Friday, December 19, 2008

The letter N

I usually don't participate in these things, but for some reason I thought why not with this one. A friend posted 10 things about herself starting with a certain letter and challenged her friends to do the same. I got the letter N. It was harder than I thought to come up with 10 things.

Of course I realized that when I went to do this post tonight that it's supposed to be 10 things I love, but I'm tweaking mine to be just 10 things about me. So here we go in no particular order:

1. Nurse. I am an almost nurse! In April I will graduate from the UBC School of Nursing and I couldn't be more excited about a) entering my new profession and b) getting a break from school. I truly enjoy my new career path and all of the amazing/exciting/wonderful/diverse opportunities that come with it.

2. Nectarines are my favorite fruit ever. If I could, I would eat them morning, noon and night, 365 days of the year!

3. Never ending is God's love, grace, mercy and forgiveness to me and I could not be more thankful. God defines my life, shapes my life and directs my life. Period.

4. No kids. Since we have been married for 3.5 years, this is a common question that we get.
Do you have kids? No, not yet.
When are you going to have kids? Someday.
Could you be more specific? No.

5. Nickie. You might be thinking that this is an obvious one since it's in the name of my blog, but here is a random detail about me and my name - until I was 8 years old, I simply thought that Nickie was my name. Then Ilearnt that my legal name was Nicole, and decided to go by that since it sounded so much more grown up! When I was 20, I switched back to Nickie - I think that it suits me better.

6. Nice. I try to be a nice person. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I just need to try harder.

7. Normal. I wouldn't really classify myself as normal. Many of the dreams and goals that I have get odd looks when I share them. But that's ok. Thankfully, my husband once told me that he loves me because I'm not normal and not like everyone else. He loves me because I'm me.

8. Nerd. And building on the last point, I'm a bit of a nerd. I love school, reading, science, history.... yeah, kinda nerdy. But I've come to terms with my nerdiness and decided to just embrace it. And it's not so bad because I'm a nerd with social skills - it would be so much worse if I were anti-social!

9. Novels. I LOVE to read. I'm quite indiscriminate too. I'll read anything from biographies, to historical novels, to mindless trashy romances. It just depends on my mood. But I love to read. During school, I usually don't let myself have a book on the go because if I get too into it, I will literally stay up until 3am reading, even if I have to get up at 5. Not good.

10. Next. I'm always looking for the next adventure, the next challenge, the next place to go. Even if i'm not done with the current thing I'm doing, I'm always thinking and dreaming of what is next.

So there you go - 10 random things about me that you may or may not have known. If you want to play, leave me a comment and I'll send you a letter to work with.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Tour

My friend Shawna is hosting a Christmas Tour on her blog. So I thought I would join in the fun and post our Christmas decorations.

Starting with the tree of course, which we chopped down ourselves.

We got the star last year from Phil's parents as a Christmas gift and I just love it! We had to trim the tree a few extra inches to get to fit, and even now it's grazing the ceiling.

Stockings hung over the fire

Little Christmas houses light up our front room.

Our front windows have a Christmas bear, and....

Santa to greet you!

Candles glowing

and candles that are so pretty I can't bring myself to actually burn them. And Christmas gnomes.... sort of. They were Phil's grandma's and we think that she got them in Norway. I'm not sure if they are actually Christmas decorations, but they seem to fit in and we like them.

Just a couple of things to "Christmas up" the bathroom


So what have I been doing with my time since finishing finals? Trying to be a normal person! I'm probably sleeping more than a normal person right now, but oh well. Other than that, I'm gettin got do all of the things that I did not get to do (or at least didn't get to do much) while in school. So here is what has been filling my days
  • spending time with hubby
  • sleeping
  • working out
  • seeing friends
  • watching movies
  • catching up on email
  • baking
  • getting ready for Christmas

I've also worked a few shifts at the hospital. Somehow, it's so much less exhausting working there now because I know that when I get home, I can just sleep or do things that I enjoy, I don't have to do homework!

Last set of finals

In early December, I endured my last finals week at UBC. Even though I still have one term to go, due to the class schedule and my final preceptorship, I will not have to live through that grueling week where I try to cram 3 months worth of knowledge from 4 classes into my brain and then somehow get it all out on paper.

As usual, there were celebrations with beer after we finished. It was a bittersweet moment for us. Ok, more sweet than bitter, but it was still sad to know that this was the last time that our class would be all together since we scatter into our various areas of specialty next term.

Tree cutting

As in tradition in our family now, we headed out for Glacier to pick up our Christmas tree permit. On the way there, I made the requisit call to my good friend Kelly to complain that she and her family no longer live around here and that it is just not the same cutting down our tree without them.

The big difference this year was the complete lack of snow! As we headed up Glacier Creek road, we easily drove up the road, where in past years the snow has sent us back. We went as high as we could on the road, then kept hiking another 15 minutes.

Phil found the perfect tree (he is SO PICKY about the tree that we get) on the side of the mountain. I wondered if it was even safe to hike down to it, but of course there was no stopping Phil since it was the "perfect tree".

We brought our two exchange students along and they were SO delighted to be a part of the process. They said that in Japan, most people don't have Christmas trees, and the ones that do, buy them pre-lit and pre-decorated. Where's the fun in that?

Phil inspecting the tree before making the cut.
The girls posing with the tree

A busy day

A few weeks ago, Phil and I had the pleasure of gathering with a couple hundred others to celebrate 50 years of marriage for Leonard and Kathy. As people shared about their memories of time spent with L&K, a theme of hospitality and an open home where all were welcomed, and enouraged, to gather and celebrate life. I told Phil that I hoped at our 50th anniversary, people say similar things about us - that we had an open home and were known for our hospitality.

Here we are at the party

Later that evening, we got dressed up and headed out to Phil's Christmas party. It was a wonderful dinner and a fun time hanging out with friends.
Kristen and I
Phil and I - this is actually our Christmas card picture this year.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Nurse's Night Out!

After 15 grueling months together, our cohort had our last class all together on Wednesday. In January, we will split off into specialty groups, which is exciting, yet a bit sad because we have become such a tight group.

In honor of our achievment/celebration that we survived the term, a bunch of us went to a fundraiser for Sheway at Chivas to party the night away! The evening started at my friend Liz's house since we had a few hours to kill between our class and the party. We laughed, reminised, vented, drank wine and ate sushi - so fun!

After a somewhat dodgy ride over to the restaurant (I don't think that you are supposed to ride in the back of pick-ups - oops!), we enjoyed an evening of dancing, drinks and friends!