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25 Random

February 11, 2009

25 Random Things About Me. So this has been going around on Facebook and I refused to do it. But I decided to let those special people who read my blog know 25 random things about me. Oh boy!!

1. I am a RN. I love cardiology and one day want to be a hospice nurse.

2. I have such a thing called “Eye Brow Wednesday”. Every Wednesday I do my eyebrows, the major work.

3. I am an organ donor. Kill me off if you have to just take my organs PLEASE!!!!!!

4. I enjoy yoga!

5. My mom calls me sweetpea.

6. I want to get out of debt like crazy and will debt free by December 2009.

7. I would love to also teach nursing and get a masters but don’t want to go back to school yet.

8. Old people are my speciality. The confused the better.

9. My first job was at 14 bagging groceries at Winn Dixie.

10. I have been to LA and seen Bob Barker and The Price Is Right!!!!

11. I would love to road bike but am one afraid of getting hit by a car. Two I know no one who does it and number three those bikes are expensive.

12. I am running a 5K on March 7th even if it kills me

13. I have always wanted to go on one of those Outward Bound adventures.

14. My favorite food is macaroni and cheese.

15. I have an orange swim cap.

16. I love my nephew he is the greatest!!!!

17. I have contacts and wear them occasionally but like my glasses more. Glasses are good for hiding dark circles when you don’t wear makeup.

18. My goal is to read 52 books this year. I am on number 5.

19. My mom is my hero.

20. If I had to chose a career other than nursing I would chose to be a police officer.

21. I want a Iphone of Blackberry but can’t justify it.

22. I have never moved. I was brought home to the house I live in now. Although, I have moved bedrooms.

23. I have my belly buttons pierced but think I am outgrowing it. I will soon remove it.

24. I have always wanted to see the Rockefeller Tree and go to NYC during Christmas.

25. I will be single this February 14th Happy Singles Awareness Day 🙂

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Out of Funk

February 8, 2009

Today was awesome. I slept in till 11 and then made the most of the beautiful day God gave me. Can you say sunny warm and in the high 60’s. I did what gives me joy and hung out with a 8.5 year old boy. I better say the .5 since it is so important to him. Remember those days? We went downtown and to the park. It was a great stress relief. Life through a child is so awesome.

I figured out why I was in a bit of a funk last night. For those who know me, my nephew is my life. I would die for him and I mean it. Not just one of those who say they would. Most know he had a liver transplant in April of 2005 and has done pretty well. Well due to illness before hand school/learning was not on our top priority list. So he has some special needs. It hurts so bad to see him struggle and to see him bring home bad grades. I just have visions of his future and want it to be bright. He deserves it because he has been through so much. The book “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day” by Mark Batterson offered me some solace yesterday. Maybe it can help you out also. From the book it says

                God has a 360degree perspective on everthing. He considers every contigency. He sees all the way around everything- every issue, every person, every experience, every problem. Most of us see a very narrow view of reality.

So basically God has got this!!! I need to sit back, relax and remember how far he has come. Remember when he could not run without getting short of breath. Remember the awesome gift of life he has been given, a new liver. Remember that he has learned to read when we never thought he would. Now I know I will have to remind myself that God has got this many more times but I trust my God.

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In a Funk Tonight

February 7, 2009

I said it. I am in a funk tonight. Just sitting here listening to music on my IPOD. When I am in a funk I tend to go for the country, slow songs and worship songs. I am excited that the weather is going to be warmer this weekend. I need to get out of the house and outside. I am thinking a park and some vitamin D may do me some good. Work has been tough the past few days. To keep it short so many things beyond my control that caused trouble. Stress. In good news I am feeling better and did not wake up throwing up or with a headache on Thursday night. I think the new natural medications I am taking are doing me good :0  I have an appointment with GI soon so I can get there opinion. So far the HIDA scan costs $2,565.80 and the ultrasound was $996.50 and labs $883.00. Sheesh and I have insurance. Wow, I cant’ wait to see what my part will be. I know I have not met my deductible so far this year, it is only February. This brings me to now know the fear and worry in my patients mind when they are in the hosptial. Healthcare is so expensive but needed. There has to be a better way. I am off to budget and pay bills then off to bed. Night!

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Missed Opportunities

February 2, 2009

Missed opportunities. I have been wanting to write about this for a while. Not many people can understand being from a divorced family unless you are from one. This post is about missed opportunities and how divorce makes those opportunities out of reach. I was looking for statistics on divorce and its after effects but could not find what I wanted. To lay it out there, we know that women who get divorced are worse of financially than before. So they are left with less money and kids to raise.

I love my mother. She is my hero. She took care of me  yesterday when I was puking my guts out.  I remember her working 3-5 jobs to make ends meet. She was nice in the divorce, did not fight for much just wanted to get on with life. She always kept us fed and clothed. We got to do most of what our friends did always at her expense. She never got new clothes ect.

The reason I decided on the title of missed opportunities is…. Do you think because someone never had the opportunity to do something they never knew they would enjoy it? For example, she has never vacationed or traveled much. She has never been to many movies or shows. She has never shopped or spent frivolously on herself. This is what makes  her a awesome role model. She works hard and does not complain, always ingenious finding a way to make money. What upsets me is that she never had the opportunity. I know I know many people don’t but it upsets me when someone in my immediate family does not understand. Someone who does not understand  how hard it is to pay the bills each month. Someone who says she has trouble making ends meet but goes on cruises and travels. I just ask for a little bit of understanding that is all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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2009 January Goals Update

January 30, 2009

So to keep me self accountable and if anyone else who reads this wants to ask me I have decided to update on my 2009 yearly goals monthly.

1. Read the Bible in a year. Well I would say I have failed well not failed but have put so many other things before this. I am back on the wagon. I give myself a hard time not keeping up with things. I need to chill out and just start again and keep moving forward. In my homegroup we have been studying Romans. What a great book!! Gods give us grace so I need to extend it to myself. Enough said.

2. Become debt free in 2009. I am doing great!! Managing my money well and I almost have my car loan below $10,000. I did have some medical tests done this month so I have not yet seen those bills. I don’t use my inscurance much so I may have to pay a big chunk. Great 🙂

3. Run a 5K and 10K. Well as any person would know you need to run a 5K before a 10K. So I was going to run the Cooper River Bridge Run but due to cost and other reasons that is out. There are alot of good races in Greenville so I will be signing up 🙂

4. Read 52 books in a year. I am on number 3 another Jod Picoult book. You should check her out.

5. Work OT. Not yet. May but work is cracking down on OT and it has been horrible lately so I don’t know if I can drag myself in for another shift. Time will tell.

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What We Can Learn…

January 30, 2009

So I know you are thinking what can we learn from Starbucks to apply to our lives. Well Starbucks the leading coffee shop in the world is stopping brewing decaffeinated coffee after 12noon. This will save them 400million by September of this year. The skinny of the story is that Starbucks is wasting alot of product and in today’s market that is not okay. Now I like Starbucks like most people but try to limit it. I love coffee but make it a treat. I know people who spend a lot of money on coffee, well that is not in my budget. Side not don’t try to new Chai Tea ( I had a free coupon) horrible!! So why am I bring this up you may ask? Well I was convicted to ask myself how much do I waste? I am a Dave Ramsey fan as many may know. I am working on getting out of debt, car will be paid off May/June of this year!!!! So ask yourself how can you save money in your every day life? I will never see millions of dollars but can manage what God gives me with respect and thankfulness.

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I am Stupid

January 21, 2009

So I have never been on a diet but I know what it is like now. Man it stinks not being able to eat things you want. Today I had a nice large piece of pepperoni pizza from Whole Foods. It was wonderful. It was a reward for the tortue I endured the hour before in spin class. Lee D is an animal and I love her. She is an awesome spin instructor. I know I know pizza makes my workout null and void but I am not working out to loose weight. I could stand to gain a few pounds. Which thank you I have gained 4 this year per my MD.

So why am I stupid. I am a RN I know that fatty foods will  make my gallbladder worse. But I am tired of bland food. Chicfila is not the same with a grilled sandwich and fruit.  So now I get to endure the the sharp adominal pain from the pizza. Until then I hope to get it removed ASAP!!!!