Thursday, October 28, 2010

Go WW's

I know this isn't very clear, but the paper I wrote for my gym class was a diet evaluation and I chose to write about Weight Watchers because I have personal experience with success in the past from this program.  In case you can't read the comment from the teacher very well it says:  This is the best paper I have ever read on Weight Watchers.  :)  Excellent.  How awesome is that??  I was thrilled.
Also on a side note I received two compliments on my hair today.  Boy oh boy, I'm on cloud nine!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Snow, snow go away, come again when its WINTER!

A HIGH WIND WARNING remains in effect for the entire area through this evening.  The wind will blow at a steady 25 to 35 mph today with gust up to 45 mph.  The highest wind gusts yesterday and last night were 50 to 60 mph and caused tree damage and power outages.  Once again, be attentive while driving on the open roads and freeways of North Central Wisconsin as the wind gust could cause your car to drift across lanes.  The winds will become a bit lighter tonight and tomorrow, shifting to the west and blowing 20 to 30 mph.  Besides the wind we will have to deal with some scattered rain and snow shower today.  In central Wisconsin the showers should be mainly rain until late afternoon.  The precipitation will turn to all snow tonight but don't expect much accumulation.  Some snow showers and flurries will linger into Thursday morning, then we should experience decreasing clouds by late afternoon.  High temps will linger in the upper 30s to low 40s for most of the day today and again only climb up to around 40.  I totally called it that the snow would fall before Halloween people!!  This weather sucks and makes me want to move back to the Dallas area again.  I'm not ready for winter so soon!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Goodies yay goodies!

This was the second year I helped out being a captain in my department at work for the United Way program.  I totally always think this is a great organization and during the summer when we're asked to be captains for the fall I usually am eager to help.  This past summer was no different but as the time rolled on to starting the campaigns I was not as enthused, because it happened right as my semester was starting.  Now I multitask like the next person, but my heart certainly wasn't in it as it should've been. 
I missed the kick off breakfast because it was scheduled on a day I didn't work, (with only working Friday night, Saturday and Sunday I tend to miss a lot of important gatherings).  I also missed the wrap-up finishing breakfast to say thank you to all the captains who volunteered their time.  All in all the whole campaign came in like a lion and left like a lamb. 
Last Friday my boss came up to me to tell me that my name was chosen in a drawing from the wrap-up breakfast and I won a few goodies.  I was soo thrilled to get my goodies.  From the looks of it, the gift bag and goodies might've been a left over from a golf outing, but I was pleased just the same.  So I got a sling back pack, two sets of golf balls, a golf towel (with company logo on most of these items which is why I turned some over), hand sanitizer, first aid kit in plastic container, dual sunscreen/lip balm in the same holder, and a mini golf bag that had a ran poncho (which I'm sure could come in handy for future rain days {HAHA XY}).  How sweet!  I felt excited that my time was well appreciated with the random drawing that I won.  Thanks United Way.  Thanks work! 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

4 out of 5 ain't bad.

As of Thursday evening I had five assignments to finish this weekend while I've been at work.  Thanks again Lord for blessing me with a job where I can do my homework at the same time!!
Gym Class:  I had to write a paper regarding a diet evaluation, picking any popular diet out on the market and write about the pros and cons and nutritional value etc due Monday morning.  I chose Weight Watchers because, I've personally been a member in the past losing 31 pounds through the two years that I was doing it.  So I felt I had this covered and knocked it out Thursday afternoon.
Statistics:  I had about 12 problems to work on due Tuesday regarding the different approaches with Sampling like convenience, voluntary, and random.  Knocked that out shortly after the diet paper was written on Thursday.
Soc/Race/Ethnicity:  I had 3 journal entries to type up covering three chapters of our book we're reading for class called Sidewalk by Duneier due Monday.  The book is pretty interesting which makes writing easier.  I rocked that throughout my Friday and my work day yesterday Saturday.
Interpersonal Communication:  My most fav class soo far!!!  Had to write a paper responding to my thoughts on Chapter 7 regarding "Listening: More than Meets the Ear" due Monday.  Pretty easy because the professor appreciates my writing in her class and doesn't pick it apart like some other professors!  Knocked that outta the park through my workday today Sunday.
Going home soon and will be studying for my test for Soc class tomorrow, going to do the practice tests online and flash-cards through the terms.
Only assignment I didn't touch this weekend is the dreaded Existentialism paper due Tuesday.  Regarding the Existentialist Rilke.  Not thrilled to write this paper, but after my Soc test on Monday I plan to dig right in and get to writing so I can turn it in on time.
Hey 4 out of 5 ain't bad!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

New Couch

Last week the hubby and I went to a furniture store and after much haggling from my hubby we picked out this couch set.  We just purchased the 4 couch pieces but not end tables or lamps. 

Our sales lady had just graduated from design school in Minneapolis and she recently helped out the Extreme Home Makeover show with helping design part of a room.  The show was on last Sunday and it was helping a family in Neenah Wisconsin.  How cool was that.  I'm such a nerd, I asked for her autograph just in case she was to become the new HGTV design star.  You never know...
We are super thrilled to be able to have a new set, because the last one had us sitting closer to the ground than what we wanted.  Our new set looks similar to this one and is expected the first week in November.  Yay!!!  Now we just need to find an area rug that will go with this set???  Any suggestions?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How much effort is needed?

In my college there is an Oral Speech class that was giving five minute speeches regarding preparation of meat in our country.  Accompanied by their speech these students had to fill out a 3-way poster board with information to help cue them from topic to topic.  All of these poster boards were stretched up and down a common hallway for other students to view and admire their hard work. 

As I walked by, two poster boards caught my eye, one poster board was bright, well written, and neat. 

The second poster board got me thinking WOW if this student gets a great grade I'd be surprised and jealous.  Without knowing the student, I would say this student asked their three year old child to make and decorate their poster board.  It was just plain sloppy.  Take a look for yourself, I mean c-mon dude, how can you live with yourself creating such a incomplete poster board?  Am I being too judgemental?  I think I'm more upset because I'm sure this student still got a passing grade...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Label Maker

I got an idea to buy a label maker to help with organizing my school work folder for the upcoming nursing classes that I'll have to keep track of from A Journey Through Nursing School & Beyond by ChristineOn Christine's blog she mentioned buying a label maker and it helped her tremendously and since it look appealing to me I bought one too.  Here is what it looks like:

The package says it has PDA style buttons.  I have to say it is quite clever and closer to when I do start classes I'll show you how I organized my workload using this device.  Nice!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

First of two Nursing School Orientations

On Wednesday, I had my first of two orientations for the nursing program that I'll be starting in January.  We arrived at our meeting room and funniest thing, as we all took our seats we started summing each other up.  I don't know if it was first impression judgements, and maybe I was doing it, but I would look at someone and say "yup they're the outgoing one", or " that's the shy one". 
Even though our class size has capacity to hold 16 students, we only have 13 females and one male.  Then we had our instructor ask us to put our name tags on, grab the student handbook and away we flew for two hours listening to the rules and expectations of us students.  We listened to the dress code, the uniform policy, even the no nail polish/short nail rule that I must say makes me a little sad knowing that I won't be able to participate in wearing nail polish as often as I'd like.  We heard about upholding a high reputation in the community and not to display ourselves in a bad light, that we should be proud of our status being apart of the system of schools, it was motivating.
Then it was time to eat pizza in the student lounge and we went around the room introducing ourselves and learning the other students names.  There were a few students closer to graduating that came and talked to us and asked us to ask them all of our nitty gritty questions.  This threw us all off, because we were putting our prim and proper game faces on and to let down our guard didn't feel right at that moment.  It didn't take long for questions to start going around though.  It was nice to share and hear some stories from these experienced nursing students. 
I left the orientation ready for more, I can not wait to go to the second orientation scheduled in January before classes begin, to pick up uniform, patches, medical kit, and order stethoscope.
What made me the most happy of the evening was when our instructor referred to us not as pre-nursing students but finally as nursing students.  Wow, how important did we all feel at that moment, I could have shed a tear if I thought into it more. 
Originally I had been on the fence about the Honor's program but after the orientation, I'm going to give it my best shot.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Beautiful by MercyMe

This is another one of my favorites:
Beautiful by MercyMe

Days will come when you don't have the strength
When all you hear is you're not worth anything
Wondering if you ever could be loved
And if they truly saw your heart, they'd see too much

You're beautiful
You're beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You're beautiful
You're beautiful
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are his
You're beautiful

Praying that you have the heart to fight
"Cause you are more than what is hurting you tonight
For all the lies you've held inside so long
They are nothing in the shadow of the cross

You're beautiful
You're beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You're beautiful
You're beautiful
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are his
You're beautiful.

Before you ever took a breath
Long before the world began
Of all the wonders He possessed
There was one more precious
Of all the earth and skies above
You're the one He madly loves enough to die

You're beautiful
You're beautiful in His eyes

You're beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You're beautiful
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are his
You're beautiful

You're beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You're beautiful
You're beautiful
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are his

Dave Barnes - God Gave Me You

Here is one of my favorites:
Dave Barnes - God Gave me You

I’ve been a walking heartache
I’ve made a mess of me
The person that I’ve been lately
Ain’t who I wanna be

But you stay here right beside me
Watch as the storm goes through
And I need you

God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
For when I think I’ve lost my way
*If* There are no words here left to say, it’s true
God gave me you

There’s more here than what were seeing
A divine conspiracy
That you, an angel lovely
Could somehow fall for me
You’ll always be love’s great martyr
Ill be the flattered fool
and I need you

God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
For when I think I’ve lost my way
*If* There are no words here left to say, it’s true
God gave me you

On my own I’m only
Half of what I could be
I can’t do without you
We are stitched together
And what love has tethered
I pray we never undo

God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
For when I think I’ve lost my way
*If* There are no words here left to say, it’s true
God gave me you, gave me you.
Gave me you.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Getaway without leaving my house

This weekend has got to be one of the most quiet and relaxing (outside of the 24 hours of work I put in) that I've had in a long time.  My husband and son flew to Dallas for a Cowboy's game this weekend and left my daughter and I home together.  Outside of my long shifts at work, my daughter and I have gone out to eat each night and rented movies. 
Last night we watched Letters to Juliet and it was just what the doctor ordered!  A beautiful, romantic comedy, sappy and absolutely perfect without a man in the house to comment about it. 
My daughter and I are sitting in our front room quietly without distractions from the multiple football games usually going on at this time, doing our homework before school tomorrow.  Who could ask for anything better than that?  I have a test in my gym class, a paper to write for my Existentialism class on Kierkegaard, two journal entries for my sociology class, and 3-4 more chapters in various classes combined.  However I do miss my warm and cuddly hubby next to me and pray for safe travels with him and my son back home tomorrow.  Right now I think I'm going to take a time out to walk the 'ole dog.  Ciao!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Crockpot Lasagna

So I tried my hand at making Crockpot Lasagna (thanks for the idea Ange) and it turned out awesome!!  Very tasty, wasn't watery or greasy at all.  Kids and husband all liked it.

First brown hamburger meat, I used 93/7.

Next I immersion blended the spaghetti sauce for the wierdo's in my family who don't like the chunks (me and my son) and add the browned hamb. meat to the sauce.

Then mix up the 2 eggs, ricotta cheese and shredded cheeses you prefer.  I used a pizza blend and mozzarella.

Then start layering it in your crockpot with your sauce first, then noodles, then cheese mixture.  Keep adding layers until desired amount.  I went as high as an inch before the rim.

Here is my finished product after cooking for 4.5 hours on high and 1 hour on low.  Everything was cooked evenly and tasted wonderful.

I serve mine in a bowl.  Enjoy!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Confusing Comunicator

I recently received a graded paper back from my Existentialism professor and I was pretty disturbed with the comments left on the back page.  He wrote something to the effect that "I get what you were trying to write about, but you are trying to sound too philosophic and it's just coming off confusing.  Next time I want you to write more clearly, concise and get to the point." 
WHAT?  Oh no, I was pretty upset when I got this comment back, because it's only our 2nd paper in the class and he already was seeing me this way.  Which explains why I excused myself to the bathroom to wipe my tears.  What am I doing letting this teacher get to me this way.  I took what he said personally mainly because unfortunately a bit of this is true.  I would love to know how I can become more polished, direct and eloquent when speaking and writing.  I feel like I should come with some apology stuck to my forehead and an interpreter to convey to others what I'm really saying.  I had better toughen up and get this figured out before I become a nurse.