A Bump in the Night

Around 1AM last night Brian and I heard a very loud bang.  I’ve never seen Maggie move so fast!  She went from under the blankets by my feet to on the floor barking in less than a second.  I think it took about 10 years off of my life.  We both jumped out of bed to try to figure out what it was.  I thought it came from outside since our bedroom windows were open.  I went to the window and looked out, but couldn’t see anything.  Brian thought maybe something fell in the laundry room, so I went in there and looked and checked all of the upstairs bedrooms while Brian and Maggie went downstairs to look around.  Neither one of us found anything out of place.  I went down to the basement and looked around and we flipped the outside lights on.  Nothing…..It was starting to freak me out that maybe someone had been outside or maybe it was a neighbor shooting or something across the woods.  It was defidently loud enough to be a gun going off.

Thirty minutes later after we had walked upstairs and given up on finding the cause of the loud noise I walked into our bathroom and suddenly knew what it was.  I looked into the shower and sure enough that was it.  Our metal shower caddie full of all of our bottles had fallen to the floor of the shower.

It took me about an hour to finally fall back to sleep.  Fun excitement in the Brunke household.


October 7, 2008 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

More house pics

I keep getting hounded to post more pics of the house.  We haven’t gotten a whole lot done since I posted last, but here are a few more pics.

Some of my bird feeders.

Brian’s office, still in progress.  It actually looks worse now than it did two days ago.  How is that possible?

The downstairs bath.

The upstairs guest bath.

My office/one of the spare bedrooms.  It’s still a work in progress.  That’s my trundle bed that I slept in when I was young.  We stripped off the brown varnish and painted it black.

Brian mowing the lawn for the first time.

September 10, 2008 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

In Need of Prayer

It’s been a rough weekend.  My family has sickness going on along with a lot of stress of who can help take can of my grandparents.  My sister also found out that her fiance got papers to be in Japan a lot sooner than expected.  For those of you who don’ know her fiance is in the Air Force.  This means they are going to have to get married several months sooner than planned.

I also had a really rough night at work.  The nurse that is training me and I were in pod 3, which is where the worst patients are put.  We also had the trauma room, so we had the worst room in the worst pod.  With in 30 minutes we had two deaths in that room.  Both of them came in already receiving CPR in the ambulance.  The first patiens was a cute little old lady from a nursing home, her family came in and handled it well.  They seemed to be at peace about it that she had lived a good life and it was her time.

The next man was in his 50’s, but in very poor health.  He weighed almost 500 pounds with long time lung and heart problems.  About 20 of his family members, including small children showed up and were all hysterical.  It got pretty interesting for awhile.  And please, don’t let small children into the room right after a death.  It’s pretty traumatic and the mom of the children who showed up a little while later was not happy that they were taken into the room by the family.

The next death was the worst, though it wasn’t our patient.   I don’t know the whole story, I just know that a 25 year old female came in with her boyfriend and her 3 day old baby.  I believe she was diagnosed with pneumonia.  Sometime around midnight she started screaming that she couldn’t breath and soon she was entibated, then her heart stopped beating.  The best we could tell she threw a clot.  They worked on her for almost two hours, trying everything anyone could think of.  They even had a cardiologist in the room doing an echo trying to see if there was something wrong with her heart that they could rush her to surgery for.  All of the staff around the ER was silent and teary eyed the whole two hours, just watching the monitor and periodically stepping into the room praying for a miracle.  One of the ER Techs did chest compressions for the entire two hours no matter how many people offered and insisted that he let someone else do compressions for awhile.  I think it was the only way he could feel like he was helping her.

She had no family except for her 19 year old boyfriend, and from what we could gather he didn’t really have any family either.  At least none there supporting him.  I’m just praying that his family will step it up and help him raise that little baby.

I don’t work in the ER again until next Sunday night because I’m in class the rest of this week. Hopefully next Sunday night won’t be so awful.

September 8, 2008 at 11:38 am Leave a comment

Have you? Would you?

So which foods have you, or would you, eat?

Copy this list into your blog, including these instructions.

Bold all items you’ve eaten.
Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

Here’s my list – Have a look…..

1. Venison
2. Nettle Tea
3. Huevos rancheros (I don’t like eggs with ketchup, so not sure I would like it)
Steak tartare
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht – Never heard of it, but I guess I would taste it
Baba ghanoush – sounds good
11. Calamari

12. Pho – Never heard of it, but I googled it and it looks good.
13. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries

23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut – Ick
35. Root Beer Float
36. Cognac with a big fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo
40. OxtailI was going to say I would try it until I saw pics
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects HECK NO!
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu – I used to have puffer fish in my fish tank, I don’t know if I could eat it or not
47. Chicken tikka masala – Looks good
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut – YUM!
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
I haven’t had McDonalds in forever, some fries sound good
56. Spaetzle
Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads

63. Kaolin -?? Not sure what this is
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain -Yummy
70. Chitterlings or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
Caviar and blini
73. Louche Absinthe
74. Gjetost or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu – Again ???
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
Lapsang souchong
Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict –
I didn’t like it
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers

89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

It’s sad how many I of these I had to google.  It’s also sad how few of these I have tried.

August 31, 2008 at 10:47 pm Leave a comment


We finally have wireless internet again!  Hallelujia!  It’s scary how much we rely on the internet isn’t?  I’m constantly researching, looking up medications, and shopping and I haven’t known what to do with out it.  I’ve actually had to go buy stuff for our house with our researching first.

We’ve been busy bees this week.  We moved into the house a week ago yesterday.

This is a pick of the truck after it pulled into our driveway last weekend.  It took four or five hours for the two guys to get everything into the house.  I was just ready for them to leave so I could get to work unpacking.  The day that we closed Brian and I came to the house and painted the family room and cleaned the carpets.

This is our family room right now.  Notice Brian’s new toy hanging on the wall.  We still need to get the wires covered up and a few other things to this room, but for the most park it’s finished for now.

This is the kitchen.  It’s still unorganized, but the boxes are at least unpacked.  We have several projects for this room eventually.

And our master bedroom.  I still have clothes to unpack and we eventually want a new bedroom set, along with other projects.

Right now these are the only rooms with furniture in them.  Tomorrow is major project day.  We hope to finish with the second coat of paint in one of the spare bedrooms/my office.  Then we’ll see what we finish after that.  It seems like we’re in such a rush to get finished with everything.  I keep telling Brian we will own this house for several years and we don’t have to finish everything right now.  I know eventually the newness of he house will wear off and our progress with probably slow down.  I also expect it to slow down when things pick up more after launch Sunday in a few weeks.

I also had my first week of work this past week.  It was pretty stressful.  I was an hour late the first day due to some paperwork issues.  My second day I was a little late because we had tornado warnings going through the area, so traffic was a mess.  After that was my first day in the ER.  I was also late that day.  I got there and my badge wouldn’t work to raise the gait to get into employee parking.  Finally, someone pulled up behind me and scanned their badge to let me in.  I worked two shifts in the ER this week.  They both went well, but everything is still so overwhelming right now.  I’m hoping the class that I go to in a couple weeks will go into better detail about all of the paperwork and such.  I must say I will diffidently have some great stories to tell from time in the ER.  I’ve already taken care of someone hit by a semi.  I even drove by the semi still in the ditch on my way home.

We’ll keep posting more pics of our progress around the house as we complete more projects.

August 31, 2008 at 9:47 pm 1 comment


I spent most of the day coming down from the high of experiencing Vecolity’s first church service.  Even though it was only our first practice service, it was still so exciting to see everyone and everything come together.  It’s kind of overwhelming since Brian and I have only been in Atlanta a little over two weeks.  God is so amazing.  I know I’ve said it before, but it really did feel like we waited forever for Brian to find a job where he fit.  But, God’s time is perfect and I feel like we are exactly where we are supposed to be.  If everything goes smoothly we should finally be closing on the house early this week.  I was going to post some pictures, but until we get our own wireless internet set hope at the house the connection just isn’t fast enough.  I have added some to Facebook.

August 17, 2008 at 9:38 pm Leave a comment

Who are you cheering for?

I love the Olympics. From the opening ceremony, to the very end, I can’t get enough. No matter what event is on TV, I’m watching it. No matter what country it is, I’m watching it. I hope that Chicago gets the next Olympics, because I want to go! So, to friends and family in Chicago, we will be coming to visit if the Olympics are there.

Above all else, I can’t wait until August 23rd at 7:30PM! Why?? The men’s marathon. Why? Ryan Haul!

Why? Watch…

Ryan Hall (sorry, this won’t let me add a direct video of this one here.)

Here’s another one.

Watch more of his story here.

August 11, 2008 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

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