Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Bomb Just Dropped!


First... I MISS BLOGGING!!! I think it is my form of self medication. I can't wait to do this again! Life has been happening and I can't wait to go on my vacation. I NEED IT!

Why??? Well... Let's just say the bombed dropped.

School, work, family and life all collided... The world just stopped... I FAILED MY FIRST TEST EVER... Lets pray for a curve... PUHLEASE!!!!

Failing in the graduate program is anything under an 80%... I have not been close ever (Even though I always say that I am going to fail or that I did...but didn't) Well... This time I did. 75% (I am biting my lip hard because the person behind me only missed three... THANKS FOR BLOWING THE CURVE HOPE!! UGH!)

More later! Miss you all!

PS... Did I mention that there are only three days left until vacation????

Friday, March 14, 2008

The Ultimate Blog Party...

This post will stay here until the 14th... Please scroll down as NEW posts will and do appear below this one... Thanks for stopping by! Smootches to all of you and welcome to all the new visitors!

How cool is this.... 5 Minutes for Mom is hosting a blog party this week and prior to my little blogging break, I had decided to participate in this. What a great way to meet new people in the blogging world! I am going to host a party here on my blog for the next few days and am inviting you all to join in. I have to say that my past few posts help me with this great theme... Take a peek at my few previous posts to get into the party mood!!!!

I will do my best to showcase myself and hope to make some new friends while I party! Feel free to scroll though my blog and check out some of my previous post to get a good feel for who I am....

In a nutshell, I am a wife, a mother, a full time nurse and graduate student. Life is never dull and there is not enough quiet time in my household.

My household consists of me, the DH and our beautiful 3 1/2 year old daughter. We have a turtle named squirt that is being held captive and recently adopted a dog named Belle.

Please stick around for more moments in this NEVER DULL enough life!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Bionic Hamburger

SERIOUSLY... I CAN'T EAT ANOTHER MCDONALDS HAMBURGER AGAIN... THIS IS SO DISGUSTING. I found this while I was doing some research on cleansing diets. No wonder why we all get stomach and bowel cancer. UGh! What do you all think of this? Let me know....

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Matt!

Yes... this is my sexy husband on his 28th birthday tonight. He is the greatest DH I could have asked for. I love you!!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Guess Who's Back? Did ya' Miss me???

Where do I begin? Hmmmm... Here is the past week and a half in review:

HUGE test... Final grade: 90% (Okay, its barely an A but it still counts...)

Work... Need I say anything more

Flu... YUCK

My nephew David had surgery for a torn ACL and meniscus... That is a huge story that can be found here

My 6th anniversary... First time we have left our child with a strange high school baby sitter....

And now.... Life returns to normal


Monday, March 3, 2008

Im Still Alive!

I swear! It is true.... My test is tomorrow and I will see you all soon! Hope all is well and I can't wait to catch up on everyone's blogs!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

I'm a Blogging Schmuck!

Okay... First, I am going to apologize now for my lack of attention to my fellow blogger friends. Life is happening and I am really focusing on finishing my clinicals and a test right now. I luv ya all and will be here Friday night for the photo hunt, etc. However, I will be quiet for a few days! Stay warm and well. I will be thinking of everyone.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wordless Wednseday--(SORT OF)

This is something that could create a love hate relationship in the morning... An alarm clock on wheels! Follow the link for more info!


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Irony of Healthcare Workers

I was trying to think of something to blog about, and this idea came to me while I was walking into work yesterday. Health care workers are hypocrites. Seriously. As I walked into work yesterday, this is what I observed on the way to my unit.

Standing room only on a bus that transports employees about three blocks to work because people can't walk it

Respiratory therapists taking a smoke break outside

A overweight nurse carrying in donuts

A doctor driving without using a seat belt

Staff using an elevator to go up only one floor in the hospital

SERIOUSLY? C'mon. No wonder nurses get such a bad reputation! We are hypocrite! How can we expect our patients to do what is right when we don't? On the flip side, I am grateful for the job security that seems to be in place!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Its Oscar night... You need to see Juno!!!!

This movie still makes me laugh just thinking about it... Seriously, GO SEE IT!!!! Okay, to bed I go... Off to work I go in the AM, leaving the sickos at home... If I didn't work in a hospital I would say that I was going to breathe in some germ free air (Does the car count?)

I will be rushing home to catch as much of the Oscars as I can, and backing up the TIVO if needed! Go JUNO!!!!

Passin' on the Xxtraordinary Blogger Award

Okay, so sometime forever and a day ago, my blogging friend Liza at Mommy's Little Corner gave me an awesome award. I thought I would finally pass it on.

First, I am going to pass this one to Jesse at For the Love of Peas and Monkeys

This gal is an absolute HOOT! I am seriously still laughing at the courage she had to get matching tattoos with her sister on a recent vacation. She will make you laugh and she really loves her newest handbag too!

Second, I am going to pass this on to Lupitasloves at Little Pieces of my Life

This chic is an awesome photographer and has been a faithful visitor to my blog from the beginning! I love the pictures she takes of her totally cute children and the memories that she shares!

Third, I am handing this one off to my sister Charlene at Living Life Out Loud

She was the one who inspired me to start blogging! THANK YOU! She has been a bit quite the past week but she has every reason to be.. She is sick, has sick children, and a son that needs knee surgery due to a recent injury. Not to mention, she is the most awesome Disney travel agent I know. Go see her blog now and if you are looking for someone to help meet your travel needs to Disney and their other destinations, keep her in mind!

And last, but certainly not least.... I am passing this one on to Desirae at Burnt Cookies

You have to check this moms blog out when you have a chance.... Especially if you want to here about her latest life moment: A HUGE CAR FIRE.... Go there now to learn more!

PS.... I should give this award to blogger for FINALLY fixing spellchecker! ITS ABOUT TIME

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I've FINALLY updated my blogroll....

If anyone does NOT want to be on their PUHLEASE let me know, k? I just think your blogs totally rock and want everyone to know about them! *Smooches*

Photohunt: Wooden

Perharps the best source of wood: The trees that are sacrificed to produce it.
This photo was taken at Disney's Animal Kindom and the tree in it is awesome!


Dads sick now... Alanna is cranky... The dog is ornery. Not much else to say except I am ready for a vacation. Is it April yet?

PS... At least spellchecker is working after a month of being broke! Must be nice to take a vacation!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

This one is for MKHKK

Clinicals are awesome....

I try not to write about to much medical stuff here on my blog for a few reasons...

1. It might make some squirmish

2. It might bore some

3. I dont know what stories to share... I have so many of them!

Funny enough, I have to say that clinicals are going great. If you are new to my blog let me update you a bit. I am already a RN and will finish with my Masters in nursing and certify as a Family Nurse Practitioner in August of this year! Woot for me!

Okay, now...

Things I have learned in clinicals that I will share with you....

TOTALLY LOVE YOUR WARTS...Okay, maybe not. But I have now learned how to burn and freeze them off and neither one is fun.

If you think you have mood instability, get help. This does not mean you are nuts. Zprexa can do wonders for many and I think it should be in the water. Many people don't realize that wanting to kill everyone and than loving them 15 minutes later IS NOT NORMAL, well, unless you have children...

Don't go to Walmart after clinical, especially if you would like to decrease the chances of you seeing patients that you might have just performed a pap on. (I used to hate the crotch DR, now I just empathize with them....) TOTALLY AKWARD

Don't eat at several dine out locations... TRUST me. Reasons to not eat out include the following:

Food testing positive for syphilis... Need I say anything else? Don't eat anything with WHITE sauce or SECRET sauce. (I'm gagging....)

Every rash or pimple IS NOT MRSA

Get regular pedicures. Seriously people... What makes you think that Dr's and Nurses want to see your nasty feet as a result of an in-grown toenail? UGH!

My final tip.... DONT play with a pocket knife barefoot... Yes, you may require stitches and a tetnus shot after this one you fool!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A lunch fit for any Princess....

Now if only this Cinderella had someone to cook it... Oh alright already!

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Sports Illustrated... LOOK OUT!!!!

We may not have our clothes painted on....

We may not be super tall or skinny....


We feel hot! Hee hee!

Last week the new Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition magazine was sent out as well as the new Victoria's Secret catalog... I am sorry to dissapoint you, but these photos are not found in either!

PS.... Alanna took the best photo of me I have had in a LONG time! (Even if i was in my PJ/loungewear)

I think she is going to be a great photographer in the future!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sickness Srikes.... ME! UGH

There is nothing like waking up with a massive headache and throwing up the medicine you took to relieve it... Not to mention the chills, body aches and headaches suck! Not feeling like blogging much today. I will catch up with you all later tomorrow!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Chicken Nugget Eating contest (Also my photohunt!!!)

Yes... What else can I say, my husband and nephew have this extreme obsession or dream to someday become competitive eaters. I have no clue why or where this came from, but they decided to do a contest at 8pm tonight. Please keep in mind that they ate three square meals PLUS more today.... I don't know how they had room... The above slide show has become my photohunters for this week as well... Why? BECAUSE THE SAUCE IS FREE!!!!

Joining in the festivities tonight were Amber and Lara... They were more prepared for the contest and had more room in thier bellies to start off with, proving to be an essential strategy.

The food: 160 McDonald's Chicken Nuggets

The place: My house

The rules: Eat as many nuggets as you could in 12 minutes and you were the winner....

The biggest loser: David (He ate 18 nuggets)

The second loser: Matt (He ate 28 nuggets)

The awesome third loser: Amber (She ate 42 nuggets)

And the WINNER was LARA: (She ate 43 nuggets!!!!)

Now, here is the scary part....Each nugget packs 42 calories and 2.4 grams of fat, SO

David: 756 calories in, 43.2 grams of fat

Matt: 1176 calories in, 67.2 grams of fat

Amber: 1764 calories in, 100.8 grams of fat

Lara: 1806 calories in, 103.2 grams of fat

My conclusion....Make sure you get alot of sauce!!!!

Im still here!!!

Sorry I have been so quiet!!! I will be posting in a few! Hope all is well!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

I'm thinking...ITs Thursday Already????

This week totally has flown by.. All I can think is "Today is Thursday, already?" Seriously people, why does time go by so fast?

Anyways, since this week has been filled with dog training, class, clinicals, being a wife and a mom, life has flown. I am dreaming of the weekend where hopefully I can stay at home and relax... Except for the laundry that will call my name anyways!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Valentine's day! I will be cramming more clinical hours down my throat so that I can be done with this in like a month... Here is my countdown update: 96.5 hours down...83.5 more hours to go..... Woohoo! Besides, if I was off I would have made my husband take me to the White Castle Valentine's dinner, hee hee.. ( I think that he thought I was joking!)

Alanna helped make 30 treat bags for her Valentine's day party today. I will post some pictures of all the cavities that will form instantly! Seriously people, why do we need candy for every holiday!?!!? And tatoos? Why promote the skin insanity at this early age by placing them in the valentine's!?

The valentine cards this year? Well, that would be no other than High School Musical 2! What about you moms out there? What were the favorite choices for this year???

Happy Valentine's Day!

More later!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

(Some use cucumbers, my daughter prefers Lunchable ham circles!)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Xxtraordinary Blogger Award

The Xxtraordinary blogger award was sent my way from LIZA at Mommy's Little Corner

If you haven't been to her blog, you really need to check it out. She is a fun blogger that I enjoy talking to in this bloggy world! Thank you LIZA!!!! I will be passing this award out on Thursday! Thanks again Liza!

Tuesday Talk with Alanna


Alanna: "Hello"

(Telemarkerer on the phone...Can't here them, but I am assuming that they asked her to put her mom or dad on the phone)

Alanna: "My mom is with Belle, and my Dad is pooin'..."

Spoken from the mouth of my new telemarketer filter... Go ahead, I dare you to call me back!

Magnified Life

This is how our dog must feel lately! Hee hee! Sorry I have been so quiet! I will be visiting everyone sometime today and will look at thier blogs with the assistance of Alanna's magnifying glass, okay...not really, you got me! I had to do a paper for school that was 32 pages and have been spending time with Alanna and our dog, Belle. It is snowing outside (AGAIN!---ugh). Other than that, life as usual. I will post more later.... I have to let the dog out! OHMommy... How is your new pup?????

Saturday, February 9, 2008

How much is that little doggie in the window???

No... I am not trying to sell this precious little, soon to be HUGE dog... Sorry if I disappointed you! Today we went too our first class in the PUPPY PRESCHOOL. Yes, that is really what they call it. Not joking here.
Now, lets just say we have been trying to work really hard at starting off on the right foot and found out that we were doing almost everything WRONG. Oops... Now we are starting kinda from scratch and doing a bit better. The trainer was awesome. Who are belles classmates? An english mastiff, a yorkie, and weim-shepard mix and two other dogs that I can't remember... The quietest and calmest? That would be our dog. Belle is actually a bit shy. Hmmmmmm.... Interesting. She is probably the exception to our family, so far. The English mastiff was cute and HUGE already. I couldn't imagine having a dog that weighed as much as me or more! The yorkie was WAY to small... I kept imagining the English Mastiff or Belle trying to eat her as we had to have the dogs learn how to say hello.
SO, for now we are toting a new look this season. It is not quite Vera Bradley but it is cute. It is a dog on a leash with us AT ALL TIMES... well, when she is out of the kennel. I wonder how long this part will last? We also have to establish Alanna as a dominent leader in our "pack" so that Belle doesn't jump on her and basically take her down. That is the fun part. Have you ever had a toddler try to feed a 32 pound dog that is bigger than her???? That is how we are to start to develop dominence... I guess the dominent ones feed the pack. Interesting. I guess that makes mothers pretty dominent, huh?
Well, I will have some pics of our family twister night and my husbands "mug" shot coming soon. I HAVE to do homework before I can blog anymore! Imagine that....Me have my priorities backwards! Good night! D@&^ spellchecker AGAIN! Sorry for my typos!

If I were a Shoe

My sister Charlene had this on her blog Living Life Out Loud a week ago... I thought I would give it a whirl. Feel free to give it a whirl if you would like.

If I were a shoe, I’d be a pair of flip-flops: As close as I can be to barefoot!
If I were a city, I’d be Florence, Italy: Its so beautiful there!
If I were a season, I'd be Fall: I love the changing of the trees and the weather in the fall!
If I were a car, I’d be a Bentley. Ummm... Need I say more.. Sweet ride with lots of class!
If I were a vegetable, I’d be a potato. (They are my favorite)
If I were a fruit, I’d be a kiwi fruit...
If I were a color, I’d be green. Its my favorite
If I were furniture, I’d be a cozy bed.
If I were a song, I’d be Footloose!
If I were a country, I’d be United States of America.
If I were a beverage, I’d be a Carmel light frappacinio from Starbucks... YUM!
If I were clothing, I’d be a pair of flannel pants.
If I were weather, I’d be sunny, about 70 degrees and 0 humidity.
If I were an animal, I’d be a giraffe...tall and thin!
If I were a dessert, I’d be a french silk pie from Bakers Square
If I were a plant, I’d be ummmmmmm....? A Christmas Tree!
If I were a word, I’d be DETERMINED.

Friday, February 8, 2008

And the Award Goes too.....

I have decided to pass this award to:
Check out thier blogs to see what makes them all have big hearts!!!!
Thanks again Michele! Happy Weekend to everyone! Hope all is well!

Photo Hunters: Heavy

Thursday, February 7, 2008

I've got a BIG heart!

Not only am I the spreader of love, I also have a big heart... Thanks Michele! If you haven't seen her blog... YOU MUST GO THERE NOW!!! She takes the most awesome photos and is even becoming quite a talented artist! I will be passing it on tomorrow or Saturday. I have to return to life as usual tomorrow..YUCK! This means BACK TO WORK! Double Yuck!

Fritos for Breakfast

This is what happens when Mom is getting ready in the morning and Alanna knows how to get herself something to eat... At least the dog was in the kennel!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

This photo was taken by my daughter who is only a toddler..... Great WW!!! Thanks Alanna!

This and That...

Okay... aside from no sleep d/t the new puppy, PRINCESS BELLE, not a whole heck of alot going on here... My wordless Wednesday captures the moments of house breaking at its finest, especially in the Midwest in February! YIKES.....

We start obedience classes on Saturday. Belle and us really need them.

I went to the doctor for my follow-up appointment.... No definate pathological problems caused the miscarriage we had a few weeks ago. From what I gathered, that is a good sign. However, as a result, they will monitor me closely my next pregnancy and take lots of blood, I am sure.....
Alanna still hopes that our next baby is green. I hate to tell her that unless mommy mates with the Green Giant, that isn't going to happen!

Well, I am calling it a night. I will visit everyone tomorrow... Hope all is well. I am still mad at blogger... NO SPELLCHECKER again!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Smile Meme

Liza at Mommy's Little Corner tagged me with an awesome Meme.... All you have to do is post a smile! Here is one of my favorites, yes, I have posted this one before but I love it!

I am tagging Jesse and Desirae on this one! Have fun girls!

Monday, February 4, 2008

The announcement of the day....

Its here... If you remember, I made a post way back when (okay, only October) called why on earth would I want a dog. Not sure if I am still ready 100% for everything that it is going to entail, BUT..... I have been searching for about two weeks now for a Weim. After much inner debate, doubt and wonderment, the DH and I decided to go ahead and adopt one from a rescue. She is adorable. (I know one reader of this blog is going to kill me... Just do it quick and and painless as possible...) Now, this dog is already 30 pounds and is expected to be over 75 pounds as an adult. This one is a challenge.

Our previous dog experience was interesting. Let's just say I wasn't a big help to the DH and didn't give the dog the time of day. I think I am already doing better and have a much better mentality. Only four accidents in like 8 hours time.... Ugh! We go to the vet today, lets hope everything checks out. The people that run dog rescues have a heart of gold. Pretty sad place I tell ya.....

Alanna had a hard time deciding what to name her. She was torn between Aurora and Belle. The DH wanted pumba.... Finally, Belle was the final choice. (Woohoo for my DH, another princess in the house?)

Update: We just came from the vet... Everything looks okay. Belle did very well. Looks good. Already 31.5 pounds with the HUGEST paws ever.... I will post some pics of that this week, I promise. Alanna has taken well to Belle. As for Matt and I, lets just say we didn't sleep much last night. It seems that our Princess Belle doesn't like her kennel. OH WELL!!!! Its a dog life for her in that respect, and a bad night of sleep for us! She is currently in her kennel sleeping on a blanket with the door open. GOOD GIRL... And, so far...NO ACCIDENTS TODAY and it is almost 11:30! I just can't wait until I can give her a full bath after her sutues heal in a week. I can empathize with every patient I have given a spit bath to in my life... IF YOU ARE READING THIS I AM SORRY!!!!!!!! That is TOTALLY not a bath....
Next up.... Obedience classes.....

Okay, to the reader of this post that is GOING to kill me... YOU WERE RIGHT ABOUT BIGGER DOGS BEING A BIT EASIER TO POTTY TRAIN.....

There you have it folks, the big announcement of the day. (Or what I like to call, the biggest idiotic move I have made so far this week... I am sure there is more to come.....) Hee hee....

(D%#@) Spellchecker!!!! UGH......

Drum roll, please...

Okay, I am passing The Spreader of Love Award to the following blog friends that I have come to know and love....
First, to my sister Charlene
Without her, I would have never started blogging.... Thank you for introducing me to my new favorite hobby (or obsession)!
Second, my new found favorite blogs Classy Chaos and The Cook Gang
These ladies will make you giggle and tell you how it really is. They are great blogging moms in the real world! Thanks for brightening my bloggy days!!!!
Third, to MKHKK
Michelle has been a wonderful supported and blog hug giver the past few weeks... And she is expecting like her 100th kid! Thanks for being there!
Once again, thank you to Desirae at Burnt Cookies for making it possible to give this award! You go ladies!!!!! Much love to all of you! Happy Monday!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

I actually went out with the DH!

Yes... I know: Shocking! For Christmas, the DH bought me tickets to see the musical My Fair Lady at the Cadillac theatre in Chicago. It was great. (THANK YOU!!!!)

Prior to going, we met up with two of our good friends for dinner. We went to a place called

il Mulino New York. It was too fancy to take pics but it was gorgeous inside. The restraunt was in an old mansion with awesome chandiliers and decor. We got a great seat next to the fire place. After sitting down, we were immediately given a spread of appetizers including fresh parmesean cheese that came from a huge piece the size of basketball, no joke. They also gave us some awesome zucchini, brushetta and bread. That was just the beginining. From there, we had great calamari and ordered the main course: I chose a wonderfully tender veal dish. I couldn't remember the name of it for the life of me! Finally, my DH ordered not one, but two desserts. EEK! Ricotta cheesecake and Tiramuso (YUCK to both....) Our friend chose the lemon sorbet and it was served right out of a lemon. YUM to that one!

We had a great night. It seems that after you have been married for a while and have a child, you don't make enough time for each other. This is definately something I think the DH and I need to do more often. We are planning our next excursion! Woohoo!!!!

Here is what we look like when we clean up a bit...

Not bad... The DH always takes funny photos... This one is actually good!

Well, I will visit more tomorrow... And FINALLY pass on the award..... Not to mention make a huge announcement that took place today. Good night!

PS... Please continue to excuse the typos.... The spell checker is still not working! UGH

Who are You???

I have a problem.... Would the individual from Amman, Jordan please identify themselves??? I am starting to think I am being stalked! You come to my sight daily and do not leave me a comment! PUHLEASE????????

Okay, on to better things.....
Today is Superbowl Sunday... I have to show you some pics when I load them later and I also still need to pass an award away.... Guess what I will be doing later???? See Ya!

PS... I wonder how long blogger is going to let the spell check be out of commission...Please pardon any typos!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

May I have your attention, Puhlease?????

Yes.. I am talking to you! Guess what? Desirae at Burnt Cookies has given me my second award... WOOOOOOOohoooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

I am excited... This one is the SPREADER OF LOVE award!!!
Thank you Desirae!

I now have a hard decision to make... Who do I give this award too??? I think it is a sexy addition to anyone's blog. Here it is:

See... I told you that it was hot! I will be passing it on soon! Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm... I'm thinking. (No, that is not a strange sqeaking sound you are hearing... it is the hampster on a wheel inside my head....)

Friday, February 1, 2008

Photo Hunters: Narrow

What could account for Cinderella fitting into that glass slipper? NARROW feet!

Nothing But S-N-O-W!!!!

SNOWED IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!


No School today!

Alanna and I are here at home... We shoveled about 6-9 inches of snow and are having a blast. I am going to post some pictures soon! Hope all is well! More later!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Vera Bradley Obsession... Just the Beginning?

Okay... I started my addiction in August of 2007... It began with an impulsive purchase of a Java Blue Vera Bradley purse and wallet. I wasn't completely sold on it at the time, but liked it. What person would actually use these as purses?
Well, after about a day of using one, I fell in love. It became cuter, and as soon as I realized exactly how versitile it was and that I could even wash them, I was sold. I asked for another one for my birthday in November, the Mod floral Pink design.
Now, I am stuck on the same style as well. I like the Betsy. It has an outside pocket and it zips. Purses that do not zip freak me out...
My latest purchase came after I reviewed the newest catalog for like a week. It is pictured seperately above. I think it is my favorite so far. I actually want a bigger one in this print, the daisy daisy.
Now, even more drastic... My desire to attend the outlet sale in Ft. Wayne this year. It is on May 1-3rd. Anyone in? I have to admit that I am a bit afraid of the other women that might attack me as I look for more VB purses and accessories. Deep down, I think my sister might want one of thier belts for a present so I have to go! My desire???? Perhaps the luggage pieces! Who knows! Sounds like an adventure and lots of fun to me! Has anyone been to one? Just curious if I would need armor and a baseball bat to get through the crowds!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008