October 28, 2014

Out and About

My weekends have been consumed in October!
Basically New Mexico and Football are keeping me busy!

I have been back to New Mexico a couple of weekends to visit family and since Kevin is preparing for his best friends wedding. I got to visit with one of my friends who came back from Africa. Sadly due to Ebola and all that...but I am happy to have her back!
I am sometimes surprised that I write a blog because I am sometimes a wacko friend over emails and texts. I feel bad for anyone that has to read my emails or texts because they are just completely what rolls off the top of my head...and my head is completely nuts.

But I love having friends like her that I can talk to about anything. I don't have edit any of those thoughts that roll out.

This weekend her and my other best girlfriend got together we had a total girls day. It was amazing!

I wanna do it again!
They both just need to move one state over to me!

I also got to see my sweet littlest sister. We were just missing our middle!

My girlfriends and I:


My sister and I:



Kevin and I cheering on our football teams:


And how bout them Broncos!
Football season is my favorite season.

All of these were on my insta.
lifelovelauren7

October 27, 2014

Things That Make me a Happier Woman

You can never have too much happy!!
Lilly Pulitzer Quotes for Bel's Bathroom
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A go to drink: 
Glass of Chardonnay. It is classy and fun and wasn't something I have overdone in terms of all my hard alcohol day.

An Exercise Routine: 
I don't think I have found the perfect one yet, but I would love to get back into swimming. For now I am trying running and biking.

An Awesome Haircut: 
Here is looking for my perfect stylist here in Tucson. I think I finally found mine!

A Hobby: 
Blogging. I love having a space to call my own where I can write and share what I want. I also like shopping, organizing, reading, browsing the internet, etc...It is important to settle our minds every now and then. It is a good feeling!

Girlfriends: 
They are an awesome team of people that keep me going.

A Healthy Sense of Self: 
I am a work in progress in terms of becoming the healthy woman I want to be diet and exercise wise. Other than that I am doing what makes me happy at this point in my life and I love putting the focus on me. (I didn't mean for that to sound conceded...)

Chocolate:
It is what I function on. That and cheese...


What makes you happier?
Halloween Friday also makes me happy!

October 24, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Salad

I love football season and after a day of non-stop football on Sunday I will always need something easy to make. And healthy. Because lord knows that for one, football food has a reputation of being, albeit good, FATTY. And two, after a day of sitting, you can only hope to have something healthy to eat. 

Therefore, I have a great healthy game day recipe to share with you! I made these for Kevin and I for dinner during the Sunday night game and boy were they a success! Super easy to put together. Best of all, they can be a meal or an appetizer!

I meant to make these as Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps for easy eat while watching the game, but I was so excited with my fantasy football game that I ended up shredding my lettuce before I knew what I was doing. OOPS. 

So Buffalo Chicken Salad or wrap. Your choice. 
You can double this recipe for a good amount of food for a game day appetizer. As soon as I realized I shredded my lettuce, I made my measurements for a two person night of salad.



Ingredients:

1 large chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 tablespoon of butter
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup of Frank's Wing Sauce
1/2 teaspoon of celery seed
1/4 cup of chopped celery
blue cheese or mozzerella crumbles
ranch dressing
lettuce

Directions:

In a pan, fill bottom with water and put your chicken in the pan. Then put in your chicken breasts and shred the meat as it cooks. The water cooks out during this process. If not completely than drain water when done cooking your chicken.

Add butter and olive oil and stir into meat on medium heat. Add the Frank's sauce and celery seed and stir. Once sauce becomes bubbly, remove from heat.

Add the celery and assemble. Spoon onto bed of lettuce or in lettuce leaves. Sprinkle cheese and drizzle with ranch dressing and serve immediately while warm.

Enjoy!

Plus the chicken is orange for my two teams! Denver and Cleveland.
Flashback:

Have a great weekend!

October 22, 2014

Things I Will Never Understand

Admittedly, sometimes I get competitive. I consider myself a relatively laid back person, but we all have a little competitive in us and sometimes it comes out at the most random times.

For instance, right now, I am kicking myself in the head for not posting this ages ago. I randomly think of things and just let them sit there as drafts for a while.

So now when I post this, it looks like I am jumping on the bandwagon, instead of having most of this as a draft since July of 2013.

Doesn't matter bandwagon or not I have decided...so therefore, here are some things I will never understand...
'I will never understand rich people with messed up teeth'.

Why people are still confusing too and to, your and you're, etc...
Just learn English and grammar people! Not saying I am princess perfect in this area, but it has gotta stop.

How people can drive for hours not realizing their turn signal is on.
Okay maybe that is an exaggeration but boy self explanatory right, this bothers us all right?!

Mode.
I get mean, median, and range. But what the heck mode??!

Advanced calculus and physics and chemistry.
I get that it is very important and some people understand it and thank God for them!

Not vaccinating your kids.
You can see my rant and reasoning behind that here.
I also think everyone should watch this.

How someone could not like Cards Against Humanity.
A dirty apples to apples!? Count me in! This is when me being a horrible person is an advantage!

Boxed Wine.
Maybe I am a wine snob...if a wine snob can be someone who rarely spends over $10 on a bottle of wine. I just wanna stick with my bottles and not some orangy looking stuff that comes out of a bag/box. #notclassy

Why anyone still uses Internet Explorer.
Are you also using Windows XP?!


Google Plus.
Stop trying to make Google Plus happen...


Why I can't just me F***ing skinny.
Come on pants. Just button...please!

Disclaimer. For these last ones, some of you bloggers may want to beat me up.
Bring it on....

Why people think Apple is superior to Android.
I like to have things my way and not proprietary thank you very much.

The mustache trend.
I mustache you why this is so amusing?!? I don't even like mustaches on men!

The bacon trend.
I mean don't get me wrong, I love bacon, but it is not God's nectar. Why are we so obsessed with bacon?!?


Anyone feel me?
What are some things you have trouble understanding?

October 20, 2014

I Sometimes Don't Sleep Well at Night

The other day, myself and another nurse were sitting thinking about our patient who was dying. We knew it, but we didn't want to say it. We went home and I knew before I was falling asleep that I would miss something. That very night I woke up in sweats having a terrible dream that my sister died. My patient was the one that died that night.

This patient didn't have family. I truly believe she is in a better place. Sometimes it helps me when they don't have big families. What I mean by that, is that nurses don’t enjoy being the “bad guy.” I don’t enjoy having to break the bad news that their loved one has just passed on. The truth is, every one of us would love nothing more than to see you get that miracle you are praying for. But we would rather be the bearers of bad news that the encouragers of false hopes.

It is physically and emotionally draining being a nurse. Often times I go to work, drive home, eat, shower, and then go directly to sleep. No other time to unwind.

You see, we may leave our charting at work. But we bring our worries home with us.

“Did I miss anything?” “Was there anything else I could have done for her today?” And at 2 a.m., when we wake up for a moment in the night, our thoughts immediately as we look at the clock return to your loved one – “Gosh, I wonder how she’s doing tonight.”

We know our patients very well. We know how they respond to each one of their family members and know how they will respond to their medications. We watch people go in and out of the rooms, and we very protectively question them – “Who are you?” “Did you need something?” We turn them, tuck them in with soft pillows, rub their feet with lotion, reassure them, caress their forehead, and tell them it’s going to be okay.

And we tell them goodbye.

I may not cry, I may be laughing with another patient five minutes later, but it is how I cope. I promise, I really do care for your loved ones. But I have to cope too. I know what a breaking heart feels like, and when your loved one is dying, and we have had the privilege of caring for them – Our heart gets another ache in it, and it often causes us to recall loved ones we miss dearly.

I missed saying goodbye to my patient the other day, because I was off-shift when she left. It hurts to say goodbye but it sometimes is worse to have not said goodbye.

We nurses care for ALL of our patients. But sometimes, there are just some who we will never, ever forget.

#3  When you’re a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours. – Author Unknown
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