Archive for February, 2008

We’re back!

So, we’ve been home from Las Vegas for a few days. We had tons of fun, but we were exhausted when we got home. We ran the entire trip trying to see as much as we could in the trip. We fell in love with Vegas. Not the strip, but the city. It’s so beautiful there. I hated returning to the cold, snowy, icy Midwest. Especially since the entire area of Cincinnati is out of salt and we’re supposed to get more snow and ice this week. Why do we live here again?? Both of us are wondering that right now. Anyway, here are some pictures.

Bellagio Chandelier
The ceiling in the Bellagio. The Bellagio and Venetian were my favorites.
Bellagio Garden Flowers Bellagio
Brian Paris
Brian and I Eiffel Tower
Brian and I at the top of the Eiffel Tower. It was windy and cold (hence the hair flying across my face), but we were determined to stay up there long enough to see the Bellagio fountains while we were up there.
Brian Paris buffet
Brian’s tummy is very happy, as was mine, after breakfast at Paris’ buffet. If you go to Vegas I order you to go to the buffet at Paris for breakfast!! If you get there early (they open at 7AM Las Vegas time) you won’t have to wait in line like you would for dinner there. Hey, if you’re going to go anywhere in the world for breakfast it would be France right?? YUM!!
Brian and I Hoover Dam
Brian and I at Hoover Dam. Check out the new bridge they are building. I’m not sure I could drive across that with out freaking out. Yeah, I’m scared of heights. If you go to Hoover Dam and you can afford it, fork out the extra money for the longer tour, it’s worth it. Another fear of mine?? Being crushed in an earth quake. Being down in the tunnels inside Hoover Dam and knowing we were on a fault line and there was a huge quake in upper Nevada the day before kind of had me freaking. It was actually snowing while we were there. Figures that the snow would follow me to the desert.
This was a double rainbow over Lake Mead, unfortunately the camera wasn’t able to pick up the second rainbow. We could see the end of the rainbow, but there was no leprecon, or gold.
Brian and I at Red Rock
Brian and I at Red Rock Canyon. It was gorgeous out that day. There were tons of people out rock climbing and hiking.
Brian and I Gondella Ride
Brian and I at the Venetian on our gondola ride. Our gondolier was awesome. He was the first gondolier at the Venetian, a real Italian charmer.
OK, I could post soooo many more. We took close to 600 pictures in less than three full days. OK, ok, I confess, I took almost 600 pictures in less than three full days. Brian had nothing to do with it. Hopefully this page doesn’t take forever to load for you. WordPress is being very slow for me. Oh, back on my diet tomorrow. I’ve been bad, bad, bad!

February 27, 2008 at 10:11 pm 2 comments

T Minus 9 Hours

 Well, I’m home from work and packed. We leave for Vegas in the morning. I’m exhausted from working three twelves in a row, and we have to get up at 6 tomorrow. It sucks that we have to drive to Indianapolis to fly even though there is an airport in Cincinnati. But, we saved like 4 or 5 hundred dollars a piece by flying out of Indy. Stupid Delta. I’ll probably need a vacation to recover from our vacation by the time I get home. Just pray that we don’t get any more snow tonight and we have no travel issues. The past few times we have flown we’ve almost missed our flight every time. Once they were paging our names through the entire airport, but we had been stuck in security for an eternity. We got to the airport three hours before our flight and still barely made it to the gate in time. I’m not sure if I’ll post while we’re in Vegas or not. It will just depend on how much down time we have. Have a good weekend everyone!!

Oh, please pray that I don’t end up sick while we’re gone.  Several people at work were sick today.  Not to mention a few influenza cases on our floor lately.  I had the flu shot, but you never know.  One nurse actually had the nerve to go off on me today when I asked her to please cover her mouth when she coughed.  She coughed in my face at least five times today with out covering her mouth.  She informed me that if I didn’t want to get sick then I should have stayed at home and not gone to work.  Excuse me?  If you’re sick then you’re the one that should keep your butt in bed instead of spreading it to everyone at work.  You would think that a nurse would know to cover her mouth when she coughs.  Gross.  OK, vent time over.  I’m going to bed!!

February 20, 2008 at 9:48 pm Leave a comment

I must be crazy

Yesterday I sent away for information about finishing my bachelors degree. I’ve requested information from NKU and UC. I have an appointment next month to tour NKU. Honey, are you reading this?? I forgot to tell you, I made a reservation for you to go with me if you want. :0) At the moment I’m more interested in NKU. It’s closer and a lot less traffic over there than trying to get to UC. Someone at work said “Why do you want to go back?” I was like “I’m stupid I guess.” I’m not really ready to go back. I’m still learning so much at work and attending classes at work to get some certificates that I need. But, I need to start researching and getting ready now if I want to start in the fall or next spring. I might be able to take some classes that I need at the junior college that I graduated from, it will depend on what I still need. I have most of my courses finished, just a couple prerequisites and then the nursing courses.

Speaking of learning at work. Isn’t it scary that I’m already training people?? I’ve had an orienty with me every day for the past week or so. Some days I feel like I’m doing a pretty good job of teaching them. Other days are so crazy and busy that they just run along behind me for the ride. I just try to tell them like everywhere some days are good and some days are bad. Of course our bad days usually mean that we’ve got one or more patients that should be in the ICU, but aren’t.

I wonder who we need to write to about getting a law passed to set nurse to patient ratios in Kentucky?? In California TCU nurses are not allowed to have more than four patients, even at night. On our floor we can have up to 5 during the day, 6 in the evening, and 8 at night. That is s0000 no safe. We’re considered a critical care floor, but I have to take care of 6 patients?? And that’s not just patient care. The evening is the worst time for getting slammed with admissions. So, I’m doing all of that paperwork, filing, signing off orders, putting information into the computer, printing care paths off, and trying to keep up with six critical patients. Plus we don’t have a charge nurse at that time to help with any of it. Sometimes we luck out and have a float nurse to help, but she has to help two different floors at once. So, we usually end up doing it on our own anyway.

OK, I need to get ready for work. Thanks for listening to me complain. Two more days of work and then LAS VEGAS!!! WOOHOO!!

February 19, 2008 at 6:12 am Leave a comment

Sausage & Marinera Pasta

This is our favorite pasta recipe. I use hot Turkey sausage. You will also need speghetti, garlic, basil, pasta sauce, onion, green peppers.
Heat just enough olive oil to coat the bottom of a large skillet. Place the sausage links in the hot skillet and brown. While the sausage is browning chop up an onion and place in the skillet with the sausage. Also get your water boiling for the spaghetti to cook in.
Then chop up a green onion and place in the skillet.
Once the sausage is browned on all sides remove it from the skillet and slice. It’s OK if it is still pink in the middle, it will finish cooking. Once the sausage is slice add back to the skillet. Pour in one jar of pasta sauce. Add basil, oregano, and thime. You can also add salt and pepper as needed also. Drop your speghetti into the boiling water now also.
Pasta Sauce
Once the speghetti is done and the sauce is hot serve along side garlic bread. Yum!

February 17, 2008 at 5:27 pm 3 comments

Congratulations Erin!


My friend Erin just got engaged to a great guy Jake! So, to celebrate I’m posting another family film post today. Congrats girl!

Halloween 2
We’ve been best friends since 2nd grade. I’m not sure what grade this was. Fourth grade Halloween maybe?

Jr High Dance

A Jr High pic, I think this is at a Valentines dance.

Jumping on Bed Funny Faces


Junior Prom

This is at our Junior Prom.

Senior Prom

Our Senior prom. We were each others “date”. We had both given up on boys for the time being.

Highschool Graduation

High School Graduation


I love you! May God bless your marriage!


Oh, and we found out about two pregnancies this week. One friends, another family. I was going to post pics of the new parents, but I’m not sure who all knows about them yet. So, you know who you are! Congrats on the new peanuts!

February 16, 2008 at 10:44 pm Leave a comment

Family Film Friday

OK, lets see. I had to debate about who to post pics of today. I need to post something or Friday is going to be over. So, here are my cousins and I. The four of us girls on my dad’s side.
First picture of cousins
This is probably one of the first pictures of the four of us together. Lovely, no?? I think Kristen is just mad because our moms won’t let us eat the cake until they take pictures. It looks like my uncle Don is even holding down her hands to keep them out of the cake. Too funny.
Maybe some week I’ll do a theme of pictures with Kristen’s mouth wide open.
4 girls with grandma
Another superb (or is that sub par?) picture of us with our grandma.
Girls Dress Up
This was taken sometime when I was in high school. I do not remember doing this at all. I plead the fifth!!
Bad Pic
A bad, bad, BAD picture of us all.
Christmas 07
Christmas 2007

February 16, 2008 at 12:33 am 1 comment

Happy Valentines Day!

Well, first bad news.  Today was weigh in day and I gained.  I gained 1.5!  SUCK!  Especially since I ate a lot better than last week.  I was on plan all week except for twice we went out to eat early in the week.  I wasn’t good, but haven’t used any flex points except for those.  I’m wondering if maybe I’m holding  a lot of fluid in my muscles from my work out last night.  My arms and legs were like noodles when I left the gym at work.  I don’t know, kind of frustrating.  However I have gotten compliments from people at work that they can tell my scrubs are getting big on me.  At first I thought that was strange, but I realized that I have gave lost almost 17 pounds since I started working there.  I lost almost 10 of that before I started dieting.

Next, good news.  Hubby and I exchanged Valentines gifts last night since I have to work today.  Of course he went all out with out telling me he was actually getting me a nice present.  Usually for Valentines we just get something small for each other like cards and flowers or chocolates.  So, I got him a card and some good chocolate.  He got me a camera!  It’s not my SLR, but it is a nice point and shoot to replace the crappy one I have now.  It will be a perfect camera to slip into my purse on days that I don’t want to take my SLR once I get it.  Perfect timing since I was dreading taking pictures in Vegas with our previous camera.

Here’s my menu for today:

B-Oatmeal (2)

L-Frozen dinner (6), Pretzels (2), Corn (2), Pudding cup (2)

D-Probably left over pasta from last night (I’m going to post that recipe soon, it’s one of our favorites).

Like I said I work today, but tomorrow I’m going to go work out at the gym at work again.  If I don’t you all are aloud to kick my butt.  We leave for Brian’s parents Saturday, which is a challenge, since there is nothing healthy to eat there.

February 14, 2008 at 6:08 am 2 comments

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