Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Yes, we already know we are really big nerds...no need to remind us.
Next, we headed to Medieval Times where they put on a pretty awesome show!! Each person is seated in a specific section that corresponds with the Knight you cheer for. Our guy wasn't too bad, at least he waited to die until he fought the really bad guy, but he kicked butt at the games!
Here is our dinnerware...and no silverware, but we made due. The food was worth the price!!! I gave most of mine to Eric b/c they just kept bringing more.
He tried to get a shot of me with my crown on, but the guy next to us didn't get one, so I selflessly gave him mine ;o)
Everyone is pimpin' their colors
We only took pix @ Animal Kingdom b/c it is my favorite!
In the distance is the Tree of Life that which houses "It's tough to be a bug!" which is an awesome experience if you haven't been!
And we did the safari where we got to see all the great animals.
We had a great time, and are both recovering from being sick.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Bedtime Stories was a great movie. I have always been a huge fan of Adam Sandler, and was very surprised that Disney would have a movie with him in it...but it is also a Happy Madison production (Sandler's company).
I absolutely LOVED the La Nouba show (Cirque du Soleil) at downtown Disney...and not just b/c of the half-naked, really buff guys...everyone was extremely talented and entertaining.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect, and I was very surprised that they served popcorn, pretzels, and drinks in the lobby...especially when the nose bleed seats were $80!! Some people behind us in line were saying that they changed the dates of their entire vacation to accommodate available tickets for the show. Eric and I bought our tickets about a week in advance....but it is much easier to find 2 seats together than most groups of +4!
The entire show was mesmerizing. There was always something catching your eye. Even when one group of performers is the main event, there are people moving around the stage performing their own little routines & interactions. I was also impressed with our seating...we were in the upper tier, but it still wasn't very far from the stage...and some of the acts use the aisles, so keep you arm & legs inside at all times ;o)
Eric said that our next vacation needs to be in conjunction with seeing another Cirque presentation. They have permanent shows in Orlando, Las Vegas, & New York. But they also have traveling shows throughout the US. If you haven't seen a show, you are most definitely missing out....what are you waiting for....check out the website!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
These were the major threats to my vacation in Disney/Orlando:
5. Male Strippers...taking 5 minutes to pay their $35 grocery total @ Wal-Mart using all $1 bills...thus causing my ice cream to melt, and a really weird guy insisting on talking to me in line. This guy didn't look like a typical male stripper....but I have heard of some female strippers being overweight & ugly, so why not male ones? Well, he was either a stripper or a waiter...I am guessing, stripper...do to the fact that after he handed the cashier his stack of ones, he grabbed the bag with the wine, and left the other two at the register.
Friday, December 26, 2008
We have one more night here in Orlando...but we decided to head home a day early. We are done with Disney (for a few years), and we are both getting pretty sick.
Our vast stash of Ricola's has dwindled, and we are getting any better. Eric has been coughing up some seriously nasty stuff, going on 4 days, and my sore throat has turned into what might be a raging sinus infection.
Here are my "allergy eyes," as I like to call them....and they aren't going away. We will probably hit up Eglin Hospital on the way home...but over all it was a decent trip.
Oh, and I really really really miss Koa. I know...I'm lame!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Eric and I left the foggy mid-60s of Northwest Florida this morning at 6am...and I am still recovering. We hit the road after a nice breakfast at the best restaurant around, Waffle House!!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Eric and I have always been impatient when it comes to Christmas. We have yet to truly make it to Christmas Eve without opening presents. Hopefully once we have kids, we will be guilted into setting an example, and actually wait to open our presents.
That being said, I thought that I was going to really out do him this year in the gift giving. I picked out an XBox game that he really wanted...I even threw a fit in the store about how he didn't need anymore games, to throw him off the scent ;o). I wasn't sure when we were going to open presents since we will be in Orlando for Christmas, but last night he came into the room and said, "so, you get this (and handed me the plain wedding band I asked for this year), and I will open one, okay?" I was so excited b/c I hated not wearing a wedding ring during my clinical rotations...b/c mine was soldered. So, I gave in and let him pick one...and he picked the Lego motorized AT-AT (Starwars....but I did NOT pay that much!!!) and was thrilled...and spent about 5 hours last night working on putting it together.
Well, we also work out together at the gym...I run & use the stationary bike while he lifts weights. He bought me an iPod 3 years ago for Christmas...but he kind of high-jacked it last year when he really started working out on a regular basis. So, I told him that I needed one that was really for me...and honestly...forgot about the request. Also...little back story...while Eric was deployed to Iraq I bought him the *new* iPod mini (which broke about a year ago, and why he stole mine) and had it laser engraved with: To: Eric AKA Sexy Beast. He gets a kick out of this nickname ;o)
So, we planned on hitting the gym tonight, and when we got home from running some errands he kept hinting about wanting me to open a present that "you can use now!" I finally gave in, and this is what I found:
He ordered it online so he could get it engraved, and had it shipped to my buddy Vanessa's house so I wouldn't open it. (I have a bad track record of opening things I am not supposed to, even when told that I shouldn't open ANYTHING that comes in the mail) I wanted to cry. He is so incredibly thoughtful.
Once I lost the weight 2 years ago, and started feeling like a real woman, he started referring to me as his "trophy wife." I'm not saying that my husband is better than anyone else's...I am just lucky to have someone that gets me.
Monday, December 15, 2008
...and I can finally breathe!!! I have been in hiding the past few days as I have been couped up in my office studying to retake my Pediatric HESI (its a conspiracy that I will explain later), and for my Final today.
There are a few bad habits of mine that are very hard to break....namely, Procrastination. I started out this semester in a serious funk when it came to grades. I received an 84 on my psych test, then failed the next two exams with a 70 & 74. I have slowly climbed up off the ground and amazingly enough I passed my final this morning with an 85!!! Since I made a C last semester I had given up all hope of scoring any higher this time...but with some hard work...and without too much procrastination, I cleared that bottom hurdle of the B by 5 points! WooHoo!!!
This feat was accomplished even after my husband called me to tell me that someone "broke into" our truck last night and stole the GPS....& all my Bath & Body Works lotion and bath salts we got from our BN Christmas party...right before I went in to take my final. So, he didn't feel like making the report so I called the police when I got home and the police officer was very friendly. Apparently, it is a group of girls (hence the lotion & bath salt theft....and leaving the wireless DVD headsets) who were ID'd early this morning as someone caught them in the act. They are getting the warrant for their arrest as I type, and I plan on prosecuting!!!
Also, as many of you know....I lack patience when dealing with the public. Just yesterday I turned around in Sacrament meeting and told the little boy behind me that he was being too loud (he was unsupervised at the time and was playing with a wind up car, using the hymnals for ramp jumps). But I was in such a good mood today that I didn't get upset or put off by the fact that the line at the post office was out the door, or that the lady behind me was oblivious to "personal space." I waited patiently and thought about different blog topics. AND I wished the clerk a Merry Christmas with a smile. Like I harp on my Sunday School class...approach each situation with love!!! It really works...if I could only stay consistent.
We recently re-arranged our bedroom b/c I was sick of only having the bed accessible on one side (it was up against the wall). It has moved about 4 feet away from the wall...but Koa will only jump up on the far side. Maybe he thinks it is an optical illusion b/c he won't jump off that side of the bed either....and it is the side closest to the door! But, like I said, old habits die hard!
It's going to take me a few days to catch up on past few days of missed blogs...but my B was so incredibly worth it!!! Nursing Process 4, here I come!!!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
There are a few things that seem to monopolize my time...its really not my fault...I have an addiction...and am no longer in the stage of denial.
3. Guitar Hero. Eric and I are extremely competitive...and this is so my type of game, and the one thing I can actually beat him at, sometimes. And I get to dress up my chick in awesome clothes, and spend money I earn from gigs to buy killer shoes...its a win win! AND, I am listening...and enjoying...music I have never heard before or never appreciated the skill it takes to play ;o)
4. Books A Million. I never imagined that I need so many books that weren't available at the student book store on campus. It all started with getting a few study aids...and now I keep about 20 or so books on my wish list waiting til I can make my next purchase. This is how I got tangled up in Twilight (it really isn't my fault Kristina!!)
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
It is no secret that I have really been struggling with grades this semester. Before I started the Nursing Program my GPA was a 3.81, and after 2 semesters of nursing it has fallen to a 3.67 (this is with taking an additional 11 credits worth of A's)...but Nursing Theory is 6 credit hours, so getting a B or *cough* C, really hurts your GPA. Our program also, intelligently, utilizes a 7 point grading scale...which makes things quite a bit more difficult.
Going into my 7th exam on Monday I just kept praying, "please Lord, let me be able to recall all the information I have studied, and understand what the question is asking." (our exams are like no other...they have 4 right answers, and you have to pick the most correct one)
I tried to pace myself, not rush, and really think about what the questions were asking. When I finally hit "submit" my heart started pounding during the 5 seconds it takes to display your score....and I almost started crying when I say my grade... 88!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I utilized a new study technique (and quite a few more hours) and it really paid off. My highest grade up until that point was on the 1st Psych test, and was an 84. And I am not joking when I say I almost started crying...I had to tell myself, "suck it up...you did good...keep it together, you still have the review to do!!" And, one of my instructors even took the time to congratulate me on the grade b/c she knows how much I have struggled this semester (my failing grades were a 70 & 74). So, Homer take it away
It is also no surprise how proud I am to be married to not only my best friend, but also to a man in uniform. He would never ever call himself a hero...but he is my hero, in so many ways...and it is nice when he gets a little recognition of his 12 years in service. He just called me on his way back from dropping off the Ranger Students (or as they call them "Stud") at Ft. Benning, GA and the guys stopped to eat at Logan's for dinner...I will set my jealousy aside for now. So, when they sat down a man came up to them and asked to shake their hands and thanked them for their continued service. And when they were waiting for the check the waitress walked up to the table and told them their bill was taken care off, but the person wanted to remain anonymous. He has never asked for recognition, or special treatment...and that is what I respect about him most. People have a tendency to feel they are entitled to special treatment based on numerous circumstances...which in my opinion...has seemed to get out of hand.
This is, of course, enlarged...but the port is inserted under the skin for patients that need frequent IV therapy...and I had only done this in the skills lab before, so yeah!! It is so hit or miss when it comes to skills that you actually get the chance to perform in the clinical setting before you graduate...I was in the right place at the right time. I didn't get an opportunity to do a pediatric day in the hospital, but I was able to practice a skill.
Thanks for letting me share the small joys in my life!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I started a little tradition last year with my nieces and nephews: Reading with Auntie Mary (that's what I like to call it)
It all started with my nephew Dalton. He decided that "Auntie Mary" was imaginary b/c he always heard about her, but didn't remember seeing her. This got me thinking. I couldn't afford to visit family as much as I would like to...but I wanted my nieces and nephews to know who I was and how much I loved them! So, I picked my favorite children's book, "Love You Forever,"
and bought each family a copy and made a DVD of me reading it to them...so they can read along with me at their house...and prove to Dalton that I wasn't imaginary!! My SIL told me how she thinks the kids will one day fight over who gets the DVD when they are older...it truly melted my heart.
This year I have decided to send out "Mud Pie Annie." And although they will be getting the book before the DVD this year...I know they will appreciate this heartfelt gift more than more toys...at least I hope so.
I also had to debate about what to get my nephew, who just turned 15, and his step-sister that is about the same age. So, although they may not appreciate it now...I am giving them their choice for a charitable donation in their name...not a large one, but I really don't think they need more stuff, and it empowers to make a difference where they see fit.
I am truly blessed to live in a warm (when I have the thermostat @ my preference), safe home, a car to get me wherever I need, and plenty of food & clothes. And I don't need more stuff. I have already purchased very small, but functional gifts for my extended family that I knew they will use and won't sit in a box or on a shelf.
I was telling my brother about some of my favorite charities...so now I am going to tell you! First here is a website that you can search for various organizations that provides you with a rating based on how they use the money (how much they pay directors vs how much gets distributed to the cause). And here are some I want to highlight
- Fisher House: this is like a Ronald McDonald House for military families to stay in while their soldier is receiving medical care...they are an amazing organization with a very high rating. The 5K I do every year raises money for the Fisher House that will be breaking ground very soon outside of Eglin AFB, where we are currently stationed. After being able to participate in the Casualty Response Team for our last unit...this organization holds a special place in my heart!
- Heifer International: this allows you to purchase livestock, bees, etc that will be sent to poorer areas of the world so they can be more self sufficient and pay it forward to others in their community with the offspring of your donation.
- Kiva: gives small loans to people internationally to help them grow, and has over a 95% return payment rate...how many banks can say that!
The last two organizations were featured on a blog/forum that I find interesting, and I really wanted to share.
There are also hundreds of US organizations and many more local organizations that need help. Just wanted to throw it out there...and trying to spread love during this wonderful Christmas season.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I finally have the pictures for Kelsey's bachelorette party 2 weeks ago. No worries, I won't post anything too crazy!