Saturday, July 21, 2012

welcome to the real world she said to me

So in the last 2 months some ridiculous things have happened. My mom recently began a job at the Children's hospital Colorado. AWESOME, right? yes. We have moved from the Springs, which just recently contained the biggest wild fire that burned down over 300 homes, none of whom I knew personally. We rented out our house in the Springs. 

As if that wasn't enough- the recent shooting in Aurora resulted in the death of a man who was the brother of a really close friend I had in High school. It is a sad day knowing this. I also faced the OR the morning after the even-it was a rough day. I am very impressed by the spirits of my coworkers and I'm proud to share in the hard work. 

So after all of this, I'm very tired. Love your neighbors. 

Friday, December 23, 2011


So tonight at a restaurant Alli kept complaining that her loose tooth was hurting when she ate, so I asked her if she wanted me to pull it out. I got my napkin and stuck it on the tooth and pulled it out right there are the dinner table. How inappropriate was that ?!? but she was happy after it was over. Conversation continues and Alli says "I saw the tooth fairy" me-"oh really what did she look like?" Al-"she has sparkles all over her wings"

So it is December 23 and the tooth fair is coming to bring Alli $1. and tomorrow night Santa is putting presents under the Christmas tree. I wish I could believe in these amazing things that bring money and gifts.

Belief is the hope of something better, whether it's "real" or not is not really of importance. I believe in the determination of the human spirit. I guess that will have to be enough for now. Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

LIFE as a working girl

So sorry that I fail at updating consistently. Life is busy. It's good, but busy.

I still LOVE my job. Tomorrow is my first day actually scrubbing into a case and handing instruments to the surgeons. I'm SO scared, yet excited. I had a couple of days this week where I got to learn how to scrub my hands and put on gowns and gloves as not to contaminate them. Funny story- so after the first day I'm feeling pretty confident that I know what I'm doing. I had a dream that I like flat how contaminated my gloves by scratching the back of my neck while I was scrubbed in. It's pretty obvious this job is getting to me, but in a good way. It wasn't a dream of the surgeon yelling at me or the patient dying.

Family life is good too. Alli had her Jinglebell Jukebox concert last night at school. She is so stinkin cute sometimes. Right as we pulled up to the school and parked, she was already to go. She ran up to some of the kids in her class and promptly reminded them that they needed to go in the music room and talking up a storm. The concert was like 5 songs. I was so impressed that Alli remembered all of the words and moves that go with the songs. She was singing loud enough that we could actually hear her too. I'm so proud of her. I feel a career opportunity coming on.

I got my Mabels labels in the mail today :) they are sticky labels for shoes, clothes and hard surfaces. Hopefully it will prevent Alli from losing her sweaters everyday and keeping the tupperware I send to school from getting thrown away too. They are even cuter than they were online. Highly recommended.

I got a long to do list today. Merry Christmas.

Friday, October 14, 2011

cheap eats

So although I didn't participate in the September day of $5 meals, I've given it some thought and found some great deals I thought I'd share.

At the usual grocery store I go to I had thought I'd found the deal of the century, .98 cent per pound whole chicken- so it's like $4 for a whole chicken that feeds my family of 3 for 2 meals- sometimes just 1 depending on how hungry Alli is. I thought that was a great deal paired with a bag of frozen veggies ($1) and a frozen bag of salt and pepper potatoes ($1). So $6 for 1-2 meals for a family of 3. Awesome right?

So I decided to go to Target (my favorite store in the world) for groceries one week because I found the milk we buy for $2 cheaper- awesome, wait it gets better. I went to get a chicken and checked some prices- okay the organic whole chicken at Target was $3 total, not per pound. and the regular whole chicken was $1.76. yes the whole chicken less than $2. I could not believe my eyes. So we had our less than $5 meal this week and it was delish!

Okay, don't be intimidated by a whole chicken, it's basically the same method of cooking as a turkey-it just takes less time- because of weight. So you cut the bag open take the chicken out and take out the gizzards (yuck! & the target chicken had no gizzards-SCORE!) and I wash the chicken in the sink, just to get some slime off- then pat dry. place in a roasting pan. Rub butter, salt, pepper and an herb on the breasts and legs. I used rosemary this week- yum. Any herb will do, I've used basil, parsley, sage, etc. Then place in a 350 degree oven for 60-90 minutes. You can also add the potatoes to the roasting pan. I've done that too. yum. When the chicken is done, I usually let it rest in the pan after I take it out of the oven for 10-15 minutes before slicing. I usually take the breasts off first in one whole piece and then slice them. and it's super easy to take the legs off with kitchen sheers. It's pretty low cal if you don't eat the skin, but do leave the skin on during cooking, it will make the juiciest chicken you've ever had.

It's so easy and cheap. Enjoy! Eat More Chicken!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Good life!

So after 4 interviews, a few tears and lots of resume paper- I GOT A JOB!! 
I'm thrilled. It's at University of Colorado Hospital in the new grad residency  program in the OR. It's research based in the OR and in my favorite city in the world. I'm still a little shocked, but so excited to start! It's seriously a dream come true. 

Thank you to all who have supported me this whole time. You know who you are. I could not have done this without your encouragement along the way. 

I cannot believe my dreams are becoming a reality. 

and btw-I won $460 worth of AORN Perioperative books. It was on FB in drawing. Those books will help me so much. I can't wait to start reading them. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011


Sorry I still have nothing to report. No news in good news I suppose.

I'm hopeful that this week I will have some news about a job...still waiting

Thursday, July 28, 2011

So maybe this is a preemptive attempt at life, but I think that if and when offered, I will take the job that I interviewed for last week. It's not close to my house, but I really think that I will enjoy the time in the car to decompress. I also think a change to scenery and people will be good for me. 

With that I may be letting a few people down after I have pursued another opportunity very hard and I will have to let them down slowly and softy. That will be the hardest part. 

And maybe they won't offer me the job, but I'm hopeful and that is going to be enough for today. 

I'm so tired of the mix of emotion that comes with a longer job search. I've been looking for so long that sometimes I feel inadequate or that I'm a rockstar. I've felt failure and frustration, bitterness and relief. It's rough on the ego. 

With that, I thank all who have supported me so very much. I have the best friends in the world.