need a little extra TLC, the ones who need a little 1 on 1 in the classroom. All of the kids here are uninsured, on the free lunch program, and most don't have anyone at home to care for them, have CPS involved in some way, are living with foster parents and some even homeless. The majority of my job deals with the pregnant teens, which is probably 75% of the student population. Yes, I have 11-19 year olds here who are pregnant or who are teen moms. We have a daycare on site so they can bring their babies and even send out teachers to their house for 4-6 weeks after they deliver so they don't miss any of their education. I just can't imagine ever going through some of the things these students have to deal with in their every day life. But this is why I love my job; I get to help these kids!! Every day I hear something new and I think to myself, "How in the heck am I going to fix this one??" And, I figure it out. I make WIC appointments, I get them the information for medicaid, I call doctor's offices to make their prenatal appointments, I get them food/formula/diapers, and most of all, I'm here to listen. My heart strings are pulled on every day and some days I go home crying because I know some are still going home to bad situations and home lives. But, when they bring in their sonogram pictures or come in the clinic just to say hi, it makes my day! I know then that I have truly mad a difference in these kids lives. And, I always remember every single day to be extremely grateful for the things I have in my life, even the smallest things that we take for granted like food and a roof over our head, because some people just aren't that lucky.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Day #4 - January 7, 2010 - Sassy scrubs

So, they say you're supposed to put pictures of yourself on here pretty often so you can see how you have changed too, so here we go...
When I found out I got my job as a school nurse I was so excited. Not only for regular people hours, but because I no longer had to wear scrubs. I know, I know, call me crazy. But, scrubs just aren't attractive and aren't good for your figure! At least the solid teal, black or gray ones I had to wear at my 2 hospital jobs weren't. I went out shopping and pretty much bought a whole new wardrobe consisting of "teacher" clothes. :) New tops, dress pants, flats... the whole sha-bang. After about a month of dressing up and planning my outfit the night before, I was missing those scrub days. I went out shopping for some new scrubs and they have some awesome scrubs now that don't even look like scrubs. My favorite new brand is Koi. That's what I have on in this pic; cheetah print top and brown pants. I love animal prints so when I found this one and my pink/brown zebra print top, I was in heaven! The pants are low waist, flare legged and like cargo pants with a pocket on the outside. They almost fit like jeans; just a little more comfy! We'll see how long the scrub days last before I'm burned out on them and go back to my "teacher" clothes! ha

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Day #3 - January 6, 2010 - Weird desk decor

Ok, so I know this is a weird picture. I was sitting at my desk today thinking about what my picture of the day could be. I looked over and saw this stuff sitting in the corner and thought it was kind of interesting. I had never thought about it before but I have these sanitizers sitting on my desk just like most people would have a picture frame or your other "typical" office stuff. I am a school nurse so these sanitizers are used ALL DAY, EVERY DAY! :) I spray down the clinic with Lysol every day, rub down my hands with Purell probably several times an hour, and rub down the beds with the Clorox every time a student comes in. I am not a "germaphobe" at all but I am a nurse! :) There has only been 1 student at my school come down with H1N1 that I know of, and I plan on keeping it that way as best I can!
PS: How do you like my cute little business card holder in the picture? My mom gave it to me for Christmas. I love it! :D

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day #2 - January 5, 2010 - A small dinner mishap

So, I had planned on making spaghetti and meatballs for dinner tonight... Opened the ground beef and got all the ingredients out and realized I had no eggs. This dish is what I ended up with. All it is is whole wheat penne pasta, ground beef, pasta sauce and an Italian blend of cheese. The reason I am choosing this as my picture of the day is because I realllly need to learn how to cook. I am not good. well, I am only good at cooking a few things. I have mastered 2 things, Spaghetti and meatballs and meatloaf, which I think are pretty darn good. I'm pretty sure John likes them too because he does ask for them on a regular basis. My meatloaf is John's mom's recipe so the fact that he asks for mine says something. It's not the typical tomatoish kind. I used to HATE meatloaf. I was very skeptical when he told me his mom was cooking us meatloaf one night. But, I fell in love. So in love, I asked for the recipe and now make it on a regular basis.
Anyway...I hope that I can look back at the end of my 365 days of pictures and see some other dishes I will know how to cook besides these things. I did get 2 new great cookbooks for Christmas!

Day #1 - January 4, 2010 - 2 of my favorite "men"

Well, this is my first picture from yesterday, day 1. This is my boyfriend, John, and 1 of my 2 cats, Cotton, 2 of my favorite men :). Cotton jumped up in his lap last night and just made himself comfortable with no regards to what John was working on on the computer. It was so cute, I just had to snap a picture. It's actually funny that these 2 are cuddled up together. When John and I first met, John was allergic to cats. He came to my apartment and immediatly had a runny nose and watery eyes. I love my 2 cats, so this was going to be a problem. John stuck it out and we bought a huge pack of Claritin to help him get through the allergies. It took awhile, but now, he hardly has any side affects at all from them. And, I don't care what he says, I know he loves them, especially Cotton. :)
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