Monday, October 26, 2015

A Life & Weekend Update

The weekend kicked off with me seeing the doctor for the second time in a month! This cold/flu season has already put me through the ringer, and it's just begun! Turns out I have bronchitis exacerbated by asthma, so I'm glad I went. Have you ever coughed so much that your abs hurt? That's where I am right now...despite an antibiotic, inhaler, steroids, and cough syrup! Whew...I'm feeling much better already, so that's the good news.

So Friday and much of Saturday was spent recovering. And I was well enough to work on Sunday.

Speaking of work, it was one of those days where you leave, thinking to yourself, "This is why I became a nurse." Things were steady enough to stay busy, but I wasn't overwhelmed with my patient load...and my patients were just the best. I was able to share some jokes with a few, and it's always fun to get a smile out of someone who is having a hard day. I discussed end-of-life issues with another patient's family...and as hard as that is, I felt honored that they trusted me enough to ask some big questions. I encouraged one family member to eat his meal outside of the patient's room...sounds silly, but she was NPO (nothing by mouth) and was starving. I could tell she didn't have the courage or the strength to ask her loved one to leave the room. So I did in a playful manner, and I could tell she was relieved. It was just a really good day, and I'm so grateful for that.

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I looked at houses late last week with our realtor...I think we looked at around 10-12...you lose count after a while! I narrowed it down to 4 I really loved, and Rob viewed those on Saturday...I surely hope something works out in this group. I'm ready to be moved and settled. Lily will register for kindergarten in March of 2016, so I feel like time's ticking for us to be in the right county. On that note, I'm looking forward to becoming a part of the public school system! I went to private school and had a wonderful experience, but at the same time I'm excited for my children to try something different. The Madison schools are top tier, and I think it'll be good for them to go to school with a large, diverse group of kids...all the while getting a great education. Sometimes when you ultimately end up living in the same city where you grew up it can feel like history is repeating itself. Like your children are living a replica of your own life...just years later. And there's nothing wrong with that, but I want them to pave their own unique path, here in this same area where I grew up. Does that make sense?

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Mid last week I went with Lily on her class field trip to the pumpkin patch. It was so fun to see her interact with her classmates. And those teachers...wow...they are amazing. I don't know how they do it.


Her field trip was to the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum...the same "ag museum," as we call it, that I went to with my classmates when we were little. Lots of fun trips down memory lane that day.



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Has anyone else noticed how spectacular the sunrises are in October? I always notice the sunrise, and it's like something shifts in October...and the sky and the sun and the clouds mix together even better than they do in previous months. I love sitting on my couch in the mornings, catching a glimmer of pink out of the corner of my eye...then walking over to the blinds and opening them to see the sun waking up. It's just magical. (And, yes, I am the crazy woman outside on my deck every morning taking pictures of the sunrise!)

 



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I found the best crackers at Whole Foods...they're thin and wafer-like, so you can eat the entire box and not feel too guilty. I used them for a snack on Saturday and served them with sharp Cheddar and summer sausage. It was a great combo.



 
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Would you like to know one of my biggest regrets in life? Buying Rob a juicer about 4 Christmases ago. Not only is that thing bulky and requires a lot of cleaning by hand when you're done, but juicing is just not my thing, I've learned. Rob is trying to juice more frequently (yay, me!), and he wanted me to drink one with him Friday night since I'd been sick. Hmm...never again...I somehow got it all down...carrots, kale, apple, pear, ginger, and lemon.


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It is raining here, and we haven't seen true rainfall since July, I believe (seriously!). I'm going to spend today cleaning our house and playing catch-up with grocery lists, laundry, doctor appointments, and bills. The fun stuff of adulthood. I hope everyone has a great Monday and a happy week ahead!