Sunday, January 31, 2010

My nursing girls

Nursing school was great, but brutal all at the same time. I was very blessed to have made some very good friends who helped me through the good times and the bad. We survived it all together - studying, exams, clinicals, and crazy instructors. They were always there for me to listen, vent, help, laugh - whatever.

At the beginning of the month we got together for dinner. Unfortunately, one of the girls couldn't make it. But considering that we have scattered all about since school plus do shift work, I figure 5 out of 6 is pretty good.

Here we are out for dinner!

This is us at graduation.

Sidenote - I hang out with over achievers. Three of us are currently in specialty school, one is starting specialty school next semester and one is in Med school. Yeah, we're nerds... but the cool kind of nerds!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Olympic update

Last year I was selected to be an Anti-doping chaperone for the Olympics. I was so excited and attended several training sessions. Then in the fall I got an email stating that due to budget cuts, I was no longer needed. My name remained in their database for other positions, but I didn't think anything would come of it.

A week before Christmas I received an email asking for medical volunteers for Whistler. SIGN ME UP!!! After several weeks of emails back and forth, I was selected to be a nurse at the athletes clinic in Whistler! Words cannot express how excited I am!!!!

I picked up my uniform this past week - it's so nice! I'll try to get pictures up here soon.

The next few weeks are nuts with school, clinicals, and going back and forth to Whistler, but it's going to be worth it.

To me, being a part of the Olympics is a once in a lifetime opportunity - and I intend to enjoy every moment of it!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Christmas photos

Another uber late post. Better late than never?

Christmas was wonderful, but a little crazy for me. I worked a night shift on the 24th, then came home and slept for an hour, then did all of Christmas day with the fam. Finally crashed at 11pm, slept in the next morning, then went for another night shift. Slightly crazy, but I survived and enjoyed Christmas.

This year Phil's family came up to spend Christmas with us, plus my mum was with us too. It was so great having them all here!

Our moms on Christmas morning.

Later in the week we got together with my sisters family. I got Emmalea a dress-up trunk - so fun! Here she is in one of the outfits.

And here is Sienna in one of the other outfits. Aren't they cute????

I rarely get good pics of Phil and I, so I tried to grab one that night. At first glance this seemed like a great one - then I realized that Phil was on his phone!!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Years

It's late - I realize that. But here it is anyways.

Pictures of my new years! I'm really not a big new years person so I ended up working that night.

I brought a bottle of sparkling apple cider in and we toasted to a new year at the nurses station. Fun times.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Heartbreak for Haiti

My heart is breaking for Haiti. Every morning I watch the CNN while I'm at the gym (there is NOTHING else on at 5am!!!). The past few days as I've been close to tears as I watch the scenes of devastation and despair. These people are literally struggling to survive.

This morning they had a medical correspondent on CNN - he said they need BASIC things such as fluid, bandages, pain medications and antibiotics. Many of these things are mere cents. And yet, they don't have them, and many people with die without them.

As I watch, I wish that I could go there. I wish that I could be on the ground helping. If I weren't in school right now, I would probably be looking at relief agency websites. But since I can't go, I will have to continue with what I'm doing: pray, donate, and make sure the Haitians are not forgotten.

Friday, January 15, 2010

My love of flying

I love flying. Love love LOVE it! Some people are afraid of it, I LOVE it. OK, I think you get the point.

There are a couple of reasons why I love it. First, flying means that I either have the excitement of going somewhere, or I'm coming home. Both are wonderful feelings.

Second, I get to read. I am a total nerdy bookworm, who unfortunately rarely gets time to read for pleasure. My time is usually spent reading textbooks instead. Whenever I fly, I go to they library and pick out a few good mindless novels. As soon as we have cleared security and are sitting at our gate, I bust out my book. And I read. Then I board the plane.... and read some more. Then we have a layover, and I read some more. It's wonderful!

At home there are always so many distractions and so many other things that I could be doing. But at the airport, there is nothing else for me to do, but read.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Looking forward to 2010

Happy New Year! Ok, so I'm a little late, but whatever. I'm excited about 2010, and not even too sure why. It just feels like it's going to be an exciting year.

I'm not usually that big on new years resolutions/goals. The past two years I have set one goal which I did accomplish both years - work out a minimum of 3 days of week. For two years straight I have not missed a single week!

Accountability has been the reason that I've kept that goal for so long. My accountability partner is great - it's me! I have a calendar up in my kitchen and I mark each day that I work out. That way, if I miss a week, it sits there mocking me for the rest of the year! Also, at this point, I just don't want to break my streak.

This year, I've decided to set 10 goals for 2010.

We'll start out with the usuals.

1. Lose weight.
2. Eat healthier.
3. Work out a minimum of 3 days per week.

Now, moving on to some new ones.
4. 500 miles - whether jogging, on the eliptical or walking, I want to get 500 miles in this year.
5. Race - not sure if I'll do a 10K, half marathon or mini triathlon, just want to do a race this year.
6. Complete my critical care certification.
7. Go on a big trip
8. Read my bible more
9. Blog at least 10 times a month
10. Talk on the phone more.

I realize that last one may seem a bit odd. The truth is I don't really like talking on the phone. However, I have many dear friends that are far away, and I want to stay in better contact with them.

So there it is - my plan for 2010. I'll try to update throughout the year on how I'm doing on all these goals. As I said before, accountability and tracking are essential if I'm going to accomplish these.

That being said, I'm off to they gym!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

2009 in review

What a year! 2009 was a truly great year full of adventures and fun. Looking back on my blog from the past few years I see three big trends: school, travel, and outdoor adventures. 2009 was packed with all of those!

Of course the big highlight was graduating! In May I walked the stage in my cap and gown and celebrated surviving 20 months of hell - also known as nursing school! I passed both my Canadian and American nursing exams and also started on my critical care certification.

We managed to fit quite a bit of travel in this year too! We started the year with a weekend trip to Leavenworth to celebrate Phil's 30th birthday. Next, we went to Oklahoma (and surrounding states) and Arizona in February to visit friends. A few weeks later we found ourselves in Colorado for a long weekend of boarding - and I soon found myself wishing that we lived in Colorado. Loved it there! Summer started with a trip back to Leavenworth, then many trips to Whistler! November started with a trip to Portland and ended with an amazing tour of New England!

In terms of outdoor adventures, boarding and mountain biking dominated the year! I tried several new resorts and actually improved quite a bit at boarding. Phil and I both started mountain biking this summer. Of course Phil took on the new sport with an obsessive passion going countless times (although the truth is he could tell you exactly how many times he went). I took the sport more in moderation, but thoroughly enjoyed it. After my epic crash at Whistler in September, I had to take a few weeks off, but managed to make it back up one more time before the season ended. Six weeks after biking at Whistler, we were there boarding for the first time of the season.

I couldn't have asked for more in 2009! I accomplished several big goals, traveled a lot and had tons of fun! Looking forward to 2010!