August 31, 2015

Are All Blogs Alike?

Do not read blog posts when you are in a bad mood. I think everyone and everything they write about is stupid. But it's not them, it's me (for once, don't get used to it.)

Here are some things that run through my mind when I am reading other people's blog posts while in a bad mood:


Why would I make my own teriyaki sauce? Doesn't she know you can buy it in a bottle at the store? DUH!

Oh look, pictures of the fro-yo (ugh and really, we can't just call it frozen yogurt?!) they got this weekend. All those toppings aren't that cool. Actually, they are. Ugh, i'm jealous of her fro-yo. How come she never gets fat off of it and I do just by reading this blog post?

I also don't care where she got that purse. Or that shirt. Wait, I want that purse and that shirt. Why do I have to sign up for another website to see where it is from? Grr...oh great, they are really expensive. I need more money. What does she do to afford all of this. Do you get all of this because of your blog...lucky you.

I can't do that hairstyle. I don't want to do that hairstyle (yes, I do), it's stupid. I could not do it if I wanted to because I am too stupid to follow the directions and also my hair is stupid.

Great, you crossed a lot of things off your to-do list (with the same planner everyone else has). I downed a lot of chocolate watching re-runs of Gilmore Girls. Advantage me. (NOT)

That is a really cool DIY project. Mine may come out a fourth as good as that. Maybe I can go buy it at Home Goods and tell people I did it.

Another baby, another dog, another like....



Sorry, I promise I don't hate you every day. just today. It is a Monday and I have a big hard test today. Which is why I am going to skip reading blogs for the rest of the day. It is better for everyone.

August 28, 2015

The Unorganized Organizer

Organization. 
I feel like I am a pretty organized person. 
Until I look at all the areas I like to organize and realize that I am not really there...



I like and they are organized:


My pantry, fridge, and wine fridge are all very well organized. I can tell you if I have something or not and I always know where it is!

My hall closet and bathroom are very well organized. I know where everything is and what brands I have. I am not a huge collector of all things beauty.

My pictures on my computer are sorted by date and by topic so you can find anything you want.

My schedule in general. I am not late, I do not forget appointments and do pretty well on birthdays and happy hours. I schedule myself for work in a very well thought out way.

Meal planning. I am finally getting into a good rhythm with the meal planning. I have a monthly calendar and it has what we will be having. On nights I work, my husband cooks so I mark those ones and give him some pretty straight forward dishes to make. It helps that he doesn't avoid the kitchen like the plague. Only sad thing for me is that all his best and most amazing dishes are carb loaded: pizza, bread, mac and cheese, and chicken roll ups. Oh and he can also man the grill. I am lucky!

Memorabilia. You know, those things I can't throw away from school or sports and such. I have that organized really well!

My files. I know where all the information for cars, home, health, etc...all is. It is all easy to locate!

My closet. This is kind of a halfway organized thing, but I will put it on the list of things that are organized for me, because it is. It is my husband's stuff that I can't keep organized. I'm sorry, I should rephrase...it is his version of organized. ;-)

Gift ware and cards. Need a thank you note? Need a birthday card? Need red tissue paper? A blue gift bag? It is all organized by occasion and color!



And yet, even with all that, there are some things i just cannot get organized to save my life:


My craft supplies. Not that I really craft anyway, but it is a bit of a mess.

Exercising. Okay, so I know I don't need to organize this but rather just do it, but I do better if I have a plan to do something.  I hear it will come easier, but it is something I generally have no desire to do. That makes it harder to plan for sure! I did just join a gym so, so far so good on keeping on track!

My blog schedule is off and on in being in a good organizational swing.
Which by the way I should note is this: I realized that I was reading and researching more than I was actually doing. I'm not saying I stopped reading, but I am now implementing more ideas and breaking up my time management better.

I need to do a better job with my email inbox. I am slowly and surely getting there. My main thing is I feel I am slow at responding. :-/



Those last two are big ones. Any tips for me?! 
What do you struggle to get or keep organized?

August 26, 2015

Read This When You Are Having a Bad Day

I am happy when I eat yummy cheese
When I burst out laughing
When I discover a new song
When I finish a good book
When I wake up and feel relaxed

I am glad to have friends
Glad to have a family
Glad to have a home
Glad to have food when I am hungry
Glad to have hot water when I shower

I love being able to see the seasons change
Love having gifts at Christmas and my birthday
Love to travel sometimes
Love to have a good education

I am flattered when people compliment me
Flattered when people smile at me
Flattered when people are polite to me.


There are so many things that make life so simple and easy and I will always think about them more than all the bad things that happen to me.

I do not have time to be sad everyday nor ungrateful. I have every reason in the world to be happy.


Happy Wednesday everyone!

August 24, 2015

Focus on You

Taking care of yourself can be something we put on the backburner.
Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, things don’t always happen as we hoped and planned. 

Since tearing my ACL I have learned a huge lesson about the importance of taking care of myself, because there is no point in working if you aren't building a good life.

I have found that I have to focus to make everything happen. 
Remember this post? I have finally made it happen to start focusing and working on myself.


I need to have strength. I need to feel good about myself. I need to have energy. Otherwise, all my big and exciting plans can get pushed back on the backburner.

This doesn't mean I am successful everyday. Some days I kill it. I am on top of my game and doing work that feels crazy purposeful and super effective. Those are my favorite!

Some days, life gets in the way. We do our best to plan ahead, be prepared, and have systems in place but things fall apart.

All and all though, today I want to encourage you to remember to take care of you.

I have been doing that. So just know that on this blog, sometimes it takes me a couple days to reply to you but I love everyone's support in my quest for happiness in writing on this blog. I encourage you guys to do the same!


August 14, 2015

Seared Sea Scallops

I have always been a selective eater. (Read: picky) Lately though I have been trying to expand my palate. That includes seafood. I never want to eat anything that comes out of the sea besides canned tuna (yes, I know). But now as I am expanding into seafood, I have found that I like shrimp (unless you just dip it into cocktail sauce. Ew.)

My dad celebrates his birthday Sunday. This man will eat anything and shows his love by making you lots of food. He sometimes remembers what you like and dislike. He made me some bay scallops (cause he forgot that I didn't like seafood) and I was in heaven! I actually really liked them and ate a ton of them! I went home to recreate them and found that, like all things, I have expensive taste. 

BTW, I have never bought salmon before. What is a good price for it? 

Anyway, moving on. Scallops are easy to make but simple to ruin as well. I knew I needed to be perfect because well, I am too cheap not to be!

I dried them with a paper towel to take out some extra moisture. Then I sprinkled them with some salt and pepper and tossed them into a buttered hot skillet with a bit of olive oil. The trick is not to overcook them. I found that 1 to 1/2 minutes works best.


Really scallops are easy as one, two, three, and that is because there are three rules to cooking scallops:

1. DO NOT OVERCOOK.
2. Make sure they are not touching when the cook.
3. Serve immediately.


Happy Birthday Dad!
I bow to the master of cooking!

August 11, 2015

Is Nursing Right For You?

When I tell people I am a nurse, often times I hear "I could never do your job." I think some people assume my job is saving lives day in and day out. But generally there is a lot of dealing with people at their worst and trying to keep up with charting and tasks. Sometimes it is feast or famine. It is not a job where you can go and create work to do.


On the flip side, our job is more that just showing up and doing. We have to keep up with skills and new knowledge as there is constant revision. Medicine changes all the time and research is something I must do to be the best for my patients.  It is not the kind of job where you can learn it all from a textbook. You need to experience it to understand it. I have days where people have chest pain and it is nothing serious or try to come to the hospital to have a place to stay which are easier days for me. Then there are days where you get a patient who challenges you with medical complications and issues where every skill you have will be tested. These are the days that keep me coming back.

My average day in being at work is getting report and then doing additional research on all of my patients. Then I stock up and get what I need. There are days where I have time for lunch and days where I don't. There are days where I pee in privacy and days where people are paging me while using the restroom. 

You never will forget the hard cases. The ones where you save someones life, where you impact someones life...those days give you a feeling like no other. There are no words to describe those days. 

So when people say to me "I could never do your job" I tell them back "I could never do anything else."


What is your typical workday like?

August 7, 2015

The Little Things We Need

Everyone looks for traits in an ideal partner: intelligence, humor, confidence, etc... But what do we really need from a partner to keep the spark alive?

It might come down to the little, important details that we might not be able to put into words. Relationships are the healthiest and happiest when they're full of kindness and generosity.

I am so lucky to have my husband. He truly makes me feel so lucky.
He gives me some of the little things I need...like:

When I have to get up for work before he wakes up, I return home to find my bed made. Gives me a smile every time. 

He sends me funny snapchats of his face randomly. 

He always lets me eat the last bite of dessert. 

He tells me beautiful. 

We say good night and I love you every night before we go to bed. 

When I don't feel like making dinner he knows without words and suggests that he makes one of my favorite homemade meals (chicken roll ups) or that we grab Panda Express.

I could keep going on and on but I am just so lucky to have the little things I need.



What are some of the little things you need?

August 6, 2015

Chicken Egg Rolls

Sometimes you just want to go out to eat. Then your wallet tells you no...but you still want to go. Then you remember calories are a real thing and there you are sitting at home with only 30 minutes until a very hungry husband comes home. And that husband just wants to come home and watch True Detective. What is a girl to do?

Take inspiration from Chili's Southwestern Egg Rolls...

I did this one sans the black beans and instead put in bell pepper and spinach. The egg roll wrappers are enough carbs.


Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 minced green bell pepper
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 chicken breast, cooked and diced
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
egg roll wrappers

Directions:

In a large skillet saute bell pepper in olive oil, just until soft (this will take 3-5 minutes).

Add the corn and spinach and cook until heated through.

Add the chicken, cumin, chili powder, salt, and garlic powder. Stir until well blended and tender.

Remove from heat and stir in the cheese.
Fill egg rolls. Start with a corner facing you, and add the filling to the center of the wrapper and fold it like a burrito.

Place the rolls on a greased baking sheet and spray the rolls with cooking spray. Bake for about 20 minutes, flipping them halfway through.

Caution: They may not look golden brown, but they are probably done, sometimes depending on your brand of wrappers, they can look like they aren't cooked all the way and you can overdo them.


Now I still have egg roll wrappers left from the package I bought. Guess I will have to do something else fun with them!


Come on weekend! I actually have this weekend off of work! Let's do it!

August 5, 2015

Splurge, Splurge, Splurge!!!

I am all about saving money, I save for retirement and pay my debts off responsibly. I also if you ask anyone am super frugal. Thankfully my husband thinks similar to me money wise. While we like to save, we do enjoy spending money!

Splurging and spending money on things was a hard thing for me to learn. I credit my mother. She showed me that somethings are better/worth it to spend more money on. It actually gave me some (and sadly still does) anxiety about spending money; I would/sometimes do second guess my purchases.

Below are ten things we don’t mind splurging on/give me very little anxiety.



1. Travel
Travel is something that I will never mind splurging on. We do go on many affordable trips by using credit card rewards to our advantage, but travel is something that we enjoy and we do spend money on it as well.

2. Health
I ensure that I have great health insurance and I will spend what it takes to keep me and my family healthy. Well...mainly me. Damn ACL! Your health is your wealth.

3. Internet
Having internet is a need. And it has to be FAST. I don't ever see me wanting to ever give that up.

4. My home
I will always spend money where the heart is, and that is my home. I need nice sheets and towels, I need for my family and guests to feel comfortable and at home in my home.

5. Cars
I don't like to admit it, but I do. I need a car to get to and from work. It is a requirement and anything I need to keep them going, I do. I guess I more accurately splurge on repairs...and of not just cars. AC, water, etc...

6. Family
I will drop any dime to go visit my family, to take care of my family, to give my family gifts during the holidays, etc...

7. Bras
Trust me, as a big breasted woman, it is extremely important. You can tell when there is less support on any girl when they are wearing a cheaply made bra. I will always invest in support.

8. Foundation
A good foundation for my face is essential. I want to look healthy and natural. Your face is something people notice first thing.

9. Haircut and Color
Now I don't color my hair, but when I do I will invest in doing it at a nice salon. I currently do that with my hair because you can easily have your hair messed up.

10. Nice pieces of jewelry
Because I like them and they make me feel special. And it is something my husband knows to pick out for me when I want it.


What do you splurge on? 

August 3, 2015

Stay at Home Challenges

Some of my friends are starting to have kids. I am so happy for them. One day I will want to have kids. But it scares me sh!tless! Having children is the hardest job in the world!

I work. I work really hard. When I come home from work, I can pull out my laptop and just blog or mindlessly jump on Pinterest. I could spend a few hours watching TV, I could meet my friends for a drink, I can go out to dinner, I can spend quality time with my husband...point is, I can do what I want. 

A mom, cannot do this. All the time you have given yourself This is not a luxury that is available for a parent, regardless of whether they work or not. In between feedings, changes, comforting, entertaining and household chores (all this being done whilst suffering from severe sleep deprivation) most parents are lucky if they get five minutes to themselves. Indeed, when I have visited friends with young children I am exhausted after just a few hours and thank my lucky stars that I am able to return to my nice, quiet home.


When I think of great parents, I think of mine. My mom was a stay at home mom and really gave us a great life at home. I lived in a clean house, wore clean clothes and ate three healthy meals every day. Her evenings were spent taking me to the various activities that I was involved in. She attended every parents evening. There have been times when I was young (and not so young) where I have let her down, dismissed her and been rude to her, but even now is prepared to drop whatever she is doing to help my sisters and I with anything we need. 

My dad was there coming to my activities after work. When I was ill, he met my mom and I at the doctors office and worried about us until we got better. He praised me, encouraged me, and disciplined me. 


Bottom line, never look down on parenting or a stay at home parent. 
It seems to be the hardest job in the world.

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